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iOcean X7S Smartphone Review

Daniel Schmidt (translated by Ariana Brodsky), 07/27/2014

More steam. Visually, the iOcean X7S bears a lot of similarities to its predecessor. But under the hood, things have changed. The new smartphone has an octa-core processor at its command, and the days of its storage space problems are past. Even so, unfortunately, the 5-inch smartphone is not well-rounded: The problem areas have now shifted to its communications modules and battery life.

For the original German review, see here.

The iOcean X7S is a reworked version of the X7. The predecessor's biggest problems were its small storage space and difficulty installing individual applications. Additionally, the German translation of the menu was incomplete, the high-resolution camera only took mediocre pictures, and the manufacturing quality left something to be desired. The X7S' fundamental design remains the same, but iOcean expanded the storage and switched out the display -- and threw in a bona fide eight-core processor from MediaTek.

Based on its specs, the iOcean smartphone lines up against competitors like the Zopo ZP1000, the Wiko Highway and the Alcatel One Touch Idol+, though our review device is considerably cheaper.

Case

The design is simple.
The design is simple.

In terms of its case, the iOcean X7S is exactly like its predecessor: Its form and measurements are identical. The only difference is that the new smartphone is a little lighter, now weighing only 135 grams (~0.3 lbs).

The X7S' material composition and manufacturing quality are more or less average. However, with its rubberized surface, the plastic iOcean used has a good grip to it and feels nice in your hands. The smartphone resists twisting quite well; we could not get more than a negligible creaking sound out of the device. However, the X7S proves to be very sensitive to pressure. Strong pressure applied to the back side generates waves on the display, and even pressing hard against the panel while entering input produces little ripples on the screen.

A notch on the back of the smartphone helps the user to simply remove the back cover. Once inside, both SIM slots, the memory card slot and the battery are all accessible. The piece of foam iOcean stuck to the inside of the back cover to hold the second SIM card in place is a little tacky.

Connectivity

The iOcean X7S' USB 2.0 port is said to support OTG. Unfortunately, we could not verify this, as the smartphone recognized neither the USB stick nor the mouse in our tests. The card reader can read micro SD cards up to 32 GB in size. The function App2SD was supported for the apps we used in our tests.

The two SIM slots are easy to access. The first slot accepts micro-SIM cards and supports 3G, while the second slot is a mini-SIM slot and only transmits over 2G networks.

iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S

Software

The slightly outdated Google Android 4.2.2 serves as the smartphone's operating system. iOcean has jumped on the proprietary user interface (UI) bandwagon and created quite the bright scheme. As was true of the predecessor, the interface's translation into German has some holes in it; some system dialogs are only displayed in English, and in some places there are even a few Chinese fragments left over. In the same vein, the system comes with preinstalled Chinese apps, though these can be easily uninstalled. Only one app (Sogou.com) reinstalls itself after the system is restarted.

Those who wish to use an alternative browser may encounter some problems. Firefox forced us to reboot the entire system when we wanted to watch a video on YouTube.

After the first start-up, the system language is still Chinese.
After the first start-up, the system language is still Chinese.
Home-screen
Home-screen
Several Chinese apps come preinstalled.
Several Chinese apps come preinstalled.
Some of the apps are classified as security risks.
Some of the apps are classified as security risks.

Communication & GPS

In terms of communication, not much has changed since the iOcean X7S' predecessor. The WLAN module only supports the IEEE standards 802.11 b/g/n and only transmits over the 2.4 GHz band. However, the wireless module's reception range and connection quality are not as good as its predecessor's. Even directly next to the router (Fritz!Box 6360), the attenuation was -53 dBm. 20 meters from the router the smartphone reached -80 dBm, and the browser was no longer able to load webpages.

The smartphone's mobile reception proved to be below average as well. The device does support quad-band GSM, but here we registered comparably high attenuations of up to -111 dBm. Only the first SIM slot supports dual-band HSPA, enabling the phone to download at rates of up to 21 MBit/s. The device could easily have supported a broader range of frequencies here. Neither LTE nor NFC are available on this smartphone. Bluetooth 4.0, however, is on board and functions flawlessly.

