Review of budget Windows Phone smartphone Fly Era Windows IQ400W

In mid-2014, Microsoft was left without partners that would produce Windows Phone devices, Nokia's sales share fell both in relative and absolute terms. As a result, Microsoft rushed to put out the fire and offered money for the development and production of small B-brands. The same Huawei abandoned the platform, as it did not see a future for it in the short term. Partners were asked to create low-cost devices in a short time, which, in theory, were supposed to compete with their Android counterparts. In practice, it turned out that these models, which attract Nokia sales, do not stand out against the general background and, like all smartphones on Windows Phone, are noticeably more expensive than their Android counterparts. Such a niche offer.

I was wondering how the rush to create such devices will affect their quality, because the crisis that Microsoft faced required hasty decisions. Now I have an answer to this question - and after reading this review, you will have it too.

I'll start with a funny moment - all Windows Phone devices are manufactured on Qualcomm processors, so what was my surprise when I saw an indication of a MediaTek 6582 processor (4 cores, 1.2 GHz) on the Fly box. I thought it was a mistake, looked at the Fly website - exactly the same processor is indicated there.

In the process of finding out the details, I finally found out that it was Snapdragon 200 - they were just in a hurry and therefore confused everything in the world. For a long time I have not seen such haste that one of the key characteristics is confused. In principle, this device was created very quickly in all respects, and below we will talk about what this affected.

In terms of positioning, this model is for those who want to buy the cheapest Windows Phone. Why someone might want to buy a budget Windows Phone phone, I absolutely do not understand - what should happen in a person's mind in order to take such a step, it's hard to say. Try the platform? But then it should be done on more productive solutions. For everyday life, such solutions are not very convenient, they frankly lose to the same Android, but first things first.

Design, dimensions, controls

In the small Windows Phone market, phones from Nokia definitely set the tone - they are bright, well-assembled, in terms of hardware there can be no serious complaints about them in the current generation - everything is stable and plus or minus good. It's usually the operating system that messes things up, but that's another part of the story.

In Fly Era Windows, the case was made by analogy with many Nokias - a kind of slipper that is put on the main board of the device. Due to this design, the assembly is excellent, no squeaks and the like. But unlike Nokia, there is no color variety here, the device is available in one color - black.

The dimensions of the phone are 125.5x65x10.7 mm, the weight is 119 grams. Very small, compact - fits well in the hand, although the plastic is glossy and rather slippery. Look at this device next to a classmate - Lumia 530.

Compared to Lumia 530

I like the look of Lumia more, although it is a little larger - the question is that Fly turned out to be boring and similar to most budget devices, there are no special features.

There is a black dot pasted over the screen, this is the first time I shoot it in the video and I don’t really understand what it is. It is possible that there is a light sensor in this place, but it is still not visible - such a “design” is confusing, and I have almost never seen it in phones. Why should the user puzzle over what this point is?

There is an on/off button on the right side, and a twin volume rocker on the left side. On the bottom end there is a microUSB connector, but on the top end there is a standard 3.5 mm connector.

There are two slots for full-size SIM cards inside the case, as well as a slot for memory cards. The device has a front camera for calls (0.3 megapixels), as well as touch keys under the screen.

Display

Regular 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480x800 pixels, IPS. Compared to a similar screen on the Lumia 530, this one definitely wins - the picture quality is noticeably higher, it looks better in all conditions. And this despite the lower cost of the device.

The differences are striking. This is one of the few parameters in which Fly outperforms Lumia.

In the sun, the screen remains readable. But if we talk about the quality of the screen in relation to the entire market, then there is nothing special here - this is a familiar and ordinary budget screen.

Battery

Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery, which is the same as similar solutions on Windows Phone, claimed time - up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 122 hours of standby time, 23.5 hours of music listening. By comparison, the Lumia 530 has a standby time of 22 days, which is a huge difference. In practice, everything turned out to be even worse than I could have imagined - only with the SIM card installed, the device lived for a little more than a day (nothing was done to it). When using the phone (calls, SMS, a minimum of social activities), he lived until the evening. When trying to use it at least a little more actively, it turned out that he sat down by lunchtime. This is an absolutely abnormal situation, I got the impression that this is a marriage of a particular instance - but it turned out that they all live something like this, these are the features of this model.

Apparently, the haste led to the fact that something was not completed, and therefore the work time is so small. From what I noticed - when fully discharged, if you turn on the phone at the moment when you started charging it, it may not boot up immediately, but shine on the screen for quite a long time and not show anything. Then at some point he "wakes up". The total charging time of the device is about 2 hours.

