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SNAIL MUCH W1 78p01 Full Review

Posted on: 11/4/2015 | Author: rdaelmito | Categories: News Android Console & Device

Android has now become a point reference in our daily lives. It is so widespread that even the most hardened gamers can not pretend nothing has happened, with dozens of app - designed and developed on smartphones - seeking to extend the fun out of the common game consoles. This disproportionate growth is also affecting the world retrogaming . Where once the console think for this purpose had its own operating system and its own fleet of emulators, today we prefer to realize hardware in the wake of smartphones and entrust everything to Android and to his community. In recent years, in fact, they were developed many emulators - pardon, many app - that in no way do regret the old rear-console. In addition, almost always, you have in your hands a real smartphone: what to ask more? No doubt the Chinese are the ones who are currently playing as well as possible this "new world".

SNAIL MUCH W1 78p01 Full Review

Thanks Gbarl for providing us this review.

Android has now become a point reference in our daily lives. It is so widespread that even the most hardened gamers can not pretend nothing has happened, with dozens of app - designed and developed on smartphones - seeking to extend the fun out of the common game consoles. This disproportionate growth is also affecting the world retrogaming . Where once the console think for this purpose had its own operating system and its own fleet of emulators, today we prefer to realize hardware in the wake of smartphones and entrust everything to Android and to his community. In recent years, in fact, they were developed many emulators - pardon, many app - that in no way do regret the old rear-console. In addition, almost always, you have in your hands a real smartphone: what to ask more? No doubt the Chinese are the ones who are currently playing as well as possible this "new world". The market is literally flooded with Chinese-based device on Android , and attention: if the collective "Chinese" is often associated with "object of dubious quality", today there are various companies that have gained an excellent reputation with device beautiful, durable, functional and cost less than Western competitors. Snail is one of these Chinese companies that lately is gaining more and more popularity. Founded in 2000 as a simple Software House, the last year has thrown headlong even in the crowded world of Android , with an acquisition and subsequently before unveiling its own home console and a mobile device even in prestigious exhibitions such as CES 2015 and ' E3 2015 . Its entry into the mobile hardware, as I said, took place in 2014 after the acquisition of iReadyGo and its product line MUCH , famous in China. The handover took place precisely during the marketing of the device subject of this review , the ' iReadyGo MUCH W1 / the Snail MUCH 78P01 . Upstream, however, the device was manufactured by the company 78dian license from iReadyGo , later iRreadyGo returned to sell the product under his name, finally Snail did expenses and therefore the device has entered into its orbit. To date it is officially spoken of Snail MUCH 78P01 , but this whirlwind has introduced two devices almost identical , visually distinguishable from the color of the borders: silver 78dian , bronze iReadyGo / Snail . Not what changes is the prime piece of 78P01 or the GamePad integrated , feature that is obviously designed for an audience of experienced players rather than casual gamers. It is good to start this review with a basic premise: the Snail MUCH 78P01 is in effect one smartphone Android and appearance should not mislead.Clearly, the device is intended for an audience of gamers, but anyone can buy it with the knowledge that they possess a modern smartphone. Precisely for this reason, the review will be ideally broken into two parts : in the first in-depth analysis will be the typical functions of a smartphone, then the hardware will be put under pressure to understand how the device is performing in the normal use of video games - both developed on Android or old glories emulated through the many apps available in the Google Play Store .

SPECIFICATIONS SNAIL MUCH 78P01

  • Operating system : Android 4.2.2
  • CPU
    • Manufacturer : MediaTek
    • Model : MT6592
    • Number of cores : 8
    • Frequency : 1.66GHz
  • GPU
    • Manufacturer : ARM
    • Model : Mali-450 MP4
    • Frequency : 700 MHz
  • Screen
    • Type : Capacitive touch 5
    • Size : 5 "16: 9
    • Resolution : 1280 x 720
    • PPI: 320
    • Refresh Rate: 62 Hz
    • Panel : IPS LCD
    • HDMI output : no
  • RAM: 2 GB LPDDR2
  • Internal Memory : 16 GB
  • External Memory : microSD up to 64 GB
  • Dual Sim : Yes
    • Sim 1: 3G + 2G
    • SIM 2 : 2G only
  • 2G Network : GSM 850/900/1800 / 1900MHz
  • 3G network : WCDMA 2100M / 1900M / 900MHz
    • HSUPA (upload): up to 5.76 Mbps
    • HSDPA + (download): up to 21 Mbps
  • Network 4G / LTE : no
  • Wi-Fi: 802.11 b / g / n (dualband 2,4GHz e 5GHz)
  • Bluetooth : 4.0 + LE + EDR
  • GPS: GPS + A-GPS
  • Sensors
    • Accelerometer
    • Proximity
    • Brightness
    • Gyroscope
    • Magnetic field
    • Digital compass
    • Severity
    • Orientation
    • Linear acceleration
    • Rotation vector
  • Front camera : 2 megapixel
  • Back camera
    • 8 MP (4: 3)
    • 6-megapixel (16: 9)
    • Flash led
    • Autofocus
    • CMOS
  • FM radio : yes
  • Speaker : 1 (mono)
  • Headphones : 3.5 mm jack (stereo)
  • USB : microUSB 2.0
  • USB OTG (On-The-Go): sì
  • Battery
    • Type : Lithium Polymer
    • Capacity : 3000 mAh
    • Voltage : 3.7 V
    • Weight : 59 g
  • Dimensions : 176.25 x 73.5 x 13, 25 mm
  • Weight (without battery) : 159 g
  • Weight (with battery) : 218 g

