Sunday, April 13, 2014

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun

INTRODUCTION:

Qube's first venture in the mobile industry is simply called PhoneTab, as the name suggests, it is a tablet with phone functionality.

It may have a basic name, but its specs are impressive - an 8-inch IPS capacitive Samsung made touchscreen display powered by a 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8389 quad-core processor coupled with 1GB of RAM. Internal storage is set at 8GB with expandable option up to 32GB via micro SD card.

It has also a rich retail package which includes the unit with screen protector installed, headset, charger with detachable USB cable, manual and a free flip case worth 500 pesos. If you think that the specs and the retail package are awesome, wait until you learn its price - Php6,990, but that's not all, they also offer free shipping.

>>Qube PhoneTab Preview And Initial Impression


INTERFACE:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Lockscreen
Lockscreen

The lockscreen is the typical Jelly Bean stuff wherein there is a padlock icon inside a circle which you can drag into any direction to unlock the tablet. If there is a missed call or there is a new message, it will appear somewhere above the circle, you can drag these notifications towards it in order to view them immediately.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Lockscreen Widget
Lockscreen Widget

The lockscreen also support 2 slots for the widget, the first slot is occupied by the digital clock while the second spot is vacant wherein you can assign Gmail, email, etc.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Homescreen
Homescreen

The homescreen has five shortcuts (max of 7) docked at the bottom of the screen, the middle always opens the app drawer while the four others can be assigned to any apps you want. There is also a reserved space below the shortcuts, this space is for the on-screen keys, namely volume -, back, home, recent apps and volume +.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Default Apps
Default Apps
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Default Widgets
Default Widgets

There are a total of 32 default widgets and 31 default apps, all of which are mostly stock Android. The former is arranged in 2x3 format and covers about 6 pages while the latter has 5x7 layout.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Notification and Quick Toggle Settings
Notification and Quick Toggle Settings

The notification panel can be accessed by swiping the top left portion of the screen while doing the same thing on the top right will open up the quick toggle settings.


TELEPHONY:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Incoming Call
Incoming Call

There are three ways to respond to any incoming call, you can cancel it, answer it or cancel it with a message. There are pre-defined messages, but you can also compose your own.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Dialer
Dialer

The dial pad is part of the tabbed interface, it accepts numbers and name as inputs, but the smart dialing feature is limited, it only searches matching contacts if they have the same beginning.

By the way, if you have a big hand, you can hold the tablet in one hand when calling, but if you are not comfortable with it (especially when you are outside) better use a headset. The overall call quality is loud and clear on both ends.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Call Logs
Call Logs

The call history shows missed, outgoing and incoming call events, when you select a certain log, it will show more detailed information and some other options that you can do with it.


PHONEBOOK:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Contacts
Contacts
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Groups
Groups

The contacts and groups are arranged alphabetically, if you have a long list you can use the search icon on the upper right hand corner to find what you are looking for. Items can be filtered based on where they are saved - phone, SIM or social accounts.


MESSAGING:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Messaging
Messaging

The messaging app displays the messages based on the latest time of arrival. On a certain conversation, your message will appear on the right while his/her is on the left. If you want to tweak the SMS, MMS and their notification, simply access the message settings.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun New Message
New Message

The message editor handles both SMS and MMS, by default it is for SMS, but if you add any attachment it will automatically be converted to MMS.


EMAIL:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Email and Gmail
Email and Gmail

The PhoneTab comes with the generic email app and Gmail, setting them up are quite easy, simply enter your username and password and you are good to go. Both email applications can handle multiple accounts, but only the former supports combined inbox


MULTIMEDIA:

Gallery:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Gallery
Gallery
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Gallery Options
Gallery Options

The gallery can be filtered by Albums, Locations or Times and can be viewed either by grid or filmstrip. It houses both photos and videos which you can share via Bluetooth, on email or through social accounts.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Video Trim
Video Trim
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Photo Editor
Photo Editor

Under the gallery settings, you can see the trim option for video and the edit option for photo. The former is to cut out some unwanted part of the video while the former can be used to enhance your pictures by adding effects, filters, etc.

Video Player:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Video Player
Video Player

The video player has a good codec support, it can play .avi, .3gp, .mp4, .mov, .flv and .mkv files up to 1080p resolution. Playing any type of video is quite smooth, however those with AC3 audio will render no sound.

Music Player:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Music Player
Music Player

The music player displays all the audio file on your device, they can be sorted by artist, albums, songs, playlist and now playing. The now playing screen shows the usual controls and other options as well as the album art if there is any. If a song is playing, it will continue to play even if you minimize it, a mini player will appear in the notification area to control it.

FM Radio:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun FM Radio
FM Radio

The FM Radio is also on board, however you need a wired headset for it to work. You can search the channels manually or do it automatically. Like the music player, the songs will continue to play even if you minimize it.

Camera and Video:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Camera & Video
Camera & Video

The camera and video share the same interface, their onscreen shutters are on top of one another. On the opposite side, you will see the shooting mode for the camera as well as the length and pause option for the video. The main camera can shoot a 5MP picture and up to 1080p videos.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Camera and Video Settings
Camera and Video Settings

The camera and video options can be accessed via settings, here you can adjust the still resolution and the video quality. You can also tweak the exposure, saturation etc.

Sample Shots:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Sample Shots
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Sample Shots
Sample Shots

The result of the 5MP camera is quite good, it captures a very detailed information of the subject, although there are times that it over saturates it.

Browser:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Browser
Browser

The web browser is a stock Android app, it can hold up to 16 tabs and has incognito mode. The MT8389 chipset is capable enough in rendering web pages, it is smooth and loads quickly.

