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Wiko Rainbow Lite Smartphone Review

Florian Wimmer, Stefanie Voigt (translated by Bernie Pechlaner), 08/15/2015

Hot rainbow. The Wiko Rainbow Lite competes as an affordable 5-inch smartphones. As a result of its low price, the phone doesn't support LTE. We also discovered a rather "hot" issue during our review.

For the original German review, see here.

Inexpensive smartphones are in high demand right now: not all users require Full-HD resolution or a high-end metal case design. Plenty of potential buyers are just looking for a phone they can live with and which allows them to be reachable. Wiko offers exactly that: a plastic, no-frills design equipped with an entry-level quad-core processor and a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels for a price of 119 Euro (~$130).

Other phones catering towards budget-conscious buyers are the Motorola Moto E, the Microsoft Lumia 532, the Samsung Galaxy J1 and the Sony Xperia E4g.

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Wiko Rainbow Lite (Rainbow Series)
Graphics adapter
Memory
1024 MB 
Display
5 inch 16:9, 854 x 480 pixel, Capacitive touchscreen, IPS, glossy: yes
Storage
8 GB eMMC Flash, 8 GB 
, , 4.75 GB free
Connections
1 USB 2.0, Audio Connections: 3.5 mm audio combo port, Card Reader: MicroSD up to 64 GByte, Sensors: motion, proximity, compass, GPS, ambient light
Networking
802.11 b/g/n (b/g/n = Wi-Fi 4), Bluetooth 4.0, GSM quadband (850/900/1800/1900), UMTS triband (900/1900/2100), bandwidth (download/upload): 21Mbps/5.76Mbps (UMTS); SAR values: head: 0,325 W/Kg, body: 0,577 W/Kg
Size
height x width x depth (in mm): 8.9 x 143 x 71.7 ( = 0.35 x 5.63 x 2.82 in)
Battery
7 Wh Lithium-Polymer, 2000 mAh
Operating System
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Camera
Webcam: 2.0MP (front); 5.0MP, AF, LED flash, videos @1080p/30fps (rear)
Additional features
Speakers: Speaker on the back, Keyboard: Virtual keyboard, Power adapter, USB cable, SIM card adapter, Cleanmaster, Touchpal X, 24 Months Warranty, Dual SIM slots (1x SIM, 1x micro-SIM), UKW radio
Weight
160 g ( = 5.64 oz / 0.35 pounds), Power Supply: 45 g ( = 1.59 oz / 0.1 pounds)
Price
119 Euro
Note: The manufacturer may use components from different suppliers including display panels, drives or memory sticks with similar specifications.

 

Case

The Wiko Rainbow Lite doesn't exactly make a design statement, but the black review smartphone with its rounded corners and soft-touch finish is quite comfortable to hold. Although the back of the phone is non-slip, it is also somewhat of a fingerprint magnet. The back can be removed to access the battery as well as the micro-SD and the two SIM card slots.

The 5-inch smartphone weighs 160 grams and is both larger as well as heavier compared to theSamsung Galaxy J1 Smartphone Review competing phones. At a thickness of 8.9 mm the Wiko is pretty thin, however -  only the Samsung Galaxy J1 can match it; the other smartphones are thicker.

143 mm / 5.63 inch 71.7 mm / 2.82 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 160 g0.3527 lbs133 mm / 5.24 inch 71 mm / 2.8 inch 10.8 mm / 0.4252 inch 135 g0.2976 lbs129.9 mm / 5.11 inch 66.8 mm / 2.63 inch 12.3 mm / 0.4843 inch 145 g0.3197 lbs129 mm / 5.08 inch 68.2 mm / 2.69 inch 8.9 mm / 0.3504 inch 122 g0.269 lbs118.9 mm / 4.68 inch 65.5 mm / 2.58 inch 11.6 mm / 0.4567 inch 136 g0.2998 lbs

Connectivity

The Wiko Rainbow Lite doesn't support LTE - for that feature, one would have to step up to the Motorola Moto E or the Sony Xperia E4g and pay about 10 Euro (~$11) more. As far as the storage space is concerned, the review smartphone compares pretty well to the others here with 8 GB; expansion via microSD card is possible as well. Wirless communication standards like DLNA or WiFi Direct are not supported. The 1 GB of RAM is sufficient for most applications. Dual SIM card slots are not always a given in this price range; we should note here that one SIM has to be full-size and the other has to be a Micro-SIM card. Wiko thoughtfully included an adapter.

