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Kata i3L Review: Your Reliable Mobile Companion

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At long last our review of the Kata i3L is finally out! We apologize for the delay but its here! The Kata i3L is the second smartphone released by Kata with LTE connectivity. But our main concern when we first got unit was the smallish 2,100 mAh battery that we thought was very underwhelming. Surprisingly, we were impressed overall. Why? Find out on the review.

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Kata i3L

  • 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6735 processor
  • Mali T720 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD
  • 5-inch Super HD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,100 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • SRP: P5,499
  • BUY ONLINE
  • Status: Available at Kata stores and kiosks

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Size comparison: Kata i3L (left) and Kata M2L (right)
HARDWARE AND DESIGN

We talked much on the Kata i3L’s look on our unboxing and first impressions. Personally, we do prefer the Kata M2L’s overall look because of its sexier body. The Kata i3L is not ugly it is just that it not as striking as its bigger sibling. We do love our white unit here and its matte back which avoids smudges and fingerprints.

Audio quality is ok and pretty loud but its kinda tiny and lack that punch. Using our third part earphones, audio is just fine or better than using the back firing speakers.

DISPLAY

One of the Kata i3L’s best features is the display. The 5-inch display is sharp and vivid plus color balance is just right. It is also pleasant to use outdoors or even under direct sunlight.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Kata has eliminated the traditional app tray here and all the apps are on the home screen. But the overall look of the UI is vanilla Android. Performance-wise, the Kata i3L is generally smooth when performing simple tasks. Compared with the Kata M2L, it is snappier and has less lags. Apps open quickly and responds very well on each and every press or swipe. Lags appear if there are too many apps running on the background. This is primarily due to the 1GB RAM which is quite small for today’s standards.

Games like Clash of Clans and Clash Royale run pretty well here but it lack this certain snappiness when compared with other phones with bigger RAM. However, we do not recommend downloading games like Asphalt 8 Airborne or any graphic intense apps. This is because of its limited RAM capacity.

CAMERA

Both front and back cameras take very good photos. Colors are accurate and sharp especially when subjects are taken with good lighting conditions. When it goes dark, photos has noticeable noise but it can easily be solved when you turn on HDR mode.

CONNECTIVITY

The Kata i3L is the second Kata smartphone to have LTE in tow. So far, internet speed are within good speeds especially if you are covered by Globe and Smart’s LTE signal. Calls are clear with no issues. Bluetooth and WiFi worked fine as well.

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BATTERY

This is a big surprise for us. To think that it only has a small 2,100 mAh battery especially for a phone with LTE, HD display and a quad core processor, expect a big drop on power after a few hours. But that’s not the case with the Kata i3L. It barely sips battery! On our moderate to heavy use, we manage to get 9 hours of juice with 10% left in the tank. Our activities include You Tube for an hour, gaming for 30 minutes, casual social media, taking photos, an hour of I Want TV, 3 hours of Spotify and 30 minutes of Waze with GPS, WiFi and LTE on the whole day. Not bad!

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VERDICT

The Kata i3L truly exceeds our expectations specially on the battery department. Getting 9 hours with a small 2,100 mAh battery is amazing! Aside from that you get a very capable camera, nice display and smooth performance for your everyday tasks. We truly recommend the Kata i3L for your everyday use. 🙂