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Torque EGO Phab 3G+ Review; Wise Choice for a Budget User

Torque EGO Phab 3G+ Review; Wise Choice for a Budget User
Torque EGO Phab 3G+ Review; Wise Choice for a Budget User

INTRODUCTION:

Way back when consumers were having a hard time in choosing between buying a tablet or a smartphone, many tech manufacturers have decided to combine its features and form, hence, phablet devices were introduced in the mobile market.

Following this trend, local mobile maker Torque Mobile is now known for releasing its affordable phablets. One of its popular devices is the EGO Phab 3G, which earned good feedbacks for its functionality and some criticism for what it could still improve.

Having this in mind, the brand recently launched its successor – the EGO Phab 3G+.

Now that tablets have been losing its spotlight, is EGO Phab 3G+ still worth the upgrade? Here’s our take on it.


PHYSICAL:

Front - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Front

Measuring 189.4mm x 115.1mm x 11.4mm, the EGO Phab 3G+ is too big for a smartphone and quite small for a tablet, which obviously places it in-between the two categories. It only weighs 180 grams, too. So, its handiness and portability just made a statement that combining entertainment and functionality shouldn’t come with a bigger and heavier size all the time.

The EGO Phab 3G+ appears to be a good looking phablet, as well. Unfortunately, our team received a white color variant, or shall we say a “dirt magnet” variant? Kidding aside, even if the device flaunts a classy look and could match any lifestyle, our team still recommends the use of a protective case to simply solve this issue.

Torque EGO Phab 3G+ has no capacitive buttons for navigations.
It has no capacitive buttons for navigations.

Like a typical tablet, its front shooter, speaker, and a 7-inch screen have completed the face of the EGO Phab 3G+. It has no capacitive controls for navigations, though.

Back - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Back

Flip the device and the brand’s logo, rear camera, and its speaker would greet you. A small removable cover is also situated at the back to hide its micro SD slot and its dual-SIM slots.

Top - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Top
Right Side - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Right Side

Its power button and volume rockers are placed on the right side, while the top accommodates the 3.5mm headphone jack and the micro USB port.

Display - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Display

The front is dominated by its 7-inch HD display with a 1280 x 800 resolution, which translates to about 216 pixels per inch. Unfortunately, we’re not impressed with its brightness. Aside from its screen being reflective, we also had a hard time using it under direct sunlight. Meanwhile, the EGO Phab 3G+ scored 5 on multi-touch test.

See Also: TORQUE Mobile Teams Up with AIR21 for TORQUE Express After-Sales Support


SOFTWARE:

Software - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Software

The EGO Phab 3G+ still runs on dated Android 6.0 Marshmallow, knowing that most of us are just waiting for the Android Oreo update. It comes with some pre-installed software. Also, it features on-screen buttons for navigations, and it has an app drawer for more organized Android experience.


PERFORMANCE:

The EGO Phab 3G+ is powered by 1.3GHz Spreadtrum SC7731 quad-core processor and Mali-400MP GPU. Knowing that it only has 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage, we didn’t expect much for a smooth and fast performance. Nevertheless, we still ran it on various benchmark apps and here are the scores it got.

  • AnTuTu – 21,124
  • Quadrant – 5,116
  • Geekbench – 371 (Single-Core Score)
  • Geekbench – 977 (Multi-Core Score)
  • 3DMark – 2,014 (Ice Storm)
  • 3DMark – 1,306 (Ice Storm Extreme)
  • NenaMark2 – 30.6fps

Benchmark - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Benchmark
Benchmark - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Benchmark

Considering its price, we knew that we shouldn’t push the EGO Phab 3G+ to do high-end stuff. However, we could say that it can deliver decent performance, working as a smartphone or a tablet.

Heavy usage would trigger crashing, this includes playing games with heavy graphics as well as watching videos. It also lagged several times when we tried operating multiple applications at once.

While multi-tasking isn’t a great idea for the EGO Phab 3G+, it ran smoothly when we just used it for lighter tasks. We never had a problem when we utilized it for browsing our social media accounts, checking e-mails, sending SMS and receiving calls, and playing typical games.

Also Read: TORQUE Mobile Launches EGO Zoom Lite; Quad Core Android Nougat with LTE for Only Php3,999 


CAMERA:

Camera Interface and Settings - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Camera Interface and Settings

The EGO Phab 3G+ is equipped with 5-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front shooter. Its cameras might get the lowest scores if we’re going to rank its features, but you might as well consider the fact that this camera performance is what we would really get with its price.

Sample Photos:


Camera Test - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
With HDR
Camera Test - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Without HDR
Camera Test - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Nuvali during daytime.
Camera Test - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Bikers


Camera Test - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Mall
Camera Test - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Buildings
Camera Test - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Rear Camera
Camera Test - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Night
Camera Test - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Selfie
Camera Test - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Low Light Selfie

As what you could see, both front and rear cameras performed poorly in places with good lighting conditions and under low light scenes. The photos also have a lot of noise and grainy, too. Hence, if you're looking for an affordable tablet with a good camera, then, you might skip the EGO Phab 3G+.


CONNECTIVITY:

Dual-SIM - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby

The EGO Phab 3G+ is a dual-SIM device that supports 3G HSPA+ connectivity, and dual standby, as well. And if you have trouble connecting to your data, you could still enjoy the device’s WiFi connection. Its Bluetooth, and GPS with A-GPS worked well, too.

See Also: TORQUE Mobile Introduces EGO Note 3G; 5.5-inch Quad Core Android Marshmallow for Only Php3,799


BATTERY:

Work 2.0 Result - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Work 2.0 Result
Battery Life - Torque EGO Phab 3G+
Battery Life

The EGO Phab 3G+ is powered by a 2,500mAh non-removable battery. When we ran it on PCMark, it scored 4 hours and 41 minutes. However, this wasn’t the case when we did our video loop test, wherein the device lasted for almost six hours.

Also, when we used it as for our basic needs, it could even last for a day.


CONCLUSION:

Having an affordable price tag, the EGO Phab 3G+ was able to meet our expectations. It has a lot of things to downplay, but functionality speaking, this device deserves your attention if you’re actually looking for a tablet. It is one of the decent phablets available in its price range.

The EGO Phab 3G+ is priced at Php3,099.

Torque EGO Phab 3G+ Specs:

  • Dual-SIM, Dual Standby, supports 3G HSPA+ connectivity
  • 7-inch HD Display, 1280 x 800 resolution, 216ppi
  • Dimensions: 189.4 x 115.1 x 11.4mm
  • Weight: 180 grams
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • 1.3 GHz SC7731 quad core processor, Mali-400 GPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB
  • 5-megapixel rear camera
  • 2-megapixel front camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth
  • FM Radio
  • Battery: 2,500mAh non-removable battery
  • Color: White and Black
  • Price: Php3,099

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