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Spice Mi-355 Stellar Craze

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Mi-355 Stellar Craze

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Decent Android Smartphone

29 Aug, 13 04:02 PM

Spice Mi-355 Stellar Craze was a much-awaited phone in the line of budget Android phones. The phone has many features but does not entirely live up to the expectations. Given below is the detailed review of the phone.

Spice Mi355 Stellar Craze Design and Build Quality

The phone has a smooth and glossy finish. The best part is that the back does not scratch easily. The keys on the left and top of the device are not very comfortable to use and show have had more depth. The screen of the phone is 3.5 inch, total dimensions are 4.65 x 2.44 x 0.45 in, and the phone weighs a mere 80grams. The weight of the phone is a plus point in its favour since most of the phones today weight over 100grmas. The phone is solidly built and feels comfortable in hand. The battery life of the phone lasts only for 4 hours with full talk time. The battery life is a drawback of the phone.

User Interface and Comfort to Use Spice Mi355 Stellar Craze

The phone is a little behind its times as it comes with the Gingerbread Android software with an option to upgrade to the latest Android 4.0. The phone has a 512MB of RAM with only 210MB of RAM available for user. The phone’s screen has a 320×480 resolution, which is very basic and not very impressive. The viewing angle is very narrow and you have to old the phone at one particular angle to be able to see the screen clearly.

Telephony and Phonebook

The call quality on the phone is average. Both 2G and 3G are available on the phone. The phonebook is filled with features but the process of the phone and the lack of RAM do not give it a very fast access speed. The phone is dual SIM and only one SIM slot is available for 3G SIM.

Messaging and Emails

Messaging and email on the phone work very well. The keyboard is well placed and easy to use. We even tried Swype on the phone and it worked fast.

Gallery, Photo Viewer and Video Player

Photo viewer of the phone does not offer many options other than zoom crop and rotate. You can get additional features using the various apps. The video player supports all formats. The screen is not ideal for video playback but small videos can be watched with ease. The video player plays without hitch.

Spice Mi355 Stellar Craze Music Player and FM Radio

Music on the phone is not very good and the audio playback is shaky sometimes but otherwise it is ok. The music player supports all formats and you can easily shuffle around the music settings.

Spice Mi355 Stellar Craze Camera and Image Quality

The rear camera on the phone is 5MP and is very basic. The focus of the camera is often off key and the photos turn out to be average. Dual LED flash is a good feature of the phone. The front camera is .3MP and supports video recording. You can use the camera for Skype and video calls.

Video Camera and Video Quality

Video recording resolution of the phone is 352×288, which is way below the standard. The recording is very basic with no frills attached.

Spice Mi355 Stellar Craze Connectivity Options

WLAN, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, GPRS, Edge, and 3G are the features available on the phone. Connectivity is generally good but 3G connections are not very constant.

Organiser and Other Utility Tools

The organiser is basic and the tools include calendar, alarm, world clock, clock, calculator, and convertor. Gaming is a good experience on the phone. The accelerometer is good and you can easily play games like Temple run.

Spice Mi355 Stellar Craze Web Browser and Applications

Browser on the phone leaves a lot to be desired. Zooming in to read the text will distort the pictures. Phone is SNS ready. The applications include Google, Gmail, YouTube, Facebook and Google talk.

Google Maps and GPS

A-GPS on the phone works well with the Google Maps. You can use all the features of the maps easily.

Value for Money

The price of the phone in Indian Market is INR 6000 (approx., may vary). The performance of the phone is quite decent but poor battery and video recording pulls down the value of money of the phone.

General

  • AnnouncedJune, 2012
  • Networks2G+3G, Dual SIM
  • Colors AvailableWhite
  • Operating SystemAndroid OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), upgrade to v4.0
  • Languages SupportedEnglish
  • 2G NetworkGSM 850/900 MHz
  • 3G NetworkHSDPA 2100 MHz

Format

  • Form Factor (Shape)Bar
  • Height118 mm
  • Thickness11.5 mm
  • Width62 mm
  • Weight80 gms

Battery

  • Maximum Standby Time192.00 hours
  • Maximum Talktime4.00 hours
  • Battery TypeStandard Li-ion 1420 mAH

Internet & Connectivity

  • Infrared
  • HSCSD
  • BluetoothYes
  • WAPNA
  • USB Connectivity
  • Handsfree Connectivity
  • GPS
  • A-GPS
  • GPRS
  • Data SpeedNA
  • EDGE
  • Wi-FiWi-Fi 802.11 b/g, Wi-Fi Tethering

