Sunday, November 25, 2012







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               After the bombardment of highly affordable and functional phones by Cherry, other rebranders seemed to have lost the battle at the eyes of most consumers. Since time immemorial, Cherry, MyPhone and Torque were dubbed as ‘Filipino’ Brand phones and have been continuously duking it out, today, Starmobile and Cloudfone joined the ‘Filipino’ Brand cellphone war. There are also brands such as Firefly but I am yet to see a blockbuster phone from them and other Rebranders. Today, the Affordable War on Android phones with superb functionality wages on, with Cherry presumably winning due to its Monopolic Cherry Mobile Flare and its giant budget friendly brother Cherry Mobile Titan. After having reviewed and tested both the units, I decided to give another brand a try, I am heavily eyeing the Cloudfone Thrill 430x since I am having a hard time looking for one, my attention is temporarily shifted to the current monster release of MyPhone A919. Paired with a relatively higher tag price of P8000 (approximately $187), P1500 more than the Titan, you get an 8Mp Camera, Same Processor, 854x480 IPS Display. So for the extra P1500, do you get your money’s worth? Read on and find out!

Oh yeah, Cherry Mobile SkyFire review is out :)

1. THE PACKAGE (8.3 out of 10)

1.1 The BOX
                Fourth time, the box and its package plays an important selling point on any product. For the box itself, I am very much displeased too see a box with hardly much effort put into it. In my opinion, I think the box could have been much better, I am not being biased here but Cherry’s box looked exceptional after seeing the box of the A919, instead of being excited I thought to myself, “Yuck, it looks cheap”. The box is black and green with stickers not properly attached, another minus one. The box is really disappointing. On the side of the box here is what is written:
A919 Duo
Dual SIM Touch Android Phone
1GHz Dual-Core Processor
5” 854x480 pixels IPS FWVGA
Android 4.0.4
8Mp Autofocus Rear camera
VGA Camera
Dual LED Flash
Expandable Up to 32 GB
5Mp Rear, VGA Cam
*Mediatek is a semiconductor company from Taiwan who actually provide good chips

1.2 What’s in the Box?

                Unboxing time! This is when the fun starts to pick up; MyPhone A919 comes with a Charger, USB Cable, Headset, Manuals, Quick Start Guide Leaflet, Pinoy Guide leaflet and a CD. The USB Cable feels rugged unlike the Titan’s and the stock charger actually has a MyPhone brand imprinted, I don’t know why but that deserved a plus one as other brands did not put as much effort as this on their package. Another plus factor for the package is the headset, I have tried it on the phone itself and the Titan, I was impressed, unfortunately it was unable to work on my Samsung S2. The package is another plus to the saying don’t judge a book by its cover.

AMAZING FACTS: Using MyPhone A919 Headset on the Titan, for some reason, delivers very loud and amazing sounds; try it out for yourself :))

2. PHONE SUPERFICIALITY (7.9 out of 10)

                I was able to buy a White unit so it is a definite plus one! As with the Titan and Flare the phone looks and feels executive. The top part with the front camera vaguely resembles that of a Samsung Galaxy S3, the sides contain the volume rocker and the power button, the top part houses the USB Port and the 3.5mm jack. The back cover looks amazing, maybe because of the Philippine Icon and its protruded 8Mp Camera with Dual Led Flash. Had it not been for its Fingerprint magnet back and partnered with the unattractive capacitive buttons (yes I found the capacitive buttons unattractive), I would have given this phone a 9.3.


3.1 Speakers (7.7 out of 10)

                Time and time again I have repeatedly stressed out that the loudspeaker is probably any rebranding companies, strong point. As for the MyPhone A919, it has met my expectation but it had not impressed me that well. When earplugs are inserted, different units, different quality, don’t give me the crap of duh, obviously different unit different quality, have you ever tried listening to the sounds of Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3? For the MyPhone A919 earphones attached, I can say it’s not bad but not good enough, subpar, still below the Titan but definitely miles away from the Flare. The reason I had funds for this phone is because I was so disappointed with the Flare’s earplug audio quality I had to sell it, I can safely say that this phone is a big jump compared to Flare. If you are to compare this to mighty Flagships such as S2, S3, Arc S, or Note, then you will be verily disappointed. If you want a better sound quality, just get better earplugs. Let me bash the Flare one more time, I have used different earplugs, I was still disappointed. I don’t hate the Flare; I just really really hated its earplug output.

3.2 Display / Video Playback (9.4 out of 10)

                Yup a solid 9.4 mark. Both A919 and Titan offers 5 Inch screen but the A919 wins the competition with its IPS* 854x480 Screen. The colours are much more vibrant, crisp and deeper than that of the Titan. I compared the screen of both phones, the A919 made Titan anaemic by comparison. Plus one to the display is the multi-touch. Yep, you are not restricted to just two fingers. Check the video for the mutli touch prowess of the A919. Playing Videos is a delight because of its 5 inch screen and colours. In addition to its display, the screen also has a notification LED, take that Cherry.

