MyPhone Agua Cyclone Review: Simple But Powerful qHD Smartphone

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It might be plain looking, but don’t let that fool you

Smartphones have inevitably become fashion accessories these days. And much like fashion accessories, they come in all shapes and sizes. Some are particularly glitzy with faux metal accents loud colors. Some are simple, yet elegant devices – almost plain looking things that are valued more for their utility than their style. The MyPhone Agua Cyclone slots neatly in the latter category, and while it’s not a homely looking device, its main selling point is simplicity over style, which ironically, gives it a style of its own.

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: Php 6,998

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Design and build quality

Just like what we’ve said earlier, simplicity is the phone’s main selling point. It’s overall design doesn’t make you go wow from the get go. It’s not available in gaudy colors and is only available in black and white. The back of the device doesn’t have intricate patterns that bend with the light – there’s only a simple checkered design at the back, along with the surprisingly subdued MyPhone logo near the bottom.

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The phone is surprisingly lightweight and is easy to hold. The MyPhone Agua Cyclone has a strong resemblance to the company’s former flagship phone, the MyPhone A919i. Like most of MyPhone’s other product offerings, its build quality is pretty solid.

Display

We noted in our initial unboxing that we were impressed by the MyPhone Agua Cyclone’s qHD display, and after using it for a while, our opinion of it has not changed. Despite its qHD resolution stretched on a 5-inch screen, the display is vibrant and vivid. Color reproduction is pretty accurate, and the 5-inch display of the MyPhone Agua Cyclone has excellent viewing angles. We did encounter a bit of glare while using the device under direct sunlight.

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Software and performance

While using the MyPhone Agua Cyclone, we noticed that everything was nice and fluid, thanks mainly to the 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek processor under the hood. We ran our usual games like Dead Trigger 2 and Plants vs Zombies 2 on the device and found that gameplay is generally smooth, although we did notice that games take some time to load on rare occasions.

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The MyPhone Agua Cyclone managed to get a score of 17,271 using Antutu, which is pretty high. We also liked the customization that MyPhone did to the phone’s lock screen which allowed us to jump directly to our social networking apps, camera, search and more.

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Camera

We were quite impressed with the 8 megapixel camera in the MyPhone Agua Cyclone. Autofocus is quick and the device takes pictures in a jiffy. Although it lacks BSI (back side illumination), the camera is able to take good pictures when there’s plenty of light. In low light situations, the flash gives the right amount of light without overexposing the photo.

Internet and Connectivity

During our tests, WiFi, Bluetooth and mobile data all ran without a hitch. We also noticed that the MyPhone Agua Cyclone’s WiFi reception is slightly better than phones that we previously reviewed. Our WiFi router at home is located on the second floor of the house and we usually don’t get any kind of WiFi reception in the kitchen. That was not the case with the MyPhone Agua Cyclone, as we managed to get two bars of WiFi in the kitchen.

As far as 3G goes, all is well with the MyPhone Agua Cyclone. Both SIM slots are 3G capable.

Battery

The MyPhone Agua Cyclone’s battery life is average, at best. During our test, we found that the MyPhone Agua Cyclone is only able to last for around 7 hours with heavy use. With light to moderate use, we managed to stretch that to almost 10 hours. Like most things related to battery life, your mileage may vary.

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Verdict

The MyPhone Agua Cyclone may have a relatively simple design, but don’t let that fool you. It has a great mix of hardware, has a great camera, decent battery life and a beautiful display for only Php 6,998. If you can go over how plain it looks, we’d recommend that you grab one for yourself.

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44 comments on “MyPhone Agua Cyclone Review: Simple But Powerful qHD Smartphone

  1. Remie

    What about po yung front cam.?

    • Madilim po. average quality for this price range pero yung main cam mas maganda ang quality :D

      • Criza

        Maliwanag yung front cam eve in dim light?

  2. Sakto lang sya. Malinaw sa well lit na environment.

  3. hazelgrace

    may capacitive buttons ba sya?? bakit di makita?? hahahah

  4. Arvin

    if you are going to compare the myphone agua cyclone and cherry mobile omega hd2.0 which is better? and the 5inch screen of myhpone agua cyclone, is it corning glass, corning gorilla glass, or dragontrail glass?

  5. Arvin

    nice

  6. Rere

    Cyclone user ako hehehe so far wala naman problem ang unit ko almost one month na cya sakin pero kung tatabi mo cya sa iphone 4 on screen matic na alam na hehehehe but one of the best smartphoneng pmyphone ngaun ang cyclone

  7. Which do u prefer the myphone cyclone or the myphone a919i duo ??

    • Cyclone vs a919i (in my opinion)
      Resolution / Display: a919i
      Performance : Cyclone
      Front cam: a919i (mas maliwanag)
      Back cam: a919i (more yellowish minsan sa cyclone)
      Charging time: cyclone
      Thiness: cyclone
      Earphone support (with no mic): a919i (choosy c cyclone basag sound sa ibang earphones except original nd i dont know why but going to try other earphones)

      • chris

        Ganda ng comment nyo kinopya nyo lng post ko sa cyclone groups, mahiya ka naman sa balat mo!

