Let’s Start with the Specification :
|GSM/GPRS/EDGE 900/1800 MHz
|120 x 63.5 x 10.9 mm
microSD card (supports up to 32GB)
Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n
Yes micro usb
|5.0 Megapixel Camera with Flash – VGA Front Camera.
|Motion Sensor / Proximity Sensor
Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread) 650 Mhz Processor
WAP 2.0/xHTML, Opera mini
Dual Sim-Dual StandBy
Audio; Supports Mp3 /Midi /Wav /Wma /AAC /AC+
Video: Supports AVI /GP /Mp4 /H.263 /H.264
MP3 Player/Video Player
Google Android Market
|Polyphonic, MP3, WAV Ringtones
|Based on Network Status
1300 MAh Li-ion
Android Operating System 2.3 ( Ginger Bread ) , 650 MHz Processor, It won’t be wrong to say that, Qmobile has taken the lead in the market, where this Android set is compared with HTC Explorer which has similar specification, fit’s somewhere in a slot right next to HTC Wildfire S but since A5 has 3.75 Screen Size, it’s one of the unique android dual sim hand set available in market. I been personally using it since almost 2 weeks, My previous phone experience been Nokia Symbian 5th Generation phones, this time I switched to Android, didn’t took me too long to understand this handset due to Android OS is very friendly, A5 has 5MP camera, with LED Flash, previous A2 had smaller display and 3 MP camera, minor changes made A5 in a low-budget one of the best Android Phone.
I been reading about phone users asking one particular question ” Skype Video Conference ” works on it or not ? well the answer is no, it doesn’t support , all thou it has front VGA camera, Price range is around 11,500 Pakistani Rupees which is around 120 US dollars, not bad at all, specially when it comes to branded company handset, while I was in a market looking for other Android sets unable to decide “one of the fellow said ” A5 is not less than HTC or any other, all those are 7000 to 10,000 thousand expensive than this one, just because they are Branded Company Tagged, thou Phones like Cha Cha / Explorer / Wildfire and Wildfire S comes with no warranty, this one has and just if one doesn’t see the Qmobile tag behind won’t able to notice any difference. I didn’t went for HTC at all and thought about giving a try to Qmobile Noir A5, which really been an amazing experience.
CONS : Internal Memory Low Issue
It’s the ( Same like HTC Explorer / Wildfire ) , you can force move apps using SDK manager, same like Explorer and Wildfire users does, without rooting the phone. Apps2SD works fine but some apps are stored in internal phone memory most of them can be forced move by little trick so, don’t get confused at all, when you buy this phone you’ll get 4GB mirsoSD but get 8 or 16GB once you got that, no need to make partitions and technical gambling stuff, simply install Apps2SD from Google Play Store it’s for free and beside it SDK manager install on your PC connect the phone with USB ( Debugging Mode ) some commands and that will resolve 70 percent of your issue.
Since the phone is already using dual network, got GPS , WiFi which works perfectly fine, it sucks the battery like any other Android Phone, so when WiFi , Bluetooth , GPS not in use, turn them off, it’s easy just a click away. When using WiFi or Internet Battery lasts 4 to 5 hours max, than you need to recharge it. so, better than the feature off when not in use ! I don’t find this a big issue because use car charger too.
The Quality of the camera 5MP is good but not the best, I don’t know why most the low-budget android phones don’t have good camera result, but I was reading on the net, Camera features : (Not Available) ! No there are features in Camera all which user needed and also for the video recording which is not bad at all.
apart from these 3 issues , I didn’t find anything wrong with this phone comparing. So far I am using this android phone for internet purpose, GPS and Google Map works fine, there are other apps and Pakistan Maps available which you can download.
Samsung and HTC has the phones with same specification but the screen size isn’t BIG as this one in this range as well as Very Smart Looks makes it more appealing. Get a good Handfree for Mp3 or if you want to enjoy music, Charger connects with USB cable, you can charge the phone by connect with PC, rest Android gives you the ultimate experience in this friendly budget range !
You Can use Moborobo Suit download that one, works fine with this, thou it’s for HTC ” I Think ” but has many options and features. Connectivity Android made the most easiest way, switch phone Remote mode
will give you FTP address type in My computer address bar and get connected transfer files ( up or download ) easily. without connecting via USB or Bluetooth.
My Personal suggestion if you are looking for a Good Phone in this Range ( 11,500 ) I would suggest you, buy this one or secondary option is Qmobile A2 3.5 Inches display screen size, 3MP camera rest is all same. wait till the technology gets cheaper and better, hopefully expected QMobile A3 will be launched in August 2012, which would be 3.5 inches display , 3MP but will support Skype Video Conference, since I don’t need that feature at this time, I am fine with the one I have.
If you have any questions regarding QMobile Noir A5 you can leave a comment here, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org or tweet me @farhan_imaan , I’ll help you out as much as possible rest, Internet and Android users are way smarter me !
Keep Smiling and Enjoy life
Farhan Imaan 30th June 2012.
Hopefully soon I’m gonna upload the demonstration of what exactly I wanted to do with this Android Phone I’m sure your going to love the idea 🙂
UPDATE 18th JULY : FREE GPS APP FOR A5 Click here with procedure
UPDATE 29th July : KINDLY check Android Phones & Apps for updates about Android Phones and apps before posting your question / query , I been replying as many as I can, I hope been helpful to you all, but do give your feedback after usage of Noir A5 Phone after using via email or comments along with apps you’ve been using. email at email@example.com .
May Allah Bless us all, Ameen…….
Farhan Imaan F.Abro