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[LITB Labs] Ouku 3G Smartphone Beta Test


The Ouku 3G Android Smartphone is the latest in Ouku’s affordable tech stable. Last time we gave you a sneak peak at the new phone and today we’ve got some first-hand reviews of the phone’s prototype. Following a hunt on our LightInTheBox Insider Facebook page, we found two willing beta testers ready to try out some early versions. We shipped these two gentlemen early test versions of the phones and asked them to give us their thoughts. Today we have their feedback, glitches and all, as Ouku moves one step closer to a 3G smartphone that fits every budget.

Beta Testing Report

Tester: Fred
Location: USA
Product: Ouku 3G Smartphone Prototype
Test Duration: Approx. 7 days

- Square works on this unit. The app recognizes when the credit card reader is plugged into the headphone jack.

- Mildly disappointed with the buttons. The buttons on this unit are faulty. The Home and Menu Keys linked to the Volume Up and Down, which is causing some issues.

- The compass was pretty much non-functional. Recalibration was terrible. The only saving grace is the excellent GPS overtook the lack of quality.

- When I mentioned that the 3G was working, I didn’t realize that that the data transfer was only working on 2G/EDGE Network. I am guessing that it never worked to begin with since the system didn’t allow me to select any 3G networks. The 4th of July weekend the phone shined while all my other friends were complaining that they couldn’t make calls or use Facebook but that was only because I wasn’t using 3G at all.

- Audio quality in the earpiece is poor. Over time, this has degraded and for many calls, it makes conversations sound like vibrations at best.

- The USB interface has a problem. It looks like the housing of the port is pulling the pin connector away from the mainboard.

- On 2G/Edge, it’s just as good as the Midnight I purchased a couple of months ago. Actually, as undergunned as BOTH the Midnight and Eclipse are (both I own) they are better in build and quality till those problems are fixed.

- I want to give this unit a fair review but it was doomed from get-go. I would love to see if I can get an exchange to really test out what you sent it to me for, 3G data and calls.

Beta Testing Report

Tester: Evin
Location: France
Product: Ouku 3G Smartphone Prototype
Test Duration: Approx. 7 days

- The capative touchscreen is beautiful. 3.5 Inches and very responsive.

- The camera was installed upside down. Oops! Be sure you fix that before final production! The camera is pretty good, aside from the fact it’s upside down. The Android software allows for many customizations including save format, zoom, exposure, effects and even adjust the megapixels.

- After a few days, the port connections broke off. I suppose they need to be re-soldered. It’s most likely due to removing the power cable, perhaps you may need more re-enforcement to hold it in place.

- It has a plastic shell which is comfortable and light. The phone itself is extremely light as compared to other smartphones such as the iPhone.

- Decent battery life and a spare battery for road trips. The micro USB charging port makes charging the phone convenient, universal and simple to use.

- To be honest I was very surprised to find out that there was only a 600MHz processor. The phone handles extremely well. Not once did it hesitate to return to the home screen or quit an app. Compared to my iPhone 3G it’s very responsive.

- Regarding the 3G, this is the first Chinese phone I’ve come across with 3G capabilities. Not only have you made it 3G but running dual SIM. I was honestly very impressed. I have tried it with a 3G sim card and it worked perfectly. No problem receiving signal even though I live in the countryside. It did drop to EDGE and GPRS when signal was low, however these still functioned as usual. Overall speed was good and no delay in loading web pages, browsing emails or keeping up to date on Facebook. 3G ran perfectly alongside another sim receiving texts and calls.

- Youtube videos have bufferless playtimes between 3G highspeed internet and excellent processing.

- Games handle quite well. The screen is responsive and I enjoyed some Angry Birds on the phone. The TF card means you can expand the phone’s memory and get a lot of games and other apps and media on there.

- Calling quality is good. The speaker is loud enough and it can connect well with Bluetooth.

- The phone is nearly perfected with a few flaws to be wiped away before final shipment. Thanks!

The Next Step

We’d like to thank Fred and Evin for their great reviews! We’ve sent their reports on to Ouku who are grateful to have some outside opinions. Once Ouku’s finished the testing phase and works the rest of its bugs out, we’ll be sending Fred and Evin the finished Ouku 3G Smartphones and getting their thoughts on the final version of this handset. Stay tuned!

