Swipe Sense 5.5" Phablet Review

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By Jayanta Ghosh

A budget device with some extra flair

Swipe Technologies introduced Swipe Sense phablet in August. The unique feature of this device is that it gives you some added features in the budget segment. Features like fingerprint sensor and off-screen gesture sensing is some key feature of this device.

Looks and Features
The Swipe Sense sports a 5.5 inch (960 x 540 pixels) qHD IPS display. It is 7.8mm thick and weighs 158 grams. The phone has a sturdy build with rounded edges. At the front, the phone has a 3.2MP front-facing camera along with the proximity and ambient light sensors, earpiece and LED notification light. Below, the phone has three capacitive buttons for home back and menu. Using these tools does improve your selfies to some extent; a self timer is also present for selfies. On the top we have the 3.5m audio jack and the micro USB port, the power button is present on the right side of the phone, Volume rockers are seen on the left. At the back we can see the Swipe logo in the center on the plastic rear panel of the phone. The Swipe Sense has a 8MP autofocus rear camera with LED Flash at the back. Below the flash we can see the fingerprint sensor. Swipe Sense has a removable back cover and a 2250mAh removable battery. The phone has two SIM card slots, one is normal SIM and other is micro SIM. Also a micro SD card slot is present.

Performance
Swipe Sense is not that attractive in build but is sleek and lightweight. It gives you smooth performance for your day to day general usage. The graphics look good on the large 5.5 screen, which enhanced the gaming experience. No heat up issue even with continuous gaming but call quality is not that great. Now that main USP of this device which is the fingerprint scanner, which takes quite sometime for registering the fingerprint, but once registered you can use your finger print to unlock the phone which is a good option for security reasons. However, it takes time to get used to the scanning process and hence the phone has an alternate password system to unlock your phone. Another feature in the Swipe Sense is the gesture sensing which allows user to move your hand over the sensor to navigate. This feature can be accessed for Gallery, Music and Camera. Moreover, there is also an “Off Screen Gesture” feature that once enabled will let users draw, double tap the screen to start and control apps. Actions like launching camera, flashlight, controlling music can be done with these off-screen gestures. The front camera is good for selfies and video chats. In order to enhance your selfies, it has feature called Face beauty that offers three categories like Wrinkle removal, Whiten and Shape. All these three categories can be selected from Low, Medium and High. Using these tools does improve your selfies to some extent. Finally, a self timer is also present for selfies. The battery life of the phone is an area of concern due to its 5.5 inch screen. The phone’s battery will disappoint you as it drained fast if you play games, so in heavy usage it will give you about 6-7 hrs of battery life only.

Priced at:  INR 9,999

Pros

  • Good display and large screen
  • Smooth Performance
  • Good gaming experience

Cons

  • Battery life
  • Camera quality
  • Handset build

Specs

  • 78.2 x 155 x 7.8 mm
  • Weight    158 Gram
  • 5.5 inches qHD IPS capacitive touchscreen
  • 960 x 540 pixels
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core
  • Chipset    MediaTek MT6582
  • RAM    1 GB
  • Storage    8 GB
  • MicroSD    Up to 128 GB
  • 8 MP (autofocus, LED flash)Front facing    3.2 MP
  • WI-Fi    Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth    4.0 with A2DP
  • USB    MicroUSB v2.0
  • Battery    2250 mAh
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat