The gobii range is getting bigger and continues to impress with good value for money. Following on the success of the e-reader and tablet range, two new gobii smartphones hit the market earlier this year and I’ve heard good feedback so far. The smartphone range currently includes a 4″ dual-core Android device and more expensive 4.5″ quad-core option.

The gobii IIP & IVP
The gobii IIP & IVP

Let’s take a look at the specs:

gobii 4″ Smartphone IIP

  • Processor: MT6572 Dual-Core @ 1.3GHz with dedicated graphics processor
  • O/S: Android version 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Display: 4.0″ WVGA IPS (Resolution: 480 x 800) with Dragontrail glass screen
  • Storage: 4GB (Extendable up to 36GB with an external micro SD card of up to 32GB)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Camera: 5.0 Mega-Pixel rear camera (software enhanced to 8 Mega-Pixel); 0.3 Mega-Pixel front camera (software enhanced to 2 Mega-Pixel)
  • Dual SIM (accepts standard size SIM card from any network provider)
  • Connectivity: 2G/3G: GSM900/1800 and WCDMA2100; Wi-Fi: 802.11 B/G/N; Bluetooth: Ver. 4.0
  • Battery: 1150mAh Lithium Polymer Rechargeable
  • FM Range: 76 108MHZ
  • Dimensions: 123mm x 63mm x 10mm
  • Weight: 126g
  • Ports/Slots: Micro USB, AUX 3.5mm, Microphone, MicroSD (max. 32GB), SIM (Dual)

gobii 4.5″ Smartphone IVP

  • Processor: MT6582 Quad Core Cortex A9 @ 1.2 with dedicated graphics processor
  • O/S: Android version 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Display: 4.5 FWVGA IPS (Resolution: 480 x 854) with Dragontrail glass screen
  • Storage: 8GB (Extendable up to 40GB with an external micro SD card of up to 32GB)
  • Memory: 1GB RAM
  • Camera: 5.0 Mega-Pixel rear camera (software enhanced to 8 Mega-Pixel); 0.3 Mega-Pixel front camera (software enhanced to 2 Mega-Pixel)
  • Dual SIM (accepts standard size SIM card from any network provider)
  • Connectivity: 2G/3G: GSM900/1800 and WCDMA2100; Wi-Fi: 802.11 B/G/N; Bluetooth: Ver. 4.0
  • Battery: 1700mAh Lithium Polymer; charges via USB port or wall charger
  • FM Range: 87.5 108MHZ
  • Dimensions: 132mm × 66mm × 9.8 mm
  • Weight: 156g
  • Ports/Slots: Micro USB, AUX 3.5mm, Microphone, MicroSD (max. 32GB), SIM (Dual)

Both smartphones look the part with perhaps the only ‘weakness’ being the camera quality. But that’s only when comparing to phones which are much more expensive than these two. With the IIP currently selling (at the time of writing) for R999 and the IVP for R1699 can you really complain? You’re getting an Android device with plenty of punch at a fraction of the cost of others.

I reckon if my current phone packs up, I’ll buy one of these and happily cruise along using pre-paid airtime and data, instead of getting locked into an expensive contract.

Check out the links below to buy the phones or see more info and reviews: