Mi-Fone is one company who’s strong point is being able to sell devices with affordability taken care of. Started with feature phones and have over the years transitioned to a smartphone manufacturer. Mi-A200 is one such device. Mi A200 comes out as a low priced device with a little bit of everything. Think about it, where else did you get a droid with a front camera at entry level?
Priced at around Kenya Shillings 7,000 this Android device comes running Android 2.3 Gingerbread with very minimal skinning. Not very much to look at as we the market is already looking at Ice cream Sandwich, but most of the devices in the market run Gingerbread. What this means is that entry level users are able to get some premium features on the entry level pricing. It also has an 800MHz processor, 2MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. Storage is on the minimum with 200MB so you will find yourself using more microSD storage even for installation of apps. Ofcourse you can expend that to 32GB if you wish. The battery is a 1400mAh hero, making it one battery life freak.
- General:GSM 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
- Dual SIM Dual standby
- Chipset:MSM-7225A – 800 MHz
- OS:Android 2.3.5
- Display:2.8″ QVGA Capacitive Touch 320 x 240
- Dimensions:111 x 60 x 14 mm
- Memory”:400MB NAND Flash and 200MB RAM
- Support Micro SD up to 32 Gb
- Data:GPRS Class 12, HSUPA 7.2Mbps, UL 5.76Mbps
- Camera:Dual Camera with Front 0.3 MP and Rear 2.0 MP
- Connectivity:USB, Bluetooth, WIFI, Wi-Fi Hotspot
- FM Radio, GPS, G-Sensor
- Battery: Lithium Ion 1400 mAh giving Talk-time of up to 6 hr and Stand by minimum 200 hrs
Design-wise, this device has a compact shape and the overall finish would tend to lean towards the Huawei Gaga being sold by Orange. It’s got nice curves but not really a looker on this front.
Out of the box, it comes with a wallpaper with the Mi Fone slogan, “The darker the berry, the sweeter the juice” could be taken to signify the black phone has sex appeal. It’s sold in Africa afterall. The power button and the earphone jack slot are at the top, the volume rocker and USB port on the right. Left and bottom sides are nothing but curves for you.
Out of the box, you get the battery charger who’s cable doubles up as the USB cable, earphones and a free belt-on carry case.
This is a sub $100 price device I would recommend in that, as I said up in this post, it’s got a little bit of essentials, and the pricing is right. You wanna get an Android device for all the nice things Android does to people including social media, email, apps and an added advantage of dual sim, dual-standby abilities, while not compromising on battery life, you got a keeper.