Behind an elegant and persistent Umi Zero Umi Hummer us to the test got cheap phone UMI eMAX. Kind of like a survivor, but not quite. It is not that the flagship. And it is not a camera phone. In actual fact the smartphone somewhere in the middle, with an adequate balance of performance and the same price tag. Albeit with the typical flair of “not like everyone else, just the best.”
Package: cheap phone UMI eMAX
Umi serious approach to the supply of their devices and cheap phone UMI eMAX was no exception – sold the smartphone in a stylish dark box with a light cover (the color of the body). Useful information on the package is the minimum.
- Smartphone with stuck on glass film
- MicroUSB flat cable with a clamp
- OTG cable
- AC charger (5V / 1A)
Design, materials, and ergonomics: cheap phone UMI eMAX
At cheap phone UMI eMAX, not the folding body is not the most compact dimensions for both 5.5-inch diagonal display so that the perceived smart sort of a shovel. But that is quite thin and neat.
The front panel of glass, in fact, conceals the display, concealing off the considerable frame. Front attract attention except the touchpad. The rear panel of plastic mimics “brushed metal”, the material is interesting plays on the light. But he did not tactilely very good. Clearly losing rough and “rubberized” texture. Faces and edges are formed of the same piece, except without the texture – they are smooth.
In terms of ergonomics, the device is not anything special – not the most comfortable in the “one-handed” treatment and not very tenacious. But non-staining. I think we should wear on it will not be very noticeable.
Functional elements: cheap phone UMI eMAX
Under the screen is located typically for the Chinese unit of touchpads without illumination: Options, Home, and Back. They are well-spaced and clearly work. Another question – why do we need them if Android offers an excellent implementation of on-screen buttons? And why, instead of buttons access the multitasking uses archaic “options”? Riddle.
The right side given the power button – it is located in the center. Slightly higher positioned volume rocker and a slot for SIM2 shutter. To install the card is not required to use the clip, it is enough to press the shutter and move it to the side.
Similarly implemented slots for MicroSD SIM1 and on the left side.
At the top end huddles connector Jack for headphones / headset.
The bottom end is given MicroUSB port and microphone.
Removable cover unit busy main camera with flash (and a second microphone providing noise reduction), as well as the speaker for perforation. It occupies almost the entire width of the hull so that the hand accidentally cut off the speaker hardly succeed.
Display: cheap phone UMI eMAX
The cheap phone UMI eMAX got a very decent 5.5-inch IPS display with a resolution FullHD (1920×1080) and dot density 401 ppi. Screen without the air gap, with high brightness and excellent viewing angles. It does not distort colors and easy to read in bright sunlight. In addition, thanks to technology MiraVision can customize a saturation, contrast, brightness, sharpness and color temperature of the picture.
Performance: cheap phone UMI eMAX
At cheap phone UMI eMAX effective hardware platform from MediaTek – MT6752 eight-processor with a frequency of 1.7 GHz and GPU Mali-T760 MP2, clocked at 500 MHz. RAM – 2 GB, 16 GB of permanent (available just over 12 GB), and a slot for MicroSD memory cards up to 64 GB. With such a smart iron guarantees quick work of any interface and software, as well as an acceptable FPS at 3G games at high graphics settings. FullHD movie, of course, also “fly”.
By the wireless module questions asked. Just good things with navigation.
Battery: cheap phone UMI eMAX
The manufacturer promises the battery capacity at 3780 mAh, proposing to use the smartphone as an external battery (not a typical use, but can be useful). With this capacity and this gland smartphone supposed to work an average of six to eight days, closer to the second. But things are not so good with Umi eMAX. Unfortunately, the technical ability to measure the real capacity of the battery I was not, but judging by the tests and forums, it is closer to 3300 mAh. Too bad, but still lower than promised.
In actual use cheap phone UMI eMAX works an average of one day. One full day with a solid load. And then charge a little more than 5 hours, since fast charging is not here.
Communication and Sound: cheap phone UMI eMAX
The device can be fully used in our GSM and UMTS networks. With the speed of the Internet will be no problems – HSPA + will provide 20 Mbit / s and more. Reception good and stable (as it is now possible in the network life :)). Quality earpiece and microphone normal. The sound is not as pure as that of the flagship devices, but for the middle price segment all worthy. Squelch there, but very effective, I would not have called.
The loudspeaker without exaggeration. While still playing well, not breaking into wheezing and ringing at maximum volume. The cheap phone UMI eMAX can be used as a music box.
The headphones unit also plays worthy. I try a few pairs of plugs and wireless MEElectronics Air-Fi Matrix2 (with audio output via Bluetooth or cable) – You can listen to music and even necessary.
Cell: cheap phone UMI eMAX
Sadness. Instead declared cheap phone UMI eMAX have 13 megapixels. In addition, there is quite a weak camera module OmniVision OV8858, which can be found in the front camera. This “disposition” leads to the expected result in the pictures – a lot of noise and artifacts. Another problem is a smart camera – AF. It is a good idea catches close objects, but absolutely disgusting focuses on remote.
The result of cheap phone UMI eMAX is a very mediocre photo quality, and the same video. If you’re lucky, at Umi eMAX can get the fit frame. But in most cases the result is not super. Below is what the competitors in the class, worse than expected on the whole show themselves worthy of the machine.
To shoot using the standard utility of Android KitKat. She is able to simultaneously capture video and photos, offers several creative modes and panorama mode is equipped with HDR. There manual picture adjustments and shooting options.
System: cheap phone UMI eMAX
The cheap phone UMI eMAX runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with minor modifications by the manufacturer. Upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop promise in mid-August, but how reliable is the forecast – is unknown.
True to the slogan on the package “ROOTJOY”, offers a smart route-access out of the box. Another bonus from the manufacturer – Utility ROOTJOY, allowing just a couple of clicks to install different firmware.
The system is used, except that in the center of the logo emblazoned Umi. There is quick access to the camera. The launcher without surprises – without customization and archaic design. Notification menu adjacent to the Quick settings. In general, if you ever use the smartphone Android KitKat, cheap phone UMI eMAX absolutely no surprise.
The basic software package is supplemented do list ToDo and utility SuperCleaner (uses the superuser). She cleans the RAM and the system garbage, allows you to configure startup, remove applications, and improve performance in games and do other useful things.
In the settings menu of interesting Gestures, including activation of the display by double-tapa and launch applications by drawing symbols on the screen off (can not be adjusted), as well as the schedule off / on the device.
Conclusions: Cheap Phone UMI eMAX
The cheap phone UMI eMAX not cause strong emotions – a normal smartphone with balanced performance and a price tag of $ 155.
Speaking about the shortcomings of models, call the body – the assembly looks great when it is a little too simple. Plastic could be better. And the camera is already very weak. But otherwise some pluses – the platform performance, with a good autonomy and a strong heat does not sin. The cheap phone UMI eMAX have an Excellent screen. No problems with memory. Nice sound, but still worthy of playing an external speaker. It can be used as an external battery and a slightly other smart or modem. Apparently, soon to be updated to Android Lollipop.