Over the last couple of months I’ve used quite a few Wiko phones, namely the Highway Star, the Ridge 4G and the Selfy 4G. While I liked all of them there was one which for me just offered the most for the targeted price point: the Ridge 4G. In my opinion, the Wiko Ridge 4G combined premium feeling, a good display and great battery life in a budget smartphone. This all together impressed me a lot as you can read in my review. So if I had to do a ranking list it would look like this:
- 1st: Wiko Ridge 4G
- 2nd: Wiko Highway Star
- 3rd: Wiko Selfy 4G
Interested in the Wiko Ufeel? Check out our unboxing and first impressions article!
Design & Build Quality
Design and Build Quality – Pros and Cons:
Double Tap & Gestures
Display – Pros and Cons:
Battery Life – Pros and Cons:
+ Very good battery life
Speaker – Pros and Cons:
+ Very loud
+ Acceptable quality
+ Headphones are included
– Not the best placement
The Wiko Fever is equipped with a 5 megapixel front-facing camera and a 13 megapixel shooter on the back. While the one on the front is perfect for all the selfies fans out there I’m not so pleased with the quality of the main camera.
Here are some sample pictures I took with the device (For bigger size -> click on them):
While the pictures definitely don’t look too bad, the don’t look particularly good either. They all could look a bit sharper and also a bit more detailed in my opinion. On the other hand, colors look quite nice although this depends very much on the lightning condition. Nevertheless, the camera is good enough for snapshots. At the end of the day, this is not flagship device so it is logical that Wiko didn’t include the best camera module on the market.
Regarding the Wiko camera app, I’m quite happy. The Wiko Fever uses the same application like the other Wiko phones I’ve tested so far. If you want to know more about the camera app itself be sure to watch our review on YouTube.
Camera – Pros and Cons:
+ Very good front-facing camera
+ Good camera app
+ Main camera good enough for snapshots
– Pictures could be more detailed, sharper
The Wiko Fever runs Android 5.1 Lollipop with Wiko’s own user interface. While the interface still has some adaptions I don’t particularly like (for instance there is still no separate app drawer) I have to admit that the Fever offered me the best Android/ OS experience I’ve ever had on a Wiko phone. Not just because I quite like Android Lollipop in terms of design language but also because Wiko made huge progress regarding their own preloaded apps. Wiko finally improved their app design so that the apps perfectly match the new Material design. This is a huge improvement over the experience I had with the Wiko Selfy 4G which did run Android 5.1 as well but still used some app with the old design as you can read in my review:
The Wiko Selfy 4G is the first phone with Android 5.1 Lollipop I was able to use for a longer time. While I definitely appreciate that the device already ships with one of the newest versions of Android, I also have to mention that Wiko still has some work to do. Not only aren’t all the apps optimized for the new Material design but also does the software not run as smooth as on the Ridge 4G and Highway Star with Android 4.4
As mentioned in the quote above, I also criticized the software regarding smoothness and daily experience. On the Wiko Fever those problems are (almost) completely gone. Of course the operation wasn’t entirely stutter-free but stutters are very rare indeed. Daily use is very comfortable and fast. Compared with the Selfy 4G the experience is just much better. One reason for that is definitely the better hardware used in the Wiko Fever: 3 GB of RAM versus just 1 GB of RAM and quad-core MediaTek MT6735 versus octa-core MediaTek MT6753. Given that both phones are priced almost equally, the difference is just astonishing.
Otherwise you’ve got a pretty standard Android experience with all its advantages and disadvantages (mostly advantages to be fair). The most important advantages is undoubtedly the availability of pretty much every app one might need: Not only are all the social media platforms (including Snapchat, which still refuses to over a Windows app) but also all the relevant Microsoft apps and services are on the spot in Google Play. Furthermore, all of the important apps are of very good quality and get updates fairly regularly. Compared with Windows Phone/ Windows 10 Mobile the app situation is just incomparably better. But I still hope and believe that the Universal Windows app platform will grow and massively improve the app situation of Windows.
On the other hand there are things about Android I don’t like: First and foremost the boring grid design of the home screens. The tile layout of Windows 10 Mobile (Windows Phone) for me is still one of the most exciting layout of an OS. In my opinion there’s no better layout on earth. But since this is a very personal preference this of course won’t have any influence on this review. Nevertheless, I would wish for a Windows 10 Mobile phone from Wiko! 🙂
Software – Pros and Cons:
+ Android 5.1 and Material design
+ Wiko apps are updated with new design
+ Fluid experience
+ Apps and games availability
– No separate app drawer
Performance – Pros and Cons:
+ 3 GB of RAM
+ Fast MediaTek octa-core SoC
+ Good daily performance
The Wiko Fever is close to perfection! One of the best budget smartphones I’ve used!