Memory, performance, hardware

The Windows Phone platform is so standardized that it usually does not present any special surprises - but with the advent of devices from B-brands, apparently, everything will change, and in a drastic way. I already pointed out the confusion with the chipset - there is a Snapdragon 200, MSM8212, 4 cores 1.2 GHz. The amount of RAM is 512 MB, which is not enough for many "heavy" applications, so you can't even download them to your phone, they won't show up in the store for this device. But for the interface, this has always been normal - it worked quickly and was responsive.

Well, we can congratulate Microsoft that the rush to fight for market share has led to the fall of another bastion, now Windows Phone slows down in the interface, despite the rather powerful processor compared to two-year-old models (the issue is software optimization and drivers specific model).

When you try to quickly scroll through the lists, the phone may think, quick switching between applications after sleep also causes difficulties - in a word, the typical smoothness of Windows Phone is not here, this device is clearly out of the crowd. Let me remind you that in the Lumia 530 I did not like how fonts were smeared across the screen when scrolling, there it was related to the quality of the screen, but not to performance. It is performance that suffers right there.

In benchmarks, everything is quite typical - the results are comparable to the same Lumia 530, which once again proves the artificiality of such indicators, they do not give a real idea of ​​​​what you will encounter in life.

Fly Era Windows IQ400W

Internal memory in the device is 4 GB, you can put a memory card up to 32 GB.

Communications

Standard set of protocols - Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 (no LE support) - full set of standard profiles, WCDMA - 900/2100 MHz. As you can see, the device cannot boast of anything special or unusual.

Camera

There is a 5-megapixel module here, no flash. The impression from the camera is average - a typical budget solution that does not produce particularly high-quality images. Comparable to budget devices below the class. With all the ensuing consequences.

Dual SIM - how it works

On the main screen, when a second SIM card is installed, the second tile of the phone is shown, all calls from the second card are made there. That is, it turns out that you have two lists, they are separate and not merged in any way. Here you can discuss for a long time whether this is convenient, perhaps one general list indicating which card it is, would be much more convenient - it is more familiar in terms of the mass of other phones with two SIM cards.

Another thing to remember is that there is only one radio module in the phone, so simultaneous operation of SIM-cards is not provided. In the settings, you can select the SIM card that will be used for data transfer.

Software - Windows Phone 8.1

A budget phone on Windows Phone 8.1, and that says it all. Unlike Lumia, there are no additional programs from Nokia, but they do not change the perception of the platform, rather come to the fore hardware specifications - this is so for budget devices.

The innovations of the system are described in detail in the review of Windows Phone 8.1, I see no reason to repeat myself - everything is standard here.

There are no applications of its own in this device, as a result, we can say that this is a clean and uncluttered Windows Phone.

Impressions

For a long time I have not seen budget devices in which the main function would not be implemented very well. The phone has one microphone, and it is located in such a way that with an average wind it starts to blow out, your interlocutor can hardly hear you. I don't know why they did it this way, but in general, Era Windows is inferior to all budget devices in terms of voice quality - unless you are always talking indoors. The volume of the speaker is excellent, it is vociferous, at maximum volume there are distortions, the speaker wheezes. The vibrating alert is felt, although I would like it to be stronger.

I can note one of the advantages of the device - a good screen, which outperforms the Lumia 530. Everything else is noticeably worse - performance is lower, there are slowdowns in the interface, the battery works noticeably less, and it is basically impossible to use the device for a long time. The model turned out to be unfinished, they were clearly in a hurry to bring it to the market and therefore did not bring it to the desired condition.

The price of this device is 3,990 rubles, which is a thousand less than the Lumia 530. If you want to get acquainted with the Windows Phone platform and not spend a lot of money, then this is not the option, it is better to buy Lumia. Although if you really get acquainted, then take not so budget devices, but something with 1 GB of memory.

I get the feeling that all the manufacturers who were “helped” with the development and its payment by Microsoft launched raw budget Windows Phone models on the market, it’s unlikely that Fly tried hard here to undermine the missing interest in the platform. Speaking specifically about Fly Era Windows, I would like to note that you definitely cannot buy it, it is a very raw model. It's a pity, but Windows Phone with such devices will not just not take off, but rather get a bad reputation.

