Rakuten Hand review

It's quite funny to remember that 7-inch screens were once considered the prerogative of compact tablets. In recent years, the displays of flagship smartphones have been confidently and smoothly approaching this conditional border, and by 2020 they have practically stepped over it. We already have Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (6.9 inches), Mi11 (6.8 inches) and many other flagships. I’m already silent about the Galaxy Fold with its amount of screen space when unfolded. If we take state employees, then, for example, the Honor 8X Max model with its monstrous 7.1-inch screen appeared at all in 2018.

Rakuten Hand review

Although we have to admit that due to different aspect ratios and very thin bezels around the screen, modern smartphones with similar diagonals are still smaller in size than even the most compact tablets of the past. The picture shows a 7-inch tablet Sharp Aquos Tab SH-05G from the distant 2015.

And the larger the screens become, the more indignation on the Internet like "we want a modern smartphone, but to be compact." The reasons are different: someone wants to use the device with one hand, someone does not like a lot of weight, and someone does not want a huge bar sticking out of the pocket of fashionable chinos. It would seem that manufacturers should have smelled a gold mine for a long time and actively produce such devices, but things are still there.

Rakuten Hand review

Apple's failed experiment called the iPhone 12 mini and its more successful comrade iPhone SE (2020)

"That's where we break in," said Japanese corporate giant Rakuten. They decided to create a smartphone for those for whom modern devices are too large, and the previously presented Rakuten Mini, like the Palm Phone (2019), is too small. This is how Rakuten Hand was born.

Rakuten Hand review

Flirting with the name Hand all too obviously refers us to the Palm brand, although Rakuten's real competitor for the Palm Phone is still the Mini. We will tell about it sometime later.

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Specifications

  • Operating system: OS Android 10 Q, 100% Russification
  • Standards support: 3G, LTE
  • Processor: 2.3GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • ROM: 64 GB
  • Display: 5.1", HD+, 1520x720 pix, OLED, 16 million colors
  • Main camera: dual, 48+2 MP, CMOS, autofocus, LED flash
  • Front camera: 16 MP, CMOS
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • FaceID
  • NFC
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Water, moisture and dust resistant (IPX2, IP5X)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 2750 mAh
  • Dimensions: 138x63x9.5mm
  • Weight: 129 g
  • SIM format: eSIM

Delivery set

The package bundle of the smartphone is standard, although by the standards of Japanese phones it can even be called rich. Together with the device, the user receives a high-quality USB cable and a simple 10 W power supply, although for some reason it is white even for a black device. There are no headphones or a case here, although a simple bumper would be very relevant. But thanks for that.

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Appearance

Similar to the Mini, Rakuten is not actually the manufacturer of this smartphone. In all sorts of benchmarks and web reports, this device is displayed under the name Tinno P710. Shenzhen Tinno Mobile Technology is the real smartphone manufacturer, which Rakuten doesn't really hide. If the name of this Chinese company does not mean anything to you, then this is quite normal. Just know that under OEM contracts, she makes devices for a bunch of different brands: Philips, Haier, BQ, Fly, Explay, INOI, Micromax, Karbonn, and many others. And even Panasonic and Sharp ordered from them the development and production of models for Asian markets. Therefore, it is not surprising that we will not see anything new in the design of Rakuten Hand.

Rakuten Hand review

This is the same "realm of gloss", which is subjectively set on edge and objectively impractical. The device is presented in three colors: black, white and red. All three will have a black face. To say that the reviewed black version is boring is to say nothing.

Rakuten Hand review

There is not only a USB Type-C connector, but also a full-fledged mini-jack for headphones. Once upon a time, I would not have thought that this would be a serious advantage for me.

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The standard set of buttons on the right side of the smartphone pleased with a clear click and convenient location. Although, for old times' sake, on such a small device, you want to find the off button on top, it would be generally chic.

Rakuten Hand review

There is a fingerprint sensor under the screen, and it works just fine, even without taking into account the class of the smartphone. Let's put it this way: there are also faster scanners, but the difference is almost imperceptible.

Rakuten Hand review

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There are no trays in the smartphone: the user will have to get himself an eSIM and be content with 64 GB of internal storage. But there is a two-color LED indicator on the front panel. In the settings, you can choose which events this LED will notify about.

Rakuten Hand review

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

Two protruding camera modules do not allow the smartphone to lie flat on a horizontal surface, but they help to instantly distinguish the equally smooth sides of the device by touch. This may seem like a strange advantage, but when you take your smartphone out of your pocket or bag, such tactile "landmarks" are quite useful.

Rakuten Hand review

Well, a few words about the main trump card of the device - its compactness. I can definitely say for sure that this is one of the most convenient smartphones for those who care about “one-handedness”. You can reach almost anywhere on the screen with your thumb without intercepting the device. The smartphone can easily be wrapped around the palm of your hand, and thanks to its modest dimensions, sloping edges, and glossy surfaces, it easily dives into the pocket of any trousers. And due to the weight of 129 grams in this very pocket, the smartphone is almost not felt.

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

On the other hand, it is precisely because of this gloss and rounded sides that the smartphone is very slippery. The screen is covered with unknown glass, the back panel is plastic. There is no shock protection familiar to other "Japanese" here, as well as full-fledged moisture protection. Therefore, the cover here is more of a necessity than a whim. The manufacturer offers both a silicone bumper and "leather" cases in the color of the smartphone.

Rakuten Hand review

Compared to any current smartphone, the Hand looks like a baby, although in fact six years ago it would have been quite commensurate with all current flagships. However, if you compare it with the "younger brother" Rakuten Mini (3.6-inch screen diagonal), the dimensions of the Hand no longer seem miniature.

Rakuten Hand review

Display

The Rakuten Hand screen is good, but there aren't enough stars from the sky. The resolution here is low, especially for an AMOLED screen. But because of the small diagonal, I did not notice any terrible looseness. In any case, this is not a phone that will read scanned pdf files a lot, but for all other purposes, a screen density of just over 300 ppi is enough.

Rakuten Hand review

The matrix is ​​quite bright, however, on a sunny day, its brightness is enough back to back. AMOLED technology produces rich colors and deep blacks. On the other hand, the matrix here is obviously budgetary, which means that there is even too much saturation. And no customization is provided.

Rakuten Hand review

A simple on-screen QWERTY keyboard is uncomfortable to use on such a screen. Interestingly, this was not previously a problem on smartphones with the same screen size. It turned out to be the fastest way to enter text with swipes, so as not to accustom yourself to small buttons again.

Rakuten Hand review

Communications

Rakuten Hand is the first smartphone I have tested that does not work at all in 2G networks. Let me briefly explain the situation. All Japanese operators have been gradually stopping service of 2G towers since 2012, and by 2022 it is planned to stop 3G equipment. 4G networks should become basic throughout the country, and 5G will thus develop even faster. The freed frequencies will be transferred to new networks (thanks to Dynamic Spectrum Sharing), and the abandonment of old technologies will reduce costs. Progress and prosperity, as they say.

