I have a Phantom A, while fellow Mobility team member, Patrick, owns a Phantom A+. Because the TECNO Phantom A+ is an incremental upgrade to its older brother, the Phantom A, we thought a comparison of the differences in the two devices would interest you. We got together to compare the two brothers, so we can give our verdict. As such, this review only compares the areas where the A+ improves on the A. You can get a grasp of everything else that the A+ has by reading my TECNO Phantom A review.
The A+ is exactly the same size as its predecessor, but – and a big but – the unit we have here is black and has a matte finish. This is in contrast to the glossy white finish of the Phantom A. I much prefer the black matte of the A+. I understand that there is a white version too, which is likely to be gloss as well. Personally, I will pick the black matte version.
The display of the A+ is stunning. It feels smoother and is certainly brighter and delivers punchier colours. Oh; I suddenly do not like my Phantom A so much any longer.
OS & Camera
The camera app on the A+ is certainly more refined than what obtains on the A. I believe that this is as a result of the newer version of Android Jelly Bean (v4.2.1) that powers the phone.
While the A has a 1GHz dual-core processor, the A+ sports a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor from Mediatek. Does this more powerful processor result in improved performance? Yes; it does. The A+ is snappier. But we decided to put it to test with Asphalt Adrenaline 6, a graphics heavy game. Launching the game at the same time on both phones, the A+ loaded and ran the game significantly faster than its older brother did.
The Phantom A+ is a superb job. It is a befitting successor to the Phantom A. It feels even more solid and refined in the hand. The black matte finish, the smoother, higher quality display, the better performance and the newer OS means that the Phantom A+ gets full marks from us here at Mobility. I gave the Phantom A 9.5 out of 10. What do I give the A+ now? 9.75?
Founder of MobilityArena. Yomi’s journey in mobile started in 2001. Besides obsessing over mobile phones, he also started creating WAP sites (early mobile-friendly websites created with WML). He began writing about phones in 2004 and has been at it since then. He has owned over 200 devices, from Symbian, Palm, PocketPC/Windows Mobile, BlackBerry/BB10, webOS, Windows Phone, Firefox, Ubuntu Touch, to Android, iOS, and KaiOS operating systems.