Jul 29, 2015
There are many reasons folks dabble into Android.
Love of the OS, appreciation for the extended Google ecosystem… even a hyper anti-Apple sentiment get cited as reasons. Critically, one can enjoy the diversity of product as well as as apps availability across carriers.
One element that increasingly becomes part of the device ownership narrative is price; the ability to get a device at just about any price point is, well, priceless. And, to be fair, we are not talking about just anything at any price; we expect quality, even when we pay what might be considered a good price for an Android smartphone. Now, obviously, the ability to have OEMs battle to bring the best devices to market at the lowest cost is a function of the Android landscape, but we’re not complaining.
NUU is a device manufacturer out of Hong Kong that is making waves with its unlocked devices which are now available in North America. We had a chance to formally check out its budget NU2S Android phone, and off the bat, it odes take on the term “value” head on.
The loaner NUU sent us came in standard retail furnishing; in the box, one gets the device, charging cable and adapter, cleaning cloth, screen protector and documentation. In hand, the black NU2S is quite handy, and doesn’t even come close to phablet territory; officially, it comes in at 5.25 x 2.6 x 0.36 inches, and only 4.8 ounces. It comes in the familiar slab style, with a bottom bezel housing capacitive navigation buttons. Up to the top, there is 2MP camera (in addition to the 5MP one at the back), and a 2000 mAh battery.
It comes with 512 MB RAM and 4GB internal (which can be buttressed with up to 32G of external memory), and packs a quad-core processor. Screen-wise, one gets an IPS screen boasting 960 x 540 ppi. And yes, one gets Android 5.0.
It feels good in hand, slight but not silly, with serious stylings that offset the light materials.
In use, the device works really well. Downloaded applications work smoothly, and the screen is great at full brightness. Phone-wise, the dual SIM is a nice feature, and calls work well on T-Mobile’s network, at still and on the go; no dropped calls, and clarity was great. It worked well to receive calls (we didn’t test two SIMs).
The HotKnot functionality is cool, allowing folks to transfer information by physically touching phones. It has a casting feature built in to the unit.
For folks looking for ALL the bells and whistles, the NU2S might be a tough decision. The screen isn’t as vibrant as what is seen on the major flagships, and the cameras could be sharper. There are not a whole lot of third-party custom accessories that I could find either. The relatively small number of uninstallable stock apps is admirable.
So… in the battle of budget smartphones ($100 on Amazon), this one manages to outperform its financial station. It’s sleek, and easily carries a reasonable portion of the load carried by more renown device heavyweights. In the end, all folks want is a great phone at a great price.
Well, here ya go.