        • kezno

          Sir, ano mas prefer mo? Cyclone or a919i? Thanks

  8. Pero ano po mas maganda sa dalawa? A919i o Agua Cyclone? Sa performance at sa specs.
    Pls reply.

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  10. DM

    Aww. Gusto ko sana ang A919i kaso Out of Stock sya sa batangas! Cyclone lang daw ang available!

    okay lang po ba ang cyclone? ano po ang wide ang screen A919i or cyclone?

    • Drae Wilde

      The A919i is larger but less handy. I got a leather case that alao fits well!

  11. din2

    Mas maganda parin ang a919i kasi may dual mic noise cancelation.

    • Drae Wilde

      Too big isn’t it?

  12. Drae Wilde

    So happy with my new cyclone that i bought 2 more!!! Only downside is the battery but the touch is so good and screen sp clear. The speaker is also more than what i expected. Yhe Tars feature is exceptional. Seriously im proud of this pinoy phone!

    • Drae Wilde

      *The TARA feature

  13. Drae Wilde

    Oh i forgot to say that i sold my brand new iphone 5s to get a cyclone. Im so happy i made this choice. The more we patronize filipino phones, the more it will help them improve and become world class like HTC of Taiwan…

    • Iphone 5s’ GPU is far better than cyclone’s. but it’s your choice :)

    • tonie uy

      salute.

  14. refinej

    how about when it comes to games maliban sa pVZ2 & dead trigger. ?? is it good ?? db nag lalag ??

  15. multi touch po ba sya? wala ba bugs sa touch?

  16. ok na sana yong cyclone. yong downside lang is: hindi ka makapag move app sa sd card. your app will be install only either in INTERNAL-STORAGE OR in PHONE-STORAGE. internal-storage is only 0.98gb round it off to 1gb. while phone-storage is only 1.37gb. sum it up a total of 2.37gb for all of your APPS… good thing you can point your videos and photos from your camera to the SD-CARD… sayang lang yong 8gb class 10 na micro sd-ko.. di ko pala magamit sa mga apps installed.

    • richard

      partition mo yan

      • JOJO

        No choice but to root my cyclone and void the warranty. After rooting swap memory ko naman. Ngayon magagamit ko na yong 8gb ko for apps installation so far so good. Madali lang pala. Tnx to the fb group of myphone cyclone….

    • CZ

      sir pwd malipat apps s sdcard. pwd ka mag install ng apps na mag-move ng apps mo sa sdcard marami k pagpi2lian sir explore lang. ty (Y)

      • lei

        Free some space pa din kht anung large e naswap memory n nman

  17. Kristian

    Sa prisyo ng CYCLONE at sa performance, wala na akong masasabi pa.

  18. Gerard Comeda

    I bought this yesterday and yes masasabi ko lng ka level nya c samsung. Nodoubt kya binila ko to. Proud tobe pinoy.

  19. Jenifer Cruz

    mas mganda yung a919i ksi mas wider yung screen, mas big syakaya choice ko kaso walang stock sa SMF .. Cyclone lang ang available so eto ang gamit ko..
    Magnda sya :))

  20. emjay

    ok ba ung kuwa nya pag gabe???
    balak ko rin kac sanang bumili ne2?
    comment na lng sa mga meron na tnx!!!

  21. donato santiago

    Tanong lang po pweee ba save apps sa memory card dto sa cyclone or parang rio din?

  22. danilo vuelvo

    kakabili ko lng kanina…astg siya katapat nga ng samsung..wala na kung masasabi pa..:))

  23. Potchi

    Maganda pa rin yung rio

  24. alexis

    Bkt hnd nagana ang bluetooth ng monopod sa agua cyclone ?

  25. mHarkz

    astiG taLaga ni mYphone cyclone ko. . . . smooth laruin ang nba2k14

    • lei

      After i rooted and swap memory,Bkt pag iniinstall na ay “app not installed” or “free some space” pa din?

  26. Lovely Mae Lucena Panzuelo

    Panu po gamitin ung portable wifi ng cyclone ? magloload pa ba po ako ? and if ever na gumana magagamit ko din po ba ? pls reply para hnd na ko bumili ng portable wifi tlga T.T

    • tiberius

      Punta ka wireless and network sa setting, tapos sa tethering and portable hotspot, tapos i-on mo lang ang wi-fi hotspot… kung naka unli data plan ka, no need to load… kung naka prepaid ka naman kelangan mo mag-avail ng mga surf promos nila para may internet ka or yung 5pesos per 15 minutes kung di ka mag-aavail ng mga surf promos ng networks…

  27. mannol

    which one is better talaga overall, a919i or cyclone? kindly share your ideas.

    also, wala daw panorama feature ang a919i. mayron ba ang cylone?

    salamat.

  28. lei

    Cyclone is still nicest

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