iVoomi recently launched the Me 2 (first impressions) smartphone in the Indian market. As seen with the earlier iVoomi products, the Me 2 also caters to the entry-level segment and costs Rs. 3,999. The device is exclusively available for purchase on Shopclues.
In recent times, iVoomi has launched a slew of smartphones with Android 7.0 Nougat as their USP. The same continues with the Me 2 as well because it boots Android 7.0 Nougat out-of-the-box, and has 2GB of RAM. Does the iVoomi Me 2 justify the asking price? Let's find out
Specifications at a glance:
4.5-inch Display (Resolution: 854*480 pixels)
4G VoLTE Dual SIM
16GB Internal + 64 GB Expandable through Micro SD card
Android 7.0 Nougat
2GB RAM with Quad Core Processor
8MP Auto Focus with LED Flash + Front: 5MP
Black & Champagne Gold colours
The iVoomi Me 2 comes with a plastic body, and the back panel is removable. We received the black colour variant of the Me 2 and the back panel is a fingerprint magnet. The smartphone is compact in hand, thanks to the 4.5-inch display Coming to the display, it has a resolution of 854*480 pixels.
The display does offer decent viewing angles, but the sunlight legibility is very poor. However, you can't expect from a smartphone priced below Rs. 5,000.
Internally, the iVoomi Me 2 is powered by the 1.1GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 chipset, coupled with a 2GB RAM module and 16GB of internal storage. The performance of the Me 2 is decent as well. The device handles basic tasks such as the opening dialer app, messaging app, camera, etc. with ease.
But the device struggles a lot when you try to play games. Games such as Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2 run smoothly, but intensive games such as Leo's Fortune and Dead Trigger 2 failed to load at times.
iVoomi has done a great job in the RAM management department because the device kept more than ten apps in memory. The device comes with 16GB of internal storage, and it even has a dedicated microSD card slot for storage expansion. The Me 2 supports microSD card slots up to 64GB.
The Me 2 comes with connectivity options such as 4G LTE, VoLTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. The call quality is fine on the device. I used the smartphone with a Reliance Jio 4G SIM card, which worked absolutely fine.
Cameras in the iVoomi Me 2 include an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The rear camera struggles a lot, even in daylight conditions. Images lack details, and they are oversaturated at the corners. The scenario is similar with the selfie camera as well. The iVoomi Me 1+ and Me5 offered better camera performance than the Me 2.
As said earlier, the highlight of the Me 2 is the Android 7.0 Nougat software. So far, almost all the iVoomi smartphones arrived or updated to Android Nougat, which is a good thing from the company. In real life performance, I did not encounter any software issues. All the stock Android Nougat features such as multi-window mode, quick app switcher, and quick reply are present in the device, and they work well as well.
Lastly, the battery life of the Me 2. The smartphone has a 2000mAh removable battery, which doesn't stand for a single day even with moderate usage. Also, there's no support for fast charging. This 2000mAh battery takes almost two hours to charge from 0 to 100 percent.
Concluding the review, in an era where smartphone brands are looking for an upper hand in the sub Rs. 15,000 price bracket, iVoomi made the sub Rs. 5,000 segment its own. The company has announced six smartphones under Rs. 5,000 till date, which is a good thing to see. The Me 2 doesn't offer a groundbreaking performance, but gets the basics right and also justifies the asking price. But invest a Rs. 500 more and get the iVoomi Me5 which has a better display, faster processor, and a bigger battery as well.