GPS test outdoors
GPS test outdoors

The aGPS receiver operates very slowly. Even outdoors, the receiver takes a comparably long time to communicate with enough satellites to position itself. As the GPS Test app shows, the GPS module's reception is not especially good. Nevertheless, even indoors the receiver can determine its location given several minutes to search the skies.

Compared with the Garmin Edge 500 GPS we use on our bike as a reference, the iOcean X7S does not achieve incredible results, but the positioning information our test device provides is still workable.

iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500
Garmin Edge 500

Telephone Function and Speech Quality

Visually, the iOcean X7S' telephone app looks very clean and has only changed a little since the predecessor model. The speech quality is quite good. In our tests in quiet environments, our speech was always easy to understand. Unfortunately, there is no second microphone to help the smartphone cancel out background noise. We also understood our partner on the other side of the line without a problem. However, the two speakers over-modulated when reproducing high tones, leaving them sounding rather shrill. The manufacturer does not include a headset with this model.

Front camera
Front camera

Cameras

The iOcean X7S has two cameras. The Chinese company amped up the front camera, and at up to 5 MP (2560x1920 pixels), the lens is supposed to be especially good for taking selfies. Truth be told, the camera does produce respectable photos. The colors look natural, though the images are a little fuzzy. Finer details especially can blur away easily.

The main camera on the backside of the device has a 13 MP sensor (4160x3120 pixels; 4:3) that offers an auto focus and supports HDR. The lens only has to be a minimum of 5 centimeters from the subject to take a shot.

The main camera's photos are somewhat pale and slightly overexposed. In addition, the images are less and less sharp as you move towards the edges. On panorama shots, the details are a little bit spongy. In unfavorable lighting situations, the camera quickly ends up out of its element, and its photos are plagued with image noise. However, the photo LED makes it possible to take acceptable shots in such environments. iOcean advertises this camera module as on par with professional cameras, which is simply untrue: The component's image quality is far beneath that of professional devices. Both of the iOcean X7S' cameras can record videos in Full HD.

iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S
iOcean X7S
Sony Alpha 57 (reference)
Sony Alpha 57 (reference)
Sony Alpha 57 (reference)
Sony Alpha 57 (reference)
Sony Alpha 57 (reference)
Sony Alpha 57 (reference)
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Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Apple iPhone 5
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020
Nokia Lumia 1020


Accessories and Warranty

The iOcean X7S comes accompanied by a modular power supply with a nominal power rating of 5 Watts (5V, 1A) and a USB cable. During the ordering process, the buyer can opt to purchase a screen protector (5 Euros; ~$7) and/or a stronger battery (3000 mAh with a case, 20 Euros; ~$27), and/or root the system (5 Euros, ~$7).

The manufacturer outfits the device with a 12-month warranty, while the accessories and batteries come with a 6-month warranty. Since the smartphone is distributed from Germany, if the device is purchased in Germany, the delivery time can be quite short. Also nice: There is no import tax, and every customer within the European Union can enjoy the mandatory two-year retailer's warranty.

Input Devices & Operation

The iOcean X7S is equipped with a 5-inch capacitive touchscreen that recognizes up to five fingers of input simultaneously. The smartphone reliably recognizes and translates input entered along the edges of the screen. Fingers glide easily across the display.

iOcean adapted the virtual keyboard quite well to suit the smartphone. Interestingly, the keyboard has an additional toolbar. Unfortunately, the keyboard is not fully translated out of Chinese, which means most native speakers of German or English will have to guess at the meaning of the symbols. Also, the comma is missing in the standard layout, which is a bit of a time-guzzler when typing messages.

Portrait format
Portrait format
Landscape format
Landscape format

Display

Compared to the predecessor of the iOcean X7S, the size and resolution of the display have not changed: It is still 5-inches and has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. That corresponds to an aspect ratio of 16:9 and a pixel density of 441 ppi. However, the IPS panel now has LTPS, which constitutes an advancement.

The display brightness is now somewhat lower and reaches a maximum of only 319 cd/m². However, at a 91% similarity across the screen, the display's brightness distribution is very even. We could not find any spots where the light pooled.