3.3 Gaming (9.5 out of 10)

                Gaming, one of the most important aspects of gaming, having tried a bunch of Android phones, perfection was achieved with my Motorola Photon 4G, to date, I am still looking for its equal at a cheaper price. For the A919, playing Casual Mainstream games is a delight, games played smoothly as with the Titan, but of course, it display skyrockets the A919 beyond the Titan. As for playing HD Games,  if you had been a follower for a time,  you would know I don’t hardly play any HD games on my phone, but for the sake of testing, I tried NBA 2k13. I am proud to say that this, by far, has been the smoothest NBA 2k13 I have played. The Flare’s two point touch is annoying at sometimes, I have a hard time playing with it on my Titan, and my S2, though plays smoothly, has problems with the graphics. A definite clincher to a 9.5. See the video for Gaming.
3.4 Camera (7 out of 10)

Macro Shot

Macro Shot

Macro Shot





NO Flash

Ate Seller

These Images are from A919.
Coming from a huge shock over the quality of the image of the Flare, I had new hopes for the cameras of rebranded phones. From the images captured, I am yet to make final judgements as all of them are shot at night. I believe that full potential of the camera will be stressed tomorrow! Did I mention its camera has HDR Mode*? First impressions are good so let me give it a flat 7. Stay tuned

* High dynamic range imaging (HDRI or HDR) is a set of methods used in imaging and photography to allow a greater dynamic range between the lightest and darkest areas of an image than current standard digital imaging methods or photographic methods.

^^^UPDATE: Not as impressed as with the Flare's quality but gets the job done. the camera offers solid continous autofocus, shift the camera, it automatically autofocuses. Rating Stays at 7

3.5 Need for Speed (8.9 out of 10)

RAM and Clockspeed Review

                Many of you might wonder, what are RAM and the Clockspeed for? Should I go for higher RAM, fewer clocks or vice versa? The answer depends on how you use the phone. Random Access Memory (RAM) is used to determine how many apps your unit can run simultaneously. So bigger RAM means you can multi-task much more applications without worrying about lagging on the system.
                Clockspeed is used to determine how fast your system will run a certain application. Simply put, higher Clockspeed means faster phone. THIS IS THE GENERAL IDEA ON RAM AND CLOCKSPEED. Factors on speed are also determined by the chipset architecture, GPU, etc.
                The MyPhone A919 is pretty snappy, even with tons of apps installed I was able to navigate the phone smoothly. It’s basically the same with the Titan mainly due to its same Processor. The 512Mb RAM is out-dated but it still does its job well. I was able to simultaneously switch between playing, texting and playing music smoothly. The 4 GB Internal is spacious enough for initial installation of games and apps.

3.6 User-Friendliness (10 out of 10)

                Sporting and Android system with ICS out of the box, much can already be done with this phone, with the high number of applications out there, you will never run out of options. Android OS is known for its customization prowess so if you are indeed a phone geek your phone will definitely be one of a kind. Coming from a different OS say from Symbian, changes will definitely puzzle you but you can get the hang of it on about an hour or less, its actually fun to explore the phone especially for first time Android users. Importing stuffs from your old phones is possible with third party apps. A definite clincher to a 10/10 is THIS PHONE HAS CUSTOM ROMS. A big hooray for Rooters and Flashers like me!

3.7 Battery (6 out of 10)

                This is Android and any rebranded phones weakness. The Cherry Mobile Titan and Flare succumb to the daily overnight charge routine for Android phones. I am yet to stress test the battery of the A919 as I have just bought it. Let us look in theory instead; The Titan and A919 Both carry a 5 Inch display, the former having a 2350maH Lithium Ion while the later sports a 2000maH Lithium Polymer battery. Lithium Ion has much better battery density and is much cheaper to manufacture. Lithium polymer on the other hand are much safer and lighter but cost more to manufacture and it has worse battery density than the Lithium Ion. In addition, MOST branded Flagships carry Lithium Ion. So, in theory, judging by the subpar performance of the Titan’s battery, let us expect the worst for the A919’s battery but let’s hope for the best.

Lithium Ion VS Polymer HERE

^^^UPDATE: Battery heats up quickly when playing games especially on loudspeaker.


