This phone is a 5.0 inches screen phone that has the build of something between a premium phone and a mid-range phone. What I actually mean, is that it isn’t a phone you quickly hide in your pocket when your friend who uses a high range device is approaching you. Itel has not lied about this phone; they have not pretended as if they are making a high range device here, on the contrary, when to I spoke to Oke Umurhohwo recently, he reiterated that the company is committed to making affordability it’s keyword. Be that as it may, the phone can still boast a certain elegance of it’s own. The “poise” of the design sits quite comfortably with me; with a metal body exterior and a black lining at the sides, the phone elicits a certain dark, technological lust that I want to satisfy every time I hold it in my hands. The camera is situated at the top left of the phone when you view it from the back and right next to the camera is it’s LED flashlight that is left in charge of brightening things up when it gets really dark. If you wander down lazily with your eye, you will find the speakers hidden conspicuously on the bottom left side. At the risk of sounding like an Itel advert personnel, I would still go ahead and say that I am quite chuffed at how well built this phone actually is. The control keys are on the right-hand side (power button, volume up and down). I think the buttons are too noticeable but again their responsiveness is top notch. Cases have been seen of “less-noticeable” buttons that will give you blisters from trying to get them to respond. The Front camera on it’s own is separated from the front flash by the mouthpiece that stands between them thereby giving an aura of “distance is just a word”. Moving away from the lame joke I just attempted there, I would rate this phone about 4.0 out of a possible 5 for the build
The phone has a 5MP rear camera and a 2MP front shooter. I think this is one of the weak points of the phone. But then, the picture quality does not look too bad. It is also refreshing to see that the front slash actually works! I bought a certain phone that promised front flash only to discover that the pictures I took with the front flash on are worse than the pictures I took without light. That said, I think Itel should look into making better camera speced phones. How this camera is decent if, like me, you don’t mind a picture that looks closer to reality than a cartoon character.
I could write a poem about this battery. To be candid this battery is poetry measured in mAh to me. Is it the best battery I have ever used? Maybe not. So why am I gushing about it? Because I tested it with Itel’s reverse charge technology and the battery blew my mind away. I plugged my phone that was low to the and used it all through Sunday service and the battery charged considerably! I know I am stating something that is already obvious, but the battery and the OTG charge remain the strongest arguments that the It1516 is bringing the table. It is a relief for people that live in areas with low power supply. It is a relief for Nigerians to have this kind of phone. What use is a highly specced phone that is off? I bet you will prefer a low spec phone that is always on. Well, Itel has come to the rescue; providing a smartphone that can stay on as long as our “small phones”.
HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE
The itel 1516 Plus runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It comes with 8GB built-in storage with 1GB of RAM. If you need more storage capacity, the Itel 1516 Plus support microSD memory card (up to 32GB).
iTel 1516 (it1516) Plus
Android 5.1, Lollipop
1.2 GHz Dual core
145.5 x 72.78 x 9.4 mm
White, Black, Gold
IPS Capacitive Touchscreen
480 x 854 pixels
Micro-SD, expandable by 32GB
Back Camera Feature
802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct
MP3, MIDI, AMR, WAV, AAC
MP4, 3GP, H.263/H.264
Accelerometer, Proximity, Light
SMS, MMS, E-mail, Internet Messaging
The Itel1516 is a good phone considering the kind of specifications it packs at the price level of 25,000 naira. This is so because a lot of OEMs will give you this kind of specifications at a much higher price level. The high points of this phone include the OTG reverse charge and the battery capacity. The low at face level is the camera capacity but this can be forgiven if one considers the relative quality of the images the camera produced.
The phone comes with a free OTG adapter and a free phone casing. More so, the phone has a year warranty with all software problems to be handled by Carlcare.
You can buy the phone on Konga HERE