MyPhone A878 Hands-On Review
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MyPhone A878 Hands-On Review

A short description and review on the My|Phone A878, an android handset that uses the standard ICS interface with a set of decent specifications which can really be good for gaming, office or even casual use. You will not be humiliated by this handset, it does its purpose well.

My|Phone never ceases to amaze the Filipino people with their feature phones and bar phones. Until the dawn of their android phones. I had an OG (Original Generation) A818 Duo which was one of the groundbreaking Android units from My|Phone, which came with Gingerbread and screensize similar to your average iPhone (3.5 inches). However, times changed and the desserts versions of the Android community got tired of Gingerbread (Version 2.3.5) and decided to upgrade to a nice fresh Ice Cream Sandwich (4.1 Ijinlong ROM). Competitors like Cherry Mobile, Torque and Starmobile had already plans of releasing their android handsets with ICS out of the box. 

So then, My|Phone finally releases their take on an awesome ICS handset. A handset that makes the "work" and "play" much more than just placed together for you to see, but also for you to experience fully. And here was the A878 and it's older brother called the A898. Though we would focus on the former first and soon, I'll further explain the differences of the latter.

Core Features

The A878 comes with a Dual-Core 1GHz processor chip, built for heavy operations and great gaming. Aside from that, it can run any of your fancy lockscreen apps without a hitch. It also comes with a 4.3 QHD IPS screen which is good for those who do want to watch at a certain angle. I tried it when watching youtube videos not to mention that it was very zippy when it comes to receiving data and videos via WiFi. The Sound itself is very crisp, all you need to do is download a third party media player to have that 3D surround sound feel. It does also pack a decent 5MP camera which can be enhanced with a few apps from the Android Play store. It has a similar to stock interface called the TINIO UI for simplicity, along with it's trademark PINOY SUITE, filled with content related to Filipino Culture, which is good for any people from other countries who need their android fix and couldn't use their CDMA phones in a country that uses a GSM network. 

Camera Samples

Note: The Camera can switch into HDR mode for better lighting.

The Downsides

The only downside to this great phone are these features:

- 2G Connectivity and Front Camera is missing - Well, that's what you get for a starter phone. The A878 was meant to be a WiFi-dependent phone more than a 3G phone. It is slow and it is good for reading status reports and a few messages on your Kakaotalk messenger. A lack of the front camera is also another downfall if you are a fan of the Skype messenger. You would have to deal with the use of the rear camera and possibly buying a blue tooth keyboard for that. 

- Lack of OEM back covers and accessories from third party brands.

The Older Brother: The A898

The  A898 is basically the answer to the problems of the downsides. An A878 with an additional PhP500.00 pricetag from the usual P5,990.00 base price. Also, the A898 supports USB OTG* and it basically is the A878 for people on the mobile internet frenzy.

The Verdict

It's a good buy for a starter unit, not to mention that with a nice foreign audience who wants to know more about the Pinoy Lifestyle and all. When visiting the Philippines and you need your android fix, get this My|Phone A878 for PhP5990.00

*depending on firmware version used by the handset.

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hey maganda ba gamitin ang a878 na ito?

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