Symphony Roar A50 Android One Hands-on Review

Interface

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If you didn’t already, know that all Android One smartphones run on Google’s Stock Android user interface. That is one of the main reasons why Android One smartphone are supposed to be faster than your average smartphone; and they are! Manufacturers tend to use what we call “skins” on top of regular Android UI to bring a touch of uniqueness to their smartphones. But that often results in loss of performance and speed.

By forcing to use stock Android, Google essentially made sure that Android One smartphones run smoothly as the hardware will have less things to run.

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There is no gallery application for viewing photos. You have to rely on Photos app from Google suite of apps.

symphony roar a50 android one hands-on review

Tapping the build number five times enables Developer Option which lets you tweak with advanced settings. But that’s a stock Android feature.

symphony roar a50 android one hands-on review

Remember Swype/Swift keyboard? Well, forget them. Now built-in keyboard on Android has the swiping feature.

With that said, there is nothing unique to discover in Symphony Roar A50 Android One phone in terms of interface. You will see the big old Symphony wallpaper with the regular Android user interface, app drawer and Google app bundle. There’s nothing exciting about the interface of this phone except maybe the boot animation where Android logo briefly shows up.

Camera

I’ve never been impressed with Symphony phone’s camera performance. Granted, some high-end smartphones do have better camera, but like most other people, I’m accustomed to the idea that Symphony phones usually have bad camera.

The rear autofocus camera with LED light is a 5MP shooter. But don’t smile yet, because your selfies will only be in 2MP unless you want to go old school and use the rear camera to take a selfie. The camera performance is mediocre. In broad daylight, you may get some good quality shots, but in indoors and low-light situation, the camera will disappoint you.

Having said that, there are a few things that you’re going to like about the camera application on Symphony Roar A50. The phone uses Google Camera, which means you have access to a bunch of cool features such as built-in Panorama, HDR, and Lens Blur.

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The Lens Blur feature is worth talking about. When Google first introduced it, it said that you could take DSLR-like images thanks to Lens Blur. Apparently, when the background is blurry, that photo becomes DSLR-like. And that’s what’s going to happen when you use Lens Blur. Your subject is going to be in perfect focus, but the background will be blurrier-than-usual to give you that shallow depth of field effect.

Using Lens Blur requires a bit of practice. You have to vertically move the phone to grab a photo using Lens Blur. It takes some time getting used to it. But when you do, you might like what Google packed in there.

See next page for Gaming Performance, Benchmark and Music Quality

  • Saddam

    of course update countdown begins immediately after companies announce the device

  • Saddam

    Any Way, Great Review ! Few things I need to know
    1. Call Quality
    2. Mic Quality – Other users listen your voice loudly during call.

    Thanks!

    • Call and microphone quality were satisfactory. I can’t complain.

      • f4fahad

        Same mic we see in Nexus

  • Rafi

    Cool elaborated review. Nicely done. Why dont you guys do more reviews like this? There are more than enough phones out there for you guys to be reviewing new phones every day! Not that you would have time for it but you seem to be not doing any review lately.

    • Well we’d want to, but the problem is we don’t have access to all the phones that we want to review. Companies aren’t very media-friendly when it comes to reviewing phones. While in other countries, companies send review units to blogs and media websites, in our country, we get told that all the information is on their website. Bottom line, we do not have the devices we want to review and companies aren’t very cooperative in this regard.

  • Tahsin

    What about the GPS ?

    • GPS locks fast and accurate. I have no trouble or dissatisfaction with the GPS of this phone.

  • Isteak

    What about the battery backup?

    • Battery backup is average. You might get a little over a day with moderate usage. With cautious usage, you could reach two days. With heavy usage, the battery won’t last a day.

      It all depends on your usage, what data is being transferred in the background, what apps are running, what network it’s connected to, etc. For example, connecting to 3G network will eat more battery than connecting to WiFi.

  • Omi

    I really liked your review, I felt relieved after reading it as I just bought the symphony a50 and had some doubts about it. You should have mentioned the battery because to me its seems that the battery performance is its weakest point (compared to a moto g 2013). The music quality (with better headphones) is also just average, it could have been a bit better. The phone is really light, a bit too light for my liking, now it feels a bit cheap and the flimsy fingerprint magnet back cover makes matters worse. Aside from that the phone is really good, exceptional for the price.
    Sajib Bhai, would it be wise to update to lollipop? Will it hinder the phones performance? Can you help me to turn off the annoying “old tv turning off animation” that occurs whenever i press the power/lock button to lock the device.Thank you.
    Saying it again(as once was not enough) great review man, keep up the good work.