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cd/m²
319
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319
cd/m²
291
cd/m²
313
cd/m²
309
cd/m²
290
cd/m²
310
cd/m²
296
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
Information
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 319 cd/m²
Average: 304.2 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 91 %
Center on Battery: 313 cd/m²
Black: 0.63 cd/m²
Contrast: 497:1

The black value worsened slightly as well and now comes to 0.63 cd/m². As a result of both this and the lower brightness, the panel's contrast ratio is now a weaker 497:1.

The display's color accuracy is on a similar plane. The colors white, red and cyan deviate substantially from the target values. Parts of the grayscale also reach DeltaE deviations of over 10, which give the display a slight blue cast. In practice, however, the display content looks very colorful, and only a trained eye would notice that the colors are ever so slightly off.

Grayscale (target color space sRGB)
Grayscale (target color space sRGB)
Mixed colors (target color space sRGB)
Mixed colors (target color space sRGB)
Color accuracy (target color space sRGB)
Color accuracy (target color space sRGB)
Color saturation (target color space sRGB)
Color saturation (target color space sRGB)

Outdoors, the panel's mediocre brightness and weaker contrast are certainly noticeable. In a nice shady spot, however, these shortcomings will not be an issue. But under direct sunlight the screen content on the iOcean X7S' reflective display is hardly visible.

In the realm of viewing-angle stability, the smartphone profits from its new LTPS technology. Even from extremely flat angles, the display content looks just as it ought to. Nor is the panel haunted by a ghost-effect. The display does not even lose much brightness as the viewing angle widens -- the dimming is only noticeable with careful observation.

The iOcean X7S in the sun
The iOcean X7S in the sun
Viewing-angle stability: iOcean X7S
Viewing-angle stability: iOcean X7S

Performance

The iOcean X7S runs on a MediaTek MT6592. Each core of the octa-core processor has a clock speed of up to 1.7 GHz. The SoC has 2 GB of working memory at its command. The integrated ARM Mali-450 MP4 takes care of graphics tasks.

The smartphone does quite well in our benchmarks, securing a spot among the upper-middle class. Only competitors with the same processor run faster. The Wiko Highway's advantage lies above all in its extra 300 MHz of clock speed. The Alcatel Idol X+, however, achieves better results even with the same number of megahertz. The Alcatel device probably cools itself more effectively and therefore does not have to deal with a loss in performance.

The storage device's speed is quite good as well. Only in the sequential read test does all the competition surpass our review device. The system can browse the web quickly.