Gaming:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Candy Crush Saga
Candy Crush Saga
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Temple Run 2
Temple Run 2

I installed some casual games like Candy Crush and Temple Run 2, both work fine without any problem and the tablet handles them relatively easy. I also installed graphics demanding games like Dead Trigger and Asphalt 7, both are playable and smooth, although there are times that you will encounter some hiccups, but it seldom happens and not really annoying.


CONNECTIVITY:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun 3G and Tethering
3G and Tethering

The PhoneTab supports 3G connection which you can share with your friends via Bluetooth/USB tethering or WiFi hotspot.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun WiFi
WiFi

Local connectivity such as Bluetooth and WiFi are working well, the signal reception is also good.

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun OTG Support
OTG Support

The tablet uses the standard micro USB and it supports OTG function. I used flash drive and mouse to test, both work just fine.


PRODUCTIVITY:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Calculator
Calculator
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Calendar
Calendar
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Clock
Clock
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun File Manager
File Manager
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Sound Recorder
Sound Recorder
Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun To Do
To Do

The organizing tools and productivity applications include calendar, clock, calculator, to do, sound recorder and file manager. What is obviously missing is the document viewer/editor, but you can simply download one in Play Store.


GPS:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun GPS
GPS

The Qube tablet has built-in GPS with A-GPS and EPO assistance, during the test period, it took a bit longer to get a satellite lock and there are even times that you cannot get a lock at all. I do not know if this is a bug or just specific to my unit.


BATTERY:

Qube PhoneTab Review: Double The Fun Battery Stats
Battery Stats

The PhoneTab has a non-removable 4200mAh battery, I looped a 1080p video and it lasted for more than 7 and a half hours before the percentage drops from 100% to 15 percent.


CONCLUSION:

Qube managed to pick a good contender to start up their local mobile entry, the Phone tab has a good balance of specifications and has affordable pricing, not to mention rich retail package. It has a cost-effective solution without compromising performance.

PROS:

Good display
Nice design
Solid build quality
Rich retail package

CONS:

On and off GPS performance

Specifications:

  • Single micro SIM
  • Quad Band GSM/GPRS/EDGE, Dual Band HSPA+
  • Dimensions: 213.88mm x 123.9mm x 8.7mm
  • Weight: 350g
  • 8" capacitive HD (1280x800) Samsung PLS touchscreen display, 5-point touch
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 1.2GHz Quad Core Cortex-A7 CPU, PowerVR SGX544 GPU, MediaTek MT8389 chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via micro SD
  • 5MP auto focus main camera
  • 2MP secondary camera
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • Micro USB 2.0 with OTG Support
  • GPS
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Stereo FM Radio
  • Multimedia Player
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity, Light
  • Battery: 4200mAh
  • Freebies: Leather case worth Php500
  • Price: Php6,990

23 comments:

  1. Great review.
    Where can you buy this sir?
    Thanks

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  2. Thanks po.. just visit qube website.. andun ung list ng physical shops nila, if you want you can also order online

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  3. Can i connect a 1TB external hardrive to it and watch movies on the external hardrive?

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  4. I've tried this, but it didn't work. Not sure what the max USB size it can read.

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  5. Usually po hindi kaya i power-up ng tablet ang external hard drive. Try nyo po HDD na may separate power.

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  6. how to buy online po sa Qube Phone Tab?....pwede ba nla deliver d2 Afghanistan? kc d2 ako work..tnx!...

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  7. better visit their website. Alam ko local delivery lang sila

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  8. Romar Andrew NuncioMay 25, 2014 at 8:04 PM

    Medyo basic ang dating ng review pra lng akong nagbasa ng manual. Regarding sa phone tablet wla akong nakitang high-end capability ng nsabing device. Ok nman ang specs kya lng hindi me nconvince s price (5k recommended price ko). Ung freebies nya bkit may price n worth P500 dpat libre nlng pra mkaattract ng buyer.

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  9. Bungol.. Ibig sabihin yung libre ay nagkakahalaga ng 500 kung bibilhin mo..

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  10. This device in not intended for traveling or communication, most of this kind of gadget that are less than 8k php are made less likely for home security monitoring and wireless switching.. I have own one and I mounted it on the wall. connected to my wecom belkin switches around the house to fully automated everything including my wireless cctv.

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  11. I'm from Cagayan de Oro City tanong lang po saan po nka display ung mga products po nnyo thank you

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  12. Benchmark naman po please???isa po yun sa importante na malaman ng isang techy na buyer....thanks po...

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  13. What a review.. Its like reading a "How to use an Android phone" guide, LOL! I guess if you review another Android phone, you'll have the same results, but with different specs. Highlight on the diff and unique features, skip those common functions. Goodluck on your site.

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  14. meron na ba nyan dito sa pinas ? ! saan pwedeng mag order At Anong step para maka order DOOR TO DOOR po ba yan? Thanks For responding :)

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  15. meron po.. visit nyo lang po yung website nila

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  16. Please kindly read the preview and initial impression article.

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  17. Ok ang specs except for the speaker. Tunog lata and kahit full volume wala kang maririnig. Pero kung hindi ka maselan then OK na sya. Kung sa gaming dapat naka earphone ka kasi nga walang sound.

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  18. アルマ ジョエルSeptember 18, 2014 at 12:38 PM

    ndi KO NABASA NA 3G SIYA????
    IF NOT 3G ITO.. NDI SIYA MASAYA!!!

    3G BA?

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  19. KAYA NGA FREEBIE KASI LIBRE UNG ITEM WORTH 500 KUNG BIBILHIN..

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  20. hspa+ na nga, beyond 3g

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  21. Parang nagbasa lang ako ng manual. I skipped most parts. I was looking for a real hands-on experience review, mostly pros and cons sana. Anyway, this is better than nothing.

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  22. Yes has usb otg

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