Software

Slowly but surely Android 5.0 is becoming the standard, even though 5.1 is out already and the successor Android M is available for testing purposes. Wiko uses a pretty plain-vanilla version of Android 5.0. Some symbols are more colorful than normally, but aside from looking more modern, there isn't a noteworthy difference.

The French manufacturer doesn't include a lot of apps, either: "Clean Master" keeps the smartphone clean and "TouchPal X" is an additional virtual keyboard, which we will talk about a little later.

Communication & GPS 

The Rainbow Lite supports GPRS (four frequency bands) and UMTS (three frequency bands). The reception quality is decent even when indoors and when connected to the German E-Plus network, which offers more modest coverage. Connectivity outside was also still pretty strong even when we found ourselves walking between buildings.

The WLAN module supports 802.11 b/g/n, which in turn means that connecting to the 5 GHz band is not an option. WiFi reception is decent and we observed a signal strength of about 50 % through three walls and about 10 meters from our router (Hitron 6BF0). Pages load noticeably slower though that far away from the router.

GPS inside
GPS inside
GPS outdoors
GPS outdoors

The GPS module established a link fairly quickly, although it took a while before the accuracy approached four meters. Inside we were unable to get a satellite lock.

Telephone & Transmission Quality

Wiko implemented Google's standard phone app so we don't have anything out of the ordinary to report as far as the software is concerned. The transmission quality appears to be decent at first with balanced sound, even though our conversation partner sounded a little muffled. Unfortunately, things are not that great in the other direction: we were told that the microphone tends to rattle and boom even at lower volume levels.

Front-facing camera
Front-facing camera

Cameras & Multimedia

The Wiko Rainbow Lite is equipped with a rear-facing 5 MP camera and a 2 MP camera out front. We like the quality of the colors and the sharpness of the rear camera in brighter invironments; in lower-light conditions it is next to impossible to take non-blurry pictures without the aid of the LED flash. Video recording is possible in Full-HD and decent quality. The front camera also takes fairly pleasant pics. Zooming into photos taken with either camera reveals a mess of pixels, although we have to say that the quality is always decent enough for output on a monitor or smaller prints.

Image Comparison

Choose a scene and navigate within the first image. One click changes the position on touchscreens. One click on the zoomed-in image opens the original in a new window. The first image shows the scaled photograph of the test device.

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Input Devices & Operation

The touchscreen takes some time getting used to, since the surface is slightly sticky and doesn't always react as precisely as we would have hoped. Overall operation is pretty decent though.

Wiko doesn't make use of Google's standard keyboard app, but ships the Rainbow Light with TouchPal X instead. This keyboard can be configured in a multitude of ways and it works very well, although it tends to be a bit cluttered. Of course it's not a problem to switch to the Google keyboard instead.

Keyboard in portrait mode
Keyboard in portrait mode
Tastatur in landscape mode
Tastatur in landscape mode

Display

The 5-inch display features a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels, which is a bit lower than what is found on Sony's Xperia E4g or Motorola's Moto E. The display content isn't overly sharp as a result, but still acceptably so. Both the display brightness as well as the distribution of our review model compare well to the other candidates.

