Tuesday, June 4, 2013

SKK Mobile Silver Review: Extra Large Quad Core

INTRODUCTION:

SKK Mobile Industry Trading, Inc. has been in the industry since 2008, they started with mobile accessories specifically chargers and batteries. Their first attempt to join the mobile phone competitions are by releasing dual SIM phones with design that are similar with Nokia, Samsung etc. Then later on they venture to Smart Phones with Android platform.

Recently they announced the SKK Mobile Silver, although there was not much hype like other brands were doing when releasing their flagship phones. Nonetheless, it still caught my attention and curiosity grows that I decided to buy it for a review.

The SKK Mobile Silver is a dual SIM, dual standby phone, it is powered by a MediaTek MT6589 chipset with a power efficient Quad-Core Cortex A7 CPU, PowerVR SGX544 and coupled with 1GB of RAM. Let us take a look on a detailed review and decide for yourself if it can emerge victorious over competitors offering.

Key Specs:

  • Dual SIM , Dual Standby
  • Tri-Band GSM/EDGE/GPRS (both SIMs) and  Dual Band HSPA+ (BOTH SIM)
  • 5.7" capacitive IPS High Definition LCD (1280 x 720)
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1
  • 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 Quad Core CPU, PowerVR SGX544MP GPU MediaTek MT6589 chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal (6.53 GB available), expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 13.0MP auto focus main camera with LED Flash, geo-tagging, HDR, Burst Shot (up to 99 shots), panorama, photo-sphere
  • 5.0MP secondary camera
  • Video Recording up to 1080p (Rear Camera), VGA for front camera
  • GPS with A-GPS and EPO assistance
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • MP3/MP4 Player
  • Micro USB 2.0, USB OTG
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Light, Proximity, Sound
  • Great Audio Output

Main Disadvantages:
  • No dedicated shutter key
  • No TV output nor any option for wireless mirroring
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II knock-off

As you can see in the specification, it is something we already saw on the other local brand flagship, and I believed that we will continue to see similar specs within this year. One interesting thing I noticed is that the specification on the box is different than what will you see on the "INFO" links on the static benchmark test.

SKK Mobile Silver Specification at the back of the box
Specification at the back of the box


UNBOXING:

SKK Mobile paid good attention to their flagship, the retail package includes the unit itself, USB cable/charger combo, wired headset, warranty card & and manual. The "freebies" include a flip case and a screen protector (clear type which is already installed in the unit).

SKK Mobile Silver Unit and the box
Unit and the box
SKK Mobile Silver Unit and Accessories
Unit and Accessories

The SILVER is offered in two colors, white and titanium gray, which is exactly the same colors when the Samsung Galaxy Note II was released. In fact, the SKK Mobile Silver does look like the Samsung Galaxy Note II.

Samsung Galaxy Note II & SKK Mobile Silver, Front
Samsung Galaxy Note II & SKK Mobile Silver, Front
Samsung Galaxy Note II & SKK Mobile Silver, Back
Samsung Galaxy Note II & SKK Mobile Silver, Back
Samsung Galaxy Note II & SKK Mobile Silver, Top
Samsung Galaxy Note II & SKK Mobile Silver, Top
Samsung Galaxy Note II & SKK Mobile Silver, Bottom
Samsung Galaxy Note II & SKK Mobile Silver, Bottom

Based on the pictures above, we can safely say that it is a Samsung Galaxy Note II "knockoff". Even the placement of the power and volume keys are the same with the original Note II. In fact, you will have a hard time telling which is which at a distance especially that they are almost of the same size. However, SKK Mobile Silver has a solid build quality, the back is NOT a finger print magnet and overall it does look elegant.

SKK Mobile Silver Front
Front

The front is mainly covered by the 5.7" IPS high definition LCD, just above the display you will find an earpiece located at the center. On the left side of the earpiece you will find the 5MP camera for video calling as well as self-portrait imaging & VGA video recording. At the right side light sensor and the proximity sensor (there is no LED notification).

SKK Mobile Silver Front camera, earpiece, light and proximity sensors
Front camera, earpiece, light and proximity sensors

At the bottom of the display you will find the home located at the center. Please take note that the home key is a hardware key (similar to Note II), therefore I suggest that you download a "home button" app in the Play Store to make sure that it will not wear out quickly. The menu and back keys are capacitive soft keys located on left and right side of the home key respectively.

SKK Mobile Silver Menu, home and back keys
Menu, home and back keys

There is only the 3.5mm audio jack at the top of the device.

SKK Mobile Silver 3.5mm audio jack at the top
3.5mm audio jack at the top

At the bottom of the SKK Silver, we will find the micro USB port that doubles as charging port and has OTG support. The mouthpiece is also located here.

