The market is flooded with mobile devices of all kinds, shapes and sizes with various processors, storage capabilities and many other things. And most everyone is interested in the latest flagship device such as the HTC One M8, the Galaxy S5 or other similar devices. Like Tony McAfee who is highly interested in Blu Products devices, I myself am interested in various other devices and phone manufacturers as well. Simply because I’d like to see more serious competition for the folks like HTC, LG and of course Samsung.
Today I’m going to give you my full review of a phone from a company that I had never heard of until I was contacted by them asking if I wanted to review it. The device is called the Yezz Andy A6M and it’s by a company called Yezz based in Miami, Florida. It’s an Android based device with specs slightly different than you’ll find in most mobile phones out there today. That I’ll explain here shortly. Yezz also makes Windows based devices which I’m hoping to be able to show you very soon with a Windows 8.1 device they are releasing called the Yezz Billy 4.7 Windows phone.
Early on I had done my Yezz Andy A6M First Impressions post along with my unboxing video to show you everything that’s included. You can see the video below or the post here: Yezz Andy A6M First Impressions.
What’s Included In The Box
Surprisingly for a company that seems to not be very popular or that most people haven’t heard of, there’s quite a few things included in the box. Some of it is the normal stuff you get with most mobile phones, but Yezz also includes a few extras, at least with the Yezz Andy A6M.
My First Thoughts
As stated in my first impressions post, I was actually quite pleased to see the things that were included with the device. For the price, which is just a bit more than the Motorola Moto G that I once owned, I expected to get the device itself and a charging cable and nothing more. A screen protector, 3 extra back cases and even a pair of earbuds was a huge surprise.
Once the unboxing was complete and the device was in my hands, I personally wasn’t all that thrilled. Not because of something that Yezz did or even failed to do. The device is a 6 inch device, and for me, that’s just too big. I prefer the form factor and size of devices like my precious Moto X.
If I had bigger hands, it might not be so bad. Or if I worked in an environment where I needed a larger screen for work purposes, then the Yezz Andy A6M might be better for me. But for the things I do, it’s just too big over all for my personal liking.
The Yezz Andy A6M ships with Android 4.2.2 which at this stage in the game is a bit outdated. But as a company that’s considerably new, this is kind of understood that they probably won’t have access to the newer builds of Android when they are developing their devices. Unfortunately this hurts them I’d think but at the same time, hopefully the Yezz Andy A6M will get an update from Yezz soon bringing the phone more up to date with today’s devices.
What I did like about the Andy A6M is that it has on-screen buttons and no hardware buttons other than the power button and the on/off buttons. Seems most newer companies like to include hardware buttons for some strange reason so it’s definitely good to see Yezz didn’t do that.
Let’s talk about the hardware for a minute that’s included in the Yezz Andy A6M. It comes with only 1GB of RAM and a quad-core 1.3GHz processor. Also on-board is system memory of only 4GB. Yes, you heard that correctly, only 4GB of storage space. That’s a bit small, however, it is expandable up to 32GB thanks to Yezz including an SDCard slot within the device. Definitely something they needed since once the Android OS is installed, actual user storage space that you get is less than 1GB. That’s not much to allow you to install many apps or anything like that.
However, I feel it’s kind of a good thing that Yezz does this, as it forces us to live in the cloud considerably more. To me, that’s not a problem since I live in the cloud, but I do install a lot of apps so I’d ultimately need an SDCard for at least that reason. Luckily I had one so I had no worries when it came to using the phone for a while.
The downfall to this 4GB of memory and forcing you to live in the cloud is for those that don’t have a good data connection and like to listen to music that they have stored on their device. Definitely something to think about if you fall into that category before you purchase this device. Again, for me, 32GB is way more space than I certainly need, but I live in the cloud, have a good data connection and all that.
The Rear-Facing Camera
Just a year or so ago the camera on a phone wasn’t all that important to me. I took a few pictures here and there and that was about it. I’m certainly not a professional photographer by no means to date, but I do tend to take a lot more pictures than I once did, so a good quality camera is pretty important to me. The Yezz Andy A6M comes with a 13.1MP rear facing camera. Not sure why the .1 was necessary and not just a 13MP, but hey, that’s what is included and maybe that .1 makes it that much better, right?
To show off the 13.1MP rear-facing camera, I sent my girlfriend on a mission to take a couple of pictures of anything interesting she could find that looked pretty, different, original or whatever. I simply told her, don’t take a boring picture of the sky or the bricks on the side of the house and below is what she came back with.
As you can see above, the rear-facing camera on the Yezz Andy A6M takes pretty decent pictures. It’s not a digital camera quality, but the quality is very decent and something that I really appreciate from the device. It’s photos like this that make me want a device and make me take more pictures on a regular basis. Yezz has definitely done good with this and hopefully as they continue to grow they will improve on their camera over time.
The Front-Facing Camera(No Selfies Here)
The Yezz Andy A6M comes with a 5MP front-facing camera. As we all know, this isn’t something we see much of even in the flagship phones of today. Usually the front-facing camera is somewhere around a 2MP or 3MP and is of decent quality. So the question I had right away was, how well does the 5MP front-facing camera actually perform? Again, I sent my lovely girlfriend on a mission. That mission was to take 3 pictures of the same thing she took pictures of using the rear-facing camera except this time to use the front-facing camera. Below is again what she came back with.
Again, as you can see, not too terribly bad. While it appears the photos are pretty decent, if you take in what hardware/software the device has, this 5MP front-facing camera is pretty decent. Compare it to the flagship phones that have a 2MP or 3MP front-facing camera, they are going to be about the same because those companies have the money to use much better, higher powered hardware.
My Final Thoughts
After having the Yezz Andy A6M for several weeks and really giving it a good test, I’d have to say overall I’d recommend the device for someone who is looking for an unlocked phone at a cheap price, but not necessarily with cheap hardware. What I mean is that Andy A6M is definitely a well put together device, with slightly outdated software(Android 4.2.2), but with good hardware which is important.
Priced at around $249 for the device, it’s definitely worth it. Especially if you’re someone who prefers the bigger screens on a device. For me personally, that’s not my thing but I don’t and can’t hold that against Yezz in any way. It’s merely my own personal opinion. To have the same exact device in a 5 inch device would be perfect and I’d quite possibly make something like that a daily driver. That’s definitely what has me interested in the Yezz Billy 4.7 Windows phone, as it’s a 4.7 inch device so I’m curious to see how they put a smaller device together.