They’re smart, simple and quiet elegant for the low budget. The Itel It1501 and the it1502 are smartphones that utilises the android operating system and manufactured by the Itel-mobile. These two smartphone utilises the best chasis from the mobile maker making it look good and handy. For the lower budgetary, the phones come handy.
History: The Itel it1501 and it1502 smartphones were both launched in the year 2014 and 2015 respectively following the earlier launch of the Itel it1453.
Hardware: Features a 5inch HD screen making it look more elegant and cool. Also powered with rear cameras of 8 Megapixel and 3 megapixel (it1501) and 8 megapixel for both rear and facing camera enhanced with autofocus functionality (it1502) With a wider and better angular resolution of up to 480X854 (it1501 and it1502) Powering these devices are 2200 mAh (it1501) and 2100 mAh (it1502) batteries respectively. Which can last for as long as from 10 – 24 hours depending on how you use it. Connectivity which are made default with these devices are WiFi, Bluetooth, USB port, Earphone jackpots. Also, there are just three physical buttons on the both devices. (The Volume up / down button and the power button.) At the back sits the powerhouse and enabled with dual sim functionality and a physical port for Micro SD memory card slot which can be extended up to 32 gigabyte. At the rear lies the three touch-buttons for easier and better user experience. Network power is 3.75G HSPA+ (it1502) and GSM, GPRS, EDGE and HSUPA+ (it1501) making internet browsing blazing fast. It also allow wireless Tethering between the device and other devices (e.g PC).
Software: These two devices utilises the Android 4.4. KitKat operating system. Powered with a 4GbB ROM and 512MB RAM (it1501) and 8GB ROM and 1 GB RAM(it1502). This smartphones are also designed with speedy processors and Chipset. The CPU processor is Quad-Core (it1502). Messaging & SNS Connectivity :WhatsApp, Palmchat, Facebook, BBM all included by default. (Though location specifications might vary)
Reception: Because of its powerful battery, many have switched to the It1501/1502. At least if not as their first device, they would have it for the second. The phone went viral since its launch in Nigeria making them one of the successful phones of the company in Nigeria.
Price: As of October, the phone is priced #16,500 (it1501) and 18,000 (it1502) in Nigeria naira. Though price may vary depending on location and nearness to the market.
Known Issues: One of the prominent problem is the over heating of the phone. Though it is quiet cool and beautiful but at least, it lacks some major functionality which a smartphone should have. For example, “We run out of memory frequently without knowing why.” The processor on the it1501 isn’t that fast though the it1502 is an upgrade but what about we that have purchased the old version “go and sell them.” Other problems are slow connectivity and sudden restart when a lot of applications are running at the background. It also lack LED for notification ” Many times, I would have a message and wouldn’t know. No blinks. And I hate ringtones.” The so-called 8.0 rear megapixel on the both devices actually function exactly like a 3megapixel of a slightly advanced Sagem My X 7 I guess its because it isn’t HD and because of the screen lower resolution. Our flash can’t even capture me in the evening by 6:30 (18:30) pm not to imagine taking a picture in 10:30 (22:30) pm at the deeper night of darkness. A simple Nokia phone with Torchlight does the job even better. “During the light too, I’m usually gonna have to stare unto the screen to see…that need a better resolution. I can’t be pressing my phone with my hat covering the screen just to darken its environment.”
Conclusion: Since the valuation of money is what Itel claims to matter most, I guess the development for the lower budget and affordable smartphone manufacturing will still continue and in fact, this phone is a very powerful and nice one. With less cash, you still have a full access to the Android KitKat unlike the Luxurious GalaxybS6 smartphone and the likes.