First contact



In recent years, the race in minimal packaging has taken precedence over those pretty boxes of old, full of fantasy. If there were a prize for the "box poorer" Snail of law would be among the finalists. The box is simple cardboard plain-colored (light brown), with only the logo of Snail in the upper facade. For the curious, Snail in English means "snail" and the company logo is just a stylized representation of the word. On the reverse side is positioned label brands and codes of the device, in addition to a couple of web addresses is not always helpful for Westerners (these sites in Chinese language). For the rest, absolutely nothing: no images of 78P01 , no special technique, no short presentation of the product. It should however be noted that the box is strong enough not to bend on itself during shipment, thanks to internal divisions.

Opening the box you suffered in sight the Snail MUCH 78P01 , which is inside a classic sachet of protection and well placed inside a cardboard shaped . In this paper are placed on quick instruction manual (in Chinese), the USB charger, the battery and the USB cable connection with micro-USB charging / connecting the device to the PC. Being the 78P01 an imported product (there is a European subsidiary of Snail ) it is necessary to note that the charger is unfortunately not compatible with the sockets Italian . There are two solutions: use another USB charger (it is now the standard for any mobile device) or acquire an adapter for Italian sockets. In the first case it is necessary to properly evaluate the power output, values ​​too distant from those of the official charger could damage the battery.

                                                           

In fact there is an additional accessory: it is a protection film for the display, already pre-applied in the factory . The film is well made, albeit being glossy type presents some reflection and some influences too. It is perfectly applied on the screen, you do not see obvious imperfections and especially not show any bubble.

                              SnailMUCH78P01_Pellicola

Small brackets on our supplier Open Your Eyes . Along with the Snail MUCH 78P01 there were delivered two welcome gifts. 
The first gift is "equal" to anyone purchasing a product imported with charger of different standard, and it is a practical plug adapter Italian . There is therefore no need to worry about charging the device. 
The second gift was communicated to be a gift for each purchase made, a tribute to the discretion of the team OYE and always in keeping with the object purchased. In our case we were sent to a convenient soft case Universal for devices of this size (you can even use it for example with the console Sony PSP and PS Vita ). The case proved to be very practical and above all very useful to bring the 78P01 with them without worrying about how to protect it.

                              SnailMUCH78P01_OYE

At the level of materials, no surprise: this is simple plastic . The glossy finish makes him anyway Snail MUCH 78P01 nice to see, although a microfiber cloth is a must to clean it daily by the many footprints left. Holding the device has a very solid, even the back cover (simply snap around the edges) is secured and makes it seem the 78P01 device monocoque. The same back cover is removed quite easily from a small notch in the corner, of course you have to be careful not to exert too much pressure and sudden. To note a small curvature in the center : placing the device on a smooth surface, the sound from the rear is not excessively soft, but at the same time the 78P01 tends to slide not allowing the use with only one hand, less than do not place it on a surface of a different nature. At the rear, finally, this is a camera with a resolution of 8 megapixel and LED flash.

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Under the shell are placed the battery from 3,000 mAh , the slots for two SIM standard format and slot for microSD. They have recognized the SIM of any format (SIM / microSIM / Nanosim), provided of course to use the right adapter. Unfortunately not only it lacks support for 4G LTE networks , but the use of the classic is limited to 3G sim in slot-1 . The drawing next to the compartment sim is quite intuitive on how to enter the two phone cards, and the same applies to the insertion of a microSD. Albeit at a technical level are supported microSD with a maximum capacity of 64 GB , there are several testimonials from users who have been able to use microSD 128GB. Unfortunately for our tests it was possible to use microSD with a maximum capacity of 32 GB, so can not confirm with absolute certainty what we read online.

                           SnailMUCH78P01_SimMicro

Importantly, as all hardware components are on the left side of the device (or the top, if it is held vertically). This area heats up a lot especially when playing multimedia content, especially video games. Nothing exaggerated by a burn, but the advice is to avoid very long sessions. On the right side of the device are placed button for the Power / Lock and unlock the screen, a micro-USB port for charging / connection PC / support function USB OTG (On-The-Go), standard 3.5 mm jack for headphones. On the left side is present only the button for the volume control.

