Symphony Roar A50 Android One Hands-on Review

Gaming Performance

Let’s talk gaming, shall we? A huge number of users purchase their smartphone not only to browse the web but also to play smartphones. Especially in Bangladesh, the gaming performance  of a smartphone is often the deciding factor. A lot of users will purchase a phone if it can handle high-definition games smoothly.

symphony roar a50 android one gaming performance

I’m not much into gaming, but upon user request on our Facebook group, I have tested a bunch of Android games and I must say Symphony Roar A50 didn’t seem to have trouble running any of them. I played GTA San Andreas (How could I not!), Asphalt 8, Subway Surfer, Modern Combat, and Real Racing 3. Just for the fun of it, I also played Candy Crush to see if it improves my performance since it was a new phone. Nope, I still suck at it.

real racing on symphony roar a50

Screenshot of Real Racing 3 being played on Symphony Roar A50 Android One.

 

Our video reviewer also agrees with me. The gaming performance on Symphony Roar A50 is just superb. It’s brilliant. I’m not saying that there is no Android game on earth that won’t lag on Symphony Roar A50, I’m just saying that on a relatively new smartphone running a stock version of Android 4.4.4 KitKat, neither of the games that I played had trouble.

Again, this isn’t coming from a seasoned gamer, but as an occasional one, I’m more than happy with the gaming performance of Symphony Roar A50.

Benchmark

This is the part which I’m not a big fan of. They say numbers don’t lie. But with benchmark scores, well, there are many variables. Different versions of the same benchmarking app can produce different scores.

symphony roar a50 geekbench benchmark

Plus I’ve been noticing lately that people don’t care about benchmark scores these days as much as they care about the actual, real world performance of the device. Two years ago when we first launched Android Kothon and Bangladeshi people were just beginning to embrace Android, we noticed that everyone’s first question about a new phone was ‘what’s the AnTuTu score?’ Nowadays, not so much.

But since benchmarking applications are here, and almost all sites do test the device’s performance using benchmarking applications, we’re going to post two of the most popular benchmarking apps’ scores below.

symphony roar a50 android one benchmark

symphony roar a50 android one graphics benchmark nenamark2

If you’d like us to test the phone’s performance using any other benchmarking application that doesn’t require root, feel free to let us know in the comments and we’ll be happy to test the phone.

Music Quality

The headphones that come with Symphony Roar A50 in the box are just trash. I’ll just be rude and real about it. You might never use those headphones because they are so bad. Don’t blame your Symphony Roar A50 Android One phone because of bad music quality that those headphones produce.

symphony roar a50 android one display hands-on review

I listen to a lot of music, but most of the time they are either on my desktop computer’s speakers or on the laptop’s built-in speakers. A few times when I listen to music on my mobile, I use a headphone that came with a feature phone, Samsung Champ Duos. I tried to listen to some YouTube music on Symphony Roar A50 using the Champ Duo’s headphone, and it was okay. But as soon as I switched to the provided headphone, the story made a turn for the worst.

So if you are a music fan, you should know that the provided headphones are no way to judge the sound quality of Symphony Roar A50. If you already have a headphone, you might want to take that to the store when checking out the phone.

The loudspeaker performance of Symphony Roar A50 is another story, though. I found it quite loud and satisfactory. While watching YouTube videos or playing games and music, the loudspeaker is loud and clear. It is placed on the back of the device, adjacent to the Android One logo towards the bottom of the device. Chances are you will be happy with the loudspeaker as long as your expectation isn’t to get HTC BoomSound level quality.

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  • 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 ?