I've been getting lots of inquiries about Cherry Mobile Flare ever since I talked about the Dual SIM Php 3,999 Android ICS handset on TechPinas two weeks back. (Gee, I wonder how many units of this model CM will sell out of the gate; That TP post is rather hot.)
Some ask me if it's already available at Cherry Mobile kiosks in malls (Answer: Some stores are already accepting pre-orders and units are expected to arrive on the second week of this month.), others inquire about freebies that go with the smartphone (TP Answer: Not sure if you'll get a free microSD card. No harm in asking the sales staff about it.) But most our readers simply want to know how it compares against MyPhone A818 Duo, which is another Dual SIM Dual Standby Php 3,999 Android handset by a local handset company released a bit earlier this year.
Again, to tell you honestly, I haven't had the chance to play with either of these phones (and off hand, I'm also not inclined to make a purchase since I already have a few phones in the TP Gadget Vault with similar specifications) so a head-to-head specs fight is the only reliable comparison of the two that I can give you right now. If you will, check it out, TP Friends:
|TP Specs Comparison Table: MyPhone A818 Duo vs. Cherry Mobile Flare|
|Detail/Feature||MyPhone A818 Duo||Cherry Mobile Flare|
|Availability and Price in Philippines||Out Now |
Price upon release --
|Out Now* |
*Some stores are already accepting pre-orders, units will arrive on the 2nd week of November.
Price upon release --
|114 x 61 x 12.9 mm |
|131 x 68.2 x 11.3 mm |
|3.5 inches 320 x 480 pixels, |
TFT capacitive touchscreen
|4 inches, 480 x 800 pixels, IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen|
|Dual SIM Dual Standby||Yes||Yes|
|Operating System||Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread||Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|CPU||650 MHz single-core processor ARMv6, MediaTek MT6573 Chipset||1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4, Adreno 203 GPU, MSM8225 chipset|
|Internal Storage||250MB||4GB storage options|
|MicroSD Card Slot||Yes, supports up to 32GB||Yes, supports up to 32GB|
|Camera||Still (main): 3.2 MegaPixels, fixed focus |
Video capture: VGA
Secondary camera (front-facing): VGA
|Still (main): 5 MegaPixel with autofocus and LED flash |
Video capture: 720p (TBC), LED video light, geo-tagging
Secondary camera: VGA
|Wifi||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot||Yes, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|3G||No||Yes, HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps|
|Bluetooth||Yes, v2.1||Yes. v2.1|
|Built-in MicroUSB Port||Yes, 2.0||Yes, 2.0|
|Audio Jack||Yes, 3.5mm||Yes, 3.5mm|
|Stereo FM Radio||Yes||Yes|
|Games and Apps||Yes, via Google Play Store||Yes, via Google Play Store|
|Battery Type||Li-Ion 1300mAh||Li-Po 1600mAh|
Just from looking at this table, it's clear that strictly in terms of specifications, Cherry Mobile Flare is the superior handset of the two. Flare has a faster processor, more RAM, bigger and higher-resolution screen, larger battery, more powerful still and video cameras, and a wider set of connectivity options. So really, if you're just looking at the specs, CM's smartphone would appear to be the more 'sulit' purchase.
Then again, like what I always say here in TP, that's not the only thing that you should consider when spending your hard-earned money on a smartphone or any gadget, for that matter. There are other things that should look at - like design, build and durability, and more importantly, the reliability of the brand itself.
As I've said, I have close to zero experience with Cherry Mobile and MyPhone products (Although, I'm more than open to reviewing some should these companies be interested in letting TP play with their devices. Our site is called TechPinas afterall - so yeah, we're totally cool with featuring products by local manufacturers. Why not?); So if you've owned a handset from either company, kindly share your thoughts about the reliability of your device as well as that of the company when it comes to after-sales service via our comments section. I'd love to hear it and I'm sure other Pinoys who are looking at purchasing a gizmo from Cherry Mobile and MyPhone would too. Oh, and you might also want to answer this new TP Poll: "Cherry Mobile vs. MyPhone : Which Local Handset Company Do You Trust More?"