The Indian Smartphone market is one of the best places for business today. Its no more a race between the big players; we have quite a few other Indian and Chinese brands in the market who have seeded some amazing devices as well. Swipe has joined this league with its Elite range of phones. They have been quite consistent in launching various products. Today Swipe has over 1.5 Million customers. Early last month, Swipe launched the Elite Plus, a dual sim phone which is available for 6999 exclusively on Flipkart. The device is available in 2 variants. Let us look at the Swipe Elite Plus review in this article.
Under the hood the phone is powered by a Snapdragon 615 octa core processor clocked at 1,5 GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB of Internal Memory and a non-removable 3000mAh battery. The phone also has a dedicated expandable storage slot which supports microSD cards upto 64GB; the phone also provides an OTG support.
The phone weighs around 150 grams and is 8.9 mm thin. The phone also supports all the bands in India – LTE, GSM and even CDMA. The back-panels on the phone can be swapped. The call quality and speaker volume is pretty good too.
This device offers a 5 inch full HD display protected by a DragonTrail glass. The glass looks gorgeous and the text is crisp too. The colors aren’t over saturated and are very true to life.
The phone has a good design with chrome rims and good quality plastic around the body. The build quality feels surprisingly good and quite comfortable to hold. You can find the power-button towards the right-side of the phone and the volume rockers in the left. I personally thought, we could’ve had the Elite branding in a subtler way.
The rear camera is a 13MP and the front is a 8MP sensor camera. The camera is one of the strongest points of this device. By far one of the best phones for the performance regardless of the segment it falls in. The color re-production is perfect and the saturation levels are top notch too. The HDR mode also works quite okay.
In terms of improvements, the camera does have a scope of improvement while shooting landscapes. With close distant subjects and macros, the depth of field is fantastic. Do have a look at some of the pictures shot using this phone. Truly one of the best things about the phone.
On the software side, the Elite Plus runs on Android 5.1 with Freedom OS on top of it. The Freedom OS is fast and works neat. The OS has been optimized for the hardware and the 2GB RAM looks sufficient to do most of the system tasks.
The performance lags a bit when 3rd party or resource intense applications are launched. They tend to slow down the performance of the phone by a bit. Even, while viewing photos in the gallery app, the phone does take a while to render the image. I think, including a 3GB RAM, would’ve avoided it. Otherwise the Freedom OS is very light and gives variety of customizations for the users. I wish we had an option to tune the vibration strength too. Sometimes its too irritating.
The phone does heat up a bit. Charging the phones takes a lot of time. Maybe, now that, we are used to fast charging, this looks very slow. A full charge from 0 to 100 takes about 3 hours to complete. However, at the segment this device is competing in, there shouldn’t be no complaints as such.
We have seen a lot of junk smartphones in this segment claiming to make better phones and they spoil the entire Android ecosystem. The Swipe Elite Plus is definitely a very good entry Level Android Phone. The phone delivers what it promises and it does it quite well. The camera makes it the obvious winner when compared to the rest in this segment. If you are in the market, looking for an entry level internet powered smartphone which offers a pretty good camera, then, this is a very good option for you.
‘Internet for everyone’ is the new mantra in every industry. The IoT devices are targeting the very same purpose and has already offered some ‘connected’ solutions which eases people’s life. Well, more than one billion people in India are yet to be connected to the web. One of the easiest way to reach people for this are smartphones. The affordable range of smartphones are just in a look out, to see if more and more people can get connected. However, to a large extent the network service provider also plays a big role here. Lets hope they take the step forward too.