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Starmobile Vida Review

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This review has been long overdue. We’re supposed to bring our Starmobile Vida review unit during our trip to Seoul, Korea but unfortunately, we accidentally left it. When we returned home and back to work, our table was full of paperwork. So, anyway, we finally had a chance to review the Vida, one of the cheapest Android smartphone running Android 4.4 Kitkat. Let’s dive in, shall we?

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Starmobile Vida specs:

  • 1GHz Dual Core Mediatek MT6572 processor
  • Mali 400MP graphics
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 3.5-inch HVGA LCD display (320 x 480 pixels)
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera
  • VGA front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 1,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • SRP: P2,490
  • Status: Available at Starmobile stores and kiosks

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

The hardware and design of the Starmobile Vida is quite common to every entry level Android smartphone we’ve seen. Of course, one big advantage is it is pocketable due to its very small body. Using it with one hand is a breeze since most Filipinos have smaller than usual hands. All buttons are very reachable too.

DESIGN:

There’s nothing much to complain about the display. If you hate the display then maybe you have extra cash there for a larger smartphone with better resolution. But for us, at this price, the 3.5-inch is pretty acceptable.

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PERFORMANCE:

We are bit surprised with the overall performance was quite good. Of course there are still lags here and there but smoothness when opening, closing or switching between apps is evident. This may be probably due to its almost stock Android experience and running Android 4,4 Kitkat instead Android 4.2 Jellybean.

CAMERA:

Well, there’s nothing to expect much with the camera. Its a 5 megapixel  fixed focus shooter with a VGA front facing camera. It doesn’t have a flash so expect pictures to be grainy in dimmed lighting and dark areas.

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IMG_20141021_164527CONNCECTIVITY:

Despite its entry level specs, Starmobile still opted to include HSPA+ connectivity on this phone making it one of the most affordable 3G smartphone. In our tests we get our usual 3 to 5Mbps in our area in Pasig using our Globe SIM. Both Bluetooth and WiFi worked fine.

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BATTERY:

The 1,300 mAh battery will last you 8 hours of moderate to heavy usage with 100% screen brightness on, WiFi on and 3G on. That battery life can be stretched if you lower down the brightness and turning off the WiFi and 3G from time to time.

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VERDICT:

We looked at the competition and we noticed that there are few entry level smartphones with 3G and running Android Kitkat. Good thing Starmobile added the Vida to your shopping options for a new low end smartphone. For only P2,490, its 3G connectivity and smooth operation because of Android Kitkat will make you buy one.

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