Yes Eclipse 4G review
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Review: Yes Eclipse 4G
At a glance
+ WiMAX and GSM Connectivity
+ Big, clear screen
- Froyo (Android 2.2) is dated
- Device is rather thick
In the Box
- Yes Eclipse 4G
- USB charger
- Travel charger
- 3.5mm headphones
Review unit courtesy from Yes
30 May 2012 - The guys at YTL must have been listening to their favourite band (also called Yes) when they were inspired to christen their WiMAX phone, the Eclipse 4G (which was one of the band's singles). And as you would expect from the WiMAX provider, it is a phone that works with the company’s WiMAX services but also comes equipped with a SIM slot that works with traditional GSM networks.
Exterior, Controls and Screen
The Eclipse 4G has a slate design covered with hard plastic body. Its design is simple enough, with three Android buttons - menu, home and a back/cancel button. The right side of the phone has a volume rocker and a quick camera button. At the bottom of the body, there is a microUSB and a 3.5mm jack.
However, the Eclipse is one of the thicker devices in the market currently at 12.9mm. Thankfully, it fits comfortably in our pockets.
In front there is a 4.1-inch WVGA screen that dominates the phone, and is quite bright and crisp. Yes has presumably tried to create a device that is Multimedia friendly, with the high-speed downloading and a quality screen.
Crack open the back and you will see a slot for a GSM SIM card, a microSD slot that supports up to 32GB.
Software, Application and Games
We were rather surprised at Yes' decision to put in Android 2.2 (Froyo) for a phone with advanced connectivity options. It is not too shabby but is undoubtedly showing its age and will likely alienate the latest and greatest crowd.
Yes has lightly skinned the Froyo platform with a few UI features that makes it WiMAX services stand out. Like the Yes IM app that lets you message other user who have the same app. There is also Yes World app which is the company’s own news portal. It comes pre-installed with Yes Life which allows you sign in to your Yes account.
There is a software keyboard called TouchPad - similar to Swype - where quickly swiping your fingers across the keyboard will help you form words instead of typing. The TouchPad supports Chinese characters too.
There are a number of pre-installed apps like wootfood, which uses the onboard GPS and crowdsourcing to find local hotspots for food. There are also productivity apps like Documents to Go. You can get more apps from the Google Play store.
With the 1GHz processor and 512MB RAM to power the Froyo platform, we did not experience any noticeable lag when using the phone.
Camera, Video and Audio
The 5-megapixel camera shoots some decent quality photos. Photos are clear and bright, but some of our shots suffered from overexposure. The Eclipse’s autofocus is slightly slower too, so do not expect to take shots in succession. It also took a second for the camera to boot up, so it will be a moment before you start taking shots. It has a 0.3-megapixel camera too for those front facing shots and video calls.
This is where the Eclipse shines, with an array of connectivity options, and of course it would not be called a Yes phone without support for that high-speed connectivity. During out tests, we managed 4.92Mpbs downlink speeds and 1.4Mbps uplink speeds in our office.
The Eclipse also has the ability to turn itself into a WiMAX hotspot for four devices, and is effectively a mobile hotspot on the go. There is also the option to tether the phone to a single device.
Also if you need to teleconference, you can do four way video calls or six way audio calls with other Eclipse with Yes accounts or Yes users’ on their PC or Macs.
With a Yes account, the Eclipse supports text messages and voice calls for 9 cents per call/SMS. And with the SIM slot at the back you can easily switch to your SIM card to do the same thing, by tapping on power button and selecting your GSM network.
With the SIM card, the phone also supports HSPA, as well as EDGE/GPRS connectivity too. The Eclipse comes with Bluetooth connectivity as well.
Yes built the Eclipse 4G with one thing in mind - to make a phone be as fast for data that it can be. Downloading and watching multimedia on your phone should be no hassle, and if you have additional devices like a laptop you can enjoy high-speed downloads as well.
However, at RM1688 it is slightly pricier compared to most mid-end devices which come with newer hardware or software. So if you are keen on a device that acts both as a high-speed modem and a device for enjoying webpages and streaming media, this is device for you. Weekend warriors and those without a landline Internet connection are likely to enjoy the multitude of connectivity options available.
Conclusion: Yes' Eclipse 4G has plenty on the connectivity front, but could have benefited from newer hardware and software