Starmobile Diamond D3 vs MyPhone Cyclone: Which is Better?

Its comparison time! This time we are going to compare the Starmobile Diamond D2 and MyPhone Agua Cyclone. Both phones sport the same screen size, screen resolution, same processor, and same battery. Could this mean a tie between the two? Let’s find out. We have reviewed both phones so please do check them out.

Related article – Starmobile Diamond D3 Review

Related article – MyPhone Agua Cyclone Review

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Starmobile Diamond D3 specs:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 processor
  • Mali 400MP graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch qHD display (960 x 540 pixels), 220 ppi
  • Asahi Dragontrail scratch resistant glass
  • 12 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus, BSI and LED flash
  • 8 megapixel front facing camera with autofocus, BSI and LED flash
  • HSPA+,  WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual SIM, Dual 3G, Dual Standby (both regular SIM slots)
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P7,990

MyPhone Agua Cyclone specs:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core MediaTek 6582M processor
  • Mali 400 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage expandable via MircoSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch qHD IPS LCD display (960 x 540 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and flash
  • 2 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth, USB On-The-Go (OTG)
  • Dual SIM, Dual standby
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,000 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P6,998

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

Both smartphones have plastic chassis but it doesn’t feel cheap. The Starmobile Diamond D3 has a soft matte finish  which is fingerprint resistant while the MyPhone Agua Cyclone has a glossy finish to it. The white version that we reviewed accumulates less fingerprints compared to the black one. We’ve have been always a fan of soft matte finish so we give this round to the Diamond D3. We would like to mention that we do love the carbon fiber trim found on both sides of the Diamond D3.

Winner: Starmobile Diamond D3

DISPLAY:

Both phones sports a qHD display with a resolution of 960 x540 pixels. Sadly, both phones suffer from glare when using under direct sunlight but the MyPhone Cyclone has lesser glare compared to Diamond D3.

Winner: MyPhone Agua Cyclone

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Antutu Benchamark: MyPhone Aqua Cyclone – 17271 vs Starmobile Diamond D3 – 15,875

Based on our preferred performance benchmark, Antutu, the Cyclone scores higher than the Diamond D3 but that doesn’t mean that the Starmobile handset is a slouch. On our day to day use, both phones performed extremely well. Transition, app switches, navigation are all smooth. When it comes to gaming, both phones ran well when playing medium sized games like Plants vs Zombies but lags are noticeable while playing Dead Trigger 2, a graphic intense game.

Winner – MyPhone Agua Cyclone

CAMERA:

We have a clear winner here. The MyPhone Agua Cyclone has an 8 megapixel rear facing camera with a 2 megapixel front facing camera while the Starmobile Diamond D3 has a beefier 12 megapixel rear facing camera with an 8 megapixel front facing camera. The Diamond D3’s front camera has autofocus and LED flash. Yes, you read it right. Its the FRONT camera. Selfie addicts will definitely be delighted with the Diamond D3’s front camera.

Winner – Starmobile Diamond D3

BATTERY:

Both phones are powered by a 2,000 mAh battery. You think it will be tie but based on our tests the Starmobile Diamond D3, for some weird reason, lasted longer than the MyPhone Cyclone. The Diamond D3 got approximately 10 hours of moderate to heavy usage compared to 7 hours we got from the Cyclone.

Winner – Starmobile Diamond D3

VALUE FOR MONEY:

The Starmobile Diamond D3 (P7,990) is P1,000 higher than the MyPhone Agua Cyclone (P6,998). Is it worth the extra 1k? Absolutely! You’ll get the same front facing camera quality of the Starmobile Muse (priced at P12,990) with the Diamond D3.

Winner – Starmobile Diamond D3

VERDICT:

Does this means the MyPhone Agua Cyclone is no match for the Diamond D3? Not at all. The Cyclone may have a simple design but it remains to be very powerful thanks to its quad core processor, capable display, and very competitive pricing. If you’re kinda short in budget but still looking for a good quality phone, better get the MyPhone Agua Cyclone.

The Starmobile Diamond D3 is a perfect choice for those selfie addicts. You really can’t ignore the picture quality taken from its cameras. Better battery life is a big bonus too. If you can shell out P1,000 more, better get the Starmobile Diamond D3.

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