Review of budget Windows Phone smartphone Fly Era Windows IQ400W

In mid-2014, Microsoft was left without partners that would produce Windows Phone devices, Nokia's sales share fell both in relative and absolute terms. As a result, Microsoft rushed to put out the fire and offered money for the development and production of small B-brands. The same Huawei abandoned the platform, as it did not see a future for it in the short term. The partners were offered to create inexpensive devices in a short time, which, in theory, were supposed to compete with their Android counterparts. In practice, it turned out that these models, which attract Nokia sales, do not stand out against the general background and, like all smartphones on Windows Phone, are noticeably more expensive than their Android counterparts. Such a niche offer.

I was wondering how the rush to create such devices will affect their quality, because the crisis that Microsoft faced required hasty decisions. Now I have an answer to this question - and after reading this review, you will have it too.

I'll start with a funny moment - all Windows Phone devices are manufactured on Qualcomm processors, so what was my surprise when I saw an indication of a MediaTek 6582 processor (4 cores, 1.2 GHz) on the Fly box. I thought it was a mistake, looked at the Fly website - exactly the same processor is indicated there.

In the process of finding out the details, I finally found out that it was Snapdragon 200 - they were just in a hurry and therefore confused everything in the world. For a long time I have not seen such haste that one of the key characteristics is confused. In principle, this device was created very quickly in all respects, and below we will talk about what this affected.

In terms of positioning, this model is for those who want to buy the cheapest Windows Phone. Why someone might want to buy a budget Windows Phone phone, I absolutely do not understand - what should happen in a person's mind in order to take such a step, it's hard to say. Try the platform? But then it should be done on more productive solutions. For everyday life, such solutions are not very convenient, they frankly lose to the same Android, but first things first.

Design, dimensions, controls

In the small Windows Phone market, phones from Nokia definitely set the tone - they are bright, well-assembled, in terms of hardware there can be no serious complaints about them in the current generation - everything is stable and plus or minus good. It's usually the operating system that messes things up, but that's another part of the story.

In Fly Era Windows, the case was made by analogy with many Nokias - a kind of slipper that is put on the main board of the device. Due to this design, the assembly is excellent, no squeaks and the like. But unlike Nokia, there is no color variety here, the device is available in one color - black.

The dimensions of the phone are 125.5x65x10.7 mm, the weight is 119 grams. Very small, compact - fits well in the hand, although the plastic is glossy and rather slippery. Look at this device next to a classmate - Lumia 530.

Compared to Lumia 530

I like the look of Lumia more, although it is a little larger - the point is that Fly turned out to be boring and similar to most budget devices, there are no special features.

There is a black dot pasted over the screen, this is the first time I shoot it in the video and I don’t really understand what it is. It is possible that there is a light sensor in this place, but it is still not visible - such a “design” is confusing, and I have almost never seen it in phones. Why should the user puzzle over what kind of point this is?

There is an on/off button on the right side, and a twin volume rocker on the left side. On the bottom end there is a microUSB connector, but on the top end there is a standard 3.5 mm connector.

There are two slots for full-size SIM cards inside the case, as well as a slot for memory cards. The device has a front camera for calls (0.3 megapixels), as well as touch keys under the screen.

Display

Regular 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480x800 pixels, IPS. Compared to a similar screen on the Lumia 530, this one definitely wins - the picture quality is noticeably higher, it looks better in all conditions. And this despite the lower cost of the device.

The differences are striking. This is one of the few parameters in which Fly outperforms Lumia.

In the sun, the screen remains readable. But if we talk about the quality of the screen in relation to the entire market, then there is nothing special here - this is a familiar and ordinary budget screen.

Battery

Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery, which is the same as similar solutions on Windows Phone, claimed time - up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 122 hours of standby time, 23.5 hours of music listening. By comparison, the Lumia 530 has a standby time of 22 days, which is a huge difference. In practice, everything turned out to be even worse than I could have imagined - only with the SIM card installed, the device lived for a little more than a day (nothing was done to it). When using the phone (calls, SMS, a minimum of social activities), he lived until the evening. When trying to use it at least a little more actively, it turned out that he sat down by lunchtime. This is an absolutely abnormal situation, I got the impression that this is a marriage of a particular instance - but it turned out that they all live something like this, these are the features of this model.

Apparently, the haste led to the fact that something was not completed, and therefore the work time is so small. From what I noticed - when fully discharged, if you turn on the phone at the moment when you started charging it, it may not boot up immediately, but shine on the screen for quite a long time and not show anything. Then at some point he "wakes up". The total charging time of the device is about 2 hours.

