Cloudfone has been known for making phones with large batteries. It’s really rare to find Android smartphone with large batteries especially on local branded phones and now they have brought us the first Android Intel tablet in the Philippines, the Cloudpad 800w. Aaaaand here’s my review.

The Cloudpad 800w has been out for a while now and I’ve been using it for more than a week and I can say that this is really one of the best local branded tablets that I’ve used. Not just because it’s powered by an Intel processor but the build quality and its feel was very nice.

I really like the aluminum feel of the Cloudpad 800w. The feel is very similar to the iPad Mini thanks to the aluminum back of the Cloudpad 800w but instead of metal, the sides and the buttons of the Cloudpad 800w is made up of plastic. Yeah, I wished they made it into a metal too. The weight of the Cloudpad 800w feels just right and I have no complaints with it.

The display of the Cloudpad 800w is a 7.85” XGA display. Yes, just the same size and resolution of the original iPad mini but I found the Cloudpad 800w’s display slightly inferior than the original iPad. Nonetheless, the viewing angles was good but the sunlight legibility wasn’t.

The Cloudpad 800w doesn’t have 3G connectivity but that’s acceptable but there’s one thing that I’m looking for that’s not available on the Cloudpad 800w, it’s missing an Micro HDMI port. I wished they’ve included that one so I can watch my favorite movies on my TV connected on the Cloudpad 800w.

Inside the Cloudpad 800w is a 2.0 GHz Dual-Core Intel Atom Z2580 processor and there’s 1 GB of RAM too. One of the features that you can boast in the Cloudpad 800w is the 32GB internal storage. I bet you could put a lot of apps and games in that tablet. Actually, I didn’t used a MicroSD anymore because I’m already happy with the large 32 GB of storage.

There’s a 4600 mAh of battery and it was able to last up to more than a day and a half of average use. That’s not actually bad, I thought the battery would drain much faster on this one since I’m new on the Intel Android tablets. There are 2 speaker grills at the back and yes; the audio quality of the tablet was fine. It didn’t exceed my expectations but it was quite loud and clear.

The Cloudpad 800w is running on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and there are no words if this tablet would be running Android 4.4 Kitkat soon. Just like Cloudfone smartphones, there’s the Cloudfone and CloudStore app that are pre-installed in the tablet but this one comes with Kakaotalk but don’t worry you can uninstall that one.

I’m only irritated on the buttons below the tablet because they’ve included the screenshot and the volume button below and sometimes I accidently pressed those buttons when I’m playing on landscape and portrait mode.

I was surprised that the Cloudpad 800w was really comfortable to use and I didn’t experience lags and slowdowns in it. The performance of the Intel Atom Z2580 processor was quite good and it is almost on par with the Snapdragon 600 processor. FYI, the Intel Atom processor inside this tablet is even better than the MediaTek MT6589 Quad-Core processor.

I was able to play Real Boxing and Asphalt 8 at high settings without experiencing lags. However, I wasn’t able to play Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas on this device due to compatibility issues but despite that, the gameplay experience on this tablet was awesome and again, I can compare the performance of the tablet to a Snapdragon 600 device. The resolution of the tablet might also helped increased the frame rates of some games because it needs less rendering. Oh and you know what, the Cloudpad 800w got a score of 22255 at Antutu. That’s actually pretty amazing for a tablet at its price.

The camera of the tablet is one of its weakest links. The Cloudpad 800w has a 5 MP rear camera that can record 1080p videos and there’s a 2 MP front camera. The rear camera produces mostly grainy shots while the front camera produces dark shots. The camera of this tablet really needs to improve.

Overall, I found the Cloudpad 800w easy to use. It’s one of my favorite local branded tablets thanks to the aluminum build and the fast performance. However, the XGA display and the camera of the tablet were really disappointing. I really wished that they could improve those features. The Cloudpad 800w is now available at Cloudfone stores and kiosks with an SRP of P8,999
Google had release a lot of its Android app to the public and now, they announce the availability of Google Camera app to the Play store. The brand new Google camera app has introduced a lot of new features including the Lens Blur mode which enables you to take DSLR-Like photos thanks to the shallow depth of field. This app also allows you to have Photo sphere and Panorama. Unfortunately, if your device isn’t on Kitkat yet then you’ll have a very big problem because the Google Camera App only works on Kitkat devices. You can now download Google Camera on the Play Store.
We've reviewed a lot DTC Mobile phones before but unlike other DTC Mobile smartphones, DTC Mobile GT18 is my most favorite one. Why? because its body is similar to a flagship smartphone and the build is very solid. Check it out on my review.

