If you’re on a budget but want to use the super fast speeds that 4G offers, there’s a great new smartphone just arrived from our partners at EE. Kestrel from EE is going to be one of the cheapest smartphones currently available anywhere on the market. It offers some great specs at superb value making it an excellent option for teenagers or anyone who doesn’t want to spend too much on a smartphone. So what’s all the fuss about? Have look at our Kestrel from EE review below and you’ll find out.
Similar in looks to the Ascend G6 (not surprising – the Kestrel handset is made by Huawei), Kestrel looks like a fairly traditional smartphone with the usual 3 soft keys. It comes with a decent quality 4.5-inch HD IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 540 x 960 and measures a slimmish 7.85mm in thickness – it’s certainly no brick. The screen is superb for a budget handset – it’s sharp and clear and offers great viewing from all angles.
The Kestrel EE offers a great specs and features, many of which would be found in smartphones retailing for more than twice its price. Kestrel runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with a Emotion user interface which is used by Huawei in their own range of smartphones. All of your apps are accessible via the home screen which can be organised into folders for convenience. Emotion also allows you to customise your screen layout with wallpapers and different styles of icons. Kestrel comes pre-loaded will the full range of Google apps as well as the Amazon suite of apps and several others. EE have also included their EE Film app which makes it quick and easy to enjoy their EE Wednesday cinema offer.
The rear facing camera on the Kestrel is a solid but not spectacular 5-megapixel version with an LED flash. It comes with a selection of filters and a handy voice-activated shutter option and a 6 x digital zoom. On the front is an adequate 1-megapixel camera capable of recording video at a resolution of 720p.
In terms of power, EE’s Kestrel smartphone has a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1GB of RAM. That’s not elite processing power by any stretch of the imagination, but it does the job. It also comes with a respectable 8GB of built-in memory. There’s a good sized 2000mAh battery onboard which should give you around 2 days of light use between charging.
However, the main attraction of the Kestrel alongside the price will be its 4G capabilities – it’s capable of downloading 18.75MB per second thanks to its CAT4 LTE ability.
Looking to buy a Kestrel from EE handset? You can check out our Kestrel from EE prices here.