Memory, performance, hardware

The Windows Phone platform is so standardized that it usually does not present any special surprises - but with the advent of devices from B-brands, apparently, everything will change, and in a drastic way. I already pointed out the confusion with the chipset - there is a Snapdragon 200, MSM8212, 4 cores 1.2 GHz. The amount of RAM is 512 MB, which is not enough for many "heavy" applications, so you can't even download them to your phone, they won't show up in the store for this device. But for the interface, this has always been normal - it worked quickly and was responsive.

Well, we can congratulate Microsoft that the rush to fight for market share has led to the fall of another bastion, now Windows Phone slows down in the interface, despite the rather powerful processor compared to two-year-old models (the issue is software optimization and drivers specific model).

When you try to quickly scroll through the lists, the phone may think, quick switching between applications after sleep also causes difficulties - in a word, the typical smoothness of Windows Phone is not here, this device is clearly out of the crowd. Let me remind you that in the Lumia 530 I did not like how fonts were smeared across the screen when scrolling, there it was related to the quality of the screen, but not to performance. It is performance that suffers right there.

In benchmarks, everything is quite typical - the results are comparable to the same Lumia 530, which once again proves the artificiality of such indicators, they do not give a real idea of ​​​​what you will encounter in life.

Fly Era Windows IQ400W

Internal memory in the device is 4 GB, you can put a memory card up to 32 GB.

Communications

Standard set of protocols - Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 (no LE support) - full set of standard profiles, WCDMA - 900/2100 MHz. As you can see, the device cannot boast of anything special or unusual.

Camera

There is a 5-megapixel module here, no flash. The impression from the camera is average - a typical budget solution that does not produce particularly high-quality images. Comparable to budget devices below the class. With all the ensuing consequences.

Dual SIM - how it works

On the main screen, when a second SIM card is installed, the second tile of the phone is shown, all calls from the second card are made there. That is, it turns out that you have two lists, they are separate and not merged in any way. Here you can discuss for a long time whether this is convenient, perhaps one general list indicating which card it is, would be much more convenient - it is more familiar in terms of the mass of other phones with two SIM cards.

Another thing to remember is that there is only one radio module in the phone, so simultaneous operation of SIM-cards is not provided. In the settings, you can select the SIM card that will be used for data transfer.

Software - Windows Phone 8.1

A budget phone on Windows Phone 8.1, and that says it all. Unlike Lumia, there are no additional programs from Nokia, but they do not change the perception of the platform, rather come to the fore hardware specifications - this is so for budget devices.

The innovations of the system are described in detail in the review of Windows Phone 8.1, I see no reason to repeat myself - everything is standard here.

There are no applications of its own in this device, as a result, we can say that this is a clean and uncluttered Windows Phone.

Impressions

For a long time I have not seen budget devices in which the main function would not be implemented very well. The phone has one microphone, and it is located in such a way that with an average wind it starts to blow out, your interlocutor can hardly hear you. I don't know why they did it this way, but in general, Era Windows is inferior to all budget devices in terms of voice quality - unless you are always talking indoors. The volume of the speaker is excellent, it is vociferous, at maximum volume there are distortions, the speaker wheezes. The vibrating alert is felt, although I would like it to be stronger.

I can note one of the advantages of the device - a good screen, which outperforms the Lumia 530. Everything else is noticeably worse - performance is lower, there are slowdowns in the interface, the battery works noticeably less, and it is basically impossible to use the device for a long time. The model turned out to be unfinished, they were clearly in a hurry to bring it to the market and therefore did not bring it to the desired condition.

The price of this device is 3,990 rubles, which is a thousand less than the Lumia 530. If you want to get acquainted with the Windows Phone platform and not spend a lot of money, then this is not the option, it is better to buy Lumia. Although if you really get acquainted, then take not so budget devices, but something with 1 GB of memory.

I get the feeling that all the manufacturers who were “helped” with the development and its payment by Microsoft launched raw budget Windows Phone models on the market, it’s unlikely that Fly tried hard here to undermine the missing interest in the platform. Speaking specifically about Fly Era Windows, I would like to note that you definitely cannot buy it, it is a very raw model. It's a pity, but Windows Phone with such devices will not just not take off, but rather get a bad reputation.

