Sunday, January 6, 2013

MyPhone A888 Duo

Eight is a lucky number, and triple eight, "888", is supposedly very lucky. According to some, too lucky. MyPhone is hoping that this number is lucky for the company, and has waded into what is probably the most highly contested segment of the smartphone market with the MyPhone a888 Duo.


Not much distinguishes the MyPhone A888 Duo from its competition from Cherry Mobile, Cloudfone and Starmobile. The MyPhone A888 Duo has a 4.5-inch aHQ (540 x 960) display, like the Cherry Mobile Flame and the Starmobile Crystal. It has the same dual core 1 GHz processor on a MediaTek MTK6577 chipset that is used in the Crystal. Like the Crystal is has a 8MP primary camera, with a smaller 1.3MP front camera. The MyPhone a888 Duo has a 1800 mAh battery, like the Flame, which are both larger than the 1700 mAh battery on the Crystal. All have Android 4.0 onboard.

The other specifications are typical for this class of phone, with 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of expandable storage, WiFi, HSPA and GPS.  

The MyPhone A888 Duo has a suggested retail price of Php7,499. The Cherry Mobile Flame is much cheaper at Php6,299. The higher price of the MyPhone A888 Duo and Starmobile Crystal is probably due to the higher cost of MediaTek chipset found inside. The Starmobile Crystal is priced at Php7,999. It comes with a larger secondary camera, but a slightly smaller battery. On paper the MyPhone a888 Duo looks like a better deal than the Starmobile Crystal. With MyPhone long history, it is also easy to recommend. Let's not forget  that Cloudphone Thrill 430x with its 4160 mAh battery, and Php7,777 retail price.

I am not going to try to advice you which one is best. I don't have review units around to do a detailed comparison. Each is priced good enough for what they offer.  Me, the 4160 mAh battery of the Thrill 430x is just to much to pass up. For others, the slimmer and sleeker Flame, a888 or Crystal would be much more appealing. My advice is take a look at all, and see which one smiles at you.

For the money, whatever you pick, it will still be a very good deal.

Update: There is an update to this post at this link.

31 comments:

  1. I'm looking forward to reading a review about MP A888 Duo. There are still no reviews about this product as of now.
    Nice site, btw!

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  2. s sm southmall wla pa cla demo para s unit na to. kya d kopa masabi kung ok o hindi ang myphone A888

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    1. my MYPHONE A888 DUO ANDROID PHONE is only 3 months old, and Its already experiencing touchscreen malfunction, its really disappointing.

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    2. i also owned mp a888, i didnt experience some laggy or watso evr, maybe puno na cguro ung memory nang phone mu kya nagkakaproblem na

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  3. i have this unit na and the features is nice, its like an s3 samsung type.. kaso yung internal storage nya ang liit lang ng capacity bitin ako sa pag download ng mga appl.. yun lang and i enjoy this unit...

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  4. magagamit nman to abroad right? like in Qatar? through WiFi or local SIM ng Qatar para makapaginternet.. tama?

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  5. magagamit nman to abroad right? like in Qatar? through WiFi or local SIM ng Qatar para makapaginternet.. tama?

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  6. i have the same unit... ok anman sya.. works fine..

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  7. pls correct me if im wrong, natry ko demo unit nito sa davao.napansin ko lang 200Mb lang ung usable internal storage?? paki check nyo po.baka mali ako. sayang nman ko ang ganda pnaman npaka sleek ng unit eh

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  8. opps sori po correct ko lang na try ko ulit ung unit d pla 200mb 1gb po unt internal storage nya

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  9. Sa mga locally rebranded units, yung MP A888 ang PINAKA underrated.

    4.5" IPS + QHD resolution - sakto lang ang laki (hindi dambuhala katulad ng mga 5" and above "phablets") at mataas pa ang DPI kaya pinong-pino ang screen.

    8.9" thick pero 1800 mAH battery - manipis pero 'di ka masyadong dehado sa baterya.

    8 MP camera with dual-LED flash - hindi pipitsuging sensor ang ginamit kaya maganda ito mangodak. At ito lang ang may dual-LED flash sa mga locally rebranded phones.

    Dual-microphone - panalo sa mga tawag dahil sa noise-cancelling feature. Ito lang ang may ganitong feature sa mga locally rebranded phones.

    Button placement (left side volume keys at right side power key) - ito ang tamang ang ganitong layout lalo na para sa one hand operation ng mga right-handed.

    Notification light - taena! napaka-useful nitong hardware-feature na ito! Dehins mo na kailangang unlock pa para malaman kung may text ka o missed call. Ito lang ang may ganitong feature sa mga locally rebranded phones. Panalo, papi!

    TV-out - saan ka pa? Ito lang ang may ganitong feature sa mga locally rebranded phones maliban sa MyPhone A787. May iba pa ba?

    5-point multi-touch - hindi lang suwabe sa pag-text, pang-isports pa dahil suwabe din sa mga games.

