The title may leave few expectations. The best smartphone under $100 will not necessarily a very good smartphone. The Geotel has stimulated our curiosity for not being at all the basic smartphone that we usually find in this price range. In addition to a good processor and general features, the design is really unique.
For only $89.99, we cannot ask a lot, but the Geotel Note arrives with a MetalPrint surface, micro grooves in the form of concentric circles that create reflections and patterns on the back. On the other hand, the design seems to have been quite careful, with bevel finish to create minimized visual thickness.
Geotel Note Hardware
Geotel Note features a MediaTek quad-core unspecified model with 3GB RAM and 16GB of storage. These are not surprising features as the design is accurate, but the 3GB is an absolute rarity below $100, and promises a better performance than most of the smartphones in this market segment. Most importantly, Geotel Note has dual SIM 4G/3G capability.
It has 5.5 inch HD drive with TruView technology. In this approach to the LCD screens, the white pixels of the illumination panel were replaced with blue pixels. These are more economical in energy terms and Geotel indicates that the solution allows greater space of color and contrast.
As for the cameras, Geotel Note has a 13MP master camera with a Samsung sensor and an 8MP camera for selfies. This will undoubtedly be the most generous camera in this segment.
Finally, it has a 3200mAh battery which can get up to 40% of the full charge in one hour and has Android 6.0 Marshmallow. Given the speed of evolution of operating systems, Marshmallow will no longer be the latest software, but some better and more expensive smartphones still use Lollipop, so this is not a point that takes the merit away from the Geotel Note.
This would be a good smartphone at $150, but at $89.90 is awesome. We do not remember the last time so many features were made available at this price. On paper, Geotel Note is the best selling smartphone under $100.