KATA M2 Full Review

After the success of the M1 from Kata Digital, now comes the M2 which is something like a little brother to the M1.

Whats the differences?

Well, the M2 is a bit smaller than the M1 only at 5.5 inches compared to the M1 – but I feel this is a better size for most people, why? It fits more comfortably in my hand than the M1… Although I’m still partial to the M1 since its bigger which is what I need.

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I like the new look and feel of the M2 primarily since it feels more solidly built. The back panel also feels a lot less slippery that other phones in the market that use all plastic back cases. I also like the metal edging that they built in.

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Another new aspect Kata Digital has incorporated is the flip case cover they provide – which is already a smart case and already built in to the back casing, so all you need is to replace the back cover.

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Here is the full specifications again:

  • Quad band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, triple band HSPA+
  • 5.5-inch IPS capacitive HD (1280×720) touchscreen display
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali-400MP2 GPU, MediaTek MT6582 chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via micro SD slot
  • 13MP auto focus main camera with LED flash,
  • 5MP secondary camera
  • 1080p video recording
  • Multimedia player
  • FM Radio
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Wi-Fi Hotspot
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • Sensors: accelerometer, proximity, light
  • 2300mAh Li-Po battery
  • 157mm x 77mm x 7.98mm
  • 215g

 

One thing I noticed with Kit Kat phones (4.4 version) is that the OTG function has been disabled,not only in the M2 but also on another brand I tested that was running a 4.4.2 OS.  I do hope they bring it back in the next update.

Wifi and Mobile Signal reception is a lot stronger than other phones… I tested it against the LG L70 and the M1 and also Iphone 4s ( with the iphone having only 1 bar of wifi signal compared the the M2 that had 2 bars.)

The back camera also has for me better quality compared to the M1.

So far in terms of general gaming performance, it plays well both online and downloaded games Battle Command and Armies of Dragons.

Here is also a sample of the video capabilities.

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The phone is dual sim with 1 regular sized slot and 1 micro sim slot.

So far, battery life lasts the whole day provided with moderate use – if used with a data plan – it lasts around 5 hours. On wifi the whole day. Charging time is about 3 hours.

Watching movies streaming is also nice with its HD screen.. I actually prefer it over my laptop.

The volume buttons were moved from the left to the right , alongside the power button – why, I dont know – but it kinda makes taking a screen capture picture harder for me compared with the M1, which has the volume buttons on the left thus making it easy to take a screen capture with 1 hand. Well, you can still use 1 hand with the M2 to do a screen capture, but its kinda tricky.

I also like the smart wake function they included in the settings, here’s a couple of the settings I like:

Tap to wake – just set it and tap twice to wake up the phone.

It has the C thing – draw a C when the phone is asleep and it will automatically open the camera.

Another cool feature they have installed is the Fonts Manager. Now you can change the fonts used in texts, and everything to almost any available font that you like.

For those on the go and always making presentations, one thing you might find handy is the Cast Screen function they have with the new Kitkat OS 4.4  – although I havent been able to make it work.. and based on the research I’ve done it seems that it will only work with chromecast or miracast and I have no other devices that has either one. Here’s an article about Screen Cast. http://www.phonearena.com/news/Cast-Screen-button-appearing-in-Android-Quick-Settings-for-some-users_id54447

Another extra thing is that Kata is providing 5 gig free online storage to all Kata owners with its Kata Cloud service. Those that bought the M2 on the 1st offering via online also got 25 gig coupons to upgrade their storage to 30 gig!

Priced at 6,999 each, I’d say this phone is right on the budget with its capabilities.

 

 

 

Ron is a happily married man for more than 10 years, the father of 3 boys. Loves to write about places that he visits. And works in the BPO industry.