Xolo Q1010i review: The camera is the best feature of this phone

Buy the Xolo Q1010i if you like to play with the camera and flaunt a stylish looking device

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | Updated: May 30, 2014 12:06 pm
The Xolo Q1010i is priced Rs 13,499 The Xolo Q1010i is priced Rs 13,499

For quite sometime I have had this nagging feeling that affordable Android phones are indeed becoming better. They now pack specs that you might find on their top-end cousins, have good build quality and offer a good overall experience to the user. The new Xolo Q1010i, for instance, packs in features which till a few months back would have made a flagship phone proud. But how good is the phone? I take it for a spin:

Tech Specs: 5-inch HD IPS OGS display | 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 processor | 1GB RAM | 8GB internal memory, microSD up to 32GB | 8 MP rear camera with Sony Exmor sensor, 2MP front camera | Dual-SIM (GSM + GSM) | 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth | 2250mAH battery | Android 4.2 Jelly Bean upgradeable to KitKat

Price: Rs 13,499

Design: The Xolo Q1010i, as expected, looks just like its two-month old predecessor, the Xolo Q1010. The two phones are different, but not different enough for it to be visible in the design. The Q1010i has a premium look and feel, with the camera on the rear making its presence felt with a metallic frame. The phone too has a metallic frame, but it blends well with the rest of the body. The quality of the plastic used also sets it apart from most other phones in this price range. Plus, the three keys are not on the screen and below on the bezel, giving you more real estate on the phone. The Q1010i has Asahi Scratch Resistant Glass.

Q1010i 3-horz

Screen: The full HD screen ensures clear pictures. Good enough for you to enjoy movies on this 5-inch screen. However, it is not so great to look at in sunlight, even a full brightness. Also, I noticed a couple of spots on the screen when I had a white background, but that has to be a problem with the specific unit.

Performance: You get a good feeling when the first benchmark test you run on a smartphone marks it a top-end device, when you know you have only paid a fraction of what such a device will actually cost. The Q1010i is one such device. As I said, it has high-end specs so you won’t have any trouble with day-to-day activities. Multi-tasking is smooth and there was no lag when I tried my hand at some games. The phone does heat up a bit at times. But overall, the experience is much better than what you would expect at this price point.

Memory: The Xolo Q1010i has more internal storage than its predecessor. So you will have around 6GB at your disposal out of the 8GB. This also means that you can put off buying an SD card for a few months.

Connectivity: Network reception and call quality was good.

Software: The phone runs the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and will be support Android Kitkat when the time comes. The phone supports on the go (OTG) and I would advise you to but one of the those new USB ports that you can plug into the micro-HDMI instead of an SD card. The phone hardly has any bloatware and that is a good thing.

Camera: The biggest upgrade in this phone has to be its 8MP camera with its Sony exmor sensor. Sony has been really working on the camera capabilities of its phones and that shows when you use the Q1010i. This camera is fast and responsive. You don’t have to wait for it to click a picture. The results are really impressive when you are shooting outdoors. Indoors, there is a little lack of clarity, however it is still much better than the other phones in this range thanks to its   f/2.0 aperture. The camera app also give a lot of features which are not that common in other Android phones. You can really play around with the pictures styles as well as more detailed stuff like ISO and saturation. Yes, the camera is the best feature of this phone.

Indoor photos Indoor photos Outdoor photos Outdoor photos

Battery: The battery life is good and can last a full day if you don’t push the screen brightness to maximum.

Verdict: If you are looking for a good medium range Android, the Xolo Q1010i seems like a good option. Buy this if you like to play with the camera and flaunt a stylish looking device. Yes, there is competition from the Moto G at this price point, but the street price of the Xolo Q1010i might help you make a decision in its favour.

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First Published on: May 30, 2014 11:30 am
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    gaurav gupta
    Sep 13, 2015 at 1:22 am
    Pathetic phone and battery is u cant help it. I m an electronics engineer but had to send my cell twice for repair in just 2months I bought. Nw 3rd time again phone is in service center becs it got hang. And d best part service center people broke my cell from top left side. I refused to accept back until it is in good and tidy condition otherwise planning fr consumer court. Kindly advice and I advise do not ever buy xolo b. Thanku.
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      Jignesh Patel
      Jan 17, 2015 at 5:46 am
      Thanks for sharing Xolo Mobiles helpful article looking forward to read more.
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        Arun Kumar
        Jul 18, 2014 at 7:36 am
        after the kitkat update may u will change ur comments. I am too worried of my phone because that have lot of problems in the software. xolo didn't look back the customers yet. they are suffering too much. i am also. (Map, Navigation, blue tooth, Some additional functions of camera, sometimes in bulky gallery, some times during the charging time) are the problems occurred functions
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          Deep
          Jun 4, 2014 at 10:09 am
          Very expensive
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            Prashant Kumar
            May 31, 2014 at 4:42 pm
            para 4 " the full hd screen......."this doesnt have a full hd screen .. its only hd which is 720p display..full hd is 1080p display... plz correct..
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                                    phone enthusiast
                                    May 31, 2014 at 5:28 pm
                                    Would have liked the reviewer to touch upon after s service of the b and Music quality via headphones and loud speaker. Thanks!
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                                      May 30, 2014 at 7:48 am
                                      Very good review...
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