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MyPhone A888 Duo Review: Is it still competitive at Php6,390?

MyPhone A888 Duo
MyPhone A888 Duo

MyPhone A888 Duo Review

Now discounted at Php6,390, the MyPhone A888 Duo is actually a fairly competitive budget Android smartphone worth considering. It was actually launched locally last December and has gained quite a following since then. According to the MyPhone sales representatives during the MyPhone A919i launch, this was actually one of their best sellers. We ended up getting one so that we can do a quick review.

MyPhone A888 Duo Spec Sheet

  • 1GHz Mediatek MT6577 Dual core processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable storage up to 32GB
  • 4.5-inch qHD IPS Display, 960 x 540 pixels
  • 8.0-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 720p HD video recording
  • Dual sim, dual standby
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi Hotspot, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, TV Out
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich

Design: Slim, light, and glossy

MyPhone has been following a noticeable design philosophy since they introduced their first line-up of smartphones. We’ve been getting mostly devices that have glossy plastic chassis and are relatively thin and light compared to competitors. Of course we can’t miss the ever-so-familiar Philippine map at the back of the device as well.

Here are some photos:

Go Philippines! Hehe
Go Philippines! Hehe
Even the battery is branded, lol.
Even the battery is branded, lol.

There is still love/hate reaction when it comes to MyPhone’s Philippine map design at the back. According to some people from MyPhone, it is the first Filipino mobile phone brand and that’s the reason why a map is seen on their phones. Personally, I find it cool. It makes me feel proud than I’m a Filipino. If you like the MyPhone A888 Duo but hate the map, buy a jellycase or a hard case. Like this one:

Black Jelly Case
Black Jelly Case

Display: Not HD but quite competitive

Unlike the MyPhone A919i and A919, the A888 Duo has a 4.5 inch qHD IPS LCD screen with 960 x 540 resolution. It’s not HD but at least the over-all user experience is not sluggish compared to other phones that packed their 5-inch displays with HD but had underpowered processors. Personally we think qHD is the sweet spot for many Android buyers out there.

Performance: Average

We’ve been using this phone for a week now and we can say that it offers a pretty standard/average Android ICS experience. Stutters and lags are unavoidable especially when you have multiple apps open or if you’re playing graphics intensive games. Just so you know, the MyPhone A888 Duo scored 6,366 on the Antutu Benchmark Score Test.

When it comes to gaming you’re better off sticking to casual games like Angry Birds, Fruit Ninja, or Candy Crush. Those titles will run smoothly. We tried playing Dead Trigger and there was a noticeable lag haunting us throughout our play.

Camera: Decent!

The 8-megapixel shooter with autofocus and LED flash on the MyPhone A888 Duo was actually surprisingly pleasant! Despite the lack of BSI, it still managed to take respectable photos even in low light. Here are some sample shots:

Outdoor
Outdoor
Flowers. Yay.
Flowers. Yay.
Living room
Living room

Battery Life: Enough for the Average User

Having a 1,800 mAh battery on the MyPhone A888 Duo may not have enough juice for heavy users but for an average user this is adequate. With light to moderate use (occasional social networking, browsing, e-mail, and rare gaming), the MyPhone A888 Duo lasted us the whole day. However once we started getting our game groove on over-all battery life plunged drastically.

Verdict: Good smartphone… 6 months ago

The MyPhone A888 was a great buy 6 months ago. However it’s totally different today. Even at the discounted price of Php6,390 it faces stiff competition from the quad-core Cherry Mobile Flame or other Android ICS phones priced below Php5,000.

That’s the problem with technology. There will always be a faster, better, and more improved phone compared to what you have in your hands. You will get outdated. You will get old. Deal with it or else you’ll end up forking out cash on a quarterly basis, hehe.

