Ding Ding Iron 1 Review, A Tough Smartphone With Style On A Tight Budget!
Ding Ding Iron 1 Specs
Unboxing / Accessories
|The new box of Iron 1|
Ding Ding Mobile generally changed the design of the packaging of this phone for the better. It's bolder and gives you a more "Iron Phone" feel.
|The generous package of the Iron 1|
What's impressive here is when you open the box. This is one of the few products that really got me excited upon opening. Just like the Iron 2, it comes with a lot of accessories like an earphones with mic, 1 A USB wall charger, micro USB data / charging cables, crystal clear case, screen protector and a flip leather case that actually works.
Note: I forgot to take a photo of the earphones included
Build Quality / Design
|The sandstone like textured back cover case|
My impressions never changed on this one, the Ding Ding Iron 1 is definitely the toughest and most beautiful budget phone I've seen in the Philippine market. It looks better than SKK Lynx and feels more durable too.
|The 3.5 mm jack on top together with the visible antennas|
Everything is well machined, it doesn't have annoying sharp edges and actually nice to hold.
This is truly the main highlight of this phone as it's metal frame is made out of a special type of metal alloy that's said to be tougher than aluminum and other type of materials used with other phones.
|Here's a closer look to the microphone, speaker grills and micro USB port|
Another thing, the screen is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. That's tough enough to crack walnuts, prevent hairline scratches and prevent breaking from accidental drops / bumps.
|Full view of the phone|
Warning: Of course you won't abuse your screen as it will break even if they're using some type of tough glass here.
|The display of Ding Ding Iron 1|
This phone is using a 4.5 Inch FWVGA capacitive OGS panel. While the resolution count is not so high at 854 x 480 pixels only. It's quite good in the eyes because of the one glass solution. The Iron 1 has acceptable viewing angles and actually nice details with hard to distinguish pixels. It also has a 5 point multi touch capability for a better touch response. However, the color reproduction is looks a bit yellowish for me and strains my eyes after long hours of usage. It also doesn't perform that well under direct sunlight.
Audio QualityJust like the Iron 2, the Iron 1 performed identical when it comes to the audio quality. It has a quite loud speaker at the back that can play good music up to 80% volume. It's quite clear, listenable and packs some nice musical separation. Just make sure not to crank the volume more as you;ll experience muddiness, harshness and distortion.
The headphone out, on the other hand has a flat sound signature that responds well to tuning. It doesn't overwhelm the other frequencies and has nice transparency. However, it may be dull sounding for those who prefer some bass heavy tunes. It also falls short in terms of driving power as it won't be able to power-up some big headphones to maximize their potential. In general, that's quite understandable for a budget device.
When it comes to the microphone quality, it was able to do some clear calls and to my surprise the audio recording I got from the video I took was quite pleasant to my ears.
|Battery under actual daily usage|
On actual daily usage, the Iron 1 is good enough to last you a day of work in a single charge. Even at just 1650 mAh, it was able to withstand my casual texting, calls and social media. That also includes some occasional camera usage and testing it's special features like the pedometer and heart rate sensor. The great thing about this phone is it has a battery saving mode that helps the phone last longer.
Note: Under heavy straight usage, it lasted a little over 4 hours, 4:04 to be exact.
|Indoors close-up with great lighting (dull result)|
|Outdoors cloudy day|
|Selfie with morning day light|
|The LG and Samsung like UI of Iron 1 (I prefer a stock Android look)|
As expected from a budget device, the Iron 1 isn't a powerhouse. It's using an older type of quad core processor and GPU. Fortunately, it has 1 GB of RAM to make the overall multitasking experience a bit better. When using few apps you can hardly feel any hiccups from switching from one to another. You'll just feel the lag when you open too many apps, which is not advisable to do in any phone.
Gaming wise, the Mali 400 GPU supports even some heavy games that's why I didn't have a problem when I ran Dead Trigger 2 and Real Boxing here. There are just some few frame drops when the phone heats up a little.
By the way, when it comes to special features the Iron 1 has a lot of it. From touch gestures, air gestures, pedometer, hear rate sensor and my favorite full double tap to wake function. This device has it.
Note: The stock UI has some bugs where there are times that it automatically creates multiple icons of the same app