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The Kestrel from EE Review
If you're wanting to join the 4G revolution but don't want to spend too much money then take a look at the Kestrel smartphone from EE. EE's Kestrel smartphone has been specifically designed for those on a budget, offering unbeatable value for money and decent specs and of course access to super-fast internet browsing and download speeds. Sound interesting? The read on for our full Kestrel from EE review.
Kestrel is the first branded smartphone to be launched by mobile phone operator EE. It comes with a 4.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (540 x 960 resolution) and shares a similar to design to Huawei's Ascend G6 (which perhaps isn't surprising as Huawei manufacture the Kestrel for EE). The display is impressive with great colour contrast, brightness and, thanks to the IPS screen, good screen viewing from all angles. There's also the option to change the screen brightness and the volume depending on where and when you're using it e.g. outdoors, when you're asleep or in a meeting.
Kestrel boasts LTE Cat 4 which means it can handle speeds of up to 150Mbps. It's certainly very speedy and responsive when browsing and downloading data and, of course, streaming music and films.
EE's Kestrel runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.3 operating system and comes with Huawei's Emotion 2.0 User Interface. The built-in apps can all be found on the home screen and there's the option of customising the screen layout with various wallpapers and choices of icons. Kestrel comes with some useful apps which include all of the Google apps, Amazon's appstore and the EE Film app.
On the rear of the Kestrel smartphone is a decent 5-megapixel camera which features an LED flash, 6 x digital zoom and a choice of shooting modes such as HDR and Panorama. The front-facing camera is a 1-megapixel snapper which is ideal for Skype and of course taking selfies. Both cameras can record video in 720p.
Inside Kestrel is a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S400 quad-core processor as well as 1GB of RAM. There's 8GB of expandable on-board memory thanks to the microSD slot and the 2000mAh battery which easily gives enough power for a day's worth of usage on 4G. There are also 3 battery modes to extend the battery life between charging if needed.
All in all a very solid smartphone offering superb value and currently the cheapest 4G enabled handset available.
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