Tokio (SEGA) smartphone review

During my last trip abroad, I had the chance to test under everyday use the Tokio smartphone. You can find the Tokio products in a Sega Prize Locker, Axe Master, Key Master or Key Master Giant prize arcade game.

Tokio Technology is a Sega electronics brand. They sell prizes and merchandise for the arcade games mentioned above. So, after you have fed one of those machines enough pound/euro/dollar coins it will give you your prize. I didn’t win mine; I bought it. There are a few for sale on eBay.

The reason I bought it, is that it’s a dual SIM Android phone. Since I was going on a holiday, I thought I will be able to test it. So, before I left I copied everything from my everyday phone (a Samsung Galaxy S3) using My Backup Pro. It’s a great app that copies even SMSs, and the call log. So you have a new phone with everything copied across and working seamlessly.

So the Tokio smartphone; how was it? You expect something cheap-looking, bad-performing, hardly-working, not great really. Surprisingly it wasn’t that bad.

It’s got Android 4.2, a 4″ 800*480 pixel capacitive multi-touch screen, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 2MP rear-facing camera, 0.3 front-facing camera, Bluetooth, WiFi, 512MB RAM, 4GB Flash Storage, a MicroSD slot (can take up to 32GB card) and dual band GSM (2 SIMs). What is missing, then? It’s missing a GPS. If it had, it would be happy to have it on me all the time.

In terms of performance, it’s not blindingly fast. I wouldn’t download Need for Speed on it. For normal every day use it’s fine. The main reason for using it is the two SIM cards. I actually liked the way it works. You can name them any way you like. You can even color code them, so you know which one you are using. You can choose which one to use for data. Every time you want to make a call, before you press the “dial button” you can choose which SIM to call from, or if you want you can set a default one (if the other SIM is only for receiving calls). It was so handy, the way it worked that allowed me to use my local SIM for local calls and my main SIM for calling back home.

The function that made the whole exercise worthwhile was the two SIMs. As a standard phone maybe it’s as good as a cheap, run of the mill, Android handset like the ones that mobile phone networks give for free on Pay as you Go.

Disclaimer: I paid for this phone; it was not given to me for free. I do not work for Sega and I am not connected with the company in any way.