Review of budget Windows Phone smartphone Fly Era Windows IQ400W

In mid-2014, Microsoft was left without partners that would produce Windows Phone devices, Nokia's sales share fell both in relative and absolute terms. As a result, Microsoft rushed to put out the fire and offered money for the development and production of small B-brands. The same Huawei abandoned the platform, as it did not see a future for it in the short term. The partners were offered to create inexpensive devices in a short time, which, in theory, were supposed to compete with their Android counterparts. In practice, it turned out that these models, which attract Nokia sales, do not stand out against the general background and, like all smartphones on Windows Phone, are noticeably more expensive than their Android counterparts. Such a niche offer.

I was wondering how the rush to create such devices will affect their quality, because the crisis that Microsoft faced required hasty decisions. Now I have an answer to this question - and after reading this review, you will have it too.

I'll start with a funny moment - all Windows Phone devices are manufactured on Qualcomm processors, so what was my surprise when I saw an indication of a MediaTek 6582 processor (4 cores, 1.2 GHz) on the Fly box. I thought it was a mistake, looked at the Fly website - exactly the same processor is indicated there.

In the process of finding out the details, I finally found out that it was Snapdragon 200 - they were just in a hurry and therefore confused everything in the world. For a long time I have not seen such haste that one of the key characteristics is confused. In principle, this device was created very quickly in all respects, and below we will talk about what this affected.

In terms of positioning, this model is for those who want to buy the cheapest Windows Phone. Why someone might want to buy a budget Windows Phone phone, I absolutely do not understand - what should happen in a person's mind in order to take such a step, it's hard to say. Try the platform? But then it should be done on more productive solutions. For everyday life, such solutions are not very convenient, they frankly lose to the same Android, but first things first.

Design, dimensions, controls

In the small Windows Phone market, phones from Nokia definitely set the tone - they are bright, well-assembled, in terms of hardware there can be no serious complaints about them in the current generation - everything is stable and plus or minus good. It's usually the operating system that messes things up, but that's another part of the story.

In Fly Era Windows, the case was made by analogy with many Nokias - a kind of slipper that is put on the main board of the device. Due to this design, the assembly is excellent, no squeaks and the like. But unlike Nokia, there is no color variety here, the device is available in one color - black.

The dimensions of the phone are 125.5x65x10.7 mm, the weight is 119 grams. Very small, compact - fits well in the hand, although the plastic is glossy and rather slippery. Look at this device next to a classmate - Lumia 530.

Compared to Lumia 530

I like the look of Lumia more, although it is a little larger - the point is that Fly turned out to be boring and similar to most budget devices, there are no special features.

There is a black dot pasted over the screen, this is the first time I shoot it in the video and I don’t really understand what it is. It is possible that there is a light sensor in this place, but it is still not visible - such a “design” is confusing, and I have almost never seen it in phones. Why should the user puzzle over what kind of point this is?

There is an on/off button on the right side, and a twin volume rocker on the left side. On the bottom end there is a microUSB connector, but on the top end there is a standard 3.5 mm connector.

There are two slots for full-size SIM cards inside the case, as well as a slot for memory cards. The device has a front camera for calls (0.3 megapixels), as well as touch keys under the screen.

Display

Regular 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480x800 pixels, IPS. Compared to a similar screen on the Lumia 530, this one definitely wins - the picture quality is noticeably higher, it looks better in all conditions. And this despite the lower cost of the device.

The differences are striking. This is one of the few parameters in which Fly outperforms Lumia.

In the sun, the screen remains readable. But if we talk about the quality of the screen in relation to the entire market, then there is nothing special here - this is a familiar and ordinary budget screen.

Battery

Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery, which is the same as similar solutions on Windows Phone, claimed time - up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 122 hours of standby time, 23.5 hours of music listening. By comparison, the Lumia 530 has a standby time of 22 days, which is a huge difference. In practice, everything turned out to be even worse than I could have imagined - only with the SIM card installed, the device lived for a little more than a day (nothing was done to it). When using the phone (calls, SMS, a minimum of social activities), he lived until the evening. When trying to use it at least a little more actively, it turned out that he sat down by lunchtime. This is an absolutely abnormal situation, I got the impression that this is a marriage of a particular instance - but it turned out that they all live something like this, these are the features of this model.

Apparently, the haste led to the fact that something was not completed, and therefore the work time is so small. From what I noticed - when fully discharged, if you turn on the phone at the moment when you started charging it, it may not boot up immediately, but shine on the screen for quite a long time and not show anything. Then at some point he "wakes up". The total charging time of the device is about 2 hours.

