Two weeks with a Fever!

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The very first time I’d heard about the brand Wiko was when I was shopping for a phone to give to my father. He needed a no-frills smartphone that he could actually understand without me being his assistant for two weeks.

After a month or two in-between writing the latest updates for the new iPhone and the recent rumours of the Samsung Galaxy Note 7, I was handed a Wiko phone to review. This time it was called the Wiko Fever.

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Just from the box I was surprised with the level of quality. These Android phones are actually designed in France and it has a strong presence in Europe, especially Italy.

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Two weeks after testing this smartphone these are my thoughts.

FIRST FACE TO FACE REACTION:
I’m impressed! There are three main reasons that stood out. Looks, specs and price.

ESTHETICS:
The Fever has a decent build, mainly with rounded glass and metal. The 5.2 inch screen wraps around the front side of the phone. I enjoyed this feel for the first week because while in Gozo I managed to break the screen by droping it during the night. Infact I’ve since oredered a protective cover so that it won’t happen again, since to change the front glass cost me 60 euro. The back panel has a removable grippy leather-like feel reminiscing the Samsung Galaxy Note 5.

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Wiko features the glow-in-the-dark band surrounding the phone, I personally could not in any circumstances get to see this glow, which was so highlighted by the package. To my surprise this Wiko offers dual sim capabilities and also squeezed in a micro sim tray for extra storage.

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BATTERY:
Under the cover it has a 2900mah battery that pretty much lasts an entire day. Bare in mind that my bluetooth is always on due to my fitness tracker and I pretty much use 4G all day long. I usually wake up by 6am and at 11 at night the battery was at 15%. There is, however, a downside to its strong battery life. Even with a standard charger of 5.0V, the phone takes ages to charge. It took me at least 3-4 hours to get the battery back to 100%. Although the cover is removable, the battery is stuck to the device.

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BATTERY LIFE DURING A NORMAL DAY:
06:15 | 100%
07:21 | 94% (After a 45min run)
15:11| 63% (Normal Use)
21:00 | 30%
23:30 | 14% (Heavy use – Facebook | Youtube | Candy Crush

HARDWARE:
Under the hood it sports fast hardware. It has an IPS Full HD panel (424ppi), 3gb of Ram and runs an Octa Core processor. As I mentioned earlier I run a 16gb version but there is a version offering 32gb of internal storage. These specs are normally found on flagship phones. I browsed videos, downloaded various games, used all my daily apps and I’ve never complainted once about its performance.

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CAMERAS:
I was perplexed by the cameras. The 13mp main camera had the typical features but I wasn’t wowed by the quality. I was impressed with the autofocus, but in HDR mode I had to wait for it to load it all up. The photos lack detail and under low light the image quality suffers. As soon as I turned to take a selfie I experienced a different feeling. This time the front camera had a decent 5mp camera sporting quality photos on every click. It even assisted me with an LED flashlight as soon as I took a photo under low light ambience.

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AUDIO:
The phone doesn’t have anything to shout about with its audio quality, although it’s caller ringtone is exceptionally loud, including its notifications. However, the speakers only show a decent quality when it plays media (i.e. YouTube videos), which I felt caused the phone to fall flat on this aspect.

SOFTWARE:
The Fever runs Android Lollipop and not the latest version Marshmellow but the experience is great. I liked the UI of the Wiko especially with some of the options to swap the back button with the multitasking button. Although I would recommend you swap to Google Now launcher since the one provided by Wiko has no App drawer. These days you need an app drawer with folder capabilities.

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Apart from that, the phone incorporates the “smart wake” feature, where users are able to draw letters such as C, M, O, or tap on the screen to wake the phone for the respective function. For a person who has been using a Samsung for a long period of time, this was new, and a fresh change for me. A simple-to- use method instead of having to constantly be on the power button, which could be damaging in the long run.

It’s time for conclusions. I am happy to continue using this phone as my main phone without any worries and would recommend it to people who want a good phone with great design but with a price of an entry-level phone. Two thumbs up Wiko.

PROS:
Good looks
Great performance
Good Battery life
Great front camera with flash

CONS:
No Finger Print Sensor
Main Camera is not the best
Runs an older version of Android
No NFC

Key Specifications:
5.2” (1080×1920) IPS
13 MP AF camera with LED flash
1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 MT6753
3GB RAM 32GB Memory
2900 mAh battery

Full specifications
SoC
Octa-core 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 Mediatek MT6753
GPU
Mali-T720MP3
RAM
3 GB RAM
Storage
32GB + Micro SD (up to 64GB)
Display
5.2” 1920×1080 IPS LCD
Dimensions
148 x 73.8 x 8.3 mm (5.83 x 2.91 x 0.33 in)
Camera
Rear
13MP (Autofocus, LED Flash)
Front
5MP (LED Flash)
Battery
2,900 mAh
OS
Android v5.1 (Lollipop)
Connectivity
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB v2.0
Network
2G, 3G, 4G, LTE Category 4
SIM Size
Dual Sim, Dual Standby