O+ Imagine Hands On and First Impressions

Local handset manufacturer O+ has been stepping up their game with the introduction of new smartphones and tablets last December. One of them is the O+ Imagine which is the new company flagship. I spotted one in an event and I was able to play around with it.

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O+ Imagine specs:

  • 1.5GHz Quad Core MediaTek 6589 Turbo processor
  • PowerVR SGX544MP graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 32GB internal memory
  • 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display (1920 x 1080 pixels) 441 ppi
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with ¬†autofocus, Electronic Image Stabilization and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • FM Radio
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh battery Li-Ion
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • Price: 18,990

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Here are my first impressions:

  • I personally like the design. It looks and feels so premium when holding it. Its as if you bought it for P30,000. The reason I like the design is because it has some resemblance with Sony Xperia Z1, my favorite smartphone in terms of design and build quality.
  • Since its an AMOLED screen, expect the display will be like the Samsung Galaxy S4. Colors are a little saturated and tends to be on the warmer side. If you love Samsung’s AMOLED displays on the Galaxy line, then you will love this too.
  • Its very slim and very lightweight which means its very pocketable.
  • One thing I first noticed on quad core chipsets with faster clockspeeds is how fast they are compared to those 1.2GHz ones. This phone is very snappy. There were no lags were encountered during my time with it.
  • Personally, I hate the icons on the UI. It looks too cartoonish especially that apps button.
  • Based on the pictures stored on the phone, the 13 megapixel camera takes really good pictures but I cannot say if pictures are better than those of its rivals.
  • The 2,000 mAh battery may be lacking in power considering the phone has a quad core processor and a full HD display. Since I had the phone for about 15 minutes, I cannot say if the phone will last long.
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