Memory, performance, hardware

The Windows Phone platform is so standardized that it usually does not present any special surprises - but with the advent of devices from B-brands, apparently, everything will change, and in a drastic way. I already pointed out the confusion with the chipset - there is a Snapdragon 200, MSM8212, 4 cores 1.2 GHz. The amount of RAM is 512 MB, which is not enough for many "heavy" applications, so you can't even download them to your phone, they won't show up in the store for this device. But for the interface, this has always been normal - it worked quickly and was responsive.

Well, we can congratulate Microsoft that the rush to fight for market share has led to the fall of another bastion, now Windows Phone slows down in the interface, despite the rather powerful processor compared to two-year-old models (the issue is software optimization and drivers specific model).

When you try to quickly scroll through the lists, the phone may think, quick switching between applications after sleep also causes difficulties - in a word, the typical smoothness of Windows Phone is not here, this device is clearly out of the crowd. Let me remind you that in the Lumia 530 I did not like how fonts were smeared across the screen when scrolling, there it was related to the quality of the screen, but not to performance. It is performance that suffers right there.

In benchmarks, everything is quite typical - the results are comparable to the same Lumia 530, which once again proves the artificiality of such indicators, they do not give a real idea of ​​​​what you will encounter in life.

Fly Era Windows IQ400W

Internal memory in the device is 4 GB, you can put a memory card up to 32 GB.

Communications

Standard set of protocols - Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 (no LE support) - full set of standard profiles, WCDMA - 900/2100 MHz. As you can see, the device cannot boast of anything special or unusual.

Camera

There is a 5-megapixel module here, no flash. The impression from the camera is average - a typical budget solution that does not produce particularly high-quality images. Comparable to budget devices below the class. With all the ensuing consequences.

Dual SIM - how it works

On the main screen, when a second SIM card is installed, the second tile of the phone is shown, all calls from the second card are made there. That is, it turns out that you have two lists, they are separate and not merged in any way. Here you can discuss for a long time whether this is convenient, perhaps one general list indicating which card it is, would be much more convenient - it is more familiar in terms of the mass of other phones with two SIM cards.

Another thing to remember is that there is only one radio module in the phone, so simultaneous operation of SIM-cards is not provided. In the settings, you can select the SIM card that will be used for data transfer.

Software - Windows Phone 8.1

A budget phone on Windows Phone 8.1, and that says it all. Unlike Lumia, there are no additional programs from Nokia, but they do not change the perception of the platform, rather come to the fore hardware specifications - this is so for budget devices.

The innovations of the system are described in detail in the review of Windows Phone 8.1, I see no reason to repeat myself - everything is standard here.

There are no applications of its own in this device, as a result, we can say that this is a clean and uncluttered Windows Phone.

Impressions

For a long time I have not seen budget devices in which the main function would not be implemented very well. The phone has one microphone, and it is located in such a way that with an average wind it starts to blow out, your interlocutor can hardly hear you. I don't know why they did it this way, but in general, Era Windows is inferior to all budget devices in terms of voice quality - unless you are always talking indoors. The volume of the speaker is excellent, it is vociferous, at maximum volume there are distortions, the speaker wheezes. The vibrating alert is felt, although I would like it to be stronger.

I can note one of the advantages of the device - a good screen, which outperforms the Lumia 530. Everything else is noticeably worse - performance is lower, there are slowdowns in the interface, the battery works noticeably less, and it is basically impossible to use the device for a long time. The model turned out to be unfinished, they were clearly in a hurry to bring it to the market and therefore did not bring it to the desired condition.

The price of this device is 3,990 rubles, which is a thousand less than the Lumia 530. If you want to get acquainted with the Windows Phone platform and not spend a lot of money, then this is not the option, it is better to buy Lumia. Although if you really get acquainted, then take not so budget devices, but something with 1 GB of memory.

I get the feeling that all the manufacturers who were “helped” with the development and its payment by Microsoft launched raw budget Windows Phone models on the market, it’s unlikely that Fly tried hard here to undermine the missing interest in the platform. Speaking specifically about Fly Era Windows, I would like to note that you definitely cannot buy it, it is a very raw model. It's a pity, but Windows Phone with such devices will not just not take off, but rather get a bad reputation.

