WickedLeak could be just one of those Johnny-come-lately mobile companies that simply use OEMs from China to dish out their devices here in India, but so far, it has managed to get our serious attention with a couple of real winners. One of its newest launches is the Wammy Passion Android-powered smartphone. This one, like the others in its class, attempts at offering all it can for a very reasonable price. So we put it to the test to see if the Passion really does give you more than what you bargained for.
Like any handset with a 5.0-inch display, the Passion is a larger device. It has a solid build quality and the slightly rubberised rear panel gives it a nice grip in your hand and on slick surfaces. It’s a simple but clichéd design that works quite well nonetheless. The power/sleep button is aptly placed on the right hand side just above the volume rocker. The micro USB 2.0 port for PC interfacing and charging is placed at the bottom and the 3.5 mm handsfree socket is at the top. As stated earlier, all ports and buttons are positioned very well.
720p display with an IPS panel makes for easy viewing
Below the 5.0-inch IPS panel, which sports a 720 x 1280 pixel resolution, are Android soft keys. The Passion packs an 8 megapixel shooter located at the rear coupled with a single LED for the flash. The Passion is one of the very few handsets that feature a 5 megapixel camera up front above the display. This is quite impressive in terms of specifications alone. An LED notification light is placed on the left hand side of the earpiece.
The handset comes with 4GB of internal storage with support for up to 32GB microSD card to increase the memory. The Passion does not feature a hotswap card slot, though. The microSD card slot is just above the battery alongside the two SIM card slots and can only be accessed by removing the large 2800 mAh battery.
Dual-SIM with a powerful battery thrown in
WickedLeak has thrown in a secondary battery with the Passion along with standard accessories and has even included a rubberised sleeve for added protection. We noticed that the micro USB charger was just a tad longer than the standard size and the port on the handset was a little further embedded into the device to match. This made using some regular chargers a problem as they didn’t seem to quite fit into the slot.
Features and Performance
Under the hood is a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 1GB RAM to run Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, which should be receiving an update to 4.2 soon. Considering the price, the competition should be weary. Functionality was a non-issue. Things had fluid flow to it from accessing apps to multitasking and playing HD videos. The tiniest hint of lag could be noticed if you really went looking for it. One of the major issues we had to deal with was heating up. The Passion comes built in with a heat senor that would throw up a warning indicating that the device was heating up. You could choose to dismiss the warning or simply put it into snooze mode. The heating tends to happen when playing games for over 5-10 minutes at a stretch. The upper rear portion, where the processor is housed, is what causes the heat build-up with excessive use.
We ran the usual benchmarks on the handset and found the scores to be quite decent, if not better. Linpak scores gave us a 37 average on a single thread run and 107 average on multi thread run.
AnTuTu put the Passion just a little below the Micromax Canvas HD:
Nenmark 2 scores, while not overwhelming in comparison to some, were not too shabby all the same:
NenaMark 2 scores
In the media department, the Passion proved to be just a little above average at best. Audio quality, even with the 5 band graphic EQ, bass boost, presets et al., didn’t seem to have overall great tone quality. The bass was a little flat and the higher frequencies were a little sharp. The EQ made a difference, but the slight hollow tone quality did not completely dissipate. Third party players like PowerAmp brought a little more refinement to the mix, but audio quality was still a sliver above average.
Not the best in media, but it does mange decently
The built-in video player can handle quite a few formats on its own and what it can’t do, MX Player or any other third party option makes work just fine. Full HD videos played just fine with no signs of lag or framing. Thanks to the IPS panel and resolution, colours look quite good for images and videos overall. An FM radio that works even without the use of a handsfree is also included. Reception was fairly decent throughout the city and while commuting. The radio also has an option for recording off the air.
There are quite a few connectivity options available with the Passion. Apart from Wi-Fi with hotspot creation to 3G and EDGE support, there’s also Bluetooth with A2DP and GPS with AGPS support. A preloaded app called Wireless Input Device allows you to hook the handset up to portable Bluetooth enabled keyboards and such for instant connectivity. There’s not much in terms of additional connectivity related apps that the company has preloaded with the device; however, there’s no shortage on the Google Play Store. Of course, all of Google’s standard Android apps, including Maps and corresponding features, Gtalk, Gmail, YouTube et al., are present and accounted for.
WickedLeak has loaded quite a few very handy tools onto the Wammy Passion. These include: MPE Notes, MPE Tasks, a client designed to handle your connectivity options, a Cache clear tool called AutoClear, a To Do list that’s quite well-designed and a NoteBook in a Post-It styled theme. A Task Manager and Torch application are also provided. WickedLeak has also thrown in a voice recorder for memos, and a call recorder that can be accessed during a call are also available.
A well-designed To Do list
The 8 megapixel camera proved to be quite an asset for the Wammy Passion. It features a range of settings and interesting options like HDR, a Beauty Shot setting and a Panorama mode for multi direction. Oddly, the Panorama icon seemed to have been cut off in the middle by the bottom of the screen and you’ll need to scroll up to see it in its entirety. It doesn’t hamper the functioning, but the spacing of these icons could have been so much better. Other settings include Scene Modes, full HD video recoding, Exposure Control, White Balance, Geotagging, ISO selection, Self Timer and a Burst Mode that lets you capture up to 99 (option to select 44 for as well) consecutive images.
Image quality, when there’s sufficient lighting, proved to be quite good. Pictures looked sharp and retention of colour was also quite good.
Outdoor with enough light
In low lit conditions, the flash didn’t always work out to its advantage but did come in handy with closer subject. However, by pushing the ISO and/or controlling the exposure, you could still end up with decent images without the flash.
Low light with flash
Macro with touch focus was also quite good with decent depth of field and focus on what you wish to highlight.
While Panorama shots were easy to use, stitching was a bit off sometimes.
Fuelled by a 2800 mAh battery, the Wammy Passion is a real powerhouse but with a few glitches along the way. The handset lasted for a whole day, starting at 7.00 am and going past 8.00 pm with 3G, a few calls, texts, IMs, emails and about 1.5 hours of video. That’s quite impressive. In our video loop test, the Passion ran for a good 9.5 hours and change (on airplane mode). In round two, i.e. our tech2 Loop Test, it successfully completed one full loop consisting of 2 hours of video, 2 hours of audio, 2 hours of media streaming and 1 hour of talktime. It began the second loop and ran for a total of 1 hour with video and about 45 minutes of audio. That’s a total of 8 hours and 45 minutes, which is great.
Not the slimmest smartphone out there
The Bottom Line
With a price tag of Rs 15,499, the WickedLeak Wammy Passion might seem like a really good deal. However, seeing as this trend of quad-core, 720p display toting smartphones is so popular now, the Passion has stiff competition from the likes of Micromax Canvas HD. As is, the Passion is a pretty good handset with a few quirks that won’t give you buyer's remorse should you purchase it. If you are looking to buy a high-powered, low-budget smartphone, then this is definitely one you ought to consider, especially if you want a device with heavy duty battery and an additional one thrown in for free.
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