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As for the monitored device, I did not find any serious problems with its use. As it turned out, coverage with 3G and 4G networks is quite enough within a large city and its suburbs. I believe that for a resident of most large Russian cities, this will be relevant. In Rakuten Hand, to complete the picture, only support for the 8th UMTS band and the 20th LTE band is missing. But their absence certainly does not prevent you from using communications within a densely built-up city. In addition, there is support for VoLTE, which allows you to use 4G networks for calls. The device catches the network confidently, but sometimes it switches too aggressively from tower to tower without special need.

Rakuten Hand review

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There were also no particular problems with eSIM, which is uncontested here - there is no slot for a physical card in Hand. Even in such a very provincial city as Taganrog, it turned out to find an MTS office, where they were able to issue a kit for connecting an electronic SIM card. In addition, eSIM can now be bought online, with authorization through the "Gosuslugi". The convenience of an electronic card is obvious: you can get a SIM card instantly and anywhere, you can store as many of them in your phone as you like, and for traveling you can connect to a local operator while still at home.

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As for the rest of the communication options, everything is fine here. The Bluetooth 5.0 module keeps a strong connection with all peripherals, even if several types of devices are connected at the same time. There is support for most of the codecs of the aptX family (HD, Adaptive, TWS +) - you will not find this on all state employees. NFC also works for contactless payment, however, there is no support for Mifare tags for reading transport cards.

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The device catches Wi-Fi networks very confidently. The 5 GHz band is available for both connection and distribution through an access point, and you can even create two points at the same time at different frequencies. Dual-band GPS picks up satellites in seconds and catches the signal of most available systems (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS).

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Performance and Software

Based on the characteristics of the device, it can be a stretch to say that Rakuten Hand is a typical representative of the “middle class” of smartphones. Here, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset is not the worst, and fairly fast LPDDR4x RAM. On the other hand, the amount of this very "RAM" is at the lowest threshold of subjective "sufficiency".

By "sufficiency" I mean that the phone works smartly in everyday household tasks and does not make you nervous from the banal loading of a heavy tab in the browser. Lists scroll smoothly, applications from the recently launched list are called quickly. There is also a partial merit of the shell based on "pure" Android 10, without any manufacturer's inventions.

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The only "prank" that Rakuten allowed themselves was the installation of an unusual launcher, which supposedly should be more convenient on a small screen. In fact, it is very inconvenient, illogical and generally superfluous. In the settings, you can select the standard "Google" launcher.

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By the way, even all the pre-installed operator software (after all, this is a smartphone for Rakuten Mobile subscribers) can be simply deleted here, these applications are not system applications. The shell interface is almost completely Russified, some menu items remained in English.

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Immediately after the first power on, the latest security patch arrived on the phone, which is very nice. Not every manufacturer of budget devices updates their devices at all.

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However, you should not count on something more serious than simple everyday tasks. For nothing that the chipset used is called "gaming". For example, the game WoT Blitz here is really good only on the minimum settings. Even on medium, the game can sag in FPS if there are many players on the battlefield at the same time. Simultaneous operation of two resource-intensive applications is also excluded, besides, due to the small diagonal, screen division practically does not make sense. In general, the performance is not flagship, and if you are looking for monstrous power in a compact package, then this is not the place for you. For connoisseurs of benchmarks, by tradition, I will attach a couple of screenshots.

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Battery

The battery life of the Rakuten Hand is one of those rare occasions where a small battery doesn't mean constantly looking for a power outlet. The battery lasts for a very active day of use. Working in the "messengers, navigation, browsing, calls" mode and a stable 6 hours of the screen is a very real result. If you use the device in moderate mode, then two days of work is quite achievable. The low screen resolution and energy-efficient chipset do their job.

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There is no fast charging here, and it is not needed with such a large battery. It's funny that the smartphone writes about "fast charging" when connected to a regular 10 W unit, and when connected to a laptop - about "slow". Wireless charging here would subjectively not interfere, but its device is also deprived.

Cameras

I can't say anything good about the Rakuten Hand camera, just like something terrible. This is a typical camera for the conditional "lower-middle" class. It shoots well, but only as long as there is good light. In the absence of such, a lot of noise appears, the noise reduction tries to fix it, and the pictures become even worse.

In general, as an everyday “soap box” for photos, Hand copes, but nothing more. Fortunately, the interface of the camera application here is very minimalistic and does not require any manual settings at all. It is correct.

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Ниже представлены примеры фото на камеры Rakuten Hand

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Стабилизации здесь нет, поэтому видеосъемка – вообще его слабая часть. Ниже – пример видео.

Заключение

Что мы имеем в итоге? Очень компактный и весьма эргономичный аппарат с не самой плохой начинкой. Можно с натяжкой сказать, что это бюджетный Google Pixel в компактном формате. Конкурентов у него в своем небольшом сегменте нет. Единственный актуальный смартфон со схожими габаритами – iPhone 12 mini. Стоит он в три раза дороже (около 60 тыс. руб. против 21 тыс.). С натяжкой сюда можно добавить и iPhone SE (2020) – он заметно шире обозреваемого устройства. Здесь разница в цене уже не так велика, «всего лишь» двукратная.

Rakuten Hand review

From left to right: Pixel 5, Rakuten Hand, iPhone 12 mini

In the world of Android smartphones, there is nothing similar at all. The only alternative here is to buy a three-four-year-old A-brand flagship, put a new battery in it, flash custom firmware with the latest possible OS version and end up with almost everything the same. Yes, the flagships of the past, as a rule, still have the best cameras, but are beautiful photos worth all the other difficulties? Rhetorical question.

Rakuten Hand review

For example, Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact - similar dimensions, better camera and performance. Autonomy is not a delight, especially considering the age of two, but there are more communication ranges. It’s just that finding a “live” copy is getting harder and harder, given the initially high level of marriage.

It's a completely different matter if the notorious compactness doesn't bother you at all. In this case, the Rakuten Hand is absolutely not your device, and I would advise you to choose any other option available on the market. In the end, with all the people suffering from a compact and powerful smartphone, this segment has almost disappeared. And even the longtime apologist for compactness, Sony, went on about the public, stretching its latest “compact” Xperia 5 II vertically to unknown sizes. What can we say about the iPhone 12 mini, the pace of sales of which did not at all satisfy the expectations of the "big bosses" from Cupertino. As a result, its production was simply stopped, cutting off the thin hope for the heir to the "Mini" in the new model year. Compactness is not in trend, gentlemen.