SKK Mobile Silver Micro USB port and mouthpiece at the bottom
Micro USB port and mouthpiece at the bottom

On the left side we will find the volume rocker, the power key is located symmetrically on the right side. Although there is ample space on both sides, the manufacturer did not bother to put a dedicated shutter key.

SKK Mobile Silver Volume keys on the left side
Volume keys on the left side
SKK Mobile Silver Power key at the right side
Power key at the right side

The cover is completely plastic, which feels nice to touch and not a fingerprint magnet. The back houses the main 13MP camera which is accompanied by an LED flash beside it. Just below the camera you will find the SKK Mobile logo while the loud speaker grill is located at the lower left.

SKK Mobile Silver Main camera, LED flash and the loud speaker grill
Main camera, LED flash and the loud speaker grill

Removing the back cover is not that easy, once removed, it reveals the battery rated at 2400mAh, the slots for the two SIM cards as well as the slot for the micro SD card for memory expansion.

SKK Mobile Silver 2400mAh battery, micro SD and SIM slots
2400mAh battery, micro SD and SIM slots


INTERFACE:

SKK Mobile Silver Duo utilizes a stock Android interface with a very minimal tweak. It is running on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean (as opposed to the specification in its box). The interface is quite fast with refresh rate of 56 fps. Upon turning on the device you will be amazed by its massive 5.7" screen with 1280x720 resolution with 320 DPI. Even though there is a pre-installed screen protector the display is still pretty decent with wide viewing angle.

The lockscreen is the usual Jelly Bean stuff, where in you can drag and in any direction to unlock the screen. If you have a notification like a message, it will appear somewhere above and you can drag it towards the icon so that you can easily view it without going to the homescreen.

During a lockscreen you can swipe the screen towards the right for the camera shortcut, swiping it left will reveal a vacant shortcut which you can customize with calendar, clock, Gmail and message.

SKK Mobile Silver The lockscreen
The lockscreen

Passed the lockscreen you will be greeted by the homescreen which is consist of five panes. You cannot add any additional pane neither delete them. The picture below is the default homescreen, with five shortcut key below. The middle always opens the app drawer and the remaining 4 can be customized based on your needs. You can always add your favorite app or widget to the homescreen by tapping and holding it.

SKK Mobile Silver Homescreen
Homescreen

Clicking the app drawer will reveal the factory installed application and widgets.The Play Store shortcut is always present at the upper right hand corner.

SKK Mobile Silver Default apps
Default apps
SKK Mobile Silver Default widgets
Default widgets

The notification panel in Android 4.2.1 is a bit different compared to its old iteration. The notification panel can be accessed by swiping from the top of the screen going down. The usual shortcuts are hidden and can be accessed after click an icon at the upper rightmost corner. Once you click it, the available shortcuts will be revealed such as Owner, Airplane mode, Battery, Wi-Fi, BT, GPS, Data Connection, Data Usage, Audio Profile, Brightness, Timeout and Auto Rotation.

SKK Mobile Silver Notification
Notification

If you have any notification you can directly access it on a notification panel which gives you several options to choose from. For example, a missed call will provide you the option to call back or to send a message. If you have several applications running you can use the task switcher by pressing and holding the home button, it this manner you can easily go back and forth on your open apps.

If you are in an application which involves the use of the SIM card (e.g. Telephony, Messaging) there will be an additional option in the notification panel wherein you can opt to choose your default SIM.


BENCHMARKS:

The SKK Mobile Duo relies on a powerful 1.2GHZ quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor, PowerVR SGX544MP GPU and 1GB RAM. This is basically the same chipset with other local quad core brands, and as expected it has an impressive score in well known static benchmarks.

SKK Mobile Silver Antutu, 12774
Antutu, 12774

The Antutu score is typical for the MT6589 chipset, on the System info you will notice that camera resolutions are 12.6MP (13 when rounded off) and 4.9MP for the main and front camera respectively. This is contradicting on the specification listed on the box where it says 12MP + 2MP for the camera. The iteration of Jelly Bean is 4.2.1 which is higher than the 4.1 version on the box.

SKK Mobile Silver Quadrant, 4032
Quadrant, 4032

The quadrant score of 4032 is higher than the MyPhone A919i score of 3570. I believed that the almost 500 difference can be attributed on the O/S version used on respective phones.

SKK Mobile Silver Nenamark, 45.7fps.
Nenamark, 45.7fps.

The Nenamark2 benchmark result is also impressive topping off at 45.7 fps.
SKK Mobile Silver Vellamo, HTML5 1409 and Metal 442
Vellamo, HTML5 1409 and Metal 442

The Vellamo test results are great, it almost catches up with the Samsung Galaxy SIII.


