It is really seldom to see a smartphone with a good camera at an affordable price these days. But with Starmobile’s Up Series, you’ll never need to buy an expensive smartphone to have a good camera. Take a good look at the Starmobile Up Snap. It has an 8 megapixel Ultrapixel camera that takes really good pictures. But wait, it offers more than just a good camera. Read on with the review.
Starmobile Up Snap:
- 1.2GHz Quad Core Broadcom BCM23550M processor
- Videocore IV graphics
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5-inch FWVGA IPS LCD display (854 x 480 pixels)
- scratch resistant glass
- 8 megapixel Ultrapixel camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, USB OTG
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,900 mAh battery
- Android 4.4 Kitkat
Related article – Starmobile Up Snap Unboxing and First Impressions
HARDWARE AND DESIGN:
Just like we’ve said on our unboxing and first impressions, the Starmobile Up Snap is quite hefty maybe because of its large battery capacity. It is however very nice to hold and has better grip. The soft matte finish does not attract fingerprint and smudges so you don’t need to worry about wiping it off every minute.
You may find the low res 480 x 854 FWVGA IPS LCD display disappointing. Don’t be. Yes pixels are quite evident but the display has a very good outdoor and sunlight legibility. We also like the responsiveness of the auto brightness feature. Some phones we reviewed have sluggish auto brightness response that we prefer to manually adjust the brightness level.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:
Starmobile opted to put a Broadcom processor instead a Mediatek or Qualcomm processor maybe to further maintain a low pricetag. The Broadcom chipset performs well but lags and stutter are frequent. These lags will not bother that much because app freezes usually last for 2 to 3 seconds. Make sure you download an app cleaner like Clean Master. it is free on Google Play Store.
When it comes to gaming, we were quite disappointed that some games are not compatible with the chipset like Dead Trigger 2. But popular games like Clash of Clans and Asphalt 8 can run here. It also tends to heat up on when you play games for a long time. Make sure you close all your apps after playing.
The camera is the Up Snap’s main selling feature. We were definitely impressed with the 8 megapixel rear facing camera. Colors are quite accurate though it is on the softer side. Night shots are also good. Selfies are better thanks to the 5 megapixel front facing camera’s autofocus feature.
We’ve only inserted our Smart SIM and so far, we get normal HSPA+ speeds. We just notice that it heats up whenever we have long calls. It also heats up during Viber and Skype calls. Calls are crystal clear whether network calls or Viber calls. WiFi and Bluetooth works fine too.
Having a low resolution display and a low power processor will definitely make the battery last longer especially if you have a big 2,900 mAh battery. On our battery drain tests, we managed to get 12 hours of juice even on heavy usage. That is with 2 to 3 hours of games, You Tube, and iWantv, 30 minutes of Skype video calls, Viber calls and occasional social networks at auto brightness, WiFi and 3G on.
Starmobile made a smart move to combine good front and back cameras and a long lasting battery. Camera performs well and at the same time, you won’t ran out of battery even on your heavy usage. Very impressive! The Starmobile Up Snap is not just a perfect camera companion to capture those moments but also a good companion if you are always on the go and seldom see a wall socket. 🙂