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SOLO S500: Unboxing and First Impressions

February 24, 2015 · 1 min read
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Back in July 2014, Nigerian startup, SOLO introduced 3 new smartphones to the market, one of which was the SOLO S500. The SOLO S500 is intended to be SOLO’s top-of-the-line offering as it has the highest specifications of the lot.

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Spec Highlights

  • Dual-SIM (3G and 2G)
  • 5-inch HD display
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Mediatek processor.
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory expandable to 32GB internal.
  • 8 MP auto-focus primary camera with flash and 2 MP front camera.
  • The SOLO S500 is available in black and rose-gold or white and silver.
  • 1800 mAh battery.

What’s in the Box?

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Our review unit shipped with the usual suspects and some extras. There’s the charger, removable battery, earphones, complimentary 8GB sd card and a SOLO branded case.

Also included are a SOLO payment card, SOLO branded powerbank and – I find this very interesting – a SOLO branded external speaker, complete with media buttons.

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Judging by the buttons, it appears the speaker will work for both media and telephony.

First Impressions

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The SOLO S500 is an interesting device, although I’m a little taken aback by the fact that it ships with Android 4.3 JellyBean. Considering it was announced over 6 months ago (only just available now), that’s not much of a surprise

If I’m to be honest,  I’m more excited about the SOLO offering – SOLO Music and SOLO View (video rental service) than the SOLO S500 itself. I’ve reviewed my fair share of SOLO devices in the past. I tend to focus my review more on the SOLO offering than on the device.

It won’t be much different this time; I’ll be focusing a lot more on the whole content delivery experience, particularly SOLO View – the movie service – as I have never had the chance to before now. Of course, I’ll be putting those external speakers to good use too.

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That’s it for my first impressions. You can expect my full review in the coming week.

[UPDATE]: My full review of the SOLO S500 is live here

Múyìwá Mátùlúkò

Múyìwá Mátùlúkò

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