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From left to right: Fujitsu ARROWS 5G, Sharp AQUOS ZERO2, Fujitsu ARROWS NX9, Sharp AQUOS sense4, Rakuten Hand

Rakuten Hand review

It's quite funny to remember that 7-inch screens were once considered the prerogative of compact tablets. In recent years, the displays of flagship smartphones have been confidently and smoothly approaching this conditional border, and by 2020 they have practically stepped over it. We already have Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (6.9 inches), Mi11 (6.8 inches) and many other flagships. I’m already silent about the Galaxy Fold with its amount of screen space when unfolded. If we take state employees, then, for example, the Honor 8X Max model with its monstrous 7.1-inch screen appeared at all in 2018.

Rakuten Hand review

Although we have to admit that due to different aspect ratios and very thin bezels around the screen, modern smartphones with similar diagonals are still smaller in size than even the most compact tablets of the past. The picture shows a 7-inch tablet Sharp Aquos Tab SH-05G from the distant 2015.

And the larger the screens become, the more indignation on the Internet like "we want a modern smartphone, but to be compact." The reasons are different: someone wants to use the device with one hand, someone does not like a lot of weight, and someone does not want a huge bar sticking out of the pocket of fashionable chinos. It would seem that manufacturers should have smelled a gold mine for a long time and actively produce such devices, but things are still there.

Rakuten Hand review

Apple's failed experiment called the iPhone 12 mini and its more successful comrade iPhone SE (2020)

"That's where we break in," said Japanese corporate giant Rakuten. They decided to create a smartphone for those for whom modern devices are too large, and the previously presented Rakuten Mini, like the Palm Phone (2019), is too small. This is how Rakuten Hand was born.

Rakuten Hand review

Flirting with the name Hand all too obviously refers us to the Palm brand, although Rakuten's real competitor for the Palm Phone is still the Mini. We will tell about it sometime later.

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Specifications

  • Operating system: OS Android 10 Q, 100% Russification
  • Standards support: 3G, LTE
  • Processor: 2.3GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • ROM: 64 GB
  • Display: 5.1", HD+, 1520x720 pix, OLED, 16 million colors
  • Main camera: dual, 48+2 MP, CMOS, autofocus, LED flash
  • Front camera: 16 MP, CMOS
  • In-screen fingerprint reader
  • FaceID
  • NFC
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Water, moisture and dust resistant (IPX2, IP5X)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 2750 mAh
  • Dimensions: 138x63x9.5mm
  • Weight: 129 g
  • SIM format: eSIM

Delivery set

The package bundle of the smartphone is standard, although by the standards of Japanese phones it can even be called rich. Together with the device, the user receives a high-quality USB cable and a simple 10 W power supply, although for some reason it is white even for a black device. There are no headphones or a case here, although a simple bumper would be very relevant. But thanks for that.

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Appearance

Similar to the Mini, Rakuten is not actually the manufacturer of this smartphone. In all sorts of benchmarks and web reports, this device is displayed under the name Tinno P710. Shenzhen Tinno Mobile Technology is the real smartphone manufacturer, which Rakuten doesn't really hide. If the name of this Chinese company does not mean anything to you, then this is quite normal. Just know that under OEM contracts, she makes devices for a bunch of different brands: Philips, Haier, BQ, Fly, Explay, INOI, Micromax, Karbonn, and many others. And even Panasonic and Sharp ordered from them the development and production of models for Asian markets. Therefore, it is not surprising that we will not see anything new in the design of Rakuten Hand.

Rakuten Hand review

This is the same "realm of gloss", which is subjectively set on edge and objectively impractical. The device is presented in three colors: black, white and red. All three will have a black face. To say that the reviewed black version is boring is to say nothing.

Rakuten Hand review

There is not only a USB Type-C connector, but also a full-fledged mini-jack for headphones. Once upon a time, I would not have thought that this would be a serious advantage for me.

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

The standard set of buttons on the right side of the smartphone pleased with a clear click and convenient location. Although, for old times' sake, on such a small device, you want to find the off button on top, it would be generally chic.

Rakuten Hand review

There is a fingerprint sensor under the screen, and it works just fine, even without taking into account the class of the smartphone. Let's put it this way: there are also faster scanners, but the difference is almost imperceptible.

Rakuten Hand review

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

There are no trays in the smartphone: the user will have to get himself an eSIM and be content with 64 GB of internal storage. But there is a two-color LED indicator on the front panel. In the settings, you can choose which events this LED will notify about.

Rakuten Hand review

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

Two protruding camera modules do not allow the smartphone to lie flat on a horizontal surface, but they help to instantly distinguish the equally smooth sides of the device by touch. This may seem like a strange advantage, but when you take your smartphone out of your pocket or bag, such tactile "landmarks" are quite useful.

Rakuten Hand review

Well, a few words about the main trump card of the device - its compactness. I can definitely say for sure that this is one of the most convenient smartphones for those who care about “one-handedness”. You can reach almost anywhere on the screen with your thumb without intercepting the device. The smartphone can easily be wrapped around the palm of your hand, and thanks to its modest dimensions, sloping edges, and glossy surfaces, it easily dives into the pocket of any trousers. And due to the weight of 129 grams in this very pocket, the smartphone is almost not felt.

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

On the other hand, it is precisely because of this gloss and rounded sides that the smartphone is very slippery. The screen is covered with unknown glass, the back panel is plastic. There is no shock protection familiar to other "Japanese" here, as well as full-fledged moisture protection. Therefore, the case here is more of a necessity than a whim. The manufacturer offers both a silicone bumper and "leather" cases in the color of the smartphone.

Rakuten Hand review

Compared to any current smartphone, the Hand looks like a baby, although in fact six years ago it would have been quite commensurate with all current flagships. However, if you compare it with the "younger brother" Rakuten Mini (3.6-inch screen diagonal), the dimensions of the Hand no longer seem miniature.

Rakuten Hand review

Display

The Rakuten Hand screen is good, but there aren't enough stars from the sky. The resolution here is low, especially for an AMOLED screen. But because of the small diagonal, I did not notice any terrible looseness. In any case, this is not a phone that will read scanned pdf files a lot, but for all other purposes, a screen density of just over 300 ppi is enough.

Rakuten Hand review

The matrix is ​​quite bright, however, on a sunny day, its brightness is enough back to back. AMOLED technology produces rich colors and deep blacks. On the other hand, the matrix here is obviously budgetary, which means that there is even too much saturation. And no customization is provided.

Rakuten Hand review

A simple on-screen QWERTY keyboard is uncomfortable to use on such a screen. Interestingly, this was not previously a problem on smartphones with the same screen size. It turned out to be the fastest way to enter text with swipes, so as not to accustom yourself to small buttons again.

