Fly Blade Review

December 29, 2014

Thin and light.

Every so often a company comes out with a product that will defy all norms with its features and design, With the Fly Blade, it dubs itself as the world’s slimmest smartphone and at 5.1 mm it’s definitely slim – though that title might conflict with Oppo’s own R5, which comes at 4.85 mm. We’ll leave it you as to what smartphone deserves the recognition.

Design and Specifications

With an all-aluminum body, the Fly Blade looks really good and since it weighs barely a 100 grams, you feel like you just holding a piece of paper on your hand. It’s very light, which can be a disadvantage sometimes since you might find the smartphone slipping out of hand most of the time. But there is no denying that this is one beautiful smartphone.

The Fly Blade is marketed towards the midrange crowd and the price (999 AED) and its specifications show. It is powered by a MediaTek octa-core processor running at 1.7 GHz that should be enough to power the 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display. Even if it only has a 720p resolution, the screen was great – colors were sharp without being saturated. It’s protected by Gorilla Glass (back and front) to provide the best possible protection.

Rounding off the specifications is a 2050 mAh battery, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth support, along with 1 GB of RAM and a 16 GB internal memory. 16 GB may not be enough for some, and unfortunately, microSD card expansion option has been omitted from the Fly Blade. It also supports HSDPA data speeds but no 4G LTE support. A headphone jack and micro USB port is also present, primarily used for the charging and data transfers. The Fly Blade runs on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Performance

The Fly Blade does its job well as an everyday smartphone. It’s responsive and can play current games with ease. Considering that this was more of a budget smartphone, I was expecting the performance to be lacking but I was pleasantly surprised that it managed to perform daily smartphone tasks with ease.

The Fly Blade also runs their own customized interface over Android though it isn’t as extensive as Samsung’s TouchWiz. All the basic necessary apps are present, and you can install more using the Google Play Store.

Call quality was great though the speakerphone volume could be louder. Even if the Fly Blade doesn’t support 4G LTE, the HSDPA speeds were decent enough to offer a reliable browsing experience.

With the 2050 mAh battery, the Fly Blade offered about 8 hours of talk time and up to 140 hours on standby time. On real-life usage though, I find myself looking for the charger at about 6 hours after a full charge. It is okay, but it could be better, considering other smartphones could offer battery life that could last more than a day.

The Fly Blade also includes a rear 8 megapixel camera and a front facing 5 megapixel one. The rear camera produces decent shots, and also includes a Selective Focus feature that lets you highlight certain elements on an image and it will blur the rest. Additionally, the front facing camera lets you take group selfies thanks to its wide angle lens which can accommodate more subjects in the shot.

Conclusion

For 999 AED, the Fly Blade is inexpensive considering its premium design, lightweight feel and decent performance. I was highly impressed on how incredibly designed this smartphone is, making the price worth it just for this aspect alone. If you are looking for a budget smartphone that combines form and function, the Fly Blade is a good choice.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.