One of the things that I really like about it is the solid body (Like what I've said earlier) with a patterned design. Its textured design might fool you but the feel is just a smooth plastic. Yep, just like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Well, the design isn't entirely copied from it because there's no home button and it is just 3 capacitive buttons on the front. Honestly, the design and its layout is very neat. There are no squeeks and it is very comfortable to hold.

It's 2014 and most smartphones are expected to have at least HD display at more than P5,000 price range but unfortunately, the DTC Mobile GT18's 5-inch display is a little bit washed out and it only has a qHD resolution. The display of the smartphone is not really that attractive.

It might look like the Samsung Galaxy S4 but there’s no NFC or LTE here. Fortunately, there’s 3G on this unit. The previous phones that we have used from DTC mobile lacks 3G and as expected, there’s no NFC on this device. Inside the device is just a 4 GB of internal storage which is obviously not enough if you’re into heavy use. Also, the RAM of this smartphone is just at 512 MB RAM which is slightly disappointing.

Of course there’s a dual-sim slot on this phone and I was very happy to see that one of the sim card slot is a mini sim while the other one is a micro sim slot. So yeah, the DTC Mobile GT18 would be a nice back-up phone if you have a smartphone that uses a micro sim.

The battery life is one of the features the DTC mobile GT18 can be proud of. It has a 2500 mah of battery inside which managed to last up to 2-3 days of average use and it can last up to a day of heavy use. Actually, the battery life of this Android smartphone is quite long compared to other phones at its price range.

The sound quality of the phone doesn’t suck. It’s feels just right. Do remember that this smartphone only cost below P6,000 so don’t expect too much from it.

The DTC Mobile GT18 isn’t running on the latest Android version. It’s just at Android 4.2, and again, I didn’t expect too much from it. There are only a few local branded phones that are already on 4.3 and I haven’t seen a local smartphone that uses Android 4.4 Kitkat already.

Despite having a Samsung Galaxy S4 look, the DTC Mobile GT18 doesn’t have the Touchwiz UI in it. Yes, there were no UI changes on this phone. Despite not using a launcher or a tweak UI on the DTC Mobile GT18, you’ll feel the sluggishness and lags of the phone. Maybe, it has something to do with the optimization of the hardware.

I tried some games on the DTC Mobile GT18 and I was able to play Dead Trigger 2 but the frame rates weren’t that smooth but the game was playable. I also tried Real Boxing, it also worked but the frame rates was quite low however, it was still playable. The DTC Mobile GT18 got a score of 9053 on Antutu.

The DTC Mobile GT18 has a 8 MP Camera and it doesn’t really shine in that part. Actually, the images that I took were kind grainy and noisy. The colors weren’t that good too. Overall, I didn’t like the camera of the phone.

The DTC Mobile GT18 isn’t the best phone at its price range but it is definitely one of the sturdiest one. Aside from having a design similar to a former flagship of Samsung, the build of the DTC Mobile GT18 doesn’t feel cheap. Yes, the build is very solid. Another thing to love about it is the large battery which will give you 2 days of battery life however you might be disappointed with its sluggish performance and its camera.

Disclaimer: DTC Mobile is an advertiser on this blog

Looks like Cherry Mobile will be releasing a lot of new phones again this April with their summer campaign dubbed as Cherry Mobile Festival 2014. Last year, they announced 84 phones for their lineup but this time, it looks like they'll be having 96 devices. Those 96 devices are composed of 42 smartphones, 42 feature phones and 12 tablets.

And now, here's the partial list of the upcoming Cherry Mobile Festival 2014 devices. Unfortunately, only some of the smartphones were present in the list.

Here are some of the smartphones that are not on the list.

Cherry Mobile Omega Aeon
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 5″ HD IPS OGS touchscreen
  • 13 MP Rear camera with flash
  • 5MP front camera (BSI sensor)
  • 4GB ROM
  • 1GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • Dual SIM
  • Android Jellybean 4.3
  • Php 5,999
Cherry Mobile Urban
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 4.5″ qHD IPS display
  • 8 MP Rear camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 4 GB ROM
  • 1 GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+
  • Dual SIM
  • Android KitKat 4.4
  • Php 4,699
While here are some of the notable smartphones on the list

