Best Cherry Mobile Phones and Tablets That's Worth Beyond It's Price Tag

Last updated 29 Sep 2015

In the recent years, the market have been dominated by low-cost devices such as those by Cherry Mobile. Cherry Mobile Philippines is one of the most wanted smartphone brands. People have geared towards Cherry Mobile instead of Samsung or Apple for many reasons. These smartphones are cheap, yet they are still packed with great specifications. If you are considering to switch to Cherry Mobile or simply wanting to upgrade, here are some of the best Cherry Mobile phones and tablets you can get right now!
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Cherry Mobile One

Here’s a quick look at the specification for Cherry Mobile One:
  • 4.5 inch Asahi Glass, TFT capacitive display
  • 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Internal storage for 8GB. Expandable via MicroSD for up to 32GB
  • 5 megapixel main camera with BSI
  • 2 megapixel front selfie camera
  • Supports dual-SIM
  • Supports 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS connectivity
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop operating systems
  • 1,780mAh battery
  • Cherry Mobile One price when released: PHP3,999
Just from looking at the specs, you can see that it is not amazing, but it is definitely not bad for the price tag. Let’s take a closer look.

Firstly, the hardware for the One is really nice including the design and build. The display is a 4.5 inch Asahi glass display, which is also scratch resistant. There aren’t a lot of extra bezels on the sides, but is quite evident at the top and the bottom of the phone. Some complains that it is actually just takes up unnecessary space. However, we do feel that the extra dimension at the top and bottom will actually help you grip the phone much easier. It actually looks quite nice. It is rather a long rectangle, more so than a square. The dimension of the phone is 14 x 7.32 x 0.19 cm. Although there is a lot of plastic used, but it does not feel so cheap or fragile.

The back of the phone has a silver plastic plate. Although it is made of plastic, the color actually look quite nice and stylish. It definitely goes well with your outfit, hint-hint. The edges has a subtle curve. It actually feels great when held. Hopefully, you will not drop your phone as much now!

Now for the display. For being such an affordable phone, the quality of the screen is quite amazing. It is definitely not one of those phones that has giant pixels as a trade-off for being cheap. With the Cherry Mobile One, you can hardly see individual pixels. You will have to look quite hard to see it. The color saturation giving off by the display is really good. Contents such as photos and videos are popping off the screen. There’s only one problem is that it can be difficult to see under harsh or direct sunlight. You would have to max out the brightness level to make out the details. The size of the display is large enough for those who love texting or sending out emails when travelling. Overall, we can say that the display is great!

As for the software, it comes with Android Lollipop installed. For those who are not familiar with Android, you will probably need to adjust. But, this should take you no time! What’s attractive about the Cherry Mobile One is that it is the first phone that Google partnered up with Cherry Mobile. This is a great thing! What it means is that Cherry Mobile will have do things under Google’s standard, including hardware and software. The Cherry Mobile One is installed with the latest Android Lollipop 5.1. Let’s take a look at its features.

What you should be excited about is the performance. It is really fast, coming from such a humble phone! You won’t notice a lot of lags when you pull out your phone to take a selfie. Problem-solved! Shifting between apps were quite smooth. We did notice a bit of lags and delays here and there, but for what it is, we think Cherry Mobile really did a good job here.
The change from KitKat and the Lollipop is definitely the user interface and user experience. We understand how upsetting and confusing it is for some of the user interface for many phones out there. With the Cherry Mobile One, the design of the icons and buttons are very minimal and intuitive. The notifications were built around users.

First of all, you have to remember that this is a phone on a lower price range. You cannot expect Samsung 16 MP quality kind of pictures. But! For being a 5MP camera phone, the quality is quite good. During outdoor shots, the quality of the photos come out really nice. The main problem with the camera is when it comes to low-light situations. You will notice a lot of noise in the images. All-in-all it is a great camera for such a low-cost phone!

Overall Verdict
We feel that Cherry Mobile One is a great phone for anyone. It is a well-rounded phone that performs well, while being very affordable. Without the minor issues in cameras and delays during heavy usage, it is definitely one of the best phones you can buy with a small budget!

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Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Octa

This is also another great phone for being under PHP 5,000! There have been good and bad feedback with the Cherry Mobile Flares. Cherry Mobile Flare S3 was a promising change for the Flares. However, there were still complaints about it not supporting USB OTG. With the Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Octa, not only that it now support USB OTG, but the performance have also been boosted! Let’s see what FlareS3 Octa is packed with.
Here’s a quick look at the specification for Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Octa:
  • 5 inch HD IPS display
  • 1.4 GHz Octa Core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • Internal storage of 8GB, which can be expandable via MicroSD for up to 64GB!
  • Supports 3G, 2G EDGE, Wi-Fi, GPRS, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity
  • USB OTG support
  • Dual SIM compatible
  • Android 4.4 KitKat operating system
  • GPS
  • 1800mAh battery
  • 13 megapixel auto-focus main camera in the back
  • 5 megapixel front “selfie” camera
  • Cherry Mobile Flare S3 price when released: PHP4,499
From looking at the specs, there are a lot of great features here that exceeds the Cherry Mobile One previously mentioned. Let’s look at the phone in detail!

