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MyPhone Iceberg Review: Can it Live up to the Hype?

Our full review of the MyPhone Iceberg
Our full review of the MyPhone Iceberg

MyPhone Iceberg Review

We’ve been using the MyPhone Iceberg as one of our daily drivers for the last week now and we have enough experience with it to share with you guys our full review. In a nutshell, the MyPhone Iceberg is a fantastic 5.7-inch phablet that offers tremendous value for money given the features and the hardware design. We also appreciate it that MyPhone put in a lot of effort in putting in software features like anti-theft and gesture controls (not that we use ’em though, hehe).

Before anything let’s quickly go over the specs again.

MyPhone Iceberg Spec Sheet

  • 1.2GHz Quad-core processor (MediaTek MT6589)
  • PowerVR 5XT GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage
  • 5.7-inch HD IPS Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 2
  • 12.0-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, and BSI
  • 5.0-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3G, HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS/aGPS
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1
  • 2,600mAh

Okay let’s move right along to the review!

Hardware: Yep, it’s a Phablet but a good-looking one

5.7-inch form factor will be polarizing
5.7-inch form factor will be polarizing

At 5.7-inches, the MyPhone Iceberg is a certified Phablet. As with most products in this category, it can be very polarizing. Not everyone will like it. Some people really dot have a personal preference for slim, light, and easy-to-pocket and manage smartphones. On the other hand we have people who are in the market looking for products exactly like the MyPhone Iceberg. A device that can be both a phone and a mini-tablet of sorts to them. If you’re one of those people then you should definitely read on. If you’re part of the other group you might want to read our reviews of other smartphones.

Despite the imposing size of the Iceberg, the manufacturers were able to keep it slim and sleek thanks to the smooth curved back. The pillow-like shape gives it a more thinner profile than your usual solid rectangular candy bar design. At the front we have the LED notification, front-facing camera, 5.7-inch display, and the three capacitive buttons at the bottom. On the sides we have the usual volume rocker, power lock, headphone jack, and the micro USB port. Turn it around and you get the gorgeous aluminum back which hosts the rear-facing camera, LED flash, a magnetic port (we don’t know what this is for yet), and the snazzy MyPhone logo (yes there’s no Philippine map).

Very nice aluminum back
Very nice aluminum back

When it comes to the hardware design, the MyPhone Iceberg can definitely compete with global brands. The metal back looks stunning and it can beat the crap out of your usual glossy plastic devices. This is definitely a major step in the right direction and hopefully other manufacturers follow suit.

Can hold its own in the aesthetics department compared to global brands
Can hold its own in the aesthetics department compared to global brands

In terms of handling, the MyPhone Iceberg is definitely made for two-handed use. A 5.3-inch or even 5.5-inch can be used with one-hand, albeit a little uncomfortably, by at 5.7-inches you need your two thumbs to do decent texting. Otherwise you’ll just get frustrated because you’ll end up exerting so much effort with your thumb to reach opposite side of the display, lol.

That will always be the dilemma of phablets. Your eyes want more display but your hand will always want a smaller chassis. Speaking of displays, the MyPhone Iceberg has a fantastic one.

Display Quality is Remarkable

Colors pop out. Very vibrant and detailed.
Colors pop out. Very vibrant and detailed.

The MyPhone Iceberg has an HD IPS 5.7-inch display. It’s not full HD but it’s definitely still a very good and competitive screen. Images, text, and especially video all look superb. This device was definitely made for media consumption and gaming! We’ll get to that in a bit though.

Over-all when it comes to the hardware the MyPhone Iceberg delivers in spades. Definitely deserves two thumbs up.

Software: MyPhone Making a Play on This End

Android Jelly Bean 4.2
Android Jelly Bean 4.2

MyPhone has undoubtedly put a lot of focus and effort on differentiating themselves with what kinda of apps and software they put into their devices. When they announced the MyPhone Iceberg they trumpeted several software innovations like Clever Motion (gesture based controls) and TARA, their anti-theft app. Other than those two they also have the Pinoy app which offers a lot of content related to the Philippines and the Catholic faith. Pretty interesting stuff!