Review of budget Windows Phone smartphone Fly Era Windows IQ400W

In mid-2014, Microsoft was left without partners that would produce Windows Phone devices, Nokia's sales share fell both in relative and absolute terms. As a result, Microsoft rushed to put out the fire and offered money for the development and production of small B-brands. The same Huawei abandoned the platform, as it did not see a future for it in the short term. The partners were offered to create inexpensive devices in a short time, which, in theory, were supposed to compete with their Android counterparts. In practice, it turned out that these models, which attract Nokia sales, do not stand out against the general background and, like all smartphones on Windows Phone, are noticeably more expensive than their Android counterparts. Such a niche offer.

I was wondering how the rush to create such devices will affect their quality, because the crisis that Microsoft faced required hasty decisions. Now I have an answer to this question - and after reading this review, you will have it too.

I'll start with a funny moment - all Windows Phone devices are manufactured on Qualcomm processors, so what was my surprise when I saw an indication of a MediaTek 6582 processor (4 cores, 1.2 GHz) on the Fly box. I thought it was a mistake, looked at the Fly website - exactly the same processor is indicated there.

In the process of finding out the details, I finally found out that it was Snapdragon 200 - they were just in a hurry and therefore confused everything in the world. For a long time I have not seen such haste that one of the key characteristics is confused. In principle, this device was created very quickly in all respects, and below we will talk about what this affected.

In terms of positioning, this model is for those who want to buy the cheapest Windows Phone. Why someone might want to buy a budget Windows Phone phone, I absolutely do not understand - what should happen in a person's mind in order to take such a step, it's hard to say. Try the platform? But then it should be done on more productive solutions. For everyday life, such solutions are not very convenient, they frankly lose to the same Android, but first things first.

Design, dimensions, controls

In the small Windows Phone market, phones from Nokia definitely set the tone - they are bright, well-assembled, in terms of hardware there can be no serious complaints about them in the current generation - everything is stable and plus or minus good. It's usually the operating system that messes things up, but that's another part of the story.

In Fly Era Windows, the case was made by analogy with many Nokias - a kind of slipper that is put on the main board of the device. Due to this design, the assembly is excellent, no squeaks and the like. But unlike Nokia, there is no color variety here, the device is available in one color - black.

The dimensions of the phone are 125.5x65x10.7 mm, the weight is 119 grams. Very small, compact - fits well in the hand, although the plastic is glossy and rather slippery. Look at this device next to a classmate - Lumia 530.

Compared to Lumia 530

I like the look of Lumia more, although it is a little larger - the point is that Fly turned out to be boring and similar to most budget devices, there are no special features.

There is a black dot pasted over the screen, this is the first time I shoot it in the video and I don’t really understand what it is. It is possible that there is a light sensor in this place, but it is still not visible - such a “design” is confusing, and I have almost never seen it in phones. Why should the user puzzle over what this point is?

There is an on/off button on the right side, and a twin volume rocker on the left side. On the bottom end there is a microUSB connector, but on the top end there is a standard 3.5 mm connector.

There are two slots for full-size SIM cards inside the case, as well as a slot for memory cards. The device has a front camera for calls (0.3 megapixels), as well as touch keys under the screen.

Display

Regular 4-inch screen with a resolution of 480x800 pixels, IPS. Compared to a similar screen on the Lumia 530, this one definitely wins - the picture quality is noticeably higher, it looks better in all conditions. And this despite the lower cost of the device.

The differences are striking. This is one of the few parameters in which Fly outperforms Lumia.

In the sun, the screen remains readable. But if we talk about the quality of the screen in relation to the entire market, then there is nothing special here - this is a familiar and ordinary budget screen.

Battery

Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery, which is the same as similar solutions on Windows Phone, claimed time - up to 6 hours of talk time, up to 122 hours of standby time, 23.5 hours of music listening. By comparison, the Lumia 530 has a standby time of 22 days, which is a huge difference. In practice, everything turned out to be even worse than I could have imagined - only with the SIM card installed, the device lived for a little more than a day (nothing was done to it). When using the phone (calls, SMS, a minimum of social activities), he lived until the evening. When trying to use it at least a little more actively, it turned out that he sat down by lunchtime. This is an absolutely abnormal situation, I got the impression that this is a marriage of a particular instance - but it turned out that they all live something like this, these are the features of this model.

Apparently, the haste led to the fact that something was not completed, and therefore the work time is so small. From what I noticed - when fully discharged, if you turn on the phone at the moment when you started charging it, it may not boot up immediately, but shine on the screen for quite a long time and not show anything. Then at some point he "wakes up". The total charging time of the device is about 2 hours.