346
cd/m²
366
cd/m²
354
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
371
cd/m²
347
cd/m²
343
cd/m²
370
cd/m²
348
cd/m²
Distribution of brightness
X-Rite i1Pro 2
Maximum: 371 cd/m² Average: 354.7 cd/m²
Brightness Distribution: 92 %
Center on Battery: 371 cd/m²
Contrast: 1060:1 (Black: 0.35 cd/m²)
ΔE Color 6.15 | 0.6-29.43 Ø6
ΔE Greyscale 5.75 | 0.64-98 Ø6.2
Gamma: 2.06
Wiko Rainbow Lite
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Lumia 532
Adreno 302, 200 MSM8212, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy J1
Mali-400 MP2, SC8830, 4 GB Flash
Sony Xperia E4g
Mali-T760 MP2, MT6732, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Screen
2%
-26%
-20%
27%
Brightness middle
371
217
-42%
301
-19%
370
0%
458
23%
Brightness
355
204
-43%
302
-15%
364
3%
434
22%
Brightness Distribution
92
55
-40%
93
1%
95
3%
88
-4%
Black Level *
0.35
0.15
57%
0.58
-66%
0.63
-80%
0.21
40%
Contrast
1060
1447
37%
519
-51%
587
-45%
2181
106%
Colorchecker DeltaE2000 *
6.15
4.12
33%
6.36
-3%
5.99
3%
6.95
-13%
Greyscale DeltaE2000 *
5.75
4.87
15%
7.49
-30%
7.28
-27%
4.87
15%
Gamma
2.06 107%
2.38 92%
2.58 85%
2.59 85%
2.38 92%
CCT
7596 86%
6019 108%
9135 71%
7949 82%
6635 98%

* ... smaller is better

The contrast and the black value are good as well, although Sony's Xperia E4g beats the others with its high brightness, low black value and very high contrast. Our review smartphone can't quite keep up in these areas.

Our analysis with a photospectrometer and the software CalMan revealed a slight purple cast which causes the colors to appear a little less vivid than expected. Light blue and white deviate the most from their ideal values.

CalMan Accuracy
CalMan Accuracy
CalMan ColorChecker
CalMan ColorChecker
CalMan Graylevels
CalMan Graylevels
CalMan Saturation
CalMan Saturation

The glossy display is highly reflective but since the brightness is high as well, the phone is still usable outdoors as long as it isn't overly bright.

Thanks to the IPS panel, the screen content remains readable even when the viewing angles are very shallow. We did notice some ghosting (secondary contours) caused by the distance between the display and the glas panel above it.

Außeneinsatz
Außeneinsatz
Blickwinkel
Blickwinkel

Performance

The Rainbow Lite is powered by an entry-level Mediatek MT6582 with four cores and a frequency of 1.3 GHz. Compared to the other smartphones mentioned in this review, the performance isn't very high, although the Samsung Galaxy J1 is equipped with an even slower processor (Spreadtrum SC8830) .

The graphics performance of the ARM Mali-400 MP can't compete with the GPUs  the Motorola Moto E or the Sony Xperia E4g are equipped with, but the Samsung Galaxy J1 is once again slower.

We didn't encounter noticeable delays when browsing the Internet, although the performance of the Rainbow Lite once again trails many competing phones.

The internal storage - although a bit on the skimpy side with just over 4 GB usable - is quite fast and offers higher transfer speeds than the other phones in our comparison. The user can also move apps to the SD card, which in turn frees up internal storage.

