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MyPhone My86 DTV Review: Affordable Digital TV For Everyone

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MyPhone’s new line of smartphones with DTV capabilities is something we did expect but the prices did surprise us. DTV on smartphones started with rival Starmobile then followed by Cherry Mobile. But when MyPhone released its new DTV smartphone line, we were surprised by its very affordable price tag. We have here is the MyPhone My86 DTV.  We’ve been using this smartphone for two weeks now and here’s our review.

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MyPhone My86 DTV:

  • 1.3GHz quad core Spreadtrum SC7731 processor
  • Mali 400 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and dual LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth, Digital TV
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,300 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • SRP: P2,999
  • Status: Available at MyPhone stores and kiosks

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

There is nothing new with MyPhone’s design and hardware on the My86 DTV.  It does look like the flagship MyPhone My36 only thicker and surprisingly heavier. We also love a MyPhone logo sitting just right above the screen. The matte black gives added grip plus it repels fingerprints and smudges.

DISPLAY

The 5-inch display is bright, vivid and has good viewing angles. Watching TV on the MyPhone My86 DTV is joy thanks to its very bright screen. It does withstand the harsh sunlight. Our only problem though is the glass on the display is quite reflective. We even had a hard time taking photos of the phone while watching DTV.

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

When it comes to performance, as long as you don’t stress much the Spreadtrum chipset, the phone will just be fine. !GB of RAM is not at par with the standards these days but if the only thing you do to like social media, DTV, calls and texts we believe it won’t get much lags. We only use the MyPhone My86 DTV for social media and DTV most of the time. When we downloaded Clash Royale it ran well but it loads a bit slower than other phones.

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DIGITAL TV

Now let’s focus on the phone’s best selling feature – DTV. Our National Telecommunications Commision (NTC) has ordered our free to air TV networks the shift from the old analogue system of broadcasting to the new Digital system. Most free-to-air channels starting with ABS-CBN, GMA and TV5 gets very good reception on the places we tested it. Signal reception even when in a moving vehicle remains good too unless we get in between buildings or an underpass. We also managed to get channels like Yey, Knowledge Channel, CineMo but these are encrypted to  ABS-CBN TV Plus or known as “The Black Box”. So meaning, you got the channels but you can’t watch it.

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Watching our favorite noontime show IT’S SHOWTIME on MyPhone My86 DTV!

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CONNECTIVITY

3G, WiFi and Bluetooth comes in standard. We never had problems with 3G connectivity on both Smart or Globe networks. Calls are clear with no issues.

BATTERY

We enjoy watching TV a lot on the MyPhone but how about the battery? Good news is MyPhone placed a decent sized 2,300 mAh battery on the MyPhone My86 DTV. We managed to get about 4 hours and 25 minutes of watching Digital TV at 50% brightness. When not used as a TV, we got around 12 hours of mixed moderate to heavy use. A lot of power is saved thanks to its low power Spreadtrum processor.

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VERDICT

You are buying the MyPhone My86 DTV for two reasons – the affordable price and its DTV capability. Other factors will contribute to your experience – good display, smooth performance, good battery life and reliable connectivity. For only P2,999 it is a good choice. 🙂