[REVIEW] Star S9500
The Star S9500 call me to attention because of the Quad Core processor and the 12.6MP camera only with 123€!
In that time I was searching for a new phone, but I won't spend more money than 150€. So I searched a bit, and I wont buy some phone in Portugal because of the low specs at the same price. I was looking to an SmartPhone that I could play great games at low price and with long battery life.
I saw the specs of the Star S9500, and I saw that included MTK6589 1.2GHz x4 processor with a great camera, large display and the 2800mAh battery, which for me was a great buy.
In some reviews of the Star cellphones the general people said that they have an overall good quality. So I bought this phone.
The problem started here: I waited for 3 months to receive the phone! It isn't GeekBuying's fault at all, was my country's customs. I had to pay an extra fee (35€) for the S9500. That wasn't a problem, it was very cheeper than any phone here.
I don't have the box in this city (I received in my holydays), so I can't show some pictures. But here is a picture from the GeekBuying's website:
It came with quite good Earphones (if you enable Bass Boost it has great quality for stock phones), with a average quality USB cable, an EU USB charger, two 2800mAh batteries and this case, which it seems to be good quality:
I turned it on with my SIM card, and it was easy to configure. Even the 3G network is configured. The MMS service is configured, but I don't know why it isn't working, but I don't bother with that.
There is some pictures taken in my home:
Don't focus on the GeekBuying's AnTuTu score! The real score is this, which is average, as I installed all my apps and I removed the china apps with MTKDroidTools (I will teach in the support topic):
It doesn't compare to an Quad Core Cortex-A9, but it is quite good for a Cortex-A7.
The screen resolution helps to the performance. As it is only FWVGA instead of HD, it has a difference of 1000 points, and some FPS improvements in general gaming, as if you change the resolution to 720p in Star S9500 it only decreases 500 points, as I will show later.
As you can see, the front camera is 4.9MP instead of 2MP as claimed in the GeekBuying.
It is very smooth. The battery gets drown if you play more than 12h of Real Racing without stopping, and it can last 2-3 days only with SMS and net browsing, and that makes me satisfied.
The bad point is the ROM. It only has 4GB of rom, which you only can use 1.5GB of them for internal storage and 1GB for apps, and the rest for system. That can be solved with a 32GB Micro SD Class 10 card, which I would buy from 22€.
NOTE: The camera came pre-set at 8MP, but in the camera options you can change to 12.6MP, as I will show in support topic!
Here is two pictures with the rear camera, one at day light (1,16MB) and other at night with flashlight (2,29MB):
I didn't take any pictures with the front camera, but I used it many times to do video calls from Skype and it has very good quality has expected for a 5MP camera.
Now about the apps. If you don't remove the china apps, it will appear a folder called mtklog
in the internal memory that will be raising the size minute after minute, only with system logs until you run out of space! It's secure to remove, but it will appear in less than an hour.
After I solve all my problems with the phone, I can see that I have a good product, but without any support.
You can post here questions about the phone!
I will create a topic for support for the Star S9500, but you can do questions while it isn't created!