Which one is better on paper?
If you haven’t heard, Cherry Mobile officially launched their newest addition to the Android One family in the PH today – the One G1. The One G1 is the second wave of Android One phones released by Google, and is meant to compliment Cherry Mobile’s One smartphone in the Android One family. Priced at Php 5,999, it’s one of the most affordable LTE equipped smartphones you can buy in the market today. Incidentally, its price is also pretty close to the advertised Php 6,499 price of the Alcatel Flash Plus, and we thought it would be a good idea to take a look at the specs of both devices and compare them to each other. To be clear, this is a preliminary comparison only, as we don’t have a lot of time yet with the One G1 to give a definitive opinion on which one is better.
The Alcatel Flash Plus is more powerful, but the Cherry Mobile One G1 has the edge in terms of updates
So, comparing the specs of both phones, it’s no surpise that the Alcatel Flash Plus has the edge when it comes to sheer performance. The Flash Plus has a decisive lead when it comes to performance, both on paper and in AnTuTu benchmark. The Flash Plus’ display is also a hair bigger, and is capable of running for far longer on the large 3,500mAh battery.
On the design side, we’re leaning towards the One G1. We like the overall premium build of the G1, and though both phones are built primarily out of plastic, the One G1 feels better in our hands. Some users may also like the fact that the One G1 does not have physical capacitive keys and a removable battery that simplifies battery replacement when something goes wrong.
There’s three things that the One G1 can lay claim over the Alcatel Flash Plus: a pure Android experience without any bloatware or UI, guaranteed updates for the OS for two years (with the first one being Android M later this year) and the fact that it’ll be sold in physical retail stores when it does finally go on sale at the end of the month. We’re not fans of the LeWA OS on the Flash Plus as we found it simplistic and childish in its presentation. The almost pure Android experience was what made us fans of the Moto X (2014) when we reviewed it a few days ago, and we’re happy that there’s now an option to get a phone that can do the same at half of the price.
So that’s it! We haven’t taken photos with the One G1 as of yet so camera performance is still unknown compared to the Flash Plus. Battery endurance will be another selling point for the One G1 as well, so you can be sure we’ll take a look at that too when we revisit these two phones.