DUAL SIM FUNCTIONALITY:

Under settings-wireless & networks you will find the SIM management. You can switch each SIM on or off to help you save battery (especially if you are only using one SIM). Other SIM management settings are as follows:

  1. Voice Call - you can choose SIM 1, SIM 2 or Always ask
  2. Video Call - you can choose SIM1 or SIM 2
  3. Messaging - you can choose SIM 1, SIM 2 or Always ask
  4. Data Connection - you can choose SIM 1, SIM 2 or off 

SKK Mobile Silver SIM Management
SIM Management

Both SIM slots are HSPA+ capable, you need to configure under Wireless & Networks - Mobile Networks which SIM car you want to have a HSPA+ support. This is quite handy, especially when you are using two SIM cards with different networks, if one network cannot access HSPA+ you can switch to the other.

Every time you change your SIM card  it saves your preference and naming scheme (it will not allow the same SIM card name if  they are different SIM cards).


TELEPHONY:

Selecting the telephony icon on the homescreen will bring the dial pad which has smart dialing is also present which searches both names and numbers. The second tab will list your call history while the third tab will list your frequently contacted persons.

The call reception is quite good, the sound at the earpiece is clear and loud. The SKK Mobile Silver is also packed with a secondary microphone that makes the crystal call clarity possible.  The option during a call are loud speaker, mute, hold, add a person on the current call and record the call. The proximity sensor turn off the screen automatically during a call which prevents any accidental touch on the screen.

SKK Mobile Silver Telephony
Telephony
 
 PHONEBOOK:

It uses a tab interface for groups, contacts and frequently contacted. If you are having trouble finding your contacts you can always utilize the search button at the bottom. Under frequently contacted tab, any contact you "starred" will appear at the top.

SKK Mobile Silver Phonebook
Phonebook

It has virtually unlimited capacity with all the functionality you need. You can opt to choose which address book you want to display - SIM card, Phone or Online addresses. Adding a new contact or new group will prompt you to which account you want it to be saved. You can also import or export contacts. Each contact can contain multiple information such as emails, numbers, address etc. You can also join contacts from multiple accounts.


MESSAGING:

The messaging application is quite simple, the new button is found at the bottom left while the search button is at the bottom right. The threads are listed based on the latest message created/received. The message thread is color coded, the background of your message is blue while on the recipient is grey. Your message goes on the right side while the recipient message on the left side. Under messaging app, SIM toggle is also available similar to the telephony.

Under a certain conversation, you can find two shortcuts at the upper right hand. The first option will prompt you to save a number if it is not in your contact list. If the person is already on your phone book, it pop-up the said contact. The second option (handset symbol) will prompt you to call the said person/number on that message.

MMS share the same editor as the SMS, under new message clicking the green + symbol will give you the option to add almost anything, once added to a message it automatically converts it to MMS.

SKK Mobile Silver Messaging
Messaging

The default keyboard is only the QWERTY type, you cannot change it to phone pad or other method. It supports auto-capitalization, haptic feedback (vibration on key press) and sound on key press. It also offers an auto correction. Due to the screen size, it is much more comfortable to type using both your hands.

SKK Mobile Silver also works without any issue with popular online messaging applications like Skype, Viber and WeChat.


EMAIL:

For the email department, it consists of the stock email app as well as gmail app. The stock email app handles virtually every internet email. Adding an email account is quite easy you just need your email address and password then hit next and it will automatically look for the correct email settings. You can attach any file you want and can include CC/BCC. You can also change the frequency of sync, include signature, always BCC yourself and change the notification sound. Vibration for incoming email can also be set.

SKK Mobile Silver E-mail
E-mail

The Gmail can automatically sync the Google account you use during Play Store set-up. The Gmail app is basically the same as the email app, however it limits your attachment to only picture or video. The workaround you can do is to go to the file you want to attach, press and hold the file and you will have the option to share it on Gmail. While reading a message, you have the option to report it as spam or phishing as well as mark it not important.

SKK Mobile Silver Gmail
Gmail

Both email apps can handle multiple email accounts.


MULTIMEDIA:

Gallery:

The SKK Mobile Silver uses the stock Android gallery, you can arrange it based on Albums, Locations, or Times. The camera shortcut is always present at the upper right hand. The gallery also houses both pictures and videos.

SKK Mobile Silver Gallery
Gallery

The SKK Mobile Silver has a built-in photo editing tools which you can access either on gallery or camera application.