Rakuten Hand review

Communications

Rakuten Hand is the first smartphone I have tested that does not work at all in 2G networks. Let me briefly explain the situation. All Japanese operators have been gradually stopping service of 2G towers since 2012, and by 2022 it is planned to stop 3G equipment. 4G networks should become basic throughout the country, and 5G will thus develop even faster. The freed frequencies will be transferred to new networks (thanks to Dynamic Spectrum Sharing), and the abandonment of old technologies will reduce costs. Progress and prosperity, as they say.

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

As for the monitored device, I did not find any serious problems with its use. As it turned out, coverage with 3G and 4G networks is quite enough within a large city and its suburbs. I believe that for a resident of most large Russian cities, this will be relevant. In Rakuten Hand, to complete the picture, only support for the 8th UMTS band and the 20th LTE band is missing. But their absence certainly does not prevent you from using communications within a densely built-up city. In addition, there is support for VoLTE, which allows you to use 4G networks for calls. The device catches the network confidently, but sometimes it switches too aggressively from tower to tower without special need.

Rakuten Hand review

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There were also no particular problems with eSIM, which is uncontested here - there is no slot for a physical card in Hand. Even in such a very provincial city as Taganrog, it turned out to find an MTS office, where they were able to issue a kit for connecting an electronic SIM card. In addition, eSIM can now be bought online, with authorization through the "Gosuslugi". The convenience of an electronic card is obvious: you can get a SIM card instantly and anywhere, you can store as many of them in your phone as you like, and for traveling you can connect to a local operator while still at home.

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

As for the rest of the communication options, everything is fine here. The Bluetooth 5.0 module keeps a strong connection with all peripherals, even if several types of devices are connected at the same time. There is support for most of the codecs of the aptX family (HD, Adaptive, TWS +) - you will not find this on all state employees. NFC also works for contactless payment, however, there is no support for Mifare tags for reading transport cards.

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

The device catches Wi-Fi networks very confidently. The 5 GHz band is available for both connection and distribution through an access point, and you can even create two points at the same time at different frequencies. Dual-band GPS picks up satellites in seconds and catches the signal of most available systems (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS).

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Performance and Software

Based on the characteristics of the device, it can be a stretch to say that Rakuten Hand is a typical representative of the “middle class” of smartphones. Here is not the worst Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, and fast enough LPDDR4x RAM. On the other hand, the amount of this very "RAM" is at the lowest threshold of subjective "sufficiency".

By "sufficiency" I mean that the phone works smartly in everyday household tasks and does not make you nervous from the banal loading of a heavy tab in the browser. Lists scroll smoothly, applications from the recently launched list are called quickly. There is also a partial merit of the shell based on "pure" Android 10, without any manufacturer's inventions.

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

The only "prank" that Rakuten allowed themselves was the installation of an unusual launcher, which supposedly should be more convenient on a small screen. In fact, it is very inconvenient, illogical and generally superfluous. In the settings, you can select the standard "Google" launcher.

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By the way, even all the pre-installed operator software (after all, this is a smartphone for Rakuten Mobile subscribers) can be simply deleted here, these applications are not system applications. The shell interface is almost completely Russified, some menu items remained in English.

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Immediately after the first power on, the latest security patch arrived on the phone, which is very nice. Not every manufacturer of budget devices updates their devices at all.

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

However, you should not count on something more serious than simple everyday tasks. For nothing that the chipset used is called "gaming". For example, the game WoT Blitz here is really good only on the minimum settings. Even on medium, the game can sag in FPS if there are many players on the battlefield at the same time. Simultaneous operation of two resource-intensive applications is also excluded, besides, due to the small diagonal, screen division practically does not make sense. In general, the performance is not flagship, and if you are looking for monstrous power in a compact package, then this is not the place for you. For connoisseurs of benchmarks, by tradition, I will attach a couple of screenshots.

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Battery

The battery life of the Rakuten Hand is one of those rare occasions where a small battery doesn't mean constantly looking for a power outlet. The battery lasts for a very active day of use. Working in the "messengers, navigation, browsing, calls" mode and a stable 6 hours of the screen is a very real result. If you use the device in moderate mode, then two days of work is quite achievable. The low screen resolution and energy-efficient chipset do their job.

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There is no fast charging here, and it is not needed with such a large battery. It's funny that the smartphone writes about "fast charging" when connected to a regular 10 W unit, and when connected to a laptop - about "slow". Wireless charging here would subjectively not interfere, but its device is also deprived.

Cameras

I can't say anything good about the Rakuten Hand camera, just like something terrible. This is a typical camera for the conditional "lower-middle" class. It shoots well, but only as long as there is good light. In the absence of this, a lot of noise appears, the noise reduction tries to fix it, and the pictures become even worse.

In general, as an everyday "soap dish" for photos, Hand copes, but nothing more. Fortunately, the camera application interface here is very minimalistic and does not require any manual settings at all. It is correct.

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Ниже представлены примеры фото на камеры Rakuten Hand

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Стабилизации здесь нет, поэтому видеосъемка – вообще его слабая часть. Ниже – пример видео.

Заключение

Что мы имеем в итоге? Очень компактный и весьма эргономичный аппарат с не самой плохой начинкой. Можно с натяжкой сказать, что это бюджетный Google Pixel в компактном формате. Конкурентов у него в своем небольшом сегменте нет. Единственный актуальный смартфон со схожими габаритами – iPhone 12 mini. Стоит он в три раза дороже (около 60 тыс. руб. против 21 тыс.). С натяжкой сюда можно добавить и iPhone SE (2020) – он заметно шире обозреваемого устройства. Здесь разница в цене уже не так велика, «всего лишь» двукратная.

Rakuten Hand review

Left to right: Pixel 5, Rakuten Hand, iPhone 12 mini

In the world of Android smartphones, there is nothing similar at all. The only alternative here is to buy a three-four-year-old A-brand flagship, put a new battery in it, flash custom firmware with the latest possible OS version and end up with almost everything the same. Yes, the flagships of the past, as a rule, still have the best cameras, but are beautiful photos worth all the other difficulties? Rhetorical question.

Rakuten Hand review

For example, Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact - similar dimensions, better camera and performance. Autonomy is not a delight, especially considering the age of two, but there are more communication ranges. It’s just that finding a “live” copy is getting harder, given the initially high level of marriage.

It's a completely different matter if the notorious compactness doesn't bother you at all. In this case, the Rakuten Hand is absolutely not your device, and I would advise you to choose any other option available on the market. In the end, with all the people who suffer from a compact and powerful smartphone, this segment has almost disappeared. And even the longtime apologist for compactness, Sony, went on about the public, stretching its latest “compact” Xperia 5 II vertically to unknown sizes. What can we say about the iPhone 12 mini, the pace of sales of which did not at all satisfy the expectations of the "big bosses" from Cupertino. As a result, its production was simply stopped, cutting off the thin hope for the heir to the "Mini" in the new model year. Compactness is not in trend, gentlemen.

