The Mediacom PhonePad Duo G500 is one of the first smartphones with the Italian company Mediacom plans to make it landing on the market. It is a computer with a screen of 5 inches that lies in the middle range and includes several interesting features. Among them, we have a quad core processor that can run without breaking a sweat most apps and games from Android a dual slot for SIM cards or enter a rear camera of 8 megapixels with a remarkable performance. If we ignore prices in Italy, this team could come to our stores for a price of about 170 euros.
The design of the Mediacom PhonePad Duo G500 committed some pretty classic shapes in black, with curved corners and sides for easy grip. In the rear of the unit we find a case with a soft touch that is slightly closer to the velvet. The downside of using a case of this type is that it is simpler than we slide the terminal and finish on the floor. Inside the housing is also located the turtle-shaped logo the brand and model name at the bottom. The latest design touches we wanted to highlight here is the rear camera, the lens protrudes more than is usual and is surrounded by a rather attractive silver ring, and a strip of silver that is found in both the lateral and the bottom of the smartphone.
As for the screen, this model uses a nature screen IPS with size of five inches and a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. In general, this resolution allows us to achieve a very good level of detail in the contents of the phone. In our tests, we have found a good level of response on the screen. It has also surprised luminosity reaching images considering that this is not a mobile first level.
The rear camera has been one of the most pleasant surprises we have encountered in this terminal. Although committed to a resolution of 8 megapixels, which is below some alternative bets midrange manufacturers, the fact is showing a quite acceptable performance even in low light conditions. Additionally, it incorporates some interesting features. For example, we have the way HDR to enhance the quality of the pictures in bright light or low ambient light. We also liked how to create a picture from several angles that allows us to cover a larger area of the room or landscape and then move through the snapshot.
At the front of the terminal, sporting a humble camera with a resolution of 2 megapixel. This goal will serve us just enough to make the popular selfies and use of videoconferencing apps such as Skype and Hangouts, but we believe that its performance is somewhat limited.
The operating system that looks this handset is the Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean. Mediacom has introduced several preinstalled apps and some other added itself when running the team, but it is a minimally invasive layer that allows us to enjoy a quite pure experience of Android. Among the additions we would like to highlight a central button with the shape of the brand logo (you can see in the next image). This symbol is also on the lock screen of the computer. By default, the Home screen of Mediacom PhonePad Duo G500 has introduced a widget with weather information.
Among the preinstalled apps, one of the most useful tools we have found is “File Explorer”. is a file browser that allows us quick access to grouped by file types. That is, we have the option to see at a glance the songs, videos, pictures, documents or ZIP APK (the format used by applications to download from the net) files. Undoubtedly, this is a much closer and clearer helpful posed by the explorers move through folders. And it is not always obvious access to the desired elements in this system. Moreover, it also offers us the ability to mark favorite files to access them with ease.
We also have a dedicated application to install applications that you have downloaded from the network (outside the official Google store) or a management of pending tasks. Finally, we would like to emphasize the inclusion of Waze, the popular app to share traffic data with built-in browser, and Viber to make free calls over the network.
In the field of connections, the main advantage of this terminal is the inclusion of two SIM slots to enjoy two different lines in the same terminal. To connect to the network, we can draw on both a connection 3G HSDPA network and WiFi home and a public point. The connections are completed with Bluetooth 4.0, GPS to navigate to a favorite destination with Google Maps or self Waze installed and port MicroUSB to transfer files to your computer or make the appliance load. When using this computer for gaming or movie viewing, it is remarkable the good invoice screen. Too bad that this quality is not carried forward in the same way the appearance of the audio, as we feel that the rear speaker could be improved (especially when the smartphone is placed on a surface) and overall performance a step below lies its older brother Mediacom PhonePad Duo X500U.