Geekbench 3
32 Bit Multi-Core Score (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
1200 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
1464 Points ∼2% +22%
Sony Xperia E4g
2134 Points ∼3% +78%
Samsung Galaxy J1
567 Points ∼1% -53%
32 Bit Single-Core Score (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
366 Points ∼8%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
481 Points ∼10% +31%
Sony Xperia E4g
727 Points ∼15% +99%
Samsung Galaxy J1
312 Points ∼6% -15%
Smartbench 2012
Gaming Index (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
3190 points ∼69%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
4011 points ∼87% +26%
Sony Xperia E4g
4423 points ∼96% +39%
Samsung Galaxy J1
2263 points ∼49% -29%
Productivity Index (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
3734 points ∼20%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
4147 points ∼22% +11%
Sony Xperia E4g
5971 points ∼32% +60%
Samsung Galaxy J1
2126 points ∼11% -43%
Linpack Android / IOS
Multi Thread (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
110 MFLOPS ∼4%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
231.685 MFLOPS ∼8% +111%
Sony Xperia E4g
315.265 MFLOPS ∼11% +187%
Microsoft Lumia 532
233.9 MFLOPS ∼8% +113%
Single Thread (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
52 MFLOPS ∼5%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
105.584 MFLOPS ∼10% +103%
Sony Xperia E4g
122.206 MFLOPS ∼12% +135%
Microsoft Lumia 532
58.5 MFLOPS ∼6% +13%
AnTuTu v5 - Total Score (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
20838 Points ∼21%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
22125 Points ∼22% +6%
Sony Xperia E4g
32844 Points ∼33% +58%
BaseMark OS II
Web (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
627 Points ∼31%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
580 Points ∼29% -7%
Sony Xperia E4g
834 Points ∼41% +33%
Microsoft Lumia 532
381 Points ∼19% -39%
Samsung Galaxy J1
541 Points ∼27% -14%
Graphics (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
138 Points ∼0%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
312 Points ∼1% +126%
Sony Xperia E4g
389 Points ∼1% +182%
Microsoft Lumia 532
190 Points ∼1% +38%
Samsung Galaxy J1
65 Points ∼0% -53%
Memory (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
304 Points ∼4%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
369 Points ∼5% +21%
Sony Xperia E4g
505 Points ∼7% +66%
Microsoft Lumia 532
676 Points ∼9% +122%
Samsung Galaxy J1
185 Points ∼2% -39%
System (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
1013 Points ∼6%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
1053 Points ∼6% +4%
Sony Xperia E4g
1324 Points ∼8% +31%
Microsoft Lumia 532
621 Points ∼4% -39%
Samsung Galaxy J1
551 Points ∼3% -46%
Overall (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
404 Points ∼5%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
515 Points ∼6% +27%
Sony Xperia E4g
682 Points ∼8% +69%
Microsoft Lumia 532
418 Points ∼5% +3%
Samsung Galaxy J1
245 Points ∼3% -39%
3DMark
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Physics (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
8909 Points ∼10%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
9440 Points ∼11% +6%
Sony Xperia E4g
0 Points ∼0% -100%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Graphics Score (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
2394 Points ∼0%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
3969 Points ∼1% +66%
Sony Xperia E4g
0 Points ∼0% -100%
1280x720 offscreen Ice Storm Unlimited Score (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
2859 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
4556 Points ∼2% +59%
Sony Xperia E4g
0 Points ∼0% -100%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Physics (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
8174 Points ∼10%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
8548 Points ∼10% +5%
Sony Xperia E4g
10472 Points ∼12% +28%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Graphics (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
1748 Points ∼0%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
2091 Points ∼0% +20%
Sony Xperia E4g
4390 Points ∼1% +151%
1920x1080 Ice Storm Extreme Score (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
2118 Points ∼1%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
2513 Points ∼1% +19%
Sony Xperia E4g
5041 Points ∼2% +138%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Physics (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
8203 Points ∼5%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
8718 Points ∼6% +6%
Sony Xperia E4g
10440 Points ∼7% +27%
Samsung Galaxy J1
3859 Points ∼2% -53%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Graphics (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
2764 Points ∼0%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
4847 Points ∼1% +75%
Sony Xperia E4g
9135 Points ∼1% +230%
Samsung Galaxy J1
1957 Points ∼0% -29%
1280x720 Ice Storm Standard Score (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
3242 Points ∼0%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
5378 Points ∼0% +66%
Sony Xperia E4g
9396 Points ∼1% +190%
Samsung Galaxy J1
2213 Points ∼0% -32%
Sunspider - 1.0 Total Score (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
1543 ms * ∼17%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
1305.4 ms * ∼14% +15%
Sony Xperia E4g
ms * ∼0% +100%
Microsoft Lumia 532
1255 ms * ∼14% +19%
Samsung Galaxy J1
1772.1 ms * ∼19% -15%
Octane V2 - Total Score (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
2339 Points ∼4%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
2804 Points ∼5% +20%
Sony Xperia E4g
3399 Points ∼6% +45%
Microsoft Lumia 532
1233 Points ∼2% -47%
Mozilla Kraken 1.1 - Total Score (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
28057 ms * ∼47%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
14002.3 ms * ∼24% +50%
Sony Xperia E4g
11503 ms * ∼19% +59%
Microsoft Lumia 532
27089 ms * ∼46% +3%
Samsung Galaxy J1
19283.7 ms * ∼32% +31%
AndroBench 3-5
Random Write 4KB (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
3.6 MB/s ∼1%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
1.67 MB/s ∼1% -54%
Samsung Galaxy J1
1.5 MB/s ∼1% -58%
Random Read 4KB (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
27 MB/s ∼12%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
12.08 MB/s ∼5% -55%
Samsung Galaxy J1
13.76 MB/s ∼6% -49%
Sequential Write 256KB (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
21 MB/s ∼4%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
20.03 MB/s ∼3% -5%
Samsung Galaxy J1
11.3 MB/s ∼2% -46%
Sequential Read 256KB (sort by value)
Wiko Rainbow Lite
137 MB/s ∼8%
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
100 MB/s ∼6% -27%
Samsung Galaxy J1
59.72 MB/s ∼3% -56%

