Today, I’d like to talk about my new phone and what I’m doing on it. Mainly it’s pro and cons and why you’d want or not to get it.
So my phone is a Cubot S308. It’s a chinese brand I bought from the Gearbest website here.
Mainly, it’s pro were the performances and look. It got a beautiful 5 inches screen, 2Gb of RAM, a quadcore at 1.3GHz and 13 Gb of internal memory. That’s pretty good considering that some cheap computer (I’m not looking at you chromebooks) got specs that are similar (apart from the screen, obviously).
After close to 3 weeks of using it, I can say it’s fluid and works great with all kind of apps. I’m not the “gamer” type when using my phone but for the few I’m playing it’s been a great experience. It’s fast and reactive. I know a lot of people hate having big screen but I must say I love it. It’s so much more comfortable when writing emails or reading your calendar for example.
Another great thing about it was the almost total absence of apps at first. Coming from a Cyanogen background, I was scared to have a million useless apps installed. It was not the case and I was very happy about this. Only Gapps, Gmail, YouTube and couple of other apps with wasn’t much.
Now let’s talk about the camera. The 8MP back and 5MP front (it’s 13MP and 8MP with interpolation) take good quality pics and are a real improvement compared to my old Motorola Atrix 4G. Snapchat lovers and people who don’t feel the new to buy a separate camera will be very pleased with this phone.
The phone was sent with a protective case. Nothing fancy but still cool.
Software-wise, it runs Andoird 4.4.2 (kitkat). Kit Kat was the most significant change to the look since Ice Cream Sandwich. The notification bar can easily be made transparent by apps and the immersion mode make this version of Android great, especially with this kind of screen.
Overall, it was great at first.
But with time, comes the cons.
HOW IN THE WORLD CAN YOU THINK THAT A 1GB DATA PARTITION IS ENOUGH. This phone got an incredible 13Gb of internal storage and you only get 1Gb of data partition. As a reminder for those that don’t know, the data partition is the partition where you install your apps. Thus, 1Gb really isn’t much as I was unable to install all of my previous apps. One will tell you that you can move apps to the sd cards but they ain’t all movable. Some are just unmovable, as in it’s not authorized to move them onto the sd card, period, while other got their widget unusable after.
I hit my maximum amount of app downloaded in as short as 2 days.
The battery as well is not very good. It can last a very long time while idle but as soon as you start using the phone the battery will die quickly. It is not very surprising considering you have a 2000mA battery for a 5 inches screen. The screen does drain the battery. However, if you mainly use your phone as a “classic phone” outside and watching YouTube videos at home this won’t be a major problem. You should just be aware of it.
Another problem I hit with this phone is that the battery isn’t well calibrated. Sometime it’s at 15% and the phone just die, saying it suddenly got only 0% of battery. That is very annoying and after a couples of “full charge – full discharge” cycles, the problem still is unfixed.
The Cubot s308 is a very good phone on a budget. I’d say you will love this phone if, like me, you are not the richest man in the world but love having good stuff and play around with it, tinkering and tweaking it.
- Pros : hardware
Cons : the 1Gb data partition
Hope you enjoy :).