Almost a year ago we published our review of the first generation Swift Wileyfox, a device that has made itself very well according Wileyfox. Recently announced the second generation, in two versions, Wileyfox Swift 2 and Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus. The difference between the two versions is in the amount of memory (2 vs. 3 GB), and internal storage (16 vs. 32 GB), but also in the used sensor (13 vs. 16 MP). We started off with Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus, to see whether this device also convinces us again, something the first Swift certainly succeeded in the last year.
Wileyfox Swift 2 appearance seems to almost any surface on its predecessor. We now have to deal with a smartphone built of aluminum and now also see the front adorned logo Wileyfox. The buttons sit on the right, the left simtray, the 3.5mm jack on top and the USB Type-C connector at the bottom. In simtray you can lose two SIM cards, or a SIM card and a microSD card. Keep in mind that you place in microsim simpositie 1 no nanosim. In the second simpositie it is a nanosim. Something we did do remember immediately prior Wileyfox sets, the small round speaker above the panel. The fine had the 3.5mm jack moreover be slightly more centered allowed to sit. Now it looks a bit like someone has not quite well targeted. But that is a small downside to an otherwise great-looking and built device.
On the back, we see that there are arranged above and below strips of plastic, it is necessary in order to give the antennas sufficient room to breathe. Next to the camera is a two-tone flash and beneath a fingerprint reader. That actually works the way on almost every phone nowadays. Especially noticeable lately is that the registration of fingerprints is greatly accelerated. Where you formerly sometimes sat fiddling for a minute or longer to get it done, it’s now only a matter of keeping five times your finger on the sensor and it is regulated.
Under the hood of the Wileyfox Swift 2 we find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 with a chip on which eight Cortex-A53-cores are baked which are clocked at 1.4GHz. There is no question here of a big.LITTLE configuration, the eight cores are ‘in line’. There is further provided 3 GB of memory and the GPU, the Adreno 505. In wireless connectivity is of course also features: single-band Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC are all present, as well as support for LTE networks (800, 1800 and 2600 MHz , Cat.4). Quick Charge 3.0 is supported by the Qualcomm chipset, only you have to do yourself a matching charger looking at. As we have come to expect from Wileyfox, is namely included no charger.
The panel is one of the IPS type, has a diagonal of 5 inches and a resolution of 1280×720 pixels. As we have seen in our recent round-up of affordable smartphones, is a high-resolution still the standard in this segment, although there slowly but surely devices with full HD panel available. The brightness of the panel is the right thing: 429 candelas per square meter. The contrast is a somewhat higher black value of 933: 1 is not very high, but everything surrounding the 1000: 1 we consider to be good, at least for an LCD panel.
Looking at the screen measurements, we find that there still is something to gain when it comes to calibration. The colors are, in general, not extremely well in place, which leads to green, blue, and cyan to visible color errors. The white point is also too much magenta, creating a color cast. Looking at the gray course, we also see there an obvious color cast, but now towards the red / blue. These colors are extremely overrepresented, while green drops substantially.
The panel of Wileyfox Swift 2 is certainly not a topper. This derogation, however, are the rule rather than the exception in this segment, so very heavy we will not be carrying. Surely there are in this segment devices that do significantly better, including the first Swift and the Spark + of the same brand.
During the announcement of Wileyfox Swift 2 put a lot of emphasis on the camera sensor from the main camera on the back. This is namely the S5K3P3 sensor from Samsung, which uses Samsung’s own ISOCELL technology. This sensor was only last year brought by Samsung in the market and focused on high-end devices. That makes it pretty naturally to Wileyfox him just over a year later was able to stop in an affordable device. It could also be that manufacturers are not queuing to stop him in the high-end appliances. The latter seems at least to be so, for 16MP cameras are certainly not ubiquitous at the time.
The selected sensor has a pixel size of 1 micron. That seems at first sight on the small side, but the story is that the ISOCELL technology Samsung crosstalk between pixels drastically reduces and yet can absorb much light the sensor despite the small pixel size. An advantage of the smaller pixels is that the sensor and the module as a whole can be made smaller than is the case with larger pixels, so there is no question of a ‘camera bulge’. we unfortunately can not retrieve information on the lens used.
The promises are so attractive, in practice we are talking about a lot less. We have the camera of Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus tested on a gray day, incidentally, not the easiest circumstances. In automatic mode, there are barely usable photos from. Imagine focus on the air, you see the rest of the picture too little, the other way you get an extremely bleached sky. Especially in these circumstances, you can not do without HDR with this camera. This will not automatically switch in the way. The pictures are shot with HDR enabled visibly better, but really wild, we are still not there yet. In addition, we see the direction of the left side of the picture clearly blur, probably caused by the lens. Bottom line, we find no significant this camera better than that in the first Swift.
Here again the same in another situation where we have first focused on the tree for us and then on the air. The two last pictures we have chosen the same focus points, with the difference that HDR is enabled:
One of the best part of Wileyfox is that it runs on Cyanogen OS. Smartphone is working on Cyanogen 13, which is based on Android 6.0.1 and there are many things one has taken on. Cyanogen OS offers a generally nice clean and usable interface, in our opinion. Of course, the adaptability of the system is a nice extra and does Cyanogen bit more in terms of privacy (eg TrueCaller) and security than standard Android does.
At present, the question is how Wileyfox will deal with the recent change of direction of Cyanogen a modular approach to this operating system. The version of Cyanogen installed on Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus is already MOD Ready, so here you can install mods already produced by third parties. During the introduction of the Wileyfox Swift 2 and Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus was us at least ensure that the end user is not going to bear the brunt of this change of Cyanogen. During the presentation and discussions afterwards we got the strong impression that Wileyfox one intends to itself this kind of mods develop. There are currently already several mods available for Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus, including the lockscreen mod, which you potentially the lockscreen can make a lot more powerful.
Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus has in our opinion beautiful device on the market that is built and well equipped with the proper functioning of Cyanogen OS, which can be further expanded using mods in the future. The addition of a fingerprint reader is a nice extra and also the choice of USB Type-C indicates that Wileyfox are serious developments in the smartphone market. The dual-sim capability will be certainly interested users for a particular group. The panel is generally not bad, even though the aberrations in the greyscale gortige or to the side. The battery life of the device is finally above average. It’s just Wileyfox failed to stop a camera in the phone that allows you to manage well in all conditions. That in itself is unfortunate, but not rare in this price range. For what better camera you need a rule to look a step higher on the price ladder.
All in all you do to Wileyfox Swift 2 is not a bad buy if you do not want to pay top dollar for a new smartphone. Looking at what has been still for sale more about the price point of 239 Euros, we come out in the Honor 5C. In terms of hardware is changing a little penny between the two. The Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus has more memory and 32 instead of 16 GB of internal storage, while the Honor once again has a full HD panel in front of the high-definition panel Wileyfox. The Honor is also more bucks cheaper, quite a difference at this price point (around 10 percent). We find the software Wileyfox a lot easier to use, but that’s a subjective judgment to a large extent. Ultimately, it is our opinion muchness which one you buy. Earlier we gave the Honor 5C an Excellent Choice Award, so the Wileyfox Swift 2 Plus receive it. Like to watch a camera usable in all cases important, you do well to have a moment to spare and in the price range of the Moto G4 Plus (about 270 euros).