Mouse Computer MADOSMA Q501 reviewed, Windows Phone from Japan
Madosma Q501 is a non-SIM locked windows phone that is now sale in Japan. Packing specifications of a budget phone, it is currently being sold for ¥ 30,000 which is about 240 dollars and available in two colors, white and black.
The front is dominated by a 5 inch HD IPS display packing 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. There is a 2MP front camera on the top left and on the bottom there are three traditional buttons for “back”, “home” and “search” functions.
On the top, there is a micro USB port for charging along with 3.5 mm headphone jack. There is nothing on the bottom.
The back of the Madosma is removable, just like budget and mid range Lumia phones. Removing the back cover reveals the battery which is also user-replaceable. It also gives you access to micro SD card slot and micro SIM slot.
Equipped with a removable 2300 mAh battery, the Madosma Q501 gives you 460 hours of standby time and 9 hours of talk time on a single charge. Size is 70.4 × 142.8 × 8.4mm and weighs 125 grams. Battery life is about 7 hours while playing a video in loop with brightness set to 30 percent and volume levels to 15.
The Madosma Q501 comes loaded with Windows Phone 8.1 Update 2 which allows users to use Bluetooth keyboard, it will definitely get update to Windows 10 Mobile as we spotted it running Windows 10 at the de:code 2015 event.
One thing that stop Japanese users from jumping on to Windows Phone bandwagon is lack of Cortana support in Japan which is its main selling point in USA and Europe. While the reviewer loved the inclusion of Microsoft Office, its charm has faded since it is available on both of rival platforms now. Another thing not to like is small storage. Out of 8GB, you get mere 3.77GB of free space and you will quickly run of storage by snapping few pics and recording video. We strongly recommend getting a 16GB micro SD card to expand storage.
Performance is top notch thanks to Snapdragon 410 quad core processor. Unlike the phones with Snapdragon 200 that are unable to record HD videos, the Madosma had no problem in recording HD or even Full HD videos. Maximum photo resolution is 8MP (2,448 × 3,264 pixels). AF is fast ad it takes high class photos. There is no anti-shake function though. Here are few pictures taken with its camera.
Verdict – Mouse Computer Madosma is a SIM-unlocked phone and can be used anywhere. Its screen, performance and battery life are all great. We wish it came with 16GB storage and Cortana support. Nevertheless it is a great phone and we hope it will help in increasing windows phone share in Japan.