Loaded with MyPhone Content

MyCountry content app
MyCountry content app

With MyCountry you can go through different text files of key moments in the history of the Philippines. The spice things up they also added quotes, movie lines, pick-up lines, bugtong, etc. This is a mix of both audio and text. Maybe in the next version they should take this a step further and add even video content! They can even produce it themselves, hehe.

Gallery of Filipino pics
Gallery of Filipino pics

They also added a few high-quality and nicely shot photos of the Philippines ranging from landmarks to festivals. There are only a few pictures though so you might get “bitin”. Moving forward MyPhone should definitely get more stunning Pinoy photos to add to their galleries.


Lastly there’s Clever Motion and TARA. For Clever Motion it’s just a variety of gesture based commands. This is very similar to what Samsung or O+ has in their handsets. Just like them though they’re not really useful, hehe. It’s good to have but not natural.

TARA Anti-theft
TARA Anti-theft

TARA, or the Theft Apprehension and Asset Recovery Application, is a Filipino-made app that’s exclusive to the MyPhone Iceberg. It’s actually pretty nifty and witty. When your phone is stolen you can call TARA’s hotline and TARA will make the Iceberg keep on screaming “Magnanakaw”. Cool eh? Hehehe. It’s not really something we were able to try though during our review but it’s comforting to know that we have something like this in the Iceberg.

Superb Gaming and Media Experience

Zombie Wood played very well
Zombie Wood played very well

The Iceberg registered a little over 12,500 on the Antutu Benchmark Score Test, which is expected of devices carrying this particular processor. Translated to real-world usage, the Iceberg delivers a near lag-free experience for basic, core, and even medium functions.

The device shines the most though when you use it for either consuming media, like watching videos, or playing games. We’ve tried a couple already including Minion Rush, Temple Run 2, Dead Trigger, and Zombie Wood. All of them were very smooth and fluid.

Perfect for watching your favorite TV shows or movies
Perfect for watching your favorite TV shows or movies

Unfortunately the 16GB internal storage is “bitin” especially if you download a lot of movies and TV series. The workaround is the OTG cable connected to your flash drive or hard drive. It’s unnecessary effort though. Hopefully the next Iceberg will have expandable microSD storage. Won’t mind paying a little more for the convenience.

Camera: Above Average

The Iceberg packs a 12.0-megapixel primary shooter with LED flash and BSI. It takes above average photos but it does have some problems with producing the right color (white wash out). It’s probably a few notches below the optics of the Starmobile Knight.

Here are some sample photos:

Chicharon Bulaklak anyone?
Chicharon Bulaklak anyone?
Taken from the Puzzlehouse Mansion
Taken from the Puzzlehouse Mansion
Dairy Queen
Dairy Queen
Outside Robinson's Magnolia
Outside Robinson’s Magnolia

Notice the white washout? Actually this is a common problem of a lot of local brands so there’s nothing we can do there (until more affordable optics become available).

By the way, the secondary camera of the Iceberg is a 5MP shooter. It’s perfect for taking selfies, hehe. Looks like the trend is for secondary cameras to just be a step lower than the rear-facing cameras. Perfect example of how consumer usage is dictating how devices are made.

Outstanding Battery Life

If there’s one thing we really loved about the Iceberg, it’s the long lasting battery life! With our usual heavy usage we averaged over 9-11 hours with the Iceberg. That’s pretty remarkable since we usually just get less than 8 from other devices. That’s already with 3G and Sync on for social networking sites and e-mail.

Verdict: It’s a Solid Phablet Offering

Solid offering from MyPhone
Solid offering from MyPhone

Everything taken into consideration, the MyPhone Iceberg is an amazing product that offers great value for money. It’s not perfect yet as some people might not like that you have to use an OTG cable for more storage. It’s an acceptable compromise for the entire package but we’re definitely looking forward to the next iteration that will address that issue for good.

The MyPhone Iceberg retails for Php12,000. It should be available in most MyPhone kiosks and stores.