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From left to right: Fujitsu ARROWS 5G, Sharp AQUOS ZERO2, Fujitsu ARROWS NX9, Sharp AQUOS sense4, Rakuten Hand

Rakuten Hand review

It's quite funny to remember that 7-inch screens were once considered the prerogative of compact tablets. In recent years, the displays of flagship smartphones have been confidently and smoothly approaching this conditional border, and by 2020 they have practically stepped over it. We already have Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (6.9 inches), Mi11 (6.8 inches) and many other flagships. I’m already silent about the Galaxy Fold with its amount of screen space when unfolded. If we take state employees, then, for example, the Honor 8X Max model with its monstrous 7.1-inch screen appeared at all in 2018.

Rakuten Hand review

Although we have to admit that due to different aspect ratios and very thin bezels around the screen, modern smartphones with similar diagonals are still smaller in size than even the most compact tablets of the past. The picture shows a 7-inch tablet Sharp Aquos Tab SH-05G from the distant 2015.

And the larger the screens become, the more indignation on the Internet like "we want a modern smartphone, but to be compact." The reasons are different: someone wants to use the device with one hand, someone does not like a lot of weight, and someone does not want a huge bar sticking out of the pocket of fashionable chinos. It would seem that manufacturers should have smelled a gold mine for a long time and actively produce such devices, but things are still there.

Rakuten Hand review

Apple's failed experiment called the iPhone 12 mini and its more successful comrade iPhone SE (2020)

"That's where we break in," said Japanese corporate giant Rakuten. They decided to create a smartphone for those for whom modern devices are too large, and the previously presented Rakuten Mini, like the Palm Phone (2019), is too small. This is how Rakuten Hand was born.

Rakuten Hand review

Flirting with the name Hand all too obviously refers us to the Palm brand, although Rakuten's real competitor for the Palm Phone is still the Mini. We will tell about it sometime later.

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Specifications

  • Operating system: OS Android 10 Q, 100% Russification
  • Standards support: 3G, LTE
  • Processor: 2.3GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • ROM: 64 GB
  • Display: 5.1", HD+, 1520x720 pix, OLED, 16 million colors
  • Main camera: dual, 48+2 MP, CMOS, autofocus, LED flash
  • Front camera: 16 MP, CMOS
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • FaceID
  • NFC
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Water, moisture and dust resistant (IPX2, IP5X)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 2750 mAh
  • Dimensions: 138x63x9.5mm
  • Weight: 129 g
  • SIM format: eSIM

Delivery set

The package bundle of the smartphone is standard, although by the standards of Japanese phones it can even be called rich. Together with the device, the user receives a high-quality USB cable and a simple 10 W power supply, although for some reason it is white even for a black device. There are no headphones or a case here, although a simple bumper would be very relevant. But thanks for that.

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Appearance

Similar to the Mini, Rakuten is not actually the manufacturer of this smartphone. In all sorts of benchmarks and web reports, this device is displayed under the name Tinno P710. Shenzhen Tinno Mobile Technology is the real smartphone manufacturer, which Rakuten doesn't really hide. If the name of this Chinese company does not mean anything to you, then this is quite normal. Just know that under OEM contracts, she makes devices for a bunch of different brands: Philips, Haier, BQ, Fly, Explay, INOI, Micromax, Karbonn, and many others. And even Panasonic and Sharp ordered from them the development and production of models for Asian markets. Therefore, it is not surprising that we will not see anything new in the design of Rakuten Hand.

Rakuten Hand review

This is the same "realm of gloss", which is subjectively set on edge and objectively impractical. The device is presented in three colors: black, white and red. All three will have a black face. To say that the reviewed black version is boring is to say nothing.

Rakuten Hand review

There is not only a USB Type-C connector, but also a full-fledged mini-jack for headphones. Once upon a time, I would not have thought that this would be a serious advantage for me.

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The standard set of buttons on the right side of the smartphone pleased with a clear click and convenient location. Although, for old times' sake, on such a small device, you want to find the off button on top, it would be generally chic.

Rakuten Hand review

There is a fingerprint sensor under the screen, and it works just fine, even without taking into account the class of the smartphone. Let's put it this way: there are also faster scanners, but the difference is almost imperceptible.

Rakuten Hand review

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There are no trays in the smartphone: the user will have to get himself an eSIM and be content with 64 GB of internal storage. But there is a two-color LED indicator on the front panel. In the settings, you can choose which events this LED will notify about.

Rakuten Hand review

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

Two protruding camera modules do not allow the smartphone to lie flat on a horizontal surface, but they help to instantly distinguish the equally smooth sides of the device by touch. This may seem like a strange advantage, but when you take your smartphone out of your pocket or bag, such tactile "landmarks" are quite useful.

Rakuten Hand review

Well, a few words about the main trump card of the device - its compactness. I can definitely say for sure that this is one of the most convenient smartphones for those who care about “one-handedness”. You can reach almost anywhere on the screen with your thumb without intercepting the device. The smartphone can easily be wrapped around the palm of your hand, and thanks to its modest dimensions, sloping edges, and glossy surfaces, it easily dives into the pocket of any trousers. And due to the weight of 129 grams in this very pocket, the smartphone is almost not felt.

Rakuten Hand review Rakuten Hand review

On the other hand, it is precisely because of this gloss and rounded sides that the smartphone is very slippery. The screen is covered with unknown glass, the back panel is plastic. There is no shock protection familiar to other "Japanese" here, as well as full-fledged moisture protection. Therefore, the case here is more of a necessity than a whim. The manufacturer offers both a silicone bumper and "leather" cases in the color of the smartphone.

Rakuten Hand review

Compared to any current smartphone, the Hand looks like a baby, although in fact six years ago it would have been quite commensurate with all current flagships. However, if you compare it with the "younger brother" Rakuten Mini (3.6-inch screen diagonal), the dimensions of the Hand no longer seem miniature.

Rakuten Hand review

Display

The Rakuten Hand screen is good, but there aren't enough stars from the sky. The resolution here is low, especially for an AMOLED screen. But because of the small diagonal, I did not notice any terrible looseness. In any case, this is not a phone that will read scanned pdf files a lot, but for all other purposes, a screen density of just over 300 ppi is enough.

Rakuten Hand review

The matrix is ​​quite bright, however, on a sunny day, its brightness is enough back to back. AMOLED technology produces rich colors and deep blacks. On the other hand, the matrix here is obviously budgetary, which means that there is even too much saturation. And no customization is provided.

Rakuten Hand review

A simple on-screen QWERTY keyboard is uncomfortable to use on such a screen. Interestingly, this was not previously a problem on smartphones with the same screen size. It turned out to be the fastest way to enter text with swipes, so as not to accustom yourself to small buttons again.