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Looking at the front of the Snail MUCH 78P01 you can not help but notice the GamePad integrated , which makes the design of the device very similar to a Sony PSP . On the left side there are (from top to bottom): the L, D -pad (one-piece), left analog, Select and Start. On the right side are (from top to bottom): R button, four buttons with stylized icons of (starting from the bottom and counterclockwise) Sun / Moon / Sea / Mountain, right analog, buttons Android and Back Home. Two small problems to report, or rather improvements that could be made: the keys are not backlit buttons and Select / Start and Back / Home are really small and too close together, it's easy to press one button to another. 
Qualitatively speaking, GamePad is well made ​​. The Directional Cross responds well to the diagonals, despite the unusual shape, and the four buttons on the right seemed very responsive, as well as the two shoulder buttons. Unfortunately the lack of additional two triggers L2 / R2 feels, especially in terms of video games for Android . To report a loud "tick" when you press certain: there are those who love and those who hate him, it's all purely subjective. It is an objective, however, as the keys are at the level of the body, so placing the device with the screen facing down, there is no risk of an accidental pressure. 
The GamePad is not the only thing present at the sides of the screen. In fact, there are also a 2 megapixel front camera (left) and a notification LED (right). Earpiece and microphone are well hidden by two small holes, respectively, below the D-pad on the left and below the four buttons on the right.

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The general size of the device is quite important, but not so excessive . Nowadays in many run with phablet whose screens are 5.5 "/ 6", those who buy such a device certainly does not need to take it into his pants pocket. The Snail MUCH 78P01 is still compact enough to be placed easily in a fanny pack, shoulder bag and the like. 
In the following photos, the comparison with a PSP-2004.

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Lo smartphone Snail MUCH 78P01



To better understand our analysis, you need a premise. 
The first version of this smartphone, produced and distributed by the company 78dian , she had an operating system fully unlocked: All functions of Android enabled and obviously root permissions. Snail , on the contrary, has modified Android to close like a clam : there is not only the lack of root, but even were eliminated functions of USB debugging in menu Developer options - hidden menu default choice of Google starting with version 4.2 of Android , you can still unlock with 7 touches on the item number build the menu About phone . We decided to test the Snail MUCH 78P01 only with the factory firmware of Snail (only model currently on sale). This is because, you say what you want, those who practice the root of a device Android is in the minority compared to those who use it "as is." Although it has formed no community of relief behind 78P01 , the Net you can find guides to perform the root in the case of devices with firmware Snail . You can also find guides to replace behind the fimware Snail with that 78dian , remember fully unlocked factory. It is a task at your own risk , but it is good to know that this possibility exists. Apart root / non-root, there are no major differences between the two firmware: from information found online, the only major difference is a more battery power by installing the firmware 78dian . When you turn on your smartphone, the first thing you note - actually feels - is a kind of motto Snail lasting a few seconds. The speech is in China, we are therefore able to tell you what this motto, but we are sure that there is nothing offensive. The special feature, however, is another (and that's why he speaks): is played at full volume and there's no way to change it, so eye - perhaps we should say "ear" - to turn the Snail MUCH 78P01 in silent places. 

LAUNCHER Once the system is loaded - Android is installed in version 4.2.2 - you will come across the ' MUCH custom interface , the product line before iReadyGo and time Snail . It should keep in mind that on Android launcher can be changed by downloading one of the many apps on the Google Play Store . So, at least from this point of view, the views that follow do not aspire to influence sharply on our final evaluation, because just a few touches to have a completely different interface.

                        SnailMUCH78P01_Launcher  SnailMUCH78P01_Launcher_X

The lock screen is essential and well organized . In addition to the classic watch, you can enter the information of the owner : this space will be used for important notifications smartphone, such as the low battery. In the bottom are displayed operators of their sim, while the release button is represented by the icon of a gamepad, really a choice theme. For reports, the icons will be arranged in some areas of the screen depending on the type of block. If you want to unlock your phone going now to see the notification, just drag its icon to the center, as if to superimpose the icon of gamepad. If you simply want to unlock the phone, in the opposite way the icon of gamepad will drag along an outer edge.

                                                                  SnailMUCH78P01_Launcher_19

This brings us to the heart of the interface MUCH. Stylistically, it all looks very similar to the base of Android : There are various home screens , quick links to the most used app on the bottom edge, the Notification Center accessible by a swipe from the top down. In terms of speed and fluidity, the launcher MUCH was relatively light and, thanks to a hardware respectable, never balked nor presented lag worth mentioning. However, what we see now is the lack of a menu button . Not only is this a physical key, but also the virtual one (typically placed in the Quick Bar app) is absent. After a moment of confusion, the reason is clear: the launcher MUCH does not provide a menu of apps, each app installed will place its icon in the last home screen (and not in the first free space in one of the other screens). The problem with this approach is that you can not hide the app system. For example, if you install an app alternative to the video, the Video Player system can only be moved in one of the many Home screens or in a folder, of course, always on a Home screen . Also it understands that there is an alphabetical list of the app, unless it is the same user to move every single app in the right order between different home screens . Finally, you might think to throw it all in one folder, shame that the maximum limit for each of them is 12 app. On the contrary, it seems to be a limit to the number of Home screens : in testing we gave up to 78, at a time when we remember that each screen was then removed individually. If you think that different launcher block the number of Home screenswell below 10, it is really a great achievement ... if it were not for the subsequent management of the same. Navigate them from the main screen is unthinkable, because they are lined up one behind the other in the "summary" screen on board, while with a pinch-to-zoom out opens the actual management of the screens that unfortunately is not completely fluid with such a large number of cards. A few of the available widgets and standard basis , if they are still many in the Google Play Store.

