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Wiko Fever: Bonjour Malaysia!
By Ian Chee - 4 Mar 2016
Launch SRP: RM799

Introduction, Design and Features

Wiko may not be a name that you’re familiar with, and no one will blame you for it, unless you happen to be living in France, where the brand has been around since 2011. Over here, Wiko has only set up shop in Malaysia for about a month, bringing in three of its smartphone models to test our waters. One of them is the subject of our review today: the Wiko Fever.

Design and features

Of the three Wiko phones, the Fever has the most punch in terms of performance. It isn’t the thinnest or lightest of them, but it certainly packs the best specs, but more on that later. Wiko has given consumers an additional reason to pick the Fever over any other competing entry-level device in the market: it glows in the dark.

Well, its sides glow in the dark. There’s a strip of phosphorescent material going around the edges that work like how some clocks/watches have their hands lit up after you’ve just turn off the lights in the room. Wiko says that the glow is brightest on the white colored model – incidentally, this is the color of our review unit – and we don’t dispute this fact, simply because we’re struggling to imagine how much glow can a phosphorescent strip glow if it’s black in color.

The white bits on the side are the phosphorescent bits that glow in the dark. The gold parts and other white parts on the front and back, however, do not.

You could dismiss this as being gimmicky, and for some, maybe it is. There are, however, distinct times where it comes in handy, like when you need to take a quick look at the time using your phone after you’ve turned off the lights and are already in bed, or as a way of signaling where you are if you’ve been separated from your friends in a party with dim lighting.

As for the rest of the phone, there's a 5.2-inch display is up front, and a 5MP camera with an accompanying flash above it. The sides are clean as well, with the power button on the right side and the volume rocker above it. The 3.5mm audio port is up top and the Micro-USB port is down below. Round the back is a plastic cover textured in a way that feels like a leather purse. There’s the Wiko branding in the middle skewed to the top a bit, and not too far from it the 13MP main camera and its flash. On the opposite direction is the speaker grille.

The texture does make it a very nice thing to hold in your hands, both in form and function.

Pry off the plastic cover and you’ll see the two Micro-SIM slots and a microSD card slot, letting you supplement the built-in 32GB of storage space with 64GB more. You don’t get access to the battery, though.

There's even a nice diagram telling you which slot takes the microSD card and which takes the MicroSIMs.

In actual use, the Fever is fairly light, and fits in your palm very snugly. There’s no mistaking the plastic back for anything else, but the texture does mean less slipperiness, letting it stay on a table or in your hands better.

The Wiko Fever runs on a derivative of Android 5.1 Lollipop, and has done without the app drawer – the app icons that you see on the homescreen represent the apps themselves, and removing them uninstalls the app. It comes with the usual package of Google’s apps and a few extras like a music player, a calculator, a calendar and other basic apps. We're happy to report that even after installing several additional apps, UI of the Wiko Fever remained snappy, and under normal use conditions, you won’t be stretching the Wiko Fever to its performance limits.

The default theme also scrolls the word "fever" in the background according to which page you are on.

While the Fever is pretty economical with its power usage, charging it can take quite a bit. But we’ll leave the exact figures for later.

8.5
  • Design 8.5
  • Features 8.5
  • User-Friendliness 8
  • Performance 7.5
  • Value 9
The Good
Affordable
Sits comfortably in your hand
Fair performance for its price
The Bad
Can be slow to charge
Custom Android 5.1 Lollipop overlay has no app drawer
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