By : Ayan Sarkar
I got my Yuphoria around the start of this month, so I am barely using it for like a month now and I love this device. I usually change phones very often because of my technology blog and I switched from Asus Zenfone 5 to Yu Yuphoria and there were a few details that caught my attention immediately. Even though the screen sizes were the same the Yuphoria felt much more compact in the hand thanks to its small bezels and on-screen keys. The edges being rounded, it felt more comfortable than the sharp edges of the Zenfone which used to cut into my ears during long calls.
The price point is the biggest catch of this phone. I got better specs at 1k less at 7000 on Yuphoria than on the Zenfone 5 at 8000 or my Lumia 525 at 10k but that was 2014 and thus it isn’t a fair comparison. Before I tell the my biggest attraction to this phone tell me first say that I love vanilla Android and hate almost all custom UI imposed by manufacturers except maybe the ZenUI, it was useful. Also being a tweaker I love custom ROMs, thus Yuphoria coming with Cyanogen OS right out of the box was my biggest attraction. Pure vanilla Android+Cyanogen OS, that was a combination too good to resist.
In practical use the software was buttery smooth, the 2GB RAM definitely helped but so did the quad-core CPU. You can check out the whole spec sheet here. I did miss the option to auto-hide navigation bar but that’s something I can live with.
Coming to the camera what really impressed me was the shutter speed. The camera took images almost instantly. I could take a lot of images in a very short time. The 5MP front shooter did a decent job too but since I am not a selfie person I don’t really care about that, but the front camera too is fast and clicks decent images.
The battery life might not sound impressive to most people but it does the job for me. I usually stay out for around 10-12 hours on an average and I get nearly 3 hours of screen-on-time and more than 20 hours of stand-by on single sim with 3G and WiFi enabled all the way and location/auto-sync disabled. I usually use it more music and reading articles on the subway and making phone calls and lots of texting. I am pretty happy with the battery given my usage. Its much better than my older Zenfone 5.
The on-screen button does reduce the screen space (which was absent in Zenfone 5 by the way due to hardware buttons) but the display is fantastic at this price point. Protected by Gorilla Glass I don’t even use the screen protector that came bundled with the phone. The device is without a scratch. Given my rough usage the ole-phobic coating is worn out now given the number of finger-prints I get now, but a quick wipe removes it all.
Overall this is a device that packs powerful performance with quality hardware and software at a throwaway price. If your budget is below 10,000 I see no reason as to why you should not get the Yuphoria and buy something else. I love this device and even though I change devices very often I think I will stick with this for a long while.
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