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27 February 2013

Tested: Zync Cloud Z5

Big phone at a budget price. A deal too good to be true?

Abhinav Mishra
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This over-sized phone or phablet, whatever you prefer to call it looks very similar to the first gen Samsung Galaxy Note. Remove the Zync logo and you will be hard pressed to tell the difference between the two. Other things to note-ice on the Z5 are the textured matt black back and metallic bezel. The fit and finish make the Z5 look like an expensive phone just like the Samsung Galaxy Note.

It’s not just size that the Z5 can brag about, it also comes with a host of features like the plain version of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, that promises to give users an unadulterated Android experience. Other specs include a 1GHz processor with 512MB RAM. The 5-inch TFT LCD screen comes with an 800x480 resolution display, which is a bit too low res for the size. Even the 8.0MP camera with LED flash doesn’t do videos in HD. The camera upfront is a fairly basic 0.3MP best for video conferencing. Not to forget the dual-SIM capabilities.

Though some of the features are impressive on paper, the Z5 does underwhelm when you use it. The accelerometer, G sensor didn’t seem to work at times, when we wanted to move from a portrait to a landscape view while viewing videos. The touchscreen experience is still not the best we have come across. Same can be said about the lithium 2,500mAh battery that started heating up to the point of a warning message in just 5 minutes of talktime.

What irritated me the most on the Z5 was the phone’s inability to sync with a Google account. This kept the usage of the phone fairly limited, as the contact list could not be downloaded.

The price might be the only single USP that the Zync Cloud C5 has. The performance is underwhelming to say the least. The biggest flaw is that it’s not very good at its primary functionality - making phone calls. Forget the size; for the same price there are much better.

The numbers
CPU: 1GHz, RAM: 512MB DDR3, Storage: 4GB expandable up to 32GB, Display: 5” TFT LCD, Capacitive Touch Screen, Price: Rs 9,490

Tags: phablet, cloud, z5, cloud z5, zync

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