Monday, December 23, 2013

SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Review: Jack Of All Trades

SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4
SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4


The Tab 4 is one of the latest multimedia tablet from SKK Mobile. It packs a 7-inch capacitive touchscreen display powered by a 1GHz processor coupled with 512MB of RAM.

It is an entry-level tablet which boasts features like Analog TV, Dual Speakers and Full Phone Functionality.

Key Specs:

  • Dual SIM , Dual Standby
  • 7" capacitive TFT WVGA (800x480) touchscreen display, 5-point multi-touch
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.1
  • 1GHz Cortex-A9 CPU, PowerVR SGX531 GPU MediaTek MT6575 chipset
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB internal, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 2MP fixed focus main camera with dual LED flash
  • VGA secondary camera
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, WiFi Hotspot
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • Analog TV
  • MP3/MP4 Player
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 
  • Sensors: Accelerometer

Main Disadvantages:

  • No 3G connectivity
  • Low Resolution Screen

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SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Lockscreen

Like most of the local phones and tablets, the Phoenix Tab 4 uses a stock Android interface. The lockscreen has a padlock icon inside a circle wherein you can swipe it to the right to unlock the device or drag it to the left to go directly to the camera interface.

SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Homescreen

By default, the homescreen has six shortcuts at the lower part of the interface which can be replaced anytime you want. Another shortcut can be found in the upper right hand which is the App drawer.

SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Default Apps
Default Apps

SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Default Widgets
Default Widgets

Selecting the app drawer from the homescreen will reveal the default apps and widgets which are arranged in tabs. The first tab is for the apps that has a 4x6 layout while the second tab is for the widgets which has 2x3 layout. The Play Store shortcut is always present at the upper right corner.

SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Notification Area
Notification Area

There is a reserve space below the interface, the left portion has the on-screen keys while the right has the notification area. The latter has two functions, one is for the notification itself and the other one is for the quick toggle settings.

The overall interface transition is good, however there are times that you will notice lags even just going from the homescreen to app drawer and vice versa.


SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Dual SIM Settings
Dual SIM Settings

The Tab 4 supports dual SIM dual standby, one slot is for the regular SIM while the other one is for micro SIM. To access or change its options just go to Settings>SIM Management.

You can turn on/off each SIM and assign which one will be your default for voice call, SMS and data connection. Please take note that it does NOT have 3G, therefore mobile data connection will max out with EDGE.


SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Telephony

The dial pad supports name and number inputs, if you opt to use the former it will search matching contacts in your phonebook. It also has speed dialing wherein you can use the numbers 2 to 9 to assign your favorite contacts.

The second icon on the upper left corner corresponds to the call logs. It will show all your call history and can be filtered by incoming, missed or outgoing calls. You can also opt to show the history from both SIM or from just one.

SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Incoming and Outgoing Calls
Incoming and Outgoing Calls

If you have an incoming call, a handset icon inside a circle will appear, dragging it right will answer the call while doing the opposite will cancel it. While you are on a call, you can put it on loudspeaker, mute the microphone, place the other line on hold or record the call.

The Tab 4 is a 7-inch tablet, if you have a big hand you can still hold it in one hand during a call otherwise you will need a headset to make yourself more comfortable while taking the call.


SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Contacts
SKK Mobile Phoenix Tab 4 Groups

The phonebook is divided into two parts, one for your contacts and the other one is for groups. They can be synced without any issue on your online accounts, creating a new one will prompt you to where you want it to be saved.

You can choose which contacts to be displayed, there is also an option to import/export or share them when needed.

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