Xgody D22 Android Smartphone Review

Xgody D22 Android Smartphone Review

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Takeaway: A decent budget phone for travel, doesn't have all the latest features, but it works fine.

In the package, you'll receive the smartphone, tempered glass screen protector, clear silicone skin, microUSB cable, power adapter, SIM card pin, instruction manual, and optional microSD card (I purchased the version that included the extra 16 GB card). The phone is made with a brushed aluminum housing and has some pretty sharp, though beveled, edges like the older generation iPhone 5 and 6. The size is similar to an iPhone Plus. It comes with a PET plastic film protector pre-installed, so if you want to use the glass screen protector, you should remove the entire plastic film screen protector rather than install over it. This phone does not have a remove-able battery, and it measures 3"W x 6"L x just over ¼" thick. The phone weighs 5.5 oz and the SIM and SDcard are loaded in the tray on the right hand side that pops out when you insert the SIM pin tool. This phone is compatible with GSM networks like AT&T and T-mobile but not CDMA like Verizon.

On the back is a 13 MP camera, flash, and fingerprint scanner. The rear camera has better than expected quality for a budget smartphone and the front camera which is 5 MP was serviceable for video chat/calls like Facetime, Hangouts, Messenger, and Skype. The phone charges via microUSB which I found to be a bit slow and the charger that comes with the phone tends to get really hot while charging. The Android 7.0 Nougat interface appears to be custom, or at least custom skinned. The size of the view-able screen is just under 5.5" and it is nice and bright but only has a 720p resolution. While this counts as HD, it's not as crisp as current generation flagship phones with 1080p or higher resolution displays. Even so, reading text isn't difficult and watching video in 720p is suitable. The external speaker on the bottom is adequate but not amazing. It doesn't get that loud and distorts at higher volumes. For a better listening experience, I recommend headphones or an external speaker for playing music and watching video.

The phone has 12 GB of usable internal memory (out of the advertised 16GB) and about 1 GB is used by the OS out of the box. However, by installing an SD card you can add up to 32 GB more storage space. With the 2RB RAM and Quadcore 1.3 GHz processor, launching most apps, video playback, and browsing the internet is quick and responsive. Sometimes there's a bit of lag when tapping on icons before an app launches and other times soft taps go unregistered so I found that firm presses are required in most cases. Call quality is decent and callers didn't have any trouble hearing me on voice/video calls. The battery life is so-so and you'll get 5-6 hours of screen on time on a full charge which you can stretch by dropping the brightness a little. The fingerprint unlock did work fine after registering several fingers and was a nice security feature, even though it requires a less secure backup method like pin, password, or pattern.

I use this phone as a backup device for international travel because I don't like to carry around my primary phone with all my stuff on it. It works great for that because it's unlocked and not too expensive if it gets lost, stolen, or damaged. It does enough of the features I need it to without distracting me from my actual vacation.

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