I was recently looking for a good backup phone. I was scrounging through some of the China phone models from Cherry Mobile, Torque and MyPhone. My initial criteria for a good backup phone were:
- Dual sim (i.e., dual standby);
- A good battery life (despite the dual sim capability);
- Less bells and whistles – to support the long battery life;
- Sleek, sturdy and small — that puts Qwerty phones out of the question (I already had a Qwerty phone);
- A sub-P2K price;
Having these in mind, I settled for the Cherry Mobile D15, features of which include:
- Dual SIM / Dual Standby;
- FM Radio;
- MP3 / Video Player;
- Micro SD Card up to 2GB;
At a price of P1,999, I guess the extra features (on top of my minimum requirements) including the FM Radio and MP3/Video Player make CM D15 worth it. And these features are basically what make up the pros.
Now, for the cons:
- Meager battery life performance. That’s 3days for light use, 2 for moderate, and 1 for heavy use before recharging. It may be acceptable to many, but not for me who have experienced using the small and sturdy Nokia 1202 (the latter could last me 2 weeks on light use);
UPDATE: Turning off one of the sims improved battery life dramatically. It took me 5-6 days before recharging when only 1 sim is active.
- The keys are a little bit on the hard side;
- Typing a message is faster than reading what you have typed. If you type real fast into its numeric keypad, you have to wait a bit for the screen to actually display your message;
- Volume during mp3 playback is not adjustable;
- Substandard voice-call-audio quality. Volume for voice calls are adjustable, yes. But the sound quality–it’s like listening from a tin can;
- A headphone jack that often fails to lock into position;
- An FM Radio where radio networks battle over one frequency. You tune-in to one station (that’s “spot on” in its digital frequency dial), and you’ll hear two network programs fighting for your attention;
- The OS is proprietary, which I think is not optimized at all to extend battery life before recharging;
- Picture quality of the camera, in a rate of 1 to 10, is 1;
- The body is built of almost (if not all) plastic. But then, that’s what makes it lightweight;
I’m not one of those people who hop from one blog to another just to bash about the cheap cellphones’ lack of this and that “loser” features. Why look for a cheap phone when the features you really want don’t come cheap to begin with?
As the cliche goes “you get what you pay for”.
As for me, I’m half-satisfied with my purchase. At least I have my dual-sim phone and I intend to push it to its limits. For its price, I wouldn’t mind if it won’t get me even a year of extreme usage.
The upcoming release of the dual-sim phone from Nokia (the Nokia C1 or C2) is a welcome development. Hope it comes with the *needed* long battery life just like the Nokia 1202 and within the same price range.
P.S. Another insightful review of the Cherry Mobile D15: A good phone is a useful one: the Cherry Mobile D15.