Let’s take a look at both phones to see who has it over who!
Today Cherry Mobile released their own answer to MyPhone and Smart’s 888 prepaid bundle – the 799 Flare Bundle. We’ve already talked about it here and unboxed it here, and many of you are probably wondering how the device stacks up to its competitor. Well, that’s exactly what we’re doing today. Let’s see how both phones’ specs, features and freebies stack up with one another. Let’s take a look at the specs and freebies of both:
There’s really not a lot to say about the two phones as far as design goes. Both are made out of plastic, and both feel good enough in the hands for the price. They both have similar handling characteristics owing to the fact that they both use plastic bodies, though the MyPhone my28 is just slightly bigger. One thing that the my28 has over the Flare Lite 2 is that it’s available in more colors – and comes in White, Black, Red, Blue, Yellow, while the Flare Lite 2 only comes in either White or Black. Cherry Mobile did say that other colors of the Flare Lite 2 will be available, though those two colors are the only ones you’re getting at launch.
The my28 has its SIM slots locked to Smart, Sun and Talk N’ Text, and removing any of the SIMs in the phone won’t void the device’s warranty. The Flare Lite 2 has only 1 SIM card for use since removing the SIM that’s already in the phone will void the warranty but the upside is you can use whatever SIM you want in its free second SIM slot.
Both phones use TN, 4-inch WVGA displays, but that’s where the similarities end. For one thing, the display on the my28 has better viewing angles compared to the Flare Lite 2, and has more accurate colors, as the one on the Flare Lite 2 is more yellowish.
Both displays have two multi-touch points, though the Flare Lite 2 doesn’t have the touch bug, and registers touch input at opposite ends of the display near the side bezels. That’s not the case with the my28.
Low-end phones typically have lower-resolution cameras, and that’s the case for both the my28 and the Flare Lite 2. Both devices have a 5-megapixel fixed focus camera with LED flash on the rear though things are a little different up front.
The my28 has the Flare Lite 2 beat since it has a higher resolution front camera compared to the Flare Lite 2’s VGA camera. The my28 also has a front facing flash, which isn’t
PERFORMANCE, STORAGE AND BATTERY
Both phones are powered by the Spreadtrum’s quad-core SC7731 processor running at 1.3GHz. Because of the similar setup, both devices perform equally in Leo’s Fortune. The my28 takes the lead over the Flare Lite 2 though in terms of storage capacity, as it has 8GB of expandable storage compared to the Flare Lite 2’s 4GB. There’s a slight bump in battery for the my28 as well, at 1450mAh compared to the 1400mAh of the Flare Lite 2. One major difference between the two in terms of performance? OS – the my28 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop, while the Flare Lite 2 is still stuck in Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
At the heart of both offers are freebies offered by telcos. For the my28 it’s Smart while the Flare Lite 2 relies on Cherry Mobile’s telco arm, which is powered by Globe’s backend. Customers for buyers of either device get free monthly data allocation per month, though for the my28 you get that data allocation for free without doing anything. Buyers of the Flare Lite 2 will have to load a minimum of Php 10 a month to get their free data. On the upside, Flare Lite 2 buyers get a bit more for their trouble – 120MB – compared to the 100MB that my28 users get.
As far as rebates go, the my28 has the Flare Lite beat, as its customers get Php 30 worth of rebates a month for 1 year as long as they top up at least Php 100 each month. That beats Cherry Prepaid’s offer of Php 10 a month for 3 months though Flare Lite 2 buyers don’t have to do anything do get that free load.
Smart also throws in a Talk N’ Text SIM with Unli all-net texts for 2 days, free Facebook, Twitter and Viber for 7 days in the package along with a free sports watch though that offer is limited to first 50K customers. The Flare Lite 2 on the other hand, has a screen protector included in the package, and the Cherry Prepaid SIM inside has 50 texts to all networks and unlimited Facebook for 2 days and Php 30 of bonus load.
This is where the Flare Lite 2 has the my28 beat – the device is just Php 799, and Cherry Mobile is saying that almost all of their kiosks nationwide (along with a few Globe stores) have the 799 Flare Bundle in hand. The my28 on the other hand, is a little more expensive at Php 888, and because of the device’s popularity the past few days it’s been hard to come by in stores.