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Starmobile Quest Review

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More and more Android OEMs (ex: Samsung, Sony, LG, HTC, etc) are making bigger phones every year. Although, there are small Android smartphones in the market, specs are not so great and that is quite disappointing. There is still a clamor for smaller phones especially from Filipinos since we have small hands by nature. Good thing our local Android OEMs are making phones with smaller displays without sacrificing the specs. The Starmobile Quest only has a 4.5-inch display but specs are quite good for its pricetag. Want to know more? Read on with our review.

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Starmobile Quest specs:

  • 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
  • Adreno 302 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.5-inch qHD IPS LCD display (960 x 540 pixels) 248 ppi
  • One Glass Solution
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Audio+
  • 12 megapixel rear facing Sony BSI camera, f/2.0 Aperture, autofocus, and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing Toshiba camera with autofocus
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (micro + micro SIM)
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Android 4.3 Jellybean
  • SRP: P6,590 (now on sale P5,490 until October 31, 2014)
  • Status: Available on Starmobile Stores and kiosks

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Related article: Starmobile Quest Unboxing and Initial Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

We’ve said so much about the phone’s design on our unboxing article. Just click the link above to know more. Since the phone is quite small, it is light, thin, manageable to hold with one hand and very pocketable. We also love its curved edges and sides that adds to better grip.

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The 4.5-inch display is not so bright outdoors.
DISPLAY:

The 4.5-inch IPS LCD display has a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels which makes it sharper than any other entry level smartphones. Colors are quite accurate and viewing angles are good. However, it is not bright enough especially when using the phone under direct sunlight.

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

The Quest is one of the few local smartphones powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 200 processor. We all know Qualcomm’s reputation when it comes to overall fluidity and that reflects on the phone’s performance. It is very very fluid, smooth and almost lag free. Playing Dead Trigger 2 and multitasking is hassle free. On our last Antutu Benchmark test, we got a score of – 16,256

CAMERA:

The camera is one of the Quest’s main selling feature. It packing a 12 megapixel Sony sensor on the rear and a 5 megapixel Toshiba sensor at the front. Pictures are very, very sharp and details are accurate. Selfies are also great thanks to its 5 megapixel front shooter. One drawback we could only find is the shutter speed and autofocus is quite slow. It takes 2 to 3 seconds before it takes a picture. Here are some of the sample photos on different lighting conditions.

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Selfie using the 5 megapixel front facing camera
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Indoor shot
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Outdoor shot
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Low light, indoor shot

CONNECTIVITY:

All necessary connections like WiFi and Bluetooth are here and they worked pretty fine. We inserted our Smart and Globe SIMs here and HSPA+ speeds are also decent. Internet speeds depends on the location and network.

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Speed test using Smart’s HSPA+ network.

BATTERY:

Having a 2,000 mAh battery on a 4.5-inch smartphone will result to a longer battery life plus the screen is not HD. We normally got 9 hours of moderate to heavy use (1 hour gaming, 2 hours of video/You Tube/ iWant TV, calls, texts, email, social networks and 4 hours of Spotify).

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VERDICT:

We know that large phones are hot items these days but we do like having a smartphone with a smaller display for our readers with small hands. Good thing there are still small phones with pretty great specs for better performance. If you are searching for  a smartphone for a better one-handed use, then take a look at the Starmobile Quest.

GOOD:

  • Slim and lightweight design
  • Good front and rear camera
  • Long battery life
  • Smooth performance
  • You can use 3rd party headsets

BAD:

  • Poor sunlight legibility
  • Running Android 4.2 Jellybean instead of Android 4.4 Kitkat

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