Spice Stellar Virtuoso Mi-495: Review of Features

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Spice Mobile is a well-known brand among the Indian mobile users, mainly because they offer a huge variety of budget-friendly mobile phones. The brand has recently launched a new Android based smartphone in the Stellar series, named as Virtuoso Mi 495, in the Indian market. This brand new stellar smartphone has been loaded with lots of exciting high-end features. What’s even more exciting is that Spice has launched this beautiful phone for an affordable price of just Rs. 10,499. Another interesting part of this phone is that it measures a thickness of just 9.44mm. In fact, according to Spice Mobiles, the Virtuoso Mi-495 device is currently the slimmest smartphone available in the Indian market. To know more about this latest Spice phone, take a look at the detailed review of Stellar Virtuoso Mi-495 smartphone given below.

Spice Stellar Virtuoso Mi-495

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Body

Spice Mobile has incorporated several good features from various popular devices in its latest stellar handset. For instance, it has a wide metal strip on its side, just like an iPhone. This metal strip not only helps the device in getting a premium look, but also guards the device against accidental drops and falls. It has a very smooth and shiny rear panel, which features a big camera along with a bezel. Plus, the rear panel is not slippery as well. In short, the device has been made with a fine grip and so it is very comfortable to hold. However, people with small palms may find it somewhat difficult to operate the device with one hand as it features a massive 4.5 inch display.

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Display

Virtuoso Mi-495 sports an eye-catching display measuring 4.5 inches and this big screen makes it an ideal handset for watching movies and videos. Moreover, the display is notably bright and shows true colors. The screen resolution of 960 x 540 pixels is also pretty admirable, especially because it is being offered for such an affordable price. Most importantly, the capacitive touchscreen of the device guarantees smoother navigation across different functions.

Processor and performance

Under the hood, the latest stellar smartphone features a 1 GHz dual core processor coupled with 512 MB of RAM. This dual core processor ensures splendid multitasking capabilities in the smartphone. It also allows users to play a few games on their smartphone without noticing much lag. Moreover, the smartphone comes pre-loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, which enhances the performance of Virtuoso Mi-495 even more.

User interface

Spice has included a few physical buttons in the Virtuoso Mi-495 model. The power key is placed on the top right side of the device, whereas the volume rocker is on the top left side. Furthermore, the USB cum charging port and a 3.5mm jack are located on the top of the handset. At the bottom of the screen, you will find three touch buttons, namely Home, Return and Menu. Presence of these touch buttons is actually a strange thing, as such buttons are usually found on the non-display part of devices. Plus, all three of them are fixed, which means you cannot replace them by other applications. However, you can certainly create and place an app shortcut to wherever you want on the screen. In the main menu, you can find all the apps and widgets beautifully arranged in their relevant folders. Above all, there is a Recent Tasks section too, where you can view a list of recently used apps. Other than these, all functions are like other typical Android ICS devices.

Camera and Memory

The Spice Stellar Virtuoso Mi-495 is equipped with a rear facing camera of 8 megapixels. Plus, it has a number of additional features such as autofocus, digital zoom, LED flash, etc. The autofocus capability is indeed much better than many other handsets in its price range. The images captured from this camera are really stunning. There is also a front-facing camera of 1.3 megapixels to support video calling/chatting. Additionally, the camera app has a very nice and simple user interface. It provides a number of quick shortcuts to modify the images by applying various effects or settings. When it comes to storage capacity, the new stellar device offers 4 GB of built-in memory, which can be further expanded up to 32 GB using a microSD card.

Battery

The Virtuoso Mi-495 device uses a 1700 mAH Li-Ion battery, which can deliver a talk time of up to 6 hours and stand by time of around 200 hours.

Entertainment

The Spice Stellar Virtuoso device offers a wide range of entertainment features like FM radio, multi format audio player, multi format video player, etc. One of the most exciting parts of this device is that it allows you to record the FM content. Thanks to its huge display, the new Virtuoso is an ideal device for watching movies and videos while on the go. It also offers several helpful connectivity options, including 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and micro USB port.

Pros:

  • Classy and trendy looks
  • Good hand grip
  • Android 4.0 ICS interface
  • Decent camera
  • Huge and nice display with good resolution, good brightness level, and decent touch response
  • Impressive speed/performance
  • Decent audio/video playback quality
  • Affordable price tag

Cons:

  • Display has poor viewing angles
  • Average battery life
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