Symphony Roar A50 Android One Hands-on Review

Software

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.

symphony roar a50 3g

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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  • 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 ?