When Google launched its Android One project in the Philippines, it got a bit of cold reception from buyers. Probably the market is looking for more muscle in terms of specs like LTE connectivity. And then, Cherry Mobile launched its second Android One device, the Cherry Mobile G1. Now rocking with LTE, a 64-bit processor, a 5-inch display. Will you buy one? Find out with this review.
Cherry Mobile G1 (Android One):
- 1.2GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor
- Adreno 306 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with Dual LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 2,500 mAh battery
- Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- SRP: P5,999
- Status: Available in select Cherry Mobile stores
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HARDWARE AND DESIGN
The G1 has a no frills and simplistic design. It will not turn heads nor amaze you with its design. It is just a simple and functional smartphone. The size is just right for one-handed use and with the matte finish, it can’t repel smudges and fingerprints. Good thing. overall build quality is excellent.
The 5-inch display has good viewing angles and surprisingly good sunlight legibility. Auto brightness works fine here however, it can’t get too dim as we need to turn down the brightness manually when inside the cinema or a dark room.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Android One devices like the G1 runs on vanilla Android with no custom UI from the OEM (original equipment manufacturer). One big benefit of owning one is the promised support from Google for 2 years. It means you’ll get the latest software. As of this writing, Google is now seeding Android 6.0 Marshmallow on Android One devices. Overall performance is buttery smooth though it warms up a bit when playing games.
Both the 13 megapixel rear camera and 5 megapixel front shooter take decent photos. It won’t blow you away with its photos but it is very decent enough for social media posting.
LTE connectivity is now one of the features many Pinoy smartphone buyers are looking for. Glad to know that the G1 has LTE. Internet speeds are within the usual speeds using both Globe and Smart SIMs. Calls are clear on both ends of the line.
With LTE and WiFi on, the 2,500 mAh battery last a day with moderate use. We were able to get 4 hours and 20 minutes of screen on time during our video playing test. On our heavy use, we were able to get about 10 hours with LTE and WiFi on.
The Cherry Mobile G1 is the phone you can use for the next two years thanks to its promised software updates from Google. Aside from that, you need not to go over your budget as the smartphone is priced at P5,999.