AnTuTu Benchmark v4 - Total Score (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
25761 Points ∼60%
Huawei Ascend G700
13383 Points ∼31% -48%
Google Nexus 5
22379 Points ∼52% -13%
Zopo ZP1000
27347 Points ∼64% +6%
Wiko Highway
30358 Points ∼71% +18%
Geekbench 3
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
445 Points ∼10%
Huawei Ascend G700
327 Points ∼7% -27%
Google Nexus 5
521 Points ∼11% +17%
Zopo ZP1000
441 Points ∼9% -1%
Wiko Highway
506 Points ∼11% +14%
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
526 Points ∼11% +18%
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
2349 Points ∼15%
Huawei Ascend G700
1081 Points ∼7% -54%
Google Nexus 5
1613 Points ∼10% -31%
Zopo ZP1000
2382 Points ∼15% +1%
Wiko Highway
2642 Points ∼16% +12%
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
2847 Points ∼18% +21%
3DMark (2013)
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
6629 Points ∼4%
Huawei Ascend G700
3151 Points ∼2% -52%
Zopo ZP1000
6000 Points ∼4% -9%
Wiko Highway
4789 Points ∼3% -28%
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
5435 Points ∼3% -18%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
6066 Points ∼1%
Huawei Ascend G700
2728 Points ∼0% -55%
Zopo ZP1000
5380 Points ∼1% -11%
Wiko Highway
4363 Points ∼1% -28%
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
5346 Points ∼1% -12%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
9814 Points ∼6%
Huawei Ascend G700
6884 Points ∼4% -30%
Zopo ZP1000
10060 Points ∼6% +3%
Wiko Highway
7279 Points ∼5% -26%
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
5770 Points ∼4% -41%
Peacekeeper - --- (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
789 Points ∼13%
iOcean X7
561 Points ∼9% -29%
Huawei Ascend G700
534 Points ∼9% -32%
Google Nexus 5
835 Points ∼13% +6%
Zopo ZP1000
786 Points ∼13% 0%
Wiko Highway
675 Points ∼11% -14%
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
601 Points ∼10% -24%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
1939 Points ∼5%
Wiko Highway
3085 Points ∼8% +59%
AndroBench 3
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
53.09 MB/s ∼19%
iOcean X7
43.77 MB/s ∼16% -18%
Huawei Ascend G700
60.86 MB/s ∼22% +15%
Google Nexus 5
74.9 MB/s ∼27% +41%
Zopo ZP1000
57.04 MB/s ∼20% +7%
Wiko Highway
73.93 MB/s ∼26% +39%
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
85.6 MB/s ∼31% +61%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
21.03 MB/s ∼28%
iOcean X7
6.32 MB/s ∼8% -70%
Huawei Ascend G700
9.75 MB/s ∼13% -54%
Google Nexus 5
15.52 MB/s ∼21% -26%
Zopo ZP1000
21.36 MB/s ∼28% +2%
Wiko Highway
14.97 MB/s ∼20% -29%
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
10.41 MB/s ∼14% -50%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
11.85 MB/s ∼33%
iOcean X7
10.84 MB/s ∼30% -9%
Huawei Ascend G700
9.69 MB/s ∼27% -18%
Google Nexus 5
9.88 MB/s ∼27% -17%
Zopo ZP1000
13.28 MB/s ∼37% +12%
Wiko Highway
11.26 MB/s ∼31% -5%
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
15.32 MB/s ∼42% +29%
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
iOcean X7S
0.93 MB/s ∼6%
iOcean X7
0.67 MB/s ∼5% -28%
Huawei Ascend G700
0.4 MB/s ∼3% -57%
Google Nexus 5
0.84 MB/s ∼6% -10%
Zopo ZP1000
0.88 MB/s ∼6% -5%
Wiko Highway
1.18 MB/s ∼8% +27%
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+
1.02 MB/s ∼7% +10%

Legend

 
iOcean X7S Mediatek MT6592, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash
 
iOcean X7 Mediatek MT6589, PowerVR SGX544, 4 GB Flash
 
Huawei Ascend G700 Mediatek MT6589, PowerVR SGX544, 8 GB SSD
 
Google Nexus 5 Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974, Qualcomm Adreno 330, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Zopo ZP1000 Mediatek MT6592, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Wiko Highway Mediatek MT6592, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 16 GB iNAND Flash
 
Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ Mediatek MT6592, ARM Mali-450 MP4, 16 GB eMMC Flash

Games

The graphics unit at work in the iOcean X7S, the ARM Mali-450 MP4, provides enough performance power for most games in the Play Store. However, those who love to play games and play a lot might become easily disillusioned with the smartphone, as OpenGL ES 3.0 is not supported, and not all games can be played at high resolution and high details. For casual gamers the gaming performance our review device offers is more than sufficient.

Angry Birds Star Wars runs flawlessly.
Angry Birds Star Wars runs flawlessly.
To play Asphalt 8, we had to reduce the details to medium.
To play Asphalt 8, we had to reduce the details to medium.

Emissions

The iOcean X7S goes about its work in total silence. Unfortunately, this is not quite true of the power supply, which emits a high-frequency tone as it charges the smartphone. This is especially bothersome in quiet environments. For this reason, the power supply should not be used to charge the smartphone in a bedroom.

Temperature

The iOcean X7S' surface temperatures are considerably higher than its predecessor's (max. 37.9 °C; 100.22 °F). Even just in idle mode, our test device grew warm to the touch, reaching temperatures of up to 35.5 °C (95.9 °F).

