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Let us help you decide what to buy this half of the year. Arc Mobile and Cherry Mobile have gone full blast with the announcement of 450QD and Cherry Mobile Razor. The said device has respective merits but we thought of helping you out with the table below and our recommendations.

We also included O+ 8.15 and MyPhone A919i for reference purposes.

Price and Value for Money

While 450QD and Razor are awesome products, we can’t help but root for the former because of its affordability. Yes, it only has 512mb but it isn’t actually too bad when playing games like NBA2k13 and Real Racing 3. Plus, 450QD’s battery can be replaced – so if you’re not into changing phones often (yearly or every 2 years), it’s best to get this device. Just buy an extra battery from shops that offer Arc Mobile devices.

Priced at PhP5,499, the Nitro 450QD  holds the cheapest quad-core Android smartphone title.

Performance

While both devices have similar processors (quad-core MT6589 1.2GHz Cortex-A9), Cherry Mobile Razor obviously won this round as it’s packed with more memory compared to 450QD.

Form

Undoubtedly, Razor is the clear winner in this department. Dubbed as the cheapest DragonTrail glass smartphone, this device is also the slimmest among all Android smartphones in the local market. There’s a caveat on this though – the back panel of the device might get too hot to the point that it might be too uncomfortable to hold. Of course, this is just an assumption based on our experience with phones with non-removable batteries and slim physical features (like Alcatel Idol Ultra).

Who’s the winner?

Ultimately, the clear winner in this “fight” are  the consumers. The competition is driving all of us excited for the things to come. Arc Mobile revolutionized the pricing of quad-core devices, and it’s now up to other players in the local smartphone scene to be creative in pricing their products. Cherry Mobile may not have offered the cheapest quad-core but they positioned their latest entry as the cheapest most stylish and durable Android smartphone. We believe that there’s only one way to win in the competition: EXCELLENT SERVICE.

Our thoughts:

  • We don’t want crappy software and bloatware. I hope that Arc and Cherry will be able to push OTA updates that resolve software issues.
  • Availability of accessories (extra batteries, cases, external battery chargers)
  • Clear and precise turnaround time on software and hardware repairs
  • Timely addressing of concerns using available media (Twitter, Facebook Page, Google+)

We may have missed something, guys. I hope you guys don’t mind if you contribute your thoughts below.

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Giancarlo Viterbo is a Filipino Technology Journalist, blogger and Editor of GadgetPilipinas.net, He is also a Geek, Dad and a Husband. He knows a lot about washing the dishes, doing some errands and following instructions from his boss on his day job. Follow him on twitter: @gianviterbo and @gadgetpilipinas.

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