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Lava had announced their next device, Xolo Play T1000 by mid-July 2013. It hit the shelves with the Nvidia Tegra 3 powered chipset. A much awaited phone due to this special chipset.
Lava has provided some great devices recently which can easily beat the 15k-20k Samsung or Micromax devices. (We fell in love with the Lava Iris 504Q). Xolo Play is priced at Rs. 16,000, tightly priced close to the Micromax flagship- Canvas 4.
Specifications: Xolo Play T1000
Lava Xolo Play T1000
|Chipset||Nvidia Tegra 3|
|Processor (CPU)||1.5 GHz Quad-core|
|Display Type||IPS LCD 16M colors|
|Size & Resolution||4.7”, 720 x 1280 px, 312 ppi|
|Camera PrimarySecondary||8MP, AF, LED flash, 1080p video recording @30fps2MP|
|Android OS||4.1.1 JB|
|Memory||4GB internal (User Available: 4.75GB), upto 32GB via microSD|
|Connectivity USB||Micro USB v2.0|
|HSPA+||HSDPA- 21 Mbps, HSUPA- 5.76 Mbps|
|WLAN||802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot|
|Dimensions||138.4 x 70 x 10.4 mm|
|Sensors||Proximity, Accelerometer, Magnetic Sensor.|
|Online Price||14,999 INR|
Pros and Cons:
What does the Retail Package come with?
Design: Premium Design & Looks
I was in love with the build of Xolo Play. It has a thin chrome plated bezel & the back panel covering the sides.
The back panel has a matte finish & provides a good grip. Overall the phone will have a lesser tendency slip off from your hands.
The phone weighs around an average of 167 grams with thickness of 10.4 mm.
The back panel has the volume rockers as well as the power button. The bezel around the camera is different compared to the other Xolo devices.
Overall the design is great & doesn’t give you a flimsy feeling generally exuded by local brands. The only flaw in this single SIM device would be that the SD card is not hot swappable. But that is not something that can’t be overlooked.
User Interface: A Different Taste
Xolo Play doesn’t sport the stock android JB skin. The manufacturer has taken some interest to have custom android skin unlike other local manufacturers.
The transitions & animations are great. No lag in touch response or even the UI transition effects. The touch experience & the scroll are fluid & smooth.
The capacitive buttons worked flawless unlike the sibling Xolo Q800. The file explorer provided by the manufacturer has many sorting options. (Screenshot)
For a change, a local manufacturer has come out with its own modified UI (like Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense) and managed to not screw up the phone.
Screen and display: The Best with OGS
Xolo Play T1000 has 4.7″ IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 px & pixel density of 312 ppi. The black background off the screen suits the display & the colour contrasts used in the UI.
The display is made up of OGS (One Glass Solution) technology (kb link).The viewing angles are amazing as you can read the content on the screen even at (almost) 88° angle from the vertical.
We couldn’t get Auto-Brightness feature to work but our software’s show that the device has Ambient Light Sensor. This might be the problem with the specific handset we tested; but confirm in case this feature is important for you.
The 2 adjacent corners of the phone could be reached using single hand. And we also think that the screen size of 4.7” is almost perfect. Not too big to operate, and big enough so as to be a pleasure to use.
Sound and multimedia
The speakers of Play are much better than my last reviewed Galaxy phones. But the placement of the speaker on the back bottom side below the Nvidia logo could sometimes be a problem. The player’s skin is similar to Galaxy JellyBean devices. The audio equaliser has all standard equalising options.
The audio player supports mp3 as well as aac format. The video player supports mp4, avi, mkv formats. It was strange that the device couldn’t play flv videos. The phone supports videos upto 1080p. So running any HD video is no problem for the Xolo Play.
Video player is similar to Xolo’s siblings- it pauses on tapping anywhere & tap to seek operation couldn’t be performed. Video player could have been customized.
Typing on this 4.7″ screen is decent. You can operate the dialpad using single hand. One feature missing was the “Add to Contacts” option present directly from the dialpad. It means you have to always go to contacts & create the contact instead of doing it from the dialpad.
The default button click sound is good. Typing in landscape mode is stress-free. Portrait mode typing could be used comfortably if you can get used to Swype feature.
The prediction is good & new words could be added to the dictionary easily. Voice dictation is present. We couldn’t find the Enter button on the keyboard (screenshot).
The stock browser gives an awesome experience. The scrolling is very smooth & pinch to zoom works great. No doubt that it supports flash content.
The crispness of the content, the brightness & the pixel density of the screen makes overall browsing experience wonderful.
Xolo Play has 8MP Auto-Focus rear camera with LED Flash capable of taking pictures with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels. The front 2MP camera can take photos with a resolution of 1200×1600 pixels.
The rear cam has 4x zoom but going above 2x would degrade the photo quality. The camera launches within a second & has zero shutter lag.
The phone can shoot decent pictures with good colour reproduction. Low-light shooting turns out good with the LED flash.
We were disappointed with the Panaroma shots. The images were not stitched well & moving objects were repeated multiple times.
It records 1080p 3GP videos at 30frames/second. The recording is good upto 2x zoom. Going above 2x would make the recording lag & dull. The front cam records videos at 24 fps; good for video calling.
Overall the Camera is good at this Price Segment.
Untouched Camera Samples:
Hardware Performance: Can’t Doubt it.
Xolo Play T1000 has Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset sporting a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor coupled with 1 GB RAM to satisfy your gaming needs. The device passed all 3 levels of our Multi-tasking test easily. At this price point, this is the best you can expect from a phone.
Start-up Time: 32 sec
Apps & Games
Xolo Play comes with a list of apps that you won’t find in other manufacturer’s devices. Xolo Care, Xolo Power, Xolo Secure, Tegra Zone are some Xolo Play specific apps.
Worthy thing to note is that the manufacturer did not flood the Menu with bloatwares. Games like Temple Run Oz & Subway Surfer worked perfect. No doubt the Nvidia logo makes all the games work well.
Xolo Play has Bluetooth (v3.0), micro USB (v2.0), GPS (with A-GPS), WiFi with hotspot & WiFi Direct. The single SIM supports 3G. It misses Near Field Communication (NFC), HDMI & USB OTG features.
Xolo Play boasts a 2000mAh Li-Ion battery which can provide sufficient juice to power up your phone for a whole day with Xolo’s Power software optimization. The device we received got heated up while running the benchmarks; otherwise, the phone kept cool.
Xolo Play comes with Nvidia powered chipset & a beautiful display & UI within 16k. You should surely buy this phone in case you have other options like the Micromax Canvas 4 or the Samsung Galaxy Core on your mind.
If you urge for a dual SIM phone then Lava Iris 504Q could be preferred over Play. Overall, at this price point, this phone is one of the best for playing games, camera & watching your favourite movies.