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Starmobile Engage 7 TV Initial Review: Made for TV Junkies (Php5,290)

Definitely made for TV junkes!

Definitely made for TV junkes!

Watch Be Careful With My Heart on the go! (Lol)

One of the products that surprised us the most from Starmobile is their newest tablet — the Starmobile Engage 7 TV. It’s not because the specs are spectacular but mostly due to the unique feature set. The Starmobile Engage 7 TV, as the name implies, is tailor made for people who love watching TV. Starmobile put in three different ways you watch your favorite TV shows on the device: analog (with antena), digital (only a few stations broadcast digitally right now though), or through streaming from some of the more famous streaming services. What was also impressive was the price — Php5,290. Check out the spec sheet below followed by our initial impressions.

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Starmobile Engage 7 TV Spec Sheet

  • 1.2GHz Allwinner A10 ARM Cortex A8 Processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage, expandable up to 32GB
  • 7.0-inches Capacitive Multi-Touch Display
  • WVGA 800×480 resolution, 133 pixels per inch
  • 3.0-megapixels rear-facing camera
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • WiFi, GPS/aGPS
  • Analog, Digital, and Streaming TV
  • Supports 3.5G USB Modem
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4,000mAh Battery

Hardware and Feature Check

Much better construction

Much better construction

The Starmobile Engage 7 TV continues the evolution of the tablet line for Starmobile. Not only does it have a pretty unique feature set, it also has respectable specifications (1GB RAM for a Php5,290 tablet?) and solid hardware construction. As you’ll see in the following photos, the device is made mostly from plastic but they put in a brushed dark metal finish which we first saw with the Starmobile Engage 7 HD. They also addressed one of our criticisms of the original Engage, they made the body more compact and tight so that you don’t feel the plastic bending downwards if you press hard on it.

Looking good!

Looking good!

Yes, the logo still lights up, hehe.

Yes, the logo still lights up, hehe.

For the software part it’s a full Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich experience. You get to download all the apps you want from Google Play (yes you can play Candy Crush on this). You can also stuff in your favorite movies in it since it has expandable storage of up to 32GB via microSD card. Social networking apps also were quite fluid thanks to the processor and the generous serving of RAM.

The real story here of course is the TV. Starmobile Engage 7 TV lets you enjoy TV via three sources: analog, digital, and streaming. Analog is what we’ve seen already with the TV phones of late like the Starmobile Astra. Streaming is also something we’re familiar with. What’s really interesting though is digital. By 2015 all TV networks will be required to broadcast in digital. This means that you don’t actually need a huge ass antena coming out of your machine to get the content, hehe. Also the awesome thing about digital broadcast is as long as you have signal, even if it’s just a sliver, you get clear video.

Digital TV broadcast FTW!

Digital TV broadcast FTW!

Android through and through folks. Download all the apps you want!

Android through and through folks. Download all the apps you want!

Everything considered we believe that the Starmobile Engage 7 TV offers tremendous value, especially if you love watching local TV. It delivers the full Android experience on top of that making it an affordable (Php5,290 folks), portable, and reliable entertainment machine. We’ll try to get our hands on a review unit so we can put it through the paces for a more rigorous review!

Starmobile Engage 7 TV on the Unbox Video Podcast

If you want to see the Starmobile Engage 7 TV on video, check out the latest episode of the Unbox Video Podcast which we’ve embedded below. The whole episode features executives from Starmobile sharing the news on their latest products. If you want to skip straight to the Engage 7 TV though just go to 13:20.

In case you missed our recent write-ups about Starmobile’s latest smartphones, click any of the links below:

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About Carlo Ople

Carlo is the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Unbox.ph. During daytime he’s the Managing Director and Partner of a Digital Marketing Agency in the Philippines and by nighttime he’s living out his passion as a gadget enthusiast and story teller through Unbox.

7 comments

  1. Ngla-lag po sya after 1 month

  2. bago yung sken..log agad 3 days old plng

  3. sana upgradable to jelly bean

  4. Super hina koneksyon s wfi.pti s browsing grabe nkakainis ikot lng ng ikot ung icon ng browser.dk mkapasok Khit anong site.f mk konek man ala p1 min not responding n at force klose agd.yung tv khit nsa outdoor k ang labo lht channel at ung digital tv ala makuha khit isa.ano gagawin ko dto. Sayang pinambili ko

  5. Bumalik ako s pingbilihn ko aftr 3 days bka kako factory defect. Pero ng try nila ibang unit ganun din.
    so di nila.pinalitan.gusto ko nga isoli n .d dw pede.kya panu nyo masabi n maganda eto.unless mga defective n unit napupunta dto s amn s pangasinan.at isa p nkakainis 1 wk p lng ng hahang na screen ayw mapindot khit power off ayw.nid mo tlaga
    reset.. sna bgyng pansin ang comment ko.

  6. kakabili ko lng nitong tablet tv na to last sep 28 2013
    nagtatapon ka lng pera nito di ko na mabuksan ayaw gumana ng toucscreen para sa pattern password nakailang reset na ako ganun pa rin mabilis pa ung lumang xperia mini ko mag play ng you tube videos

    ok na sana dahil nakakapaglaro ka ng eternity warriors 2 at dungeon hunter pero ayan di ko na mabuksan at saka binili ko talaga to para makapanood ng tv kaso ni isang channel ala makuha
    mabuti pa ung mga cherry mobile na phone na may tv ng mga kaboardmates ko mapanood lahat ng major. pinoy channels

    kaya para sa mga may alta presyon dyan huwag bumil baka maisugod pa kayo sa ospital
    advisory.: BUYING STARMOBILE IS DANGEROUS TO YOUR HEALTH

    hindi ba puedeng ipatanggal yan sa market

  7. yung engaged 7 tv ko di pwedeng magamit ang micro sd kasi wala sa option ng apps nya, lahat dun lang sa system at internal storage napupunta lahat ng downloaded ko kay ubos agad ang memory, wala man lang akong mahanap na application para dito

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