Chang Jiang A007 review
The new joint rocks, razor lights, blustery sound and really, party aficionados are having a time of their lives. Trouble is, it’s a restricted joint, leaving most to ogle innocently at the mercy of security officers from the outside. We dig that feeling, and it isn’t cool – yet, the smartphone market has come a long way, just last year we saw a pinch of exclusivity owing to high cost of entry and embargo from most remote parts of the world. Devices powered on the near-phenomenal speeds haven’t exactly been on-the-cheap. For example, handsets like the Motorola Droid Bionic and the Samsung Droid Charge asks rates of $350 to $400 on contract. Obviously, numerous customers have suffered the underlying sense of inadequacy since their pockets may turn out two short.
The Chang Jiang Company promises the first clear exit from the piggy bank- exploding prices that its forerunners control. With the new A007 boasting 3G lineup complete of droning 4.0-inch behemoths, how anxiously we’ve been waiting something different; anything that could possibly mollify a different set of consumers eager to take a plus of this swift network. The 4-inch A007 indeed is capable of pleasing a broader demographic, although with an unusually low $200 price tag including one year commitment. So, does it ooze stinginess or a fair bargain? We seek to find out.
First, Chang Jiang A007 feels like a suitable name for the first smartphone to break from the 3G mold by sporting a smaller screen at a much lower cost. Sure, not too often we would admire a phone with a less screen space; however we strongly feel that a diversity of different choices in a lineup is naturally great; an average customer would rather be given an opportunity to select from a broad selection of devices. Despite falling at budget category, the A007 doesn’t have that sense of cheap – it won’t shatter into a million bits if dropped on concrete either. If anything, it’s easier to grasp in the hand comfortably, thanks to its smaller size, gently inward-leaning sides and a firm white plastic back.
Into the bargain, the phone comes with an 8MP camera in the back, a 0.3MP front-facing camera, a 16GB microSD card and two batteries. Stuffed onto the left and right sides are the physical buttons (the volume rocker and power / lock button), of course everything was kept lean to help maintain the phone’s smooth curves without disorder, while on top and the bottom edges you’ll find all the ports (microUSB port, and 3.5mm headphone jack).
Opening the home panel, you get a treat of slightly comic strip, although the UI appears clean anyway. Chang Jiang A007 comes with its own “helm of widgets,” so to speak – a collection of home screen widgets alienated from the usual Android collection, spread out in a spherical style at the very foot of the screen. For those not pleased, there’s the handy “Android” key below that will let users switch over to the normal list of widgets.
Much like the first top phones, the A007 sports an unsurprising 1GHz single-core MediaTek powered processor. You could ague, such a CPU was measured top of the line sometime back, and now it’s edging on low-end. Yet, that’s not grounds to discount A007’s real-world performance. That is, if you’re not hoping to overload your smartphone with graphics-exhaustive games or multitasking, you can look forward to find creamy-smooth performance.
That said, Chang Jiang’s done a laudable job of slashing corners in all the appropriate places. It has the same CPU clockspeed compared to the likes of Revolution and Thunderbolt, sports a competitive sum of RAM to go with it, runs an above-standard display and conveys a design more graceful than its asking price would normally propose. For the members of the elite joint, it’s regrettable news, since we see more joints opening soon, hence consumers in the end benefit from competition.