Kazam Tornado 455L – Battery Life
The Kazam Tornado 455L has a 2,600mAh battery, which appears to be reasonable for a phone with a 720p screen – even if it is a large 5.5in one. In our usual video test it lasted for just over 8 hrs 30 mins, playing a 720p MP4 film at a brightness setting you might use when watching something in a reasonably well-lit room.
That’s unremarkable territory – and this is where it stayed in real-world use.
While the 455L will last a whole day if you don’t overdo it, it’s the phone’s poor LCD backlight management in auto mode that contributes to it draining fairly quickly over the course of a day. We achieved better results from the latest Motorola Moto G 4G – the one with the 2,390mAh battery upgrade – and it’s way off what more expensive large-screen phones such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 or Sony Xperia Z3 are capable of.
Kazam Tornado 455L – Sound and Call Quality
At the start of this review, we compared the Kazam Tornado 455L visually to the Sony Xperia Z range of phones – but there’s one crucial bit of the latter’s phone that the 455L seems to be missing.
There’s no obvious grille to denote an outlet for the speaker. When you put your ear to the unit while it’s playing, it seem as though sound is filtering out through the tiny seams that join the glass panels to the plastic sides nearer the bottom of the phone’s rear.
It’s no surprise, then, that the Kazam Tornado 455L’s sound quality is pretty poor. It lacks clarity, and the volume isn’t anything special either.
Call quality is fine, but nothing more. The 455L does, however, benefit from a secondary noise-cancellation mic on the back.
Should I buy the Kazam Tornado 455L?
While the company is well known for its low-price, high-value handsets, much of the Kazam Tornado 455L’s budget seems to have been spent on surface concerns such as the dual Gorilla Glass front/back panels, rather than on important elements such as the screen and CPU.
It’s a tarted-up budget phone. Unfortunately for Kazam, its ultra-competitive rivals such as Honor are offering handsets with better basics for your cash. Features on the 455L that could have been strengths – such as the decent camera sensor and water-resistance – are let down by poor implementation.
The Kazam Tornado 455L is a fair phone, but it suffers in too many areas to be considered a top deal for its mid-range price.
Score in detail
Battery Life 6
Calls & Sound 5
Screen Quality 7
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