Last week, MissTechy unboxed the InnJoo fire – if you didn’t see that you can click here. I promised a more detailed review after I have put the device to strenuous activities. This week, I decided to ditch my phone (HTC one) to use the InnJoo Fire – I’ve been using the InnJoo Fire exclusively for the past 5 days, running Android 4.4.2 and during this period, I didn’t receive any software update or upgrades (Not sure if it would come later on).
With that said, let’s kick off the Innjoo Fire full review
INNJOO FIRE: DESIGN
The first, and the most evident thing you get to notice when you see the InnJoo Fire is its two-toned design that combines a metal framed and plastic backed design. It comes with a 5.0-inch capacity touch screen and has slightly curved edges, Even though it is plastic, it doesn’t look so cheap. However, I must admit that the InnJoo Fire felt quite bulky compared to other smartphones within its price range.
Did I tell you it comes with the notification light? well, it does!
INNJOO FIRE: UI
I wasn’t so impressed with this, despite the Kit Kat OS, It had a lackluster UI – I felt the Inn UI was bland. For example, the InnJoo Fire doesn’t come with an app drawer, this makes all your icons stay on the home screen – even though this can be easily solved by installing a launcher, I can’t help but ask why the app drawer isn’t there in the first place.
I liked the lock screen UI, it has a “long press to unlock” feature that made it feel like It was a fingerprint unlock (don’t be fazed by my comparison, please ).
… *yawns* I was quite bored with the music UI, very bored to be frank – the only thing that made me feel good was the song that was playing. Why? THE MUSIC UI WAS TOO PLAIN – Okay I would admit that my HTC’s music UI probably clouded my judgement but all the same, I just felt InnJoo could have done more – However, we should all bear in mind that this is a N17,000+ phone, so the cost makes up for this.
The screenshot below is the only fine part of the Music UI
INNJOO FIRE: SOUND QUALITY
Just so you know, the InnJoo Fire speaker is placed at the back of the phone, if you plan on listening to your music using the inbuilt speaker, you should be ready to place the phone on its back to get the best output. Overall, the sound was on the average – not too loud, not too low.
INNJOO FIRE: BATTERY LIFE
With a 2500mAh battery, you shouldn’t expect so much, However, the InnJoo Fire surprised me. In order to see how far this battery can take me, I disconnected my modem, paid for mobile data, and switched on my hotspot (I did this for 5 days) and amazingly the InnJoo Fire wasn’t so bad, it lasted for about 5 hours+ each day with a full charge (we all know that nothing zaps your battery life like WIFI hotspot).
I also used Antutu benchmark to gauge its battery performance and it certified what I thought of the InnJoo Fire.
INNJOO FIRE: CAMERA COMPARISON
I know the burning question on those that are interested in the InnJoo Fire is – HOW IS THE CAMERA LIKE? 5MP Back camera? No way!
Well, before you say No way, I’d take you on a series of comparison – For this, I would be pairing the InnJoo Fire against the Samsung Galaxy duos.
INNJOO FIRE VS SAMSUNG GALAXY DUOS: BACK CAMERA
I decided to take a picture of my new baby (Samsung NX300) using the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 (N25,000+) and the InnJoo Fire (N17,700+)
THE INNJOO FIRE BACK CAMERA PICTURE
The Samsung Galaxy S Duos back camera picture
VERDICT: You don’t need me to tell you who won this comparison, The InnJoo Fire’s color stood out over the Samsung Galaxy duos.
INNJOO FIRE VS SAMSUNG GALAXY DUOS: FRONT CAMERA
SAMSUNG GALAXY DUOS
INJOO FIRE: WATER TEST
Before you think I would be dropping the InnJoo Fire into a bowl of water – THINK AGAIN …I am not foolish enough to go to that extreme given the fact that the InnJoo Fire is not waterproof, however, I did put it to some water test!
You know that moment when your hand is wet and you want to use your device, but it doesn’t respond?
Well, I tried that for the InnJoo Fire but instead of getting my hands wet, I stayed under a drizzling rain to see if the InnJoo fire can withstand some bit of water. However, due to the fact that I couldn’t capture that moment on camera, I made an in-house water test video – I punctured a bottled water to give me the drizzling effect and kept the InnJoo Fire under it to see if would withstand the water a bit. See the 41-second video below:
At first it did, but after staying under the “drizzling rain” for more than 40 seconds, it became unresponsive, especially the capacitive buttons. In case you get the Fire stay away from water. Lol.
INNJOO FIRE: MULTITASKING
The InnJoo fire comes with a 2GB RAM – so it shouldn’t come as a surprise to discover that it can multitask, I selected some apps to run at the same time, this includes – A temple run game, Camera, WWE, Afro, and some other apps that I can’t remember at the moment.
At first, after navigating to the Temple run game from my camera, I noticed something weird with the gaming, see the image below:
I cleared everything and re-launched the apps, this time around, I didn’t experience the same bug as in the previous image.
There is, however, a tiny change when it comes to multitasking, if you are accustomed to using your home button as your multitasking button, you would need to adapt to the InnJoo Fire, now, you would need to hold down the left button to activate the multitasker
I also used the Antutu benchmark to test its performance – see the results below
INNJOO FIRE: EXTRA FEATURES
The only extra feature I noticed on the InnJoo Fire is the Smart gestures
As with other devices in its category, the InnJoo fire allows you trace your finger on the locked screen to access some apps. For example, C is for the call, E is for Email, W is for setting, O is for the gallery, M is for music, S is for profile and V is for messaging.
You can also doulbe tap to unlock.
That is about that.
Considering the price, how good is the InnJoo Fire?