SKK Mobile Silver Photo Editor
Photo Editor

Video Player:

Like the gallery, it uses the stock Android video player, it will list all the supported video in your device (both on the internal storage and external SD card). It can only play almost any file I throw at it .3gp, .avi, .mp4 even .mkv and .flv. Impressively, it can handle 1080p video without any lag or stuttering. You can play the video as normal, stretch or full screen. There is also an option to share the video thru facebook, email etc. The only let down of the video player is that it does NOT support subtitle.

SKK Mobile Silver Video Player
Video Player
SKK Mobile Silver Videos with different container
Videos with different container

Watching a movie on its vibrant 5.7" screen is a pleasure and very comfortable. Still, TV out or any means of mirroring is not present. If in case you prefer a different video player (especially if you like watching videos with subtitle), Mobo player comes pre-installed.


Music Player:

The music player has a tab interface, it will list the music based on four (4) categories namely Artist, Albums, Songs & Playlist. It has the option to search, party shuffle, shuffle all or sound effects. Selecting sound effects will bring you to the equalizer settings. The equalizer has several presets like Normal, Classic, Flat, Rock etc, you can also turn it off if you prefer.
 
SKK Mobile Silver Music Player
Music Player

The music interface is quite simple, it provides the option to shuffle, repeat current song, repeat all songs and even use it as a ringtone. It also displays album art if available in your files. Once the music player is running, you can easily access it through the notification panel.

SKK Mobile Silver Music Interface
Music Interface

FM Radio:

Basically you need a headset for the FM to work. Many people will say that FM radio is a thing of the past, but still its inclusion is a bonus. The FM radio interface is pretty neat and straightforward. It can search all the available channel (or you can add them manually), you can also record your favorite music and play it on speaker.

SKK Mobile Silver FM Radio
FM Radio

 Camera/Video:

The camera and video share the same interface. The main camera can shoot from QVGA and maxes out at 13MP and accompanied by a single LED flash. The front camera can shoot from QVGA up to 5MP. There is no dedicated hardware shutter key and you cannot even you the volume key to take a shot or zoom on your subject. Zooming is done by pinching out the screen.

It provides plenty of options such as Exposure, White Balance, Color Effect, Scene Mode & others which you can tweak manually. It can also store your GPS location. Self timer is also available and ISO can be adjusted manually. There is a continuous shot option which is pretty usable and can be either 40 or 99 shots (or you can use less just by releasing the shutter key). The Panorama and Photo-Sphere are also available as well as smile detection.

SKK Mobile Silver Camera Options
Camera Options

SKK Mobile Silver has one of the richest options and camera features. I can say that you can actually leave your point and shoot camera behind.  One thing missing is the dual-shot feature which is available on competitor phones. I know I ask too much, however I do hope that someday they can include simultaneous video and still capture.

SKK Mobile Silver Camera and Video Settings
Camera and Video Settings

The video option is similar to the camera. The main camera can shoot up to full HD 1920x1088 (fine quality) while the front camera can shoot only up to VGA 640x480 resolution. There is also an option where in you can choose either MP4 or 3GP for the files of your  recording.

SKK Mobile Silver Main and Front camera maximum video resolution
Main and Front camera maximum video resolution

Sample Shots (Silver at the top {13MP then 8MP}, MyPhone A919i and SGN2 at the bottom)

SKK Mobile Silver
SKK Mobile Silver
SKK Mobile Silver
SKK Mobile Silver Daylight shots
Daylight shots
SKK Mobile Silver
SKK Mobile Silver
SKK Mobile Silver
SKK Mobile Silver With flash
With flash
SKK Mobile Silver
 SKK Mobile Silver 
SKK Mobile Silver
SKK Mobile Silver Without Flash
Without Flash

The picture quality is great especially in broad daylight. Honestly in my naked eye, I do not see much difference with 13MP and 8MP shot (I am looking for a photo comparison tool and once I have it will compare the pictures and update this post). I included MyPhone A919i and Samsung Galaxy Note 2 photos for comparison. Please take note that pictures are taken with a default setting of each handset.

SKK Mobile Silver Cropped
Cropped

The above picture is cropped from 13MP and 8MP respectively, as you can see there is a size difference due different pixel count but it is still hard to spot the difference.

SKK Mobile Silver Front Camera
Front Camera


SKK Mobile Silver HDR
HDR
SKK Mobile Silver Panorama
Panorama

Browsing:

The MyPhone A919i uses the stock Android browser. The browser itself is quite fast, it loads the web pages even those with many images pretty quickly, however there are times wherein you can see the "reflow" when zooming on a web page. Thanks to its high definition screen you can easily read text on a web page even without zooming. It supports up to sixteen (16) tabs. You can save a web page for offline reading or even share it to someone.

