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Torque Droidz Wave Review

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We have not reviewed anything from Torque for quite some time now and we are glad that our good friends from Torque Mobile gave us something to review. The Torque Droidz Wave is an entry level smartphone that costs around P3,000. But most phones these price range have really small screens. Does the Droidz Wave’s 5-inch display will be an advantage over its competition? Let’s find out.

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Torque Droidz Wave:

  • 1GHz Dual Core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch FWVGA IPS LCD display (854 x 480 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Android 4.4 KitKat
  • SRP: P3,099
  • Status: Available at Torque stores and kiosks

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What’s inside the box?

  • unit itself
  • USB cable
  • adapter
  • headset
  • screen protector
  • free Bluetooth speaker

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

There’s nothing so special with the phone’s design but we find it really comfortable to hold because of its ergonomic design. It is pretty solid too despite being an entry level smartphone. We just don’t like its shiny finish that attract so much fingerprints and smudges.

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DISPLAY:

We really can’t complain with its display especially given the price tag. The 5-inch low resolution display has poor viewing angles and color distortion is evident when tilting it on the sides. It has poor sunlight legibility too. But we are not saying the display is poor overall. Good thing it has auto brightness which means there’s no need to adjust brightness manually.

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

Most entry level smartphone users are not heavy users. They just regularly check social networks, post pictures on Instagram, and play light games like Candy Crush aside from the usual call and texts. The dual core 1GHz processor can handle these light tasks with no issues and hiccups. Just remember to close your apps regularly to avoid lags. Remember, you only have a small 512MB RAM here.

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CAMERA:

This may not be the best camera on an entry level smartphone but it does take decent pictures perfect for posting on social media. In short, puwede na. You’ll be the judge and take a look at our sample photos below.

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CONNECTIVITY:

We’ve tested both Globe and Smart SIMs on the Droidz Wave and we got pretty decent internet speeds. Calls are clear though we find the tone of our callers on the tiny side. Our callers also find our calls on the noisy side since the phone does not have noise cancelling feature.

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BATTERY:

You might think that the small-ish battery might not suffice but the good news is it last long. On our moderate to heavy use, we managed to get a solid 4 hours of screen on time and up to 11 hours of battery with around 12% juice left on the tank.

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VERDICT:

There are indeed trade offs on this phone but you can forgive its shortcomings because of its affordable price. The advantage of having a 5-inch screen and an affordable price is a good combination for entry level buyers so it will be hard not to recommend the Torque Droidz Wave to any smartphone buyer with very limited budget.