Cherry Mobile Apollo vs Starmobile Icon: Which Is Better?

Competition among local brands has been intensifying this year. Cherry Mobile leading the assault with the launching of the CM Apollo which has been creating a buzz lately. At P6,999 SRP, the device is the most affordable smartphone with a 12 megapixel camera with BSI (Back Side Illumination), a camera sensor that takes good pictures in low light situations that is found usually on expensive smartphones like the Apple iPhone 5, Nokia Lumia line among others. Local brands have recently included BSI sensors on their top of the line smartphones ranging from P9,000 and up.

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Starmobile, on the other hand, released the Starmobile Icon last July. It has been the company’s best selling device aside from the Starmobile Knight.

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Cherry Mobile Apollo specs:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6589 processor
  • PowerVR SGX544 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.5 inch HD LCD display (720 x 1280 pixels) IPS LCD display
  • 12 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, Bluetooth, Wi-FI hotspot, Wi-Fi
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Dual Sim, Dual Standby
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P6,999

Starmobile Icon specs:

  • 1.2 GHz Quad Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD  up to 32GB
  • 4.5 inch qHD LCD display (540 x960 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear camera with autofocus, LED flash and BSI (back side illumination)
  • Dragontrail Glass (scratch resistant)
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus and BSI
  • dual sim, dual standby
  • 3G/HSDPA, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, FM Radio
  • GPS with A-GPS support
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.1 Jellybean
  • SRP: P7,990

See who wins on every category:

  • Camera – Looking at the spec sheet, the obvious winner here is the Cherry Mobile Apollo with its 12 megapixel camera vs 8 megapixel camera of the Starmobile Icon. BUT, remember its not about the pixels. I transferred the pictures from the phone to my PC and compared it. Both photos taken in good light are stunning. They are vibrant, good amount of sharpness and contrast. However, photos in low light, photos taken from the Icon is brighter and more alive. WINNER: STARMOBILE ICON
  • Performance – Based on Antutu Benchmarks, the Starmobile Icon scored a 9,853 vs 13,330 from the Cherry Mobile Apollo. On day to day use both phones ran smoothly but there are lags but minimal during my time with the device. If you are buying the Icon but you don’t want any lags, better download the Nova Launcher which free on Google Play Store. The Apollo, on the other hand, is very smooth and lag free. I had a short time with the device and I guess there is no need to download a launcher. WINNER: CHERRY MOBILE APOLLO
  • Battery – The Cherry Mobile Apollo’s 2,000 mAh battery has surprisingly good battery life compared to Starmobile Icon’s 1,800 mAh battery. I was a bit disappointed on the Icon’s battery. I just played a few games for a few minutes the battery dropped from 83% to 61% in just a few minutes. I expect juicier battery life from the device because the qHD display consumes less power compared to Apollo’s HD display. WINNER: CHERRY MOBILE APOLLO
  • Display – The Cherry Mobile Apollo wins another round here. The Apollo’s IPS HD screen is just stunning. WINNER: CHERRY MOBILE APOLLO
  • Price: P7,990 vs P6,999? I think we all know who wins this round. WINNER: CHERRY MOBILE APOLLO.
  • Design: Both phones sports the same design from the curved edges, to the back and the sides.  I prefer Starmobile Icon’s look and feel. It has some resemblance with the iPhone and I always prefer the soft matte finish of the Icon versus the glossy plastic from the Apollo. WINNER: STARMOBILE ICON
  • After Sales: Starmobile remains undefeated among local brands when it comes to after sales service. The main advantage of being a Cherry Mobile owner is when your phone needs to repaired, you have no choice but to wait for long time before it gets repaired. Cherry Mobile has been releasing so many phones every month and buyers are attracted to their jaw-dropping prices. Quality is always Cherry Mobile’s problem. I noticed on their phones lately are becoming more durable and after sales are improving although still behind Starmobile’s excellent service. WINNER: STARMOBILE ICON.

Note: Photo of the Cherry Mobile Apollo courtesy of Unbox.ph.

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13 responses to “Cherry Mobile Apollo vs Starmobile Icon: Which Is Better?

  1. labo nun unang paragraph ng review mo, sabi mo “photos in low light, photos taken from the Icon is brighter and more alive”, tapos ang winner apollo??

  2. matakaw sa baterya ang icon kase lumang a5 cpu… no match yan sa mtk6589. walang tao sa service center ng starmobile kase walang masyado bumibili sa mga android na produkto kaya maserbisyohan kayo agad. tapos isa pa, maganda sana ang mga produkto pero napakamahal sa mga puchang yan. biruin mo msm8225q, tinatapon lang yan sa china eh, tapos pineresyohan ng mahigit $200 USD ang kanilang produkto? mura lang yan pagkagawa ng icon sa odm sa china, mga less than or around $100.

    • korek, tsaka sa Pasig lang service center ng SM, unlike sa CM, accessible sa south area Laspinas and Manila & cavite – problem lang queue or kun kelan ma rerepair 🙂

      • madali lang magmura sa blog pero hindi madaling maging blogger. The blogger’s entitled to his own opinion, but you don’t have the right na magmura na lang kung basta basta. Kung gusto mong i-criticize ang Starmobile, gumawa ka ng sarili mong blog. Dun ka magsabi ng mga panglalait na gusto mong sabihin. Napapansin ko kaseng ang dami mong sinasabi laban sa mga reviews ni Sir Mark. Try mo maging blogger, baka sakaling maramdaman mo rin yung mga comment ng mga taong hindi marunong rumespeto tulad mo.

  3. I got SM -phones, prone sa lag ito, kaya lang sila ni-matched is because sabay sila ni-launch at magka size 4.5″ pero for durability SM has its advanatges over Apollo na plastic ang body and no promise of scratch-resistant glass. Pero pag dating sa nick naming APOLLO ay maydating at me extra features like flip mute, screen capture.

    • madali lang magmura sa blog pero hindi madaling maging blogger. The blogger’s entitled to his own opinion, but you don’t have the right na magmura na lang kung basta basta. Kung gusto mong i-criticize ang Starmobile, gumawa ka ng sarili mong blog. Dun ka magsabi ng mga panglalait na gusto mong sabihin. Napapansin ko kaseng ang dami mong sinasabi laban sa mga reviews ni Sir Mark. Try mo maging blogger, baka sakaling maramdaman mo rin yung mga comment ng mga taong hindi marunong rumespeto tulad mo.

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