[LITB Labs] The Huawei Ideos S7

This week for LITB Labs we’ve decided to continue on our hot streak of awesome world-class tablets, and introduce to you the Huawei Ideos S7 Android tablet. This is the second of our world-class tablets that we’re reviewing, the first being our the ever popular Malata Zpad. The Ideos S7 is a smaller 7″ alternative to the Zpad, but it’s still a powerhouse machine.

Hardware

The first thing you’ll notice when you take the Huawei Ideos S7 out of it’s box is it’s solid and sturdy feel. The weight reminds you that this isn’t a junk tablet made from just any material that was lying around at the time. It’s got a solid metal back that’s got a great looking aluminum looking finish. The screen is rock solid as well and extremely crisp. On the left side of the screen are the home, menu and return buttons, while on the right are the call/end call buttons as well as a touch sensitive select button that you can use to maneuver through Huawei’s build of Android 2.2.

As per usual we’ll first take a look at the hardware on the SOWILL OiOi S7 for the in-depth review of the device. I was utterly impressed when I first took the device out of it’s box. It’s light weight yet has a pretty sturdy feel despite the back being made out of some sort of plastic. The grooved back panel feels pretty nice on your hand and helps with grip as well. The sleek screen and touch buttons located on the front remind me of the Samsung Nexus S, and it’s got the same responsiveness as one. The OiOi S7 also comes stocked with an impressing 2MP front facing camera for all your video chatting needs!

Internals

Underneath the Ideos S7′s sturdy exterior lies the tested and powerful 1Ghz Qualcomm Snapdragon QSD8250 processor, 512Mb of DDR2 Ram, and

Performance

The overall performance of the device is absolutely excellent, which is why we’ve labelled the SOWILL OiOi S7 a favorite! Swiping from screen to screen comes completely without lag. With a GPU built in, the OiOi S7 is capable of running any and all games that are available on the Android Market fluidly. This means that games like everyone’s favorites Angry Birds, and Fruit Ninja can be played without a hint of lag. Reading e-books was also simple and easy and the installed e-book reader ran beautifully.

Software

The SOWILL OiOi S7 runs on the popular and widely used Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. If you want to learn more about it, we’ve already created an All You Need To Know About Android Page where you can learn about all the exciting features the Android operating system has to offer!

Wrap Up

Like we said before, the SOWILL OiOi S7 is our favorite tablet so far! Not to say that we didn’t absolutely love the Othello Tab, but there was just something about this little guy that had us wanting to keep it after our testing. It’s portable, powerful, and a beautiful looking piece of technology, and at the end of the day there wasn’t much negative we could say about it. Get your hands on a SOWILL OiOi S7 here, we have no doubts that you’ll love it as much as we did!

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iPad 2 Promotion Winners!

Yes, we did it again! Our monthly iPad Promotion has resulted in another free give-away of two brand new iPads 2! LightIntheBox.com and MiniInTheBox.com have each chosen a lucky shopper who have written a review on a product. This time the iPads go to Birgit Bergmann from Germany and Giovanni Lucchesi from Italy! Birgit and Giovanni both win a 32GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi!

Both winners were automatically entered in the draw by writing a product review on our website in the month of April. Juliet wrote a review on the Jewel Satin Tulle Wedding Dress on the LightIntheBox website, while Giovanni reviewed the Wii Controller Grip on the MiniInTheBox website.

How to win? Simply head over to LightInTheBox.com or MiniInTheBox.com for a chance to win your own iPad 2! All you have to do is to write a review on the product page of the item you purchased before May 30th 1AM EST – and you will be automatically entered for our next lucky draw in June! Include a picture of your purchased product to win an additional iPad 2 case! Want more tips on how to write a good review? Check our blog post on the iPad Give-Away Promotion.

So keep checking back, and we hope to see your name in our next announcement! Happy shopping!

[LITB Labs] Introducing The Stargate 3.5-Inch Capacitive Touchscreen Android 2.2 Phone!

This week on LITB Labs we’ve decided to take a look at your newest and favorite Android smartphone, the Stargate! It’s our Top-Selling phone so far this month, and for a very good reason. We took it home with us and had an extended look to get a real feel for the device. We got a feel and we absolutely loved it…

Hardware

As will be the usual on LITB Labs, we start with the hardware on the Stargate phone. When we first took it out of the box was its matte black looking finish which actually feels quite smooth in your hands. At the bottom of the device you’ve got the Home, Menu, Select, Return, and Search buttons that allows you to get the most functionality out of the Android 2.2 operating system. The tough glass covering the screen of the Stargate is nice and smooth as expected and, after a few weeks of use, has proven its durability and resistance to scratches.

