Full Review of Tecno M3 & Price in Kenya


Update: There’s a new post on Tecno M3 here.

If you don’t earn much or rather won’t want to spend much (tuko wengi) on a phone yet you want something smart and competent, here’s a phone for you. We’re the low-end.

Well, ‘most’ people have negative views when you mention ‘Tecno’ especially in the smartphone world but sure thing you’ll change your mind once you get to use phones like the Tecno Phantom, Phantom A+, N3, N3s, L3 and my focus today, the M3.

I recently unboxed the M3 (before I destroyed it with certain tweaks) but any way here I will list what really made me love this low end, less costly (better than most) smartphone. The major thing that drew me to this phone is that it operates on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Size, Display and Resolution

  • Dimensions of 115.3 * 61.2 * 11.9 mm
  • 3.5 inch screen
  • Capacitive touchscreen
  • 320*480 HVGA Resolution

Memory, Processor and Storage

The phone comes pre-installed with over 20 apps (for those with slow connections) including;

  • Fruit Ninja and Angry Birds
  • Facebook, Google+, Instagram, Twitter, LinkedIn, Whatsapp, Mxit
  • Shazam, Play Music
  • BBC News, Mpesa Calculator, Flash Share

And so many more all installed in the extra 1.7GB App storage. They can be deleted at will.

The main specs are:

  • 8GB Memory Card included (Phone supports up to 32GB)
  • 4GB ROM with 1.2GB user accessible as USB storage
  • 1.7GB App storage
  • 512MB RAM
  • 1GHz Dual-coreProcessor!

New apps are installed to the SD card at one’s will. The 1 GHz Dual-core processor allows you to very efficiently multi-task and switch effectively through many large processes.

Camera

  • 5.0MP Rear Camera (with Flash)
  • 1.2MP Front camera
  • Photo resolutions of up to 2592×1944 pixels
  • HDR Pictures with Smile and Face sensors

Some of the photos I’ve taken are on Instagram @DicksonOtieno.

Network and Connectivity

  • Dual Sim Card support
  • 3.75G/3G/2G Network
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • AGPS
  • Bands 900/1800/2100Mhz

M3 has G, Light and Proximity sensors. The sensors all do a good job in ensuring the phone’s brightness changes with environment, in changing from portrait to landscape displays and also in blacking out screen during calls.

I tried Skype and wow, except for the “Can you hear me now”, the video call was awesome.

The battery capacity sadly is but 1400mAh compared to L3’s 2400mAh. It however lasts longer than what you have right now.

The phone accessories are the normal rubber earphones, a charger (which is also USB cable) and a case (or cover for me). It has an assured warranty of 13 months.

You buy the phone and immediately you are able to access all your social connections without having to download apps. For us who can’t afford MBs nor have Wi-Fi access, that’s something nice!

  • Jeremy Otieno

    I bought the Tecno M3 around January. This post makes it sound so cool ni kama there are features sija realise ama?

  • Jeremy Otieno

    I bought the Tecno M3 around January. This post makes it sound so cool ni kama there are features sija realise ama?

  • Hi Sandra please ensure your internet connection is not weak. If that’s not the case have someone reset the phone to factory settings and start up a new.

  • sandra

    hi. so here is the thing, every time I try to download stuff from play store it starts downloading then a 495 error occurs, can you help? oh yeah my phone is an m3

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  • Hi, Jeddynm. Visit Tecno Customer care service for assistance

  • I have already replied via email

  • Al creation™

    HI @DicksonOtieno Help me please i bought M3 recently but i have a problem i FACTORY DATA RESET My Tecno m3 and for know when i insert my sim card it doesn’t function…it display INVALID IMEI ON BOTH SLOT 1 AND 2..PLEASE HOW CAN I SOLVE THIS PROBLEM HELP
    From aidan leonce,Bukoba,kagera,Tanzania
    nitashukuru sana kwa msaada wako mpendwa

  • Jeddynm

    Yes it is. also tried in the matatus that have the wi-fi connection and still got same message.

  • Are you sure the password is correct?

  • Jeddynm

    I bought M3 recently( a week ago) but i have a problem with the wi-fi conncetion even when the signal is very strong it does not connect giving this message “authentication problem”. Can someone assist me on this?

  • It definitely is

  • Mike Chichie Josiah

    I love tecno m3 so nice and the camera oohh my I love tecno and I bought it at 8200 its a cool phone I love it

  • Ulisoma ju ya Tecno from an S4? Lol!
    Tecno are good esp for lowlies.
    Thanks.

  • Great review Dickson. I have my own thoughts and views about Tecno phones but I like what they are doing with the low end market segment. good stuff. And you’re very convincing in the review 🙂