|MyPhone A848i DUO 1600 mAh battery, glossy back cover with Philippine map, backside part showing microSD and SIM card slot, 5 MP camera, back speaker and handset box with specs.|
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What's my first impression?
It's thin, sleek and very light with glossy back cover and it's really fast, same impression with StarMobile ASTRA.
What's in the Box?
1. MyPhone A848i handset
2. 1600 mAh battery
3. USB charger
5. Quick start guide and warranty certificate
MyPhone A848i DUO Box Specs
Dual SIM Touch Android
Dual-Core 1 GHz Processor
GSM Triband/3G Dualband
4" 800x480 pixels IPS WVGA
Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
5 MP Autofocus rear camera
VGA front camera
MP3/MP4 player/Stereo FM Radio
Expandable memory up to 32 GB
MyPhone A848i DUO Unboxing and Hands On Review
|Unboxing A848i DUO includes handset, USB charger, headset, A848i phone suite and quick start guide and warranty certificate (1 year warranty).|
1. Price: 4.9/5
Since this is the second cheapest (now its 3rd, second are Cherry Mobile THUNDER and Torque Droidz ATOM) dual-core Android phone currently on the market, I rate it as high as possible with respect to affordability. After the promo, SRP for A848i DUO is P7,499 and it will become 7th on the ranking.
It will be more expensive than StarMobile ASTRA (P6,990) and Cherry Mobile TITAN (6,499) but cheaper than Cloudfone Thrill 430x (P7,777).
Updates: MyPhone A848i DUO is currently selling at P5,999 (you can get it at P3,999 on Price Drop Promo)
2. Physical Design: 4.5/5
|MyPhone A848i DUO thin, compact and aesthetic design captured my heart. With Power On button (Top left) and micro-USB/3.5mm jack port (Top right) and approximately 11 mm thickness.|
3. Display: 4.6/5
|MyPhone A848i DUO is a 4.0" 5 point Multi-Touch on 480x800 resolution screen, 233 ppi, running on MT6577 dual-core processor and 512 MB RAM.|
MyPhone A848i screen is using IPS technology, it's really brighter and with better viewing on different angle and even on direct sunlight. Although it's screen is not finger print resistant, it has no scratch upon my purchased.
I'm not sure if display can withstand the daily bumps and micro scratch of everyday life. As of now I didn't see any dead pixel on the screen.
Updates: After 369 days of daily normal use on texting, calling, music and games, there is no noticeable scratches on screen using with the naked eye.
4. Performance and Benchmark: 4.8/5
|MyPhone A848i DUO AnTuTu and Quadrant Benchmark|
MyPhone A848i DUO is running on 1 GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. User interface (UI) is very smooth and I experience no lag at all. Hands on with A848i DUO is at par with StarMobile ASTRA performance (5876 AnTuTu Benchmark v2.9.4).
Power On: ~30 seconds
Shutdown: ~5 seconds
AnTuTu Benchmark: 6666 ( Compare to Cherry Mobile, StarMobile, MyPhone and Cloudfone)
Quadrant Benchmark: 2717 (2914 for StarMobile ASTRA, 2932 for Cherry Mobile FLARE, 2926 for Cloudfone Thrill 430x and 2564 for Cherry Mobile TITAN)
Compatible Games: Temple Run, Temple Run 2, Subway Surfers, Angry Birds StarWars, Fruit Ninja and Devil Ninja 2 - Cave
Compatible Applications: Facebook, Twitter, Viber, YM, MMDA, Avast Mobile Antivirus and Project NOAH.
5. Camera: 4.7/5
5 MP Back Camera: MP A848i DUO sports a 5MP rear autofocus camera with single LED flash and VGA front. 5 MP camera quality is excellent specially to well lighted environment both on close up and far distant or long shot using the HDR and non-HDR features.
|Macro Shot of a Red Rose, taken by MP A848i DUO 5MP rear autofocus camera using the 8 shots capability. It can also capture 4 shots and up to 16 shots as well.|
LED Flash: 5 MP rear single flash effective distance for photo capturing during the night is 1 meter or less upon my first hand test. Flash is good for taking macro shots at night.
VGA Front Camera: Front camera has a descent picture quality specially to well lighted environment.
Updates: More A848i DUO 5MP Camera Sample Pictures and Video Recording
6. Video Recording: 4.5/5
I don’t see any 720p HD on video settings, so I think it's is not capable of high definition video recording. Captured video with high quality settings and EIS (Electronic Image Stabilization) On is excellent.
7. Multimedia: 4.6/5
This unit can play 3gp, mp3, mp4 and avi files (watching "We bought a Zoo movie"). FM radio had good reception and comes in stereo sound.
|Playing Temple RUN 2 on MyPhone A848i DUO is very smooth, screen is very responsive and gyro is working perfectly.|
8. Audio: 4.4/5
This phone is not for music lover, speaker volume is not too loud nor too low (comparing to Samsung Corby 2) and audio quality is just right for music, games and FM radio. Audio loudness varies from song to games.
9. Accessories: 4.3/5
USB charger and headset are both working but they are not comparable with Samsung and Nokia quality for accessories. No microSD card included in the package and no Pinoy app contents.
Dual SIM, Dual Standby: it is working both for smart and globe
Call: working fine, call quality is good
LED Notification: working for incoming SMS and low battery is working.