Rakuten Hand review

Communications

Rakuten Hand is the first smartphone I have tested that does not work at all in 2G networks. Let me briefly explain the situation. All Japanese operators have been gradually stopping service of 2G towers since 2012, and by 2022 it is planned to stop 3G equipment. 4G networks should become basic throughout the country, and 5G will thus develop even faster. The freed frequencies will be transferred to new networks (thanks to Dynamic Spectrum Sharing), and the abandonment of old technologies will reduce costs. Progress and prosperity, as they say.

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As for the monitored device, I did not find any serious problems with its use. As it turned out, coverage with 3G and 4G networks is quite enough within a large city and its suburbs. I believe that for a resident of most large Russian cities, this will be relevant. In Rakuten Hand, to complete the picture, only support for the 8th UMTS band and the 20th LTE band is missing. But their absence certainly does not prevent you from using communications within a densely built-up city. In addition, there is support for VoLTE, which allows you to use 4G networks for calls. The device catches the network confidently, but sometimes it switches too aggressively from tower to tower without special need.

Rakuten Hand review

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There were also no particular problems with eSIM, which is uncontested here - there is no slot for a physical card in Hand. Even in such a very provincial city as Taganrog, it turned out to find an MTS office, where they were able to issue a kit for connecting an electronic SIM card. In addition, eSIM can now be bought online, with authorization through the "Gosuslugi". The convenience of an electronic card is obvious: you can get a SIM card instantly and anywhere, you can store as many of them in your phone as you like, and for traveling you can connect to a local operator while still at home.

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As for the rest of the communication options, everything is fine here. The Bluetooth 5.0 module keeps a strong connection with all peripherals, even if several types of devices are connected at the same time. There is support for most of the codecs of the aptX family (HD, Adaptive, TWS +) - you will not find this on all state employees. NFC also works for contactless payment, however, there is no support for Mifare tags for reading transport cards.

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The device catches Wi-Fi networks very confidently. The 5 GHz band is available for both connection and distribution through an access point, and you can even create two points at the same time at different frequencies. Dual-band GPS picks up satellites in seconds and catches the signal of most available systems (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS).

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Performance and Software

Based on the characteristics of the device, it can be a stretch to say that Rakuten Hand is a typical representative of the “middle class” of smartphones. Here is not the worst Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset, and fast enough LPDDR4x RAM. On the other hand, the amount of this very "RAM" is at the lowest threshold of subjective "sufficiency".

By "sufficiency" I mean that the phone works smartly in everyday household tasks and does not make you nervous from the banal loading of a heavy tab in the browser. Lists scroll smoothly, applications from the recently launched list are called quickly. There is also a partial merit of the shell based on "pure" Android 10, without any manufacturer's inventions.

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The only "prank" that Rakuten allowed themselves was the installation of an unusual launcher, which supposedly should be more convenient on a small screen. In fact, it is very inconvenient, illogical and generally superfluous. In the settings, you can select the standard "Google" launcher.

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By the way, even all the pre-installed operator software (after all, this is a smartphone for Rakuten Mobile subscribers) can be simply deleted here, these applications are not system applications. The shell interface is almost completely Russified, some menu items remained in English.

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Immediately after the first power on, the latest security patch arrived on the phone, which is very nice. Not every manufacturer of budget devices updates their devices at all.

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However, you should not count on something more serious than simple everyday tasks. For nothing that the chipset used is called "gaming". For example, the game WoT Blitz here is really good only on the minimum settings. Even on medium, the game can sag in FPS if there are many players on the battlefield at the same time. Simultaneous operation of two resource-intensive applications is also excluded, besides, due to the small diagonal, screen division practically does not make sense. In general, the performance is not flagship, and if you are looking for monstrous power in a compact package, then this is not the place for you. For connoisseurs of benchmarks, by tradition, I will attach a couple of screenshots.

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Battery

The battery life of the Rakuten Hand is one of those rare occasions where a small battery doesn't mean constantly looking for a power outlet. The battery lasts for a very active day of use. Working in the "messengers, navigation, browsing, calls" mode and a stable 6 hours of the screen is a very real result. If you use the device in moderate mode, then two days of work is quite achievable. The low screen resolution and energy-efficient chipset do their job.

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There is no fast charging here, and it is not needed with such a large battery. It's funny that the smartphone writes about "fast charging" when connected to a regular 10 W unit, and when connected to a laptop - about "slow". Wireless charging here would subjectively not interfere, but its device is also deprived.

Cameras

I can't say anything good about the Rakuten Hand camera, just like something terrible. This is a typical camera for the conditional "lower-middle" class. It shoots well, but only as long as there is good light. In the absence of such, a lot of noise appears, the noise reduction tries to fix it, and the pictures become even worse.

In general, as an everyday “soap box” for photos, Hand copes, but nothing more. Fortunately, the interface of the camera application here is very minimalistic and does not require any manual settings at all. It is correct.

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Ниже представлены примеры фото на камеры Rakuten Hand

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Стабилизации здесь нет, поэтому видеосъемка – вообще его слабая часть. Ниже – пример видео.

Заключение

Что мы имеем в итоге? Очень компактный и весьма эргономичный аппарат с не самой плохой начинкой. Можно с натяжкой сказать, что это бюджетный Google Pixel в компактном формате. Конкурентов у него в своем небольшом сегменте нет. Единственный актуальный смартфон со схожими габаритами – iPhone 12 mini. Стоит он в три раза дороже (около 60 тыс. руб. против 21 тыс.). С натяжкой сюда можно добавить и iPhone SE (2020) – он заметно шире обозреваемого устройства. Здесь разница в цене уже не так велика, «всего лишь» двукратная.

Rakuten Hand review

From left to right: Pixel 5, Rakuten Hand, iPhone 12 mini

In the world of Android smartphones, there is nothing similar at all. The only alternative here is to buy a three-four-year-old A-brand flagship, put a new battery in it, flash custom firmware with the latest possible OS version and end up with almost everything the same. Yes, the flagships of the past, as a rule, still have the best cameras, but are beautiful photos worth all the other difficulties? Rhetorical question.

Rakuten Hand review

For example, Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact - similar dimensions, better camera and performance. Autonomy is not a delight, especially considering the age of two, but there are more communication ranges. It’s just that finding a “live” copy is getting harder and harder, given the initially high level of marriage.

It's a completely different matter if the notorious compactness doesn't bother you at all. In this case, the Rakuten Hand is absolutely not your device, and I would advise you to choose any other option available on the market. In the end, with all the people suffering from a compact and powerful smartphone, this segment has almost disappeared. And even the longtime apologist for compactness, Sony, went on about the public, stretching its latest “compact” Xperia 5 II vertically to unknown sizes. What can we say about the iPhone 12 mini, the pace of sales of which did not at all satisfy the expectations of the "big bosses" from Cupertino. As a result, its production was simply stopped, cutting off the thin hope for the heir to the "Mini" in the new model year. Compactness is not in trend, gentlemen.