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16 Comments

  1. ehh..di ko alam bakit an phone ko ata ang may pinakambagal na a888 na phone..binalik ko pa xa sa binilhan ko then ganon pa rin xa..i dont know whats the problem! 5 apps lang an laman then sobrang magLag xa..candy crush..prang slow mo, uninstalled.. RAM lagi full lagi eh halos wa na nagana na apps..kainis!an gusto ko lng tlaga dito an camera nya..malinaw..aside rom that..wala na..huhuhu

  2. I got this phone January 2013. so far im satisfied with the phone. heavy internet user ako at nakakasabay naman sya. addict din ako sa mga apps at marami din akong nadownload sa myphone a888, pero syempre since 512mb lang ram nya,at since hilig ko pagsabayin mga apps na nagra-run sa background, may mga times na naglalag xa(para sakin lang to since talagang andaming apps akong pinapa run sa background. camera is fine, napakalinaw kahit na yung front nya, pwedeng pang selfie.. so far wala pa naman akong naeencounter na problem sakanya..

    1. aq bibili plng ng a888duo now my phone a818g gamit ko ok nman ang my phone….
      maganda yung ibela nag sasabi mabilis ma lowbat bkit kaya? lahat ng naging cp q and my husband my phone…. o

  3. Nakbili ako ng myphone last month.after one week nasira ang speaker,and then everytime na magdownload ako ng Go SMS pag inaply ko na sya nag ba vibrate if my tx na dumating.naka off naman ang vivration nya.at isa pa ng ginamit ko sa akyp.di ko makita ang tinatawagan ko sa skyp.at sya sin din di nya ako makita boses lng marenig namin,naka vedio naman pg skyp ko.i think myphone is palpak.di maganda.nag sisi ako sa pg bili ko nito..nadala ako sa mga magandan review ng myphone.kaya wag kayu bibili ng myphon

    1. Depende naman to kasi sa mga ibang tao eh. Para sakin napaka convenient ng phone na to. Eh, ewan ko sayo siguro ang taas ng expectations mo sa MyPhone pero ako simple lang kasi gusto ko eh. Siguro kailangan mo na patingin yang phone mo kasi hindi naman lahat ng nabibili maayos na pag nakuwa eh malay mo may sira eh hindi naman maiiwasan yun ah. Maayos naman ang MyPhone yung Phone mo mismo yung may problema.
      But like what i said, not all phones are the same when you buy them, some malfunction, some have missing parts, but hey, it’s inevitable. 😉

  4. If you hate A888 so much, buy A919i regardless of the fact that you said we shouldn’t buy MyPhone. It’s better than A888 because it meets your standards. Trust me MyPhone is durable, A919i is better but it’s higher in price just go ahead and buy it.

    1. Sir. Ask ko lng po kung pwede po ba na makabili ng mas mataas na maH.battery para sa myphone a888 duo. Pls,answer nman po ng tanong ko. Tanks..

  5. can i ask something … bakit pag direct ko ciang kinonect sa PC eh parang nagloloko ung phone ko … kusang lumilipat from one screen to another .. ung phone ko
    MyPhone a888 duo cia

  6. Sir ask ko lang po if madali talga uminit yung myphone a888. I had a919 pero wala naman heating problem kaya I was wondering. If hindi ipapapalit ko kagad to kasi 4 days pa lang naman sakin to.

  7. Hi, nag hang ang phone ko hindi na ma open.. naka stand by lang cia sa MYPHONE na screen.. please help..

  8. Yong A888 duo ok lang at marami na akong apps na e download at pinapa run… hindi xa nag lag.. nag add lang ako ng memory card para sa mga apps at BEST talaga… yong battery lang nya ang may problema medyo madali lang ma lowbat pag binabad masyado sa games…

  9. Bkit mdling mlobat ung myphone a888 q ng hhang din my tyms mbgal p nireformat qna gnn pdin nmmli ng gmes pg cndycrush mbgal tpos ng llag p bmblik s home help nmn an pde gwin tnx

    1. pano po pag biglang nagblack screen yung phone mo. i was wondering bat ganun. nireset ko black lahat yung nalabas ih. irereprogram kaya yun or mayproblem na yung LCD? but di nama siya naiipit or shomehow

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