Xolo Q500 Review: When 4 cores and 1GB of RAM don’t make the cut

Xolo Q500 is one of those entry level android smartphones which look good on paper. It has managed to create a lot of hypes as it packs a quad-core processor and 1 GB RAM at an affordable price. Well, these are just the specs, to know more about the performance of the phone you will have to read our Xolo Q500 review.

Xolo Q500

 

The Q500 carries an attractive price tag of Rs. 7500 approx and hence becomes the dream phone of gaming enthusiasts searching for a budget phone.

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We review phones with an obsessive focus on the experience that really matters to you. We don’t care about specifications, we will tell you what you will really feel while using the phone. And needless to say, we maintain total integrity and truthfulness in our reviews.

Don’t Miss- Why We Are Different

 

  • Different design
  • Impressive camera
  • Average display
  • Touch is not very responsive

 

 

User Experience

 

Design

First Impression: Some local branded phone but not from Micromax or Karbonn.

Sides The sides are protected by a chrome plated bezel.

Back Panel– Plastic back panel with metallic Xolo logo at the centre.
On the first impression it looks like Xolo forgot to cut in a slot on the back panel for the loudspeaker.
But when you listen to music on the speaker then you’ll know that it is designed to route audio through the front earpiece grill.

Front: The front sides accommodates the VGA cam, proximity and light sensors. The earpiece at the top doubles up the loudspeaker grill too.
The volume rocker is located at the left side while the power button is situated at the right side of the bezel.

 

 Design Usability: Very handy and easy to use.

User Interface

The Xolo Q500 runs on Android 4.1.2 JB with many customizations from Xolo.

Colored options under the settings is one of the highly noticeable changes. These customizations don’t run very deep into the interface but many effects are added to the audio player and a few other apps.

Home Screen: A long press on the homescreen reveals 4 options to choose the wallpaper from:

Gallery, Live Wallpapers, Wallpapers, Xolo Wallpapers.

 

Smoothness to Operate– The UI is very responsive and smooth to operate but the touch sensitivity is not so good. Especially the scrolling which needs to be done while changing the camera settings.

The touch and the haptic feedback buttons at the bottom stop responding sometimes.

 

Display

The 4 inch OGS display has a pixel density of 233 which is good for reading text and SD videos.

The Xolo Q500 has very impressive specs on paper which left me wondering about how they managed to provide a phone with such specs at such a low price. The cost cutting is done in the department of display.

The viewing angles are not ideal for watching a video among a group of friends.
The TFT display is not very rich in colours and the images also loses contrast and show inverted colors when viewed from an angle.

 

The display is also not very bright and sunlight legibility is likely to be an issue.

Single handed Reach– Yes

 

Typing

I loved typing on this phone.

 

The auto correction and prediction work like a charm on the Xolo Q500 making it the best phone for those who love to text.

Typing in the landscape and portrait modes will make you say only thing- WOW!

 

Swipe: Yes, Prediction: Very good, Auto Correction: Great.

 

 

Browsing

 

 

The phone stands up to its expectations when it comes to browsing the web. The quad-core processor keeps up with the pace of the webpages which are being downloaded and displays them without much delay.

 No complaints here.

 

Scrolling and Pinch-to-Zoom (PTZ) also work fine.

Multi-tabs: Yes, Incognito- No

Pre-installed Third party browsers: None

 

Special Features-

 

The Xolo Q50o is loaded up with some special Xolo Apps like ReveriePhoneBook, TouchPal Keyboard & TransPic.

Among these 3 apps, the TransPic caught our attention as it aims to transliterate text.

Xolo Q500

We tried converting some text from English to Hindi but all our efforts went to vain. The app doesn’t work like the advertisements of the phone showcase.

 

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Camera

 

Camera_Xolo Q500

The Q500 is equipped with a 5MP AF Camera assisted by an LED flash at the back for capturing images in NO/LOW lighting scenarios.

The camera app offers a lot of settings fine tuning the quality and size of the captured images. It includes the capability to adjust the sharpness, Contrast, Saturation etc. It also lets the end user select the audio and video codec for the captured videos.

 

Camera UI

 

The captured images have a resolution of 2592×1944 pixels. The photographs retain a lot of details.

 

It is clearly one of the best 5MP shooters in its price segment.

It however, licks dust in the department of video shooting. There are many noticeable artefacts in the captured HD video which spoils whatever is there to watch in the video.