SKK Mobile Silver Browser
Browser

Gaming:

It can handle the most popular games in the Play Store like Temple Run 2 and Candy Crush. I played extensive graphics games like Dead Trigger and NBA Jam, both works like a charm, pretty smooth without any noticeable lag. One thing I noticed is that the games usually load a  little bit longer than branded phones. Once the game was loaded it runs pretty snappy. Thanks to the built in 8GB storage you can easily install games with large data files like NFS or Asphalt 7.

SKK Mobile Silver Candy Crush
Candy Crush
SKK Mobile Silver Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2
SKK Mobile Silver Dead Trigger
Dead Trigger

If the on-board storage is still not enough you can easily purchase a 32GB micro SB card for expansion and you can easily transfer all your game into it without even the need for root access.

SKK Mobile Silver Storage option
Storage option


CONNECTIVITY:

The SKK Mobile Silver supports Triple Band GSM/EDGE/GPRS which can be use for roaming. It also supports dual band HSPA+ on both SIM slots up to 21MBps. It supports tethering and hotspot.

Wi-Fi Connection is good, it can get a good signal even I am upstairs (even my neighbor hotspot, blue color) and also supports Wi-Fi direct.

SKK Mobile Silver WiFi
WiFi

In addition it also has Bluetooth 4.0 and Micro USB 2.0 that support OTG.

SKK Mobile Silver OTG Support
OTG Support

The 3.5mm audio jack completes the list, I used the supplied headset, pioneer headset (without microphone) and stock SGN2 headset (with microphone) and all of them works fine.

SENSORS:

The SKK Mobile Silver is equipped with basic of sensors which you can verify if working by downloading Android Sensor Box via Play Store.

SKK Mobile Silver Sensors
Sensors


PRODUCTIVITY:

The SKK Mobile is pretty well suited for both business and pleasure. There is the default calendar, you can view by day, week, month and agenda. You can choose which account you want to appear in your calendar.

SKK Mobile Silver Calendar
Calendar

The clock offers several functions like alarm, stopwatch and countdown timer. You can also display multiple time from different cities.

SKK Mobile Silver Clock
Clock

The calculator is pretty basic and does do much, I suggest you download more sophisticated application in the Play store.

SKK Mobile Silver Calculator
Calculator

Sound recorder is also present, with options for recording effect and recording mode.
SKK Mobile Silver
Sound Recorder

The NoteBook app is also installed for easy note taking, you can categorize it as work, personal, family affair or study.
SKK Mobile Silver NoteBook
NoteBook

The To Do application serves as a reminder for things or task to be done.

SKK Mobile Silver ToDo
ToDo

There is also a File Manager and Documents To Go pre-installed.

SKK Mobile Silver File Manager and Documents To Go
File Manager and Documents To Go


GPS

It also boasts a capable GPS with A-GPS support as well GPS EPO assistance. Using the inbuilt Google Map, I manage to get a satellite lock at around 1 minute, which is quite good (A-GPS and GPS EPO are on). The satellite tracking is also pretty accurate.

SKK Mobile Silver GPS
GPS


BATTERY:

The SKK Mobile is equipped with 2400mAh battery, and I am very satisfied with its performance. I managed to last for almost 23 hours with WiFi connection almost on, normal call and text, few games played and auto sync in the background for my emails and social accounts.

SKK Mobile Silver Battery
Battery


OTHERS:

There is a pre-installed calibration located under the display setting which checks the G-Sensor and ALS_PS of the device.


SKK Mobile Silver Calibration
Calibration

SKK Mobile Silver has a Movie Studio pre-installed which is basically a video editor. You can edit an existing video and create your own one using photos or video clips or both.

SKK Mobile Silver Movie Studio
Movie Studio


CONCLUSION: EXTRA LARGE QUAD CORE

The SKK Mobile Silver is not just Extra Large in terms of size and screen, it is also Extra Large in terms of functionality and multimedia capability.  Its feature is comparable to high end phones not only of the local brands but as well as foreign one. The screen size does not suffer for any compromises and very well suited for playing and watching pleasure. Thanks to the screen estate, task or work can be done easily especially when reading emails or editing documents.
The SKK Mobile Silver has rich features and extra large capabilities that would appeal to those people seeking for all-in-one gadget.


110 comments:

  1. nice review, but it has no magnetic sensor or no compass?

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    1. sir pwede po ba ito instolan ng go launcher at go locker

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    2. opo, pwede.. I am using both go locker and go launcher on my Silver right now and it works fine..

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  2. San po ito nabibili at magkano?

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  3. Very comprehensive review. Thanks.
    Is it written somewhere if the screen material is ordinary glass or Dragontrail?
    How many fps when recording at 1080p?
    How many fps when at 720p?

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    1. It is not indicated anywhere if the screen is scratch resistant.
      For 1080p it is 30 fps, while 720p is at 25 fps..