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From left to right: Fujitsu ARROWS 5G, Sharp AQUOS ZERO2, Fujitsu ARROWS NX9, Sharp AQUOS sense4, Rakuten Hand

Rakuten Hand review

It's quite funny to remember that 7-inch screens were once considered the prerogative of compact tablets. In recent years, the displays of flagship smartphones have been confidently and smoothly approaching this conditional border, and by 2020 they have practically stepped over it. We already have Samsung Galaxy Note 20 Ultra (6.9 inches), Mi11 (6.8 inches) and many other flagships. I’m already silent about the Galaxy Fold with its amount of screen space when unfolded. If we take state employees, then, for example, the Honor 8X Max model with its monstrous 7.1-inch screen appeared at all in 2018.

Although we have to admit that due to different aspect ratios and very thin bezels around the screen, modern smartphones with similar diagonals are still smaller in size than even the most compact tablets of the past. The picture shows a 7-inch tablet Sharp Aquos Tab SH-05G from the distant 2015.

And the larger the screens become, the more indignation on the Internet like "we want a modern smartphone, but to be compact." The reasons are different: someone wants to use the device with one hand, someone does not like a lot of weight, and someone does not want a huge bar sticking out of the pocket of fashionable chinos. It would seem that manufacturers should have smelled a gold mine for a long time and actively produce such devices, but things are still there.

Apple's failed experiment called the iPhone 12 mini and its more successful comrade iPhone SE (2020)

"That's where we break in," said Japanese corporate giant Rakuten. They decided to create a smartphone for those for whom modern devices are too large, and the previously presented Rakuten Mini, like the Palm Phone (2019), is too small. This is how Rakuten Hand was born.

Flirting with the name Hand all too obviously refers us to the Palm brand, although Rakuten's real competitor for the Palm Phone is still the Mini. We will tell about it sometime later.

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Specifications

  • Operating system: OS Android 10 Q, 100% Russification
  • Standards support: 3G, LTE
  • Processor: 2.3GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G
  • RAM: 4 GB
  • ROM: 64 GB
  • Display: 5.1", HD+, 1520x720 pix, OLED, 16 million colors
  • Main camera: dual, 48+2 MP, CMOS, autofocus, LED flash
  • Front camera: 16 MP, CMOS
  • In-screen fingerprint scanner
  • FaceID
  • NFC
  • GPS/GLONASS
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac
  • Bluetooth 5.0
  • USB Type-C
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Water, moisture and dust resistant (IPX2, IP5X)
  • Battery: Li-Ion, 2750 mAh
  • Dimensions: 138x63x9.5mm
  • Weight: 129 g
  • SIM format: eSIM

Delivery set

The package bundle of the smartphone is standard, although by the standards of Japanese phones it can even be called rich. Together with the device, the user receives a high-quality USB cable and a simple 10 W power supply, although for some reason it is white even for a black device. There are no headphones or a case here, although a simple bumper would be very relevant. But thanks for that.

Appearance

Similar to the Mini, Rakuten is not actually the manufacturer of this smartphone. In all sorts of benchmarks and web reports, this device is displayed under the name Tinno P710. Shenzhen Tinno Mobile Technology is the real smartphone manufacturer, which Rakuten doesn't really hide. If the name of this Chinese company does not mean anything to you, then this is quite normal. Just know that under OEM contracts, she makes devices for a bunch of different brands: Philips, Haier, BQ, Fly, Explay, INOI, Micromax, Karbonn, and many others. And even Panasonic and Sharp ordered from them the development and production of models for Asian markets. Therefore, it is not surprising that we will not see anything new in the design of Rakuten Hand.

This is the same "realm of gloss", which is subjectively set on edge and objectively impractical. The device is presented in three colors: black, white and red. All three will have a black face. To say that the reviewed black version is boring is to say nothing.

There is not only a USB Type-C connector, but also a full-fledged mini-jack for headphones. Once upon a time, I would not have thought that this would be a serious advantage for me.

The standard set of buttons on the right side of the smartphone pleased with a clear click and convenient location. Although, for old times' sake, on such a small device, you want to find the off button on top, it would be generally chic.

There is a fingerprint sensor under the screen, and it works just fine, even without taking into account the class of the smartphone. Let's put it this way: there are also faster scanners, but the difference is almost imperceptible.

There are no trays in the smartphone: the user will have to get himself an eSIM and be content with 64 GB of internal storage. But there is a two-color LED indicator on the front panel. In the settings, you can choose which events this LED will notify about.

Two protruding camera modules do not allow the smartphone to lie flat on a horizontal surface, but they help to instantly distinguish the equally smooth sides of the device by touch. This may seem like a strange advantage, but when you take your smartphone out of your pocket or bag, such tactile "landmarks" are quite useful.

Well, a few words about the main trump card of the device - its compactness. I can definitely say for sure that this is one of the most convenient smartphones for those who care about “one-handedness”. You can reach almost anywhere on the screen with your thumb without intercepting the device. The smartphone can easily be wrapped around the palm of your hand, and thanks to its modest dimensions, sloping edges, and glossy surfaces, it easily dives into the pocket of any trousers. And due to the weight of 129 grams in this very pocket, the smartphone is almost not felt.

On the other hand, it is precisely because of this gloss and rounded sides that the smartphone is very slippery. The screen is covered with unknown glass, the back panel is plastic. There is no shock protection familiar to other "Japanese" here, as well as full-fledged moisture protection. Therefore, the case here is more of a necessity than a whim. The manufacturer offers both a silicone bumper and "leather" cases in the color of the smartphone.

Compared to any current smartphone, the Hand looks like a baby, although in fact six years ago it would have been quite commensurate with all current flagships. However, if you compare it with the "younger brother" Rakuten Mini (3.6-inch screen diagonal), the dimensions of the Hand no longer seem miniature.

Display

The Rakuten Hand screen is good, but there aren't enough stars from the sky. The resolution here is low, especially for an AMOLED screen. But because of the small diagonal, I did not notice any terrible looseness. In any case, this is not a phone that will read scanned pdf files a lot, but for all other purposes, a screen density of just over 300 ppi is enough.

The matrix is ​​quite bright, however, on a sunny day, its brightness is enough back to back. AMOLED technology produces rich colors and deep blacks. On the other hand, the matrix here is obviously budgetary, which means that there is even too much saturation. And no customization is provided.

A simple on-screen QWERTY keyboard is uncomfortable to use on such a screen. Interestingly, this was not previously a problem on smartphones with the same screen size. It turned out to be the fastest way to enter text with swipes, so as not to accustom yourself to small buttons again.

