SQ1000 Feature Phone Review: a Power Bank with Phone Functions

3.5

Summary

SQ Professional’s SQ1000 Bluetooth Phone is a feature phone with Bluetooth support, extremely loud speaker, massive battery, dual-function touch light, multimedia, and mobile power bank function.

Pros

  • It is rugged and as such can withstand rough-handling.
  • Sound is loud, clear, and balanced with the enhanced bass feature.
  • Price Vs Features is excellent.
  • Can charge other phones without depleting fast.

Cons

  • Actual Battery capacity is misrepresented.
  • An option to turn off the lousy start-up/turn-off noise completely would be a great addition.
  • The Wap function can be improved upon: maybe by installing the features directly to the internal memory.
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When next you hit the stores to get a secondary device to complement the one you already owned, SQ Professional’s SQ 1000 Bluetooth Phone is a good pick for a secondary device. It comes with a massive battery in the hood and can stay for a week (idle mode) without running down.

In this short SQ1000 feature phone review, I’ll be talking about a feature phone with a rugged body build, massive battery, super loud speaker, Bluetooth/SD card support and fancy touch light.

SQ 1000 Bluetooth Phone Unboxing and Features

SQ1000 Bluetooth phone Unboxing

Just as expected, the SQ Professional’s SQ1000 Bluetooth Phone came with a charger and an extra USB data cable for charging other devices. The extra USB cable has multiple phases for charging smartphones and feature phones alike. It can also charge MP3 players, smart watches, Wireless speakers and similar electronic gadgets.

Normally, cell phones of this budget range aren’t expected to come with many features, but SQ1000 came with many surprises. It has a rugged build, kind of heavy in handling, has Bluetooth, GPRS, FM radio, USB and camera functions.

An extremely loud-speaker, massive battery, dual-function touch light, multimedia, and mobile power bank functions are the other surprises that came with SQ1000 feature phone. Full specification is given below for your learning.

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SQ1000 Bluetooth Phone Specifications

Brand/ManufacturerSQ Professional
ModelSQ 1000
SIM TypeDual SIM
Battery Capacity20000 mAh (not real)
Battery TypeRemovable
Memory Card SupportYes, up to 32GB
Music PlayerYes
FM RadioYes
Video PlayerYes, with support for 3GP, MP4, and AVI
Video RecordingYes
Audio RecordingYes, with extremely long recording hours
Screen Technologyunknown
Screen Size2.8 inches HD screen
Network Band:GSM 900/1800 Mhz
ConnectivityBluetooth, USB, GPRS
Earphone jackNo
InternetWAP Browser
CameraYes, 3.0MP with Touch light as the Camera flash

Pricing: SQ1000 cell phone is sold in stores, malls and online shopping websites. Popular websites like Jumia and Konga do sale it at a discounted rate; depending on the store/seller. The normal retail price for SQ 1000 feature phone is between N9k – N12K: Depending on the store you’re buying it from. This copy was bought for ₦10,000 from a road-side seller.

A Detailed Insight into SQ1000 Features

SQ 1000 review and rating

Before talking about my experiences with the device so far, I’ll like to take a moment or two to discuss on the features, design, performance, and functions.

Design, build, and aesthetics

The SQ1000 is not one of those fancy feature phones out there, but it does have a rugged body build that actually looks good on it. There are set of control buttons arranged on its sides: These buttons includes; volume control, touch light switch, and multimedia buttons.

The SQ1000 Bluetooth cell phone flaunts a rugged aesthetics and can withstand rough handling. Generally speaking, the design is good enough  for their targeted audience.

Network and connectivity

Feature phones are hardly equipped with advanced network connectivity support like 3G or 4G LTE network. But SQ1000 feature phone does come with internet connectivity and can browse via wap browser.

There’s also Bluetooth and USB connectivity support on the device: You can easily send or transfer media from this phone to another and vice versa.

Surprisingly, one can easily pair up this device with a wireless Bluetooth speaker and play sounds from it. This is something that really interest me and should be useful to anyone else.

Screen display and media

It comes with a 2.8-inch screen display size, the resolution, PPI, and screen technology is unknown. Stuff on the screen of this device appears very bright which means it has a good resolution density.

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The SQ1000 can play any mp3 file on its media player and it comes with a low-quality rear camera (although it takes a sharp picture on a close range). All the sides of this device are equipped with super-loud speakers: Sounds from it can saturate a large sitting room easily.

Storage capacity

Left on its own, the SQ1000 does not have up to 512MB onboard storage, it relies on the external SDcard capacity. Due to this, the phone is engineered to allow up to 32GB memory card support to let the user store as much as he/she needs.

In other words, you can’t store stuff in the internal storage. An external storage card is needed for music, camera , video and other multimedia functions.

Battery Life

This appears to be the key selling point of this device. It can serve as a mobile power bank to charge other mobile phones and portable devices.

The battery capacity is advertised as 20,000mAh, but this isn’t true judging from the tests I did. Th real capacity should be between 5500mAh and 7,000mAh, but most likely the former.

This is quite massive and impressive for a feature phone of this budget range. Long distance travelers can use this as their secondary device as longer use hours is fully guaranteed.

Other features

Here are some of the other features of SQ1000 cell phone:

  • less than 200MB RAM
  • Dual-function torch-light with massive output.
  • Super-loud speakers and Bluetooth media support.
  • Dual SIM support
  • Wap connectivity
  • eBook reader, FM radio, Calendar, calculator, and world clock.

