We used the Obi Worldphone MV1 for more than two weeks after its launch in Nepal. In this period our experts tested the phone for multiple components and aspects. It is the third addition to their smartphone line. Obi MV1 is a budget range mobile just as the other two older phones. It combines the design and hardware from both Ovi SF1 and SJ1.5. We did lots of benchmark and test for a long time to provide you in-depth and insight.
Obi Worldphone MV1 is a smartphone for starters who want most of the features. This phone provide exotic Cyanogen OS experience out of the box and there is no other species like this in the Nepali market today. The price of Obi MV1 in Nepal is Rs 15610.
Processing and performance: Delta Digit always places processing or computing power at the top for any device. This mobile comes with Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 which boasts a 1.3 GHz quad core processor. It binds with 2 GB RAM and Adreno 304 GPU. It is just a year old SoC so the board is decent. There is 16 GB in built memory which can expanded up to 64 GB using external SD card.
The hardware power is good enough to provide good multitasking experience. They have improved the software experience since the SF1. It performs good during minimal and simple usage like internet browsing, listening to music etc. Gaming and heavy tasking was as normal as expected. There are few lags sometime under very heavy load with some normal heating also.
Display and Design: On the top of ploycarbonate body there is 5” IPS LCD floating screen. This unique display is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 and Oleophobic coating. It has screen resolution of 720X1280 because the processor only supports maximum of 720p. The pixel density is 294 pixels per inch but users can select the LCD density in settings. LCD density is set at 320 dpi by default but can be cranked from 240 to 360 DPI. People can take benefit of the Adaptive brightness using Ambient light sensors. Our most favorite feature is Live Display which provides a sort of blue light filter function.
Camera : Camera is given very big priority while buying a new phone. Obi MV1 is holding a 8 Mega Pixel sensor with LED flash at the back and 2 MP shooter at the front. Both cameras can record videos at maximum of 720×1280. Image quality from back camera is nice in sufficient light condition but we see noise and disturbance in darker condition. Users can use the front camera to have satisfactory selfies and have decent video conference. It can take pretty good photos in noble conditions and settings.
There are regular features such as Auto Focus, HDR, Panorama etc. Surprisingly we also get higher frame rate option for videos. Users can record videos up to 90 fps in two different modes. This includes “Slow Motion” and “High Speed” options. Slow motion explains itself and the high speed is just normal video at a real sooth but high frame rate. We have experienced 60 fps video on YouTube before but Obi MV1 gives option to shoot at 90 fps as well.
Software, Battery and other features: Running Cyanogen OS is a great experience. We are fan of stock Android experience with zero disturbance. It is currently running on Android 5.1 Lollipop which really should be upgraded to Marshmallow with some serious changes. There is now themes option which allows users to download free or buy new themes from store. The boot-loader is unlocked in the MV1 and users can change the boot animation as they like. There are improvements over the predecessors but it requires further polishing.
Behind the removable back we get 2500 mAh battery which performs really well. The charging takes up to 2 hours because of lack of fast charger. We got quite good lifetime, screen on time and standby. MV1 can go up to two days on stand by with a SIM card.
It has micro size SIM slots and supports 2 SIM cards. Obi Worldphone MV1 is 4G LTE ready so it can take the benefit of VoLTE as soon as the service is deployed in Nepal. The speakers are satisfactory in terms of sound and music but the DTS Sound technology really enhances audio via headphones.
Another eye-catcher is security options. Obi provides options to lock the apps and folders using password. There is pin scrambling option for the main home screen unlock. We do appreciate the emphasis in security. A fingerprint scanner would have made this phone gold.
Conclusion plus Closure
There are some fantastic features packed in this tiny package. UV Coating, sunlight display, Blue light filter and LED Notification are one of them. The company stated that this phone is targeted to the youth. It has a unique design, attractive display and really solid build. As the mobile is budget range and the hardware set is of starting range the performance is accordingly.
Obi MV1 does provide some exciting features and options that makes it enjoyable. We wish to see new updates with new OS upgrade. This can further improve the battery life. It is quite a good smartphone at this price range due to such design, software and hardware. In our view, best parts of the Obi MV1 are design, OS and display.