GOOD BODY, BUT MID­DLING POWER

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Stel­lar Pin­na­cle from Spice is a ph­ablet with a lar­gish 5.3-inch dis­play and curved edges. For a change, this is one de­sign that does not re­sem­ble the Sam­sung Galaxy se­ries.

The touch re­sponse is good, but the 960x540p is a bit too low for the big dis­play and lacks clar­ity at times. Be­low are three ca­pac­i­tive touch keys that look dif­fer­ent and il­lu­mi­nate only when tapped. There is also a ded­i­cated cam­era key, some­thing that is be­com­ing ex­tinct in An­droid smart­phones. It launched the cam­era and cap­tured im­ages only when the de­vice was un­locked. Over­all, this de­vice has good build qual­ity, but the wide screen and 196 grams weight make it a bit un­com­fort­able to han­dle.

Thanks to the dual-core pro­ces­sor, we could eas­ily browse the web and down­load apps from the Play Store. It smoothly han­dled heavy graphic games like

Shad­ow­gun and there was no lag while play­ing. The on­screen key­board was su­perb, but there was a slight lag when many apps were run­ning in the back­ground.

The Stel­lar Pin­na­cle packs in an 8MP rear cam­era loaded with set­tings such as HDR and other reg­u­lar modes you would find in a point and shoot. But don’t ex­pect out­stand­ing re­sults as we no­ticed noise in al­most all im­ages cap­tured with this cam­era. For video call­ing Spice has added a 5MP front cam­era with HDR set­ting. Even here, the re­sults were just about av­er­age. Video record­ing doesn’t have any­thing worth men­tion­ing. This dual SIM ph­ablet has a de­cent 2,550 mAh bat­tery that gave us a day and a half.

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