Starmobile PLAY Plus Review: Will It Give A Bang For Your Buck?
Currently one of the most affordable smartphones in the market today, the Starmobile PLAY Plus (website) offers numerous features that make it perfect for every Filipino traveler.
Hardware and Software
The product is built with a 1.2GHz Quad Core Processor and the Android 6.0 Marshmallow. It has a RAM of 512 MB and a Custom User Interface. Loaded up with games, the phone still manages to respond within a respectable time even when multiple applications are opened up. It doesn’t hang up or freeze when in use.
The product has an internal memory of 8GB with a card slot to further expand the phone’s capacity. Even at 8GB, the Starmobile PLAY Plus should be able to handle dozens of images, games, videos, and music.
The camera boasts of 5MP clarity for the rear with 2MP for the front. There’s also a single-LED flashlight which is perfect for night time picture taking. Combined with the 5MP capacity, the camera should be able to perform perfectly even in low light conditions. Although blurs can be expected when taking pictures during movement, the resulting images are still worth keeping.
Aside from USB connectivity, the products come with both Bluetooth and Wireless capabilities. Users shouldn’t have any problem setting up the phone for internet use thanks to the preloaded applications. It also has a GPS connection for travelers who want to be specific about their current location or those who love to play Pokemon Go.
With a screen size measuring 5 inches, the Starmobile PLAY Plus is just the right size for games without being too bulky in your grasp. The resolution is 720 by 1280 for clear cut pictures and selfies. The screen itself is smooth and responsive with excellent colors that allows for beautiful images.
Battery is at 2200 mAh that can be easily removed and replaced if it becomes necessary. The phone should be able to last several hours of consistent use before the need to recharge. When left alone however, the Starmobile PLAY Plus will take days before discharging. The battery doesn’t heat up too much when the phone is running heavy applications. Like most mobiles however, it can heat up when left charging for long.
The product currently sells for less than Php2,290 with small variations depending on where you’re buying the product. With smartphones ranging from Php3500 and up – the Starmobile PLAY Plus is significantly cheaper than the rest. This makes it ideal for frequent travelers who want a phone that’s serviceable without being too expensive – just in case it gets lost in between destinations.
Operating System – Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Display – 5-inch FWVGA touchscreen, 480 x 854 pixels (196ppi)
Battery – 2000mAh Li-Ion, Up to 4 hours talk, Up to 250 hours (10.4 days) standby
SIM Slots – Micro + Micro, Dual 3G Standby
Network – 2G GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz / 3G UMTS/WCDMA: 850/900/2100 MHz, HSPA+ up to 21.1Mbps
Sensors – Gravity, Accelerometer, Light, Proximity
Chipset – Spreadtrum 7731C
Memory – 512MB RAM + 8GB ROM, 32GB Micro SD Max Expansion
Dimensions – 143.9 x 73.8 x 9.75 mm
Processor (CPU) – 1.2GHz Quad Core ARM Cortex A7
Camera – Rear: 5MP with Flash
Video Capture: 720p @ 30fps
Weight – 159g
Video Card (GPU) – Mali-400 @ 400MHz
Connectivity – Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, FM Radio, GPS + A-GPS
All in all, the Starmobile PLAY Plus is definitely a pleasant surprise considering the affordability of the product. Other units within the same price range rarely perform as well as this unit does when it comes to speed and response time. A good buy for Filipino users seeking cheap smartphones without scrimping on quality, make sure to check out this model in all stores all over the country.