Prestigio MultiPhone 4500 DUO and 5000 DUO Review

djovanovic March 11, 2013

I reviewed some Prestigio smartphones earlier, and now I’m about to test out two more models from this company. This dual review deals with the MultiPhone 4500 DUO and 5000 DUO phones with Dual SIM supports, dual-core processors and most importantly, a low price. Their screens have different diagonals – the first one has a diagonal of 4.5 inches, and the other has a diagonal of 5 inches, and they also differ in screen technology. To find out more about them, continue reading and find out more about my impressions and first hand information…

Prestigio MultiPhone 4500 DUO and 5000 DUO Review

Prestigio is still a newbie on the market of mobile phones, but in spite of that they managed to release overall six MultiPhone models. I’ll continue the story of Prestigio phones with two new models, physically larger than their predecessors.

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Prestigio always goes for an affordable price on their devices, so this models are certainly no exception. As far as the price goes, the smaller model is actually a bit more expensive than the larger one, because it has certain hardware advantages, although the 5000 DUO model is better in certain aspects. Hardware wise, you could say that they offer pretty solid components, considering the fact that they are budget phones. These models represent a cheaper entry ticket into the world of Android smartphones, and they can serve you well to get acquainted with the platform. In time, you will surely realize if your appetites grown, or they got the job done.

Both models have the same processor, only its working frequency is higher in the 5000 DUO model. It’s a dual-core MediaTek MT6577 Cortex A9 processor, working on 1 GHz in the 4500 DUO model, and on 1.2 GHz in the 5000 DUO model. The GPU is also identical in these models, and it’s a timely PowerVR SGX531 chip of modest performances. The 4500 DUO model has 1 GB of RAM, while the 5000 DUO model has only 512 MB. The size of the internal storage is the same on both models, and it’s 4 GB, but you can expand that with microSD cards up to 32 GB.

The screens are different in these models, not only the diagonal, but also the technology. Prestigio MultiPhone 4500 DUO has an IPS type panel, which offers a better quality of colors and wider angles, in comparison to the TN type screen in the 5000 DUO model. The resolution is higher in the smaller model – even though it should be the other way around – and it stands at 960 x 540 pixels (245 ppi), while it’s lower in the bigger model – 800 x 480, with only 186 pixels per inch.

The camera in the Prestigio MultiPhone 4500 DUO model has a sensor of 8 megapixels, while the camera in the 5000 DUO model has a lower resolution of 5 megapixels. Both models have an LED flash along with the camera from which you shouldn’t expect any miracles. Battery capacities are different in these models, so the 5000 DUO has a larger 2200 mAh battery, in comparison to the 1850 mAh battery in the 4500 DUO smartphone.

Specifications:

Prestigio 4500 DUO Prestigio 5000 DUO
Dimensions 135 x 69.2 x 9.6 mm 148.5 x 79 x 10.5mm
Mass 158 grams 199 grams
Battery 1850 mAh 2200 mAh
Display 4.5 inches, IPS, 960 x 540 (245 ppi) 5 inches, TFT TN LCD, 800 x 480 (186ppi)
Camera 8MP, LED flashh 5MP, LED flash
Front camera 0.3 MP 0.3 MP
Processor Dual Core MediaTek MT6577 1GHz, PowerVR SGX 531 GPU Dual Core MediaTek MT6577 1.2 GHz, PowerVR SGX 531 GPU
Memory 4 GB of storage, 1GB RAM 4 GB of storage, 512 MB RAM
Memory expanding microSD up to 32 GB microSD up to 32GB
Audio jack 3.5mm 3.5mm
Operating system Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
Connections microUSB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0 microUSB, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1
Data transfer HSDPA, HSUPA HSDPA, HSUPA
GPS A-GPS A-GPS
Price Around $310 Around $290

 

Design

The boxes of both models are very similar, they only differ in dimensions, since the phones have different diagonals. These boxes are black, and we have pictures of the model and their user interface on the front side. On the sides, we have key specifications in red rectangles, and detailed specifications in English and Russian on their back side. The interior of the box is red with black parts, and I found the phones in partially transparent white bags, placed in black and white leather cases. From the equipment, you get a microUSB cable, a charger and earphones.

