Obi MV1 review

Obi one for the UK

Obi MV1

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The screen on the MV1 is pretty impressive considering the price of the phone. It's a 5-inch display, and while you may be a little disappointed to find out it's not Full HD, in all honesty 720p is enough here.

I never really missed the level of pixel density you get on flagship phones. Picture quality when streaming video was absolutely fine, and when you're spending this little money you couldn't really expect much more.

Obi MV1 review

My main problem with the display on the MV1 is that it's too dark. On full brightness the phone is acceptable, but I like to leave the auto brightness mode on when testing a phone, so that I won't have to fiddle with the settings as the ambient light changes.

The auto-brightness did kick in, but it took quite a while to do so, and then it would make the screen too dark to see properly.

Obi MV1 review

Another key feature of the Obi MV1 is that is has 4G connectivity. This isn't quite the deal-breaker these days that it was a few years ago, but it's still a relatively recent innovation at the cheaper end of the smartphone spectrum.

It means you can get high-speed internet on your Obi MV1, and I've found connection speeds to be fast whenever I'm using the phone in areas with good signal.

You can also use two SIM cards simultaneously on the Obi MV1, enabling you to use two different numbers.

This is a much bigger thing for customers in developing markets than in the UK and Europe, but it could prove useful if you're constantly switching between two phones, one for business and another for pleasure.

James Peckham

James is Managing Editor for Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.