                         SnailMUCH78P01_Cartelle    SnailMUCH78P01_Widget

While holding down the Home button opens a convenient task manager : you can choose to end all apps in the background, tell the system which app should not be closed (with a swipe down) or manually end only some apps (with a swipe upward). There is also a function autostarts that lists apps that start up with the system, of course you can choose to block the automatic start for each app. With a swipe from the bottom up, in the bottom of the screen, you It opens a mini-menu with 8 shortcuts , unfortunately not be changed:


  • phone
  • messages
  • address book
  • Keyadapt is
  • torch
  • calculator
  • camera
  • Settings

This small menu is available with your smartphone held either vertically or horizontally, for all four edges. The longer edges were a wee bit less reactive than shorter, but it is likely that it was only little practice having used the Snail MUCH 78P01 almost always vertically (typical orientation during use as a smartphone). A note on system language. Of course you can choose one of the main languages, including Italian, but all that was implemented specifically for the launcher Snail will remain in English. Rarely, you might imbattare in some residue of the Chinese language, but nothing to stop the normal full use of the device.

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APP FEATURES EXCLUSIVE

addition to custom launcher, the Snail MUCH 78P01 app integrates some useful and unique features . Within the Settings is a menu Personalized realtivo some particular functions. Capture , for example, place an icon on the edge semitransparent the devices: pressing you get a screenshot of the screen, while pressing a small menu appears which reports to other commands. Of note, in Personalized , voice Joystick mode settings , a function that should manage the behavior of the GamePad integrated based app used.

                             MUCH78P01_PersonalizedSnailMUCH78P01_Personalized

KeyDIY is the app that lets you assign specific functions to each button on the GamePad integrated. You can manage the layout for each app installed, or you can save a default schema to be assigned to multiple app. Unfortunately KeyDIY not have much success with video games, most of which has a mapping preset unchangeable. Even with the common app, however, the program was not always running at 100%.

                               SnailMUCH78P01_KeyDIY     

                               MUCH78P01_KeyDIY

BreathingLight is instead a great app to manage the LED notification 78P01 . For each app installed you can choose two different flashing speed ( normal and fast , default is equivalent to normal ) and three colors (blue, red, green). Obviously this feature to set a specific app makes sense only if quell'app is designed to alert you with notifications. In addition, the LED will never light up like a rainbow, rather report only the last notification arrived. For example, if you receive a call and then a text message, the LED will flash according to the settings assigned to the notification sms.

                           SnailMUCH78P01_Notifica MUCH78P01_Notifica

The last specific function, and probably the most important, is the virtual mapping of the touch screen to take advantage of the GamePad integrated. Whenever an app present the on-screen controls, you can set up virtually areas of the touch screen to respond to the pressure of specific keys. Although this feature is available for every app, finds its best use with video games, so it will be discussed in more detail later. TELEPHONE AND MESSAGING The Snail MUCH 78P01 is a smartphone Dual Sim type DSDS (Dual Sim Dual Standby): placing a single transceiver module, a single antenna and a single processor, with the device on standby both sim are working, and if you receive a call on a sim the other is automatically deactivated. Technology DSDS is the cheapest and easiest to implement, and not being the 78P01 a high-end device that choice is not surprising. The management of the two sim is still full and very simple, even if the only way to access the services offered by the operator on your SIM is through a link on the home screen (the rest is in the options Android ). A level of graphics and functions, Phone / Messages / Address Book does not deviate from the standard. Only on the telephone, there is to be reported as the sound of the earpiece is a bit 'lower than in many other smartphone models. On the contrary, good speaker sound when it turns on the speakerphone.

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INTERNET

On Snail MUCH 78P01 are a module Wi-Fi b / g / n -type dual band and support for 3G networks , the latter only and only for the sim in slot-1. So no network support 4G / LTE , it's a shame because the MediaTek MT6592 the could easily handle. The absence is felt thinking that, on the contrary, there is support the band 5GHz for wireless connection: To date, there are very few devices that implement, for example between the current generation consoles Xbox One has only a dual band wireless module. The navigation is excellent , no major delays ... as long as you use any other browser instead of the system . This works well, is not it blocks, but really very few management options. Also other apps have incredibly increased support to integrated GamePad: for example withFirefox - natively - the Left Analog lets you scroll the page, while the right has zoom function. However, it is generally recommended to download a new browser from Google Play Store to get an optimal experience when browsing sessions online. 

