Looking through the characteristics of this device and assessing the look of the photos, you do not particularly expect that the smartphone will be remembered by something. Standard design and functional set. It is believed that it is impossible to make a first impression again, but HOMTOM HT37 confidently refutes this view. After acquaintance with it, distinct associations remain in memory, which allows us to distinguish it among a number of similar devices. The manufacturer took him to the line “C” with the slogan “Color your life, stay young and energetic”. This characteristic is quite suitable for the subject of the review.
HOMTOM HT37: Specifications
|System:||Android, v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|Processor:||1.3 GHz, MediaTek MT6580, 4 cores Cortex-A7|
|Memory:||16GB + MicroSD|
|Slots:||two SIM cards Micro SIM + Micro SD (up to 64 GB)|
|Standards support:||2G GSM 850/900/1800/1900; 3G WCDMA 850/1900/2100|
|Screen:||5", IPS, 1280х720, 2.5D (multitouch 2 touch)|
|Cameras:||Main 8 Mp (SW 13); Front 2MP (SW 5)|
|Communications:||BT 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a / b / g / n|
|Location:||GPS + AGPS|
|Dimensions:||147 × 72.9 × 8.9 mm|
HOMTOM HT37: Equipment
The box is made neatly, the laconic design and color add a touch of the high cost. Included is a charger in the form of a network adapter with a proprietary logo and a USB-microUSB cable. There are no staples in the cardboard corner, which suggests that you will need to disassemble it to use the device.
HOMTOM HT37: Housing
The body in fact is metal and glass 50 to 50. The back cover pleases pleasantly at tactile contact. The metal is solid, without fools, so there are no backlashes and deflections, and in the heat there is a slight coolness. The cover is completely removed. At once it is worth noting – the process of dismantling will require skill. Metal does not allow the lid to bend, so it’s better to use the old credit card to pick it up and intercept it with your fingers. When unpacking for the first time, you need to remove the sticker from the contacts on the battery, otherwise the smartphone will not turn on. Such care and security of the device with long storage is not often found.
Under the cover are a removable battery and two card slots. One for Sims, and the other, dual, for a memory card and the second sim. The second connector is made for the mind: the slots are stacked on top of each other, so you do not have to suffer from the hybrid system, shuffling the cards and guessing their exact location. Both SIM cards are micro. The memory card can be used up to 64 GB.
The matte coating looks simple and concise. In addition to the positive aspect in terms of design, it also successfully copes with fingerprints, which even if desired, are almost invisible and do not remain on the surface for a long time. A light silvery edging, a camera module, a logo, a single flash and a fingerprint scanner are all that is found on the back panel.
The left side is absolutely free of functional duties, and on the right, there is a lock button and a volume rocker.
On the surface of the lock button, a notch is made to simplify the search for the button with the fingers during operation. The upper end is encumbered with a single 3.5 mm headphone jack. Running a little forward, the sound in the headphones is good. The lower plane under the touch buttons has a micro-USB connector, a speaker grille, and a microphone hole.
HOMTOM HT37: Display
The display is standard, as far as can be. 5 inches and HD resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. Adequate color rendition, wide viewing angles, no comments on clarity. Reacts to simultaneous touch with two fingers. Unblocking gestures is provided, which automatically opens the application you need.
The only complaint is the brightness. If you can reduce this indicator to a comfortable state in the dark, then by daylight you will have to unscrew it to the maximum, and then problems may arise. In the sun, information is discernable, however, enjoy watching photos or videos will be difficult.
HOMTOM HT37: Performance
Inside is the processor MediaTek MT6580, which operates at a clock speed of 1.3 GHz and operates 4 cores Cortex A7. Graphic accelerator – Mali-400. 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of permanent memory. There are no illusions about the performance of such an aggregate, but it has passed the test of time and faithfully serves the users of smartphones of the budget segment. The interface of the Android 6.0 operating system works without delays and reacts sensitively to all commands.
The test for satellite navigation was not comforting. In ten minutes, four satellites with a low signal level were detected. It remains to be hoped that this problem will be solved by the following updates.
HOMTOM HT37: Cameras
Photo and video are made using a front camera with a resolution of 2 megapixels and a basic one at 8 megapixels with interpolation capability of up to 5 and 13 megapixels, respectively. In good light, the images have a decent appearance, but if there is the little light, then the noise appears at full strength. The result corresponds to the technical parameters and the price category of the smartphone so that no revelation has occurred.
HOMTOM HT37: Features
The main smartphone chip is the LED lighting on the bottom and top edges of the display, accompanying the reproduction of any sounds. If desired, it can be turned off, but the first few weeks, such a desire is unlikely to come to mind. A sophisticated modern user may think that such a simple design and technical solution does not carry anything interesting. This perception will be immediately dispelled when watching your favorite video. The flashing lights create a cozy atmosphere and fascinate. Of course, dynamic lighting has already been used in smartphones and not only, but this is the case when a successful solution does not lose relevance.
HOMTOM HT37: Autonomy
Batteries of 3000 mAh are sufficient for full-time work during daylight hours. Active streaming video viewing also with backlighting can tire the phone in 3-4 hours, but for such capacity, it is quite a decent figure.
HOMTOM HT37: Conclusion
HOMTOM HT37 is an example of innovative models from the past when retaining functionality and simplicity, a special feature was added to the device to intrigue the user and leave the association. The pleasant-looking metal body is remembered by the organs of touch, and the color LED show pleases the eye. Stereo sound, though not real, was a surprise and a pleasant trifle. Two SIM cards, a separate memory card slot, a capacious battery are also indisputable advantages.
We should also mention the reproduction of music. The developers did just that, but at the same time it was original. The loudspeaker is connected when listening to tracks, so that quite noticeable stereo sound is produced. Of course, this is not the level that modern flagships and specialized media smartphones with paired speakers provide, but the stereo imitation was a success. If it were not for questions about the brightness of the display and a more elaborate camera, then this smartphone could become extremely desirable for the acquisition.