SQ Professional SQ1000 Bluetooth Phone Review & Verdict

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So far, I’ve got no issues after using the phone for more than a week already. My main disappointment however is with the misrepresentation of the battery capacity, Whatsapp, Opera mini and other apps that are never going to work, ever!

Although the phone is super-awesome for the retail price, the misrepresentation can mislead a lot of persons (mostly their targeted audience) that aren’t going to read online reviews before going for it. Another aspect that borders me is the noise and wap browser that has refused to work for me.

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True, no one is going to have the SQ1000 feature phone as an option when shopping for a phone to surf the web, but so far, the browser hasn’t worked for me and might never work. I plan testing it with other network SIMs as the days go by.

Talking about the noise, there’s no way to completely turn off the start-up and turn-off music. It is so loud and inconveniencing. A simple option in the profile customization menu to put off these sounds would have been a kill for this cell phone. The only near-perfect solution I’ve found for it- is to tune down the ringer volume to zero before turning off the device, that way the sound goes away when it’s turned on as well.

The keypad buttons on its own is noise, coupled with the one that comes from the phone when you hit on them. Although there’s an option in profile customization to set the keypad to silent and keytone volume to zero, it does so little to help the situation. After all, a massive phone should have a massive sound anyways??!

Apart from these little negative remarks, everything else works as should. In fact, I was fascinated with the camera placement. It is located at the top, with the massive touch light serving as its flash. I took some shots at night and was all smiles throughout.

The placement, multimedia functions and every other things looks great for their targeted audience. I can easily recommend it for conductors, welding fabricators and ridge works that does distant travels or needs a phone that can be rough-handled without fears.

Now, Your Turn

You’ve seen my short review of SQ1000 feature phone, concluding that it’s a solid feature phone which is good at the price it is been sold.

What do you think of it? A hit or a miss?

Do you consider it a long-lasting power bank with phone features? I’d love to hear your opinions and views on this rugged feature phone. Please do share them with us through the comment section below.

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20 COMMENTS

  1. Does it have whatsapp? If so, how do you install it?

    • Unfortunately, the WhatsApp on it is dummy, so are the other browsing apps. You can only get access to the internet via it’s main browser. It’s at best – a feature phone for long traveling and secondary uses.

  2. The SQ1000 has other interesting features as well. if you connect it to PC via Bluetooth then you can choose it as an external speaker for any sound coming from PC and its really cool especially if your PC has weak speakers (Though its mono). Just right click volume icon on tray and select ‘play devices’ and then make it default speaker. COOL. You can also select audio in VLC and send it to sq1000 stereo under drop down menu. Also cool feature. You can also connect it to any bluetooth speaker. works fine. Even car audio -in this case it has a rich sound output.

    The browser works by the way only that doesn’t work for all ulrs. but you can view images, search headlines, google home and some selected ulrs especially if you add ulr as favourite. hahahaha. You can make a camel drink water!!

    • Wow! This is a lovely addiction from you Chris! Thanks a lot for sharing. I was particularly frustrated with the browser as no network worked with it. I’m glad you managed to figure out the trick.

      Do have a super productive week ahead,
      Miracle

      • Thanks for linking up Miracle. I really don’t have a very busy time ahead as yet. Hope we continue linking up. Bravo.

  3. Thanks a lot for your review, I was about to order it online at jumia Kenya, and after comparing the pros and cons of it, I’m definitely going to buy it because already I have a smartphone for web browsing and I just needed a backup phone. Thanks again for the helpful review.

    • Hi Dennis,

      I’m glad you found the review helpful. Good luck with your next “really sturdy” tech toy.

  4. l love this phone. Mine has a hotness problem, and I repair phones. What do you think I should do? There are two IC that are very hot.

  5. My own phone has network issues the service come and go I cannot make call with it

    • Have you tried another network SIM to doublecheck the issue? I’d recommend you return the device to where you got it if you’ve ascertained that it’s a factory defect and not just a poor network issue.

  6. helo
    I am having problem on getting internet with my SQ1000 phone, talk less on how to install fb and other apps. Someone help please

    • SQ1000 is a feature phone. Those apps are mere website shortcut.

  7. Taban Unzi Abu Mgbwi

    How will i charge it for the first time?
    Someone said i should charge for two weeks which to me is so much.

    • 12 hours is enough time to charge it for first use.

  8. Mohamed Shiundu

    Please help with the security password for SQ 1000.

    • Hello,

      Have you ever changed the password in the past? The default password should be any of 0000, 1122, 2468, 1234 or 12345

  9. I could not successfully use any of the suggested passwords to reset my own phone. It kept saying wrong password. Please what could be the problem?

  10. Hi there, l’m looking for SQ 1000 universal portable charger phone, I am in South Africa. I just found one and liked it so much

  11. Winston Chikodi Chidiadi

    Thank you Obasi, you are a great asset for this day and generation. This review has helped me to figure out a better choice to make.

    Thanks and remain blessed!

  12. Jeremiah Marimo

    For its fine as it is. I have a smartphone for browsing. I really love the light, the sound, recharging my smart phone, though the radio when you out of town it does not work. They should have added a jack for connecting ear phone as aerial. But I love it.

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