A Review of Dual-Sim Android Phones under PhP4,000
Android phones are quite the craze nowadays. If you’re a kid (or a kid at heart), you probably have been secretly wanting to have one but may have felt that the price tag hasn't been that welcoming given with Android phones of branded manufacturers typically ranges ranging from 6,500-10,000 pesos.
If you ever wanted an Android phone —or just want to test the waters of the Android experience without spending too much— then here are 5 phones which you might consider purchasing: Cherry Mobile Candy, Cherry Mobile Candy Chat, Torque Droidz Glee, MyPhone TS1 and Alcatel Blaze Duo 890D.
- All are dual-sim phones making is easy to manage your connectivity with different networks.
- They have a resistive screen which means you may have to press only slightly harder as compared to a capacitive screen.
- All have Bluetooth, Wifi and EDGE.
- There is no 3G but quite understandable given the budget price.
- All have an FM radio and uses 3.5mm audio jack so that standard earphones would fit.
- For CPU, although MyPhone didn't have the TS1 yet mentioned in their website, it would likely also have a similar processor speed like the Mediatek 416Mhz common to the other four phones.
- Entertainment-wise these, should be able to play your MP3 and MP4/3GP quite nicely. Just don't expect to play HD quality on them.
- The Android version in all the phones is Froyo with little likelihood to be upgraded to Gingerbread given the processor specs. But this isn't really a deal breaker because with about 450,000+ Google apps available, you are bound to find several free apps and games to work on them.
In terms of price, the cheapest Android phone is at 3699 coming from both Cherry Mobile and Torque. Cherry Mobile has the Candy and Candy Chat models which are both initially priced at 3,699. Although it is good to know that just this February 2012, they had a 3-day Valentine discounted sale of 3,399 ! So if you just try to push your luck with haggling you might just get it at 300 pesos less. Torque's DROIDZ Glee is also at 3699 with Myphone TS1 and Alcatel Blaze Duo comes coming tied at third place for a 3999 price tag.
2) Screen Size
Those with large hands or wants a bigger screen size for better movie or gaming experience should go for the MyPhone TS1. It has a 3.2 inch screen while its closest competitors which are Candy, DROIDZ Glee and Blaze Duo are just 2.8 inches. The smallest screen size is the Candy Chat at 2.4 inches but this is alright considering it has qwerty making it the only dual-sim touch and type Android phone out in the Philippine mainstream market today.
If you are interested in making 4R prints (6"x4") of your cellphone pictures then the TS1 and Blaze Duo will be the better choices given their 2 megapixel output. However if you do find yourself taking more pictures in dimly lighted areas then you can consider the Candy, Candy Chat and Droidz Glee because even if they only have a 1.3 megapixel they do have camera flash.
If you visit a lot of different countries and would still be using the same phone then Driodz Droidz Glee and Alcatel is the best choice because they have quad band frequencies. Next best is the MyPhone TS1 with tri-band and lastly would be the Candy and Candy Chat which are dual-band phones.
5) Internal Memory (ROM and RAM)
For phone internal memory Droidz Glee and Blaze Duo wins this criteria with an advertised ROM of 512MB and RAM of 256MB on their website. While Candy and Candy Chat has similar RAM of 256MB but lower ROM at 256MB. MyPhone is undeterminable since the phone is still not advertised in their website at the moment of writing despite being available in the market already.
In case you are wondering of the importance of ROM and RAM, in simple terms, ROM determines how many application you can install in your phone memory while the RAM determines how many application you could run at same time. ROM can be supplemented with an external microSD card but RAM however is not that easily upgradeable. If you plan to multi-task a lot with your Android phone or run heavy applications then an entry-level Android phone may not be for you.
6) External Memory (microSD compatibility)
Torque can boast of their DROIDZ Glee as the entry-level Android among the bunch in this review which can handle the highest microSD capacity at 32gb microSD. Blaze Duo, Candy and Candy Chat all come second, with up to 16gb microSD capacity. And in last place is the TS1 with only 8gb microSD capacity. You could experiment putting a higher microSD in the phones, but don't be surprised if they hang a lot because of it.
7) Dimension and Weight
No official information for TS1 and Droidz Glee can be gathered regarding their size and weight, so we will consider only the Cherry Mobile and Alcatel phones in this round. The Candy and Candy Chat both are smaller in length and width at 105x56 mm when compared to Blaze Duo's 110x58mm however the latter is slightly thinner by 0.45mm. In terms of weight though, the Candy is the lightest at 93g.
According to one user, the MyPhone TS1 has about 1300mAH of battery making it the highest in this review. The rest of the phones only have 1000mAH of battery; Droidz Glee excluded given the lack of information that can be gathered for it.
9) Other Features
Additional functional features are offered by Torque and Alcatel. The Droidz Glee has analog TV making it handy for people who don't want to miss their favorite tv TV shows. It also has torchlight which makes it useful in lighting your way in dark places. Alcatel's Blaze Duo offers A-GPS and E-compass which is great if for outgoing/recreational user who would like to know their location. Cherry Mobile and MyPhone both offer their own version of built-in portal to download free songs and applications from their servers.
All the phones comes in more than just black with Cherry Mobile offering a wider selection of colors.
Overall with price and functionality to consider, Torque's Droidz Glee wins them all because at 3699 it is quad-band and has TV and torchlight functionality already and can work with 32gb microSD card whereas the Cherry Mobile doesn't have at the same price. If you are okay to add 200 300 more and TV is not much of a priority then you might like to go for the myPhone TS1 for the camera, screen size and battery. Alcatel Blaze Duo is also a good choice for at 3999 for its quad-band, camera, A-GPS, E-compass and more internationally recognized brand name. Cherry Mobile's Candy and Candy Chat despite the lower ROM is still recommendable given they can offer a wider range of color choices for the more fashion conscious. Cherry Mobile's Candy Chat which is a touch and type phone would also be something qwerty lovers might like to consider. — TJD, GMA News
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