Yesterday was the the official launch date of the Starmobile Vida, the most affordable Android Kitkat smartphone available locally. Luckily, I was strolling around SM and was able to play around and do a hands-on experience with the device.
Below is my Starmobile Vida review and first impressions about this super affordable dual sim 3G smartphone. If you happen to own this device, feel free to share your thoughts too by leaving a comment below.
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My Starmobile Vida Review
What’s in the Box:
- Starmobile Vida unit and battery
- Standard earphones with mic
- Syncing cable and adapter
- Screen protector
- Transparent hardshell case
- Warranty Card
Seeing the Vida for the first time reminds of the Samsung Galaxy Y (minus the home button) in terms of overall form factor as it got the same curved edge Sammy design. At a quick glance, it might look small with its 3.5-inch screen size but just big enough to do your usual phone activities. The phone’s material is mainly made of plastic in three different main colors (black, white, and pink) though my sample unit is in black.
The Starmobile Vida is also very light on the hands weighing only 108 grams despite its thickness of 11.9 millimeters. The screen resolution of this device is 320 by 480 @ 165 ppi which in my opinion is one of the weaknesses of this phone where the screen color looks a bit washed out and individual pixels are fairly noticeable in the naked eyes. But regardless, it doesn’t affect much the phone’s overall functionality and experience.
From side to side are the standard power button and volume rocker; on top is the 3.5 mm headphone jack and at the bottom is the USB 2.0 charging port. At the front comes the 3 auto-dim capacitive buttons to navigate the screen and the 0.3 megapixels VGA camera on top for selfies. The 5 megapixels fixed-focus camera (w/o flash) and speaker grills can also be found at the back portion of the phone.
Hardware specs and performance
Hardware wise, the Starmobile Vida comes with a pretty basic hardware specs which is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Mediatek processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage plus expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card slot.
But what surprised me was that despite its low-key hardware, the Vida’s performance still maintains a fluid and responsive experience as compared to other Android smartphones on similar price range. I experienced only very minimal lags on transitions and animations when navigating between the screens. Looks like the Starmobile’s decision to pre-install the device with the latest Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS is paying off which maximizes the phone’s overall performance despite its low-key hardware specs.
Check out here for the detailed Starmobile Vida specs.
Games and Multimedia
Gaming with the Starmobile Vida is also possible though not that very capable. You can still play your favorite games like Candy Crush but expect to play it with a little slowness because of its low capacity RAM of 512 MB only. Playing videos and music is also nice but nothing fancy.
The camera quality of the 5 MP rear camera of the Vida is actually fairly decent given the proper lightings. The pictures are clear and sharp when you export them on the computer. The pictures might look a little hazy and washed out on your phones screen but you will appreciate its surprising quality once you transferred it. Take note that it doesn’t have a built-in LED flash nor BSI sensor so shooting in low light places will be a challenge.
Also, the VGA front camera is good to have although the quality is not that impressive.
Powering the device is a 1,300 mAh Li-Ion battery which is completely removable for possible replacements when damaged or totally depleted. As for the battery life, it could last almost a day but still depending on the usage. It promises 150 hours of standby time and 3 hours straight of talk time. Since it’s a dual SIM 3G phone (both regular sim sim) with download speed of up to 21.1 Mbps, then expect your battery to drain out fast when connecting to the internet via 3G.
The Starmobile Vida is actually a very capable smartphone given it’s very cheap price tag of only Php 2,490. It’s like getting more than what you have paid for. So, would I recommend this phone? If your budget is really tight and you desperately want to own your first Android phone, then definitely this is a great choice.
What I like:
- Very lightweight
- Camera quality is surprisingly good
- Runs the latest Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS
- Very affordable price tag
What I don’t like:
- Screen looks a little washed out
- low RAM
- So so battery life
Tell me what you think about the Starmobile Vida by leaving a comment below.