    • Thank you. Yes, battery performance is sub-par. I have updated the article to reflect that. You know when you try to write something this detailed, few things tend to be missed. 🙂

      As for Lollipop update, I’d advise to wait until a few people around you have updated their Android One phone to the new version. Lollipop hasn’t been released yet so you don’t have to worry about it now. Plus the lock screen animation thing probably cannot be changed without rooting (and therefore voiding warranty). I don’t mind the subtle difference from other Android phones though.

  • f4fahad

    Every line i read remind me of making a good decision of buying this device. Using it since 24th of jan. Being a selfei freak i can say 2mp front gives good performance at this price range. So far good device proud owner of symphony the first android one of Bangladesh

    • Yup, Symphony nailed it this time.

      • f4fahad

        Symphony the new experience and I’m experiencing non brand for the first time. I must say if this level of quality symphony continues I’ll be like take my Money give me a symphony.

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  • Guest

    this Android One phone rebranded in Indonesia as Mito Impact A1 as you all can see in here: https://www.blibli.com/promosi/preorder-mito-impact-android-one
    thanks for your review since no detailed review from Mito Impact available in Indonesia. I just pre ordered this phone and still waiting for 23 Feb to hands on

  • this Android One phone rebranded in Indonesia as Mito Impact A10 as you all can see in here: https://www.blibli.com/promosi/preorder-mito-impact-android-one
    thanks for your review since no detailed review from Mito Impact available in Indonesia. I just pre ordered this phone and still waiting for 23 Feb to hands on 🙂

    • Thanks! I noticed some traffic from an Indonesian forum but wasn’t sure why people were coming here. Thanks for clearing that up. 🙂

      • yep :D. another android one is Nexian rebranded from spice and evercoss rebranded from karbonn.
        I just want to ask you about the RAM performance. I’m using social media and chat apps a lot (like most indonesian do ;D), mostly WhatsApp, BBM, Facebook, Twitter, and Path. how about the RAM consumption? does it feel laggy?

        • RAM performance is quite well actually. I mean there are occasional lags when switching between apps and stuff, but that’s kind of like the core experience with Android. Almost all the phones I’ve used and tried had some degree of lag at one point or another. But for the most part, the phone is just fine.

          • f4fahad

            i use swype a lot while typing but sometimes i feel its not responding did you face any issue like this

          • Well, Swype itself is laggy. It lags sometimes on all phones I’ve tried. So yeah there is that occasional lag.

      • or maybe the app itself doesn’t compatible with lollipop, swiftkey feels laggy too in lollipop

        • I’m not sure about that. I have Lollipop on my Moto G and the performance is exactly same as it was with KitKat and ICS. I think Swype Keyboard itself is kinda resource-hungry.

  • isaakir

    that’s a great review vaiya 🙂 planning to buy the phone tomorrow. does the phone provide with clear sound (i can hear others clearly) even in noisy environment? can u pls suggest a bluetooth device with noise cancellation feature that works in almost every handset ?

    • Thanks bro. I do think the hearing experience of this phone was pretty good. I don’t have any idea about bluetooth headsets, though. This phone, or most Android phones for that matter, already suffers from poor battery life. Adding a bluetooth headset to the mix will only worsen the battery life as the bluetooth will have to be remained on all the time. Not a good practice I suppose.

  • Masum

    please anyone help me..my symphony roar A50 doesn’t shows in menu.but shows in beside the launcher bottom.i also try this by replace this app..but same case..

  • Nazmun Sakib

    Nice review. I thinking to buy this phone. please, can you tell about sound quality in headphone and how is the camera performance?

    • The provided headphone is crap. If you use a branded headphone then the sound quality improves significantly. Additionally if you download equalizing apps you can further improve the sound though I haven’t tried that.

  • tanim

    Can this phone make 3g video calls ?is both sim support 3g ?

  • why battery backup is so lame ? Can I increase the mAh of the battery somehow ?