The general shape of the Prestigio 4500 DUO model is rounded and narrower in comparison to the sharp edges and bigger width of the 5000 DUO model, because it has a larger diagonal. You can’t say that they are very similar, especially in my case, where even the 5000 DUO model color is different – I got the white sample.

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On the front sides of these models, above the screen, we have holey nets, behind which is the conversation speaker. In the 4500 DUO model, right of that net, we have the frontal camera of 0.3 MP, and we can find it on the same place in the 5000 DUO smartphone. Below the screen of both models, we have three capacity sensor, which are touch-sensitive – Menu, Home and Back.

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On both phones, on the left side, we only have the two-way button for volume control.

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On the right side of both phones, we only have the power button to turn on the screen, while both models have a microUSB port and a 3.5 mm audio jack on the top side.

The back covers of these smartphones are glossy, and they have the cameras at the top. The position of the LED flash is kind of different, because it’s located left of the camera on the 4500 DUO model, while it is located below the camera on the 5000 DUO. The Prestigio crest is embedded on the smaller model, while it’s only painted on the larger one. Speakers of both phones are located on the bottom, only in opposite corners.

Once we remove the back covers of these models, we can find two slots for SIM cards and a slot for microSD cards. The battery is physically smaller in the 4500 DUO model, which is logical, because it has a lower capacity as well.

Software

The thing you will definitely be interested in are the version of Android that come with these smartphones. The smaller Prestigio 4500 DUO is still on the Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 version, while the 5000 DUO got an upgrade to 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. Prestigio never changes their interface drastically in comparison to the Stock version, so we only have some small changes here and there. When you first turn these models on, you have a choice on whether you want to install third party applications, which Prestigio feels could be useful to you.

The Lockscreen of the 4500 DUO model went through some slight changes from Stock, and it now has four shortcuts for messages, camera, dialer and phone unlock, depending on where you drag the central circle. In the very bottom, they also added an interesting half-circle with controls for the music and equalizer. The Lockscreen of the 5000 DUO phone is classic, with Camera and Google Now shortcuts.

The Home Screen is similar to the Stock version of ICS, with an analog clock and shortcuts to some of the applications that are preinstalled on this model. The Dock has five icons, and their look hasn’t been changed from Stock. We have the Dialer, Contacts, App Drawer, Messaging and Browser in both models. On other screens we have more shortcuts to applications, the Toggle Widget and Favorites Widget.

The App Drawer stayed the same as it is in Stock ICS in the 4500 DUO model. It has a black background, Apps and Widget sections and a shortcut to the Play Store in the upper right angle. It’s identical on the Jelly Bean version of the 5000 DUO model, with one change – it has a transparent background.

The notification bar in the 4500 DUO model went through some changes, the design was changed, and they added seven more Toggle buttons to the existing five, which you reveal by swiping left or right. They incorporated the same thing in the 5000 DUO model, but we also have notifications here that you can expand, and get more information on them. The position of the date and time is also a bit different, so they are placed on the very top on Jelly Bean.

From preinstalled applications, we have the useful Prestigio eReader, with which you can read electronic books, the FreeNote applications for writing down notes on the screen, or through the classical onscreen keyboard, Office Suite for Word, Excel, PowerPoint and PDF files, Google Translate, SugarSync, Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, File Manager, etc.

The thing we also have on the Prestigio MultiPhone 5000 DUO model in Jelly Bean is Google Now, in which you get various cards with the weather prognosis, game scores, maps with your regular routes, etc.

Work Impressions

Both phones have a generally good build quality, and I can say that they are pretty sturdy, with no anomalies on the lid or connections. The plastic of the back cover is of solid quality, so I’m generally pleased with the quality these models offer in this price range. The smaller 4500 DUO is still more comfortable to hold because of its narrow waist, and the 5-inch 5000 DUO model is more massive and wider, so it won’t be so comfortable for everyone.

