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Kata M3 Hands On Review

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It took us a while before we wrote a review of the Kata M3 because we enjoyed using it. We had the M3 for about a month now and been using it as a daily driver since then. So it is worth buying? Read on.

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Kata M3

  • 1.7GHz Octa Core Mediatek MT6592 processor
  • Mali 450 MP graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5.5-inch HD LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 16 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, LED flash and Corning Gorilla Glass cover lens
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera
  • Yamaha Professional Bass speakers
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WIFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 3,300 mAh battery
  • Android 4.4 Kitkat
  • Price: P9,499
  • Status: Available in Kata stores and kiosks

Related article – Our 48-Hour Hands On With The Kata M3

UNBOXING:

We had our initial 48-hour hands on with the Kata M3 but our friends from Kata sent us a review unit only. After two months, they sent us a retail package of the M3 complete with box. Here’s what you’ll see inside the box.

  • Unit itself
  • earphones
  • USB cable
  • adapter
  • manuals

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

Compared with the Kata M2 before it, the Kata M3 is curvier and more comfortable to hold with one hand. It may be hard to hold it with one hand especially those with small hands but the good thing here is body has a matte finish which prevents the device to slip while holding it.

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DISPLAY:

Kata never disappoints us when it comes to its displays on their smartphones. Same thing with the M3. The display is on the cooler side which results to bluer hue. It can even withstand harsh sunlight outdoors as brightness output is surprisingly good.

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PERFORMANCE:

The Octa Core processor is a tried tested MT6592 processor found on many smartphones. Together with 2GB RAM, gaming experience is fantastic. We’ve been playing our favorite games, Clash of Clans, Dead Trigger 2, Sky Force and Riptide GP2 for hours with no incident of lags. By far, overall experience is smooth.

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CAMERA:

The 16 megapixel rear camera takes good photos on well-lit places. Low light shots are surprisingly good too as long as you turn on the HDR. We wish photos could get some more color punch though. Editing photos is easy and there are a lot of photo editing apps on the Google Play Store. Selfie shots from the 8 megapixel front facing camera are pretty good too.

Here are some camera samples:

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CONNECTIVITY:

The phone does not have LTE connectivity but the phone has 3G/HSPA+ connectivity. We noticed better 3G speeds using both Smart and Globe SIMs compared to other smartphones we’ve reviewed. Although LTE is becoming more popular among Pinoys, many Pinoys find LTE service expensive with limited coverage.

Calls are clear and with no issues on both ends of the line. Bluetooth and WiFi worked fine as well.

BATTERY:

The 3,300 mAh battery is just amazing! On our normal use, we got 2 whole days without charging the device. So, on our heavy battery drain test, we managed to get 5 hours and 35 minutes of screen on time with 9% juice left. We’ve squeezed in 3 hours of video streaming via IWantv, an hour of You Tube and more than an hour of gaming with 3G and WiFi on at auto brightness. That was impressive!

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VERDICT:
This is the best smartphone Kata has made so far – impressive battery life, great display, good camera, fantastic software experience and faster than usual 3G speeds. We only wish when the Kata M5 arrives next year, it will have LTE connectivity.

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