Spice Mi-350n Review

S Mobility (Spice Mobiles) is betting big on entry-level dual-SIM Android smartphones and it is clearly visible in company’s offerings in the recent past.  The latest product to join that list is Mi-350n, a full-touch Gingerbread smartphone with decent specifications, but is it a value for money product, we will find out in the review below.

Specifications:

  • Android 2.3.4
  • 650 MHz processor
  • 3.5 inch display
  • 3.2MP rear camera
  • VGA front camera
  • 1400 mAh battery
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
  • FM Radio

Hardware:

Spice has clearly come a long way in its Android products and one can see that in Mi-350n. Mi-350n comes with a decent build quality and feels nice in the hand. Front and battery cover are made of metal, rest of the body is plastic with a matte finish, so you don’t get the feeling of a cheap a plastic-y budget phone. Although due to metal presence, Spice Mi-350n does feel heavy.

One thing that I did not specifically like about the Mi350n hardware, is the plastic Android keys, they are awful and capacitive keys in place of them would have been a worthy edition.

Talking about the other hardware elements, there is a volume-rocker on the left, and you will find USB port on the right side along with dedicated camera button. On the front you have the Android keys, sensors and front camera; on the back you will get a 3.2 MP camera and speaker. There is nothing on the bottom, but on the top you have the power/sleep button and 3.5mm headset jack.

Display/Touch:

Spice has included 3.5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with 480x320p resolution. The touch sensitivity is nice and much better than I expected.  Display is however average and under-sun visibility is almost negligible.

Phone offers multi-touch input, but supports only two fingers and performance is also sub-par.

Performance:

Spice Mi-350n comes with MediaTek MT6573 650 MHz single core processor with a GPU. During our testing, Mi350n gave decent performance and was responsive in daily tasks and even the normal games like Angry Birds played nicely.  But don’t expect to play any high quality games on the phone.

Coming to the dual-SIM performance, it support two GSM SIMs, one can work on 3G network, while other will only support 2G. Company has tweaked the Android interface to include the relevant additions wherever needed to include the proper dual-SIM compatibility.  As you would expect, you can instruct the phone to do the specific tasks with specific SIMs and it works fine.

I was a little disappointed with mobile network connectivity, as I normally get full network at my home with other phones, Spice Mi-350n would show only 3 or 2 bars and certainly had issues.

Software:

Spice has pre-loaded Gingerbread on the smartphone and pretty much a stock interface apart from a few tweaks here and there. Some of the tweaks like quick settings in notification bar are certainly a value-add for MI350n users. . Stock UI works in favor of the phone, and does not put too much pressure on the 256MB RAM present in the phone.

Company has pre-loaded a lot of applications and many of them are unwanted and cannot be removed without rooting. But rooting and un-rooting the phone is pretty easy and works well with this tool.

Company has also included the support for video calling over 3G network in the phone, which is normally absent from other Android smartphones apart from the ones like Galaxy S II.

Mi-350n UI Gallery:

Connectivity:

Mi-350n performs decently with all the present connectivity options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and the 3G network. During out testing, we did not have any issues with Wi-Fi while connecting with the home wireless network.

Being an Android 2.3 smartphone, you get the Wi-Fi hotspot feature and you can convert your phone to a Wi-Fi modem and share your phone’s 3G data network. Bluetooth also works nicely and you will not have any issues with file transfers.

Camera/Battery:

Phone comes with a 3.2MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. Performance is so-so for both the cameras, so don’t expect any point n shoot replacements here. There is no LED flash but rear camera does support auto-focus instead of fixed focus, which is normally present in entry-level Androids.

Battery performance is fine, not great. Mi-350n comes with a 1400 mAh battery and as you will be using dual-SIM, get ready to see battery drain. With normal usage, you will get past one day but that is it.

Wrap-up:

Overall Spice Mi-350n is a decent entry-level dual-SIM Android smartphone, it has its fair share of problems but you will not get too much choice in this budget, if you want a dual-SIM phone. The other choice for you is Micromax A75.

Current Price: INR 7595

Spice Mi-350n Gallery:


Post Author: Gaurav Shukla

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19 thoughts on “Spice Mi-350n Review

    Sammy Singh

    (October 11, 2012 - 1:04 pm)

    If you want to download Spice pc suite for this Spice mi 350n mobile then you needs to visit at http://howmobile.net/spice/2167-spice-pc-suite-mi350n.html. If your pc suite CD is destroyed then you should look at here. If you want to connect you spice mobile to pc. Hope you like this.
    Thanks

      gaurav

      (March 3, 2013 - 2:16 pm)

      im getting a secondhand mi 350 ,one year old for rs2700….should i buy it ?
      please comment

    the spice gangsterz(team founder)

    (July 4, 2012 - 9:24 am)

    Hey,
    I am from the spice developers team,I am having this phone from 4 months.
    performance of this device is very very nice…..
    but with stock software and rom provided by spice is really not a good deal ……..
    I am running my metalrock(I call my dev a metalrock)at 806 mhz and it is very stable….
    we have developed some roms in our forum……

    and for video call we have fringe application …….
    screen response is awesome….
    customer care support is very nice, dont comment before trying the cc support…..
    “Suni hui baato par bharosa nai karna chahiye Afwah ho salting hai” LOL
    overall nice phone at this price range ………

      suman

      (July 5, 2012 - 8:31 am)

      hi folks don’t get carried away by this decoy. i have been using this phone.i know about android devices. spice mi350n is nothing but crap. the company is irresponsible and the service backing is null and void! dont ever go for this stupid phone

