The Wiko Getaway Smartphone review (first impression)

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The Wiko Getaway Android smartphone is being released today in Nigeria. A phone that is sure to evoke some emotions in you once you see it at first sight, giving off a feeling of, I need to have this.

It appears as if new Android smartphone makers enter Nigerian market every quarter. I have personally lost track of the number we have and their names. I walked pass Computer Village—home of wholesale of computers and smartphones—in Ikeja, Lagos last week and saw a banner with Wiko phone. That was my first time to hear about the brand. And yesterday, I got delivery of the Wiko Getaway on my desk from Jumia Nigeria.

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Usually it takes me two weeks to do a full review of any device or service I am reviewing, but it only takes a day or a few hours to pen down my first impression. What this means is that you can expect a full review after the unboxing and the first impression. So, let us dive in.

What is in the box?

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Candy? Aha! The Wiko Getaway reminds me of the packaging that my iPod touch 4th generation came in. Very similar—looks like a complete rip off of that design. But that is just the packaging.

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In the box, we have the Wiko Getaway phone, SIM adapters (if you have already cut your SIM to micro SIM or nano SIM, the adapters come in handy. That is some forward and anticipatory thinking), a SIM tray ejector pin, a pair of earphones, one USB 2.0 charging cord, charger, IMEI/product code sticker, user guide and warranty card. That’s all in the box.

The Specs and features of the Wiko Getaway

The Wiko Getaway is running on Android OS v 4.4.2 KitKat which happens not to be the latest KitKat version out there. The latest one is v 4.4.4.  This version on the Getaway reminds me of Ice-cream Sandwich (4.0) and Jelly Bean (4.2). The Icons are exactly like that of v 4.0.

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Technology GSM/HSPA
4G/LTE No
SIM Dual SIM (Micro SIM/Nano SIM, dual stand-by)
Weight 133g
Display Type IPS LCD Capacitive Touchscreen, 16 M colours
Size 5.0 inches (69.3% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi pixel density)
Screen Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 2
Operating System Android OS v4.4.2 (KitKat)
CPU Quad-core 1.3 Ghz Cortex-A7
Memory

Internal 16 GB / 1 GB RAM

External microSD, up to 32 GB

Camera

Front – 13 MP, 4128 x 3096 pixels, autofocus, LED Flash

Rear – 5 MP

Bluetooth V 4.0
Radio Stereo FM Radio
USB Micro USB v2.0
Battery 2000 Li-Po mAh battery

The Design (software and hardware)

The Wiko Getaway’s physical design looks very polished and original. Doesn’t have a striking resemblance with anything already out there in the market—look like a breath of fresh air (besides the packaging that looks like the packaging of iPod Touch 4th generation).

It is a Dual SIM touchscreen phone with unibody design and non-removable back and battery. The SIM trays are one to the left and one to the right of the phone. The USB 2.0 charging port is at the bottom of the phone while the 3.5mm jack port is at the top.

This is pretty close to Stock Android with very minimal custom Android modification. This is pretty close to the the UI/UX you will get when you buy a Nexus phone that is inspired by Google directly. As much as it looks pretty close to the type of Android OS on Nexus phones, there are a few features that I was shocked, but excited to find it the phone: smart gestures.

Smart Gestures

With these gestures, you can do a couple of things, like; slide your hand over the touch-panel to unlock screen from sleep mode, answer the call when incoming call are currently on screen and the device is brought near the face, turn screen off when incoming call is currently on screen and the P-sensor is covered (the P-sensor is close to the earpiece, responsible for turning the screen off when you pick up a phone to answer a call). Similar functions can be found on the Infinix Hot and Hot Note where you can interact with the phones from the phone from sleep screen—draw a C sign and activate the camera.

Pre-installed apps

Not many apps are pre-installed on the phone. You will have to be the one hunting for and installing apps of your choice—no Twitter, Instagram, Jumia or any other app to start with. What this tells me is that they are not yet familiar with the Nigerian market where many people are buying their first Android phone and the concepts of apps might be a totally new experience for them. Bundle a few apps with the phone to get them started, but provide an option that makes it possible to delete the apps if the user wants to do so.

The keyboard pre-installed is the Android keyboard, like the type on Nexus phones. . The Likes of Samsung, Huawei, Infinix, Xiomi and Tecno do have in house software developers and have made some drastic modifications to the Android that run on their Android smartphones. Maybe we might be seeing such on future Wiko phones, time would tell.

The design of the phone calls attention. When I pull it out people gosh out and ask me what phone it is I am holding. I see a yearning in their eyes that they won’t mind having one.

There are a couple of phones that are priced between N20,000 and N35,000 that matches many of the specs of this phone. It will be interesting to know how much it will be sold when it is unveiled.

What do you think about the design of the phone? Let me know in the comments.

Update: The Wiko Getaway phone is available on Jumia for N43,000

 

Jesse

Jesse

In pursuit of useless knowledge, spotting patterns & connecting the dots at the intersection. | Gadget Freak

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