Monday, December 30, 2013

SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Review: Optical Illusion

SKK Mobile Mirage S1
SKK Mobile Mirage S1


Most of the Android flagship phones to date have 5-inch screen or more, whether from local or global brands. However, having a 5-inch smartphone does not mean you have a high-end phone, some are made to cater to the lower segment of the market like the SKK Mobile Mirage S1.

The Mirage S1 packs a 5-inch display with a relatively low resolution which is just FWVGA (854x480). It is being powered by a 1.3GHz dual core Cortex-A7 CPU made by MediaTek coupled with 512MB of RAM.

Key Specs:

  • Dual SIM , Dual Standby
  • 5" capacitive FWVGA (854x480) touchscreen display, 5-point multi-touch
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • 1.3GHz Cortex-A7 dual core CPU, Mali-400 GPU, MediaTek MT6572 chipset
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB internal, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 5MP main camera with LED flash
  • VGA secondary camera
  • 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 
  • Sensors: Accelerometer
  • 1700mAh Li-Ion Battery 

Main Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution screen
  • No Proximity Sensor

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SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Lockscreen

The lockscreen is similar to most of the SKK Mobile devices wherein you can drag the padlock icon anywhere to unlock your phone. If there is a notification like missed call, you can drag it towards the circle to go there directly.

SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Homescreen

The homescreen consists of five pages by default but you have the option to decrease to 1 or increase it up to 9. There are five shortcuts below the screen, four of which can be customized while the center is always assigned to the app drawer.

SKK Mirage S1 Notification Area
Notification Area

The notification panel can be accessed by swiping one finger from top to bottom of the screen. Each notification gives you the option to do or respond to it, e.g. a missed call will opt you call back or send a message.

SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Default Apps
Default Apps

SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Default Widgets
Default Widgets

The default apps are arranged in 4x5 format, there are only few bloatwares and most of them can be uninstalled. The widgets on the other hand have 2x3 layout.

The overall user interface is smooth, however you will notice some lag when there are plenty of applications running in the background. Also there are times that the capacitive keys are not responsive (sometimes you need to tap twice before it reacts or sometimes it needs 2 seconds before it responds).


SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Dual SIM Settings
Dual SIM Settings

The Mirage S1 is a dual SIM dual standby phone, to access its settings just go to SIM Management. Each SIM can be turned on or off depending on your needs. The voice call and messaging can be set to SIM1, SIM2, Always ask or Double Key.


SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Telephony

The dial pad accepts name and number inputs, however it will only show the contacts if they have matching beginnings.

SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Incoming and Outgoing Calls
Incoming and Outgoing Calls

During an incoming call, you have the option to cancel the call, answer the call or cancel the call with a message. The Mirage S1 has no proximity sensor but the screen automatically turns off once the call is answered.

One problem I encountered is that the earpiece is quite soft, you might have hard times hearing the other end especially if you are in a noisy area.

SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Call Logs
Call Logs

The call logs display all the call  history in your device, you can choose from which SIM you want to show and filter them by missed, incoming or outgoing calls.


SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Contacts

The phonebook gives you the option to show/hide the contacts from both SIM cards, phone or online accounts. When creating a new contact it will also ask you where you want it to be saved. Each contact can contain a bunch of information such as multiple phone numbers, emails, address etc.

SKK Mobile Mirage S1 Groups

The group consists of multiple contacts under the same category. It can be created under phone contact and online accounts such as Google.

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