MY PRECIOUS (8.185 out of 10) 
* Performance is 70%, Package and Looks are both 15% for the total of 100% YEHEY I KNOW MATH :))

                After a short while with the A919 I can say I’m greatly impressed, this is basically an amalgamation of the Titan and the Flare. The rich colours, the initially impressive camera, the big screen, smooth gaming, it’s a top notch for its price. Sulit siya. You get your money’s worth. If it was me, what would I rather have, as of now, I would still prefer the Titan only because it is cheaper. Should Myphone’s Camera actually be as good as Flare or even better I would pick Myphone anyday. If I were to be asked, was the additional P1500 worth it? I would say yes, the display is much better, the IPS display gives you much better viewing angles and snappier response,  the 5 point multi touch is simply much better than 2-point touch and the 8Mp Camera is well worth the money. Still to each is his own. Thanks for reading my blog guys, I wouldn’t have reached 7.5k views without you. Next Up, Cloudfone 430x.



  1. Hi Norman. How did you install NBA 2K13 on your a919. Trying to install it on my end and so far its a pain.

  2. Thanks for the review. How much internal memory is available for installing apps? I know the total internal memory is 4Gb, but pre-installed apps means there's much less. I heard there's 2.5Gb available Can you confirm please? Thanks.

    1. Hi, there is only 2.5GB available for us users. however, if you want to increase that...You need to root your phone, then use External to Internal app (can be downloaded free at Googleplay.) Mine already has 8gb phone storage (actually my sd card) and my SD Card has 1.5GB (originally my phone storage)

  3. where can i find custom roms for this? cant find in google

  4. I have a galaxy s3, cloudfone ice and galaxy y. I wanted to have a dual sim android phone so that i dnt have to bring the two (cloud and galaxy y) phones with me and as of the galaxy s3 i wntd to leave it home (since i dnt use it for texting and calling and its too big). Would you recommend this phone with me?... i wntd to have a phone with longer battery life and with good display and nice cam shot

  5. galeng! sir anung ROM na ang nainstall mo dito? CM10 ba pwede?

  6. i heard my ilalabas dw po myphone 1st quarter ng 2013 .. myphone a888 .. sana mgkaron ka agd ng review, dpa q bumbli ng a919 iniintay q pa a888 .. slamat po :)

  7. kAMUSTA NAMAN ang screen nya? lahat kase ng phone ko gorilla glass so di ko kailangan bumili ng screen protector...

  8. Have u used it on viber calls?we tried it kc kya lng parang robot daw voice ko n far garalgal

  9. tnong ko lng po kung san kyo nkakuha ng NBA 2k13 :)

  10. @ ivy ndi ko alam kung totoo a888 nagtanong ako sa kanila hindi sumagot

    @annabee ndi cya gorilla glass

    @lyn camacho kayo po ba friend ni nylle? haven't tried viber but skype worked fine

    @jethro apkmania

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  12. Sir, pwde nio aq bgyan ng working custome rom n2? kht how to change ung boot screen animatiion, nkakita aq sa ibng web n customize n ung boot animation nia, i apriciate qng mgrereply k, tnx idol, at by the way superb review! XD

  13. Sir PowerBondSeven, tanong ko lang kung pwedeng ma-update yung A919 to Android Jellybean, plan ko kasi bumili this weekend, at salamat pala sa review, informative siya :)

  14. Good day!..supported po ba ng myphone a919 ang USB ON THE GO? na try nyo po ba?

  15. Great review there Norman! I just purchased mine... To add to your blog, since MyPhone a919 has custom roms, for those people wanting to increase their internal memory (4gb is not really enough!) there is a way to swap your internal to external or vice versa. Mine has already 8GB Phone Storage already! (phone must be rooted).

    Another thing, the CM Blaze is a bit, just a little bit faster than a919. The advantage of a919 is that it has an IPS screen, bigger battery mah and tv output.

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  16. A good review my friend... pero karamihan ng cons dito na overcome ko na... like adding beats driver for better earphone audio (you can also tweak it's volume up, just dial *#*#3646633#*#* to go to engineering mode, then go to audio, the to headset mode change the Max Vol. from 128 to 148), a good battery saving app; I use Juice Defender Ultimate, adding sony bravia engine 2, sony xloud & clearaudio, tweaked the camera performance to act like 12MP Cam. few performance tweaks... and BOOM! a cheap & lag free and multifunctional phone..


  17. how about using skype, the Front cam? is it clear or what?

  18. Any idea on how to get the A919 into download mode. In the usual way it only goes to some useless factory test setting. I would like to try to flash it with a custom ROM and also with the ROM for the Indian Clone of A919 the Miramax 110 Canvas. Here is the link for their latest ROM update. JB now available.
    Which custom kernel will work with this phone? Any idea

  19. how much mAh/Ah is the chargers' output rated? thanks.

  20. Bumili din ako nito, lahat naman ok, pero battery lang talaga. Any tips for prolonging battery life aside sa hindi gagamitin :D Any app needed or settings to be done. Please help me! naiiyak na ko. I know my money's worth buying for this unit, battery lang talaga. Please help me idol. Nice review anyway. 4 thumbs up kasama toe fingers :D