Starmobile has been releasing ultra affordable smartphones below 5k these past few months. One of which is the Starmobile Play Plus which costs only P2,290. Its main selling point is the large 5-inch display which is seldom to find with this price range. We have been using this device for about two weeks now and here’s our honest review.
Starmobile Play Plus:
- 1.2GHz quad core Spreadtrum 7731C processor
- Mali 400MP graphics
- 512MB RAM
- 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
- 5-inch FWVGA display (854 x 480 pixels)
- 5 megapixel rear facing camera with flash
- 2 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
- Price: P2,290
- Status: Available at Starmobile stores and kiosks
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
We’ve seen eye-catching smartphones being released this year. They will wow you with their shiny metal build, water resistance and unique features. But their prices are jaw dropping for millions of Filipino smartphone buyers. The Starmobile Play Plus does not shout “Aura!” when you lay it down on a table. It is just an ordinary piece of tech that will let you call, text, surf the net and check social media. Though it is not a head-turner, Starmobile did not cut corners to sacrifice quality. The phone is still well-built and very solid. We even think it can survive an accidental drop from a table.
Its 5-inch display is the phone’s main selling point at a price range flocked by 4.5-inch displays and below. Starmobile wants to give a large screen for 2.3k. The drawback though is the resolution – 480 x 854 pixels. The low res display means you can’t enjoy watching HD videos. Using it under direct sunlight is a pain too because brightness level can’t match extreme outdoor light. Using it indoors and away from the sun is just fine. It may be a low res display but colors are quite good and viewing angles are also ok.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The phone is powered by a quad core Spreadtrum SC7731C chipset. This processor is designed for smartphones at this price range. It is designed for light to moderate use like social media, calls, texts and casual gaming. Graphic intense games here like NBA 2k17 or Asphalt 8 won’t run smoothly because of its limited 512MB RAM. Light games like Candy Crush will run good here.
Everyday performance has been really smooth during our review time. The Starmobile Play Plus is snappy and performs tasks with breeze. Loading social media apps like Facebook is very quick and playing Candy Crush is a joyful experience. If you love installing so many apps, the 8GB internal memory may fall short for you. Since it is running Android 6.0 Marshmallow, you can’t transfer your apps to microSD. Expandable storage is just for your photos, videos and music.
The camera is not the phone’s best strengths. We could only wish Starmobile can include autofocus on its 5 megapixel snapper. Photos does look fine but it will be better if autofocus is there.
So far, network calls are clear with no issues. We never had problem with choppy calls despite having good signal. Internet connectivity is also good with 3G/HSPA+. We are getting normal speeds whether using Globe or Smart SIMs.
Battery is generally average. We are getting 8 hours of moderate use which includes casual social media, network calls, playing Candy Crush, watching You Tube, I Want TV with WiFi and 3G turned on. We believe you can stretch it further if you are a light user.
WHO IS THIS FOR?
The Starmobie Play Plus is a solid and reliable daily driver that can withstand your everyday mobile needs. This phone is for those on a budget and wishes to upgrade their phone. There are many casual smartphone users out there who just checks Facebook and Instagram plus casual calls and texts. This phone is for you. If you are a gamer and or a heavy smartphone user, this is not for you.