AUDIO 

The only speaker system is often criticized in the various reviews available for Snail MUCH 78P01 , with the majority that it categorically condemns. After testing it in different situations (phone, video, music, games), our opinion is definitely not so negative . The account from which we start is that the 78P01 is a mid-range smartphone, so it's quite impossible to demand a cash audio quality. The sound is certainly not high fidelity, far from it, but it is clear even at maximum volume , a volume which seems even higher than other competing devices. The only real problem is the speaker position: when you hold the device horizontally, especially with video games, it's easy to cover it with your left hand fingers. However, there is absolutely nothing traumatic, just move your fingers a few millimeters up / down, without giving a good grip. In summary, sound not great, but not to plug his ears . With headphones, the situation improved slightly, if only to support stereo audio. 

SCREEN 

is undoubtedly one of the highlights of the Snail MUCH 78P01, if not THE highlight. It had a full HD resolution would have been great, but at present looks good for nothing. About mainly of the IPS technology (very good viewing from any angle) and good brightness of the panel (to about 1/4 of the maximum level screen is perfectly visible at least in closed environments). The density is 320 ppi , approximately the maximum that the human eye can perceive, while the refresh rate is 62 Hz . The diagonal of 5 " is the perfect size between size and portability, and the 16: 9 format is perfect for watching movies and TV series . Too bad for a couple of technical flaws still not connected to the panel itself. The light sensor is not at all responsive , indeed it happened many times having to put the smartphone in stand-by mode and then turn it on again to make it clear that the sensor outside light had changed. Then there is the function of economic lighting that, on the contrary, it activates a bit 'too often: this function, which adjusts the brightness according to the colors on the screen, it acts especially when playing video with continuous changes brightness that often do not make clear the displayed image. The advice is to keep everything off, accepting a minimum consumption extra battery. To note the lack of an HDMI output to connect the 78P01 to a TV, but this is the technology support Miracast.

                           SnailMUCH78P01_Luminosita  MUCH78P01_Miracast

CAMERAS

If the screen is the best part of the Snail MUCH 78P01 , cameras are what's worse about this device . If not clear, nowadays evaluate a camera only by the number of megapixels is totally wrong. The 2 megapixel front camera is actually acceptable , although you immediately notice more and more shots during movement. The back camera 8 megapixel instead is somewhat depressing . Yes, depressing, because of a device of this kind is not possible to mount a camera so low invoice. Although we try to divert attention with various accessory functions (dall'autofocus all'HDR to face recognition), the photo quality is decent only in daylight conditions . Conversely, at night or in a dimly lit room, any picture will be sadly disappointed. Part of the blame is also the flash LED, whose light is just too dim if not subject to a few centimeters away. Bounce, also function torch is often useless. Here are some sample photos, made ​​with automatic settings. Those on the left were taken with the Snail MUCH 78P01 , those on the right with a Nokia Lumia 720 . The comparison is undoubtedly learn (the camera 720 has the technical characteristics of all respect), but both are considered mid-range smartphone to their launch on the market. In addition, if the choice was dictated only by the technical characteristics of the two general device, it can bet that anyone would choose the Snail MUCH 78P01.

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It must however point out that, playing a little 'with the various options available (instead of leaving everything automatically), you get pictures all things considered acceptable. The problem is that those who rely on a camera on smartphones normally does not understand photography, so many options simply are complicated to use. Some of these options are limited by the way (such as the possible values ​​of exposure) because of the poor quality of the sensor. In short, a holiday is best to use a real camera. 

VIDEO AND MUSIC 

Another strong point of the Snail MUCH 78P01 is the media playback. In testing it was possible to play almost any video and audio format available today. Even the FM radio did not give any kind of problem, although he remembers how he (as usual) must use a pair of headphones. Actually a little problem could be given by the different app used for playback. The hardware of the smartphone lets you play around, no software. Fortunately the Google Play Store are several apps with compatibility close to 100%, you just need to do some tests to find the most convenient to you. Also important is the function of USB OTG (On-The-Go): via a special cable , found a few euro at any electronics store, you can connect a USB device to the device, such as a keyboard or a pen drive. Just the connection of the latter is very useful in particular for loading audio and video, without having to then use the Memory / the microSD 78P01 . Two considerations: not all apps run a thumb drive connected via USB OTG and the 'use of a device via USB OTG increases battery consumption. 

BATTERY 

The battery of 3,000 mAh was excellent in standard smartphone , with the ability to reach 2-3 days of battery life if we merely calls, messages and Internet - of course with daily use low / moderate. With heavy use, there are no major problems to reach the evening, but always limited to the basic functions offered by the device. In video playback , however, battery life can be estimated between 5 and 7 hours , depending on the options you choose to change (such as the brightness of the display). The average charge time is about 3 hours with the supplied battery charger.

