Technology with a passion to connect is how we see Ekotek as a company. They promise to make technology accessible to everybody and we had the opportunity to witness this first hand with the Ekophone Sage 2. Check out our review below.
Ekophone Sage 2 in detail:
- 5.0-Inch qHD IPS Display (540 x 960 Pixels, 220 ppi)
- Android 5.1 Lollipop OS
- MediaTek MT6735M Chipset
- 1.0GHz Quad Core 64-bit Cortex-A53 CPU
- Mali-T720 GPU
- 1GB of RAM
- 8.3 Megapixel Autofocus Main Camera and LED Flash
- 2.0 Megapixel Front Camera
- 8GB Internal Storage
- MicroSD: Expandable Up to 64GB
- 4G LTE, 3G HSPA+, 2G EDGE and GPRS Networks
- 2,500mAh Li-ion Battery
- SRP: Php 4599
HARDWARE and DESIGN
We definitely think the Ekophone Sage 2 is well built. In a time where camera lens cracks are eventualities, we loved the fact that the Sage 2’s rear camera has a metal layer to help protect the lens. For a phone at this price range, we were quite surprised that it wasn’t as light as we expected it to be. It has a curved back to give you a comfortable grip and sports polished chrome buttons and bumper. The pre-installed screen protector is also a nice treat. Overall, this phone looks more than it costs.
DISPLAY and SOUND
With the a 5.0-Inch qHD IPS Display, the Ekophone Sage 2 delivers clear images and manageable brightness which helps with viewing under direct sunlight. It has good saturation that makes things a lot more colorful. The phone’s speakers are good for room use as well. There is some distortion when you maximize the volume but nothing too noticeable.
SOFTWARE and PERFORMANCE
Android 5.1 Lollipop is what you get when you purchase the Ekophone Sage 2. Though it doesn’t come preloaded with the usual Google applications (Chrome, Maps, Drive etc. ) and Social Media Applications (Facebook, Youtube and Google+), we took a little time to install them ourselves from Google Play. You would also need to accustom yourself to the interface as well. It’s not that different, it just has a few quirks of its own. Which we think is nice, since it gives the Ekotek line some character.
There were a few lags here and there which we expected of 1GB RAM phone. A couple of crashed while using the FB Messenger app but it wasn’t consistent. As per our usual advise, keep apps down to 2-3 at a time for better app switching transition. It also tends to heat up a little during game play.
For a 2,000mah battery, we were expecting a lot more than we got. On heavy use(social media, games and video streaming), you’ll get about 3.5-4 hours on this battery. On basic use (calls and messaging), it would last you about a full day of work. For better battery management, please check if the LTE is on as this drains battery quickly. Toggle it off if not in use.
Of course this phone has LTE, it’s a highlight we definitely want to make. We were able to test LTE connectivity in the metro and enjoyed being able to video call with friends over Google hangouts. The calls are clear and messaging is at par. We tested this phone out of Globe but since it’s a dual sim phone, you have the option to have another network supporting your everyday communication needs.
The Sage 2 sports an 8MP rear camera which works well with outdoors and with sufficient lighting. We had a few challenges in terms of shutter speed so you really need to keep steady. It has LED Flash to assist in low light situations. The front facing camera is at 2MP which is good enough for selfies and video chat. Over all, the camera is sufficient for your everyday snapshots.
The Ekophone Sage 2 has a great potential to be your next urban companion. It’s a LTE phone at an economical price. It is functional but you do need to monitor and manage its battery consumption. Though we definitely appreciate Ekotek’s commitment to being there for its consumers, promising to support you pre and post purchase. You can experience the Ekophone Sage 2 yourself at any of their kiosks and tell us your experience below.