Tecno Spark 10C Review: The Budget Phone Sparking Curiosity and Compromise!

Tecno’s story hasn’t always been positive despite being the most popular brand here in Kenya, we love how the company is trying to give users something that’s relatively worth more than what they are asking. The company is still shaking of the reputation it had earned for shipping devices installed with malware and I would say it’s probably not enough but at least its doing something. And why shouldn’t when we now have a ton of similarly speced devices in the competition at that price tag? Let’s dive into the Tecno Spark 10C, a phone that’s got some tricks up its sleeve.


Now, let’s talk design. The Spark 10C seems to have taken a leaf out of the iPhone 14 Pro Max’s book. It’s like they’re distant cousins or something. But hey, imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, right? However, be warned—the phone’s body is made of plastic. Now, don’t go throwing it around like a hot potato, or you might end up with a shattered dream.


Speaking of dreams, let’s move on to the display. The Spark 10C rocks a 6.6-inch IPS LCD screen that’s as smooth as a cup of freshly brewed Kenyan coffee. It even boasts a 90Hz refresh rate, giving you that extra oomph when scrolling through your Instagram feed. But hold on just yet, there’s a catch—the bottom bezel is thicker than a slice of Mama’s homemade bread. Not a dealbreaker, but worth mentioning.


Now, let’s focus our lens on the camera. The rear camera setup sports a 16 MP wide lens and a mysterious sidekick camera. It’s like Batman and Robin, but with less crime-fighting and more selfie-taking. Unfortunately, the image quality isn’t the phone’s strong suit. Colors look duller than a rainy day in Nairobi, and low-light photography is a challenge. Say cheese, and you might end up with a photo that looks more like a Picasso painting. But fear not, selfie enthusiasts! The front camera does a better job, especially in good lighting. So, snap away and capture your best angles!


Under the hood, the Spark 10C packs a punch with its 8 GB RAM and 128 GB internal storage. It’s like having a plate of pilau with all the trimmings—plenty of space for your apps, photos, and even a few episodes of your favorite Kenyan TV show. The processor, the Unisoc Tiger T606, is like a matatu driver on a busy Nairobi road—it can handle the daily hustle and bustle, but don’t expect it to win any Formula One races. Gaming? It’ll handle most games like a champ, but don’t go expecting it to run Crysis like a supercomputer.


Now, let’s talk battery power. The Spark 10C packs a 5,000 mAh battery, which means it’s got more stamina than a marathon runner. It’ll last you a full day without breaking a sweat. And when it’s time to recharge, the 18W wired charging will get you back up and running faster than a speeding ostrich. Just remember to plug it in and not mistake it for a new Kenyan dance move.


When it comes to sound, the Spark 10C’s loudspeakers will get the job done. They’re like a Kenyan DJ spinning tunes at a local party—adequate but not mind-blowing. Just don’t expect them to transport you to a concert hall or anything. And hey, if you find the pre-installed apps and occasional ads a bit annoying, just think of them as unexpected guests at a Kenyan wedding—uninvited but still part of the experience.


In a nutshell, the Tecno Spark 10C is like a street food delicacy—it’s not perfect, but it sure hits the spot. It may have some compromises, but at its affordable price point, it’s hard to complain. So, if you’re on the hunt for a budget-friendly phone that can handle your day-to-day needs without leaving your wallet empty, give the Spark 10C a chance. Just remember to be gentle with it, keep a microfiber cloth handy for those smudges, and embrace its quirks like a true Kenyan adventurer.


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