The packaging is quite neat and quite normal. where you’ll find the phone neatly wrapped in protective polythene like bag. Underneath the plastic separator that held the phone lies the neatly packed headset, charger and the USB cable. Apart from that you’ll find a small quick start guide for the phone and another booklet explaining the Dialogs new Boinc service. This is all very good: however you’ll have a hard time opening the box once you break the seal. The lid is tightly fit into the box and it’s nail jarring work to open the top cover.
Q243 is a remarkably well made, standard candybar smartphone with good construction (considering its price). It feels light and very comfortable in your hands and looks good as well – a vaguely Nexus 4-ish look that I quite like. The phone is slim and easy to handle compared to its older I43 and K45 siblings. The entire construction is done using plastic – and it doesn’t feel cheap. One of the comments I got from people who held the phone for the first time was “meka hena light ne”. Most people were pleasantly surprised by the exterior design.
The ergonomics are pretty standard. The volume rocker is placed on the left side while the power button rests in the right side of the phone. The standard 3.5mm audio jack and the charging port rest at the top.
This Q243 is made by Innos, the same company that made the previous i-series phones for Dialog. This is based on the Innos I2 and has impressive specs for a phone costing Rs 25000. As with most Dialog branded phones, this is also a dual-SIM device.
Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC (containing a quad core ARM Cortex A5 CPU with each core clocked at 1.2GHz)
GPU: Adreno 203
RAM: 1GB LPDDR2
Display: 4.3″ TFT screen with 540*960 resolution. (256ppi)
Camera: 2MP Front Camera and 8MP Rear Camera with Auto focus
Internal Storage: 4GB, Expandable Micro SD slot supporting up to 32GB.
Battery: 1600mAh non removable battery
Performance and stability of low to mid range Droids have been somewhat spotty in the past due to mediocre specs. The Q243 does not seem to suffer from such a fate, due to its 4 processing cores. The menu transitions are buttery smooth and switching between multiple apps does not seem to slow down the Q243. The 1GB Ram comes into play when you have several apps open in the background. Relatively demanding games like Angry Birds Go and Badlands also perform smoothly without any stutters or frame rate drops.
The 256 ppi screen is also quite good and a joy to look at. Color reproduction is good and it shows in games like Badlands. Although it’s not on par with other Android heavy weights, it’s admirably good for a mid range Droid – users generally don’t have much to contend with in this space.
Other basic phone functions like making calls and texting are on par with today’s smart phones. The camera is also pretty decent when there is light: however, the flasher is too weak to perform well under low light conditions. Overall though, the camera performance is acceptable for a Rs 25,000 phone.
The battery can hold a day without charging with moderate talk time (around 30 mins), some music, light gaming (20 mins) and with WiFi continuously switched on. The battery drains quite fast when playing 3D accelerated games and won’t last even half a day if you have an extended gaming session. Overall though, borders on acceptable levels.
The Q243 runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. The User Interface is completely untouched and is pure Android without any modifications. This is a good thing because Google has done a good job with the default Android UI as of late..
However, Dialog has bundled a lot of bloatware with the ROM, which is annoying. Unsurprisingly all the Dialog Android apps are pre-installed – which is somewhat understandable because this is a Dialog branded phone after all. However the inclusion of other apps like Opera, CricHQ and Kii Keyboard are unforgivable – they’re not even useful. Since all the bloat ware is part of the ROM you can’t uninstall them without root access.
However there are some drawbacks mainly with Dialog’s support for the phones. Lack of OTA updates (or any other OS updates from Dialog) is a bummer. For the old I43s they used to update the firmware of earlier batches to correct some bugs in the ROM, provided you bring the phone to one of their customer care centers – but those were bugs. No KitKat, people.
Overall, the UI and OS is what you expect from Android nowadays. It’s stable and fluid and gets the job done. If you are not fanatic about which version of Android you are running then the update thing doesn’t matter.
The phone has dual sim functionality with where both SIM slots are micro SIM slots. However, only the 1st SIM slot is reserved for high speed HSPA connections. The catch is that the first SIM slot is locked on to Dialog – you have to have a Dialog SIM in the first slot. You can of course use any other carrier SIM in the 2nd slot, but it won’t have high speed data connectivity.
