You may be forgiven for not having heard of Prestigio before. I hadn’t, even though this Cyprus based company has been around for over 10 years. The Prestigio Multiphone 8500 Duo is a new step for them in a collaboration with Microsoft. When offered a handset for review I accepted the challenge because of some interesting features of the handset.
The very first thing that drew me to this phone is the price: a handset for under £100 unlocked!
Second was the dual sim feature. For someone who travels a fair bit, it is always a dilemma of swapping out my own sim to enjoy cheaper calls in my destination country, but then missing any calls and messages to my permanent number. This phone overcomes that issue with the dual sim capability.
However, I’ve always had high-end phones, so could I be a fair judge of the phone? I felt that Jennie, my occasional co-author on Mumonthebrink, would be a much better tester of the phone. So we took the phone out, and I set her up on the Prestigio Multiphone 8500 Duo.
When first turning on the device I was surprised by the quality of this 720p display and the ease of the set up. After the set up was complete- which was extremely straightforward- I left Jennie to it for a couple of weeks and then asked for her to share her views:
I couldn’t wait to experience something better than my old battered HTC Desire with the cracked screen and lack of memory, wading in slow motion through half broken apps.
I wanted – I believed – that the Prestigio would provide speedy, brief encounters with the world, without taking as much of my time with three small kids. And the fabulous idea of a dual sim will be perfect for when I’m ready to rev up my baby signing business again.
The first impressions were: Love, love, love the speed, the bright sharp screen (even outside) and the multitude of apps that actually work.
Hate that I can’t put it my trouser pocket (too big) or take a photo immediately (no designated hardwired button as is so great on other windows phones). The later is a real missed opportunity in my opinion.
What about those photos? 8MP sounds great, and a good camera is a must with kids around. It was top of my wish list. However, inside shots with fast moving offspring aren’t the best, even with the flash on. Outside pictures are much better. We have some lovely pictures to show, in fact.
On the subject of buttons…the on/off button and the volume button are on the left and right side of the phone respectively,. Or is it the right and the left?! I keep pressing the wrong side, or simply pick it up and turn the volume right down when I just want to switch the phone on without realising it!
The screen is great. Although I don’t like the size for the fit into my pocket, I do like size for all that I can fit onto my screen. WindowsPhone tiles take getting used to, but give the flexibility of having different sized tiles, according to my priorities.
The size and resolution of the screen makes for good browsing. After my little HTC it feels like a mini tablet.
The kids have cottoned onto how much more the Prestigio can do; they are super excited about our snazzy new phone. Eldest daughter constantly picks it up and scarpers, with some vague words in passing about wanting to take a picture or play Talking Tom. It is hard to curb her excitement.
With all the extra use the phone gets, compared to my old one, the battery still lasts the day.
I’m excited to have space to download games and fun apps – and the Prestigio is so very speedy too! It’s reassuring that if I get carried away with all the apps I “need” in my life, I can actually expand the memory with a microSD if I were to run out of space.
Overall, the Prestigio is a phone that packs in a lot for the price tag. It doesn’t excel at anything, but gives you a very good phone with features that you’d expect to come with a higher price tag.
Getting used to WindowsPhone after Android has been a whole other challenge while making the transition.
What feature of the Prestigio Multiphone 8500 Dual appeals to you the most?
Disclosure: We were sent the phone specifically for review purposes, but all opinions expressed are our own.