Review :: G14 Dual SIM with 3G support

Monday, 12 December 2011

 Bring you the all 
new MT6573 based smartphone... This time the review will focus on the G14, a clone of HTC Sensationb.

  • Chipset: MediaTek MT6573 (AMR11 650 MHz + PowerVR SGX531 GPU)
  • Operating System:
    • Android 2.3.4
  • Memory:
    • RAM - 512 MB
    • ROM - 512 MB
    • Expansion slot - micro SD memory card, supporting up to 32 GB
  • Size: 126 x 65,4 x 11,3 mm
  • Weight: 148 g
  • Screen: 4.3 inch WVGA, 480 x 800, Sharp ASV-LCD, Capacitive Screen
  • Network:
    • WCDMA / HSPA: 900 / 2100 MHz
    • Quad Band GSM: 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
    • GPRS / EDGE support
  • Color: Black
  • GPS:
    • Built-in SiRF III chipset
    • A-GPS (assisted GPS) feature
  • Connectivity:
    • Bluetooth 2.1 (EDR + A2DP)
    • Wi-Fi adapter (IEEE 802.11 b/g)
    • micro USB 2.0
  • Camera:
    • Rear - 8 mega pixels with auto focus and dual led flash
    • Front - 1.3 mega pixels
  • Others:
    • Dual SIM Dual Standby with 3G support
    • Gravity sensor
    • Proximity sensor
    • Light sensor
    • FM Radio

Design and construction

The size of G14 is a little bit larger than other smartphones, in that it comes in at 11,3 mm thick - noticeably thicker than HD9, but still feeling comfortable in the hand.

The phone itself is encased in toughened plastic and aluminium (which feels more like plastic) through the stripe in the centre - the whole back of the phones pulls away from the main device, with the antenna and suchlike pumped into the chassis rather than on the phone itself.

The 3,5 mm headset jack and dedicated power button are located on the top edge. You'll also find an extra-large volume rocker on the left side, as you would on the G11i Pro.

The microUSB port is located on the left edge. I usually prefer to have it at the top or bottom so that I can use the phone -while in charge- without having the cable get in the way.

The four Android buttons on the bottom are visible at all times (even when the phone display is off). On some handsets they become invisible, to make the phone “look better” and to save on backlight power consumption.

On the back side, we find the 8 megapixel autofocus camera sat next to a dual LED flash and a single loudspeaker grille.

Getting the back of the phone off through the little catch at the bottom is much harder than it looks, with the fingers needed to prise it apart almost holding it in place at the same time - wiggling and shaking is needed to get to the battery and microSD card slot.

The two SIM slots can only be accessed after removing the battery, but the micro SD slot is accessible even with battery in place.

Display quality

This phone features a new LCD from Sharp. At first glance, it can be noticed a great definition.

The only thing I can point to this display is that colours don't seem too vivid, although it may be only a matter of setting the contrast (if that's possible).


After my previous tests with the newest version of HD9, I thought that all MT6573 phones shared the same framework (which meant that in terms of features it was pretty much the same as when compared with G11i Pro features). I was happily surprised to see that G14 has a little bit different framework. 

This new framework includes some nice CyanogenMod features, such as enhanced notification widgets.

There's a new entry on the normal settings menu, that provides access to extra settings.

Under the dual SIM management menu, the user can edit the name of each SIM and also set the associated background color that will appear in call log as well as in the notification bar (behind the network strength bars). Other than that, also in the same menu, the user has the possibility to set a default card to establish all outgoing calls or set it to always ask, thus enabling the pop up that can be seen some images above showing the dialer (with the options of which SIM card should initiate the call). The same thing can be set for messaging and data connection purposes. In addition, given that G14 supports 3G networks, the option of video calls can also be noticed.

The extra settings menu includes advanced options related with application, display, input, interface and ringtones. Within extra display settings, screen-off and screen-off animations can be configured. Amazing animations, in my opinion, which imitate the CRT screen effect.

Lots of widgets can be added to the notification panel...

During the past few weeks, I noticed that battery performance is pretty good, taking into consideration the large screen size. With moderate use, I can get the battery to last 2 to 3 days, before putting it into charge.

Video reviews

Space reserved for the video review...

Final thoughts

This is a good phone for people looking for an alternative to HD9. In terms of stability, speed, call quality, it is not different than the other MT65x3 clones, which means that MediaTek really did a great job.

  • Based on Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • Beautiful and renewed Dual SIM user interface
  • Good battery life
  • Dual SIM with 3G support
  • Display colours are not too vivid
Review Courtesy :: BM SMARTPHONE


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