Although it is no eyesore, the Spice Dream Uno is not going to win any design awards. It is an all-plastic device with curved edges. It will fit most hands easily enough and its 4.5-inch form factor bucks the “every phone has to have a massive display” trend, and feels solid enough, if just a little heavy.
The front is dominated by the 4.5-inch IPS display. It seems bright enough, but its resolution of 854 x 480 pixels is a bit on the low side, in our opinion. The look is very standard Android with three touch buttons beneath the display for back, home and multi-tasking, and a 2.0-megapixel camera and tiny speaker grille on top.
The left side is plain, the right houses the display/power key and the volume rocker, the 3.5 mm jack is bang on the top, and on the very bottom resides the microUSB port.
The back houses a 5.0-megapixel camera with flash, and another speaker grille on the lower portion, and we bet everyone’s eyes are going to be riveted on the golden words just above the grille – ‘androidone’ (yep, no spacing).
The back itself can be taken off to reveal the dual SIM slots and a microSD card slot, and a Li Polymer 1700 mAh battery.
The spec sheet of the device is borderline reasonable – 1.3 Ghz quad core MediaTek processor, 1 GB RAM, 4GB storage, dual SIM connectivity (both 3G), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and last but not least, Android KitKat running on top with assured updates – “First to get latest Android updates” it says on the back of the packaging.
No, we have not really seen it perform yet, but given its price of Rs 6,999, we think that the likes of the Dream UNO will face some very stiff competition from the likes of the Asus ZenFone 4 series, the Moto E and the lower priced smartphones from the likes of Micromax, Lava and Karbonn, some of which boast better specs at similar and even lower price points. And this is without even naming the awesome-but-difficult-to-get Xiaomi Redmi 1S. Yes, the big attraction here is going to be pure Android and the updates, but we cannot help but wonder if that matters at these price points, which are generally not inhabited by the (equally generally) well-heeled geek crowd.
It looks decent enough, but how well it performs and what it delivers could well define the fortune of the Spice Dream UNO and indeed of Android One itself. Stay tuned for our review later this week, ladies and gentlemen.