Cherry Mobile Cosmos U
  • 1.3 GHz quad-core processor
  • 5″ HD IPS display
  • 18MP BSI rear camera
  • 8 MP front camera
  • 16GB ROM 
  • 1GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+
  • Android Jellybean 4.2
  • Php 8,999
Cherry Mobile Ultra
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • 5″ HD IPS display
  • 13MP rear camera
  • 5 MP front camera
  • 8GB ROM 
  • 1GB RAM
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+
  • Android Jellybean 4.2
  • Php 8,999
Cherry Mobile Equinox Night
  • 1.5 GHz Turbo quad-core processor
  • 5″ IPS OGS display
  • 18MP BSI rear camera with Dual LED Flash
  • 3 MP front camera???
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+
  • 2300mAh Non-Removable Battery??
  • Android Jellybean 4.2
  • Php 9,999
Cherry Mobile Omega Infinity
  • 1.7 GHz Octa-core processor
  • 5.5″ FHD IPS display
  • 18 MP rear camera
  • 5 MP front camera
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, HSPA+
  • Android Jellybean 4.2
  • Miracast Ready
  • Php 14,999
The local smartphone race is getting interesting huh. Unfortunately, the source link that I got has been deleted :(
We reviewed the JBL Synchros S100a before and now I was lucky to get a chance to review the JBL Synchros S200a. Yes, I don’t want to use my earphones that comes with my phone. Most of them suck compared to these earphones. Again, this earphone is made for Android devices (Yes, that is why there’s a letter 'a' at the end of it).

When it comes to design and build quality, I never had any complains with JBL earphones. The one that I got is the black one and the design looks better on this one and it has combination of aluminium and plastic which added a premium feel into it. The design really looks gorgeous and sometimes, you might feel not removing it because the design was really handsome.

The JBL Synchros S200a has a flat wire and an L-shaped audio jack just like the JBL Synchros S100a and again, I really like its quality. It feels really sturdy and it won’t break easily. There are controls on it too. You can do play/pause, Previous track and next track on the earphone and yes, it works on almost all devices including Android.

One thing that you’ll love in the JBL Synchros S200a is unlike the other in-ear headphones, this one an angled design on the ear tips. So what does that do? Because of the angled ear tips, the in-ear headphones doesn’t slip easily from your ear canal.Yes, it is one of the things that every in-ear headphones should have but of course, you have to use the right silicone ear tips for you. There’s a foam tips included in the package too.

I always prefer in-ear earphones over full-size headphones because of its portability and size but I believe that most full-size headphones would always trump over the in-ear earphones when it comes to quality but the JBL Synchros S200a proved me wrong.

The bass was very impressive on the JBL Synchros S200a and it even exceded my expectations from it. Honestly, this is the best in-ear earphones that I’ve tried so far. The low, mids and highs were great on this one. But until now, the bass of the JBL Synchros S200a still amaze me. The sound so clear and crisp.

Again, this is the best in-ear headphones that I’ve tried so far. The JBL Synchros S200a is now available for P5,299.

Big thanks to Bro Johann!
Coca-Cola first brought Spotify in the Philippines and we were one of the first lucky users of Spotify here in the Philipppines. If you don’t have any idea about Spotify, Spotify is the world’s leading online music streaming service that provides you with over 25 million legal songs.

And finally, Spotify is now available to the public. Yes, you can now browse through songs and choose the genres and moods that you want. You don’t have to worry about Spotify because the service is free of charge but if you want a premium account which will remove ads whenever you’re listening on that app. You can subscribe to Spotify Premium for only PhP129/month.

Spotify is now available for download in Windows Phone Store, Google Play Store and iTunes App Store. There’s a desktop app too for your Mac and Windows devices too. Check them out

Samsung is ready to take on the corporate world with their new range of Android tablets — the Pro series. These series of tablets aren’t just for the professionals, these tablets also come with power. Yes, all of these tablets comes with a punch and they’re probably the most powerful Android tablets that are available right now.

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is one of the largest Android tablet that is on the market right now and yes, there’s a 12.2-inch display which some might found as ridiculous and too big. But hey, I loved the 12.2-inch display of this giant tablet. Why? Because I could do multi-tasking in it and watching movies on it feels really great. However, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2’s display isn’t Super AMOLED that’s why if you compare it with a Samsung Galaxy Note 3, you’ll see that there’s a big difference in the colors. Despite not using a Super AMOLED display, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2’s display has a good viewing angles and it has a quite good sunlight legibility

The design is very similar to the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 and Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It has a faux leather back and again, it adds more grip thanks to the leather texture but unlike those devices, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is harder to hold especially on one hand because of its large dimensions nevertheless the weight of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 wasn’t that heavy.