3G: one at a time, it is working fine (globe supersurf)
Bluetooth: It is working, paired and accepted mp3 files from other phone. It can also send mp3 to other mobile phone via bluetooth.
Micro-USB: I already transfer photos and mp3 in my PC and vice versa
Micro-SD slot: working fine
Sensors: Orientation, Magnetic, 3-axis Accelerometer (Motion sensor is working excellent), Proximity sensor (working fine during call)
Wi-Fi: It's working (tried on SM Free Wi-Fi)
GPS: First test - Temporarily unavailable in my home location. 2nd location - still unavailable (SM Calamba). 3rd test - On going in another city. My Location works using the WiFi and mobile network setting.
TV Out: I see it on the settings, to be tested (looking for compatible cable)
Video Call: to be tested (I see on the settings)
USB OTG: to be tested (I doubt it is capable)
Updates: How to SET MP3 songs as Message Alert tone and Ringtones on your MP A848i DUO
11. Battery: 4.6/5
|A848i DUO 1600 mAh battery can approximately last 7-8 hours after full charging for the first time (still not optimized) with heavy use and 3G internet connection.|
With 1600 mAh rated battery I think it can last for a day of use with 2 SIM's on board. Since I bought it, it took 4 hours of aggressive used and testing for 50% battery. You can charge using USB charger or through PC USB port.
|It took me almost more than 3 hours doing Antutu Battery test and result was satisfying with score of 574, higher than Samsung Galaxy S2 1650 mAh and HTC Incredible S 1450 mAh battery test score.|
Charging Time: 3.5 hours with handset on standby mode/sleep mode and ~2.5 hours with handset turned off.
Charger Specs: Input: 100-240V, 120 mA, Output: 5V, 700 mA
Updates: How Long will MyPhone A848i DUO 1600 mAh Battery Last Playing Temple Run 2?
12. Durability: 4.9/5
After almost 15 months or 1 year and 3 months of normal usage, I can now tell that MyPhone A848i DUO is durable. It passed the daily bumps, daily scratches, daily texting, call and normal gaming a person can do and of course with little extra care, I hope it will last for more than 2 years or more.
Defects/Issues and Improvements:
1. After approximately 10x removal of back cover (due to review and changing SIM), part of cover became loose and pressing that part produces a cracking/creaky sound.
2. Headset stop/play button is taped (as you see in unboxing picture), I don’t know what's the purpose (I think for scratch protection), headset is also working upon first use.
3. There is no complete manual for the handset. Example, the box specs says it's GSM Triband and Dualband 3G but I didn't even know what frequency it is operating.
4. USB charger cable is short. I had a hard time using the phone while charging especially while on bed.
Above issues are minor and my suggestion for improvement are better accessories although they are all working, better durability for back cover (I hope this is isolated case), longer USB charger cable, Pinoy App content should really included in the package (FREE) and manual with complete specs of the handset.
How to Screenshot: Using your MyPhone A848i DUO, simultaneously press/hold power and volume down button for 2-3 seconds until screenshot is taken.
Final Rating: 4.62/5
There are three reasons why I bought MyPhone A848i DUO than any other brand handset. It's 4.0" IPS display, affordable price for dual core processor powered Android phone and Pinoy made with dependable quality (Superbrands).
That's it for now and I'm doing some video recording, connectivity and other test. I also want to try more compatible games and apps for this unit. So stay tuned for updates.
I recommend this to every Filipinos looking for performance and affordability in slim design.
Updates: (as of April 4, 2014)
After 473 days (more than 15 months or 1 year and 3 months) of average use (texting, calling, games and daily charging), overall A848i performance is very excellent and stable (not until the decrypt storage). Accessories are also still working like USB charger and cable. First problem encountered - Boot up hang up on MyPhone logo on the 107th day. Solution: Removed and re-insert battery and its working fine.
On the 193rd day, MyPhone A848i encountered a "Decrypt Storage" and needed a password when I boot it up without a SIM inserted. I reboot the phone and hang up two times and at last! rebooted on the third time with "Android is Updating" on the screen" and finally its "OK" but all my installed apps was not working like games (good news, all stock app was working).
As of now my A848i DUO is working fine and like what I said, all my installed apps was not working (example, Candy Crush, Temple Run 2, Avast! antivirus etc.). I installed Candy Crush again and its working but unfortunately I have to start all over again. Another one, recording a video is greenish in color after that incident.
I don't know if this is a glitch or a bug on the Android Ice Cream Sandwich OS, I hope MyPhone Tech support will have an answer for this problem and fix it in their future phones - I'm waiting for their advise.
MyPhone Tech support replied to my problem and they advise to use my phone password - well I'll try it for the next time I encountered "Decrypt Storage". On the other hand, one MP A848i DUO owner also has the same problem and they advise to use default phone password 1122 and re-flash of software.
I'm looking forward for MyPhone A848i DUO Jelly Bean - JB OS upgrade as one way to solve this issue. Just go to your nearest MyPhone service center with your receipt for upgrade.
Moreover, the unit has also been dropped 2 times and still its working fine, a test to quality of MyPhone A848i DUO duarability. I hope they will release a version of MediaTek MT6572 processor for this kind of unit this Christmas season - they already released an affordable MyPhone Agua STORM.
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