The screen on the 4500 DUO model has a diagonal of 4.5 inches, and a resolution of 960 x 450, and you can notice how much sharper it is than the 5”, 800 x 480 display of the 5000 DUO model. Besides that, the smaller phone also has better screen technology, since it’s equipped with a superior IPS panel type, in comparison to the TN type, which has worse viewing angles.

You can clearly see that the colors are more vivid and fuller on the 4500 DUO smartphone. The display of the smaller model is superior in every way.

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Since I used both models at the same time, the 5000 DUO model has a slight advantage regarding performances, because it has a higher working frequency of the processor and Project Butter that comes along with the Jelly Bean version of Android. Both phones offered a smooth experience of use in real work, but that advantage in responsiveness was obvious with the 5000 DUO model. The thing that ruined my impression of this bigger model is the fact that Prestigio decided to place only 512 MB of RAM memory in it, so I caught myself lacking work memory at times. I think that this model should have had 1 GB as well, so the multitasking possibilities would be better.

The 5000 DUO model has another advantage, and that’s the speed it takes to load pages and refresh elements on them. Another thing that’s good about it is the larger screen diagonal, and by that, a larger working surface and larger elements on pages, so you don’t need to zoom in as much. On the other hand, the 4500 DUO model has sharper text, because of the higher resolution and smaller diagonal. Text on the 5000 DUO model on this diagonal looks a little worse, while it’s much smoother and sharper on the smaller model.

Dual SIM possibilities are present on both of these models, but they are handled differently. In the 4500 DUO model, you choose your default carrier from the notification bar, or you can set the phone to ask you on every call which carrier you want use. The situation is identical on the 5000 DUO model, except the fact that you also have two handsets in the Dialer, one for one, and the other for the other network.

Still, the limiting factor of both models is that they don’t have two GSM receivers and transmitters, so when you’re talking on one number, you’ll be unavailable on the other. Although, after the finished conversation, if someone called you on the other number, you will always get an SMS message from your provider with information about your missed call. It would be nice if you got a notification about the other call while you’re already talking, so you can put the first call on hold, and then answer the second call on the other network, but there’s no such possibility.

The larger capacity of the battery in the 5000 DUO model also offers better autonomy. With the lighting set to maximum, surfing and running benchmark applications, the 5000 DUO reached 4 hours and 20 minutes of screen on time. A relatively good score, an hour longer in comparison to the 4500 DUO model, whose autonomy I would check as average.

Conclusion

If I had to make a choice between these two models, it would be a very hard decision, since one is better in certain aspects, and weaker in others. First of all, let’s start with the working frequency of the processor, which is higher for 200 MHz in the 5000 DUO model. On this advantage, the smaller model replies with a larger amount of RAM memory – 1 GB in comparison to 512 MB. Prestigio 5000 DUO has a larger screen, but the screen of the 4500 DUO has higher resolution and an IPS panel type, which offers higher image quality and wider angles in comparison to the 5000 DUO TN panel.

The storage on both models is identical and it’s 4 GB. As far as performances go, the advantage goes to the 5000 DUO model, but because of the 512 MB of RAM, you will rarely have enough work memory, which affects multitasking. As far as the Android version is concerned, the 5000 DUO currently has an advantage, because it has Jelly Bean, rather than ICS. Prestigio 4500 DUO has a higher resolution of the camera sensor, but I liked the pictures the 5000 DUO model makes more, yet both phones fail in the video recording section. The larger model has a higher capacity battery, and better autonomy along with it.

The price difference isn’t all that big, so you need to assess which things you like more in these models. You won’t make a mistake buying either one of them. Since I feel like both phones offer a lot for such an affordable price, they are both excellent. I have to congratulate Prestigio for this, because they allow average users to get solid Android phones, even if they don’t have a lot of money to spend.

Advantages of the 4500 over the 5000

+ Higher screen resolution

+ Higher quality panel type and wider viewing angles

+ Higher resolution of the camera sensor

+ More RAM memory

Advantages of the 5000 over the 4500

+ Larger screen

+ Better performances

+ Jelly Bean version of Android

+ More natural photos

+ Better battery autonomy

 

Price of the 4500 DUO: Around $310

Price of the 5000 DUO: Around $290