Sonim XP7 Review

Created date: 09/30/2018, 14:21:47, Updated date: 04/16/2020, 11:46:13

Detailed review of Sonim XP7's features

We did a detailed review of the Sonim XP7's capabilities, specs, features, and ease-of-use. You can check our reviews on each aspect of this device, and our how much we recommend it when compared to other smartphone. This is a consolidated and detailed review of the Sonim XP7's features.

Review of the product design of the Sonim XP7

Rating of the ease of carrying it around and getting it in and out of bags or pockets

When deciding whether to buy an Sonim XP7, the first important factor is its size. Smartphones are used daily, and so it is important how easily they can be carried around and pulled out of bags or pockets. This review assesses how easy it is to carry the Sonim XP7 around and put it away.

Ease of grasping it in your hand to carry around

The size of the Sonim XP7 allows it to be carried in one hand, but depending on the user it might feel too large to hold comfortably. Furthermore, care must be taken when carrying it along with a wallet as it is relatively easy to drop if you are not paying attention.

Ease of carrying it around when placing it in your pocket

It doesn't feel strange even when you put the Sonim XP7 in a pocket. In addition, when sitting on a chair with the phone in a pocket, it can be kept comfortably as it doesn't get caught on one's clothes or body.

Ease of getting it in and out of your pocket

The Sonim XP7 has a size that makes it relatively easy to keep and take out. While it sometimes get caught when sticking out of the pocket, I think it is just a matter of getting used to it.

Ease of getting it in and out of your bag

The Sonim XP7 is a size that allows you to take it in and out of your bag and use it with ease. Also, since it is compact, even if your bag is small it won't get too bulky which is convenient.

Assessment of user-friendliness and ease of handling

It is important to consider the ease of using the phone in one hand. It can be said that it would be very useful if it is easier for you to send emails and instant messages or answer calls using one hand while cooking or using your computer. Here, we have reviewed the Sonim XP7 by focusing on the ease of using it in one hand and the ease of typing in letters.

Ease of grasping the phone in one hand

The large size of the Sonim XP7 makes controlling it with one hand difficult. If you have to use it with one hand, it is better to lay it in the palm of the hand rather than grabbing onto it. It isn't difficult once you get used to it, but as this grip is fairly unstable care must be taken not to drop it inadvertently.

The weight you feel when using the phone with one hand

The Sonim XP7 feels too heavy to operate with one hand, so the device wouldn't be a good choice even if you are just going to use it for a short period of time. We suggest that you hold it tightly with both hands as it may hurt your hands if you use it with just one hand for an extended period of time.

Ease of pushing the upper button on the screen using one hand

Even when used with one hand, the Sonim XP7 has a size which allows buttons on the edges of the display to be operated. However, people with small hands may lose their grip if they try to press the buttons at the edges.

The size of the buttons on the App

Overall, the operating buttons on the Sonim XP7 feel small. This makes it easy to mistap, but usually this won't be a problem once you get used to it. The operating buttons in games are generally small so you may feel like it is hard to control when you're playing.

Ease of typing in letters using the flick function

Inputting keys with one hand with the Sonim XP7 can be done but this grip tends to feel unstable. Because of this sometimes you can drop it carelessly when trying to type quickly. If you take your time when typing though you will be unlikely to drop it.

Ease of typing in letters using the keybord funtion

If you aren't being careful it is really easy to mistype when using the Sonim XP7 with two hands since the buttons are so small. In addition, typing at high speeds is pretty difficult and I can't say its very suited for it.

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

Assessment of whether it is suitable for standard use

For people who use their smartphone on a daily basis, high performance is a rather important factor. When the performance is not good enough, then, for example, applications don't work as they should or the screen is difficult to see, and this causes stress. This review looks at whether the performance of the Sonim XP7 is suitable for making phone calls, messaging, or using SNS.

The size of the letters and the ease of operation

The display of the Sonim XP7 is somewhat small and this can make letters feel small as well. However as the size of the writing can be adjusted in the OS settings and the screen isn't so small that it is hard to see images, this shouldn't be an inconvenience for normal use. While it doesn't seem well suited for reading long sentences in emails or when researching something, I can say that it is suited for short messages and for looking things up quickly.

Ease of reading sentences

The Sonim XP7 displays fonts relatively nicely, and even small characters can be displayed nicely. While people with good eyes can see the jagged outlines of characters when they look at the display up close, this does not make the characters difficult to see. It can be said to be a display that is adequately suitable for reading text.

The beauty of the overal screen

The Sonim XP7 can display photos and videos beautifully. While people with good eyes can see jagged outlines when they look at the display up close, it is not really something of concern.

