Tuesday, July 29

Cherry Mobile Ultra Review: budget LTE for all and more

The Cherry Mobile Ultra is the local company’s answer to the demand of affordable LTE phones. To date, the Ultra is the company's second shot in LTE bandwagon. And given the country's vast 4G network, the local leader might score another hit. But without the LTE capability, will the handset occupy a solid space in the fast-paced smartphone market?


The Ultra takes several nods in many aspects of its feature set. Clear display resolution?  Yes. Legit Qualcomm Snapdragon processor? Yes. Blazing fast connectivity? Absolute yes! There’s no question that the Ultra is one of the most bankable hardware around, but does having an LTE capability makes it an instant hit? Or will it suffer the same fate as the previous W900 LTE? Join us after the fold for our own review of the Cherry Mobile Ultra.

Display

First off, we’ll start with the display. After the full HD and Quad HD offerings, the Ultra's display is pretty much something that will get you hooked. The auto-brightness is something that the device is good at - it simply knows the timing on when to shoot you with intense brightness. However, you'll get quite an issue while reading under the direct sunlight. Other than that, reading with Ultra is such a worthwhile experience. With a 5-inch display, the Ultra is pretty easy to use unlike other bulky alternatives around.


Design and Construction

The Cherry Mobile Ultra has an iconic look. The design is pretty straight forward - hardware keys are supposed to be on their right places. Turning the volume rocker up on the left side of the device is such a walk in the park while listening to 5 Seconds of Summer in the background. Likewise, the power button is right where you wanted it to be. Unlike other locally branded Android phones, the Ultra feels good to the hands with its subtle texture of silky-plastic. And being a white slab with minimal hardware buttons, makes it a head turner in the wild.

Battery

On paper, the handheld touts a 2000mAh battery. This rating is quite an understatement when it comes to its real time performance. Under our battery test, this device squeezed up to 10 hours with the following usage condition: 5 dozen of shots using the 13MP camera, hour-long of internet usage via 3G, 30 minutes of music streaming over 3G, 15 minutes of video streaming via LTE, occasional texting and calling, 15 minutes of gaming and an hour of WiFi browsing. However, in my less demanding days, I could get a full day in between charges.

You'll also get a Qualcomm Battery Guru app right off the bat since the device ships with a Snapdragon 400.


Performance and Multimedia

Despite my concerted efforts to choke the device down by pulling up several apps and using gobs of graphics in the background, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 could hardly miss a beat. Of course, there are occasional lags but, the nifty processor catches up to every taps. I am a hardcore iPhone user and using the device for several weeks have been one of my best Android experiences for a rebranded phone so far, no pun intended. Surprisingly, going through the apps is fast and smooth. Ultra meets all of my actions on its interface.

Running graphic-intensive games is also pretty solid. The Adreno 305 GPU is one of the best mid-tier workers in this stage. My Intensity Warrior II and Need for Speed Shift experiences are flawless.



Check out our Antutu and Quadrant benchmark below. I also did a Nenamark 2.4 in my unboxing post of the device.


Messaging and Call Reception

The BlackBerry Z2-like white band at the bottom of the front panel certainly is an eye-catcher and offers a pivotal support when you're trying to compose a document. This device is "productivity-friendly." I usually don't compose a blog post in a 5-inch phone but the Ultra offers fast and intuitive typing experience.


Ultra also sounds great in calls. I haven't had any issue with call quality and reception.

Connectivity

LTE is blazing fast with this handheld under both Smart and Globe 4G network. The device also maintains the fast connections over LTE. Using the phone over WiFi is also a breath of fresh air.



Camera

The Cherry Mobile Ultra joins the league of the 13-megapixel camera holder. I find the camera merely good, nothing noteworthy here. In most of my pointing-and-shooting experience with the device, I find the camera software slow in processing series of shots. Like any other mid-tier Cherry Mobile phones, the tap-to-focus feature does not perform off-centered focusing of subject.




However, the output quality of the 13-megapixel camera is quite legit. There's good color reproduction. Sharpness is also decent except those taken in low-light.





Video recording also works well with the 13-megapixel camera.




