A question I get very often is “I want an unlocked Android phone that myself or my kids can take onto any GSM network that’s low priced but offers a lot of functionality.” The answer is here. Recently I received the Verykool SL5000 smartphone to review that’s unlocked and runs on Android. Many people will think, “Verykool, that must be some sort of low-end brand from Asia.” Not at all. The Verykool SL5000 may not have the best name in the world, but it sure packs a punch. For $230, you get an unlocked phone with a ton of features you’ll usually find on a Samsung, LG or HTC device.
Verykool is from a company called Infosonics based out of San Diego, CA. The SL5000 is a 4G LTE smartphone that has crystal clear call quality but doesn’t have the best of camera that you can find on the market. I mean it’s adequate, but it’s not 42 MP like some phones on the market. You’ll get a relatively ok 8MP rear camera and a 2MP front camera. The rear camera has autofocus with LED flash.
It sports a 5 inch display that’s NOT HD as it has 480 x 854 px with 198 ppi. It runs on Android 4.4 Kit Kat. I really hope it will run Android 5.0 Lollipop, that would be awesome!
Here are some additional specs:
Being a 4G LTE device, you can get 150mbps download speeds and 50mbps upload speed.s I don’t like the screen protector that came with the device, I find it really thick and cheap. The SL5000 Quantium has a decent build quality that doesn’t look cheap.
Now, the battery is where I’m finding an issue. When charging it reports 6% charged but when rebooted it reported 19% charged on one test. Issue? Yes. The battery is 2,000 mAh but if it’s not working properly, you can be stuck with a phone and not know it’s true battery life. Constantly rebooting the device to find the true battery life isn’t a solution.
In terms of responsiveness, it responds decently given a 1.2 GHz Quad Core CPU in the SL5000 Quantium that has 1 GB of RAM. It can run the latest apps and games with no issues at all.
Another tip for Verykool, get rid of that hideous default background on the SL5000. You don’t want to scare anyone with that red haired girl that looks like a clown with that makeup. It’s just awful. Why not some beautiful scenes of San Diego instead?
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Overall for $230, you can't go wrong but Verykool needs to fix the battery issues before this review will get a better rating.
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