Just recently, we got the information that Dubai-based phone vendor, InnJoo, has unveiled a brand new device which they call the InnJoo One — or InnJoo One 3G HD and InnJoo One 4G when talking about the two variants. Even though both devices are practically the same (save for the slightly different processors), we’d like precisely to talk about the InnJoo One 3G HD, the model which will be available in the Nigerian market.
Call this review biased or not, this article was written from the point of view that you should NEVER buy this phone, especially when you are living in Nigeria. So, let’s give you a rundown of 5 reasons why should not buy the InnJoo One:
Despite costing higher than its supposed rivals in the mid range section, the InnJoo One looks like a substandard Chinese clone in real life (that’s exactly what it is actually). Forget the doctored and filtered pictures you see on the Web, we heard units of the phones were given out to bloggers in return for nice worded reviews and we managed to get a copy from one of these bloggers to see what the fuss was all about.
Heck, the device looks nothing like what’s on print. In fact, I suspect that by the time wear and tear starts to tell on this phone, you will probably not like to imagine what will happen. Furthermore, the absence of a visible home button but very large bezel at the bottom of the screen makes the phone look like an unfinished product.
InnJoo One uses a new OS, or rather, a user interface based on a forked Android 4.4.2 KitKat ROM, developed by InnJoo of course. They call it the InnOS and the UI lags as the F word. Though part of the UI looks neat and pretty smart, the user experience was pretty much cloggy and the last time it wasted such time to launch apps was when I, out of flair for tech, curiosity got a TV phone — those gigantic Chinko phones with antenna for “live TV”. What I did to the TV phone afterwards I can’t remember but the experience didn’t last up to an hour. Also, the presence of too much bloatware on the pre-loaded app list made up for some of the unsteady user experience the phone offers.
Rip off, yet too costly
If you’ve read about the InnJoo One before now, you ought to have known that Jumia and InnJoo copied the Infinix Zero — a nice, inexpensive smartphone — to produce their One. But then, despite looking less premium and packing similar/less superior specs to the Infinix handset, the InnJoo One costs a whooping ₦27,999, that’s 4,000 naira (roughly $20) north of the Zero.
Too many gimmicks
Just like already discussed, the phone has too much bloatware — apps with little or no value to the user but occupies space and is usually non-removable. And oh, don’t let the big grammar confuse you, the DragonTrail glass on the either sides of this phone will shatter upon contact with a hard surface. But then, InnJoo is not to be blamed about this, since the competitor smartphone, Infinix Zero, has glass (superior Gorilla Glass 3) on its back, “why don’t we put glass on this why and see why it won’t sell?”
Lack of customer service
InnJoo does not have a single service or show room in Nigeria (at least based on my knowledge and research). When other phone vendors like Samsung and Gionee are busing setting up more customer solution points towards the booming smartphone market in the country, InnJoo is thousands of miles away in Dubai pupping up sales via Jumia Nigeria who will not repair your handset in case of any damage and will hardly replace your factory-defective product (stories are on the web and around you).
We’ll not spend the whole day ranting about the InnJoo One since we’ve got thousands of other phones out there to cover, however, this phone is never a good buy according to our own point of view. If you are going to spend your money on a phone with these kind of specs, you’d rather go for the Infinix Zero or any other mobile phone which wouldn’t make you rage over your money.