Filipino smartphone buyers are always on the go. Big batteries on smartphones are not just eye-catchy feature but a needed one. Smartphones are getting powerful so they require bigger batteries even on entry level ones. Good thing there’s the Starmobile Play Max, an entry level smartphone with a big battery. How does the device hold up to every use?
Starmobile Play Max:
- 1.3GHz quad core Spreadtrum 7731G processor
- Mali 400MP2
- 1GB RAM
- 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera with flash
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 4,000 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Price: P3,290
- Status: Available at Starmobile stores and kiosks
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Even on entry level ones, Starmobile make really well designed phones. The back, though plastic, has a brushed metal effect. It looks so good that when just looking at it sitting on a table, it looks like metal indeed. Good thing it does not attract fingerprint and smudges. Despite having a large battery, the Play Max is lightweight and manageable to hold with one hand.
The 5-inch display is a bit of a letdown. The screen is bright and has punchy colors but when you bring it outdoors that is when all of the vibrancy disappears. Indoors it is just fine.There are no color distortions when tilting it sidewards.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Spreadtrum is known for making chipsets for entry level smartphones. The gravity of its endurance when doing extreme work on phones has limits. Games like NBA2k16 or Dead Trigger 2 might have trouble running smoothly here. There are games that will run well here like Pokemon Go or Clash Royale. Overall performance has been very smooth as long as you don’t install so much apps. The Play Max runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow and this version doesn’t not allow app to sd or transfer of installed apps to microSD card. With only 8GB of internal memory, download the apps that you need and use everyday.
The 8 megapixel rear facing camera takes surprisingly good phones despite being an entry level camera. Photos are perfect for posting on social media. On the other hand, the 5 megapixel selfie camera takes really good selfies but you need to have stable hands or else photos will appear blurry.
3G/HSPA+, WiFi and Bluetooth comes in standard. Calls are clear without any issues. Both SIM card slots are locked to Smart particularly SIM 1 which locked only to one SIM which is included on the package. The Smart Super Pack SIM is loaded with 100MB of mobile data a month good for a year.
Starmobile claims that the Play Max has a standby time up to 16 days. We did test it and not used the phone for a couple of weeks and left it on standby until it dies. We managed to get around 10 days of standby time – that is with WiFi and GPS turned on. Not bad! On everyday use, we managed to get 15 hours of moderate to heavy use. Our activities on the phone includes You Tube, I Want TV, Clash Royale , Viber calls, network calls with 3G and WiFi turned on.
Big batteries are indeed a necessity these days and Starmobile Play Max is a must-look if you are out for a smartphone with decent performance, good camera and of course, great battery life. If you worry about your tight budget, don’t be. Because the Play Max is only P3,290 plus you’ll be getting a Smart Super Pack SIM with 100MB of data a month for 1 year! 🙂