|O+ Grande Unboxing and Review, For Your Movie Viewing Pleasure|
The O+ Grande is dubbed by O+ USA as the Best HD Movie Viewing Phone, it features a massive 6-inch IPS display with HD resolution powered by a quad core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM.
According to the box and O+ website, its CPU is clocked at 1.2GHz only, but based on CPU-Z and other benchmark apps, it has a higher frequency at 1.3GHz. It runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat and has a retail price tag of Php5,995. Speaking of price, we are bit surprise that its SRP is a lot cheaper than O+ Fab GO, around 3K pesos difference, considering the fact that it has a better specification.
The box is the signature white carton with big O+ logo in the front and the picture and the name of the phone on the lower right. It contains the unit, battery, charger, USB cable, wired headset, warranty card and user manual. The retail package also includes FREE screen protector and 4GB of micro SD card.
The front is mainly occupied by the huge display, below it you will find the capacitive keys while above the screen you will find the hidden sensors, earpiece grill and secondary camera.
The main camera is located in the upper portion, it is accompanied by an LED light on its left. It is also protruding by about 2-3mm from the cover, this means that it is the first part that will touch the surface when you lay the phone on its back. Meanwhile, the loudspeaker grill is placed near the lower right.
|Back without cover|
Removing the back cover reveals the 2800mAh Li-Po battery, the two regular SIM slots and the micro SD slot.
The top holds the 3.5mm audio jack and the micro USB port while the bottom has the primary microphone.
The volume rocker is located on the left side while the power button is placed at the right side.
The Grande's overall build material is on the plastic side, it may not look premium, but it also does not look cheap at all. It may not have fancy design, but the mere fact that it is indeed a huge phone is already good enough for a second look. Likewise, the build quality is solid and sturdy that it feels like it would last several knocks and bumps. In terms of handling, interacting with the phone requires two hands most of the time.
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This phablet has a 5-point touch 6-inch screen boasting an IPS technology for better viewing angles and 720p resolution for a clearer and crisper display. It does not have any scratch-resistant glass, but you can always install a screen film for protection and as I mentioned earlier, the retail package comes with a free one.
This phone is equipped with basic sensors, namely accelerometer, proximity and light. All of them are functioning well, both on app testing and in actual usage.
|Antutu - 17,433|
|Quadrant - 8,518|
|NenaMark2 - 48.3fps|
In terms of benchmark results, they are on the same level with other devices that uses the same MediaTek MT6582 processor.
If you are an O+ user, you will get the same user interface treatment, an almost stock Android UI with skinned icons plus additional proprietary apps pre-installed. The UI and the rest of the interface works both on portray and landscape mode.
The Oplus Grande is a dual SIM device, you can choose which SIM to perform a specific action or set it to always ask. Other basic phone functions such as telephony, phonebook, call logs, email and messaging are all working properly, no issue or problem encountered during the review period.
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The gallery lists all the photos and videos stored on the phone, you can view them by albums, artists or locations. There is also inbuilt photo editor inside the gallery. Meanwhile, there is no video trimming app, but if you need a video editing tool, there is a Movie Studio in the app drawer or you can download one in the Play Store.
Video Player, Music Player and FM Radio:
|Video Player, Music Player & FM Radio|
The video player supports different files and containers, it can play .mp4, .3gp, .flv and .mkv up to 1080p resolutions. Watching on its 6-inch screen is truly pleasurable, especially if the videos you have are high-definitions. In addition, it also supports floating video window so that you can watch movie or your favorite series uninterrupted even if you are doing other things on your phone.
On the other hand, the music player is the same one we have seen from other O+ devices. Lastly, the FM Radio requires a connected headset in order for it to work.
Camera and Video:
|Camera and Video|
The camera and video share the same interface, their shutter buttons are placed side by side at the lower part of the UI. Speaking of the shutter, you can take a photo or start recording video in many ways, such as voice, gesture, smile, timer and by pressing the volume key. It also offers different shooting modes, namely live photo, panorama, HD and can even scan QR code.
|Night without Flash|
|Night with Flash|
The main camera packs a 5MP shooter, during daytime or when there is a good source of lighting, the image quality is good in terms of color rendering and the amount of resolved details. However, there are times that the images produced are a bit reddish. During the night or when there is poor lighting condition, the processed image is still usable, although the noise is evident.