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  4. ano po mganda a919i or skk silver?

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    1. Honestly, SKK has more advantage than A919i like screen size, camera and internal storage.

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  5. sana may patunay din na working ung otg nya

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    1. Will check po if OTG is working, nawala kasi adapter ko

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  6. hi i wanna ask how is the microphone in recording videos?is it clear and not muffled?is it a dual mic phone like a919i?great and informative post btw

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    1. As the sensor indicates may mic sensor po.. sound is clear enough

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    2. ah tnx for replying i might buy this one.what color do you prefer?grey or white?

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    3. I usually prefer white color, but honestly the titanium gray is more premium in terms of look.

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  7. Hi, hindi ba masyadong madilim yung front cam pag low light? Thanks

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    1. The front cam is a bit dark in low light condition.

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  8. love the review.! is this better than Cherry Mobile Hd 2.0?

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    1. I do not have CM Omega HD 2.0 yet, I will compare the two once I have it. Thanks

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  9. ok na sana kaso...

    comedy ang review pano maniniwala nyan

    nasa box 12mp lang
    tapos sa review 13mp

    wew....

    sana nilagay kung ilan fps ang 1080
    at sample video narin... para complete

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    1. I do not know what you meant about "comedy" but if you read it carefully you will notice that I stressed out that the specifications are contradicting in the box and in the benchmark info section. I used the specification found on benchmarks because its more reliable.

      "One interesting thing I noticed is that the specification on the box is different than what will you see on the "INFO" links on the static benchmark test."

      "The Antutu score is typical for the MT6589 chipset, on the System info you will notice that camera resolutions are 12.6MP (13 when rounded off) and 4.9MP for the main and front camera respectively. This is contradicting on the specification listed on the box where it says 12MP + 2MP for the camera. The iteration of Jelly Bean is 4.2.1 which is higher than the 4.1 version on the box."

      I already answered a similar question about the fps for video recording above.

      "For 1080p it is 30 fps, while 720p is at 25 fps."

      Thanks for the suggestion, I will include video samples on my next reviews.

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    2. @Jham See, mag basa kasi ng maiigi.

      @Author, Nice review sir, keep it up!

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  10. anu po mas best cherry skyfire 2.0 or silver ask ko lang po scratch resistant po yan

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    1. Honestly, I would prefer this over Skyfire 2.0.. I do not know if it is scratch-resistant, it has a screen protector pre-installed out of the box.

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  11. May paraan po ba para ma change ang wallpaper sa lockscreen?

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    1. I also want to change the lockscreen wallpaper but to no avail. You can change it by installing third party launcher.

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  12. i have the same concern changing the lockscreen wallpaper kasi i did what i need to do peo wlang choices... kea i change my lock screen to holo... may root ba to tska custom room?? i have this phone for 3days plng.... mag kakasya kea ung case ng note dto??

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    1. Cases of Samsung Galaxy Note won't fit on Silver.

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  13. sana namn may root process and custom rooms para ma customize ko to.... tska sana merong magagandang case to change it...

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    1. SKK is just starting their quest for Android phones that is the reason why there is rare support from the community. Maybe in a few months time there will be.

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  14. i like this review, sir. honest, objective, and very detailed. great review.

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  15. For a very customizable 3rd party launcher try "GO Launcher EX" and "GO LOCKER" they have free versions on PLAYSTORE ^_^

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  16. yung sa video calling po d ba xa baliktad?

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  17. I am torn between the SKK Silver and CM Blaze 2.0. Would highly appreciate if you can have tech reviews/comparisson on both.

    Your review on the SKK Silver is very much comprehensive though.

    Thanks!

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    1. If I have budget I'll buy and review the Blaze 2.0

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  18. I only thing I didnt like is that pag inon mo yung phone you showed the pic of SKK's animation logo. ang corny tignan ng device hehehe. also can you compare which is better? note2 or this? and in which aspecs. thanks in advance po!

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  19. I like the review. Can you at least let us know the weight and thickness of this device compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 2? I want to know if this is HEAVY. I hope it has the same weight as the Note 2. And for thickness, based on the picture, it seems thicker? Can you confirm that please?

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  20. I don't have the tools/equipment to check the weight/dimensions. The manual doesn't provide information as well, however I can safely say that it is at least 1mm thicker than the note II and a little heavier. Still, it is quite comfortable to hold and won't strain your hands.

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  21. please post a youtube review... specially on the speaker volumes... music, movie, radio & handsfree mode. how long does battery last when connected over 3G? what happens if sim1 is in call then another calls sim2? and also vice versa? kindly demo. thanks.

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  22. Kuya, pano po mag screen-capture sa unit natin? natutuwa lang ako sa set-up ng launcher ko. Thanks!