                                MUCH78P01_Batteria

The stand-by is one of the strengths of the Snail MUCH 78P01 , thanks to various energy-saving features of the processor MediaTek . If necessary, each app can be excluded from these options, ensuring a balanced mix of energy conservation and operation of the smartphone. Assuming we do not have the app open in the background, but only the normal processes of Android , on standby the 78P01 get to consume - within 24 hours - between 0 and 2.3% of the battery ... just like that, and all this with Wi-Fi and GPS active! Of course, it uses your smartphone's unlikely if not impossible, but knowing it gives a good idea of the optimizations that have been done on this device.

                                       MUCH78P01_KeyAdapter

La console Snail MUCH 78P01



We have a device with hardware respectable and a gamepad integrated ... we play? First of all, a more detailed description of the function KeyAdapter , "app" exclusive line MUCH for mapping virtual touch screen . When you hold the Snail MUCH 78P01 horizontally, onboard screen displays a square icon that allows you to assign (almost) any key on the GamePad integrated to a specific area of the touch screen . This way, when you tap that portion of the screen is expected some special action, the button positioned there will perform the same action when pressed. KeyAdapter is available for each app, but undoubtedly is designed for video games, especially those which do not provide support for a gamepad or simply do not recognize the GamePad integrated.

MUCH78P01_KeyDefaultMUCH78P01_KeyCustom

                                                      SnailMUCH78P01_DisattivaKey

The operation is quite simple. Pressing the icon displays a small menu with two items: Default and Custom . In Default they are stored up to four preset profiles, selectable with a swipe to the right / left. In Custom , you can manually map the various areas of the touch screen: just drag the icon of a key area which must imitate their behavior. They can set all the buttons on the GamePad except Start and Select (and do not know the reason for this choice). The two analog can be set slightly differently compared to the other keys:

  • their icons can be resized, most are larger and their range increases
  • the right analog can be set as the room, the larger the icon and the view will move more quickly.

To disable the virtual mapping of the touch screen just select Custom and remove all icons by pressing the button with a red X, and then give the OK button with the other green. A message will warn you that the tool has been disabled.

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Icon KeyAdapter can obviously be hidden, you can do it in two ways:

  • if tool is active Capture (menu Personalized in settings of Android ) just press and hold its icon, and then select one of KeyAdpter
  • menu Quick Launcher MUCH (swipe from bottom to top in the bottom of the screen) select the icon for KeyAdapter .

When you hide the icon, KeyAdapter continues to operate smoothly, the only way to turn it off completely as described a few lines above.

KeyAdapter is a powerful and flexible, but far from perfect . Or rather, it has technical limitations. Regardless of the lack of buttons Select and Start , it should be clear that the app is able to work only when they are available screen controls. Also different games require simple touches like swipe, movement that can be emulated only by analog, which, however, for technical fail to reproduce this gesture in a natural way. 

ANDROID 

The hardware of the Snail MUCH 78P01 - at the time of writing Review - is more than enough to play without any problems all the games developed for the platform Android. The problem - paradoxically - is that the GamePad is not integrated properly supported by all apps. The player then finds himself in front of three possible scenarios.

  • The game only has touch controls . In this case you can groped to use KeyAdapter , but in some situations forget it - because the game does not use native gamepad.
  • The game has touch controls and supports an external gamepad . This scenario is further divided into two:
    • the integrated GamePad is recognized and properly configured
    • the integrated GamePad is recognized, but is probably not one supported, you need to be used KeyAdapter and map virtually the touch screen.
  • The game is accessible only with a gamepad . Also here, two possible scenarios:
    • the integrated GamePad is recognized and properly configured
    • the integrated GamePad is recognized, but is probably not one supported and you can not use KeyAdapter as there are touch controls (because they are not provided or are automatically disabled with detection of gamepad).