Sample Video - 1080p
Sample Video - 720p
The O+ Grande main camcorder is capable of recording videos up to 1080p resolution at 25fps. Like the still images, the contrast and the amount of details are both good with little to no lag at all, however, the reddish characteristic is still there.
This phone has two browsers by default, the stock Android app and the Google Chrome. Both, render web pages fast and smooth even those with heavy scripting and lots of images.
|Dungeon Hunter 4|
Gaming in the O+ Grande is generally smooth, it can handle HD games such as Asphalt 7, Dead Trigger 2, Dungeon Hunter 4 and Minion Rush very well, although the loading times are slightly slower compared to more powerful devices such as the O+ Air.
|Storage and Install Location|
The phone has 4GB of built-in storage wherein the internal storage is 0.89GB and the phone storage is 1.68GB. The good thing is that when you installed a micro SD card, it becomes the phone's main storage and you can install and move apps into it.
The connectivity sets include dual SIM with HSPA+ capability, which can be shared via a hotspot. If you do not have a data plan, you can always rely to its WiFi. Speaking of WiFi, the phone also supports wireless printing and miracast. There is also Bluetooth, 3.5mm audio jack and OTG-capable micro USB port.
The productivity tools include a calculator, calendar, clock, file manager, sound recorder and to do. There is no document viewer application, but you can simply get one from the Play Store.
With A-GPS data pre-loaded, the phone able to get a satellite lock in about 2 to 3 seconds with an accuracy of bout 11 feet, the test was made outdoor during at night.
The phone managed to last more than 5 hours before the low battery warning popped up, this result is already good enough considering the huge display and HD resolution. We will do our standby and gaming tests soon and will upload the results once available.
|O+ Share and O+ Hub|
The O+ Air Share is the cloud solution of the company and they provide 15GB of FREE storage to get you started. Meanwhile, the O+ Hub is the place where you can find all the information from the company in one place.
The O+ Innovations in the Grande are the Air Share, Air Shuffle, Flip to Silent, Shake to Answer, Visitor Mode and Anti-Theft.
|I Want Stars and I Want TV|
Like the previous O+ phones that we reviewed, the Grande also has I Want Stars and I Want TV pre-installed.
Other apps include Facebook for your social media needs, Downloads for all the apps you grab from the internet and SIM Toolkit for accessing your network provider's services.
Aside from Gmail, other Google apps are installed by default, like Voice, Now and Maps to name a few.
The O+ Grande is the most affordable 6-inch phablet offering of O+ USA for only Php5,995. They aggressively market it as the "Best HD Movie Viewing Phone" and based on our experience, it is really pleasurable to watch on its huge display, it produces clear and crisp images not to mention very good viewing angles.
Apart from its stunning 6-inch display, it also sports a quad core processor combined with 1GB of RAM that gives smooth UI transition and good performance.
6-inch IPS HD display
1.3GHz quad core processor
1GB of RAM
Good build quality
Rich retail package
Photos and videos tend to become reddish
O+ Grande Specifications:
- Quad band 2G, dual band 3G
- Dual regular SIM, dual standby
- 6-inch IPS HD (1280x720) capacitive touchscreen display
- Dimensions: 168.5mm x 87.4mm x 10.1mm
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 1.3GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali-400MP2 GPU, MediaTek MT6582 chipset
- 1GB of RAM
- 4GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via micro SD
- 5MP auto focus main camera with LED flash, 1080p video recording
- 2MP secondary camera
- Multimedia player
- FM Radio
- 3.5mm audio jack
- GPS with A-GPS
- WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
- Micro USB 2.0 with OTG support
- Sensor: accelerometer, light, proximity
- 2800mAh Li-Po battery
- Freebies: 4GB micro SD card and screen protector
- Price: Php5,995