Friday, April 5, 2013

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Review: Distinct Sound Wave


Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Messaging

The messages are listed based on the latest time stamped, a number will appear on the upper right hand which corresponds to the number of unread messages. On a certain conversation, your message will appear in the right in a blue bubble while the other person's message will be on the left inside a green bubble.

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 New Message, Smileys & Attachment
New Message, Smileys & Attachment

The text box can only accommodate up to 3 lines, on its right is the SIM1/SIM2 send button while on the left are the smileys and attachment buttons. If you attach anything on the message it will be converted to an MMS.

The Sonic 2.0 only supports up to 2-point multi-touch, if you are using two hands while typing and you press two buttons at almost the same instance a different character will appear. Example, when you press letters a  & l it will give you the letter f or g rather than al. To better understand this "touch bug" issue please kindly watch the video below.

Touch Bug


Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Email

The email app can handle POP3 and IMAP mails, setting up is quite easy just enter username and password and you are good to go (provided that your email settings can be found online otherwise you need to configure it manually). Emails are arranged based on the latest time of arrival and supports batch operations.

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Gmail

The Gmail will automatically sync the account you use in setting up the Google Play Store. Emails are arranged in conversation but you can turn it off if you want in the settings.

Both the generic email app and the Gmail can handle multiple accounts. Time of sync intervals can be customize depending on how often you need to read new emails.



Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Gallery

The gallery will list all the supported files on your device, you can view them by Grid or Filmstrip and filter them by Albums, Locations, Times, People and Tags.

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Gallery - Photo Options
Photo Options
Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Gallery - Video Options
Video Options

The photos and videos that you have can be shared locally via Bluetooth or to social accounts if supported.

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Photo Editor
Photo Editor

There is also a photo editor to enhance or add effects to your pictures, you can access it when you view a certain photo and choose edit on the settings or select the 3 overlapping circles on the lower left.

Video Player:

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Stock Video Player
Stock Video Player

The Video Player, will display all supports files on your device with information like file name, file size, length and thumbnail. Selecting a certain video will prompt you where you want it to be played - in the Google Photos or the stock video player.

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Stock Video Player Interface
Stock Video Player Interface

Google Photos Video Player Interface
Google Photos Video Player Interface

The player can handle all the files I threw at it, .avi, .mkv, .flv, .3gp and .mp4. Surprisingly it can play 1080p videos which is quite rare for a device with just WVGA screen resolution.

Watching movies or video clips are still OK for a phone with 4-inch display, however the screen is so reflective (not to mention the colors are easily washed out once viewed from the side) you need to look at it directly.

Music Player:

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 Music Player
Music Player

All supported files on your device will be displayed on the music player, you can view them by Artist, Albums, Songs or Playlist. If a specific song has an album art it will be displayed accordingly. The music player also supports gesture based control which is 'shake to switch song'.

FM Radio:

Cherry Mobile Sonic 2.0 FM Radio
FM Radio

The FM Radio needs a wired headset to work, you can opt to do an automatic channel search or do it manually. The radio will keep on working even if you minimize it, and if you do there will be a notification showing which channel are you listening to.

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