Swipe is a brand known in India for the budget-range smartphones, with a decent build quality. The company recently started a new series, named Konnect and under this, the first device was the Swipe Konnect 5.0 which was priced at Rs. 8,999. While there are smartphones which are currently even better than this one in that price bracket, the Swipe Konnect 5.0 isn’t really bad. It is decent enough for those who don’t give an importance to the brand, and are happy with a device which offers a good performance. Let us check out how the device fares!
Swipe may have set the tone right with the pricing initially, but the entry of the phones such as Micromax Unite 2, Motorola Moto E and Lava Iris X1 at a little lesser price but a latest OS version would make the users think a lot before choosing one. The Swipe Konnect 5.0 comes in two color variants, black and white, and the white one easily looks better. But overall, the design is not so great and you won’t be able to flaunt with the device in hand, because there are some better looking devices in the budget range, while Swipe hasn’t done really well here.
The phone has a 5-inch display on the front, and above it there is the set of proximity and ambient light sensors, and on the left of the earpiece there is the front facing camera. Below the display, there are three touch based buttons – Options, Home and Back. The phone looks quite thin from the sides because of the curving down from center on the back. The MicroUSB port as well as the headset jack are on the top, while the power key and volume rocker keys are on the right and left side respectively. The polycarbonate back is non slippery and there is a large camera lens on the back along with LED flash, while the speaker grill takes its place in the bottom with the Konnect 5.0 logo.
The back cover of Swipe Konnect 5.0 is removable, and you get the access to battery, SIM and MicroSD card slots but after removing the back panel, its hard to fit it back in place because of the thin edges and it was quite hard to press and ensure that it is closed on all sides. The camera is surrounded by a circular rim for the protection, and the glass of the lens isn’t at the same level as the rim, and thus you would see some protection for the camera.
The good thing about the physical aspect of the device is the 8.9mm thickness and weight of 135gm. Thus overall, you don’t really see anything impressive but the curvy design at least makes the phone look thin and the button placement is standard.
Check the specifications of Swipe Konnect 5.0 before getting into further review.
|Specification||Swipe Konnect 5.0|
|Screen||5-inch capacitive touchscreen|
|Display||qHD display, 960 x 540 pixels resolution|
|Processor||Quad-core, 1.3 GHz|
|Storage||8GB internal, expandable to 32GB (MicroSD)|
|Rear camera||8-megapixel, LED Flash|
|OS||Android 4.2 Jelly Bean|
|Connectivity – Network||2G / 3G (Dual SIM)|
|Connectivity – Wireless||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0|
|Connectivity – Wired||USB 2.0|
|Dimensions||148 x 74 x 8.9 mm|
The qHD resolution display of the Konnect 5.0 is an IPS type, and due to that the viewing angles are good. The display is quite better than the WVGA and FWVGA displays that are available in the devices in this price range. The brightness was really not much under bright sunlight, but the 5-inch display does put out the content well under normal conditions, and the size is good enough to play even 720p content quite well.
There’s no protection to the display, and thus it is prone to scratching and you will have to keep it safe with the screenguard as well as the flip cover.
Performance & OS
Upon doing the benchmark tests on the Swipe Konnect 5.0 smartphone, the results were quite brilliant for a device of this price range and for the amount of internal powering provided. The score in AnTuTu benchmark was 17327, while in the Quadrant Standard, it got a score of 7091. The graphics output measured with the Nenamark2 was measured at 51.8 fps.
When testing the actual performance on daily usage, the Swipe Konnect 5.0 does a pretty decent job. It isn’t bad at all, and the Mediatek MT6582 quad-core chipset isn’t doing anything bad or disappointing. There are noticeable lags though, when shifting between the apps and that is more when you try to switch between some actual hardware-using apps such as camera and games. But overall, it isn’t bad at all, given that you aren’t trying it with some heavy usage.
