The Wickedleak Wammy Passion Z+ is probably one of the most awkwardly named phones released here, in a long time. The Bangalore based company started off last year with a budget tablet which didn’t really do so well in the market, and they’ve moved their focus to phones now.

The Z+ is a reasonably nice looking phone, with an angular style that isn’t typical, but the plastic backing feels weak and the lack of design flourish marks this out very strongly as a “budget" phone. Still, at 15,900, it’s priced at more or less the same as the Micromax Canvas 4 or the Spice Stellar Pinnacle FHD, and given that the company has to spend a lot less on advertising, they’re able to deliver a little more bang for your buck.

The big selling point is the full-HD screen, running at 1920X1080 pixels—brightness and colours look good as well, and the screen looks good whether you’re watching movies or playing games. Aside from that, there’s a 1.5GHz quad core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of built in storage, and the camera has a 13 megapixel sensor.

On paper, all of that sounds good, but the actual performance had some problems.

First up, the camera. It can certainly take huge pictures, but low light performance is bad and even in normal lighting, focusing takes a really long time, and unless you have a really simple frame you’re going to end up with a grainy image. This is a common problem with many of the budget handsets these days, and phone makers must stop playing the numbers game and look at the end results as well.

In general use, the phone works fine, but the second problem with performance is battery life. Playing games, watching HD movies, these things cut into battery life drastically, so you’ll be lucky to get more than six hours of use out of the phone if you’re planning on doing any of these things—and if you’re limiting yourself to low intensity tasks, then why not buy a cheaper phone?

Overall, the Z+ is a nice option if you’re looking to choose between offerings from Micromax and Spice, and shares a lot of the same criticisms too. The segment has a lot of options now, unlike just a few years earlier where budget meant a horrible user experience. But as the Z+ also proves, there’s still room for improvement.

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