Of late, many Indian brands have come out with interesting feature packed handsets to challenge the dominance of global brands. And one company that seems to be raising the bar for the competition is Fly Mobiles. Its latest smartphone, the Fly F45s offers a crisp 4.5-inch qHD display and comes packed with dual SIM punch but is it enough to compete against a market that is presently dominated by the Micromax’s Canvas series?
Looks: Smart, sober
The Fly F45s is a nice-looking candybar smartphone. The handset is partly rubbery and metallic in look and feel. The round corners and smooth edges help you hold it easily, even though it does seem a bit heavy for its size. The design is minimalistic with sides being bare, barring the volume rocker keys on the left. The front is dominated by the 4.5-inch qHD display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, and has jet black looks. Three soft keys are present below the screen for settings, home and back while a 3.0-megapixel front camera is present on the top. The top houses the power and display on/off key, a 3.5mm audio jack and a micro USB slot for charging and data transfer. The back is completely rubber dominated and houses a 12.0- megapixel rear camera accompanied by a flash. With a dimension of 128.4 x 69.65 x 12.8 mm, the device is not the slimmest but surely is a looker.
Hardware: Charged up
The Fly F45s is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual core processor with 1GB RAM. The 4.5-inch qHD screen gives ample real estate for visual delight but we did expect it to have a higher resolution and in sunlight, tends to get dark. It comes with 1 GB internal storage, which can be further expanded up to 32 GB through microSD card. The 12.0-megapixel rear camera is the USP of the device as no other company offers this megapixel count at this price. For connectivity it includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE and 3G.
Software: It’s Jelly Bean
The Fly F45s runs the Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean), which is a very recent version of the OS. And if you are the types that prefer a relatively unfettered Android experience, you will like the device. It is not as radical as HTC’s Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz but adds a few neat touches to the OS without intruding too much on its essence. You get five customizable homescreens, lots of widgets and apps classified in terms of those that came with the device and those that you downloaded. Speaking of apps, the Fly F45s comes with Nimbuzz, Saavn, ZengaTV and a special app for Fly handsets WeChat Fly, a result of tie-up between both the companies. That apart it is standard Android fare here, with seamless support for popular e-mail services from Google and social networks.
Multimedia: Snap and groove
Its qHD display makes the Fly F45s a very good device for viewing images and videos. For the 12.0-megapixel rear camera, there are a number of shooting options available such as HDR, Panorama and you can also tinker with White Balance, colour effects and set different shoot modes among other things. The camera took some decent shots though at times the colours either seemed washed out or had an orange tint to them. For music lovers, the phone comes with a music player and FM Radio. There are equaliser pre-sets to improve the sound quality. However, the sound (while loud enough) tends to distort at the highest volume point.
User-experience: Live it up
The Fly F45s handled everything we threw at it from HD games to HD videos to browsing the Web with ease and at a speed that impressed us. We were not too happy with the battery performance as we had to charge it at least twice a day for normal usage – calling, browsing and push mails, with lots of Temple Run 2 thrown in. Mind you, we found typing to be a bit of a hit and miss affair in the handset, as the keyboard seemed a bit cramped. All in all , the phone ran brilliantly and surprised us with its performance.