Saturday, November 2, 2013

DTC Mobile GT6c Astroid Jack+ Unboxing And Quick Review

Retail Package


INTRODUCTION:


The DTC Mobile GT6c Astroid Jack+ targets the low-end segment of the local mobile industry. It features a 4-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen display, a single core processor and runs on Android Gingerbread 2.3.6.
The GT6c runs on MediaTek chipset which has 1GHz Cortex-A9 single-core CPU, PowerVR SGX531 GPU coupled with 256MB of RAM. I am bit confused which particular chipset model it used because in CPU-Z it shows MT6515M while on Antutu Device Info it is MT6575.

Key Specs:

  • Dual Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE (No 3G)
  • Dual SIM , Dual Standby 
  • 4.0" capacitive WVGA (800x480) touchscreen display, 2-point multi-touch
  • Android Gingerbread 2.3.6
  • 1GHz Cortex-A9 Single Core CPU, PowerVR SGX531 GPU, MediaTek chipset
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 512MB internal, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • 2MP main camera with LED Flash
  • 1.3MP secondary camera
  • WiFi 802.11
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • Multi Media Player
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth 
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Light and Sound
  • 2000mAh removable battery 
  • Rich retail package

Main Disadvantages:
  • Relatively low RAM
  • No GPS
  • Outdated Android version
  • No 3G



UNBOXING:

The retail package (photo above) includes the unit with screen protector installed plus another one as spare, micro USB/charger combo, wired headset (iPhone headset inspired), free case, manual and warranty card.

Front


The front holds the 4-inch capacitive WVGA screen surrounded with bezels. Above the display you will find the proximity and light sensors on the left of silver-toned earpiece while the front facing camera is on the right. Below the display are the menu, home and back soft keys.

Back

The back is made of glossy plastic and prone to smudges and fingerprints. The 2MP main camera (which is slightly protruded) and the LED flash are located on the upper left portion. The DTC logo and some markings are on the lower part and below left is the loudspeaker grill.

3.5mm audio jack and power button at the top
Micro USB port at the bottom

There 3.5mm audio jack an the power key can be found at the top while the bottom has the micro USB port.



Volume rocker at the left
Nothing at the right

The left side has the volume rocker while you will see nothing on the right side. The build quality is solid, the silver linings on all side plus the silver-toned controls give the unit  nice color contrast.


INTERFACE:

The Astroid Jack+ is running on a bit outdated Android Gingerbread O/S, however it is modified. The lockscreen is Jelly Bean like wherein there is a padlock icon inside a circle, swiping left will bring the camera interface while dragging towards the right will unlock the device.

The homescreen is consists of 7 panes, you can delete some of them but that is already the maximum page it can hold.

The bottom shows 4 fixed shortcuts (you cannot alter them in any way) the telephony, phonebook, messaging and app drawer. Once you select the app drawer, the list of applications will appear, the first 3 shortcuts will still be there but the app drawer icon will change to the home button.


Homescreen

If you want to add shortcuts, widgets or folders you can do it while in the homescreen and selecting menu. In the same manner you can change the wallpaper or theme.



BENCHMARKS:

The GT6c outsmart its GT5s sibling in all usual statics benchmarks that we used, maybe because it uses MediaTek processor while its brother is Speadtrum based.

Below are the score comparisons, GT6c left GT5s right:

Antutu: 5818 vs 4223
Quadrant: 1453 vs 1229
NenaMark2: 20.2fps vs 18.3fps



DUAL SIM SETTINGS:

Under Settings > SIM Management you can turn on/off each SIM or select which SIM to be used for voice call, messaging or data connection.


MULTIMEDIA:

Gallery:

The gallery holds both pictures and videos stored locally on your device or on the web like Picasa Albums


Video Player:

The video player has limited codec support, it can only play .3GP and .mp4. 480p videos will work fine but any higher than that is not playable.

Music Player:

The music player will lists all available songs on your device and you can view them by Artist, Songs, Albums or Playlist. If a certain song has an album art it will be displayed accordingly.


FM Radio:

The FM Radio will require you to connect  wired headset before you can use it.


Camera/Video:

The main camera can shoot 2MP still and VGA videos, please kindly see below samples.

Sample Pictures

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Sample Video

Sample Video

Browsing:

The browser works fine as it should though loading times is a bit longer than usual.

Gaming:

The first game I downloaded to test is the Candy Crush Saga, however I was not able to play it. The game just crashed all over again even if I already reboot the phone.

Another casual game like Pou works without issue.


CONNECTIVITY:

The GT6c has no 3G connection, therefore if you want to be online the WiFi is the only option you have.

There is also Bluetooth for wireless transfer of files or connecting wireless accessories like a headset. The micro USB port and 3.5mm jack completes the connectivity list.


SENSORS:

The Jack+ has accelerometer, proximity, light and sound sensors.



PRODUCTIVITY:

The productivity applications installed are just the basics such as Calendar, Clock, Calculator, File Manager and Sound Recorder.



BATTERY:

I used it as my secondary phone (mainly for texts and calls) and I am very impressed that it lasted for more than 3 days before it runs our power.

2 comments:

  1. FYI GT6C chipset is MT6515M

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  2. pano po ba ma unlock yong dtc gt6c astroid jack plus?

    ReplyDelete

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