Under load, which we simulate with the help of the app Stability Test (both the CPU and GPU are under load), the smartphone hit temperatures of up to 41.9 °C (107.42 °F). The Idol X+ (max. 38.0 °C; 100.4 °F) and the Zopo ZP1000 (max. 37.5 °C; 99.5 °F) remain substantially cooler. Even so, the iOcean X7S never grows disconcertingly hot, nor is it ever uncomfortable to hold.

Max. Load
 38.9 °C36.0 °C37.1 °C 
 41.0 °C36.7 °C39.1 °C 
 40.6 °C35.8 °C36.5 °C 
Maximum: 41.0 °C
Average: 38 °C
31.4 °C34.8 °C38.1 °C
31.6 °C35.0 °C39.7 °C
31.9 °C35.6 °C41.9 °C
Maximum: 41.9 °C
Average: 35.6 °C
Power Supply (max.)  39.1 °C | Room Temperature 23.0 °C | Voltcraft IR-350

Speakers

The mono speaker on the back side of the iOcean X7S can be very loud. The sound it produces is by no means marvelous -- there is hardly any bass, and mid-tones are shallow too. High tones sound tinny and slightly over-modulated. Those who enjoy listening to music are better off connecting an external speaker or headphones. Even so, the sound quality the smartphone's speaker offers is good enough for the occasional YouTube video and the like. The audio jack functions quite well and delivers audio content without any disturbances.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The iOcean X7S' energy consumptions rates have substantially improved since its predecessor, especially in standby mode and when the device is turned off. There is no longer anything to criticize here. In idle mode, the smartphone's energy use is on par with the competitors. Only the ZP1000 (1.1-1.8 W) needs slightly less power, but its display also has a smaller HD resolution. The X7S' energy consumption rates under load are completely acceptable and normal for a device with these components.

However, with a nominal power rating of 5 Watts, the power supply barely provides enough power to keep up with the smartphone's energy use under load.

Power Consumption

Off / Standby 0.0 / 0.2 Watt
Idle 0.9 / 2.1 / 2.5 Watt
Load 4.1 / 5.6 Watt
 
Key: min: , med: , max:         Voltcraft VC 940

Battery Life

Though the iOcean X7S's energy consumption rates are higher than its predecessor's, our review device has the same 2000 mAh (7.4 Wh, 3.7 V) lithium-polymer battery as its older sibling. As a result, the optional 3000 mAh battery seems to be a worthwhile investment. However, the alternative case for the bigger battery increases the size of the smartphone. In addition, the battery and case do not appear to be particularly well affixed to each other.

In our surfing over WLAN test, which is designed to simulate practical, everyday use, we set the display brightness to around 150 cd/m² and run a script in the browser that loads a new webpage every 40 seconds. The X7S just barely crosses the 5-hour mark. This not a good runtime. Even with less use, fully charged the smartphone will not last to the end of the day without needing to connect to a power outlet. With the bigger battery, the device's runtime in the same scenario comes to about 8 hours.

Battery Runtime
WiFi Surfing
5h 08min

Verdict

In review: iOcean X7S. Test device courtesy of: www.iocean-shop.de.
In review: iOcean X7S. Test device courtesy of: http://www.iocean-shop.de.

The iOcean X7S corrects some of its predecessor's mistakes, but it also makes new blunders. Considering the smartphone's price, its speedy processor and colorful Full HD display certainly make it look enticing. The device's speech quality is also quite respectable, and its ample storage space and App2SD support make a good impression.

Unfortunately, the battery life leaves something to be desired. Here we would like to have seen a more powerful battery and better energy efficiency. Because the alternative case for the optional 3000 mAh battery is not very stable, we cannot recommend it as a solution to this problem. Also, the dual-SIM device does not cover many frequencies, data transfer is a little slow, and there is no LTE to fall back on.

The smartphone also loses a percentage point for the problems we encountered with individual apps -- like the Firefox browser -- and the fact that parts of its menu and some keys were left untranslated.

We would also like to have seen a current version of Android, as Google Android 4.2.2 does not support Android Wear. But for those who can easily connect the phone to a power socket during the day and are looking for a high-performance smartphone, the iOcean X7S may very well hit the spot.

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In review: iOcean X7S. Test device courtesy of: www.iocean-shop.de.
In review: iOcean X7S. Test device courtesy of: http://www.iocean-shop.de.