Overall, the Q243 is a solid Quad Core droid, offering some real bang for your buck. There are compromises you have to make – like being partially locked into the Dialog eco system – but at least they haven’t skimped out on the build quality or specs. If you are already a Dialog user, then this phone is an easy choice for the Rs 25,000 price bracket. The competition isn’t great – the Nokia XL, the Samsung Ace 3 – this easily overpowers any of them. On the other hand, if you are unwilling to switch or lock into the Dialog eco system, perhaps you’ll find that investing a few thousand more on a Motorola Moto G is a better overall option.
+ Great performance
+ Crisp display
+ Pure android UI
– Too much bloat ware
– No OTA updates from Dialog
– Restrictive Dual Sim functionality
– Non removable battery
Subscribe to our mailing list and get interesting stuff and updates to your email inbox.
thank you for subscribing 🙂
awww something went wrong 🙁
We respect your privacy and take protecting it seriously
Dialog’s foray into phones has seen them competing with the low to mid range smart phones from almost every mainstream smartphone manufacturer. Since their proper first try with the “I” series, they have gradually grown their smart phone range and recently released a newer “Q” series of phones. The Q243 is a surprisingly well-built model offering quad-core processing for a great midrange price.
What kicked off in 2011 as a friendly gaming event has now developed into a fully-fledged gaming tournament. With the goal of promoting team building, leadership, and planning, the Virtusa
What kicked off in 2011 as a friendly gaming event has now developed into a fully-fledged gaming tournament. With the goal of promoting team building, leadership, and planning, the Virtusa LAN Challenge 2018 is happening.
Semi-Finals of the internal tournament will take place on the 22nd and 23rd of January 2018 at Virtusa premises.
january 22 (Monday) - 23 (Tuesday)
Virtusa Pvt. Ltd. 752, Dr Danister De Silva Mawatha, Colombo 09
The main purpose of the workshop is to give students the ability to analyze and present data by using Azure Machine Learning, and to provide an introduction to the use
The main purpose of the workshop is to give students the ability to analyze and present data by using Azure Machine Learning, and to provide an introduction to the use of machine learning and big data.
Module 1: Introduction to Machine Learning
This module introduces machine learning and discussed how algorithms and languages are used.
· What is machine learning?
· Introduction to machine learning algorithms
· Introduction to machine learning languages
Module 2: Introduction to Azure Machine Learning
Describe the purpose of Azure Machine Learning, and list the main features of Azure Machine Learning Studio.
· Azure machine learning overview
· Introduction to Azure machine learning studio
· Developing and hosting Azure machine learning applications
Module 3: Managing Datasets
At the end of this module the student will be able to explore various types of data in Azure machine learning.
· Categorizing your data
· Importing data to Azure machine learning
· Exploring and transforming data in Azure machine learning
Module 4: Building Azure Machine Learning Models
This module describes how to use regression algorithms and neural networks with Azure machine learning.
· Azure machine learning workflows
· Using regression algorithms
· Using neural networks
Module 5: Using Azure Machine Learning Models
This module explores how to provide end users with Azure machine learning services, and how to share data generated from Azure machine learning models.
· Deploying and publishing models
· Consuming Experiments
Module 6: Using Cognitive Services
This module introduces the cognitive services APIs for text and image processing to create a recommendation application, and describes the use of neural networks with Azure machine learning.
· Cognitive services overview
· Processing language
· Processing images and video
· Recommending products
Feel free to contact us for any inquiries
uditha bandara – 0716092918
All Day (Wednesday)
ANC education ,310 R A De Mel Mw, Colombo 03 00300
Blue Chip Training0716092918
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon - 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships
Startup Weekend is a global phenomenon – 54 hours of fast and furious prototype development through to exploring potential markets and pitching. It’s an unparalleled opportunity to build lasting relationships with co-founders; mentors, and investors.
The real value comes from taking an idea from concept through to execution using Lean tactics and working under high pressure with the best startups.
26 (Friday) 5:00 pm - 28 (Sunday) 8:00 pm
Oak Ray Regency Kandy
Oak Ray Regency Kandy, No 9, Devani Rajasinghe Mawatha,, 20000 Kandy