Torque’s very first quad core phone, the Torque Droidz Quad, has finally landed in local Torque outlets nationwide and I got the chance to try it out myself. Below is my Torque Droidz Quad review and hands on about this very affordable, entry-level quad core smartphone running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
Last month, we’ve already got a hint about the imminent release of the Torque Droidz Quad when we first spotted it in Torque’s latest flyers distributed in different Torque outlets. And now that available in the market, I immediately rushed over to their local outlet to see it myself.
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Torque Droidz Quad
The Torque Droidz Quad is Torque’s very first quad core smartphone and among the cheapest (below 6K mark) of its category here in the Philippines. It’s got a pretty decent hardware specs that runs under Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It is powered by a 1.2 Ghz Mediatek processor, 512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage and has an 8 megapixel autofocus camera at the back. Below is the complete specs of the device.
Torque Droidz Quad specifications
- 1.2 GHz Quad Core MediaTek MT6589 processor
- 4.5 inches FWVGA touchscreen display (480 x 854 screen resolution @ 218 ppi)
- PowerVR SGX544MP GPU
- 512 MB RAM
- 4 GB internal storage, expandable up to 32 GB via microSD slot
- 8 MP autofocus front-facing camera with single LED flash
- 0.3 MP VGA front-facing camera
- Wifi, Wifi Hotspot, Bluetooth, GPS w/ A-GPS support
- FM Radio, Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor
- 1,850 mAh Li-Ion battery (removable)
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
- Price: Php 5,999
The overall design and build of the Droidz Quad is pretty much on an average. It’s not best looking smartphone out there but it’s certainly not the ugliest one either. It has a 4.5 inches FWVGA screen display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels @ 218 ppi. Its large screen is very good for watching standard quality videos on the go because of its surprisingly bright and crisp display although watching HD videos on it is less impressive unlike other competing local phones like the Starmobile Knight.
Covering the whole device is a standard plastic shell case. Looking at it at first glance might make you think that it’s bulky but once you got it in your hands, it’s actually very light and comfortable. The size is not too big on the hands – it just fits perfectly for one-hand operation.
One thing that disappoints me thought about the Droidz Quad is the screen glass protection. It lacks the Dragontrail or Corning Gorilla glass technology to protect the screen from casual scratches which you may normally found nowadays on other competing phones. It’s perhaps one of the tradeoffs of its very low price point. But, nonetheless, Torque has provided a free screen protector and a jelly case instead for every new purchase of the device.
Apps & Games
Upon holding the device, the first thing that I tested was the navigation. And so far, navigation speed (swiping from one page to another) is surprisingly fluid and fast. I didn’t noticed lags in switching screen views and opening native apps like messages, contacts, gallery, etc. Typing on the Droidz Quad is also good just as you can expect from other Jelly Bean devices.
In terms of games, the Droidz Quad is on an average. Unfortunately, I’ve also tested playing Temple Run 2 which came pre-install on my test unit. So far, the game loaded pretty well although it took some time upon starting. It is also expected especially for other heavy and graphics-hungry games since the Droidz Quad only has a limited RAM of 512 MB only. This can be a hard sell for some but if you’re not that into heavy games, then this shouldn’t be an issue on you.
Camera (Photo & Video)
The camera quality of the Droidz Quad is above average. The 8 megapixels autofocus rear camera is doing a great job in capturing every detail of the photo or video. It looks a bit sharp on the phone’s screen (because of its low-res display and pixel density) but once you upload or transfer it to a local computer, the quality is actually very good. A single LED flash can also be found at the back to help capture photos in low-light environment. BSI (back side illumination) technology is not incorporated though on this device.
As for the front camera, the quality is not that crisp and clear as expected since it only has a VGA (0.3 megapixels) camera sensor. But nevertheless, it’s still capable of serving you during video calls like in Skype.
With its 1,850 mAh battery capacity, it will probably last for a day with casual phone usage like occasional calls, text, and internet browsing. But if you are a heavy phone user (for playing games, extend hours of calls, etc.), it will probably only give you around 6-8 hours of battery life. For that, I suggest you bring your changer always with you or might as well buy a power bank to supplement your battery needs.
Given the information above, I would say that the Torque Droidz Quad is still a must have phone and a very good choice for every Pinoys who are on a tight budget but still aims to get the best phone gadget for their money. Regardless of some hardware tradeoffs to achieve it’s very affordable and budget friendly price, the Torque Droidz Quad has almost every functionality you’ll ever need from a smartphone to date. And for that, I give it a rating of 7 out of 10.
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