Specifications

iOcean X7S
Processor
Graphics adapter
ARM Mali-450 MP4, Core: 700 MHz
Memory
2048 MB 
Display
5.0 inch 16:9, 1920x1080 pixel, Capacitive, 5 multitouch points, LTPS, glossy: yes
Harddisk
16 GB eMMC Flash, 16 GB 
, 13 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: Combined headphone/microphone jack, Card Reader: MicroSD up to 32 GB (SD, SDHC), Sensors: Acceleration, Brightness, Orientation, Proximity and G-sensors; Magnetometer, Dual SIM, GPS, Wi-Fi Display, Wi-Fi Direct, FM Radio
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b g n ), 4.0 Bluetooth, GSM (850, 900, 1800 and 1900 MHz) HSPA+ (900 and 2100 MHz)
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 141 x 68.7 ( = 0.35 x 5.55 x 2.7 in)
Weight
135 g ( = 4.76 oz) Power Supply: 74 g ( = 2.61 oz)
Battery
7.4 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 3.7 Volts, 2000 mAh, Talk time 3G (according to manufacturer): 15 h, Standby 3G (according to manufacturer): 500 h
Price
239 Euro
Operating System
Android 4.2
Additional features
Webcam: 5 MP; main camera: 13 MP CMOS, LED flash, Speakers: Mono speaker, Keyboard: Virtual, 3000 mAh battery, Modular power supply, USB cable, Cover, A few Chinese apps, 12 Months Warranty

 

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Visually, the iOcean X7S has not changed.
Visually, the iOcean X7S has not changed.
The 5-inch LTPS display has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.
The 5-inch LTPS display has a resolution of 1920x1080 pixels.
At 135 g (~0.3 lbs), the device is quite light.
At 135 g (~0.3 lbs), the device is quite light.
The display is very reflective.
The display is very reflective.
LTE is not on board.
LTE is not on board.
The USB 2.0 port supports neither MHL nor OTG.
The USB 2.0 port supports neither MHL nor OTG.
The speaker can be very loud.
The speaker can be very loud.
The case is constructed entirely of plastic.
The case is constructed entirely of plastic.
The camera has a resolution of up to 13 MP.
The camera has a resolution of up to 13 MP.
At 5 MP, the front camera has a comparably high resolution as well.
At 5 MP, the front camera has a comparably high resolution as well.
13 GB remains available to the user.
13 GB remains available to the user.
Most functions are quickly and easily accessible.
Most functions are quickly and easily accessible.
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
CPU-Z
The iOcean X7S can be rooted ex-factory.
The iOcean X7S can be rooted ex-factory.
Geekbench 3
Geekbench 3
3DMark
3DMark
AnTuTu v4
AnTuTu v4

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Pro

+Quick SoC
+Respectable speech quality
+Dual SIM
+Expandable storage
+Replaceable battery
+Two high-resolution cameras
+LTPS screen with stable viewing angles and good brightness distribution...
 

Cons

-...though it could be brighter
-Only Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
-Poor-quality speaker
-Narrow frequency coverage
-No LTE
-Power supply buzzes and should provide more energy
-Short battery life

Shortcut

What we like

Fast performance and a lot of storage space -- and the storage is expandable.

What we'd like to see

A bigger battery, more brightness for the display and a stronger power supply.

What surprises us

Even with its newer technology, the iOcean X7S' panel is substantially darker than its predecessor's.

The competition

The competitors are the Zopo ZP1000, Wiko Highway, Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ and Huawei Ascend G700.

Rating

iOcean X7S
07/17/2014 v4
Daniel Schmidt

Chassis
70%
Keyboard
63 / 75 → 84%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
46 / 60 → 77%
Weight
94%
Battery
88%
Display
81%
Games Performance
55 / 75 → 73%
Application Performance
35 / 65 → 54%
Temperature
85%
Noise
100%
Audio
49 / 91 → 54%
Camera
58%
Add Points
-1%
Average
64%
78%
Smartphone *
Weighted Average
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Author: Daniel Schmidt, 2014-07-27 (Update: 2014-07-28)