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Kata Venus 3 Review

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Kata has stepped into the spotlight this year with its flagship offering, Kata i3. But Kata needs to cover the low end market so the company has released the Kata Venus 3 last month. Priced at P3,999, can Kata compete with other brands on this category? Let’s find out.

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Kata Venus 3 specs:

  • 1.2GHz Dual Core Mediatek MT6572 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4-inch WVGA display (800 x 480) 233ppi
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus with LED flash
  • 1.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, Bluetooth, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 1,600 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P3,999

DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY:

The phone resembles the Sony Xperia Sola especially that chin. It is also comfortable to hold thanks to its slightly curved back. The chassis is made of some high quality plastic making the phone more expensive than its original SRP.

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DISPLAY:

The display is pretty decent as it produces good amount of colors.  It has good viewing angles too. We just find the screen a little dimmed when it is set on automatic.  Typing on a 4-inch screen is quite a struggle since we do have big hands.  Watching streaming videos remains to be enjoyable even on a small screeen,

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

The Kata Venus 3 sports a 1.3GHz dual core processor. On day to day use, it gets basic tasks done – calls, texts, navigation, and social networks. However, lags were evident when loading medium size games like Plants vs Zombies 2. We do not recommend downloading memory hogs like Dead Trigger or Clash of Clans. On the brighter side, the phone performs well on doing the basics. Based on Antutu Benchmarks, the phone scored 10,914 which is a normal score among dual core powered smartphones.

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CAMERA:

We were quite disappointed on the phone’s 5 megapixel camera. Pictures are dull, lacks vibrancy and sharpness. We took a photo of a bunch of flowers on a well lighted room but the picture tends to be dark. See the sample photos below.

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BATTERY:

Based on our battery drain tests, the Kata Venus 3 fared well on heavy usage. We got around 8 hours of battery life with heavy usage – 3G on, GPS on, WiFi on, 100% brightness,video streaming for 3 hours with heavy calls and texts. On moderate usage, battery life was stretched to 10 hours.

VERDICT:

The Kata Venus 3 is a GOOD phone. It can do basic tasks without any hiccups. It is one beautiful phone and a looker too. It gives you this expensive feel to it.  The problem with the Kata Venus 3 is the price. At P3,999, we can get a quad core phone from Cherry Mobile like the Flare 2.1 or add around P500 and you can get a Starmobile Navi. We do believe that camera performance can be improved via software update.