Symphony Roar A50 Android One Hands-on Review


symphony roar a50 android one kitkat

There isn’t much to say about the software of Symphony Roar A50. It’s Android 4.4.4 KitKat with planned upgrade to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Google said that all Android One smartphones will receive Android system update for up to two years, though we’re not sure when that countdown begins: immediately after you buy the device or immediately after companies announce the device?

Anyway, two years is a long time in smartphone world. For now, customers should be more than happy that their low-cost Symphony phone will be getting update to Android Lollipop. That’s a peace of mind for anyone using an Android device that’s on the lower end of the market.

As of the publication of this review, Google has already revealed Android 5.1 Lollipop for Android One smartphones in Indonesia. This is the first time any device other than Nexus devices is getting Android update. It’s clever, because more people are going to be purchasing Android One smartphones where they are available simply to get the update. There is no words on when Android One smartphones elsewhere in the world will get the update, but know that Android One phones are going to get it.

Internet, Network, Others

Browsing the web with Symphony Roar A50 is a pleasing experience especially because of the bright display and good touch response. Chrome browser, along with Google’s suite of apps, come pre-installed with this device. But you can install other browsers like Firefox or UC Browser from Google Play store.

Both SIM card slots on the phone, that take micro SIM, are capable of registering on the 3G network. Which means you won’t have to pay close attention to which slot supports 3G like you had to with most other previous smartphones. In the screenshots below, you can see that Teletalk 3G SIM is actively registered on 3G network on both SIM slots.

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The phone has various sensors which you can see in the hardware performance section of this review. Accelerometer, Proximity, Light sensor etc. everything works fine. GPS is fast and accurate. Even sitting inside home, I get a GPS lock quickly with almost accuracy. Walking out of home gives me a 100 percent accuracy on Google Maps.

For more than average users, Symphony Roar A50 is going to be the perfect phone in this price range. You simply couldn’t go wrong with a device that comes with stock Android and 2 years of operating system update.

Rounding up

If you’ve made it this far to the 2000+ word review, you must have already figured out that I have a very positive feeling towards the Symphony Roar A50 Android One phone. It’s budget-friendly, it looks and feels great, it’d be my go-to device if I didn’t have an Android already or if I had a high-end Android phone that I didn’t feel safe to bear with me all the time.

Rounding up, let’s take a quick look at some of the key points of this review.

The Good

  • Superb built quality
  • Lightweight, comfortable in hand
  • Nice display and brilliant touch responsiveness (subject to the removal of screen protector)
  • Smooth, lag-free operation
  • Amazing gaming performance
  • Dual-SIM card slot, with both supporting 3G network
  • Notification LED on the top left, giving signals of unread notification or messages
  • Android One, meaning Android updates are certain

The Bad

  • Provided headphone only eats up space in the box
  • Mediocre camera quality
  • Flimsy back cover
  • Screen lock animation that some may think is glitch
  • Average battery life

The Ugly

  •  Still looking for one. Comment below if you have bad experience with the phone that should go here.

Your Turn

That pretty much sums up today’s Hands-on review of Symphony Roar A50 Android One. Some of you may be thinking why we wrote such a long review of this phone. Truth be told, that’s the best thing about us. If you seriously want to buy this phone, you would want to know everything about it. We at Android Kothon have been best at doing in-depth review of phones from a personal perspective so that you can get a real-world review based on real-world experience.

Now that you know everything about the phone, tell us what you think. If you already have a Symphony Roar A50, don’t forget to share your experience with us. Also, throughout the review we’ve asked you to tell us if you want to test something, let us know that in the comments, too.

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