For Christmas I planned to buy myself a new smartphone. My budget was rather modest, I did not intend to go higher than P12,000. That being the case, most of the high-end phone were automatically out of my reach. The Samsung S2 and S3 were all in the P20,000 plus range. The IPhone was even farther off, the new IPhone 5 retails for P33,000, prepaid. I decided to see if the Sony Xperia had something for me. Sony did, the problem was the the screen was rather small, 3.2 inches or so. Logically, I went down the line and started looking at Alcatel models. While at a store in the Park Square area, I saw a line of people. Curious of what it was, I squeezed myself into the crowd and I saw it was someone taking orders for the MyPhone A919. I looked at the brochures and because the price was affordable (P7,990) I queued my name in the order list. Apparently, there was going to be an arrival of units after 3 hours that day. After three hours and a half, I got my unit. I love my MyPhone.
I like the screen because it’s 5 inches. They call it a “phablet”, a cross between a phone and a tablet. I already own an IPad 3 and I wasn’t in the market for a tablet, but I like the big screen because my eyes are not as good as they used to be. I got more than just a good screen. I also got a very efficient smartphone. I put an extra Smart Bro sim in the other sim tray and I enjoy superfast Internet when I’m out of the house. I just load up when I will go where there isn’t any wifi. I even use it as a hotspot for my IPad.
Let me tell you what I mean by efficient. I get my emails in real-time (push email), both my Gmail and my personal email. GPS is as good as any because I get to check into to foursquare anywhere I go. When I go to an event, I no longer bring a camera. I use the phone’s camera and post it to social media just as fast. I downloaded the flickr app and automatically uploads to flickr to I can just grab the image from the website when I get home and begin blogging. It automatically kills other processes to free up RAM and this happens without any lag in the screen and performance. For its price, it can do what most high-end smartphones can. I am so loving the 8-megapixel camera! It also has video call function and allows me to take panoramic photos. It synchronizes to my pc without a hitch.
The image above was taken with the MyPhone A919. Best of all, I was never paid by MyPhone to write this review. See the receipt above. My overall experience with this device is so good my friends are actually getting tired of hearing me rave. I have managed to influence other people to buy one and they too have been convinced about the smartness of buying this phone, rather than an IPhone or a high-end Samsung. In the race for the best smartphone, I believe price has become a crucial aspect of the buying process. There is the user experience that most people would pay through the nose for, but the MyPhone’s user experience is not too different from that of an expensive gadget. Besides, it’s also Android, an OS used by HTC, Samsung and Sony. I have used IOS too and it is a good experience, but the price is terribly prohibitive. I don’t think it is wise to put so much money in a device that speaks more status than service, although that depends on what you value the most. For me, it is efficiency and price. Like a car, if it gets me from point A to point B safely and comfortably, it’s a good buy. Besides, if I am to show off, what better way than to show off with a little patriotism?
See this link for the phone’s specs. It is called the Micromax A110 in India.