SOLO S500 first impressions

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SOLO S500 front

SOLO S500 is the flagship of entertainment experience brand, SOLO. It is an Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, 5-inch display smartphone powered by a 1.2 GHz quad-core Mediatek MT8212 processor and 1GB of RAM. Its key selling points are the pocket-friendly price, FREE unlimited access to over 20 million local and international songs out of the box via SOLO Music, as well as access to a huge library of the latest movies via SOLO View.

I ran our regular benchmark tests and came up with the following results:

  • Quadrant: 8,136
  • AnTuTu: 15,700

The GPU is Snapdragon 200, so the slightly lower performance than expected of a 1.2GHz processor is not out of place. I suspect that SOLO also picked that GPU partly because of power conservation. Battery capacity is 1,800 mAh and the rear camera is an 8 megapixel snapper. There’s 8GB internal storage and a microSD card slot. The S500 feels light and comfy in the hand, perhaps because of its thin and relatively narrow profile.

SOLO S500 back

The sales pack includes a flip case, USB cable and charger, 3.5mm audio headset, and documentation.

SOLO Music is a joy to use, as ever. And now, it has an improved user interface. On the login page, now there is a password retrieval link, the lack of which I complained about in an earlier review of the app on SOLO S400 model. And it works fine. I was able to retrieve my password and get grooving to tracks by Ebenezer Obey, Sunny Ade and Adewale Ayuba. Of course, there are contemporary tracks by today’s musicians in there as well.

Tomorrow, I shall be heading to a SOLO Kiosk to download a ton of latest videos for viewing on the S500. And then, you can expect my review of both the S500 smartphone and SOLO View app and service.

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