There’s a small slit on the lower back side of the device for the speaker, which is quite powerful. We tested the speaker by playing music, watching shows, and using it while testing the speaker phone test. Each time we got more sound than expected out of the little guy. One weird thing about the device is that it’s actually got a 2.5mm headphone jack located on the top of the device next to the power button, as the typical headphone output size these days is 3.5mm. It’s very easy to solve this issue though, by buying a 2.5mm to 3.5mm converter that you can get right here for a mere US$ 2.44!

The camera (which is 2 mega-pixels) and flash are located at the upper back side of the phone, as is standard practice these days. At the bottom of the phone you’ll find a Mini-USB port and the power socket. There are volume buttons on the left side of the phone and the power/standby button is located at the top, again, pretty standard.

Internals

The Stargate Smartphone is packed with some decent internal hardware that gives the device an impressively smooth feel during use. It runs on a MediaTek MTK6516 460MHz+280MHz processor, 512MB ROM, and 256MB+32MB RAM which means it handles everything from movies, games, and multi-processor pretty cleanly. It also comes with WiFi and GPS capabilities that make it great for navigating through cities or while on road trips.

Performance

When it comes to performance we were pleasantly surprised by the Stargate. The screen was clear and very bright, and one other major positive of the screen is that it’s glare isn’t a problem even in direct sunlight. It has got a pretty decent battery life during regular usage (ie: making phone calls, using WiFi, etc), but where it really hit it’s stride was when he used it as a media player. We were able to listen to Mp3′s, watch videos, and play video games constantly for about 6 hours before we had to think about charging the thing. When it came to making phone calls we were surprised by how clear the sound game through and how well others were able to hear us on the other end. The speaker phone worked perfectly especially with such a loud speaker.

Software

The Starlight Smartphone runs on the popular and widely used Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. If you want to learn more about it, we’ve already created an All You Need To Know About Android Page where you can learn about all the exciting features the Android operating system has to offer!

Wrap Up

In closing, the Stargate Smartphone is definitely our favorite phone so far. It’s solid performance on all fronts meant that at the end of our testing period we really didn’t want to give it back. This is the perfect phone for day to day use, and because it’s priced at only US$ 199.99 it’s the ideal smartphone for anyone on a budget.

The only way to find out if it’s perfect for you is to get one yourself, so buy one now here!

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Check out more photos over at the product page!

Stargate Smartphone

[LITB Labs] Introducing The Othello Tab, Our First Capacitive Touch-Screen Tablet!(Updated: Added Video)

This week we’re happy to introduce to you the first installment of LITB Labs, our latest weekly technology column. The goal of LITB Labs is to give you, our customers, an in depth and behind the scenes look at the our Tech devices and gadgets so that you can make the most informed decision when making your purchases!

For our inaugural post we’re excited to introduce you to the Othello Android 2.2 (Froyo) Tablet, our first ever capacitive touch-screen tablet! This is by far our favorite device yet, and with impressive speed and responsiveness it’s no wonder why.

Tablets are becoming the go to devices these days for everyone’s browsing, gaming and communicatons needs. With apps that allow you to do everything from read free e-books, to apps that let you video chat with friends for free. We’ve been personally excited for quite some time about going hands-on with this tablet. It’s not only our first ever capacitive touchscreen we’ve gotten at Lightinthebox, but it’s also the first that’s got some serious power under the hood.

Hardware

To begin our in-depth hands-on review of the Othello Tab we’ll start with a look at the hardware. The first thing you’ll notice when you take the Othello Tab out of the box is the fact that it almost looks like a large iPhone 4, except of course for the big Camera that’s placed on the tablet just above the screen. It’s got a sleek looking black plastic back casing with a silver lining like side casing. The front of the tablet is a tough glass that’s very smooth to the touch and helps to make the usage more seamless. It’s got one external speaker on the back that looks more like two tiny paper cuts in the back of the casing.

