Monday, March 30, 2015

MyPhone Uno Hands-On, Google's Android One Within

MyPhone Uno Hands-On, Google's Android One Within
MyPhone Uno Hands-On, Google's Android One Within

INTRODUCTION:

The Google's Android One initiative has officially arrived in the country last month and one of the first devices to showcase this platform is the MyPhone Uno.

The MyPhone Uno has a 4.5-inch screen with FWVGA resolution, under the hood is 1.3GHz quad core processor bundled with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of ROM. This is not a powerhouse by any means, but it has the latest software within, which is the Android Lollipop, plus it is guaranteed to receive updates for two years, including the Android M.


HANDS-ON:

MyPhone Uno Hands-On, Google's Android One Within
Front

The front is fully covered by a flat glass panel wherein most part is occupied by the display. The left and right bezels are just of the right size as well as the top where the secondary camera, earpiece grill and hidden sensors can be found. However, the bottom part is slightly oversize, especially that there is nothing on it, since the Uno has an on-screen keys.

MyPhone Uno Hands-On, Google's Android One Within
Back

At the back you will find the Android One logo just above the round loudspeaker while the MyPhone logo is positioned slightly above the center. Meanwhile, the camera module and its LED flash companion are enclosed in a round metal piece that is somewhat protruding.

MyPhone Uno Hands-On, Google's Android One Within
Back without cover

The back cover is removable, you need to take it off to access the two micro SIM slots, the micro SD slot (with free and pre-installed 8GB card) and the 1700mAh battery.

MyPhone Uno Hands-On, Google's Android One Within
Left
MyPhone Uno Hands-On, Google's Android One Within
Right

The left side was kept bare while the right side has both the power button and the volume keys.

MyPhone Uno Hands-On, Google's Android One Within
Top
MyPhone Uno Hands-On, Google's Android One Within
Bottom

The 3.5mm audio jack can be found at the top, while the micro USB port and the microphone pin hole are both located at the bottom.

The MyPhone Uno comes in black and white, the former has a matte finish and quite resistant to smudges, while the latter feels rubbery and most of the time attracts fingerprints. Overall, we can say that it has a good minimalist design (which most people love) and it has a firm build quality. In addition, like any other Android One device, the hardware is approved by Google and expected to have a very low return rate.


In terms of benchmarks, it scored around 20K in Antutu and more than 5K in Quadrant, which are typical for a MediaTek quad core device. Meanwhile, navigation across the interface is smooth and the material design is quite nice. Other things worth mentioning are the 4GB internal storage, inability to move apps to SD
and the lack of OTG function.

It is now available nationwide for Php4,599 and comes with a free 8GB micro SD card plus free data from Globe for 1 year.

Specifications:

  • Dual micro SIM, dual standby, supports 3G/HSPA+
  • 4.5-inch capacitive IPS FWVGA (854x480) touchscreen display
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop, confirmed update to Android M
  • 1.3GHz quad core Cortex-A7 CPU, Mali400MP2 GPU, MediaTek MT6582 chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via a micro SD (free 8GB)
  • 5MP main camera with LED Flash
  • 2MP secondary camera
  • Multimedia Player
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • WiFi 802.11b/g/n
  • Micro USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth
  • 1700mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Price: Php4,599

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