The Android OS is the original stock ROM with no extra additions or unnecessary load, and it runs the Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean version. It isn’t the KitKat version and that should disappoint many who expect that version because there are even cheaper devices (read Moto E, Lava Iris X1) which run the latest OS, while Swipe has told us that the Android KitKat rollout is starting soon, so we would be updating it here whenever we see an OTA update for the smartphone.
All the Google Play services apps which you see on a standard Android phone are present on this – Gmail, Maps, Google, Youtube, Google Plus, Photos. For the extra pre-installed apps, there’s Automatic Call Recorder, Backup and Restore, Easy Installer, Flash Transfer, File Manager, FM radio, LED flashlight, MX Player, a series of apps from Next (Next Calendar, Next Contact Widget, Next Music, Next Switch Widget), OOBE, SuperBeam, Swipe Assist, System Updates and a ToDo app. Once it looks like there are quite a lot of apps loaded into the device, because we won’t really find a proper use in daily life.
The 8-megapixel camera comes with the Omnivision sensor, and it does quite a decent job in capturing pictures. There are a few modes available in the camera app, and they actually come good. There are some issues which are easy to notice while capturing – hard to focus when using the macro mode, and here, the touch to focus too needs a few attempts before the object gets focused. There was a lot noise when trying to capture some low-light condition photos, but on natural and artificial lights, the captures are pretty much appreciable.
The camera can be accessed directly from the lock screen, and the interface is no different from that in the other Android 4.2 devices running the stock ROM. The left bar has a list of options – Normal, HDR, Beauty Face, Panorama, Multi Angle View image, Scene Mode, Auto capture when smile is detected. The settings gives options for changing the color effect, scene mode, white balance and exposure. For the image capture, there are options such as zero shutter delay, voice capture, face detection, self time, continuous shot, picture aspect ratio and size and ISO. The video recording options include EIS, Microphone, Audio Mode, Time lapse interval, Video quality.
Photo capture size on 8MP: 3264 x 2448 pixels. The camera samples below are scaled down to 1200×900 pixels.
The video capture is pretty good with the output resolution possible to 1080p Full HD. The colors are shown pretty well, and there is no much noise in natural light, but the focusing does take a hit because when there are multiple objects in front, you have to manually focus on the particular object or else it is entirely a distorted image.
The front 3.2-megapixel camera of the phone is quite decent and it does a good job for video calling.
Call, Media and Speaker
The speaker is placed on the back, and it is a thin area from where the sound doesn’t come out that well. There is a sharp disturbance that one can notice when the volume is full and music is being played. The call quality is good, with the Swipe Konnect 5.0 having a good signal reception. The lack of a secondary mic does give a lot of disturbing noise when a video is captured using the rear camera of the device.
Storage and Battery
The internal storage provided in the Swipe Konnect 5.0 is 8GB, which it is divided into Internal Storage and Phone Storage. The internal storage is about 1 GB and rest is the phone storage. Swipe has given the option to change the preferred install location, where you can set it to Internal device storage, phone storage or let the phone itself decide which one to use. The provision of a MicroSD card slot can help in giving you the extra space for the media and large app files.
The 1950 mAh battery in the smartphone lasts for not more than 16-18 hours on normal usage, and this is when the Wi-Fi network is on. On 3G data connectivity turned on, while you really don’t use it, the phone doesn’t survive for more than half a day. Swipe hasn’t given any option using which one can try to extend the battery life.
For a lesser known brand it is, Swipe hasn’t done a bad job with the Swipe Konnect 5.0. It has a 5-inch display which isn’t really bad although one might even complain about the resolution. For that pricing, both the cameras are good and the performance is also very decent. If we are to compare the phone with other devices which don’t have a similar screen size, both the Lava Iris X1 and Moto E from Motorola can be brought into the scene, where each one has its own advantage over the other. The Konnect 5.0 is a Dual SIM device with the 3G connectivity, and you get the basic apps which Indian users love to use, i.e. FM radio, ToDo, MX Player, etc.