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Cherry Mobile Omega Icon Review

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I have here the Cherry Mobile Omega Icon for nearly a month now. I do apologize for the delay of the this review due to my confinement at the hospital. My left leg got infected by an insect bite that penetrated through the blood stream. My legs were already swollen when I bought the Omega Icon on the last week of May and did an unboxing article. Unfortunately the infection got worse and I was forced to be confined at undergo a surgery. While recovering, I got a chance to play around with the device and here’s my take.

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Cherry Mobile Omega Icon specs:

  • 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 MSM8212 processor
  • Adreno 302 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 294 ppi
  • Asahi Dragontrail scratch resistant Glass
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus and flash
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean
  • SRP: P6,499
  • Status: Available on Cherry Mobile stores, kiosks and retailers

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

When it comes to hardware alone, I would definitely give a perfect 10! It is one gorgeous smartphone. The faux leather back panel and the metal trim on the sides made the phone premium looking. It made the phone more expensive than its SRP of P6,499.

DISPLAY:

The 5-inch screen on the Omega Icon has an HD (720 x 1280) resolution. The display is very decent with right amount of color reproduction and sharpness. It has good viewing angles too. One little gripe we have is the lack of auto brightness. This means you have to adjust the brightness manually.

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

Cherry Mobile made some few tweaks on the stock UI. The phone is using by default a lock screen app called Start. It can take you  directly to some apps like Facebook and Twitter or even to messaging and phone app. There is an option to turn it off as well. From the lock screen, swipe to the left and it will go directly to settings.

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Overall performance was very smooth with minimal lags. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor performs very well on any kind of tasks. When it comes to gaming, I downloaded Angry Birds Go. The game ran well with no hiccups. On Antutu Benchmarks, the phone scored 15,837 points which is fairly decent.

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CAMERA:

The 13 megapixel rear facing camera takes good pictures. Looking the photos closely, some of them appeared washed out on dimmed lighting conditions. Good lighting will result to better pictures. I do find the 5 megapixel front facing camera’s flash insufficient to give better lighting on darker areas.

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Selfie using the 5 megapixel front facing camera with flash

CONNECTIVITY:

HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth and USB OTG are the phone’s available connectivity features. WiFi works fine even if the phone is a little far from the base router. HSPA+ using both Smart and Globe is fairly decent. I usually get 3 to 5 Mbps download speed on both networks. Included in the package is the OTG cable so transferring  files to and from your phone won’t be a hassle.

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BATTERY:

The 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery lasted 9 hours on moderate use and 7 hours on moderate to heavy use which is very decent. My moderate to heavy use includes 1 hour of phone call, texting, 2 hours of playing Angry Birds Go, 1 hour of watching videos on iWantv, 1 hour of You Tube and occasional use of Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

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VERDICT:

The Cherry Mobile Omega Icon is probably the best value for money smartphone you can get. Good specs, good camera, and good display for only P6,499! Not to mention that the phone is good looking with that faux leather and stitching at the back.