Internals

The Othello Tab has got a glossy 7-inch capacitive touchscreen, with a 800×480 (16:9) resolution. The responsiveness of the capacitive screen is excellent and almost completely lag free, probably mostly thanks to the heart of the tablet. Beating beneath the surface is a 1GHz SAMSUNG S5PV210 Cortex A8 processor that’s got a built in graphic processing unit (GPU) to power through any 1080p (1920×1080 resolution) HD videos you plan on watching. The processor is coupled with 512Mb of RAM to allow for some truly excellent multi-tasking speeds.

The device comes with an internal WiFi card, and has a slot for an external 3G USB dongle. The slot is compatible with WCDMA networks using any of the following 3G dongles: HUAWEI E220/E1750/E156G and ZTE MF637U. The Othello Tab also comes with a built HDMI slot for playing videos on your television or computer monitors.

Performance

The overall performance of the Othello Tab is really quite great, and in fact better than we were expecting. Web browsing is a breeze, and any other basic tasks. The built in GPU allows you to play any and all games available on the Android Market without a hint of lag. Games like Angry Birds and Fruit Ninja run exceedingly smoothly making for an overall awesome gaming experience.

Software

The Othello Tab runs on the popular and widely used Android 2.2 (Froyo) operating system. If you want to learn more about it, we’ve already created an All You Need To Know About Android Page where you can learn about all the exciting features the Android operating system has to offer!

Wrap Up

Overall we’d say that the Othello Tab is really an excellent device. It’s got a great screen that, because it’s capacitive, has top of the line responsiveness. The size and portability of the tab are an added bonus as well. All of that wrapped around a 1GHz Samsung processor, and we’re talking some serious speed and power.

We really did love spending time playing with the Othello Tab, and are sure you will too! With more and more manufacturers finally realizing that capacitive touch-screens are the way to go, you can definitely expect us to be getting our hands on more of these!

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iPad 2 Promotion Winners!

Breaking news! Our monthly iPad Promotion has resulted in another free give-away of two brand new iPads 2! LightIntheBox.com and MiniInTheBox.com have each chosen a lucky shopper who have written a review on a product. This time the iPads go to Juliet Dayes from Canada and Roger Hatakeyama from the United States! Juliet and Roger both win a 32GB iPad 2 with Wi-Fi!

Both winners were automatically entered in the draw by writing a product review on our website in the month of March. Juliet wrote a review on the X10 Dual-Sim Smartphone on the March 9th on the LightIntheBox website, while Roger reviewed the Ultrafire LED Flashlight on March 30th on the MiniInTheBox website.

How to win? Simply head over to LightInTheBox.com or MiniInTheBox.com for a chance to win your own iPad 2 ! All you have to do is to write a review on the product page of the item you purchased on before April 30th 1AM EST – and you will be automatically entered for our next lucky draw in May! Include a picture of your purchased product to win an additional iPad 2 case! Want more tips on how to write a good review? Check our blog post on the iPad Give-Away Promotion.

So keep checking back, and we hope to see your name in our next announcement! Happy shopping!

Tech Tuesdays: Introducing the Hero G9, Our Latest Android 2.2 Smartphone With A Smart Design

This week we’re happy to introduce our most well designed Android 2.2 Smartphone yet, the Hero G9. This powerful smartphone comes with added features that give it an edge on the competition. Couple that with great design, and a great price, and it’s the perfect smartphone for any user.

Key Specs:

Screen:
The Hero G9 comes stock with a clear and crisp 3.5-inch resistive touchscreen, which means you won’t have to squint to watch any of your favorite TV shows or movies. Surf to the web and use double-touch to zoom in on specific photos or articles of interest.

Operating System:
The Hero G9 runs on the Android 2.2 Operating System (OS) which means you’ll have access to all the latest apps via the Android Market. You’ll be able to download any of the hottest apps out there using your mobile network’s GRPS or any WiFi connection. Find out more about Android on our All You Need To Know About Android information page!

Design:
One of the greatest things about the G9 is phones design. The Hero G9 has got one pretty great features built right in to the case that makes it truly unique. On the back side of the phone, a small stand for the phone can be extended to allow you to sit the phone upright when watching videos. How cool is that!? Now you can just sit back comfortably and watch any of your favorite TV shows and movies!

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The only real way to find out if this phone is for you is to get your hands on one! To do so, head over to the product page!

