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Published:Monday | January 12, 2015 | 12:00 AM

Written and Compiled by Kareem LaTouche and Stephanie Lyew

A review of the DL800

It seems like Digicel is steadily becoming a cellular brand in Jamaica. Since a couple months back, with the introduction of the DL600, there has been a swarm of new phones to the DL series. This week, we will take a look at the next upcoming range in the family - the DL800. This phone is considered the long lost cousin to the DL750 and the sibling to the DL900. Let's see what this phone has in store for us.

DL800 specification as listed on the box:

OS Android 4.4 Kit Kat

FM radio and analog TV

8MP rear camera and 5MP front-facing camera

Flash

Bluetooth V3.0

Micro SD card support

4.5'' touch screen display

The boxes of the DL phone always seem to neglect essential information that most users and potential buyers want to see. Where is processing power, RAM size, and internal storage? Luckily, I know my way around the Android OS well enough. So, the hidden specifications for the DL800 are as follows:

Dual-core 1.3GHz processor

512MB Of RAM

1.27GB of internal storage

Mali - 400MP GPU

Build quality and design

The DL800 is the only Digicel smartphone that I find attractive and appealing enough to walk with on a daily basis. The phone has a removable battery and a memory card slot. The construction is all plastic; like you expected better at that price point ... The DL800 truly looks sleek as it says on the box.

Camera quality

The DL800 has an 8MP camera, so don't expect it to come close to high-end phone like the Galaxies. That being said, the camera isn't bad at all. It takes pretty decent daylight photos and a little below-average night shot. But I'll let you be the judge of that with the sample photos I have provided.

Performance

I have to admit, this phone feels slightly sluggish compared to the DL750. It's not considerable slower and most might not see it, but to the trained eyes it's there. Also, the limited amount of internal memory hampers the full capability of the phone. Large games like Fifa 15 won't fit on such a small internal storage, but the phone has the processing power to handle this game and much more.

Display

Everyone needs at least a decent screen to look at when on the road, and that screen is usually your smartphone. Your smartphone is the one-stop for movies, games and pictures. The DL800 does an OK job of this, but there is certainly room for improvement in the sharpness and color department.

Outstanding features

We all know by now that the DL750 has a TV function that makes you watch local stations. Well, the DL800 takes it a step further by allowing you to record what you are watching in the TV application on the phone. I know a couple of people will be thrilled of this new addition in the TV app. Also, it might not seem like much, but the navigation buttons are backlit for ease of use in the dark. No more fumbling in the dark to find the back button.

Final thoughts

The DL lines of phones have grown considerably since their conception, so much so that their only competitor is themselves. The DL800 just made the competition harder. Now the hot topic will be, should I buy the DL750, DL800 or the DL900? The answer to that is, the user knows best.

Writer: Payton H. Wilmott

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Writer: Payton H. Wilmott