MyPhone Iceberg Unboxing Video

Re-embedding our unboxing video from our initial hands-on post just in case you guys want to watch it.

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.

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    1. Thats what you call OEM. Myphone bought a china phone with no Brand and rebranded it as Myphone.. No Filipino innovation is required.

      1. kasi si BLU at si MyPhone, isama no na din si Micromax ay iisa ang ODM (original design manufacturer). Ibig sabihin, binibili nila yan ng wala pang tatak from the manufacturer at pinapalagay lang nila kay ODM ung brand name nila, kaya hindi pwedeng tawagin rebranded si Iceberg. Ang rebranded ay kung si MyPhone binili nya ung mga unit kay Blu, saka nya pinalitan ng “myphone” ung tatak.

  1. i love this phone. i agree with the long battery life. as for videos, it doesn’t play MKVs using the GPU. i also received a firmware update but seems like there is a hash error or something. generally, i even use this more now than my S3. :-)

  2. Need held… My daughter deleted something in “Download” folder and i dont know what it is. . what shall i do? Thanks..

    1. hindi po. hindi sila nagrerebrand ng Micromax. straight from the ODM po ang mga phones nila. paglabas sa planta, tatak n agad ng myphone ang nakalagay

    1. when it happened to my iceberg, i just call my number and blindly swipe to answer,,,then suddenly, screen opened up,,,twicw na nangyari to

  3. hello po..nkabili na po ako nang iceberg last mos….and i’m very much disappointed….bcoz it suddenly shut down without any reason…..and i buy it here in hk which is more xpensive…so i return it to the store…and the staff told me that they need to send it back to the phils to repair it…it gves me a lot of frustrations……

  4. im sorry to say dis mr. carlo but i think the fon is not really good enough…and i want my mney back also…it cost me a lot of hardwork to buy dat fon….it is very much troublesome in my part….all i want is to have is a good quality fon….

  5. may be you have something to do with the phone that cause the crash…. or naninira lng sa myphone hehehe. kc ako solid phone ko.. nothing wrong with it..

    1. good for your fon……im not a kind of person na maninira nang product…..and i did nothing on my fon…….but anyway they already repair my fon….and its ok now hopefully it will continue…..

  6. They replaced mine, thanks. So far the replacement is working fine. *fingers crossed. It’s still a great phone, i use it more than my iphone4s. Nkakatakot lng maulit ung defect. Nevertheless, i love it because it’s Pinoy

    1. HI ian, san mo binili ang phone? Mine, just after a wk ng mabili ko..biglang nag crashed..dinala ko sa pinagbilan para palitan, di raw pede, sa service center. till now, pabalik balik ang pag hang..hassle…

  7. Why less than 300 ppi for a large screen. Only 1.2 Ghz? No sd card slot? Non-replacable battery? 12K seems too much. This unit feels “bitin”.

  8. Ive been using the iceberg for 2 days now. Its a great phablet. Its very fast and responsive and the display is really great. My only concerns are the sounds and camera. The sounds in the iceberg is “mahina” especially making calls its so low, that i need to loudspeak my phone so that i could hear my friend.

  9. Sir Carlo, available na ba ung video nang launching nung Star Mobile by Nov. 21? kasi nabasa kong may launching clang Gold Treasures ba un by Star Mobile?? hopefully may video na kayo by Nov. 21.. i’ll wait for it.

  10. Hi.. I just bought Iceberg and i cant figure out how to delete and add home screen.. I also have a samsung s3 and for me to delete the homescreen, i simply have to press on that page then drag it to the trash bin. that doesnt work for iceberg. Any help you could provide, i would appreciate it. Thanks in advance

  11. I bought this phone yesterday. Guys, ano bang unit ng mga smartphones ang kapareha kay mp iceberg? Wala pa kong mahanap na pang cover up sa iceberg ko eh. Hmm guys. Im just wondering bat di talga 1gig RAM yung naka lagay? (Sorry 1st time eh) nka lgay po 800+ somthing. Ang iniisip ko bka sa phone na to make it work yung almost 100+mbRAM.. Anyway di nmn talga yun ang problema ko. Yung case nya or something para macover up lng sya. Masyadong madulas eh (pasmado po ako eh)… Salmat

  12. Hi. Im planning to buy a myphone iceberg, pero napansin ko lang maraming feedback na nagsasabing biglang nmamatay ng walang dahilan at yung iba ay parang di na npapalitan (based sa comments sa taas). Wala bang 12months warranty ang myphone iceberg? Hindi rin identified ang cause, and how to avoid such problem. The specs are good for its price. But Im thinking kung ok din ba ang battery and durability? Please help me decide…To buy? Or not to buy.

