Stocks are in for the iNo-One and one new surprise, but it is a good one! I am surprised that it came with Ice Cream Sandwich but it’s great as you get all the benefits of the newer OS like a smoother and slicker interface, access to more programs such as Chrome. I had the opportunity to play with the phone for awhile and first impression was that it was quite responsive. While no stocks available at the moment, the company mentioned on iNo Mobile website that they are still accepting orders for the second shipment coming in mid to late October.
Having Ice Cream Sandwich and Chrome definitely helps in the web browsing department. A quick benchmark comparison in Sunspider, where a lower score is better, Chrome scored 1,765ms. Next was Firefox (2,865 ms), Opera (3,251), and the stock browser a distant (4,172). In Google’s V8 Benchmark Suite test (where higher is better), version 6, Chrome trounced the competition. It scored 1575, more than twice as fast as the next fastest, the stock browser (627).
We didn’t had the opportunity to use RAM-intensive applications so we couldn’t tell how was the memory management of the phone but in our quick playaround, it was pretty responsive for general use like web browsing and surfing facebook, twitter etc. While the default launcher is OK, I quickly loaded Apex Launcher as it was something I am more familiar with. That also helped made the phone more responsive in my opinion. Once again, this is the advantage of Ice Cream Sandwich as Apex is not compatible with Gingerbread. So Huawei Honor users are out of luck.
All in all, the phone felt much better than the specifications would initially let us believe. Furthermore for a S$268 non-camera phone, and no hassle for a security sticker, I think its an excellent buy for contractors and NSmen who may not be able to lay their hands on a sticker.