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Wiko Robby Review

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In case you missed our unboxing article, Wiko Robby boasts of a huge screen something suitable for multimedia contents such as movies, music videos and photos. You can also read so clearly on the 5,5’’ HD display screen which has IPS technology which improves readability and viewing angles.

Like its sister phones, the Wiko Robby has a metallic finish with a slightly curved back cover to fit in your palm and pocket perfectly. The  Ksh 11,000, Wiko Robby runs Android™ 6.0 (Marshmallow) and has a Quad-Core 1.3 GHz, Cortex-A7 processor. See below more specs.

Key Specs
Display: 5.5” IPS Technology
Display resolution: HD (1280×720 pixels), pixel density: 267 ppi
OS: Android™ 6.0 (Marshmallow)
Processor: Quad-Core 1.3 GHz, Cortex-A7
GPU: ARM®, Mali™ 400MP
SIM CARD : 2 Micro SIM
Size: 155×79.1×10 mm
USB™ OTG : Yes
Camera: 8 MP with flash
Front Camera : 5 MP with a selfie flash
Weight: 185g
Battery: 2500 mAh Li-Po
Internal memory: 16 GB expandable via Micro SD up to 64 GB.
RAM: 1 GB

Design & Appearance

Wiko Robby is available in green, blue and rose-gold with a metallic coated back cover gives the 5.5 inch 3G smartphone a premium feel. Weighing 185 grams with its 2500 mAh removable battery inside, the Dual Sim smartphone  lacks a fingerprint scanner but has gesture control allowing users to make voice calls, turn on or off apps minus using the normal buttons.

The phone also has a position sensor allowing the phone to function perfectly even when rotated 180 degrees. Thus, Wiko’s Robby can be used in all four directions.

Overall the phone looks good in design and appearance and can be a fashion item to lovers of bright colors.

Specs and performance

Wiko Robby doesn’t have very great credentials even though it looks beautiful.  It is powered by a 4 core MediaTek’s MT6580M processor running at 1.3 GHz on a 1GB RAM making multitasking to slow the phone’s processor and making simple gaming difficulty especially if one has other apps open in the background.

The 1GB RAM makes it a weaker device for anyone who used to faster load speeds when reading their content online, browsing internet pages or watching YouTube videos. The manufacturers did an injustice installing a 1GB RAM storage for the processor, limiting it to few applications the clock can run at the same time.

On Software and UI, Wiko runs on Android 6.0 and uses Wiko UI which means it will have the latest software updates when they are available from Google’s Android anytime. The Wiko UI means users have access to a customized look and feel away from the boring normal Android UI which is standard to most phones running the OS. With ‘Phone Assist, One Clean and My Launcher on the Wiko UI, users have quick access to modified apps simplifying the use of the phone.

Despite its low performance, Wiko’s Robby is not exactly energy saving when compared with other devices. Of course, it should be remembered that Robby is equipped with a larger screen that consumes a considerable part of the energy in many scenarios. The rates are pleasingly low in off and standby. Thus, it is possible to leave the smartphone unused for a prolonged period of time and still have battery power afterward.

Wiko’s Robby 2500 mAh battery can run for slightly six hours on normal use-voice, SMS and camera minus 3G. On 3G it ran for some 5 hours while on heavy use it can for 3.5 hours making it a heavy power drainer maybe due to its huge display screen and resolution. However, it’s USB port supports OTG meaning you can also use it to charge other devices or connect to any USB enabled device such as PC and use it as your computer accessing documents from its 64GB Micro-SD card.

Though the phone is affordable, Wiko ought to know most mobile network operators, including Kenya’s Safaricom are pushing for 4G uptake to bolster their revenues as well as increase load speeds for 4G devices users. Wiko ought to manufacture more 4G devices for the African market to align itself with MNO’s objectives.

We didn’t have a problem with voice calls as the phone has great speakers even when rotated. The phone’s audio is also good for music, movies and YouTube. Wiko Robby has Dual Speakers both supporting Auro 3D sound effects bringing a club experience to music.

Wiko Robby also has double microphones at the top and bottom and the phone works regardless of the side you pick it. It’s noise recognition technology deals with the noise around; making voice calls as clear as talking to the other person in the same room.

The phone’s 8MP main camera with a LED flash and auto focus makes it a better option among devices in its price range. The LED flash allows users to take clear photos even in dark rooms or with less light. The 5MP selfie front camera allows for great selfies and as long as the user balances their light modes, quality photos can be achieved but they can’t be compared to a professional camera or a camera from a high-end smartphone.

What we liked
+ The price
+ The huge display screen
+ removable battery
+ USB OTG
+ Dual speakers and audio surround.
+ Gesture control and dual speakers.

What we didn’t like
– 1 GB RAM
-Poor processor
-Weak battery for huge screen
– Poor camera
-No 4G/LTE

Conclusion
At Ksh 11,000, a 5.5-inch display screen and Android 6.0, the phone will sell thousands of pieces especially to smartphone users who value audio and screen real estate as important for their media consumption. Though it doesn’t support 4G LTE, the phone connects to 3G making it a preference to data conscious users who want to get online but not at a costly price.

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