“Stylish looks, an affordable price tag and a decent set of hardware specifications define the Obi Alligator S454”
In the world of smartphones, Obi Mobiles might be a relatively new name, but the brand has managed to create a lot of buzz by offering value-for-money products to the users throughout the country. Going by its strategy of offering powerful yet attractively-priced products, the company has launched the new Obi Alligator smartphone in India.
This smartphone offers a familiar set of hardware specifications as most sub-Rs 10,000 Android smartphones, but where Obi makes its differentiation is its price. The device has been priced at Rs 7,990 but will be going on retail carrying a price tag of close to Rs 6,500, at which it offers a decent set of hardware specifications and an alluring design as well. We have the device with us and so let’s take you through the unboxing and first impressions of this new smartphone.
The Obi Alligator comes inside a tastefully-designed and colour-coordinated box with a white top cover and a dual red and white coloured layer at the bottom. Opening the box reveals the device first, neatly tucked inside a protective foam padding for protection against bumps and damage while transportation. Underneath the phone and the cardboard layer separating the box, is a screen protector, a USB cable, a stereo headset and a wall charger. The device also ships with a 1,600mAh battery that is likely to be able to power it up for a day’s worth of usage.
In terms of bundled accessories, the phone ships with a free flip case, which can be used to increase protection against damage, and the faux-leather finish adds to the looks as well.
The Obi Alligator S454 is based on a 4.5-inch display that makes the device compact and easy to use with a single hand.
First and foremost, the handset features a bold black front facia, which gets a standard three-button Android interface key design. The phone maintains its flush finish with the use of capacitive keys for navigation. The keys have been given chrome finish which shimmers on the bold black front of the device. Additionally, there’s a strip of chrome running on all sides, which breaks the monotony of the darker hues and makes the device look classy at the same time.
The back features a matte, textured finish with a shiny Obi logo in the centre towards the top. Slots have been provided to accommodate the camera unit and the loudspeaker port.
The device features a power key on the right side and the volume rocker key occupies the left side. The USB port has been placed on top of the device alongside the 3.5mm audio socket, while the bottom of the device has been left untouched with just a small hole provided for the microphone.
With some smartphones flaunting 720p displays in the sub-Rs 10,000 segment, the Obi Alligator still features a respectable qHD resolution 4.5-inch screen. The display is vibrant and pixelation is barely visible. The touch layer on the device is quite accurate and offers a nice and a very accurate response.
In addition, the handset rocks a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek 6582 processor which offers ample computing muscle, and users should be able to run most present-day apps on the device with ease. To complement the processor, there is 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage on the device. The Android One devices which come at nearly the same price feature half in terms of overall storage with just 4GB to offer to the users. Out of the 8GB memory chunk, users would be getting close to 4GB of storage to play around with. Most of the other part of the memory is consumed by the Android KitKat 4.4 operating system, which comes with minimal modifications and a few pre-loaded apps like Hungama for music and Truecaller.
However, there is option for adding more storage using the microSD card slot, and users would be able to get an additional 64GB of storage on the device. For connectivity, the smartphone supports both 2G and 3G networks for calling and data access, with the use of a pair of regular-sized SIMs. Wireless connectivity is offered in form of Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, while for file transfers, the device offers a USB 2.0 connection as well.
For shooting, it flaunts on an 8-megapixel camera at the back that comes supplemented by an LED flash and at the front, there’s a 2-megapixel camera for selfies and video calling.
The Obi Alligator is a good-looking device, which has some respectable hardware specs to offer for a price of Rs 6,500. At this price, the device will compete with the likes of Android One devices (Karbonn Sparkle V review), and the very popular Xiaomi Redmi 1s (review | FAQs).