• Friday, February 22, 2013

      Huawei Ascend Y200D Review and Specs.

      Huawei a Chinese brand is starting to make a name for itself worldwide, infact it already had made its mark in the UK, the Huawei ascend Y200D in particular is beginning to gain popularity here in the Philippines, some local cellular network actually offers the ascend Y200D in one of their postpaid plans, luckily, I got mine free from my Sun Cellular subscription line. The ascend Y200D is not exactly an enticing phone, for one; it uses an older version of android (gingerbread) nothing wrong with it, its just that with the uprising of the ICS and Jellybean it somehow made the gingerbread inferior, but for someone who just wanted an android experience, gingerbread still has a lot left to offer and the Huawei ascend Y200D maximizes the gingerbread’s potential in a 3.5 inch screen.

      The Huawei ascend Y200D is a dual-sim phone with dual standby feature and is powered by an 800mhz Qualcomm MSM7225A processor with 512 mb of ram, I was impressed the first time I use it to browse the web, it’s fast and responsive the way an 800mhz processor should be and the 512 mb ram allows you to open more apps, the best I’ve seen so far in its class, most android phones that fall in this criteria only have 256mb of ram. I have no idea on the exact price but I’m guessing it ranges somewhere in between 4,490 to 4,990 php competing with the Samsung Galaxy Y….. Advantage once again favor the ascend Y200D from its competitors, the 3.5 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen is something you don’t normally see to a phone falling under this criteria, it’s large, it’s sharp and it’s affordable. Huawei’s choice of hardware ensures system stability for the ascend Y200D, a thing that keeps them apart from the stigmata that Chinese brands are made out of volume not by quality.

      In terms of design the ascend Y200D is a thing of beauty a master craftsman’s masterpiece, it is ergonomically designed to fit the user’s hand without stressing it and the materials used are high quality plastics. Huawei incorporates their proprietary Emotion UI in all their smartphones to make it distinct to other brands and even more so, to make navigation easier. The ascend Y200D handles the Emotion UI very well I’m guessing it’s the Adreno 200 GPU that kicks in to action, and I’m pretty sure it will handle games seriously, but to my dismay the ascend Y200D had a flaw, a very small internal rom, only 79 mb is available for use, so installing games in it seems near impossible, to make things worst it doesn’t come with a Facebook app, it needs to be downloaded via google play and will consume a lot from that precious 79 mb of realty, not to mention viber, skype, and IM+, who needs games when space is at a premium. It’s just a small blimp it might seem but it causes a domino effect, a large amount of points taken away from this would have been excellent phone.

      The ascend Y200D features a 3.2 megapixel camera with fix focus lens, the first snapshot I took from it was clearly amazing, it’s sharp and vivid, another bonus you can get from this phone, sorry no front camera here, though it supports 3G connectivity, a deliberate move from Huawei to keep the phone glued to such a low price. The battery life, however is reliable even with moderate use it will last you for more than a day and a half, it also comes with a built-in power saving app, activate it and you’ll see a big difference in battery performance….. I’m beginning to speculate that this phone is designed for the business people, no games, long battery life, sizable screen and a clear call conversation courtesy of its dual-mic noise reduction feature, clearly the way a businessman would want it.

      Bottom line: The Huawei ascend Y200D is one of the best in its class, however shortage in application storage prevents it from rising up, a good phone though, in relation to its price.

      PROS: affordable, sizable screen, excellent built quality, good browsing speed.

      CONS: low internal storage, slight lag on the home screen.


      3.5 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen 320×480
      Qualcomm MSM7225A 800MHz processor
      Adreno 200 GPU
      512MB RAM
      2GB ROM
      HSDPA 14.4Mbps
      WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
      Dual-mic noise reduction
      3.2MP camera, fix focus lens
      proximity and light sensors
      GPS w/ aGPS support
      Bluetooth 2.1
      Android 2.3 Gingerbread
      1250mAh Li-Ion battery

      Saturday, February 2, 2013

      Project Butter comes to Cherry Mobile (Omega)

      Cherry Mobile has gone a step further into the android world, welcoming yet another new breed of android OS "the Jellybean" once again CM had made a ground breaking event as the first local brand to introduce Jellybean in the Philippine market and they did it the best way possible "Jellybean for the Filipino masses". No surprises there! for they were also the first local brand to release ICS (Cherrypad Paladin) in the local market and one good way of retaining a good name is to continuously be the first.

      Project Butter comes to Cherry Mobile in the form of the "Omega" an android smartphone with a 5.2 inch capacitive touch panel and a 1Ghz dual-core processor which retails only at 6,699 Php. The Omega was such a success that during its first week of release it was almost completely sold out, who wouldn't be tempted to a phone with this caliber and with a price already bargained to the lowest point possible, affordability has never been this flexible. Watch videos of the Cherry Mobile Omega on my Video Bar for more tech specs.


      GSM 850/900/1800/1900 (Quad-band)
      3G/HSDPA Capable (UMTS 850/1900/2100)
      Dual SIM / Dual Standby

      5.2" WVGA (800x480) capacitive display
      179ppi with 5-point multi-touch feature

      1GHz dual-core MT6577 Processor
      Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean)
      PowerVR SGX531 GPU
      512MB of RAM

      4GB of internal storage
      microSD slot up to 32GB

      5MP autofocus camera with LED flash
      720p HD video recording
      VGA (0.3MP) front-facing camera

      Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n / Wi-Fi hotspot
      Bluetooth v2.1 / GPS with A-GPS support

      microUSB 2.0 / 3.5mm audio jack
      MP3 / Multimedia Player / FM Radio
      Motion Sensor, Light sensor, proximity sensor

      2,300mAh Li-Ion battery

      PRICE: 6,699 PHP, AVAILABLE NOW.....

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