Other Features

  • JavaYes
  • Calendar
  • Voice Dialing
  • Voice Memo
  • Sync
  • SyncML
  • Clock
  • Alarm Clock
  • Organiser
  • In-built Torch
  • Office Applications
  • Trackball
  • Sales PackageCharger, Headset, USB Cable
  • Other FeaturesFront Camera : 0.3 MP, (640x480)

Entertainment

  • Radio
  • Music Player
  • Video Player
  • Voice Recording
  • Image Viewer
  • Video Recording
  • 3.5mm Jack/Port
  • Games

Camera

  • Camera MP5.0 MP
  • Camera Resolution2592x1944 pixels
  • Video Resolution352×288
  • Front Camera
  • GeoTagging
  • Face Detection
  • Smile Detection
  • Auto Focus
  • Camera FlashLED
  • Primary Camera5MP, 2560X1920 Pixels, Digital Zoom

Display

  • Display Colours16 Million
  • Touchscreen
  • Display Resolution (H)320 pixels
  • Display Resolution (V)480 pixels
  • Display Size3.5 inch
  • SenseUI
  • Multi-Touch
  • Handwriting Recognition
  • Scratch Resistant
  • Display TypeTFT

Ringtones

  • Vibration
  • RingtonesPolyphonic, MIDI, MP3

Messaging

  • T9 Dictionary
  • QWERTY Keypad
  • MessagingSMS, MMS, Email

Memory

  • RAM512 MB
  • Call Log
  • Memory Card SlotMicro SD/T-Flash Card, Up to 32 GB
  • Phonebook Capacity
  • Internal MemoryNA

Our Ratings

  • Appearance
  • Ease of Use
  • Features
  • Performance
  • Value For Money
  • Overall Rating

Hardware

  • Processor800 MHz Processor

Sensors

  • Accelerometer Sensor

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Comments

jai jangra

12-10-2012 14:58:00

kise ko apna mi355 sale karna h to cont me 9813819322

VJKhan786

08-10-2012 01:31:00

This phone also have more then 128mb internal memory for installing application, and also have audio jack....here are some info less......

Satya

12-09-2012 17:49:00

hey tell me what's wrong with this mobile I am planning to buy this

Rakesh

03-09-2012 10:23:00

Hi Dheeraj thanks for recording the fact.. I thought of buying this before I read your comment.. thanks for saving me from the heckles..

Anoop

29-08-2012 04:22:00

somebody who has bought this please write a detailed review

Anoop

29-08-2012 04:18:00

dear dheeraj, could u pls give the reasons? what are the bads in this phone? i am planning to buy this

vikas

28-08-2012 14:47:00

chuhaaaaaa jaannn thanksssssss pehle se bol rha tha

vikas

28-08-2012 14:43:00

ohhhhhhh god thanks... i savd myself..... .......

Harish

27-08-2012 16:51:00

But i will buy this phone

Harish

27-08-2012 16:50:00

Hai i thought to buy this phone . In home shop 18 in super deal.but when i see this commends

kaleem

26-08-2012 05:52:00

in this phone (spice MI355) how to connect the video call

Kiran

23-08-2012 10:56:00

I bought this phone 10 days back...Its perfectly working as per the spec... primary camera not so good ...but front cam clarity is too good. Video chatting is really superb on this device.

KANNAN

20-08-2012 07:20:00

Hi Dheeraj thanks for recording the fact.. I thought of buying this before I read your comment.. thanks for saving me from the heckles..

Dheeraj chandel

15-08-2012 04:41:00

I bought this phone on 13th Aug.. within two days i realized that i am fu***d.. please dont even think to buy this phone.... I request to spice people to recall this product from market as soon as posible.

DUSHYANT BHATIA

14-08-2012 14:17:00

GOOD PHONE WITH FEATURES,BUT WORST CAMERA SAYS 5 MP BUT IT LOOK AS VGA WITH NO MEGA PIXEL. WHEN ZOOM 3.0 AS MENTIONED THE PHOTO WHICH CLICKED IS SMOKY. AND ONE MORE THING THE FLASH LIGHT IS DIM SO NO NIGHT PHOTO IS CLEAR ENOUGH. OUT 4.6/10

vir

30-06-2012 13:35:00

when release this handset in market