NEXO NavRoad iZi Android smartphone is dedicated to seniors. Is the world of advanced technology can go hand in hand with the ease of use and safety? We checked.
HOUSING / WORKMANSHIP
Sturdy plastic construction
In the case of housing NEXO iZi appearance does not play such an important role, as in the case of an ordinary phone. Here counts above all practicality. Still, judging equipment can not be denied to him beauty, especially when compared to other phones for seniors. The prevailing piano black, which contrasts with the copper-colored rim, silver and orange side buttons sliders (from the flashlight and SOS). The unit as a whole is made of glossy plastic that for safety reasons it should be a little less slippery. However, the quality of the plastic is not bad – the material seems to be resistant (to some degree) to scratches, and sturdy enough to survive a small fall. The fitting housing components is almost exemplary. Holding the phone in your hand to feel its sturdiness. The structure is very rigid and does not seem any crackles with each other, even with a strong grip – smartfonn inspires confidence and gives hope for a few years of trouble-free operation. The only element which can have minor quibbles is rattling and too loosely mounted flashlight slider. But it is a little important detail – the slider itself is responsible for this well perceptible under the finger and easily (but not easy) to move it. iZi how the current standards of a very small device. Above the norm only kick thickness, which is almost 14 mm. Thanks to her phone is confident in your hand and can be felt in his pocket, and by the way producer could (theoretically) reach for a large battery. Theoretically, since merely a cell with a capacity of 2000 mAh. The external speaker is located in the lower part of the rear wall of the housing. Manufacturer, realizing that for many potential customers may be a decisive issue of purchase, took care of the corresponding resonance. As a result, the maximum volume of the phone is up to 90 dB and with this setting really is not possible, so as not to hear the tone – especially with shrill melodies whose abundance in the settings.
The optimal solution
Manufacturer smartphone for seniors faced with a challenge. He or she must combine readability with high contrast, sensitivity to touch and small size. Company NavRoad all these criteria taken into account. 4-inch IPS matrix is the optimal solution for test handset. The colors are pleasing to the eye, do not offend, and density at 224 pixels / inch is satisfactory. Of course, I'm not talking here about viewing the full version of websites, and only their mobile counterparts. Viewing angles deserve praise – the image is not a strong degradation of a change of perspective. to adjust the brightness scale is sufficient to provide adequate readability under all conditions. The minimum value of the luminance is 21 cd / m2 brightness conquering come up to a ceiling of nearly 390 cd / m2, and therefore surprisingly high for a budget phone. Moreover, there is also the option to enable automatic adjustment of brightness. The touch panel works without any reservations. Supports up to 5 points at one time and always responds as it should be and where you need to.
Granddaughters finish off the battery faster
The phone is equipped with a lithium-ion battery with a capacity of 2000 mAh. Its performance is heavily dependent on how the appliance and the brightness level of the screen. Using only the basic functions available from the "tiled" interface and maintaining clarity about the middle of the scale we can safely forget about the charger for three, with gusts up to four days. If you will use the 3G connection and its benefits, and install third-party applications, and played, we can reduce this time to just a few hours. [Test slug = "battery" virtual = "conversation, movies-wifi-off-3g internet, internet-wifi, communicator-fi, charging-ac" product_id = "20222"] All measurements were registered at the luminance reduced to the level of 120 cd / m2. Charging the battery fully takes a little over one and a half hours. The equipment can also be connected via USB cable connected to your computer, but it takes noticeably longer.
Not for the photographer
Manufacturer, realizing how small percentage of potential users of the phone will be evaluated by the photos taken, he decided to save money on this set of components. As a result, we got a 5-megapixel main camera that takes pictures at a resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. Image quality leaves a lot to be desired, regardless of lighting conditions. The focus is less than acceptable, showing a lot of noise, and X-rays. For very illustrative images telephone enough, otherwise the better immediately reach for ordinary compact. The quality of the video (up to standard VGA) also does not spoil. This low-budget level phone for a good few years before. The application of the camera is painfully simple and intuitive, so even an older person should not have any problem with the service. We are only able to adjust the activity of the flash, or switch to the front camera, which is even weaker than the main.
A sample video
This is as it should be
Making telephone calls using the iZi NEXO is very pleasant. The speaker is loud enough to at all times the caller is heard, and the microphone captures voice properly. The only thing to which you can attach the aforementioned slippery housing. It gives its toll on the long running conversation. Phone application, like all NEXO iZi interface is simplified to the limit, and thus, easy to use. The digits are large, and the user has to select only those options: Call and See record.
