Obi Worldphone, An American based company has entered into the Nepali market with Obi Wordphone SF1 and SJ1.5. And today I’m going to share my experience with Obi Worldphone SF1, as I’ve been using it for more than a couple of weeks. But before sharing my experience, let’s first look at the specs of Obi Worldphone SF1.
Memory: 2GB RAM/16GB ROM, 3GB RAM/32GB ROM, microSD card support
OS: Android v5.1 Lollipop
Camera: 13MP rear camera with LED flash and autofocus, 5MP front-facing camera with LED flash
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Dual-SIM(Hybrid), 4G LTE support
Battery: 3000mAh non-removable
Design And Display
Obi Worldphone SF1 comes with a unique design and stands out in the crowd. I have no complaints regarding build quality, but I felt pressing the volume keys was not so easy and comfortable on SF1. Display, on the other hand, is bright and can be easily used under direct sunlight. Colors and viewing angles are good too. Setting the brightness to the minimum during bedtime was still bright compared to other phones like Oneplus X and Mi4.
Now things get worst when it comes to using this phone. I experienced lots of lags and stutter while using SF1. Even while doing simple tasks like going to the settings menu, opening recent apps, navigating on the home screen, opening apps and games, etc., the phone was lagging most of the time, which made me surprised. Because SF1 that I’m using comes with a good hardware specification (Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 CPU + 2GB RAM). So I guess it’s not a hardware issue, It might be with software (Obi Lifespeed UI), which can be fixed by a software update. And talking about the software update, Obi Worldphone told us that this device will not get the Android Marshmallow update.
The gaming experience, on the other hand, was good. I was able to play games like Asphalt 8, Sky Force Reloaded, Real Racing 3 and Temple Run 2 on high graphic settings. Although I experienced some frame dropped down while playing these games, but it was playable. And if you are worried about overheating on SF1, then you don’t have to. The phone did get hot while playing games but I didn’t feel it was overheating.
The camera on the Obi Worldphone SF1 was another place where I was disappointed. On paper, SF1 comes 13MP rear camera with Sony IMX214 image sensor, F2.0 aperture, autofocus and LED flash. If you are following us on Instagram and Facebook page, you have seen lots of photos taken with Xiaomi Mi 4, which was great. Mi4 also comes with a 13MP rear camera, Sony IMX214 Image Sensor, and slightly wider aperture f1.9. So, my expectation with SF1 was similar as with Mi4 camera. but I was wrong. Image quality turned out to be average, focus speed was slow, Camera was unable to focus near objects and on top that, the camera UI didn’t help either to like Camera on SF1. Again, what I think is, average Image quality from the Sony IMX214 sensor is because of the poor image processing, which again can be fixed with a software update in the future.
On 3rd Sample picture, I was trying to focus on the first light (Diyo) but the camera couldn’t focus.
Some Camera Samples:
Call Quality, Sound Quality, and Battery Life:
Call quality on Obi Worldphone SF1 is a mixed bag. While on the call, many times, people were complaining my voice was not clear even I was sitting on a good network coverage places. The good part is, we can boost the loudspeaker volume or earpiece volume while calling, which can very useful in some situations.
Sound quality from the loudspeaker and through the earphones is good, but I didn’t feel anything extra here as Obi Worldphone was briefing during the blogger meet that due to Dolby audio, we will experience best sound quality on SF1. I used Mi earphones on both SF1 and OnePlus X, but I like the sound from OnePlus X.
Battery life on the SF1 was good. I was able to get 4 to 4 and a half hours of Screen on time from its 3000mAh non-removable battery. Which means, Obi Worldphone SF1 will last for 2 days on normal usage.
I was really happy and excited when I heard Obi WorldPhone was entering Nepal officially and I was more excited for Obi Worldphone SF1. Because on paper, it was a good smartphone with good specs and pricing. I thought this could be the next smartphone that I can recommend for those who are looking for the best smartphone under 25000 in Nepal.
But everything changed after I started using it. Even though it comes with a capable processor, a good amount of RAM and a good camera sensor, still I was unable to get a good result from SF1. Also, Obi Worldphone was able to keep the price relatively good. For the 16GB variant, the price is Rs.21499, which is not bad pricing looking at what other mobile companies are offering in the same price range. But SF1 has some big issues on the software side. And until they don’t fix this issue with a software update, I don’t think Obi Worldphone SF1 is going to win anyone’s heart in Nepal.