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Starmobile Diamond S1 or MyPhone Cyclone: Which is Better?

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Its Monday! Back to reality guys. Holidays  are officially over. While I was contemplating on what to write, I realized that I haven’t done any comparisons quite some time now. With so many gadgets that came out last month, I think its time to do some comparisons to help you choose the better gadget for your needs.

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To kick things off, I was able to get hands on with these two newly released smartphones – MyPhone Cyclone and Starmobile Diamond S1. Both smartphones are nearly identical in specs and pricing. But before we dig in to the comparison, let’s check out the specs.

MyPhone Cyclone:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core MediaTek 6582M processor
  • Mali 400 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage expandable via MircoSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch qHD IPS LCD display (960 x 540 pixels) 220 ppi
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, USB On-The-Go (OTG)
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean

Starmobile Diamond S1:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6572M processor
  • Mali 400MP graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal usage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch qHD LCD display (960 x 540 pixels) 220ppi
  • Asahi Dragontrail scratch resistant glass
  • 12 megapixel rear facing camera with Back Side Illumination, autofocus and LED flash
  • 3 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby, Dual 3G
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 2.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh Li-Po battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean

In this comparison, I will compare these phones into categories that matters to the user most – design and build quality, software and performance, display, camera, battery,  and value for money.

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DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY:

Personally, I prefer Starmobile’s overall build quality. It is more solid, no creaks, no hollow feel, and it could take a beating than MyPhone’s offering. I’m not saying that the Cyclone is not well built the Diamond S1 really stands out when it comes to hardware quality alone.

The Cyclone’s design is similar to MyPhone’s former flagship, the MyPhone A919i, only without the Philippine map at the back and with a glossy finish. Good thing it is not as fingerprint magnet like other phones with the same back cover. On the other hand, the Diamond S1 has a curved glass and sports a slim profile plus it has a matte finish at the back. It is more comfortable to hold and adds better grip. In addition to the design, the Diamond S1 sports a scratch resistant Asahi Dragontrail Glass for added protection.

Winner – STARMOBILE DIAMOND S1

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

Both phones are running Android 4.2 Jellybean. Both phones has OTA (over the air) update meaning they could get the latest OS version of Android if you are connected via WiFi.

Both smartphones have 1.3GHz quad core processor but different types of chipset. The Cyclone has a MT6582 processor while the Diamond S1 sports the MT6572 chipset. On day to day use you won’t feel any difference on the performance.

The Diamond S1 has slightly customized UI while the Cyclone sports vanilla Android. The choice of which is more appealing will be up to you. But on a personal note, I’ve always love vanilla Android over those with customized UI. The Cyclone has one very useful feature – USB OTG (on-the-go). Transfer files seamlessly to or from your flash drive.

Winner: MYPHONE CYCLONE

DISPLAY:

Both sports a qHD (960 x 540) display with a pixel density of 220 ppi. But the Diamond S1’s curved glass helps the display to have a good view even on extreme angles.

Winner: STARMOBILE DIAMOND S1

CAMERA:

This is where the Diamond S1 shines. Its packing a 12 megapixel rear facing camera with back side illumination, autofocus and LED flash and a 3 megapixel front facing camera while the Cyclone has an 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. Of course on paper, the Diamond S1 is a clear winner here. But when using both cameras, you won’t notice any difference when looking at the pictures closely especially if your intention is posting it on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram. But if you decide to print a picture and put it on a frame, the Diamond S1 is the better pick.

Winner: STARMOBILE DIAMOND S1

BATTERY:

These phones have the same battery size but different battery types. The Cyclone has a Lithium Ion battery while the Starmobile Diamond S1 has a Lithium Polymer battery. Lithuim Polymer battery has a longer battery cycle (not battery life). Meaning, it takes at least 2 years to replace the battery. On day to day use, both phones have good battery life which can last up to 8 to 9 hours of moderate to heavy usage.

Winner: STARMOBILE DIAMOND S1

VALUE FOR MONEY:

The MyPhone Cyclone is priced at P8,988 while the Starmobile Diamond S1 is P8,990. But MyPhone slashed the price to P6,998 as its introductory price. As of this writing, it is still priced 2k lower than the Diamond S1 and still no idea if MyPhone will return it to its original price. Of course the Cyclone is cheaper so it has more value for money, right? But what’s the essence of “value for money”? It is basically getting more out of the price of what you are buying.

The Starmobile Diamond S1 has better optics, better design, better build quality, and better battery type while the MyPhone Cyclone is 2k cheaper. For me, cheaper doesn’t mean it has more value for money. The Starmobile Diamond S1 gives so much more value at 2k more.

Winner: STARMOBILE DIAMOND S1

VERDICT:

I am not being biased here. I’ve used both phone and saw the difference. The Starmobile Diamond is one solid and beautiful device. I rarely flaunt my local branded phone (especially when I’m a middle of a meeting or in a sosyal place) but I had a few exceptions and the Diamond S1 is one of them. It is a looker! A sosyal friend said “That’s a nice phone, Mark! Is that the latest from HTC or Sony?”, I replied, “No, its my new Starmobile Diamond S1”, then she replied, “I never realized that local brands are making such looker phones!”. Two thumbs up for Starmobile! 🙂