Digital TV has become a big thing these days. It came to a point that this technology is now found on smartphones as well. A few months ago, Starmobile released the Knight Vision, the first smartphone with Digital TV tuner. But many buyers find the Knight Vision quite expensive. Good thing Starmobile released an affordable smartphone with the same tuner called the Starmobile Up Vision. Let’s get in on with the review.
Starmobile Up Vision:
- 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582M processor
- Mali 400 MP2 graphics
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 4.7-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing Sony camera with autofocus, BSI, Blue Glass Filter and LED flash
- 8 megapixel front facing Samsung camera with flash
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, Miracast and Chromecast support
- GPS, A-GPS
- 1,800 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
- SRP: P5,990
- Status: Available on Starmobile stores and kiosks
HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
We have said it before, the Starmobile Up Vision is the Starmobile Up Lite with an antenna. They are practically the same smartphone. We just find the Up Vision a little heavier maybe because of the TV tuner inside.
The 4.7-inch display is adequate enough when watching your favorite teleseryes though we find the Knight Vision’s bigger 5.5-inch display more favorable for watching TV. We just find the screen’s brightness lacking that punch especially under the harsh sunlight. As a result, we prefer to turn off the auto brightness and adjust it manually instead.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
We never encountered any lags or stutter on the Up Vision. It handled games like Clash of Clans and Sky Force 2014 very well. Basic tasks are also fluid.
The Starmobile Up Vision has the ISDB-T TV tuner which receives digital TV broadcast from to free-to-air channels. Unlike the traditional analogue system in which distortions are present, digital TV has cable-like reception. The device got more than 10 channels. We tested it in two ways. We went in different places in Metro Manila like malls, hospitals, neighborhoods, and parks. We observed that places with many obstructions like buildings disrupts the signal. And then we tested it while inside of a moving vehicle. We travelled from SM North Edsa to SM Malls of Asia and reception is mostly stable throughout the trip. When we go to an underpass or pass by large buildings, that’s the time the signal turns pixelated.
We love using the digital TV when we are stuck in traffic during rush hour. Our friend is an avid fan of ABS-CBN’s primetime teleserye Forevermore and watching it on the device is a fun experience. During lunch time, we are avid televiewers of noontime show It’s Showtime. watching Vice Ganda’s AdVice Ganda portion is our favorite and we always use the Up Vision to watch the said portion. 🙂
Obviously, the camera remains to be Starmobile’s main strengths. See the photos below and you’ll be the judge of the camera’s shooting prowess.
Both SIM card slots are 3G capable so you don’t need to worry about connection problems. Calls are clear on both Viber, Skype or network calls. Bluetooth and WiFi works fine too.
At first we thought, the battery cannot last with the type of usage we have most especially, we love watching TV on this device. But then again, it proved us wrong. The 1,800 mAh battery lasted around 6 hours and 30 minutes with heavy usage. That includes watching It’s Showtime for two hours and 15 minutes, games for up to 30 mins, You Tube videos for 30 minutes, Skype and Viber calls, social media and many more at 80% brightness and WiFi / 3G on. We had around 4 hours of screen on time during this specific test.
We do admit, despite our busy schedule at work, we find time watching our favorite TV shows on the Starmobile Up Vision. It is perfect for those who are stuck with everyday traffic and needs to catch up with their favorite primetime teleseryes without compromising battery life and overall performance.