    1. hi dont buy it. mine has shut down 3x since i bought it in september for no apparent reason and right now i cant use it. it shut down just hours ago

  13. i agree with the negative comments and i’m soooooooooooooooo disappointed with this phone. mine just shutdown on its own in January, i brought it to the service centre and was told that the technician is only part time so i had to return a week after. they gave me my phone more than a week later but after a few weeks it shutdown again but turned on after a few hours. and right now i can’t use it, i can’t turned it on and i don’t know why. myphone better explain why this is happening on so many units coz they have accountability and if they want to establish themselves as a major player in smartphone industry they NEED TO IMPROVE CUSTOMER SERVICE. i live in pampanga and as far as i know there is only ONE myphone service centre here and it’s not acceptable that the technician is only part time.

  14. Hi. I was wondering kung maganda ba tlga to.. Namimili kc ako between myphone iceberg and rio??? Gusto ko ng mataas na memory, mgndang camera(since nagvvlog ako) and quadcore sana??

    Worth it ba kung iceberg bblin ko kesa rio?

  15. Worth it ba kung bbilin ko to kesa sa myphone rio???
    Mgnda rn kc rio kht mura lng. Kya pinagiisipan ko tlga tong iceberg

    1. hay naku, wag na lag siguro muna,,,mine crashed weeks ago,,,weeks after i bought it last year, flash ang prob…den nagha hang, den screen black-out,,,den tuluyan nang nag crash,,,no wifi, no bluetooth,,,when i check the”about phone”, mac address is unavailable na,,,

  16. I am really disappointed with this phone. I just brought mine yesterday, now it wont turn on. Nag shut down na ang phone with out any reason.. So dis appointed, I will go today to the store to have it checked and they better get it done. I am so pissed because I worked so hard to buy this Myphone Iceberg. It just all hype! I dont recommend this phone. Its disappointing!

  17. Can anyone help me..?ano ba gagawin nila sa service center kapag dinala ko yung unit ko na laging nagre restart at nagha hang kapag naglalaro ako ng mga HD or 3D games? Software reprogram ba or hardware replacement? Gusto ko malaman experience nyo nung dinala nyo sa service center ang defective myphone iceberg nyo.

  18. hi, i bought my iceberg about 3 mos ago. ok naman nung una.. walang prob..
    but now, it always says that i dont have enough memory. i deleted all the apps that i download. then the storage settings says 350mb was used but 50 mb nlang ang available… it is suppose to have 12 Gb memory.. pero d ko magamit ..i was a big fun of ice berg until this thing happen. i went to myphone booth to ask about it but they dont know anything.. please Help

  19. problems encountered: when using front cam, “no thumbnail” displayed, so i reset, but then wifi and bluetooth did not function anymore. when i went to “about phone”, mac address becomes unavailable.

    need help asap.

  20. How can i remove the battery? kasi ang phone ko nagwawarning ng REMOVE BATTERY kasi daw not in balance temperature like that. Please Help me? :( Thank you

  21. Hi i still have enough memory 12gb however when i visit the play store and download some apps ..it said that my phone has insuficient memory.. what to do..help

    1. Hi yohan. Had the same prob about 3 days after buying this phone. Customer service is bad. The guy kept interrupting me insisting that i take it to their service center. Anyway, i took it back to the shop i bought it from. As it turns out, i just had to “stop” ongoing processes as this takes up the ram. Go to settings – apps – ram. Then click the apps and click “stop”. Mines wokrking ok as of now. Although the flash isnt working.

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