Wiko Ufeel Review – More Than Just A Feeling
Wiko Ufeel Review – More Than Just A Feeling
One of the 3 latest drops from Wiko to the country, the Wiko Ufeel brings in a fresh perspective to presentation, though the performance is rather below par for a Wiko phone. The phone comes in 5 colors, and costs RM 699 in the market. Different feel thanks to its different design, read on more to find out about what the Wiko Ufeel has in store for you, the potential user.
- 5” (720 x 1280) IPS LCD, ~294 ppi pixel density
- 13 MP Full HD
- 1.3 GHz Cortex-A53 Quad Core SoC
- 3GB RAM and 16GB Internal Memory
- 2500 mAh battery
Design Build and Quality
This phone is unique, that is one thing everyone has to agree on when it comes to its build. At 5.0”, it’s a nice phone to hold on to. Not too big, neither is it too small. Its curved edges help with the grip of the phone. One additional feature that it has, and yet another personal phone trait that Wiko enjoys bringing in to set each of their phones apart, is the felt back cover of the phone.
In my time reviewing Wiko phones, and other phones in general, this is the very first phone that I have had with a felt back. This, to me, is not a disadvantage, rather an advantage as it provides that sense of security through the extra grip provided by the felt back cover.
The Ufeel, just like most phones in the market today, come with Dual SIM capabilities, where users can fit in a micro SIMs, as well as a Micro-SD card slot which houses up to 64GB worth of expansion. The phone is sturdy at the front, as it is coated with scratch-resistant glass.
The phone also comes with a fingerprint sensor, but not one of the best. Lots of work to be done by Wiko in this department, in my opinion.
The Wiko Ufeel comes with a 720×1280 screen display, with 294ppi pixel density. Not the sharpest, but one of the high ones of the 3 phones dropped by Wiko. I wouldn’t call it one of the best phones to use when it comes to watching videos, but it does produce a decent quality finish, which is a desirable trait for phones these days. With the display and the pixel density as well, the screen does provide that sense of sharpness with its colors, but you can see the toned-down (albeit minimal) feel that the colors have on screen.
There is one thing to point out here, and that is the responsiveness of the touchscreen. Two words to describe it: below average. The phone screen requires heavy touch and at times requires more taps just to get a response from the phone. Don’t let that deter you from getting the phone though, especially to first time users. It’s going to help you appreciate phones with a sensitive screen more.
The screen’s adaptive brightness is not one of the best I have reviewed, but it is decent. It does not quickly adapt to the brightness of its surroundings, but it is sensitive in low light, and does become a hassle, especially since the sensor is at the top of the screen, and your fingers or thumb could cause the sensor to react and drop the phone’s darkness.
With a 2500mAh battery, one would be deterred by the small battery size. Through this review, I would like to tell the readers that there is nothing to worry about. The battery in the Wiko Ufeel packs a decent punch. At heavy usage, the phone can still last a full day. In terms of light usage, however, the battery does not drain much, and it is actually able to last for an approximate of 2 days. The Wiko Ufeel is a good phone for those on the go, and for light users, who are usually using the phones for social media and communications purposes.
The Wiko Ufeel is not a recommended phone in quiet places. Even with a small outlet at the back of the phone, the phone actually has a good audio quality, and users will be happy to know that the audio will be clear. Even at its highest volume, you do not hear a significant crackling on the speakers, as to the older generation of phones, who seem to have a problem with audio clarity at the highest volume.
The Wiko Ufeel has a 13MP rear camera, and a standard 5MP front camera. Through the rear camera, it is evident that the 13MP resolution has given it the added advantage against its competition, or at least to the ones that are at the same level. The phone produces a natural finish to its photos, especially if you take depth of field shots. Which brings us to the autofocus of the camera.
The detection is decent, and it does its job. It’s not the fastest, but for those who have the time, the camera of the Wiko Ufeel is very nice to break down, and tinker around to find your own muse, in terms of taking photos, at the very least. The Ufeel has a professional mode, staple with most of the phones that are dropped in the market of late. The phone is also capable of shooting in full HD, thanks to the 13MP qualities of the camera
The low light features of this camera, however, is disappointing. Even with the night mode, it was evident that there was a very high level of grain in the finish. Not something you’d expect from a phone with a 13MP camera, but it redeems itself with a decent “Night Mode” feature
The front camera is decent, since it has a standard 5MP camera. As a trait of Wiko phones, the Ufeel also has a front LED flash to help with your low light selfie kicks.
The Ufeel comes with a the Android v6.0 (Marshmallow) OS. The phone is up to date in terms of its software, with the Wiko UI, which gives a stock Android UI feel to it. This phone is a drawerless phone, which is quite different for those with similar UI, as most are moving towards the hybrid app drawer. If you have a knack for organizing your apps on your phone, the drawerless UI will be a new challenge, but it does save the phone from a little performance issue, with some phones with an app drawer experiencing lag.
The Ufeel has a 3GB RAM, which helps with the phone’s performance, although I have been slightly disappointed as it can be sluggish in certain usages, such as opening heavy game apps. With an internal memory of 16GB, you have a substantial amount of space to store your personal items or pictures. Again, the phone has an expansion, so memory is not something to worry about in terms of storage space.
To summarize the whole review, the Wiko Ufeel is what it is in the market: mid-range. However, do not be deterred by the fact that it is just average. The phone is nice to hold thanks to its felt back cover, and it’s the first of its kind to have that as well. Fun for those who love fidgeting with soft things. The phone is also good for heavy usage, so you don’t have to worry about forgetting your powerbank at home, the phone is good enough, even with its 2500 mAh battery. All in all, the phone has all the properties of a decent phone to use, and it is recommended (to me, at least) as a starter phone.