Over the last few weeks, I have been receiving mails with the subject “Is Innjoo Max 2 Plus bad?”. I cannot place the reason why anybody would think the Innjoo Max 2 Plus a bad device. Last two months we published a review of the Innjoo Max 2 Plus and it was received positively, but apparently, something triggered the need for smartphone users to want to know if the Innjoo Max 2 Plus is a bad phone. As I have used the phone, here are a few things I think might or might not be wrong with it from a consumer’s point of view.
In the review of the Innjoo Max 2 plus I told you about the weight of the Innjoo Max 2 Plus. It is the first thing you notice upon picking up the device and the metallic design makes it very obvious. It bent the pocket of my trousers sideways to whatever side it was in. 1,000 gram equals 1 kilogram and the official weight of the Innjoo Max 2 Plus is pegged at 205.9gram. So if you are a grocery person, the Innjoo Max 2 Plus is one fifth of a kilo of turkey. And that is really heavy.
But putting this weight issue into perspective, the battery of this device is 4,600mAh and is still one one of the biggest batteries around now. So you are putting up with 205.9 gram for over 12 hours of battery life and that is a small sacrifice if you ask me.
There are these annoying alerts that come into your phone unannounced when the phone is locked. From update alerts, to the update of current applications on the phone. Cell broadcasts are normal, but these ones are too frequent, annoyingly so. They fill the phone and beep you every minute or twice in a minute as long as there is internet connected on the phone. You cannot imagine it unless you feel it. It took a while for me to get the hang of it, I eventually fixed it from the settings in the text message section. Just switch cell broadcasts off and your phone is back to normal.
The first time it happened, I got a number from somebody, typed it in the keypad and dialed then let the person go. Scrolling through the call log the number had disappeared and the person was not around to get it a second time. Further investigations revealed that numbers typed on the the dialpad sometimes disappeared at the first dial and you had to dial again and again sometimes. Very tricky as you might lose important data in the process.
This seems to be the only serious problem the Innjoo Max 2 Plus has and I am hoping an upgrade would fix it.
If you do not like a weighty smartphone, then this device is not for you, as it would weigh you down literally. Unwanted cell broadcasts are the most annoying things in the world, but it can be fixed. And for the bug plaguing the dialpad, I am hoping the relevant authorities are taking note.
The advantages of the Innjoo Max 2 Plus do outweigh this fickle difficulties and you cannot ignore them. It’s battery, superb camera and sleek design is to die for, so overall the Innjoo Max 2 is a good phone.
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