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Starmobile Jump Neo Hands On Review

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There are still limited number of smartphones in the market running Android 5.0 Lollipop. Aside from MyPhone’s Rio 2 and Rio 2 Lite, Google has its Android One smartphones – Cherry Mobile One and MyPhone Uno. Good thing Starmobile joined the club with the Starmobile Jump Neo, the company’s first Android Lollipop smartphone. We’ve been using the device for almost two weeks now and here’s our review.

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Starmobile Jump Neo:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582M processor
  • Mali 400MP graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch FWVGA IPS LCD display (854 x 480 pixels)
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM (Regular + Micro), Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, Chromecast and Miracast support
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,400 mAh battery
  • Android 5.0 Lollipop
  • SRP: P4,490
  • Status: Available on Starmobile stores and kiosks

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Related article – Starmobile Jump Neo Unboxing and First Impressions

HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

We have here is the white version, our favorite color for a smartphone. At 170 grams, we find the device a little heavy maybe due to its huge 2,400 mAh battery. The device is not thin either at 9.3 mm. It is also quite tall because of its bezels at the top and bottom. Good thing the device is still manageable holding with one hand. The matte finish also gives added grip.

Audio quality coming from the rear firing speakers are a little tiny but loud enough to hear phone calls and incoming messages. The 3.5mm headset jack is CTIA compliant which means you can use your third party earphones.

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a two-point multi touch display

DISPLAY:

In order to bring the price down, Starmobile trimmed down on the specs including the display. They opted to ship the Jump Neo with an IPS FWVGA display with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels. The display does not look bad at all. In fact it is bright, colorful and vivid. Auto brightness works perfectly well too as it responds quickly to different lighting conditions.

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

The Mediatek MT6582 quad core processor inside the device is already proven and it works well. Lags are rare on regular use. It handles multi tasking and games well. Speaking of games, Clash of Clans works well here. If this is your first time to use an Android Lollipop smartphone, changes are mainly aesthetic. You’ll be greeted by eye candy colors and nice animations in which Google calls it Material Design.

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CAMERA:

The 5 megapixel rear camera is decent though not great. Photos taken outdoors are just fine although they lack detail. Low light shots suffer from photo noise as the camera has no BSI sensor. The 2 megapixel rear facing camera is perfect for your selfie shots but don’t use it in a dark area.

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Photo taken from the 2 megapixel front facing camera

CONNECTIVITY:

Dual SIM slots are regular and micro SIM configuations. Using both Smart and Globe for calls are decent as we hear the people at the end of the line clearly with no issues. HSPA+ using Globe and Smart are decent too.

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Smart’s 3G/HSPA+ speed test

BATTERY:

We did a different battery test for this review. Due to our busy schedule, we missed out our favorite teleseryes and TV shows. We did a marathon a teleserye being aired for the whole week and that is around 3 hours. From 95%, we got around 62% battery left after 3 hours of watching 5 episodes of a teleserye. Not bad! That is with auto brightness and WiFi and GPS on. On regular use, we got a day and  half of usage.

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VERDICT:

The Starmobile Jump Neo is a decent performer – good battery life, smooth experience, nice display, and has solid build quality. It also gets an edge over the competition because of its price. If you want to experience Android’s Lollipop OS, better get this. 🙂