Thursday, December 27, 2012







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               First there was Cherry Mobile Titan, the first rebranded phone I owned, then came the Cherry Mobile Flare, still one of the most sought out and elusive phone today, now comes another from Cherry Mobile, its name? The Skyfire! We were introduced to SkyFire at the Flare day, by then; it was a surprise for us as it was another cheap mobile to choose from. I honestly have no idea when SkyFire hit the market but it was gaining popularity so I decided to give it a try. This phone was released MAYBE alongside Flame but I chose SkyFire over Flame because of it is powered by MT6577. Before Blaze hits the market, the question is, does this phone pack enough punch to tackle on the Three Kings named Cherry Mobile Titan, Cloudfone Thrill 430x and MyPhone A919 Duo? Read on and find out.

1. THE PACKAGE (7.3 out of 10)

1.1 The BOX
                This is getting tedious but for the sake of new readers, I shall say again that the box the phones’ packages play an important role in selling, of course the more attractive the box, the more it MIGHT attract customers, lucky for the SkyFire, it has a unique and colourful box, I’m a fan of Reddish colors so it is definitely a plus one. The back of the box reads:
Android 4.0
1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
4.7 Capacitive Touch Panel
4GB ROM, 512 RAM
Expandable Memory
5Mp Rear, VGA Cam

1.2 What’s in the Box?

            Opening the box gives you virtually the same as what you get with the Cherry Mobile Flare, a sturdy USB cable, a charger which has a Cherry Mobile logo, 60 pages of murdered trees and an unimpressive headset. (I have used it alongside other headsets it was not bad but not impressive, partner it with SkyFire’s abysmal speaker makes the headset worse).

2. PHONE SUPERFICIALITY (9.2 out of 10)

                I can’t put my finger on it but this phone looks almost identical to a Branded phone, an HTC phone maybe? Whatever it is this phone actually looks the nicest of all the rebranded phones I have reviewed, it also is the lightest. The top houses the microUSB port and the 3.5mm jack the right side has the power button and the left side has the volume rocker and a camera shutter peculiarly placed near the rocker. Overall, the phone looks very nice.

3. PERFORMANCE EVALUATION (7.9857 out of 10)

3.1 Speakers (6.8 out of 10)

                One of the most important factor for me when choosing a phone, after being bombarded with sound goodness from MyPhone A919 and Cherry Mobile Titan, along with the superb audio quality of Cloudfone Thrill 430x, I had forgotten how bad the Cherry Mobile Flare was. Unfortunately for this phone, be it loudspeaker or headsets attached, this phone has, to date, the worst sound quality. The sound is unclear and very soft even at maximum volume with good headset playing 320kbps songs. I have always admired rebranded phones’ audio quality but this phone has undeniably performed abysmally.  

3.2 Display / Video Playback (7.2 out of 10)

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                Simply put, this is Titan’s smaller brother. Titan has 5 Inch, SkyFire has 4.7 Inch, both have the same 800x480, the display is underwhelming compared to MyPhone A919 or the Thrill, but it still gets the job done, not bad but definitely not great. Playing videos is ok as it was able to play 720p and 480p videos nicely. 1080p videos show noticeable lags.

3.3 Gaming (9.5 out of 10)

                Barring its unimpressive display, this phone plays games quite well, I have noticed that MT6577 Powered phones overpower Snapdragonned ones in terms of gaming experience, I have used Arc S, Flare and Cloudfone, all of them shows noticeable lag especially on when before the game starts. This phone plays as smooth as the Titan and MyPhone A919 at 60fps. This phone also sports a 5 Point Multitouch. Mainstream games and NBA 2k13 plays smoothly on this phone.
3.4 Camera (7.6 out of 10)

These Images are from SkyFire.
The camera of SkyFire is quite impressive, almost the same as the Flare, but same as MyPhone, this phone does not capture moving objects well, a slight move when taking a pictures blurs the photo most of the time, on still images, images are impressive, just remember to focus first before you shoot. One may not immediately appreciate the pictures thanks to the display of the SkyFire but put it on a media device with better display and you appreciate its camera.

3.5 Need for Speed (9.4 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.

                Carrying the same MT6577 of Titan and A919, the phone runs smoothly, the 512MB RAM maybe low by today’s standards but the performance and response of the phone is impressive. Sad to say you only have a limited 503MB for applications and the Phone storage is a measly 2.05GB; in what universe does 2.55GB equal 4GB? Yes I know that memories tend to lie, 32GB micro SD is only 29.5GB etc. but the Cloudfone Thrill has 1.32 GB for apps and 1.76GB internal, even A919 has greater storage than this phone.

3.6 User-Friendliness (8.6 out of 10)

                ICS babies pop out uncontrollably for the past few months, everyone wants a piece of Android and everyone apparently gets an Ice Cream Sandwich. Android OS seem to have the most user-friendly and hassle free amongst all operating systems today, any newbie can feel at home in about an hour or less. The tons of applications for customizations ensure a distinct Android phone among the rest. Sadly, for flashers like me, custom roms for this phone will be hard to find. Unlike the Flare and 430x, this phone can function properly even if you don’t hold it.

3.7 Battery (6.3 out of 10)

                This phone has, arguably, the worst battery of all the phones I used and I have used the Flare. It’s not as bad as the Flare, but for a 4.7 Inch Phone 1500maH is just inadequate, granted its display MIGHT use less power but an Android phone should be used for more than calls and texts, an Android used for texting and calling is a hell of a waste, I haven’t fully tested the battery but the discharge rate is very disappointing!


SKY + FIRE = CONFUSING (8.02 out of 10) 
* Performance is 70%, Package and Looks are both 15% for the total of 100% YEHEY I KNOW MATH :))

                This is the First rebranded phone that my feelings were mixed, you can see from the ratings that it fluctuates, high low, and high low. As I make my final conclusion, I can say that this maybe a distant relative of King Titan, it performs the same and has the same display but the audio quality and the camera gives it a life of its own to be called Titan’s brother. If you frequently watch movies and listen to music, this one is not for you, but if your prefer gaming and shooting photos this is a good choice. Mind you, the 1500maH will also be a major factor to your decision, so if you would ask me if this one is recommended by Norman’s Random? I would tell you it’s up to your personal preference.


  1. kudos to you for being the first to post a review of Skyfire. Hope you can also review the Flame when it comes out, as well as the Blaze, w/c is out already. But i guess you have to buy them first hehehe...

  2. hello there, it's me again to follow-up with some questions:
    - screen - IPS? does it wash out?
    - fast WI-FI and browsing?
    - does ICS allow installing or moving apps to SD card???
    - how much you paid for it?

  3. Not IPS, if it is, hindi siya mukhang IPS, ok ang browsing, check the video, it costs 6000

  4. Hi, thanks for visitng my blog. pwede malaman if ano screen resolution nito?


  5. Hey. Thanks for the review! Btw, just a few side comments. For the display of the skyfire, you can't see the real beauty of the display on here cause you used a matte screen protector. It tends to cover the clarity of the screen. Even on my iPhone 4S, pixel density is really massive but when used with matte screen protectors, nawawala ang retina display. It makes it look rather cheap. And oh, before I forget, it's not an HTC phone look-a-like, I think it's more of a GOOGLE GALAXY NEXUS. (: kudos!

  6. sir hindi ko po ma pag run yung nba2k13 pwde pong paturo salamat po

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  8. Tama po kayo, with regards to battery life, it is very disappointing.. mapakadali pong ma drain..

  9. Good day sir..

    Supported po ba ang micro sdhc?