iNO One Plus – Information and Specs

iNO are getting ready to launch the successor to the iNo One, an Android Non-Camera Smartphone, which turned out to be a great hit for the military folks. No surprises there really, what with the dearth of smart phones in this unique segment and the military unique requirement for a “OEM” certified non camera phone which proved to be a bane for other competition such as the iPhone or the Huawei camera-removed Honour.
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How to root the iNo One on Windows

You’ll need to root your iNo One if you need to apply various tweaks to your phone. These include using turn navigation for google maps in singapore, doing backups for your applications etc. Not to mention, it’s a simple two step process. (this applies only if your PC is a windows PC)

Two steps to root your iNo One:

1) Install drivers for your phone

2) Download, install and use unlockroot

Read on for more in-depth details:

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Review of the iNo One (Non Camera)

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.

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The iNo-One Non-Camera Phone

Rumours were floating about on the possibility of another camera-removed phone model to rival the Huawei Honor. It was the iNo-Sun A908 and we did a short review on it. Did the distributors read GadgetReactor? Apparently, the advice on the naming of the phone was taken and the iNo-Sun A908 has been renamed or rebranded as iNo One Non-Camera.


Details of the iNo-Sun A908 cannot be found on their website anymore and instead they are marketing the iNo-One Non Camera with similar specs.

What’s New?

  • Original non-camera model without holes and mountings for cameras. 
    This is huge! The declaration as an official non-camera model and the flushed casing is a one-up over the Huawei Honor. The Huawei Honor due to it being a camera-removed model, still requires a certification sticker for MINDEF locations. If this is marketed clearly as a non-camera model without any ports for camera, it should be able to be brought into camps just like the blackberry non-camera models. We have heard some areas to be particularly sticky in terms of releasing the certification sticker and this might be a good workaround.

  • Increase in price! (228 -> 268)
    Boo! Any price increase is always a bad thing. I guess some of the charges for manufacturing the new back casing and removal of the lens require an additional surcharge but the $40 here translates to approximately 17% price increase from the original.

  • ICS Compatibility
    The distributor has promised future updates to ICS. It is good that they are committed to supporting the phone and to improve it with new features. However, this skeptical author recommends readers to take this with a pinch of salt. The fragmentation problem of Android is huge and there have been many manufacturers, namely LG and HTC that have defaulted on their claims to update their phone OS to ICS.

 

Technically, the iNo-One is really no different from the iNo-Sun A908 and the 1 Ghz single core processor with 512 mb ram will chug along in comparison to the quad core monsters such as the Samsung Galaxy S3 or HTC One X. The unique feature is still the dual-SIM and it’s probably the only non-camera phone with this feature. It will likely appeal to those who travel frequently and often have multiple SIM cards to switch around. The iNo-One is a basic phone at heart that would be able to cope with the usual phone, sms, whatsapp, angry bird or cut the rope-esque type of games, but heavy web-browsing and 3D games will take its toll (Update: Read out latest article on the iNo-One to see why web-browsing is no longer a concern).

Its available for pre-order and the expected availability would be in late Sep / Early October. Stay tuned for more information once its available.

The iNo-Sun A908 (iNo-One) Non-Camera Phone

This is the next non-camera phone that is expected to be launched in Singapore. It is a factory removed camera phone model and certification would be provided as well. It is expected to be priced at a relatively low cost of S$228 and would appeal to those whose contract is not up for renewal yet.  It is currently on pre-order and is expected to launch in August. Besides the price, the next interesting feature is that it has Dual-SIM support and could appeal to those with multiple phone lines to manage.At its price point, it could be the next mass phone for reservists to have access to a smart phone, browser, and more importantly, GAMES to pass time during their in-camp-training.

http://www.inomobile.com.sg/

Specifications

  •  Android Gingerbread 2.3.6
  • 1.0 GHz Single Core
  • 512 MB Ram
  • Dual-SIM card slots
  • 4.0″ capacitive 480 x 800 screen
  • GPS and Bluetooth
  • 124 mm x 64 mm x 10.95 mm
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable with microSD

The phone specifications are nothing to shout about and in fact, I would expect some minor slowdown due to the processor and lack of RAM as compared to the superior Huawei Honor. I would only recommend this phone if you are looking to use this phone for short periods of time and/or if the Dual-SIM feature is important, else the Huawei Honor especially at the promotion price of $400 would be a much better deal. Lastly, they really should have came up with a more attractive name for this phone.

Update (11 Aug 12): The iNo-Sun A908 has been replaced by the iNo-One. Read more about it here.