ONIX Windows Phone – 2015

Fri 27 Feb 2015

Filed Under: ONIX 

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Welcome to the 2015 version ONIX Windows Phone review. This review is probably a one off for a number of reasons but they are personal biases as opposed to generic consumer type things we review these smart phone for. The ONIX smart phone is sold by ALDI as a Feburary 2015 ALDI store special priced at $129. The price point is not completely a new for this reasonably spec Windows Phone but it is for a dual-SIM phone which is essentially the only reason why we bought it! Note as per images, we don’t take good pictures so that’s why we use PR images!

In terms of construction the 2015 version of the ONIX Windows phone feels pretty good in the hand. It is after all made in two halves the back plate which covers the main body, battery and 2 SIMs and micro SD slot. The rear end is made of hard plastic, physical side buttons vague to press but at least the touch screen buttons and screen are responsive and also vibrates in a very ‘expensive’ fashion when touched. Overall it looks and feels OK for the price. The camera and flash are set a little way back so won’t get scratched which is nice since the screen smudges very easily we don’t think ONIX have included the latest Gorilla glass. The only problems are the screen is very prone to smudges, the older screen tech which bleeds light along the edges if you look at some angles and that the screen is also a little set back.  That said the screen resolution does look a little sharper than say the older Lumia 520.

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In terms of hardware specifications, the 2015 ONIX Windows Phone is quite reasonable equipped for the price. Quad core CPU feature although no GPU is stated, A-GPS, Bluetooth 4, 2 cameras and a flash and so forth but nothing out of the ordinary. It is only 3G via one SIM only! See the Key specification table below for more. BTW it only can only of a maximum of two finger touch screen though. Battery life running the two SIMs continuously and simultaneously is about 4 days on standby with few calls or text interrupting which is pretty good for what is essentially 2 phones in 1 body.

The Dual SIM capability that we where looking for and the 2015 ONIX Windows Phone is currently the only one we can get access to and it does work! Since we’ve only had it for a 1 day before we posted this review we can’t really say much more. However we will update the review once we get more time with the phone.

In terms of use the 2015 ONIX Windows Phone works well, it is running Windows Phone 8.1 after all. All the usual Apps and functionality is included and the Windows Store has all the additional one you need. When setting up the phone you don’t need to input an email address although it does ask many times. Both SIMs work at the same time and there are differentiated by having numbered icons. When calling you can select which number to use via a slider on the top part of the screen – its all very logical. The phone book is central but call history text appears to separated by the choice of SIM. is Nothing complain about really – for the price.

The conclusion so far is that the 2105 ONIX Windows Phone Dual SIM is actually a pretty good effort for a cheap phone. It does work as advertised with the dual SIM the key selling feature. We wish more high end mobile phones had the option of two numbers. Update: the only problem we had was the camera lens cover falling off the back.

2015 ONIX Windows Phone Specifications

  • 2015 ONIX Windows Phone
  • Network
    3G Mhz850/2100
    2G 850/900/1800/1900
  • Design
    Touch screen
  • L120.25 x W60.5 x D12 mm
  • Weight 124 grams
  • Display/s
    4 inch External 480 x 800 pixels
  • Camera
    5MP Main camera
    VGA Face camera
  • Video Camera
    ??? pixel main video camera
  • Connectivity
    Wi-Fi
    Bluetooth V4
  • CPU
    Quad core CPU 1.4 Ghz
  • Memory
    512MB RAM
    Up to 4 Gig on board
    Up to 32GB MicroSD
  • Ring tones
    MIDI, MP3, Video, vibration and others
  • Features
    Mini-SIM
    A-GPS, Gyro-meter
    Download HERE maps Free off-line navigation
  • Power
    Li-Po 1420 mAh battery (BL-4G-I)
    Up to 4 days Standby
    Up to N/A hours Talk Time
  • Price history
    Approx $129 AUS 2015 (Outright)

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