High end smartphones are all well and good, but not everyone has $700+ to drop on a mobile, even if it’s got more processing power than the space shuttle. For those on a budget the choice is limited when it comes to top spec handsets, unless you’re prepared to compromise in some way.
The THL W100 smartphone is a brand new quad core, Android 4.2.1 powered smartphone which is threatening to reset the balance between cheapo Chinese source phones and top name branded handsets. The product comes with all the goodies you’d expect to find on the major brands except the designer label, and at a price which is lower than many earlier generation dual core phones which are currently on sale.
It’s a fact that while most of us in the media obsess about things like ultra high screen resolution and mega benchmarks, the general guy or girl in the street worries more about affordability and value for money. Those with the cash and the need for a label will never buy cheap, but for the rest of us lavish spending is often not an option. Judging by this latest model, THL is well on the way towards establishing a reputation for delivering excellent value for money, by offering a generous amount of bang for your buck so to speak.
As with all THL products, the packaging and branding is excellent, with a decent user manual, two 1800mAh batteries, headset and charger block included in the box. The battery is quick to charge and as with most of these later Android handsets easily lasts a day of use as long as you’re not indulging in heavy video, GPS or other power sucking activities.
Unlike it’s earlier cousin the W5, the GPS on this new model works flawlessly, although for some reason (maybe because we have an early model?) the A-GPS and EPO assistance is not switched on by default, which makes time to first satellite lock impossibly slow. A quick trip to Settings – Location Access – GPS Satellites easily fixed that, and from then on the GPS was as responsive as any other handset we’ve tried.
Check out the video hands-on review below (full specifications are after the jump).