What’s in the Box:

1 X Hero G9 – Dual SIM Android 2.2 Cell Phone w/ 3.5 Inch Touchscreen + WIFI
1 X Wired stereo earphones with built-in MIC and clip
2 X Rechargeable Li-ion battery (1050mAh)
1 X Phone to USB cable
1 X Power adapter (100-240V 50/60Hz)
1 X User manual – English

Hero G9 Product Page!

Tech Tuesdays: Introducing The Atlantis Android 2.2 Smartphone With GPS

This week on Tech Tuesdays we’re introducing one of Lightinthebox’s latest Android 2.2 Smartphones, the Atlantis! It’s got all the power and speed you’ll ever need and with Android 2.2, it’s got tons of mind blow features to boot! Discover the Atlantis for yourself!

Key Specs:

Hardware:
The Atlantis Android 2.2 Smartphone packs an impressive Mediatek 416MHZ processor that lets the Atlantis Android 2.2 smartphone run smoothly and efficiently for a great mobile experience. In addition, you also get 2GB set aside for Memory (RAM) and a massive 4GB on-board memory that is just perfect for storing all your digital music and video files.

Operating System:
The Atlantis runs on the Android 2.2 Operating System (OS) which means you’ll have access to all the latest apps via the Android Market Place. You’ll be able to download any of the hottest apps out there using your mobile network’s GRPS or any WiFi connection.

Connectivity:
To really get the most out of the Atlantis Android 2.2 Smartphone, you also receive amazing features like WIFI, integrated GPS, integrated Gmail, social networking, and lot more fun, cool and exciting functions and features.

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The only real way to find out if this phone is for you is to get your hands on one! To do so, head over to the product page!

What’s in the Box:

1xAtlantis – Android 2.2 WIFI Smartphone with 3.5 Inch Touchscreen + GPS
1xWired Stereo Earphones + Built-in MIC & Clip
2xRechargeable Li-ion Battery
1xUSB Cable
1xPower Adapter (110-240v 50/60Hz)
1xUser Manual – English

Tech Tuesdays: Introducing the Othello Android 2.2 Capacitive Touchscreen Smartphone (Updated: Video!)

We at LightInTheBox.com are proud to announce we’ve updated our line of smartphones running on the Android OS. You’ll now be able to choose from a wider range of fantastic smartphones that can add connectivity and simplicity to your life. The phone we’d like to introduce you to this week is the Othello, our very first capacitive touchscreen smartphone.

Key Specs:

Screen:

One of the most important things about any Smartphone is its screen, especially if it’s a touchscreen phone. The Othello comes with a capacitive touchscreen which means that you get unparalleled response and speed. You’ll not only be able to type faster and with less errors, but you’ll also get the benefit of multi-touch. This means you’ll be able to zoom in and out of websites and photos with a simple pinching motion.

Operating System:

The Othello runs on the Android 2.2 Operating System (OS) which means you’ll have access to all the latest apps via the Android Market. You’ll be able to download any of the hottest apps out there using your mobile network’s GRPS or any WiFi connection.

Connectivity:

The Othello comes GPRS and WiFi enabled, meaning that you’ll be able to connect to the internet from anywhere using your mobile phone network or available WiFi connections. You’ll be able to access the web, email, and as well as use your web enable apps like Facebook, and Twitter!

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The only real way to find out if the Othello is for you is to get your hands on one! To do so, head over to the product page!

What’s in the Box:

1xOthello – Android 2.2 WIFI Smartphone with 3.5 Inch Capacitive Touchscreen + GPS
1xWired stereo earphones with built-in MIC and clip
2xRechargeable Li-ion battery
1xUSB cable
1xPower adapter (110-240V 50/60Hz)
1xUser manual – English

The Othello Smartphone.

iPad Promotion Winner

Hey LightInTheBox shoppers, it’s time for another exciting announcement!

The lucky winner of our iPad Promotion draw is Thomas George Dane of Northern Ireland. He’s won himself a brand new 32GB Apple iPad. Thomas was automatically entered in the draw by writing a product review on our website between November 1st and November 30th. Check out his Nov. 9th Review of the E77 Smartphone here. For submitting a product photo along with his review, we’ve also sent Thomas a free iPad case. Thanks to everyone who participated in last month’s draw – but this month’s draw is still going! Just submit a product review before December 31st (don’t forget a photo for a chance at the iPad case) and you’ll be eligible for our next lucky draw in January.

Happy Holidays everyone & Watch This Space for future Giveaways!