Infinix Hot 2 Review – Vraiment La HottestOne
From the same Team that brought you The Infinix Hot, the JIMSBIGTHING and the more recent next Hero comes a brand new launch the hottest one – in the name of Infinix Hot 2.
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If you have been abreast with happenings n the Nigeria Tech Space in the Last couple of days, this device may need not be introduced to you as it has been the focus point of virtually all Tech site/Forum both locally and internationally –thanks to the strategic collaboration with Google Inc. If otherwise Infinix Hot 2 is new to your hearing, then you can take a brief look out what it is and the full Specs and Unboxing photos.
Cut to the Chase
I have been in custody of the device for over a week now and here is my Hands-on experience and performance review of the Infinix Hot 2.
•First Android One Smartphone in Africa.
• 5.0-inch inch HD Display
• 1GB / 2GB RAM (Varies)
• 16GB internal memory.
• Android 5.1 Lollipop(Up)
•It has 2200mAh Battery.
The Infinix Hot 2 deviated from the design language of the base Infinix Hot, what we now have as the Infinix Hot 2 is a close replica of the Infinix zero series. The feel is premium though, but I am not a fan of this change in design, the Hot 2 could have been better off maintaining the Infinix Hot design with some tweak.
Architecturally, the Infinix Hot 2 is rectangular & made of plastic with slightly curved edges as against the Infinix Hot which is more of a curvy device.
Take a look at the business side of the Infinix Hot 2 and ; you notice this overly thick bezel both at the top and bottom of the display, that could have been avoided at least to maintain the 5-inch user usable scree which has now been cut down to about 4.7-inch by the on-screen key. Above the display you have the front camera unit, a LED notification light and a speaker and below the display you have the on screen keys for Navigating through the OS.
Other controls like the Power button and the Volume rocker are placed similarly to the Zero 2
Overall, with the Zero Series like design and a plastic body, the Infinix Hot 2 exudes quality and feels extremely well made. When held, the phone feels sturdy, a bit overweight and bulky in relation to the zero series and even the base Hot ,and Infinix HOT NOTE ,I believe that is what we pay for having such design with a removable rear cover & Battery .
Display ,Software and User Interface
The Infinix Hot 2 comes with an improved display 5.0-inch HD display coated with Gorilla glass 3 protections. Though, that is a bit of an upgrade over the Hot 1 display, this to me isn’t enough to capture the mind of many in a saturated and competitive Market, but on a second note, that also isn’t bad considering the price point and the target users.
Viewing angles is superb, but the Sunlight Light eligibility is however on the poor side, but with controlled level of brightness you could still mange to have it used under direct sunlight .Text and images looked clean but not as decent that of Infinix Zero 2.
The Software is obviously the selling point of the Infinix Hot 2 being an Android One device runs on pure Android 5.1 OS ,everything from the notification bar, home screen, app drawer remains the way it is from Google.The only beef i have with the app drawer is the white background,but that an be replaced with custom launcher like the Nova launcher
the Infinix Hot 2 comes with a promise to deliver OS updates for the next two years according to Infinix Updates plans.
Like other Android One smartphones, the Infinix Hot 2 isn’t loaded with those unnecessary heavy third-party skins except that Infinix couldn’t stand the Temptation as we saw some MTN, JUMIA Naij and off course carlcare apps.
One of the complains we received about the base Infinix Hot then was that of poor Camera performance,the Infinix Hot 2 seems to have addressed that ,but just how well did it achieve this?
On paper,the infinix Hot 2 boasts of 8MP & 2MP rear & front camera respectively,that’s a bit of an upgrade ,though the front unit stil remain unchanged.
Both Cameras performs reasonably well in actual usage especially in well-lit condition ,but not well suitable or night shots even with flash on. It’s an 8MP & 2MP unit we are talking about here, so do not expect a super camera photo like the acclaimed Camon c8 IPhone 6 challenger.
The camera app isn’t that easy to navigate, without much option/settings with the available few not easily reached-Maybe that’s what we have to pay for pure Android 5.1. The sample photos below summarizes all.
Battery & Performance
The Infinix Hot 2 served me 18 hours from 100 percent to about 12% percent, before I had to re-energize the device. This included over 4 hours of intermittent web browsing, music streaming plus a mix of phone calls, text and enough of Photo shooting.We got exactly 2 hours out of the battery with complete YouTube music streaming over WIFI until 5% mark .
In all ,the battery though not a monster like that of the Infinix Hot note performed reasonably well and so should see you through a whole day of moderate use .If however you are still not satisfied with this,you may wish then to get the Infinix Hot Note.
With a 1.3Ghz quad core processor , and an ample 2GB RAM,the Infinix Hot 2 is well enabled for multitasking.The device handled all sort of task thrown at it without lagging,from simply loading of basic apps,keeping several apps open and running simultaneously down to running of power sucking games.The Infinix Hot 2 returned 20676 in the AnTuTu Benchmark test.
The Infinix Hot 2 obviously won’t win any awards for its design nor performance.,but its surely a worthy successor to the Infinix Hot 1.
Final Words: It’s a fantastic device for the price tag and if you’re looking for pure Lollipop experience without breaking the Bank ,the Infinix Hot 2 2 is a must buy.