Look and feel
The Prestigio MultiPhone PAP4500 DUO is solidly constructed with a slightly stern all-black business design, which may put some consumers off. The backing looks and feels plasticky but certainly isn’t flimsy.
Ease of Use
Prestigio has used an almost vanilla form of Android, which looks clean and is packed with the usual deep functionality. The 4.5-inch touchscreen is spacious enough for everyday use and responsive.
An eight megapixel front-facing camera takes crisp and realistic photos, while the front-facing lens is good for online video chats. Dual SIM functionality will be a real selling point for anyone with a separate work phone.
The dual-core processor copes admirably with the latest games and apps, and we didn’t see the MultiPhone struggle at any point. Of course, dual-core phones can be had for less cash.
Using two SIM cards at once drains the battery and we barely managed four hours of video streaming on a single charge.
Review by Sunetra Chakravati,7/17/2013 2:30:49 PM
Ease of use
Decent mid-range camera;
Solid dual-core performance
Below average battery life;
Our only encounter with Prestigio up to now has been reviewing its range of budget tablets, such as the Prestigio MultiPad 9.7 Ultra, which we think are generally well constructed but suffer from performance or responsiveness issues. The MultiPhone PAP4500 DUO is Prestigio’s first foray into the world of smartphones, and this 4.5-inch dual-SIM Android provides impressive value for money considering, with some great features such as dual SIM compatibility and an eight megapixel camera.
The Prestigio MultiPhone PAP4500 DUO’s budget roots are apparent from the very first manhandling. It’s not an ugly phone by any means, with a subtle curve to the top and bottom edges reminding us of Acer’s S500 CloudMobile and a plain, simple black finish that’s strangely endearing. However, it definitely looks more like a business phone than a consumer phone, and the plastic backing has a cheap look and feel about it, not helped by the garish badge placed bang in the centre, or the jutting camera lens up top.
Thankfully the MultiPhone is solidly constructed in all areas. The 4.5-inch screen is solid, with no worrying flex, while the removable back plate is firmly clamped in place. You’ll find a power button on the right edge and volume rockers on the left, and they stick out just enough to be easily found without being intrusive.
The Prestigio MultiPhone PAP4500 DUO is one of the cheapest dual-SIM devices around, which is great news if you want a single handset for work as well as home. Pop open the back and above the removable battery you’ll see two SIM card slots side-by-side. You only need one SIM card for the MultiPhone to function, but slipping in a second means you can take and make calls using both, with none of the hassle of lugging two separate phones around. The separate SIMs can be labelled to keep them distinctive too. The only pain is that you can’t get 3G web browsing on both at once, so you’ll need to pick a SIM for your interweb needs.
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean is the OS of choice, and Pretigio has only done a tiny bit of tinkering, laying down its own (lovely velvety) wallpaper. The temptation must be great to go all-out and create a brand new interface, especially for a smartphone debut, but we’re glad that the Android here is mostly vanilla, as Jelly Bean is a great OS. You have five desktops to populate with all of your favourite apps and a broad selection of widgets, which can be rescaled to your liking.
Prestigio also refreshingly gives you the choice of installing selected third party apps (known commonly as ‘bloatware’) when you set the phone up, rather than simply filling up the phone’s storage with them beforehand. As you only get 4GB of storage space, that’s all the more important. Thankfully you do have a microSD memory card slot for expanding up to a total of 36GB, so music and movie fans can still carry around their collection.
A 1.2GHz dual-core processor powers the Prestigio MultiPhone, and while it isn’t exactly a mid-range powerhouse, it will happily run the latest games from the Google Play store. Our test gaming sessions proved to be smooth with no crashes or other annoyances, even when playing fast-paced 3D action games. Our only complaint is that the top of the phone gets rather toasty when the processor’s working hard. Of course, you can also get a dual-core device such as the Huawei Ascend G510 for a bit less buck, if money is rather tight.
The Prestigio MultiPhone had mixed results in our battery tests. If just a single SIM card is installed it’s not too bad, and with regular use you should see a full day of life, about average for a modern smartphone. Of course, with two SIM cards installed the battery drains a little faster, and if you try streaming video you’ll be lucky to get four full hours before the screen flicks off.
The MultiPhone’s 4.5-inch screen is reasonably sharp (rocking a 960 x 540 resolution), and we had no trouble reading tiny text when browsing the web or checking emails. High Definition videos lose their crisp edge understandably, and we’d be shocked to find a phone at this price that could make the most of HD images, but we were happy to kick back with iPlayer and watch a show on the commute.
Viewing angles are fine and we didn’t find any issues with the panel, other than its limited brightness. In most cases it works fine, but in direct sunlight you’ll be struggling to see.
Eight megapixel snapper
As well as a basic front-facing camera for chatting online and taking profile pics, the Prestigio MultiPhone also comes with an impressive eight megapixel rear camera. The lens has both manual and auto-focus, and takes shots almost the instant you tap the on-screen shutter button, so you shouldn’t frustratingly miss that action shot. You also get a great range of settings, including HDR mode (takes crisp shots at expense of storage space), different scene modes, manual scales and filters. You can capture video and panoramas, and there’s a flash for low-light shots.
We took to the streets to snap some landscapes, and the final photos are on the whole impressive for a mid-range device. Simple street shots are packed with detail and realistically lit, with respectable colour reproduction. Up-close shots captured plenty of detail too, with the auto-focus working well four times out of five. The Prestigio MultiPhone will do the job for your everyday family photos, and sharing online is a quick and simple process too.
Despite being Prestigio’s first foray into smartphones, the Prestigio MultiPhone PAP4500 DUO packs in a surprising selection of features for a good mid-range price. The dual SIM setup will suit those looking for a single work and personal handset, while the eight megapixel camera is one of the best we’ve seen on a device at this price point. Only a few little quirks such as the plasticky design and below average battery life detract from an otherwise solid and affordable phone.