I have lived with the TECNO Phantom A for over a week now, using it from day to day in a variety of scenarios. A lot of people have been on my neck to publish this review. I appreciate your apprehension, but if my review must be true, I had to spend time with my devices. Thanks for bearing. Finally, it is here. Enjoy.
If you are not into detailed techie things and just want a summary from me, the Phantom A is a superb piece of work from TECNO. From hardware to software, this Android smartphone delivers and it is very hard for me to find something bad to say about it. Consider that you are being asked to pay just N35,000 for this, and in my opinion, it is a steal. You’ve been wanting to buy one? Go get it!
As have mentioned earlier, what strikes you first about the Phantom are its appearance and feel. Both reflect quality and attention. The Phantom looks good and feels sturdy. The body is indeed super slim and nice at only 9.1mm thickness. The 5-inch display means that you have enjoyable web browsing, video watching and the like. The Phantom has an acceptable weight. I was expecting it to be heavy, considering bits size, but I am surprised that TECNO were able to keep it at an acceptable weight.
Looking and feeling good are two things, how does it perform in everyday scenarios is the question that most people have on their lips. If I can answer it simply: the Phantom performs as you would expect any Android smartphone in its class to. It performs well. With a 1GHz dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, this phone is quite capable and stable. There is a graphics GPU to handle graphics intensive apps like games, and the entire combination works fine.
The Phantom is powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Apps run nicely. All updates are executed without issues.
Telephony & Internet
Mobile internet works as advertised – and being a dualSIM phone, one of the SIMs can have 3G enabled and even pegged on it. To keep power drain down, the other must stay on 2G. Both lines are active and you can place and receive calls on both conveniently.
There is an internal storage of 1GB, so there is enough space to install your apps if you are into lots of apps. There is also a microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB cards. The Phantom gives you the option to select either the SD card or the phone storage as your default storage area.
There is a video player bundled and my AVI files were played back without issues. Audio playback is nice too, and loud, so music playback is enjoyable on the Phantom. There is a built-in equaliser (named Sound Effects), so you can tweak output a bit. FM Radio is in there as well.
The Phantom A has an 8 megapixel camera with LED flash. It works well and produces decent quality images. Colours are a bit washed, and it does not produce details close to that of the best 8 megapixel cameraphones, but it is decent. In this price range, it really is a good camera.
Consistently, the Phantom A saw me through a day’s use if I didn’t put it to extreme use. Turn on the WiFi hotspot, for example, and the battery will drain out in a few hours, but that holds for all other smartphones. Stay browsing and tweeting intensively and power will drain fast, but for regular use – in my own case, we are looking at two active SIMs, two email accounts always connected, Facebook, Twitter, WordPress admin, and a smattering of Google+ and web browsing, the Phantom A has been very adequate for my daily grind.
If you have a mid-range budget but want a big screen and good performance, the TECNO Phantom A is a steal. In its class, this is as close to perfection as things get. TECNO has made a big splash with this one.
Mo Rating: 9.5/10
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.