Gone are the days in which entry level smartphones are just temporary phones while you save up for a flagship or being used as a second phone and dispose it after 6 months. This year, entry level smartphones can be used as a daily driver.
When we reviewed the Realme C2 and inserted our SIM card, we are pretty convinced that entry level phones are worth the look now and no need to save up for a more expensive phone. We would like to share our experience and read on.
Realme C2 specs
- Octa Core Mediatek Helio P22 processor
- PowerVR GE8320 graphics
- 3GB RAM/32GB internal memory
- 2GB RAM/16GB internal memory
- Expandable memory via microSD up to 256GB
- 6.1-inch HD IPS LCD display (720 x 1520 pixels)
- Dual Rear Cameras
- 13MP f/2.2, PDAF
- 2MP f/2.4 depth sensor
- 5MP f/2.0 front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth
- Sensors – Accelerometer, proximity, compass
- GPS, A-GPS, GLONASS, BDS
- 4,000 mAh battery
- Android 9.0 Pie with ColorOS 6
- Price – 2GB/16GB (Php 5,490) and 3GB/32GB (Php 6,490)
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
Encased in a matte finish made of polycarbonate, the Realme C2 take a beating when accidental drops happen. It has a diamond cut pattern design at the back to add some unique style to it. we do love this patterned design. We don’t even need to put on the included case. Despite having a 4,000 mAh battery, Realme has managed to make a slim and light phone. The lightness is probably due to the plastic construction too.
Normally, we get below par display quality on entry level phones. With the Realme C2 we have HD resolution in an IPS panel which is pretty good actually. It does not do good in direct sunlight but outdoors (without the sun) its pretty readable.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Realme’s skin is OPPO’s ColorOS which is now on its 6th version. If you are not aware, Realme used to be a sub brand of OPPO but now it is an independent brand but still under’s OPPO’s umbrella company. ColorOS 6 is our favorite version due to the major overhaul on its already smooth-running software. The new version is smooth, simple, less clutter and has an app drawer.
Going under the hood, we have an octa core Helio P22 processor from Mediatek. That is paired with either 2 or 3GB RAM. If you want more room for your open apps, we recommend the 3GB/32GB version. If you do basic stuff on your phone like calls, texts, casual checking on Facebook, and basic messaging via Viber and Messenger, the 2GB RAM version is will just work for you. On the daily grind our 3GB/32GB model runs pretty smoothly. We limit the apps that we use. Commonly used apps like Facebook, Messenger, Instagram, Viber, Whatsapp, IWant, Netflix, Grab and Waze runs smoothly here. Light games Candy Crush works smoothly here. If you want to download Mobile Legends and PUBG Mobile here, keep in mind that this is an entry level phone and the Helio P22 has limits.
When it comes to the camera, we did not expect much since it is an entry level phone. And then, we took photos and we were surprised with our shots. We never thought it takes very good photos! With good amount of lighting, photos are sharp, with good contrast and dynamic range. You’ll be the judge and check out the photos.
CONNECTIVITY AND BATTERY
Calls are clear with no issues. We never encountered any dropped calls using our Smart SIM. 4G/LTE works good too with normal internet speeds.
The combination of a low resolution display, a low power chipset will further stretch the already huge 4,000 mAh battery. When we first opened our unit, we had about 70% charge. Then we set it up, download apps, watched a few videos. The battery drained only from 68% to 63%. On our video loop battery drain test, we managed to get around 8 hours of screen on time. We watched a 3-hour noontime show via IWant, over an hour of YouTube and two movies on Netflix. That was very impressive!
This entry level smartphone really packs some punch! The Helio P22 is not a slouch. It can run all the needed apps you use everyday. Battery life is amazing! The 4,000 mAh battery can guarantee you two-day juice. The camera should not be underestimated. Photos and selfies look great! Now it is safe to say that the Realme C2 is indeed the “Entry Level King”.
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