Ideally, all the problems are due to a poor development of Android games. Almost all of those that require the use of a gamepad do not provide for the mapping of the same, to the maximum the choice of some pre-set configuration. The Snail MUCH 78P01unfortunately suffers the lack of triggers L2 / R2 buttons used in all advanced games, but these do not allow you to map the GamePad integrated. 
Some practical examples will clarify better what we just said. Videogames now classics like Fruit Ninja and Jetpack Joyride use screen controls simple and essential support to a gamepad is entirely useless. KeyAdapter still allows a basic key mapping, although it could be counterproductive for example in Fruit Ninja . The only gesture of the game is the swipe, played only by analog. The playing area is the entire touch screen, to cover it is necessary to map virtually both analog. Unfortunately these do not come close to the least smooth playback and wild in a swipe, so the first few seconds of the game face off in peace, but when the going gets tough defeat is inevitable. This example should be clear that having an integrated gamepad It does not mean have to use it at all costs, but if it is deemed necessary KeyAdapter provides valuable assistance. Other games are optimized for the touch screen, but having a greater depth of play it was decided to support the external gamepad. Unfortunately many apps have a pre-set standard mapping and when it detects a gamepad, and this could create problems fortunately surmountable thanks to KeyAdapter . As in the previous example, video games are perfectly enjoyable using the touch screen, but this time use a gamepad might be much more comfortable. In Rayman Fiesta Run the GamePad integrated is detected, but is not recognized and is not configurable. The touch controls are not disabled, however, so you can play without any problems. Indeed, KeyAdapter is a useful ally and its virtual mapping works perfectly. NOVA 3 is one of the most popular FPS on the Google Play Store . It is optimized for touch controls, but use a gamepad improves the gaming experience. Unfortunately the GamePad integrated the Snail MUCH 78P01 is not the least recognized. Panic? No, because KeyAdapter plays perfectly his work (being present screen controls). Once again it suffers from a lack of triggers L2 / R2 , but all major commands are mapped virtually. In this game, also, you discover how patterns of default - to really present a myriad of apps - are already sufficient for an experience at the top, and if you really do not like is the freedom to map the touch screen to your liking . Asphalt 8 is both the best and the worst in this category. The GamePad integrated recognized and mapped in a perfect way, the gaming experience that results is really good.Note, however, that the key mapping can not be changed, also the touch controls are disabled, so you can not use KeyAdapter . A problem? No, because the buttons are set to model many videogames racing, of course give more freedom to the player is not a request so exaggerated. It finally comes to a head. What happens if the integrated GamePad is not supported and there are touch controls? Simple, is not played. Actually in testing such an extreme situation it never happened. But what happens is that you are with a video game from advanced controls can not be played with the GamePad integrated the Snail MUCH 78P01 . An example is overkill 3 . The GamePad is detected and integrated - we can assume - correctly configured. Why "assume"? The game starts with a tutorial in which the first action required is to press the trigger R2 . The Snail MUCH 78P01 does not have this button and - oddly enough - the integrated options the GamePad is not configurable. The touch controls are not there (or perhaps are disabled), so KeyAdapter is unusable. But if you try the left analog, you can move the camera ... Another example: Modern Combat 5 . The speech is much like Overkill 3 , except that in this case there is an option of "Auto shot" . The integrated GamePad is detected, set, but since there is the trigger R2 is that you can not do much. Enabling the automatic option you could also continue the game, but the experience is anything but comfortable. If you want to blame Snail , all these problems could be solved with the addition of two triggers L2 / R2 on 78P01 . But it could very well blame all those developers who do not provide a manual mapping of any gamepad connected to the device. However you reversals situation, several video games Android not are accessible on Snail MUCH 78P01 . The situation could change if the root of the device.According to some reviews and forum support, with root you can install some app-key mapping, and ideally this could change the tables. The fact remains that not everyone is able - or simply do not trust - to make the root and the app needed to map the GamePad integrated are well paid (with no guarantee of operation). Another solution would be to use an external gamepad, but it's only one of our hypotheses. Unfortunately, during testing it was not possible to get a gamepad compatible with Android and online were not found any feedback. 

EMULATORS 

Better to start with good news: all emulators tested recognize the GamePad perfectly integrated . Some are able to map it immediately, for others it is a necessary manual mapping within the options available. Who does not want to waste time can use KeyAdapter mapping virtually the buttons on the screen. The result is one: the integrated GamePad is always configured optimally . As for testing, the emulation of Android has achieved great results if you search for a device capable of reproducing a bit 'of everything . If all you want is a 1-2 console in particular, it is likely to prove device clones still best. The problem is always that of the app : there are emulators app- well developed and fully functional, others much less. In general:

  • okay for portable consoles until the Game Boy Advance
  • okay for the home console to the Super Nintendo .

We therefore decided to focus our testing on four additional console in particular whose emulation is well supported by the community Android :

  • Nintendo DS and Sony PSP for portable consoles
  • Nintendo 64 and Sony PlayStation 1 for the home console.

Especially for DS and PSP tests were more than depth, aided by their "youth" which allowed us to try really a disproportionately large number of video games. Nintendo 64 and PS1 are the latest home console whose emulation of Android can achieve levels of excellence. 
Just for the record, on the Google Play Store are emulators for Sega Saturn , Nintendo GameCube and - very recently - Sony PlayStation 2 . Emulation is absolutely in an embryonic state and their emulators in fact are well lontanti by guarantee 'gaming experience at least sufficient. The projects, however, are very interesting and we have to hope for a good and rapid development.