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    1. thank you!
      By the way, pano ba patagalin yung battery life nito?

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  24. i hope magkaron ito ng group sa facebook. katulad nung MP a919i meron sila group, dami ng devs nila. i'm going to buy this phone at the end of this month or by july! thanks dito sa review mo sir. very informative talaga. :))

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  25. Hello guys especially sa'yo kuya Author.

    Please check this link. I think ito ang pinanggalingan ng SKK Silver. Not bad.

    http://www.lelong.com.my/latest-star-5-7inch-mtk6589-quad-core-1-4ghz-8g-1g-5mp-8mp-phone-leonjunyin-123629823-2013-08-Sale-P.htm

    Hope na makatulong. Medyo iba lang yung specs. Maybe, for the SKK version, kaya ganun.

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  26. Ay guys!

    ito pla yung in-depth review din ng Star N9589 (SKK Silver)

    http://gt35pro-mobile-gadgets.blogspot.com/2013/04/hdc-star-ulefone-n9589-quad-core.html

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  27. Damn this article is well written. Because of you, I'm starting to like this phone. Just might buy it man. thanks for the extensive review of this phone.

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  28. ayos ang review mo Sir,halos kompleto at pinaghirapan talaga.

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  29. Replies
    1. wala ko sponsor sir for drop test.. sariling pera lang pang review ko dito eh...

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  30. I have this phone on hand 2 weeks palang. So far so good. 2 thumbs up.

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    1. Hi Kenneth,

      Kumusta naman battery life niya? Ano average and what applications used?

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    2. IF I would rate it from 1 to 5 it would be 4 sa battery life nya. kung heavy user ka and love to play games it will last to about 10 hours pero kung average use lang aabot xa ng 1 day.

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  31. SKK Mobile Radiance Giveaway

    http://dralm17.blogspot.com/2013/06/skk-mobile-radiance-giveaway.html

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  32. "The SILVER is offered in white and titanium grey..."

    No Silver Silver?

    Thanks for this nice review!

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  33. Anybody knows how to change the locksreen wallpaper?

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  34. Sir have you tried sending a file from Silver to another phone like S4 using Wifi Direct? I tried sending a photo but I don't see the option for wifi direct in the share icon. The Silver and the S4 have been paired and connected already but they cannot seem to transfer files with each other. Any explanation regarding this?

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  35. Comprehensive study. I will get one this weekend. last month I bought A919i for my wife is also good and fast, I think with these specs will conclude that this SKK is better than Myphone. We have to help buy Filipino.

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  36. very nice review...i got this phone yesterday..still studying how to use it...where can i change the wallpaper? :'( 5nx

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    1. If you are referring to the lockscreen it cannot be change unless you will use third partly launcher. Wallpaper can be change, just to to settings/display

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  37. helo. panu naman ho madisable yung auto correct sa text tsaka nagvivibrate siya while typing...

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  38. sir pwede po ba ito mag install ng go launcher at go locker?

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  39. may LTE feature po ba ito? nice review po super detailed! thumbs up po senyo sir! :))

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    1. wala po LTE... Thanks... dont forget to join the raffle..

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    2. Just Log-In using your Facebook account and follow the instructions given...

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  40. may video po na supported talaga xa ng OTG?

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    1. wala po me video, but according to some users hindi daw po gumagana ang OTG

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  41. sabi nyo po binenta nyo na yung SKK silver nyo. pwede po malaman kung bakit?

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    1. I usually sell the unit after I reviewed it.. Wala po kasi ako sponsor at kaya yung napagbentahan ibibili ko ulit ng ibang unit for review.

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  42. hello po mr blogger. tulingan nyo naman po ako mag decide. myphone iceberg or SKK silver. pls help po. thanks

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    1. *tulungan po. sorry sa spelling hehehe

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    2. They have almost the same specs..

      Iceberg over Silver - software and corning gorilla glass 2 protection
      Silver over Iceberg - expandable memory, apps can be moved to external SD, cheaper.

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  43. Sir, i just bought a Silver, can u help me on its volume. i dont know how to increase its volume, mahina kc. Salamat....

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    1. Yung volume po pwede lakasan using volume rocker or you can go to settings>audio

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  44. Anjie, yong camera ba ay pwedeng kumuha ng still shots habang nag-video recording?

    Kung baga katulad ng upcoming Starmobile Diamond V7 during its demo. At katulad ng mga bagong mid to high-end Canon point and shoot cams.

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    1. Nope, wala sya simultaneous video at image capture.

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  45. Sir papano po yong volume rocker? san ko po yon makukuha?

    at yong home button launcher pano po yon?

    salamat po.