Legend

 
Wiko Rainbow Lite Mediatek MT6582, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015 Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 MSM8916, Qualcomm Adreno 306, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Sony Xperia E4g Mediatek MT6732, ARM Mali-T760 MP2, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Microsoft Lumia 532 Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8212, Qualcomm Adreno 302, 8 GB eMMC Flash
 
Samsung Galaxy J1 Spreadtrum SC8830, ARM Mali-400 MP2, 4 GB Flash

* ... smaller is better

Gaming Performance

Although the 3D game Asphalt 8 has higher demands on the hardware, the Wiko Rainbow Lite has no issues even with the details set to high - although at least part of the reason for the adequate performance is the fact that the resolution is quite low. Controlling the game via the touchscreen and the position sensor works without major issues. Simple games like "Angry Birds" pose of course no problem for the smartphone, either. 

Emissions

Temperature

Ouch! At one area near the rear camera we measured 46.4 degrees at maximum load - albeit not dangerous, it's nevertheless highly uncomfortable. Although the hotspot is localized and the phone gets cooler towards the bottom, sweaty hands can't be avoided when operating the phone for a longer time under higher load.

Max. Load
 43.1 °C
110 F
37.1 °C
99 F
36.9 °C
98 F
 
 44.8 °C
113 F
38.1 °C
101 F
38.4 °C
101 F
 
 43.8 °C
111 F
36.9 °C
98 F
37.6 °C
100 F
 
Maximum: 44.8 °C = 113 F
Average: 39.6 °C = 103 F
37.3 °C
99 F
40.1 °C
104 F
46.4 °C
116 F
36.8 °C
98 F
41.7 °C
107 F
44.9 °C
113 F
34.2 °C
94 F
41.2 °C
106 F
42.8 °C
109 F
Maximum: 46.4 °C = 116 F
Average: 40.6 °C = 105 F
Power Supply (max.)  36.1 °C = 97 F | Room Temperature 24.4 °C = 76 F | Voltcraft IR-260
(-) The average temperature for the upper side under maximal load is 39.6 °C / 103 F, compared to the average of 33.1 °C / 92 F for the devices in the class Smartphone.
(±) The maximum temperature on the upper side is 44.8 °C / 113 F, compared to the average of 35.5 °C / 96 F, ranging from 22.4 to 51.7 °C for the class Smartphone.
(-) The bottom heats up to a maximum of 46.4 °C / 116 F, compared to the average of 34 °C / 93 F
(±) In idle usage, the average temperature for the upper side is 35.7 °C / 96 F, compared to the device average of 33.1 °C / 92 F.

Speakers

The single speaker on the back does its job pretty well given the price of the smartphone. Even listening to music every so often is possible and the maximum volume leve is loud enough as well. Bass of course can't be expected and highs are over-emphasized. Music, sounds and voices - like when watching a movie - overburden the little speaker, but overall, the sound quality is still acceptable.

