MyPhone Agua Vortex Hands On and Initial Impressions

I was able to get a chance to play around the MyPhone Agua Vortex during the Unbox podcast last Monday. MyPhone has recently revamped their product line – TIERRA (tablets), VIENTO (wi-fi enabled phones), FUEGO (feature phones) and AGUA (Android smartphones) The Vortex is MyPhone’s latest offering under the Agua line.

MyPhone has posted on their You Tube channel how the aluminum chassis of the Vortex was made:

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MyPhone Agua Vortex specs:

  • 1.2GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6589 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544MP graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch IPS HD display (720 x 1280 pixels) 294 ppi
  • 13 megapixel  rear facing camera with BSI, autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • dual sim, dual standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P12,388

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Initial Impressions:

Design and Built Quality – I love the aluminum frame on the chassis but I’m not a big fan of the glossy plastic at the back of the device.

Price – Expensive. Local Brands are  is getting close to what I call “danger zone”. Why? Because international brands are now lowering prices of their smartphones offering better processing power, imaging, built quality and internet connectivity closer to local brand’s flagships. Sony Xperia SP, a mid-range smartphone with LTE now only costs P13,000 on Kimstore. Imagine, you’ll just add a few thousand pesos and an LTE phone will be yours. Another LTE enabled phone and also underrated – the LG Optimus G now cost below P20,000. This is LG’s flagship phone last year.

Display – Stunning! Its nice and bright. Good for watching videos and games.

Software – Its running Android 4.2 Jellybean and powered with a quad core processor with 1GB RAM, Based on my short time with it navigating on the UI was a breeze. No lags whatsoever.

Camera – It takes good photos but not stunning. Its good but not great.

Battery – I think the 2,000 mAh battery is a little small for its processor and 5-inch HD screen.

INITIAL VERDICT:

Overall, its a pretty solid phone. Highly recommended for those who want top of the line features at an affordable package. However, if you are seeking more battery power and LTE connectivity, the Sony Xperia SP is a better choice.

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