After the reggae, play the blues: First impressions of the Innjoo 2

Posted by Mister Mobility

You know that music track by Harry Song that goes, “After the reggae, play the blues. The blues, the blues…” I have a version of it that goes, “After the One, bring the Two. The Two, the Two…”

The Innjoo 2 is the upgrade to Innjoo’s classic One, and it is here already. I have used it for about a week now and have first impressions to share. For starters, the One is a tough act to follow. I loved the One. I loved its build and design. While the Innjoo 2 has borrowed heavily from the iPhone’s design lines, I long for the design style of its predecessor. The Innjoo 2 is not badly designed. Far from it. Its metal frame looks and feels good. As a matter of fact, Elroy is head over heels in love with it. Let’s just say that the Innjoo One spoilt me.

The Innjoo 2 is very compact and light. It is that sort of smartphone that you slide into your pocket and forget it there. It is cute! The 5-inch display is bright and delivers cool hues. The user interface has been skinned to eliminate the Android app drawer. Swipe horizontally to access all apps – again a cue from the iPhone.

One striking thing is how Innjoo managed to pack a 3,200 mAh battery in this compact 7.3 mm thick phone. Phones that size barely have more than 2,400 mAh capacity batteries. For comparison sake, the larger TECNO Phantom 5 packs a 3,000 mAh battery.

Another is the dual 13 megapixel cameras – front and back. Plus, there is a proper flash with the front camera! This is different from the flash light thing that other front-facing cameras have – a beam of light like a torch light. This is proper flash: take a shot and it flashes briefly to light the face up. I shall be putting this to test. Will the front-facing camera of the Innjoo 2 produce as good photos as the rear one?

At the back of the 2 is a fingerprint scanner. Innjoo claims that it is has the most advanced sensor around. Maybe I am doing it wrong, but I haven’t been able to get it to recognise my fingerprint once till date. I didn’t have that problem with the Phantom 5’s fingerprint scanner. I shall hand the phone over to someone else to give it a go before I draw my conclusions. Expect me to mention this in my proper review.

Update: We got the fingerprint scanner working, though it has a fair amount of error margin.

Fast charging is here and seems to have worked well so far. While you wait for our full review, do enjoy the Innjoo 2 specifications. Elroy has also asked whether the Innjoo 2 is the the TECNO Phantom 5 Killer.

Now, sing with me! “After the One, bring the Two. The Two, the Two…”

9 comments

  1. Design-wise, it’s cool. Apart from that nothing special here. I am still skeptical that the battery is truly 3200mAh because Innjoo battery is terrible. Don’t be surprised if the phantom 5 with higher display and screen last longer the the Innjoo 2. Though phantom 5 is way better than the Innjoo One. Let’s see how the fingerprint works Mr Mo

  2. Phone looks cool with its iPhone wannabe design,hope performance will be up to scratch too..

  3. It seems good, so far..
    Is the back made of glass like the Innjoo One?
    Thanks, waiting for your full review!

  4. If Fp is uppermost in your priority,innjoo 2 will be ok,otherwise Go for Note 2.Currently been with the device for a week now and i must say its cool,but the only special thing about its aside d design is the FP

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