Energy Management

Power Consumption

The high temperature we observed under full load means that the power consumption has to be correspondingly high as well. And indeed: 2.8 watts during idle is twice as high as the power requirements of the Motorola Moto E. Things are not much different under load: the minimum of 3.9 watts speaks volumes and only the Sony Xperia E4g keeps up with the maximum power draw of 4.5 watts.

Power Consumption
Off / Standbydarklight 0 / 0.3 Watt
Idledarkmidlight 1.5 / 2.5 / 2.8 Watt
Load midlight 3.9 / 4.5 Watt
 color bar
Key: min: dark, med: mid, max: light        Voltcraft VC 870

Battery Life

The battery is swappable and provides a capacity of 7.4 Wh. The Wiko Rainbow Lite can browse the Internet for about 6 hours before shutting down. This means that the smartphone will generally last a workday, but does have to be recharged daily.

Battery Runtime
NBC WiFi Websurfing Battery Test 1.3
6h 07min
Load (maximum brightness)
2h 13min
Wiko Rainbow Lite
Mali-400 MP2, MT6582, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Motorola Moto E 2. Gen 2015
Adreno 306, 410 MSM8916, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Microsoft Lumia 532
Adreno 302, 200 MSM8212, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Samsung Galaxy J1
Mali-400 MP2, SC8830, 4 GB Flash
Sony Xperia E4g
Mali-T760 MP2, MT6732, 8 GB eMMC Flash
Battery Runtime
67%
-19%
109%
91%
Reader / Idle
1593
623
1262
912
WiFi v1.3
367
506
38%
298
-19%
648
77%
452
23%
Load
133
260
95%
321
141%
344
159%
H.264
360
512
528

Pros

+ Good cameras
+ Pretty sturdy design
+ Swappable battery
+ Comparatively high brightness
+ Good contrast
+ Dual SIM card support
+ Decent sound

Cons

- Too hot during prolonged use
- No LTE
- High power consumption
- Short run times
- Touchscreen frequently not very precise
- Performance lacks a bit compared to others
- Microphone booms

Verdict

In Review: Wiko Rainbow Lite, courtesy of Wiko Deutschland.
In Review: Wiko Rainbow Lite, courtesy of Wiko Deutschland.

The Wiko Rainbow Lite can't really hide its low price: the lack of LTE and the simple case design are dead giveaways. Many users likely won't care, since the smartphone comes with a decent camera, a good speaker and a pretty bright display. The Rainbow 4G costs about 20 Euro (~$22) more, but it has LTE and the camers feature a higher resolution.

The main problem lies elsewhere: the Rainbow Lite simply gets too warm during prolonged use. The higher power consumption and the short battery life are also not encouraging. The touchscreen sometimes doesn't want to cooperate and the resolution is a little low given the size of the display. 

Potential buyers who don't mind taking along a second battery and who can adapt to the touchscreen will find the smartphone to be a solid entry-level choice capable of good pictures and dual SIM-card support.

Wiko Rainbow Lite - 08/05/2015 v4(old)
Florian Wimmer

Chassis
75%
Keyboard
63 / 75 → 84%
Pointing Device
79%
Connectivity
42 / 60 → 70%
Weight
91%
Battery
86%
Display
82%
Games Performance
52 / 63 → 83%
Application Performance
22 / 70 → 31%
Temperature
80%
Noise
100%
Audio
54 / 91 → 59%
Camera
70%
Average
69%
78%
Smartphone - Weighted Average

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Florian Wimmer, 2015-08-15 (Update: 2018-05-15)
Bernhard Pechlaner
Bernhard Pechlaner - Review Editor
Ended up in the IT sector in the 90s more or less accidentally and have remained in the industry (as a sysadmin) ever since. Always been interested in laptops - first purchase was - if memory serves correctly - a Toshiba Satellite T2115CS with DX4-75 processor, 4 MB of RAM and 350 MB hard disk drive (and Windows 3.1). To this day, laptops appeal to me - much to the chagrin of my wife, who doesn’t seem understand why we need 5-10 of them at any given time ;-).