Ease of writing sentences

When typing a sentence with the Sonim XP7 the keyboard obscures the screen to some extent. While I do feel like there isn't enough work space to allow for long sentences, for short sentences it isn't really an issue.

Does it have sufficient performance to make calls and send emails?

When using the Sonim XP7 for calls, emails, or for chatting the processing power can be insufficient, and you can experience slowdowns as a result. When using apps it felt like the motion would get caught up which was a bit stressful. For ordinary more relaxed use this slowing isn't at a level that would bother you, but its performance is not suited for fast control.

Does it have sufficient performance to search for things and using Social Networks?

The performance felt lacking when using the internet and SNS. Sometimes the apps felt like they were running slowly. If I kept using it when that happened apps would close suddenly or stop completely.

Does it have sufficient performance to do other tasks while searching for things and using Social Networks?

For example, if you're using multiple apps simultaneously, such as swapping between SNS or chat frequently, it will gradually start to operate slowly. If you use it for a long period in this way apps can begin to forcefully close due to lack of memory and can crash.

Summary of Sonim XP7 performance and functions

The size and weight of the Sonim XP7

The body of the Sonim XP7 is 2.8 inches (72.1 mm) wide, 5.4 inches (137 mm) long, and 0.8 inches (20.8 mm) thick. Also, the screen size is 4 inch, and it weighs 290 oz (290 g). The size is slightly smaller than normal smartphones, making it relatively easy to use with one hand. The drawback is that the screen is small and a bit hard to see, but overall the device has achieved a good balance. It's good for people who want to comfortably use their smartphone with one hand. It is quite heavy and not really suitable for operating with one hand.

Sonim XP7
Icemobile Gravity 4.0
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Sonim XP7Icemobile Gravity 4.0miraie KYL23 au
ColorBlack/YellowBlack/White/Orange/Yellow/Greenー / ー/
Dimensions (width x height x thickness)2.8 inches (72.1 mm) x 5.4 inches (137 mm) x 0.8 inches (20.8 mm)3.0 inches (75.8 mm) x 5.5 inches (140.4 mm) x 0.6 inches (16.3 mm)2.5 inches (64 mm) x 5.0 inches (128 mm) x 0.5 inches (11.5 mm)
Weight290 oz (290 g)316 oz (316 g)134 oz (134 g)
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Display of the Sonim XP7

The Sonim XP7 has a IPS LCD screen with a resolution of 480 x 800. The screen clarity is the same as a standard smartphone. It is perfectly satisfactory. If you look closely at the screen and have good eyesight, you can see some dots on the screen.

Sonim XP7
Icemobile Gravity 4.0
miraie KYL23 au
Sonim XP7Icemobile Gravity 4.0miraie KYL23 au
Display size4 inch4.02 inch4.5 inch
Display typeIPS LCDIPS LCDTFT
Screen resolution (width x height)480 x 800480 x 854540 x 960
Pixel density233 ppi243 ppi244 ppi
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The battery life of the Sonim XP7

The Sonim XP7 has a battery capacity of 4800 mAh. Compared to normal smart phones, it has quite a high-capacity battery.

The processing capability of the Sonim XP7

The Sonim XP7 uses the Qualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400 CPU with 1.2GHz×4(Quad core). The memory capacity is 1GB. It has low spec processing power and its performance is lower than typical smartphones. Also, memory space is slightly smaller than average smartphones. There are many times when storage space feels insufficient. Ultimately, it's just barely enough to get by.

Sonim XP7
Icemobile Gravity 4.0
miraie KYL23 au
Sonim XP7Icemobile Gravity 4.0miraie KYL23 au
ChipsetQualcomm MSM8926 Snapdragon 400Mediatek MT6582Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8926
CPU specs1.2GHz×4(Quad core)1.2GHz×4(Quad core)1.2GHz×4(Quad core)
RAM size1GB1GB1.5GB
Storage size16GB8GB8GB
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The camera of the Sonim XP7

The Sonim XP7 has a back camera with 8 MP. The front camera has 1 MP. The rear camera performance is about the same as a typical smartphone. The image quality for longer distance photography is less than satisfactory, but on the whole, there are no issues with short distance photos. Again, the performance of the front camera is lower than that of ordinary smartphones. Don't expect great image quality from this either.

Sonim XP7
Icemobile Gravity 4.0
miraie KYL23 au
Sonim XP7Icemobile Gravity 4.0miraie KYL23 au
Rear-camera resolution8 MP8 MP8 MP
Front-camera resolution1 MP3 MP2 MP
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