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Play it safe with the 10.or D2

Keep it simple 10.or D2

Keep it simple 10.or D2  

The 10.or D2 does not do anything radically different, and perhaps that is a good thing

In the fast-paced world of entry-level smartphones, there is not a lot to distinguish one model from another. The 10.or D2 also struggles with the same problem, with its USP being that it is ‘crafted for Amazon’. The affordable D2 is equipped with a 5.45-inch display, not the Full HD kind, but at the sub-₹6,000 price point it occupies currently, that is acceptable. Our review unit has a Snapdragon 425 processor, 3 GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage, which is expandable.

The phone does run Android 8.1 Oreo, which is quite commendable, and a pretty clean build of Android at that. It does, however, get a bunch of Amazon apps pre-installed. These cannot be uninstalled, but can be disabled.

Despite its modest internals, the D2 performed well, and average tasks were handled smoothly. As long as you do not expect high-end gaming or significant multitasking, the D2 runs along fine. Even in the camera department, where it uses a 13 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing sensor, the D2 holds up well in good light, though low-light sees it struggle to retain detail and produce slightly washed-out images. The front camera gets a flash and the camera app does not overdo things, with basic features like HDR, some filters, and a beautification mode for selfies doing the trick here. The efficient internals also saw the 3,200 mAh battery provide us with good endurance and last a day with some juice left. Our main gripe was the lack of a fingerprint sensor, which is a big omission even for budget phones these days, and after-sales support quality is still unclear compared to other brands with larger support networks.

Overall, there is little to complain about the D2, aside from the forced Amazon integration and missing fingerprint sensor. However, in return, you get a reasonably solid device with near up-to-date software, a clean build of Android and good specs for the price. Though not in the Android One programme, 10.or have been decent with updates in the past, and if that holds true for the D2, this is worth considering for the current asking price of ₹5,999 (for the 32 GB version).

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