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Phicomm Energy 653 Review: An impressive budget 4G smartphone

Launch Date : 10 August 2015
Operating System : Android 5.1, Lollipop
Display : 5 inches
Battery : 2300 mAh
Camara : 8 MP
Processor : 1.1 GHz, Quad Core
RAM : 1 GB
Best Price
Rs. Alert

Editor Rating

outstanding

Phicomm Energy 653 looks great on paper with the best features that you can expect from an affordable handset.

    Pros
  • Good touchscreen
  • Offers 4G connectivity
  • Good battery life and plays high-end games
    Cons
  • Glossy back panel

Phicomm Energy 653 is the second cheapest 4G smartphone in India at Rs 4,990 after the Lenovo A2010. It shares the position with ZTE Blade Qlux 4G and Yu Yunique.

Phicomm Energy 653

The Phicomm Energy 653 is a nice little handset. Despite having a 5 inch screen, it measures just 14.4 x 7.1 x 0.8 cm and weighs only 100 grams. The phone has a glossy back panel but that isn't slippery. So design wise it is nice but it isn't an eye candy but wouldn't it be asking a bit too much considering the phone costs just Rs 4,999?

Phicomm Energy 653

The Phicomm Energy 653 has got a 5 inch display that too with high definition resolution. What's more can you expect from a phone priced less then Rs 5,000? The display has decent brightness and touch response as well. The display though has no scratch resistance glass and it is a fingerprint magnet as well.

Phicomm Energy 653

The Energy 653 is also quite powerful phone thanks to its Snapdragon 210 processor and 1 GB RAM. It managed to run high end games like 'Asphalt 8 Airborne", Dead Trigger, Dino Hunter, Agent Dash etc with ease. Not even one occasion it hanged or showed any lag. Also, the handset comes with the latest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop operating system.

Phicomm Energy 653

Usually, affordable smartphones often are criticised for their poor cameras. However, Phicomm Energy 653 offers a decent 8 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel front camera. Check out the camera pictures of Phicomm Energy 653 below.

Phicomm Energy 653

Phicomm Energy 653

Phicomm Energy 653

Battery back up is another positive aspect of the Phicomm Energy 653. The 2300 mAh battery offers almost a day's back up with medium usage. In our case, with round the clock WiFi connectivity, single SIM and medium brightness, the phone managed to pull off more than a day's back up with low usage. To be more specific, it consumed just about 5 per cent charge in playing a half an hour video while playing games for 16 minute consumes five per cent charge.

Off course, its connectivity features are the most highlighted factors of Energy 653. As I told earlier, it is the second cheapest 4G smartphone – just Rs 9 costlier than the Lenovo A2010. Besides, it offers dual SIM, WiFi, Bluetooth and a micro USB port.

Phicomm Energy 653

Storage wise too the Phicomm Energy 653 is decent with 8 GB internal storage and an expandable storage slot that can hold a micro SD card of up to 64 GB capacity. It doesn't have USB OTG functionality though.

Verdict
Phicomm Energy 653 is a great package at Rs 4,999. It offers almost the best in almost all departments that one can ask from a affordable handset be it the latest OS, or connectivity (4G) or storage or other features are concerned. So if you want an allrounder in the affordable segment, this is the phone to go for.
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First Published : Friday, September 11, 2015 - 10:49



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