The Wrap

The Cherry Mobile Ultra is easy on the eyes, and spending some time using the phone will make you discover several features that make it on my 2014 list. Whether it’s the performance-oriented Snapdragon 400 chipset, the blazing fast LTE, the hook to its minimalist design, the assurance of an ample battery life and the beautiful display, the Ultra is just a very solid handset.

There's no overlooking the thought that its camera's shutter speed couldn't keep up with the speedy CPU. However I find this trade-off reasonable due to the fact that it is justified by a better output quality. More than anything else, the phone will process all commands you throw at it in a fast fashion.

The Cherry Mobile Ultra has performed most of its essential roles of being a smartphone, and by far, having my value-for-money mentality, it's my favorite local phone of the year.


 Deal Makers
 Deal Breakers
 Good display
 Sluggish camera software
 Straight-forward minimalist design
 No off-centered tap-to-focus
 Snappy processor 
 Single-SIM
 Blazing fast LTE

 Acceptable battery life

 One of the most affordable LTE devices

Monday, July 28

How to choose the right company for your app development?


We are in the world where internet and mobile define a large portion of technology. In some way, most of us have our own personal device that could perform as our daily driver. With devices comes apps, and in the mobile market, developers are the ones who have most control of every apps presented in several app stores.


Even Businesses need app to promote their brands. So if you're in the market of finding the right solutions to your ideas or businesses, there are several mobile app development companies that could cater your needs. Join us after the jump as we discuss the factors that you need to consider in finding the right developer for your apps.

What are the factors that could help you decide what company to choose?


Budget

You should have your budget in mind. Find the right company in different search engines that offers mobile app development. Do a shortlist and highlight the companies that you can afford.

Multiple Platform Support

Always look for the company that has the capability to put your app in different platforms i.e Android, iOS or Windows Phone. More number of platforms means wider audience.

Portfolio

You should also consider the company's portfolio. Companies with numerous numbers of successful apps have a greater potential to deliver your requirements. Also know how successful the apps are in terms of downloads and reviews.

Updates and Delivery

Your app needs to be update once in a while so that it could withstand obsolescence. You should also know the time frame that a company could deliver your requests.


The Wrap

App making is such a lucrative business in today's time. But, for us to make a successful app, we should consider all the available factors. App gives exposure to our businesses. Whether it's a small or big enterprise, the urgency of having a company app is in high bars.


Sunday, July 27

MyPhone Infinity versus MyPhone Infinity Lite: "Some infinities are bigger than other infinities"


This weekend, MyPhone has taken its wraps off to the scaled-down version of its Infinity phone called the Infinity Lite. With the same octa-core processor, the Lite fair closer to the standard Infinity handset. So if you’ve been caught in the middle of these phones, we’ve got you covered with their specs comparison right after the jump.


These two devices have a Php 5K difference in their prices. The main advantage of the MyPhone Infinity is the stunning 1080p full HD screen compared to the 720p HD display of its younger brother. In terms of screen real estate, the former has a 5-inch panel while the newly-announced hardware marches with only 4.7-inch.


However, you’ll have a newer version of Android (KitKat) and a microSD support with the Infinity Lite right off the bat. Camera-wise, the 16-megapixel sensor of the MyPhone Infinity clouds the 8-megapixel of the Lite. Battery, RAM and ROM are also in the former’s favor. Check out our detailed comparison below.

Specifications
MyPhone Infinity Lite
MyPhone Infinity
General
Price
Php7999
Php12999

SIM
Dual-SIM (Micro & Nano)
Dual-SIM (MicroSIM)
Display
Size
4.7-inch
5-inch

Resolution
HD, 720X1280p
Full HD, 1080x1920p

Pixel per Inch
312 ppi
441ppi

Technology
IPS LCD display
IPS LCD display
Hardware
Processor
1.4GHz Octa-core MT6592
1.7GHz Octa-core MT6592

GPU
Mali-450 MP4
Mali-450 MP

RAM
1GB
2GB

Internal (ROM)
8GB
16GB

MicroSD support
Up to 32GB
None
Software
OS
Android 4.4.2 (KitKat)
Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
Camera
Rear
8MP, Autofocus, LED flash
16MP, Autofocus, LED flash

Front-facing
5MP
8MP
Other
Connectivity
3G/HSPA+
3G/HSPA+


Wifi & Wifi Hotspot
Wifi & Wifi Hotspot


Bluetooth 4.0
Bluetooth 4.0


GPS with A-GPS
GPS with A-GPS


USB-OTG
USB-OTG

Battery
2000mAH
2350mAh Li-Po

MyPhone Infinity Lite now official: 4.7-inch octa-core phone with KitKat at Php 7,999


MyPhone Infinity Lite is now official. Despite the fact of Cherry Mobile’s concerted push for the new Tegra Note 7, MyPhone has managed to surface on the radar this weekend. The local company announces the arrival of the new version of the Infinity phone.