The main strength of the Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Octa is definitely the design. At first glance, you will notice how slim and lightweight it is. The chrome band that wraps around the edges is also a nice touch to the overall look. The back cover is also very nice. It has a faux back leather cover. This is similar to the design on the back of Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Around the edges also features faux stiches. Although the material isn’t up to par with the Galaxy Note 3, it is still a very nice design to elevate the look of the S3. The phone overall looks elegant and filled with little details that are actually quite nice! 

As for the display, it is also another area of strength for this Cherry Mobile phone. For being a budget phone, a 5 inch display surely is a plus. The display’s resolution is 720 x 1280 pixels, or 294 ppi. The display on the Flare S3 Octa gives out really crisp images. Unlike the Cherry Mobile One, the S3 Octa’s screen performs much better under harsh lighting. It is not washed out. 

Although it is installed with the latest Andriod like Cherry Mobile One, the KitKat is still pretty good. You are able to download the update. Just speaking for the KitKat alone, the user interface is still quite nice. Roughly speaking, you have a total of 6GB of storage to work with, even if you don’t have a MicroSD card installed. That’s a pretty good number! What’s great about this Cherry Mobile Flare is that you are able to move different apps to the SD card, so you are not solely using internal memory to store your apps. You have the flexibility to choose where you would like to install your apps to before you download.

You can also expect another great thing from this upgrade, and it is performance. The Octa Core processor from MediaTek really makes a big difference from Cherry Mobile Flare S3 to the Flare S3 Octa. However, if you are playing games that require a lot of RAM memory, it could still be a problem, as this S3 Octa has a RAM of 1GB. So, if you are just watching YouTube videos and mostly playing light games, then you should be just fine!

One of the things that make this Cherry Mobile phone a great candidate for your next phone is definitely its camera. The front camera is 13 MP with BSI sensor. It also has a front camera of 5 MP. The performance of the main camera turns out to be quite good. You will be able to get a lot of details from the camera, however the color contrast is not the area that this phone shines. The colors seems to be quite washed out. Don’t be discouraged by this, though. The front camera actually takes really great selfies! The front camera’s color contrast is really nice. Even when under low light conditions, you are still able to take great photos with the front camera! Hello Facebook and Instagram!

Cherry Mobile Flare S3 Octa Verdict
There are many great things about this phone. If you are looking for an affordable mobile phone that excels in design, screen quality and camera, then the Flare S3 Octa is definitely a great choice. The S3 Octa takes amazing selfies without paying extra money for a premium quality camera phone!

Cherry Mobile Alpha Play

If we think of tablet, we probably think of an iPad. Although iPads are great, one of the biggest turn off for an iPad is its price. It is so expensive that a lot of people look for alternatives. The Cherry Mobile Alpha Play is probably one of the best budget tablet you can get in the market! Not only that it comes with a great specifications, it is very modest in price too! Let’s take a look!

Here’s a quick look at the specification for Cherry Mobile Alpha Play:
  • 8 inch IPS LCD with high definition resolution
  • Windows 8.1 operating system
  • 1.33GHz quad-core Intel Atom processor
  • Intel HD graphics
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • Internal storage of 16 GB
  • Expandable memory via MicroSD for up to 64 GB
  • 5 megapixel main camera
  • 2 megapixel front “selfie” camera
  • Supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Has a 3500mAh battery
  • Cherry Mobile Alpha Play price when released: PHP7,999
Let’s take a closer look at why you should spend your money on this Windows tablet!

Similarly to other designs of Cherry Mobile devices, the overall design of the Alpha Play is very humble. Although it’s not a show stopper, it has a good simple design that won’t fall out of trend any time soon. The front and the edges of the tablet has a white finish. It is contrasted with the aluminum backing of the device. It looks very nice and stylish. At the top of the tablet, you will find a 5 megapixel main camera in between the speakers. At the bottom, you will find a USB port, power socket, 3.5mm jack, and a MicroSD card slot.
The Cherry Mobile Alpha Play features an 8 inch HD IPS touchscreen display. What’s great about this screen is the color contrast. Although it is a rather cheap tablet, the display is able to give out beautiful pictures with vibrant colors. Even if you are viewing the display from different angles, you are still able to see the images quite clearly. If you happen to be travelling or being outdoor, this tablet won't slow you down from watching movies or browsing the web!

Unlike their smartphones, this Cherry Mobile tablet runs on Windows instead of an Android. It is especially helpful for those who needs specialized programs or apps that Android cannot run. It is definitely great for those who wants a tablet for business purposes. Because it has a mini HDMI port, it means that you are able to hook the tablet up to a projector! How handy is this? You can use this tablet as your mobile office. If you are on-the-go, or wants sit and work at the coffee shop, you can connect this tablet with a Bluetooth keyboard and a wireless mouse. Then, you are all set! You will also great a one year free subscription of Microsoft Office 365 with this device! Whether if you are still in school or is currently working, you can surely take advantage of this! However, If you are a heavy gamer, then we do not recommend this device.

If you have owned a tablet before, then you are aware that some of the tablets out there take horrible pictures. We are happy to say that the Cherry Mobile Alpha Play is not one of them! The 5 megapixel main camera and the 2 megapixel front camera takes decent pictures. They are much better than most of them in the market. Although, you still don’t want to use this tablet to replace your camera phone.

Overall Verdict
This is a great cheap tablet for students and professionals. You will be able to take advantage of the features that are available only through Windows.
It is also great for those who loves to travel. It is a well-rounded tablet that you can use without spending on a heavy price tag!

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