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
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Availability and Price in Philippines Out Now
Price upon release --
Php 3,999
Out Now*
*Some stores are already accepting pre-orders, units will arrive on the 2nd week of November.
Price upon release --
Php 3,999
Dimensions/
Weight
114 x 61 x 12.9 mm
90 g
131 x 68.2 x 11.3 mm
152 g
Screen/
Features
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
CPU650 MHz single-core processor ARMv6, MediaTek MT6573 Chipset1.2 GHz Dual Core Snapdragon S4, Adreno 203 GPU, MSM8225 chipset
RAM 180MB 512MB
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
HDMI Port No No
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?"