The AG Style is one of the most appropriately named smartphones I have reviewed in a while. It is a very stylish smartphone. The design and feel instantly reminds me of the HTC One X, a beloved smartphone of mine from a few years ago – 2012, to be precise.
AG Style Design
The design of the Style is the most outstanding thing about it. One does not run into many stylishly designed budget smartphones. The AG Style is an exemption, and a startling one at that. First, it looks great (never mind the bezels), but it is also very solidly built. Note the “very”. It feels like it was made of really good quality polycarbonate. Like I said earlier, it floods my head with memories of the HTC One X, which was a flagship device in its day.
The 5-inch display is only 480 x 854 pixels in resolution, resulting in a 196 PPI. But, the display is bright and clear with a nice, cool colour profile that makes it stand out.
Software & UI
AG Mobile was smart to leave the Style with stock Android 5.0. As we have mentioned quite a bit here, Android is a resource hog and it just seems inexpedient to bog down a budget Android device with the burden of running a skinned interface. The User Interface is as pure Android Lollipo as it can get.
The usual multimedia suspects are in here: music player, video player, and camera. They are all stock Android fare. The loudspeaker is quite loud, but the audio is a bit boxy. The 8 megapixel rear camera has an LED flash and takes fair photographs. Video recording is there too. There is a 2 megapixel front-facing camera for selfies. Take my advice: use the main camera for your selfies, please. Thank me later.
The combination of quad-core 1.3 GHz and 1GB of RAM works very well, even beating some other budget devices with 2GB of RAM. We are guessing it has to do with the newer MT6582 chip it uses compared to MT6580 in those others. Performance is quite good and leaves no serious hiccups in use. If you are into benchmark tests, we ran the usual:
- Quadrant: 9,219
- AnTuTu: 21,285
- GeekBench: 360 (Single-core); and 1,177 (Multi-Core)
Interesting that it beats the Quadrant score of the HTC One X. Of course, the One X was a 2012 flagship, but it is a good point to note that 2015 budget smartphones are more powerful than 2012 flagships.
The 5-inch display and 1,900 mAh battery make a combination that results in fair battery life. This beauty won’t win any longevity contests, but battery life isn’t appalling either. It is very similar to what you have in many devices in this class. Average usage will see you through a work day. If you push it a little bit more, be prepared to plug it in to charge at some point in time.
There is only 8 GB internal storage on the Style, but there is a microSD slot supporting cards up to 32 GB. The 2 megapixel fron-facing camera isn’t anything you should use for your Instagram selfies.
If you are on a budget but want to carry a phone that looks and feels like a million bucks, the AG Style lives up to its name. You can’t go wrong. It has no serious weaknesses for its class. There is no NGN 19,200 smartphone that I know that oozes style like this. If AG Mobile makes a mid-ranger or flagship as beautiful as this, I am game.