Sunday, December 1, 2013

Kata i2 Review: Better Than Before

Kata i2


The Kata i2 is the second generation smartphone from the Hong Kong based company. If we will compare it to the Kata i1 we can safely say that it is a huge improvement over its predecessor. The processor is now quad-core not to mention its 16GB of storage is the biggest that Kata Digital put on their device.

Kata Digital is a self-proclaimed Original Design Manufacturer, however one of our readers gave us a tip that the i2 is a re-branded BQ Aquaris 5. After checking the web, I found out that the two phones are indeed the same in design and specifications.

Whether ODM or not, the Kata i2 will face a tough competition in the local market. Does it have what it takes to emerge victorious?

Key Specs:

  • Dual SIM , Dual Standby
  • Quad Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Dual Band HSPA+
  • 5" capacitive qHD (960x540) touchscreen display, 5-point multi-touch
  • Dimensions: 143.3mmx71.8mmx9.4mm
  • Weight: 150g
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1
  • 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 Quad Core CPU, PowerVR SGX544MP GPU MediaTek MT6589 chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 8MP auto focus main camera with LED Flash
  • 2MP secondary camera
  • GPS with A-GPS and EPO assistance
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • MP3/MP4 Player
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth v2.1
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Proximity and Sound
  • 2200mAh removable battery
  • Fish Market and Fish Tune

Main Disadvantages:

  • No OTG support
  • No scratch-resistant glass

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Upon first boot, a welcome screen is what you will see asking you what language you want to use. After that it will ask you to connect to a WiFi network, if you do it present you with the screen below.

Google Set-up

The Google Account you will use in this setup will be the same on all Google apps in your device. If you purchased apps in the Play Store before you can re-install them again for FREE as long as the account is the same.


The i2 uses a stock Android interface, the homescreen consists of 5 pages and there is no way to increase or reduce them. At the lower part of the home screen there are 5 shortcuts by default, the middle always opens the app drawer while the remaining 4 are changeable.


There are several screen lock to choose from but the default is by slide (you slide in any direction to unlock the device). If you have any notification like an SMS or a missed call you can drag it towards the circle to go there directly.

Notification and quick settings

To access the notification area you need to swipe one finger down the screen while the quick toggle settings can be accessed using 2-finger swipe. The top most notification has an added option, for example you can call back or send a message on a missed call.

Default Apps
Default Widgets

The apps are arranged in four rows by five columns while the widgets have 2x3 layout. The Play Store icon is always available in the upper right corner. Among the default apps, only the Adobe Reader, Adobe Flash and MX Player can be uninstalled without the need for root access.


Dual SIM Settings

The Kata i2 can have two SIM cards at the same time, if you need to configure it just go to Settings>SIM Management. You can turn on/off each SIM and change the settings for Voice call, Video call, Messaging and Data connection.


Dial pad and Speed dial

The dial pad accepts name input, in the above example when you press 26682 it will look for a match in your phonebook and display it accordingly. There is also speed dialing, there are 9 slots but you can only set 8 numbers since the number 1 is always for voicemail.

Outgoing and Incoming calls

The incoming calls will display the photo of the person calling you if it is stored in your contact. Sadly the only option is to cancel or accept the call, there is No option to cancel a call with an SMS. During a call you have the option to put it on loudspeaker, mute the microphone, hold the call, add a person to the call and record the call.

The call quality is good, you can hear the person on the other line loud and crisp. The screen turns off automatically when you place it near your ear, thanks to the proximity sensor.

Call Logs

Under telephony you can find the call logs, it is a database of all the calls that happened it and out of your phone. You can opt to display information in each SIM or both, you can also filter the calls by received, outgoing and missed. When you select a certain log, more details and options will be available.



Like any other Android device, it can contain virtually unlimited contacts. You can choose which contact to display and when you are going to create a new one it will ask you where you want it to be saved.


You can also create groups, it is a collection of contacts under a certain label for easy identification. Groups can be created under phone or online accounts like Google.

Note: This is a multiple-page review, you can use the previous page or next page links below to navigate between pages.



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