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Starmobile Turbo Review

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For two weeks now we have been reviewing the Starmobile Turbo, one of the three smartphones from Starmobile that is running Android 4.4 Kitkat. Honestly, we do love it! But will you still love it even if it is a little pricey? Let’s find out.

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Starmobile Turbo specs:

  • 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6582M processor
  • Mali 400 MP2 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 294 ppi
  • 12 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, BSI, and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera with BSI
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby, Dual 3G
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0, USB OTG, Miracast Ready
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: P6,990
  • Status: Available on Starmobile stores, kiosks and retailers, Available in white and black

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VIDEO REVIEW:

 

HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

Just like we said on our unboxing article, the Starmobile Turbo has some resemblance with the LG G2 and the current flagship the G3. Sometimes it looks like the G2’s cousin, the Google Nexus 5 on some angle. It is very nice to hold with a good amount of grip thanks to its matte surface. Our unit here is white which is very, very good looking. Build quality is excellent, one thing we like about Starmobile.

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Starmobile Turbo resting beside the iconic LG G2.

DISPLAY:

The Turbo has a 5-inch HD IPS LCD display which is stunning even under direct sunlight.Viewing angles are good so this is perfect for watching HD movies and HD games. There are times though that the auto brightness is a little jerky but this is rare. If you get irrated with it you can turn the feature off.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

Just like the MyPhone Rio and Starmobile Up that we previously reviewed, the Starmobile Turbo is powered by a 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582M processor. Performance is generally smooth most of the time and lags are very minimal. Loading games takes a little while but once loaded, you will appreciate its HD display when playing Dead Trigger and Asphalt 8. We did another Antutu Benchmark on and got a score of 17,355.

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If you intend to buy this phone and you came from a smartphone running Android 4.2 or 4.3 Jellybean, you’ll see noticeable changes  because this phone is running Android 4.4 Kitkat out of the box. Starmobile did some few tweaks on the UI too. You may hate it or love it but you can change that by downloading a launcher from the Google Play Store. We also love the gesture based features of the Turbo like double tap to unlock/lock.

CAMERA:

The 12 megapixel rear camera takes really good pictures on good lighting conditions and picture quality is also good even on dimmed lighting thanks to its back side illuminated camera. The flash works fine as it gives good lighting when taking photos on dark places. The 5 megapixel front camera may lack autofocus but it gives detailed and good selfie photos.

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Photo using the LED flash in a dark room.

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Selfie using the 5 megapixel front facing camera

 

CONNECTIVITY:

One thing we noticed about the Turbo is how excellent it gets WiFi signal. It gets better WiFi reception than any smartphone or tablet we tested. HSPA+ on both Globe and Smart networks works fine too. We also inserted our Sun SIM to test Sun’s HSPA+ network because it has been a while since we used their network for internet purposes.  Sun’s network has improved on the places we go but it remained slow on our home in Pasig. Bluetooth and USB OTG worked fine as well.

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Speedtest of Globe’s HSPA+ network in Makati City using the Starmobile Turbo

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VERDICT:

The Starmobile Turbo is a great phone. Period. But many of you will raise their concerns about the pricing. The phone is priced at P6,990 which 2k more than the MyPhone Rio, a phone with the same processor, screen size and resolution, same RAM and internal memory. However, if you want a bigger camera resolution, the Turbo has a 12 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel camera (compared to Rio’s 8 megapixel rear and 2 megapixel front). But is it worth the additional 2k? Yes. That is if you want a better camera.

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