There is a new brand in town that will surely beat up the market for it’s quality and affordability. Launched in May 16, 2013, Arc Mobile phones already has a few models to brag. One of it is the Nitro 4ooD which is on my hands right now.

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Unboxing

The Nitro 400D is one of the mid to high range smartphone from Arc Mobile. It is placed in a card box which is designed like their other boxes with shades of black and blue.

What’s on the box

Nitro 400D Handset
3.5mm headset
Charger
Battery
User Manual
Micro USB cable

 

Build and Specifications

The device has a look of a typical android phone. It is a rebranded phone to fit the needs of the Filipinos of an affordable and good performing android smartphone.

The body of Nitro 400D is made of plastic which gives it a very light weight. The back has a matte type of finish. Though you can see the back as a flat finish, you can feel a bit of a curve feeling when you are holding it.

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Top: 3.5mm port for the headset, Micro USB port for Charging and Data Transfer, Power/Sleep Button
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Left Side: Volume Buttons

 

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Right Side: Nothing on this side

 

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Bottom: Mic

 

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Back: Micro SD Slot, SIM 1 Slot, SIM 2 Slot

The first thing that I did when after charging the Nitro 400D is to play a few games on it. Although the display is not really that impressive, the performance is better among other smartphones which is more expensive than Nitro 400D. I was able to play Real Racing 3, Need for Speed Most Wanted, Temple Run 2, Agent Dash, Guns Bros 2, Team Awesome, and of course Candy Crush. Although There is a bit of lag when loading in Real Racing 3 and Need for Speed Most Wanted, the in-game performance is already good for me. The controls runs really smooth and very responsive. I can say that for a person who likes games, this is already a good phone for him.

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Arc Mobile Nitro 400D (Left), Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 (Right)
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Arc Mobile Nitro 400D (Left), Cherry Mobile Flame 2.0 (Right)

The social networking and business features are also present in Arc Mobile. It has a stock web browser aside from Google Chrome. Facebook, Instagram, and other Social Networking tools are also present. Like any other Android smartphones, other business application can be downloaded from Google Play Store and most of them are compatible with Nitro 400D.

The Camera of Nitro 400D is good. In fact I have compared it to the shot of Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Of course the Note 2 has a better performance, but Nitro 400D can compete with the other leading brands with the same category. It is a 5MP rear camera and a .3MP front Camera.

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The Nitro 400D has a 512RAM and 4GB of ROM which is expandable to 32GB. Running on stock Android 4.1.2. The Nitro 400D also gives you an option to choose where to save applications either in SD card or internal memory.

The not-so-impressive part is the battery life of Nitro 400D. With all of its features it only has 1450 mAh battery which is not-so-acceptable for me for a smartphone. But according to Arc Mobile, that is the power capacity that the unit can handle because of its size. They also said that they are already working on it on how they may be able to improve the battery experience of the succeeding models.

Complete Specs

OS: Android 4.1.2 Jellybean
CPU: 1 GHz (MediaTek) MT6577 Dual Core
GPU: PowerVR SGX531
RAM: 512MB
ROM: 4GB
4G: No
3G: Yes
2G/Edge/GPRS: Yes
External SD: Yes
Screensize: 4.0″ HVGA
Camera (front): 0.3 MP
Camera (back): 5.0 MP
Dual-Sim: YES
WIFI: Yes
TV: No
Battery: 1450 mAh

 

Arc Mobile Nitro 400D is already a decent smartphone for every Filipinos to avail. Its performance is way better that Samsung’s Galaxy Y and Alcatel’s Glory 2. And for its price of Php 3,990 the Nitro 400D is a good buy.

We’re giving this phone away so be sure to go to this link to cast your entry.

 

Ian Irving is known to be a "Cracker Jack." He is the best in what he does. A "Jack of all Trades." He may be a master of none but definitely better than a master of one. Follow him on twitter: @fritzgamer.