    60 FPS ang UI - ito ang pinaka solb! Smooth na smooth ang UI nito dahil dito. Alam ko ang Flare ay 30 FPS kaya ramdam mo ang lag. Ano pa ba ang may 60 FPS UI sa mga units ng Cherry, MyPhone, Starmobile, Cloudfone, Kata, Torque, etc? O ito lang ba ang may ganitong feature sa mga locally rebranded phones?

    Napansin ko na hindi masyadong pinapansin itong unit na ito kaya sana rebyuhin mo na ito, paps.

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    1. If it is okay with you, could I just convert you comment to a post?

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  10. Sige, go ahead, papi. Paki edit mo na lang kase hindi pang "prime time" ang "presentation" ko, if you catch my drift? ;) Pero nakapagtataka talaga kung bakit hindi masyadong nabibigyan pansin, pati mga local tech sites, ang MP A888. Kung ako ang tatanungin, ito talaga ang tunay ng flagship ng MyPhone. Kaso ang katotohan ay mas sikat at mabenta pa ang MP A919 na 5" FWVGA lang. Pumunta ka sa webpage ng MyPhone at ang nakabida ay A888. Pero ganyan talaga ang katotohanan.

    Mawalang galang na pero parang hindi marunong mag-market ang MyPhone. Ang dami nilang "competitive advantage" features kumpara sa competition nila, tulad ng mga nabanggit ko sa itaas (e.g. dual-LED flash, dual-mics, notification light, TV-out, 60 FPS UI, etc.), pero hindi nila binibida ang mga ito. Isa pa ang Kata i1 at Cloudfone 430X, "footnote" lang ang 1 GB RAM at 768 MB nila respectively. Pero kahit papaano, at least, binabandera ng Cloudfone ang 4160 mAH battery nila (e.g. 3 day battery life).

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    1. Will do.

      I cannot speak for the others, but in my case I really only do new product announcements, price and specification comparisons. I do not think any local site has enough review units to really do detailed comparisons.

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  11. I have this phone for about a month.. this phone never dissapointed me. Like seriously, it never gave me a headache from using it. I would prefer this one than to buy an iphone. Given the for a reason that it's an android,u can install many apps. Here. And this phone is not boring! I also love the notification light thats give a hint whether someone called or texted me without unlocking the phone. This phone is simply amazing. Anyway, im using the 3g connection from this phone that shows how fast internet connection this phone can give to you
    :) hope it helps.

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  12. i have one, bought it last month. i love this phone! i would give it 4 stars. hte only thing i hate is, when i receive messages di cya automatic on screen. kailangan mo pa press home scereen. and sometimes di cya nag rotate ang screen. un lang, sana merong app or fix nito!!

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    1. baka po naka off yung screen rotation niyo.. punta kayo settings>display> and check lang yung auto-rotate screen

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  13. Thx sa Info bibilan ako ni nanay n2 sa katapusan ng may ang saya..thx po talaga sa info :)

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  14. at anonymous: Same tyo pare o mare!! excited na ako hehehehehe yahoooooo!!!!!

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  15. At Biggs: yan ang tinatawag na Useful comment :)

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  16. Biggs, very nice comment and review :)

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  17. bakit hindi ma detect ng strava gps ng a888 duo ko?

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  18. Nasira battery ko (lomolobo) pero wala ako mabilhan kahit sa Sony service center kailangan pa mag-order.

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  19. My only downside to this phone is that ang bilis tlagang malowbat ! kakabadtrip minsan eh. pede ba tong palitang ng mas mataas na baterya ?

    pero all in all maganda tong phone na to at sulit na sulit pera nyo dito ! 5,499 lang nga bili ko dito eeh !

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  20. I have this Phone for Almost a month, I owned Cherry Mobile Flare, Cherry Mobile Burst and some Samsung Android phone, however, this phone fulfills my satisfaction, Super Fine Photos i compared it to my Iphone 4s but it captures more clarity because of its moree Pixel per inch and when you capture video it is in High Definition. Also it has Tv Output. It is also 5 point multi touch(Flare,Burst has 2 point multi touch) if your planning to buy a phone U will not regret buying this phone. Thanks Myphone. I enjoy my first Myphone and no regret. Matibay pa. ilang bese na to nahulog. I can even text kahit may ambon. napaka smooth at responsive ng touch

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  21. to all people out there who's planning to buy a phone similar to mine, pls dont. Im warning you, my MYPHONE A888 DUO ANDROID PHONE is only 3 months old, and Its already experiencing touchscreen malfunction, its really disappointing.NEVER BUY ANY MYPHONE UNIT! OR ELSE YOULL SUFFER JUST LIKE ME...

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  22. myphone A888 duo really sucks! im gonna switch to iphone5 soon...

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  23. Pano po napapalitan ng color yung notification light? Kahapon kasi nung pagbili ko color green sya eh. Tapos ngayon color red na.

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  24. eto gmit kong phone ngayon mganda nmn sya.. and d nmn mdali malowbat ksi lhat ng pwedi mka lowbat nka off and adjust... mbilis sa internet...

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