Obi Worldphone SF1 Review

Obi Worlphone SF1, the ltest mid-range smartphone in the Indian market, is grabbing the attention of users very soon with its stylish design, useful features and decent functions. Obi introduces Sf1 aiming the middle-class who wants a smartphone affordable to their pocket.

Design and Feel

Obi Worldphone SF1 Design & Looks

It is sure that the most striking feature of Obi Worldphone SF1 is its unique and attractive design, which is achieved by the hardwork of the company. The phone, which comes packaged in a transparent acrylic box, looks like a fusion of an iPod Touch and a Microsoft Lumina device. The phone is a made with a blend of metal, glass and poly carbonate. The Obi SF1 features the dimensions of 74.03x 145.92x 7.8 mm and weight of 143 grams is really compact in size and feels brilliant in hands.

While the 3.5 mm headphone jack and a second microphone along with a plastic insert for the antenna bands is placed on the top of the Worldphone SF1, the bottom side occupies two stereo speakers with dual mics for noise cancellation and the mini-USB charging port in between them. The left side possesses only two buttons, the volume control rocker and the power/unlock button. The hybrid SIM card stray slot, which accepts both a second SIM and a microSD card slot, is positioned on the right side.

Display features of phone

Obi Worldphone SF1 Display features

The elevated 5 inch Full HD JDI In-Cell IPS display of Obi Worldphone SF1 has 1920x 1080 pixel resolution and 443 ppi. This beautifully crisp display offers punchy colors and fair sunlight legibility. The clarity, sharpness, the sweet color reproduction and good contrast level of the display makes SF1 the best choice for multimedia consumption. Even though the viewing angles are also good as well, you have to choose the right angle to read clearly, if you are under sunlight. This fully-laminated OGS display avoids fingerprints to a certain level with the help of an oleophobic coating. The display is projected slightly from the rest of the body. This floating display feature gives a different look to the phone, even though it does not offer any functional benefit. At the same time, the chances for absorbing any impact to the display rim are very high, if the phone falls down face-first. But, the Cornia Gorilla Glass 4 for protection prevents the display from this possibility.

Camera

Obi Worldphone SF1 Camera

Obi Worldphone SF1 features a 13MP Sony Exmor 1MX214 main camera, just like other phones of this price range. Even though camera is not a top feature of this device, Obi ensures decent performance with sharp images and clarity pictures. The detailing levels of the camera offer clarity of the image, even when you zoom in into the maximum. The focus reticule, which is a little large, makes the app to lock focus on small objects tricky. However, it can provide good detail and depth of field, once locked in. Even though the camera produces clarity pictures in daylight, the images taken in low light are not great. The camera apps come with many features like Refocus, chroma Flash and OptiZoom etc.

Obi SF1 is able to record quality videos up to 1080p with 30 frames per second rate. Regarding the front camera, Obi Worldphone SF1 has the 5-megapixel camera that delivers naturally detailed looking features. The LED flash accompanied with the front camera help you taking good selfies even in low light conditions.

Performance Analysis

While talking about the feature that matters to most users, the Obi Worldphone SF1 comes with a 1.5 GHz, octa-core Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 chipset that keeps thing running smooth. . The device has the internal storage of 11GB out of which 1.1 GB of RAM was free most of the time. From the remaining RAM, the system uses major portion and the apps that run in the background use the rest. It is available in two variants such as 3GB of RAM with 32 GB of storage and 2 GB of RAM with 16GB of storage. The storage capacity can be expanded up to 64GB using the shared hybrid microSD card slot.

Software bundled

Obi Worldphone SF1 offers a slightly version of Androir Lollipop (5.0.2) along with a custom skin called Obi Lifespeed. Besides the icon pack and redesigned setting app, you can’t see much difference between this skin and stock Android. Moreover, it also has an option to switch to the stock Android launcher, if needed. You can set a double-press or long-press action for the physical and home buttons like commands or launching apps. The phone also comes with a few customization options. You are able to customize the use of the power button to end a call or answer a call using the home button.

Other than the usual suite of Google apps and some productivity apps, you can also get many other useful aps Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, SwiftKey keyboard and Dolby Audio etc. The Obi Care is a special app that lists available service locations. As SF1 is not burdened with unwanted bloatware, users get several free RAM for apps. Still you can see noticeable sluttering throughout the interface.

Connectivity features

Besides the beautiful design and many other aspects, Obi WorldPress also impress the users with its several useful connectivity options such as 4G LTE network support, Bluetooth (v4.0, ATDP), Wi-Fi b/g/n, CLONASS, microUSB 2.0, USB OTG, FM radio, GPS and hybrid dual SIM slot. The unique hybrid dual SIM slot makes you able to use a nano SIM or a microSD card at a time. That means, you can use 1 microSIM + 1 Nano SIM or 1 micro SIM + 1 microSD card.

Battery

Worldphone SF1 has a 300mAh battery, Even though it is in quite a par with other devices of this price range, it is quite better than most 5-inch smartphones in terms of capacity. The company claims 20 days standby time, 8 hours of talk time and up to 10 hours of video playback time with this device. Even though we can’t expect this offer completely, Obi tries to make a day’s backup available with heavy usage like video playback, gaming, browsing, e-mails, social networking and a number of calls throughout the day.

Likes and dislikes

Obi WorldPhone SF1 mainly impresses the users with its stylish and premium design. The 13 megapixel rear camera of the phone is also a decent performer. There is no doubt that you get a good backup with the 3,000mAh battery in it, while comparing to the other phones of the same range. The integrated Dolby audio system makes SF1 the favorite choice of music lovers.

The main drawback of WorldPhone SF1 is its sluggish software performance, which affect the overall performance of the phone. You may have to face significant lag even during the basic tasks like home screen navigation, shifting from one app to another during multitasking or even while scrolling through the setting menu or tapping.

Obi Worldphone SF1, which is available at a retail price of Rs 14,000, is really a good choice among the phones of the similar price range. While considering the overall appearance and functions, it is a pretty good device with good quality, solid battery life, decent camera and very good audio.

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