One thing that I hate in this tablet is the placement of the familiar 3 buttons of Samsung Android devices. Why do I hate it? It’s because these buttons are placed in the middle. It’s hard to reach it when especially when you’re lying down and watching an anime on the tablet while you’re on your bed. I always prefer the on-screen buttons for Android tablets but it has been Samsung’s identity in their Android devices to put a 3 button-layout that is similar to their other Android devices.

I was happy to discover that the microUSB port on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 was placed beside the tablet and not below which will probably be unusable when you placed it on a tablet stand because it is blocked. Since the placement was there, I was able to connect my wireless keyboard and mouse that is connected via USB OTG. An ultimate productivity tablet! and before I forgot, transferring files on this tablet would surely be fast thanks to the MicroUSB 3.0 port.

Unfortunately, there’s no LTE and only the Wi-Fi version would be available in the Philippines. Inside this tablet is an Exynos Octa-core processor along with a 3 GB of RAM. There’s a sufficient 32 GB of storage for your apps and media files and if you feel that the storage isn’t enough, there’s a MicroSD card slot for that.

The battery life of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 was shorter than I expected. It managed to last up to 10 hours of heavy use on me which is basically up to a day of average use. Not really that bad but I was expecting that this tablet could last more than that because a lot of corporate guys would want a tablet that could last up to more than a day.

The audio quality of the tablet wasn’t that bad but it isn’t that loud compared to the other tablets. Again, this feature wasn’t that bad but they should improve it on the next generation. This tablet wouldn’t be called a Note with out the S-Pen and again, the S-Pen has a lots of use and features on the tablet but there are no significant new features on the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2’s S-Pen

The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is powered by the latest Android Kitkat. The first thing that I noticed in this tablet is that the new Touchwiz UI now features a flat design and I felt that there were lesser bugs and slowdowns than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014. Not only that, I also felt that the new Touchwiz design was much faster and more responsive.

A lot of apps are added for the Samsung Pro Series tablets. One of my favorite apps on these devices is the Hancom office. The office suite allows you to edit your powerpoint, spreadsheets and your word files. The thing that I love in it is that It has a lot of features. I think, this is the best office suite that I’ve tried on an Android device.

Another thing to like in the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 is that it comes with a remote PC app. So what does it do? With Remote PC app, you could control your desktop using your tablet however, the frame rates were bad but it doesn’t disconnect that much. It’s very useful especially for those people who are always on the go.

One of the notable features of the Samsung Galaxy devices is the multi-window feature which will allow you to have two apps running on 1 display. Since the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 has a large display, it was able to output four apps running at once and not only that, the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 could also run apps on window mode but of course, there are only a few selected apps that could do that.

Samsung also introduced the Magazine UX on the Samsung Pro tablet series but I find it a little bit awkward to use and I just prefer using widgets over the Magazine UX. You can customise the sizes and the contents but the experience wasn’t really that great.

Since it is powered by the same processor that is powering the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 could run anything that you want on a tablet except when they have issues with the Exynos processor. I experience a few crashes on the tablet but the overall performance of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 was quite great. Here’s the Antutu score of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2

I’m not really recommending you guys to use the camera on a tablet but the camera of the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 was good however, you might find it awkward to use especially when you’re in a concert. Imagine using a 12.2” tablet just to take a photo. Damn. The image quality of my shots was better than the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1.

This is the most productive Android tablet that I’ve used. I mean, I did a lot of things on this tablet that are related to blogging and school works but I believe the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 still can’t replace a full fledged laptop. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 isn’t for everybody. Some people might feel that it’s too big for their preference and the PhP 36,990 price tag isn’t that attractive but those professionals who are on the go and to those people who wants a powerful tablet powerhouse with a large screen then you might want to look at this tablet but of course, you need a lot of kachings for this device.
Cherry Mobile recently unveiled their one of their new gem phones, Cherry Mobile Topaz. And no, this is just one of their upcoming gem phones which will be unveiled soon. I think these phones would be their affordable Android smartphones lineup. So what's inside the Cherry Mobile Topaz?

Cherry Mobile Topaz Specifications
  • 3.5" Capacitive Screen
  • 1 GHz Dual Core
  • Mali 400 GPU
  • 2GB ROM (Expandable up to 32 GB)
  • 2MP Rear Camera
  • 3MP Front Camera
  • HSPA+
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
I'm not sure why the front camera has a bigger megapixel LOL. The Cherry Mobile Topaz will be available for P2,299.