    Zameer Ahmed

    (June 17, 2012 - 12:04 am)

    Yes, Spice MI350n is not worth our money….lot of problems with there downloads and they do not have service centres…..You cannot download desired and requsite applications, it does not support Skype, MI Indicator which are simplest applications supported by various other phones.

    kunal

    (June 15, 2012 - 11:25 pm)

    no body part acces

    Martin

    (June 2, 2012 - 4:49 pm)

    Just scared me of the mi 350 m

      suman

      (June 6, 2012 - 6:42 pm)

      you are saved

    shiva

    (May 24, 2012 - 4:43 pm)

    HI friends,

    my request is don’t do the mistake of buying any spice mobiles.
    i have brought the Spice MI350N model, within 2 month my panel is not getting locked and it is broken. battery backup is very poor.
    PC suite is not available with this model. service is not proper…..don’t do mistake of buying any spice mobiles

    suman

    (May 17, 2012 - 7:04 am)

    Camera is OK, system is slow hangs often and you will have to remove the battery and start again. Totally unnecessary applications that cannot be removed which consumes memory. Downloaded applications cannot be moved to SD card. Even if some applications can be moved the short cut icon will disappear from menu!. Poor touch screen My phone just got crashed after the touch screen got a software problem. Now the phone is at the service center, response from service center and customer care is pathetic Im thinking of discarding this phone and buy some other branded phone.

    Wesley Dev Andrew

    (March 28, 2012 - 7:42 am)

    I took the risk. I bought this Spice mi-350n. I wanted something different from all the Samsung galaxy Y phones my friends and relatives have. I was inclined to buy micromax a75 based on specifications, but online reviews from several websites complained too much about a75 (like slow interface, problems with market place, video playback proble ..). So I sticked to spice-mi-350n. I just hope I don’t get any problem with my phone that would force me to visit service center because that is when the brand name plays its role. I’m not saying anything against Spice service – I’ve never been there you see.

    I don’t think its fare to compare this Rs.7500 (from saholic all taxes + shipping included) Gingerbread phone with dell xcd35 (Starting price Rs.8699 ) froyo phone. dell xcd35 has lower spec battery, single sim. One advantage for xcd35 though, is its higher resolution screen which is an overkill for the 600mhz processor. An then I too found that Spice mi-350n is based on Fly IQ260 Blackbird. So I sought to buy Fly blackbird itself. I don’t think its available in India. At this price point, during these days, for similar specifications, only mi-350n and galaxy y are available. I actually wanted to wait for better phone, but my Asus-p535 fell dead. So I had to buy immediately. Now I’m with mi-350n.

    Now lets talk about the phone itself. I am certainly not disappointed at all. Actually I’m very proud ! My friends and relatives, all envy me now for its sheer screen size. Nobody seems to care about the fact that mi-350n is 150mhz slower than galaxy y. It compensates in other parts by having front-facing camera, proximity sensor, dual-sim, bigger screen, 3.2mp autofocus camera(sadly no flash – but I’m rarely without other light sources) and inspite of all that, a lower price tag. Its android marketplace just got upgraded to googleplay automatically today. It detects GPS satellites very quickly even without enabling AGPS (I guess it is because I enabled the option to prefetch satellite details).

    Only few issues so far. 1) Some preloaded apps are not my favourites and I’m unable to uninstall them. So they are wasting valuable internal memory space – I’m thinking about rooting the device after completion of warranty time. 2) The applications list window is not showing all the applications reliably (There are 8 pages of applications – but I’m shown only 3 pages, 4 pages, 6 pages randomly – very rarely all the 8 pages) This may be basic android problem. I’m not sure so cant blame Spice right away. 3) The battery lasts long but takes time to recharge as well. Around 4-5 hours to charge battery is something I’m not familiar with. As per manual, this could be because of running apps. I have to check. 4) No google earth for this phone. But got a free offline map utility called Androad from this link https://github.com/gkfabs/AndRoad/ (not in marketplace you have to download the .apk file and install it)

    Zailer

    (January 24, 2012 - 2:01 am)

    whats the difference between spice mi 350 and 350n ?????? i dont see anything except a change in looks .. is every spec same ? experts pls help 🙂
    thanks.

    najmul

    (January 22, 2012 - 9:10 pm)

    Spice is a worst mobile maker. Takes a cheap Chinese phone, copy paste the s/w, h/w & just name it something & you’ve got a brand new Spice phone. Even some internal links are not corrected & point to chinese sites.
    And Forget about after sales support. That’s it.

    Vijay

    (January 14, 2012 - 4:26 am)

    pros wrt Dell XCD35 are, front cam, android 2.3, slightly higher batt, dual sim

    cons wrt Dell XCD35 are lower resolution, less ram,

    but rooting gives more power to Dell phone rather than this one. So i will not buy this.

    sandeep

    (January 11, 2012 - 8:44 pm)

    bad experince

    sandeep

    (January 11, 2012 - 8:43 pm)

    this is very wort phone

    Genn

    (January 11, 2012 - 8:04 pm)

    Hi there,
    I am from Ukraine.
    We have the same model’s called as Fly IQ260 Blackbird here. In looks and specs models both are equal. Except only one thing. Fly doesnt have auto focus in rear camera. That is sadly.
    Could anybody advice my where I may take the ROM of your Spice Mi-350n?

    thank in advance

    saivignesh

    (January 11, 2012 - 6:33 pm)

    which is better mi 350n or micromax a75 please reply i am gonna buy any one of them

    saivignesh

    (January 11, 2012 - 6:32 pm)

    which is better mi 350n or micromax a75 please reply i am gonna buy any one them

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