MUCH78P01_cartucceDS MUCH78P01_cartuccePSP

 Nintendo DS

The absolute detection of this test. Apart from very few exceptions, it was possible to emulate everything . About the drastic , when the emulator reference on Android for Nintendo DS . Indeed, more than emulator reference ... it is the only one that works, with a position so dominant that the developer can afford to sell their apps to the price of 4.49 € . Fortunately, the purchase is not in the dark: there is a fully functional trial version, however, limited to 30 minutes per game and no chance to save. Drastic has one flaw: the game does not support multiplayer (too complex to emulate that of the developer ). Not a problem for online - the Wi-Fi Connection was closed - while it's a little sin for local multiplayer. In testing the latest version of Drastic is r2.4.0.0a . Initial tests They were carried out with an earlier version that had a curious bug (do not know if now is resolved): the GamePad integrated the Snail MUCH 78P01 in a certain way was not recognized ... literally "in a certain way." We started the test with the 78P01 held horizontally (the "towards" more appropriate to use the GamePad ) and the configuration options it was not possible to assign any button, simply were not recognized. It therefore had to fall back on KeyAdapter (Fluent), only to discover by chance that the configuration of the GamePadwas possible with the 78P01 held vertically. By now it was possible to map and remap the GamePad integrated in any way be held device, thus disabling the now no longer necessary KeyAdapter . The compatibility was approximately 99% . Most games work with a range of advanced graphics options that improve the quality original. If you have problems, just act on a pair of video options very specific.

  • Filter : the best seems to be HQ2X while Quilez is an excellent medium between performance and clean image.
  • Multi-Threaded Rendering 3D : the same drastic warns that in case of problems this is the first option to disable, a symptom of the general non-compatibility is the touch screen exchanged with the top screen.

 SONY PSP

Battuta in reality and "fiction" . If the emulation of the Nintendo DS is close to perfection, you can not say the same for the Sony PSP . PPSSPP - emulator reference on Android and tested in version 1.0.1.0 - has unfortunately erratic performance . Games from simple graphics work perfectly, unlike most the title uses the hardware of PSP and more trudging on Android . However, there is optimism for the future: the emulator PPSSPP is available for many platforms, thereby allowing some comparisons. It turns out that onWindows , for example, works very well, by assuming that the problems are the porting of Android rather than the application itself. The options available for PPSSPP are many, but unfortunately at present affect the more for a 10-15% performance. To the delight of many, however, the emulator is totally free , with the occasional appearance of advertising during the transition from one game to another.

 NINTENDO 64

between consoles Nintendo's most popular, the emulation of the Nintendo 64 is very good , although they are different games with some problems too. The most reliable emulator on Android is the Mupen64 Plus , free and tested in version 2.4.4 . Compatibility is around 70-80%. Also on this occasion, acting on the video settings you can improve the overall yield of each game, at least for those with only a few graphical glitches. With the Nintendo 64 will have the first problems for the GamePad integrated the Snail MUCH 78P01 : you can configure optimally ... but the physical buttons are not enough to map those of the original controller. You can still play fairly smoothly, mapping the main keys to the GamePad integrated and resorting to the virtual keys on the screen if necessary.

 SONY PS1

The PlayStation 1 is among the best consoles emulated on Android ... as long as you buy one of the two emulators reference: ePSXe (€ 2.99) or FPSE (€ 2.79). We opted for the latter, in version 0.11.168 . 
You can emulate the PS1 with the free suite RetroArch , but this app comes out clearly defeat when confronted with the two mentioned just above. The emulation of PS1 has the same problem seen with the Nintendo 64 : the GamePad integrated the Snail MUCH 78P01does not have enough physical buttons to map the original controller. Just like the N64 , the virtual keys screen fill this gap. For better emulation, required the original bios ( scph1001.bin ), but even without FPSE behaved very well. It is also the only one of the four emulators of this analysis that has worked extremely well with the default settings, without having to change anything. Settings for other very rich, nothing is left to chance, including support for securities sold on CD-ROM 2/3.

Conclusions



The Snail MUCH 78P01 proved to be a good device that can do a bit 'of everything.

It must be said that - as always happens in these cases - can something good and something bad . 
Just the GamePad integrated flexing its muscles in emulation the old console, but leaves more of a doubt in the normal games Android . The excellent screen, combined with a wise management of the overall savings target, are two highlights of the Snail MUCH 78P01 , the EU will need to deal with a camera for anything up to a device in its class. It is therefore the price Sales to play a key role. Unfortunately we are not able to give a precise indication. The Snail MUCH 78P01 is an import product, and as such you can choose two ways:

  • buy it abroad, paying less, but threatening to pay the customs fees
  • buy it in Europe, where the final price is affected obviously Import charges.

In principle, in the time of writing this review, the price is around at 300 to 350€ (considering customs fees when buying abroad). It is certainly not given, but if you're interested in all the features is priced in line with other devices of this kind and the GamePad builtis still an addition of weight. If, however, you just want a "media player" or only a device that emulates perfectly a console in particular, the market offers some of the best choices - not because of the quality, but for a lower price. 

Review written by rdaelmito for GBArl in partnership with OYE TEAM

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