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  46. sir i download already the home button launcher but i don't know how to use it. paturo naman po. salamat

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    1. just launch the app, then access it in notification area

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  48. sir, i am using 2 sim cards- the globe and sun, and im using the sun for mobile internet. since a week ago, i used my sun for mobile internet and then its usually disconnected. may i know the reason? is it with the phone or with the sim itself? thanks

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    1. It is a dual SIM device so you need to troubleshoot a little to determine the root cause. Let say SIM1 is Sun while SIM2 is Globe, change your data connection to Globe if the problem is resolved it could be the Sun SIM or the SIM1 slot.

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  49. Hi there! I finally got my SKK Mobile Silver Phablet yesterday at SM North Cyberzone, after almost 2 months of deciding which to buy between this one, CM Blaze 2.0, and the recently launched Starmobile V7. I am happy to say that I am amazed and I don't have any regrets so far that I bought this phone.

    First, the SKK personnel were so accomodating and they really helped me out. I first tried the demo unit on display and boy I was really enjoying every spec of it! It literally is the phone I'm looking for-- large HD screen and powerhouse media specs since i'm a music and movie enthusiast, and the basics of telephony and messaging.. plus the Android 4.2 Jellybean experience is comparable to high-end but expensive phones out there.

    I am so fortunate that the unit I bought was the last brand new stock they had so I'm confident that its a hit and not a miss. But since its the last stock they had, the battery was drained already. To my surprise, the SKK assistant helping me (her name is Fe) right away asked her co-personnel to get a new battery from their stock room. And it was not so long for the wait. They really have initiative and they will not keep you waiting.

    Like what I read in a blog, Ms. Fe told me that the unit I bought should be observed for a week and I can report any issues to them after that period so the unit can be replaced with a better one. Red flag for some since they may think its a beta test, but that's not a big deal for me because it just shows they really want to give the best value out of your money. Hey, P9999 is P9999!

    Ms.Fe was also very helpful when I asked my screen protector to be re-aligned because there were some air bubbles which were not so pretty to look at. That's what you call patience and customer service! One point I would also like to say here is that their kiosk is very cool in the eye for me (the blue lights around and the very clean ambience) not to forget the smiling people who are really willing to help.

    Now for my quick look at the phone itself, I am really impressed at all it has to offer. I am kinda bothered by the lockscreen (with the big SKK logo) but I will just replace everything once I get the GoLauncher app. Aesthetic wise, it looks so premium and sosyal. It may look like a Galaxy Note 2 knock-off, but I don't care! Besides, specs-wise saying, I am all about the money here and I am just willing to spend the right amount for a good investment. And to buy an expensive branded phone when there are budget-friendly alternatives with specs comparable to the branded ones, its a very wise and convenient buy.

    The Android Jellybean experience is awesome. Moving to and from screens is a breeze, colors are vibrant and appealing, apps really work well with no lags, and the games I tried so far ran fast and great.

    I am yet to discover and maximize all its capabilities but for my initial experience with the phone, and not to forget the great customer service of the SKK personnel, I am very satisfied.

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    1. Hi Allen, thanks a lot for the very detail comments. Hope you can visit my site again soon..

      Please kindly add TeknoGadyet to your social accounts for future updates.

      Again thanks.

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    2. You're welcome! That will not be a problem since I am a regular visitor of your site.. I always check your site everyday. I can feel you too have a liking with SKK Mobile products since I can see you feature most of them here. By the way, thanks also because if not for your detailed review of SKK Mobile Silver, I will not be enjoying it now. Your review made me decide to buy it.

      By the way, I already liked the Teknogadyet facebook page and I am also a member already of the SKK Silver official facebook page.

      Thanks again!

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  50. hi po. sana may sumagot.. panu po madisable yung autocorrect sa text messaging? hassle po kase e.. :(

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    1. Ganito po ginawa ko..

      1. Long press (Press and hold) the space bar on your keyboard. A pop-up box would appear.
      2. Select "Set input methods".
      3. Click the icon beside "Android keyboard".
      4. Under "Text Correction" select "Auto Correction".
      5. Select "off" to turn off the Auto Correction option.

      Hope that helps!

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  51. Pano magscreenshot dito?

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  54. hello...i have skk phone for a week. after 3 nights the back key is not functioning...but when i woke up its ok na...then days after it goes the same way....until now...what should i do??

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  55. tanong lang po. pano po palitan ung wallpaper sa LOCK SCREEN? ty

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  56. as far as I can recall hindi napapalitan by default. Pero pwede ka naman mag download sa Play Store like Go Locker.

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  57. im in KSA... 3g function is not working for the internet sim in my phone... any advise... wifi function is working...

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  58. St-up the mobile data network manually

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