Want a smartphone that won’t hurt your pocket? I suggest you go for Cherry Mobile Sonic, the new addition to the slew of affordable smartphones in the country. Check out my review below:

Specs

  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • Processor: 1.0 GHz single-core MediaTek MT6515
  • Display: 4-inch HVGA capacitive touch panel
  • Camera: 2MP rear camera, VGA front-facing camera
  • Memory: 512MB internal storage, 256MB RAM, microSD expandable up to 32GB
  • Connectivity: WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth, 2G, GSM/GPRS 900/1800 MHz
  • Battery: 1,200 mAh Li-ion
  • Feature: Dual-SIM, dual standby

The Form

Cherry Mobile’s Sonic comes in a cardboard-like box alongside its accessories such as charger, USB connector, earphones, and its instruction booklet.

The Sonic’s front view consists of the earpiece, VGA front-facing camera, 4-inch HGVA screen, and the most important buttons: Home, Options, Back, and Search.

On its back cover you can see the 2MP rear camera and speaker. Volume rocker is on the left side while microphone stays at the other side. On/Off switch and micro USB port are located on top of the Sonic as the 3.5 mm headphone jack settles at the bottom.

The Software

The Cherry Mobile Sonic runs on Android Gingerbread version 2.3 and its single-core MediaTek MT6515 processor made it easier for me to surf the Internet. Yes, I was able to connect to a WiFi hotspot and tried using Google Search. Fortunately, the Sonic didn’t disappoint me as I enjoyed a few minutes of browsing the Web.

In fact, Google Play is already preinstalled on the device, making it easier for loyal Google users like me.  My favorite apps, Facebook and Twitter, are not pre-installed – which I think is a good thing – but it can easily be installed video Google Play. Of course, you are not limited to downloading social media apps as you can also download games!

Performance, Battery, and Camera

As for the battery, the Sonic can last up to a day. I couldn’t blame anyone since it only has 1200 mAh Li-ion Battery. If you’re fond of connecting through hotspots, I’d suggest you bring the charger for it can run out of battery sooner than any other smartphone.

Another thing that made me want to put it down for good is its low camera resolution. The Sonic has 2 megapixel camera at the back and VGA camera on the front. I tried taking photos under white light and they all looked cloudy that I needed to press “Delete” ASAP.

Did I mention its speaker boasts loud music? Honestly, I almost partied inside my house because of its loudness – in a good way.

My Recommendation

Cherry Mobile Sonic is made for those who want a basic smartphone minus the hefty price tag. Believe it or not, it is being retailed in the market for as low as P2,699. Cool, right? If you’re after texting, calling, and checking your Gmail, then this one’s the right device for you. Plus, the Sonic is not too big and not too small for a smartphone so you can easily toss it inside your pocket or even your bag.

If you’ve additional information regarding Cherry Mobile’s Sonic, feel free to hit me up with your comment below. We’re also giving away one, so be sure to click the image below for the raffle page.

 

 

 

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Alex is the girl behind Queen Sica, a blog that documents her personal endeavors and high-end fashion stuff. A graduate of AB Journalism from UST, she aims to write for Nina Garcia and sit beside Anna Wintour during Fashion Week. Follow her on twitter: @iamalexthegreat.

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  1. Darlon Scalian Reply

    sonic 2.0 is already out in the market? any review on it?

    • Hi Darlon. We haven’t received a review unit yet from Cherry Mobile. We’ll let everyone know once we got one. Stay tuned on our Facebook page and Twitter. Thanks!

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Tokyo Game Show Special Coverage

Tokyo Game Show 2018

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Witness this year’s biggest gaming convention in Asia, the Tokyo Game Show 2018. This September 19, our team will fly to Tokyo, Japan, to be part to TGS 2018. Special thanks to our brand partners Huawei Mobile, PLDT Home, Smart Communications and Cherry Mobile for making this coverage possible.

Without questions, Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus is the best camera smartphone the Cherry Mobile has to date. We haven’t seen other Cherry Mobile phones that are capable of taking photos with impressive quality than the one we brought to Japan to cover Tokyo Game Show 2018.

If you have been following our Instagram posts (@gadgetpilipinas) during our coverage of the TGS 2018, our daily driver was the Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.  So, feast your eyes and take a look at some of our photos:

For high-resolution photos, go  to this link: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1HwHBWNh2WYceTywxiNBhxNKbZuGyz988?usp=sharing

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This selfie was taken the night before we left for Tokyo.
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Jam can smile while sleeping. I took this photo inside Skyliner going to Nippori Station from Narita Airport.
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Our Tokyo trip isn’t always complete without grabbing a lunch at Matsuya.
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Night time is coming, and bedtime is near; oh, where is our AirBnB, I thought it is just right here!
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After looking for a 100-Yen store to buy Allan’s towel (since our AirBnB didn’t have any towels available), we took a break at this vending machine to reward ourselves a cold drink.
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Taken near Bic Camera at Akihabara using Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus.
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We gotta have this here in the Philippines! Oh, I noticed that Flare S7 Plus fails to put a watermark when using Bokeh effect.
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A food shot with our Cherry Roam.

We’ve got to hold our horses so we don’t spoil too much of our TGS experience with photos. Watch out for our first impressions and review of Cherry Mobile Flare S7 Plus!

Oh, and while you’re at it – be sure to check out our full coverage of Tokyo Game Show 2018 on this link.

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If the line on the demo is any indication, Biohazard RE: 2 is one of the most popular games in TGS 2018. It’s one of those games that, regardless of the time of day, the queue to the booth just won’t go shorter than 60 minutes. We decided to hold off trying our luck on the demo, maybe tomorrow’s line would be shorter.

Demo or no demo, it’s still worth mentioning that the game, even in pictures is just a sight to behold. CAPCOM gave us access to screenshots of the game, and my goodness, what a fresh  coat of paint the game has over the 1998 Playstation and Nintendo 64 classic.

Check them out and drool.
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Our Tokyo Game Show 2018 Coverage is brought to you by our brand partners: Huawei Mobile Philippines, PLDT Home Fibr, Smart and Cherry Mobile. Access our coverage here.

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