Spice Stellar 520 Hands-On and First Look: A Decent Smartphone That Required Polished Designing

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Over the past few months, there have been many ‘Moto E' killers either announced or launched. However, few of them have managed to give a stellar performance. As we are aware, the sub-10K market is extremely critical for India-based vendors.

Yes indeed, there's a challenge in front of them to give their best shot against the likes of Samsung, Sony, Motorola, amongst others. It's not that the so-called domestic players' haven't found success in this super affordable segment.

Spice Stellar 520 Hands-On and First Look

Although you may find a healthy number of options in the sub-10k bracket, but if you ask us - not a single handset come even close to the Moto E. Now, to break that myth, domestic vendor Spice has launched a new budget phone running on Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box.

At Rs. 8,999, the Spice Stellar 520 could prove to be a value for money smartphone. We got a chance to see the device to get our hands on new budget handset at the launch event in Delhi-NCR, to see whether the Stellar 520 is worth your attention or not.

Spice Stellar 520 Hands-On and First Look

Spice Stellar 520 - Form Factor, Design and Operating System

The design of the Spice Stellar 520 follows the path of Samsung's low-end handsets. No doubt the design is modern; the handset is still made out of glossy polycarbonate plastic. At first glance, we weren't as convinced with the design, mainly because of the plastic body.

Spice Stellar 520 Hands-On and First Look

If you aren't a fan of plastic bodied phones, then you probably won't like the Stellar 520's design. Other than that, we've also found that the phone's overall design might resemble the iPhone 5C. On the plus side, the phone feels extremely sturdy.

Spice Stellar 520 Hands-On and First Look

The buttons on the side are well placed and have good tactile feedback. The rear-back cover is removable, thus it can be easily snapped off to reveal full sized dual-SIM slot and a microSD card slot too. The phone was comfortable to hold and light enough to hold in one hand.

Spice Stellar 520 Hands-On and First Look

The 5-inch IPS display sports a resolution of 1280 x 720-pixels. The bright 5-inch display should be an advantage for those who love to watch full length movies on go. The display has good viewing angles and color reproduction is accurate. Moreover, the backs were blacker, making the display surprisingly impressive. The indoor conditions made it difficult to judge the display we wanted to test, so it is something we will look at more closely when we get the handset in for a full review.

Spice Stellar 520 Hands-On and First Look

Unsurprisingly, the new Spice Stellar 520 runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the box. Thankfully the makers have not made any modifications to spoil the experience. If you have been using an Android Kitkat phone, you will not be surprised to see this device. Additionally, there are hardly any exclusive apps pre-loaded on the device, except for Spice Cloud. There is the stock audio and video player for media playback.

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