FreeTel Ice 2 Review: This is the N13,000 Smartphone Google Promised Us.

Remember the Ice 2? Well, I got a unit of the device some days back and my weekend was spent reviewing the device. I also tried my own version of #MansNotHot, so watch the video and let me know what you think of the intro, the device, and my sibling — Thorpe/Tope.

In the video, I did mention that there is currently no device that has the specs the Freetel Ice 2 sports and at that price point (If there is, let me know in the comment box), as a result of the price tag, you won’t get any bell or whistle. By the way, this phone is manufactured by Plus One Japan Limited under the brand name Freetel.
As far as the accessories are concerned, you only have your MicroUSB cable and Power Adapter.

Powering on the device takes about 28 seconds— it overtook the Infinix Zero 4 Plus to claim the third spot.


The Ice 2 has an all plastic build and the back cover is removable, same as the battery. Therein lies the dual SIM card slot and a slot to put your MicroSD card. 

And trust me, you are going to need to need one because the Ice 2 has 8GB of Internal storage on paper and only 4.38GB available to use.

The Ice 2 is also light, coming in at 117g.


As for the display, this is 4-inches, with a screen resolution of 480 x 800.  As expected the colors are nowhere near great— they even appear washed out— but it gets the job done.

Sunlight visibility is okay provided you increase the brightness slider to the maximum.


The Freetel Ice 2 comes with an Android 7.0 out of the box, and thanks to the partnership with Google, you get a stock Android experience.

However, it does come with a couple of bloatware — like TD Africa, MyMtn, and MTN Music— all of which can be uninstalled.

Performance-wise, you get 1GB of ram and a processor that is clocked at 1.2GHz. As expected, the experience while using the device isn’t fast or smooth.

But it does the basic stuff like browsing the web, checking WhatsApp, and even playing a game or two (This would only work if you play one game at a time i.e. No other app must be in the app drawer when playing). 



The Ice 2 comes with a 2MP back-facing camera and a 0.3 front-facing camera. So, if you were expecting “on-fleek” photos, you need this:

Of course, I took some pictures using the back camera.


As for the front camera, all I can say is this, do not use the front camera without enough light (Preferably daylight) so as to avoid your photos looking like this:

Another indoor shot with good lights:


The 1900mAh battery on the Ice 2 won’t last you up to 2 days of light use, but it can be used all through the day before charging.

Speaking of charging, it took about 2hours 50 minutes to charge the Ice 2 from 1% to 100%.


You won’t get amazing sound from the speaker which has been placed at the back of the device:

But you have the earphone jack.


For those who are interested in benchmarks, it will interest you to note that the Ice 2 is better than the Hot 3 in this regard:




You only get the accelerometer and proximity sensors — nothing else.



This Ice 2 doesn’t have the best qualities, or the best display, or the best anything for that matter, but it does the basic stuff and for a N13,000, it is not a bad bargain.
As always, let me know what you think?
Psst: Just to look for a bit of trouble, would you like if I gave this away or the Hot 5? Also, what do you think of Thorpe — one of my quadruplets— in the video?



32 comments on “FreeTel Ice 2 Review: This is the N13,000 Smartphone Google Promised Us.

  1. Anonymous says:

    This ain’t bad for that price. But hot 5 pls 😐

  2. tomiwa says:

    This ain’t bad for that price. But hot 5 pls 😐

  3. Joshua says:

    Great review..
    The phone is yet another classic case of “you get what you pay for”
    I think it’s OK for the price in everything but they should have made the screen 5 inches, even if they didn’t improve any other thing
    Or leave it at 4 inch then improve the camera even a bit
    But I would personally have preferred the 5 inch screen
    The phone is nice for 13k Sha (considering the unnecessary hike in thing since last year)
    The benchmark score was most impressive I never expected it to reach 20,000 on antutu and I’ve never like hot 3

  4. Kelvin says:

    I like the fact that they made the phone cheap, so users can at least have that smartphone experience even with little money. But I’m not looking forward to getting that.
    But the Hot 5 please.

  5. George Jinn says:

    This device is priced right imo. And it definately has to be the Hot 5 in the GA; although if you’re feeling generous, you could GA the Ice 2 too.

  6. The phone is decent for its price.

  7. Thelma Okereke says:

    Nice review…. Hot 5 please

  8. When is the review happening so I can participate.
    You didn’t say if it has playstore. Does it?

    1. Tobi Ayeni says:

      Yeah, because of the Google partnership, it does. And the giveaway should happen before next week.

  9. ỌBÁDÁRÀ says:


    1. kenny says:

      Sounds reasonable, but Hot5 please

  10. Judith Tech says:

    Atleast i can get this for my mum. Oh yeah!
    Commenting from EC Bl0g

    1. Kay says:

      Don’t you think ‘your mum’ would be better off with a Nokia 3?

      1. Chimezie says:

        Why would she be better off with an expensive piece of crap

        1. Kay says:

          […] an expensive piece of crap

          “An expensive piece of crap” that is sturdily built and will be VERY RELEVANT two years from now.
          I’ll take that over any of Transsion’s “smart”phones for ‘my mum’.

          1. Chimezie says:

            This isn’t a transsion smartphone and thanks to Google’s partnership this would also be relevant for 2 years – take that. Also are you forgetting that Nokia is no longer the Nokia as we know it

          2. Kay says:

            This isn’t a transsion smartphone […]

            Not saying it’s one. 😉

            […]Google’s partnership this would also be relevant for 2 years – take that.

            This device getting Oreo would be a ‘miracle’.

            Also are you forgetting that Nokia is no longer the Nokia as we know it

            But at least their latest devices are built like tanks. And thanks to the direction HMD is taking with the software, EOL is at least 2 years from launch.
            All that said, the ICE 2 is definitely “okay”, at least for it’s MSRP.

  11. kenny says:

    Android 7.0, that’s something. It is a good phone for the price that’s what I think.

  12. kenny says:

    For the giveaway, It’s gotta be the hot5.

  13. ola says:

    where can we get it? any link?

  14. Techslodge says:

    awesome review,
    I also like the fact that they made it cheap, so users can at least
    have that smartphone experience even with little cash..
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  15. Rapsowdee says:

    The phone isn’t bad really. For that price

  16. rosky says:

    Fair build for the price.

  17. Anonymous says:

    It’s not a bad phone at that price tag but I’ll prefer the hot 5

  18. Mary-Jane M. says:

    reasonable specs for a reasonable price. it’s good for a second phone tho.

  19. chukwuma okereke says:

    Nice one…. The intro was everything! As for the giveaway it’s got to be the hot 5

  20. Emerson says:

    I recommended the phone to my friends dad and he got one for 13.3k. The phone isn’t bad at all in real life. And for the giveaway, seeing that this beats the hot 3, I think u should probably use this Ice. Some people here need some chill

  21. Anonymous says:

    sorry please which game are you playing on the phone screen

  22. Araoye Gbadebo says:

    Ice 2 is a budget phone, I don’t expect much from it, I mean, it’s just N13,000. But I’m not sure the battery is 1900mAh capacity, I think is around 1340mAh

  23. Michael En Peters says:

    13,000? We shouldn’t even complain about those specs.. I was just really surprised at what i read at the end of this article about the benchmark stuff, its really weird

  24. Anonymous says:

    Is the play store working because some fake phones have playstores that doesn’t work?

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