Aug 4, 2014
When one thinks of Android OS, it’s easy to get lost in aura of the big OEMs; Android’s rue strength is that just about anybody can come play, and as such, we get to see several lesser known manufacturers compete on specs, size… and even price. Enter the Yezz Andy A6M.
The review box reveals old-school ideals on the part of Yezz. It was stocked: headphones, AC adapter, USB cable, leather smart cover two back covers (red and white to go with the installed black one), documentation and even a cleaning cloth with screen protector. Nah, gestures like this are a thing of the past with most of the better known OEMs, and it made a good impression. Yes, I admit, it made the product feel just a bit more glamorous.
In hand, the device is fairly large, leaning more towards phablet with regards to size. The screen is large, but doesn’t go end-to end, with a 6-inch capacitive IPS panel, in a 6.1 x 3.37 x 0.35 inches frame, and weighs 6.67 ounces. The micro-USB charging port is flanked by 3.55 mm audio port. The power button is on the right side, and volume rocker to the left; it also utilizes a 2400 mAh user-serviceable battery. It might not have luxurious stylings, but it is a light device that isn’t too hard to wield, and is comfortable in landscape and portrait. The screen does take some getting used to, what with the 540 x 900 pixels display.
But what about under the hood? The A6M boasts 4GB ROM and 512 GB RAM, and it can be expanded with up to 32 GB of microSD card storage. It has a 1.3 GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582M chip, and has other basics we expect in smartphones: Bluetooth 3.0, wi-fi and GPS. The main camera is a 13 MP piece (4128 x 3096 pixels) that shoots video at 720p at 30 fps. It also sports the requisite 5MP front-facing camera. The review unit is a dual-SIM
When it comes to the software, this device uses Android 4.2.2, and it takes care of the biggest issue by including Google Play and other Google Apps out of the box. There are some proprietary apps included, like the Yezz App Store; it actually has some major titles therein. A couple of stock apps (like Skype) can’t be entirely deleted, which is a bit of a bummer, but for the most part, it handled just about every game I threw at it adequately.
Simple tweaks like audio profiles and the smart cover (which allows data to be shown through the opening on the included case) are welcome features.
The screen is not going to be it’s shining point. Beside other high end flagships, it is clearly less vivid. I did catch lag in some places, and there are some extras like NFC functionality that are not present. The rear camera is passable, but is best used in bright light.
All in all, it is a decent device for the price. It may not have the hardware cache of the flagships from the big boys, but at its price point, it can be allowed not to.