Communications

Rakuten Hand is the first smartphone I have tested that does not work at all in 2G networks. Let me briefly explain the situation. All Japanese operators have been gradually stopping service of 2G towers since 2012, and by 2022 it is planned to stop 3G equipment. 4G networks should become basic throughout the country, and 5G will thus develop even faster. The freed frequencies will be transferred to new networks (thanks to Dynamic Spectrum Sharing), and the abandonment of old technologies will reduce costs. Progress and prosperity, as they say.

As for the monitored device, I did not find any serious problems with its use. As it turned out, coverage with 3G and 4G networks is quite enough within a large city and its suburbs. I believe that for a resident of most large Russian cities, this will be relevant. In Rakuten Hand, to complete the picture, only support for the 8th UMTS band and the 20th LTE band is missing. But their absence certainly does not prevent you from using communications within a densely built-up city. In addition, there is support for VoLTE, which allows you to use 4G networks for calls. The device catches the network confidently, but sometimes it switches too aggressively from tower to tower without special need.

There were also no particular problems with eSIM, which is uncontested here - there is no slot for a physical card in Hand. Even in such a very provincial city as Taganrog, it turned out to find an MTS office, where they were able to issue a kit for connecting an electronic SIM card. In addition, eSIM can now be bought online, with authorization through the "Gosuslugi". The convenience of an electronic card is obvious: you can get a SIM card instantly and anywhere, you can store as many of them in your phone as you like, and for traveling you can connect to a local operator while still at home.

As for the rest of the communication options, everything is fine here. The Bluetooth 5.0 module keeps a strong connection with all peripherals, even if several types of devices are connected at the same time. There is support for most of the codecs of the aptX family (HD, Adaptive, TWS +) - you will not find this on all state employees. NFC also works for contactless payment, however, there is no support for Mifare tags for reading transport cards.

The device catches Wi-Fi networks very confidently. The 5 GHz band is available for both connection and distribution through an access point, and you can even create two points at the same time at different frequencies. Dual-band GPS picks up satellites in seconds and catches the signal of most available systems (GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, Galileo, QZSS).

Performance and Software

Based on the characteristics of the device, it can be a stretch to say that Rakuten Hand is a typical representative of the “middle class” of smartphones. Here, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 720G chipset is not the worst, and fairly fast LPDDR4x RAM. On the other hand, the amount of this very "RAM" is at the lowest threshold of subjective "sufficiency".

By "sufficiency" I mean that the phone works smartly in everyday household tasks and does not make you nervous from the banal loading of a heavy tab in the browser. Lists scroll smoothly, applications from the recently launched list are called quickly. There is also a partial merit of the shell based on "pure" Android 10, without any manufacturer's inventions.

The only "prank" that Rakuten allowed themselves was the installation of an unusual launcher, which supposedly should be more convenient on a small screen. In fact, it is very inconvenient, illogical and generally superfluous. In the settings, you can select the standard "Google" launcher.

By the way, even all the pre-installed operator software (after all, this is a smartphone for Rakuten Mobile subscribers) can be simply deleted here, these applications are not system applications. The shell interface is almost completely Russified, some menu items remained in English.

Immediately after the first power on, the latest security patch arrived on the phone, which is very nice. Not every manufacturer of budget devices updates their devices at all.

However, you should not count on something more serious than simple everyday tasks. For nothing that the chipset used is called "gaming". For example, the game WoT Blitz here is really good only on the minimum settings. Even on medium, the game can sag in FPS if there are many players on the battlefield at the same time. Simultaneous operation of two resource-intensive applications is also excluded, besides, due to the small diagonal, screen division practically does not make sense. In general, the performance is not flagship, and if you are looking for monstrous power in a compact package, then this is not the place for you. For connoisseurs of benchmarks, by tradition, I will attach a couple of screenshots.

Battery

The battery life of the Rakuten Hand is one of those rare occasions where a small battery doesn't mean constantly looking for a power outlet. The battery lasts for a very active day of use. Working in the "messengers, navigation, browsing, calls" mode and a stable 6 hours of the screen is a very real result. If you use the device in moderate mode, then two days of work is quite achievable. The low screen resolution and energy-efficient chipset do their job.

There is no fast charging here, and it is not needed with such a large battery. It's funny that the smartphone writes about "fast charging" when connected to a regular 10 W unit, and when connected to a laptop - about "slow". Wireless charging here would subjectively not interfere, but its device is also deprived.

Cameras

I can't say anything good about the Rakuten Hand camera, just like something terrible. This is a typical camera for the conditional "lower-middle" class. It shoots well, but only as long as there is good light. In the absence of such, a lot of noise appears, the noise reduction tries to fix it, and the pictures become even worse.

In general, as an everyday “soap box” for photos, Hand copes, but nothing more. Fortunately, the interface of the camera application here is very minimalistic and does not require any manual settings at all. It is correct.

Below are examples of photos taken with Rakuten Hand cameras

There is no stabilization here, so video shooting is generally its weakest part. Below is an example video.

Conclusion

What do we end up with? Very compact and very ergonomic device with not the worst stuffing. It's a stretch to say that this is a budget Google Pixel in a compact format. It has no competitors in its small segment. The only current smartphone with similar dimensions is the iPhone 12 mini. It costs three times more (about 60 thousand rubles against 21 thousand). With a stretch, you can add the iPhone SE (2020) here - it is noticeably wider than the device under review. Here the difference in price is not so great, "only" twofold.

From left to right: Pixel 5, Rakuten Hand, iPhone 12 mini

In the world of Android smartphones, there is nothing similar at all. The only alternative here is to buy a three-four-year-old A-brand flagship, put a new battery in it, flash custom firmware with the latest possible OS version and end up with almost everything the same. Yes, the flagships of the past, as a rule, still have the best cameras, but are beautiful photos worth all the other difficulties? Rhetorical question.

For example, Sony Xperia XZ2 Compact - similar dimensions, better camera and performance. Autonomy is not a delight, especially considering the age of two, but there are more communication ranges. It’s just that finding a “live” copy is getting harder and harder, given the initially high level of marriage.

It's a completely different matter if the notorious compactness doesn't bother you at all. In this case, the Rakuten Hand is absolutely not your device, and I would advise you to choose any other option available on the market. In the end, with all the people suffering from a compact and powerful smartphone, this segment has almost disappeared. And even the longtime apologist for compactness, Sony, went on about the public, stretching its latest “compact” Xperia 5 II vertically to unknown sizes. What can we say about the iPhone 12 mini, the pace of sales of which did not at all satisfy the expectations of the "big bosses" from Cupertino. As a result, its production was simply stopped, cutting off the thin hope for the heir to the "Mini" in the new model year. Compactness is not in trend, gentlemen.

From left to right: Fujitsu ARROWS 5G, Sharp AQUOS ZERO2, Fujitsu ARROWS NX9, Sharp AQUOS sense4, Rakuten Hand