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Review of smartphone Fly IQ4404 Spark

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Smartphones Fly known consumers long ago. First of all, they are attractive good value for price / performance. In addition, a wide range of devices and diverse – everyone can find something for themselves. Today we look at the new budget smartphone Fly IQ4404 Spark.

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Options

Fly Spark comes in a small cardboard box. In addition to the phone it is possible to find a universal charger for 1-A, Cable Micro-USB, a headset and a minimum of documentation. 

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Design and ergonomics

The device is assembled from conventional matt plastic which collects virtually no fingerprints. Available white and black colors. Location of Control standard: power button on the right, adjust the volume on the left, 3.5 mm jack on top, Micro-USB jack and a microphone on the bottom. Micro-USB port flipped “upside down”, causing confusion at first when charging. Below the screen are three touch-sensitive buttons: “Back”, “Home” and “Menu” button, next to the earpiece – proximity and brightness adjustment. The indicator light is not present. Under the hood is a slot for two SIM cards (size mini and micro) and memory card. To replace them you need to remove the battery. To assemble the unit has no complaints – all parts fit tightly together, or squeaks when squeezed backlash is not observed, the back cover sits perfectly in its place – it is attached to a variety of small clips. 

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The first impression of the device design – it looks suspiciously like a certain phones HTC! This similarity is due to ship form design grid external speaker. In his hand the smartphone is good, relatively compact size, rounded corners and back contribute to a comfortable grip. It feels a bit thinner than expected. The buttons are made with thin sharp edges, have a clear depression, protrude slightly above the body – they are convenient to use. 

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Screen

Fly IQ4404 boasts IPS screen diagonal of 4.5-inch with a resolution of 854 by 480 pixels. It has a maximum viewing angles, natural color reproduction, remains readable in the sun. Automatic brightness control is working properly. In spite of the average PPI -218, the picture looks quite smooth, and the fonts are clear – read the screen comfortably. The only drawback – video playback is better to use a manual brightness adjustment, otherwise the picture may look a bit dull. In addition, the unit comes with a protective film stuck to that for sure will appeal to many users.

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The measurements showed that the maximum brightness is 436 cd/m2 at the minimum – 31 cd/m2, 50% Brightness – 206 cd/m2. The minimum brightness of the display a bit too high. Below you can see the other results of measurements of the display. 

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The overall impression of the screen – the average, but remembering about positioning and cost of the device can be considered in relation to its quality.

Interface

Fly Spark is running an operating system Android 4.2.2. Differences from the stock interface is minimal. From the observed – your shortcut to switch between audio switch panel to set the time clock calendar reminders, shortcuts for quick access from the lock screen to the camera, dialer, browser. When you have missed calls or sms on the lock screen notifications appear, which lead to the discovery of relevant applications. In addition, there is a function on-off smartphone on schedule.

Initially, a small set of pre-installed smartphone software: Yandex services, Kaspersky antivirus, classmates and others. It’s nice that the manufacturer has retained the ability to remove their regular means. 

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Calls and multimedia

Working with two SIM-cards is implemented as follows. When you set up your phone, you are asked to select which card you want to use by default to make calls, access to the network and send messages. After that, if you need to make a call or send a message from another card, when you run this application in the notification bar appears switch to select the SIM card. The work of two SIM-cards is realized on the basis of one radio module – while calling the second SIM is not available.

By the stability of the network signal reception no complaints, but the quality of the loudspeaker and the microphone is located on the middle level (audibility and intelligibility of normal in both directions, but there is a slight loss of ‘mesh’ sound compared with other devices). The earpiece has an average volume – its enough for most situations, but a large margin of the volume is not. Vibrate is felt when the phone is in the pocket of trousers. The volume of ring dynamics is average, but because of the location it is easy enough to block.

Music playback quality is similar to other phones of the budget price range – it should satisfy most users. FM-radio has not the best sensitivity in a campus setting, observed interference.

Performance and memory

The smartphone runs on the platform of the new budget MediaTek MT6572. SoC is a dual-core Cortex-A7 clocked at 1.3 GHz, video accelerator Mali 400MP. It is made according to the norms of 28 nm process technology. The device 512MB RAM and 4GB of internal memory. After downloading the new device remain free to 240MB of RAM. In normal operation it is sufficient for the simultaneous operation of multiple applications – about 50 MB of RAM are free. 4 GB of memory allocated for the application 1GB and 1.5 GB for user data. Installation of memory cards available, the choice of memory by default and migrating applications to the memory card.

In practice, it provides a comfortable speed of most programs, but running on the “heavy” applications (like the camera) requires a little patience. The interface is often not smooth enough when you open the application menu, or scrolling through the desktops is a slight delay and twitching. However, smoothness paging RD not have many applications including not cost. Third-party launchers (eg, Nova) are running smoothly. Top casual games, and even more demanding (eg, Shadowgun) are no problem. 

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Regarding the lack of a significant program that was present in the test sample – shutter settings, which often travels alone when you turn the screen, preventing normal to unlock the device.

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MediaTek smartphone processors accepted blame for the poor performance of the module GPS. But the latest generation of a noticeable progress. Our hero also has a pleasant exception. In a “cold” start searching for satellites takes one to two minutes, then the connection with the satellites occurs in 30 seconds or less. 

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Camera

The smartphone has two cameras: the main 5 megapixel with autofocus and flash, a front facing 0.3 MP. Camera app looks austere, has the required minimum settings. Below you can see examples of photos and videos to make their own conclusions about their quality. It is worth mentioning design of the camera module. Safety glass has a small diameter and are recessed relative to protruding parts – this allows him to almost always stay clean. 

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Autonomy

Capacity removable battery Fly IQ4404 is 1750 mA * h With a light load: up to 30 minutes a day reading the tape Twitter, synchronizing a Google-account, one-hour video, with all the communication modules enabled smartphone worked up to 2 days.

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To listen to the music we used a standard player, the volume on the value of 12 out of 15, the MP3 files with a bitrate of 320 kbit / s. In the read mode disables all wireless communications, including data transmission in a mobile network, and the display brightness set to 50%. Navigation includes a route in Google Navigation app. Brightness exhibited 50%, all data communication modules disabled. When playing a video display brightness set to 50%, the volume level on level 12 of a possible 15. A video file format MKV, resolution 1024h432 points, frame 24. When playing video from Youtube display brightness set to 50%, the volume level at 12 out of 15 possible levels.

The results

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As a result, Fly IQ4404 – a balanced budget smartphone with an adequate price tag. Significant deficiencies in the smart phone is not revealed, it leaves a good impression, “workhorse” for the budget conscious users. Sales of the device began in late September, recommended price is 1500 USD. Already, the device can be found for a little less money, but given the fact that smartphones Fly characterized by a fairly rapid decline in prices, this smartphone will soon become even more profitable purchase.

Liked

+ Balance – lack frankly weak components
+ Autonomy
+ Protective film on the screen (stuck out of the box)
+ Official warranty 2 years

Do not like it

– Software flaws
– A weak reception of FM-radio
– The average quality of the earpiece and microphone

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