Xolo Q500

 

Camera start-up time 1.75s

 

Multi-media

 

Audio

Xolo Q500

 

Audio levels and quality– Okay audio quality and average volume.

The stock music player has all the standard features like shuffle, repeat, playlist features, and equalizer.

The UI of the audio player is not like the other android smartphones. It is different but in a very refreshing way.

 

Formats supported:

  • mp3- Yes
  • aac- Yes
  • wma- Yes
  • wav- Yes

 

Video- The stock video player supports tap to seek and standard sharing options.

Formats supported (480p):
  • mp4- Yes
  • flv- No
  • avi- Yes
  • mkv- No

Resolution Supported (mp4):

  • 480p (SD)- Yes
  • 720p (HD)- Yes
  • 1080p (full-HD)- Yes
  • 4K (Ultra HD)- No

 

 

 

 

The 720p videos run well only if nothing is running in the background. It can play full HD videos but they won’t be of much use to you as they lag after every few seconds.

 

Gallery- Standard android gallery with option to sort stuff according to Albums, Locations, Times, People and Tags.

Xolo Q500

 

 

 

Hardware Performance

Now its time for talk about the performance of the phone.

The Xolo Q500 has a quad-core processor with its each core ticking at 1.2 GHz. This might make you believe that it should be a hell of a performer but it’s not.

The phone does normal tasks very well. Equipping it with an older quad-core processor is just a marketing stunt.

If you are reading this then please keep it in mind that a quad-phone is not necessarily a fast phone.

Take the Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro for instance.

 

Here are some timing benchmarks which might come in handy:

Activity

Approx. Time (sec)

Start-up time

33.81

Reboot time

42.75s

 

 

Memory & RAM

Memory

Total

Free

Internal Storage

4 GB

1.6 GB

RAM

1GB

560 MB

 

 

 

Apps & Games

Like I mentioned in the above section, high-end gaming is not something that you would enjoy on this phone. Temple Ruz Oz runs but with a low frame rate on high graphics settings.

 

Battery

Xolo Q500

The Q500 from Xolo is powered by a 1450mAh Li-Ion battery which is not sufficient to last the phone for a whole on moderate usage.

It also heats up a little on gaming but it’s not a cause of concern.

If you are new to android and want more backup from your battery then you should configure Xolo Power to best match your requirements.

 

Connectivity

Connectivity_Xolo Q500

 

What is has:

  • Dual SIM
  • 2G & 3G
  • Wi-Fi (with Direct & Hotspot)
  • Bluetooth (v3.0)
  • GPS
  • FM Radio
What it lacks:

  • 4G
  • NFC
  • Dedicated HDMI port
  • IR LED

 

Final Verdict

Not made for gamers

The Xolo Q500 is an affordable quad-core phone having its own advantages and disadvantages. Its 4 inch display coupled with excellent auto correction makes texting a pleasurable experience.

Though it is the best phone for texting in its price segment but it has some minus points too. Its slow and outdated quad-core processor wouldn’t be of much help for playing the latest high end games. The 5MP camera on the other hand is mind blowing for capturing those memorable moments.

So, if you are not much into gaming and love taking photos and texting then Q500 is the best fit.

  • Are into photography
  • Text a lot
  • Want an affordable quad-core phone for bragging
  • Love gaming

 

Xolo Q500: Specifications

You ought to know this- Why we don’t trust specifications?

General Name Xolo Q500 Review
OS Android 4.1.2 JB
Hardware Chipset Qualcomm MSM8225Q
CPU 1.2GHz Quad-Core
GPU Adreno 203
RAM 1 GB
Internal Memory 4GB
Expandable Memory Upto 32GB (micro SD card)
Display Type LCD TFT, Capacitive Touchscreen with OGS
Size 4 inch; 854×480 pixels (233.24 ppi)
Camera Primary 5MP, AF, LED flashStills- 2592×1944 pixels
Secondary 0.3 MP
Battery Capacity 1450 mAh Li-Ion
Connectivity EDGE Yes
HSPA+ Yes. DL- 7.2Mbps, UL- 5.76Mbps
Wi-Fi Yes, 802.11 b/g/n (with Hotspot & WiFi Direct)
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0
GPS Yes
USB Yes (v2.0)
Dual SIM Yes (GSM+GSM)
FM Radio Yes
Others Sensors Proximity, Accelerometer & Ambient Light
Dimension 118.5 x 63 x 10.7mm
Weight 116 g
Colours White
Online Price ₹ 7,519

 

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