Is difficult, but do not need more
Looking at the DUT through the prism of its main purpose and audience, it must be admitted that the performance in games and multimedia thing here is secondary, if not three-fold. However, if there is such a possibility, we could not take advantage of it. The heart of the phone is MediaTek MT6572 chipset, which is the core of a dual-core ARM Cortex A7 processor clocked at 1 GHz. Is responsible for the graphics rendering GPU Mali-400 MP, and the whole is supported by only 512 megabytes of RAM.While the hardware configuration may be a little alarmed, it is not practical efficiency of the system leaves much to be desired. This share is certainly a streamlined interface, so that the system works smoothly and stably. Another issue is the efficiency of games and applications that is adequate to the components – the very poor. So there is no count on support for advanced gaming, and if anyone ever wants to fire them on this device, you will have to settle for such productions as Angry Birds Jetpack Joyride is. [Wptab style = "4" title = "key test"] [test slug = "peacekeeper" virtual = "peacekeeper-stock" product_id = "20222"] [test slug = "android-antutu" product_id = "20222"] [ test slug = "gfxbench-fill" product_id = "20222"] [test slug = "3dmark" product_id = "20222"] [test slug = "PCMark-android" product_id = "20222"]
– Mkv, 480p, xvid, 1mbps, he aac, subtitles; – Mkv, 720p, h264, 600kbps, aac / mp3 audio dual; – MP4, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, aac; – Mkv, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, vorbis, subtitles; – MP4, 720p, h264, 6Mbps, ac3; – MKV, 1080p h264, 10Mbps, dts (no support for DTS); – MKV, 1080p h264, 40Mbps – mp4, 4K (3840×2160), h264, 34mbps (illiquidity); – Mp4, 4K (4096×1716), h264, aac, 35Mbps (illiquidity). [/ Wptab] [wptab style = "4" title = "All tests"] [test slug = "peacekeeper" virtual = "peacekeeper-stock" product_id = "20222"] [test slug = "SunSpider" product_id = "20222" ] [test slug = "kraken" product_id = "20222"] [test slug = "quadrant" product_id = "20222"] [test slug = "android-antutu" product_id = "20222"] [test slug = "gfxbench-fill "product_id =" 20222 "] [test slug =" 3dmark "product_id =" 20222 "] [test slug =" anomaly-2 "product_id =" 20222 "] [test slug =" PCMark-android "product_id =" 20222 "]
– Mkv, 480p, xvid, 1mbps, he aac, subtitles; – Mkv, 720p, h264, 600kbps, aac / mp3 audio dual; – MP4, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, aac; – Mkv, 720p, h264, 3Mbps, vorbis, subtitles; – MP4, 720p, h264, 6Mbps, ac3; – MKV, 1080p h264, 10Mbps, dts (no support for DTS); – MKV, 1080p h264, 40Mbps – mp4, 4K (3840×2160), h264, 34mbps (illiquidity); – Mp4, 4K (4096×1716), h264, aac, 35Mbps (illiquidity). [/ Wptab] [wptab_end]
SOFTWARE / FUNCTIONALITY
Clean and a good GPS system
The phone runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but almost completely altered form. The manufacturer has put on maximally simplified interface. Initially, the structure resembles the tiled Windows Phone, but they are moved horizontally, not vertically. Already on the home screen so we have very easy access to the applications we need. In addition to the home screen / menu has changed almost every application system. Without undue philosophy, the manufacturer simply removed all the "unnecessary" options, leaving only the basic and expanded all several times. As a result, the system is very transparent and incredibly easy. I think we should find in it everyone, regardless of the severity of contact with technology. Of course prymitywizacja interface also contributed significantly to its speed, which can not be absolutely beyond reproach. [Nggallery id = 1130 template = techmaniak] Manufacturer added several additional applications designed to make life easier senior. The most useful of these is, in my opinion, this reading messages and contact name of the incoming call. NavRoad company has also added a special application cooperating with SOS button on the back of the housing. After pressing it (of course, after the then configuring the function) phone numbers dialed sends a text message asking for help, which is also the current location of the device. Unfortunately, while all the other functions work well, it is, it would seem that in the critical moments of the most important, does not always react as you please. The problem lies in the mechanics of the button in the form of a slider. Sometimes, despite the shift does not occur until it yet, from which the function is activated and you have to press a second time.Sensitivity WiFi (standard b / g / n) stands at an average level. It happens that the device loses signal even in the relatively short distance to the router, eg. In the next room. But this is not a problem because the very onerous quickly redial the phone and in most cases, the problem we see only through a temporary disappearance of the wireless network icon. The phone has a built-in GPS with A-GPS. Unfortunately, like the Wi-Fi card is not a system of the highest caliber. Despite many attempts I was unable to determine the exact location using GPS satellites. [Test slug = "wifi-phone" axis = "negative" product_id = "20222"] phone does not support OTG, but I do not think anyone suffered because of this, as well as due to lack of 4G and NFC. But there is a LED flashlight that runs a separate, physical key. Available to the manufacturer's left less than 4 GB of memory in use. It is not a large value, but we are able to extend its up to an additional 128 GB mirco SD card. Applications can not be transferred to external storage.
SUMMARY / EVALUATION / OPINION
Reliable phone for seniors and others
NEXO NavRoad iZi this smartphone, which was missing in the market – robust, easy to use, affordable and at the same universal. The idea is for the elderly, but can successfully use it as younger children and those who are at odds with the technology, and the need to have on your phone, eg. Access to the internet. Also looks appealing price, which is lower than 300 zł, so for iZi pay as much as a "normal" cheap phones with similar components. [Temperatura2 product_id = "20222"]