Memory, performance, hardware

The Windows Phone platform is so standardized that it usually does not present any special surprises - but with the advent of devices from B-brands, apparently, everything will change, and in a drastic way. I already pointed out the confusion with the chipset - there is a Snapdragon 200, MSM8212, 4 cores 1.2 GHz. The amount of RAM is 512 MB, which is not enough for many "heavy" applications, so you can't even download them to your phone, they won't show up in the store for this device. But for the interface, this has always been normal - it worked quickly and was responsive.

Well, we can congratulate Microsoft that the rush to fight for market share has led to the fall of another bastion, now Windows Phone slows down in the interface, despite the rather powerful processor compared to two-year-old models (the issue is software optimization and drivers specific model).

When you try to quickly scroll through the lists, the phone may think, quick switching between applications after sleep also causes difficulties - in a word, the typical smoothness of Windows Phone is not here, this device is clearly out of the crowd. Let me remind you that in the Lumia 530 I did not like how fonts were smeared across the screen when scrolling, there it was related to the quality of the screen, but not to performance. It is performance that suffers right there.

In benchmarks, everything is quite typical - the results are comparable to the same Lumia 530, which once again proves the artificiality of such indicators, they do not give a real idea of ​​​​what you will encounter in life.

Fly Era Windows IQ400W

Internal memory in the device is 4 GB, you can put a memory card up to 32 GB.

Communications

Standard set of protocols - Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, USB 2.0, Bluetooth 3.0 (no LE support) - full set of standard profiles, WCDMA - 900/2100 MHz. As you can see, the device cannot boast of anything special or unusual.

Camera

There is a 5-megapixel module here, no flash. The impression from the camera is average - a typical budget solution that does not produce particularly high-quality images. Comparable to budget devices below the class. With all the ensuing consequences.

Dual SIM - how it works

On the main screen, when a second SIM card is installed, the second tile of the phone is shown, all calls from the second card are made there. That is, it turns out that you have two lists, they are separate and not merged in any way. Here you can discuss for a long time whether this is convenient, perhaps one general list indicating which card it is, would be much more convenient - it is more familiar in terms of the mass of other phones with two SIM cards.

Another thing to remember is that there is only one radio module in the phone, so simultaneous operation of SIM-cards is not provided. In the settings, you can select the SIM card that will be used for data transfer.

Software - Windows Phone 8.1

A budget phone on Windows Phone 8.1, and that says it all. Unlike Lumia, there are no additional programs from Nokia, but they do not change the perception of the platform in any way, rather, hardware characteristics come to the fore - this is true for budget devices.

Budget phone on Windows Phone 8.1, and that says it all. Unlike Lumia, there are no additional programs from Nokia, but they do not change the perception of the platform in any way, rather, hardware characteristics come to the fore - this is true for budget devices.

The innovations of the system are described in detail in the review of Windows Phone 8.1, I see no reason to repeat myself - everything is standard here.

There are no applications of its own in this device, as a result, we can say that this is a clean and uncluttered Windows Phone.

Impressions

For a long time I have not seen budget devices in which the main function would not be implemented very well. The phone has one microphone, and it is located in such a way that with an average wind it starts to blow out, your interlocutor can hardly hear you. I don't know why they did it this way, but in general, Era Windows is inferior to all budget devices in terms of voice quality - unless you are always talking indoors. The volume of the speaker is excellent, it is vociferous, at maximum volume there are distortions, the speaker wheezes. The vibrating alert is felt, although I would like it to be stronger.

I can note one of the advantages of the device - a good screen, which outperforms the Lumia 530. Everything else is noticeably worse - performance is lower, there are slowdowns in the interface, the battery works noticeably less, and it is basically impossible to use the device for a long time. The model turned out to be unfinished, they were clearly in a hurry to bring it to the market and therefore did not bring it to the desired condition.

The price of this device is 3,990 rubles, which is a thousand less than the Lumia 530. If you want to get acquainted with the Windows Phone platform and not spend a lot of money, then this is not the option, it is better to buy Lumia. Although if you really get acquainted, then take not so budget devices, but something with 1 GB of memory.

I get the feeling that all the manufacturers who were “helped” with the development and its payment by Microsoft launched raw budget Windows Phone models on the market, it’s unlikely that Fly tried hard here to undermine the missing interest in the platform. Speaking specifically about Fly Era Windows, I would like to note that you definitely cannot buy it, it is a very raw model. It's a pity, but Windows Phone with such devices will not just not take off, but rather get a bad reputation.