From the looks of it, the Infinity Lite is the scaled-down version of the company’s flagship handset. It marches with a decent 4.7-inch HD IPS display with a 1.4-gigahertz octa-core MediaTek chipset in its gut. The device promises a very capable feature set with 1GB of RAM, 8GB ROM and 8MP rear camera.

The MyPhone Infinity Lite is only priced at Php 7,999. If you’ve been wondering what other features this device has to offer, check out the specs right after the fold.

Also, check out MyPhone Infinity specifications here.

MyPhone Infinity Lite Specifications

4.7-inch HD IPS display at 312ppi
1.4 gigahertz 0cta-core MediaTek MT6592 processor
Mali-450 MP4 GPU
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
8-megapixel rear camera
5-megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual-standby
HSPA+, 3G
WiFi
Bluetooth
GPS, A-GPS
Android 4.4.2 KitKat
2,000mAh battery

Saturday, July 26

MyPhone Agua Rio Craze: The cheapest Android Kitkat smartphone for PHP1999


MyPhone is going to make the local market go "Crazee" today as it will launch its most affordable Kitkat smartphone to date with a price of Php 1999 - the MyPhone Agua Rio Craze.



The phone, which is the newest and cheapest addition to the Rio line up, is believed to have a 4-inch WVGA display, dual-core processor, 256MB of RAM, 512MB of ROM and Android 4.4.2 out of the box. There are various colors to choose from with interchangeable back covers. This will be a nice buy for you when you are in the market for sub-2k capable smartphones. 

The event will kick off at 3PM on July 26, 2014 at Market Market Activity Center in Taguig and will be filled with fun activities, performances, give-aways and prizes!

Friday, July 25

LG G3 Beat or G3 S specs review: the smaller G3 with familiar feature set


It was just a matter of weeks since the release of the LG's top-of-the-line smartphone called the LG G3. Having a "downsized" device to cater the budget-conscious market is a proven formula for Tech companies these days. Thus, the Korean outfit followed suit by releasing the miniature version of the G3.



On the contrary, it won’t have a "mini" moniker like Samsung and HTC did with their respective devices, instead the Korean-version will be called G3 Beat and the purported international device will have a "G3 s" branding. So what does the Beat or the G3 s has in store for us? Read on after the fold to know all the details.

Display

The G3 Beat is a tad smaller compared to its full-sized brother but still crosses the 5-inch mark. The shrunken down screen is treated with a 720p display and a capable Snapdragon 400 which features a 1.2-gigahertz quad-core CPU and Adreno 305 graphics worker. Perfomance-wise, there’s no question that this device would take everything thrown at it without a hiccup.

Hardware

Other internals that made their way past the trimming line were the 1GB RAM and the 8GB on-board memory. The reduction of the screen also led to smaller battery capacity. But still, it's rated with 2540 mAh - enough to keep you on the road for ample amount of time.

Camera

The 8-megapixel camera may also be a downgrade but photogs will still have the Laser Autofocus feature the company is boasting about. The front facing camera will be a 1.3-megapixel affair for your video calls and selfie fixes.

The device is now available in its homeland, South Korea. And it is expected to hit international shores in weeks to come. For those of you who are in the market for a feature-rich Android device sans the expensive price tag, the LG G3 s might be a good choice.





LG G3 Beat Specifications

137.7 x 69.6 x 10.3 mm at 134g
5-inch HD (1280 x 720) IPS LCD screen at 294ppi
1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 quad-core CPU
Adreno 305
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
expandable up to 64GB
8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
1080p video recording
1.3-megapixel front-facing
LTE
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0 LE w/ A2DP
GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS
Android KitKat (4.4.2)

2,540mAh battery

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