Cherry Mobile Superion Plus Duo Review



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If you’re looking for a cheap alternative to the original Samsung Galaxy Tab, then Cherry Mobile has the perfect tablet for you. Released just a few weeks ago, the Cherry Mobile Superion Plus Duo (whew!) sports a powerful 1Ghz Qualcomm MSM8625 dual-core ARMv7 Snapdragon Processor and an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS.

Feel the SUPERion Plus!

The Superion Plus Duo comes with a standard microUSB cable and charger. There’s also a manual inside the box, but do you really read one? I thought so.

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Nexus 7 and the Superion Plus Duo

There’s no Cherry Mobile branding on the front. Everything is printed on the back which has a premium-matte finish. No squeaky parts and really feels solid on your hands.

Memory expansion and SIM card slots are located at the back. Battery is not removable so you’re stuck with the built-in 3300mAh battery. Volume rockers are placed at the lower right side of the tablet.

Screen and Display

First thing you’ll notice when you turn on the device is how cheap the capacitive buttons look. Does it affect the performance? Well, maybe. These buttons are stubborn as hell when pressed. You really need to press firmly on these buttons. You’ll find yourself touching it several times before it detects your input. If you own an iPhone with home button problems, you’ll get the idea.

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Nexus 7 and the Superion Plus Duo

When the thing finally boots up, you’ll see how poor the display is. The screen resolution is only 480×800 and the colors are washed out. Pixel density is around 133 so don’t expect HD quality here. Viewing angles on the tablet suck so you’ll have to keep the tablet’s screen right in front of your eyes. Tilt it a little and you’ll have a hard time reading what’s on the screen.

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Screen bleeding

And then there’s this irritating bleeding on the top of the screen. You won’t notice it unless you’re in a really dark place. I don’t know if this bleeding is present on all tablets or I was just unlucky with my unit.

As for the screen sensitivity itself, it’s more responsive than the capacitive buttons. I haven’t fully tested the multi-touch capability so I’m not sure how many touch points the screen is capable of.

Camera

Don’t expect to take good pictures on this tablet. The 2MP fixed-focus camera on the back takes bad photos especially in low light conditions. There’s an LED flash you say? That thing is close to useless. You’ll get average quality photos on daylight though. Front camera is bad too but decent enough to use on video calls.

I’ll make another post comparing the cameras on the Cherry Mobile Flare, MyPhone A919, and the Cherry Mobile Superion Plus Duo soon.

Software

Superion Plus Duo comes with a slightly modified Android 4.0.4 OS. Well it seems that every locally rebranded ICS phones come with this eh? It comes pre-installed with Opera Mini, Click the City, Kabayan, and Cherry Market. Kabayan is like Google Currents for local news while Cherry Market is a Google Play Store wannabe that doesn’t really connect to the internet. The apps you’ll find on the Cherry Market are actually saved on the tablet’s internal storage.

The phone is also rooted right out of the box. If you’re brave enough, you can swap the internal and external storage space or increase the pixel density.

Pros

  • Cheap tablet-phone combo!
  • 1Ghz Dual Core Snapdragon ARMv7 Processor
  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Premium matte finish makes this a good looking device
  • Average battery life that can last you for a day with medium usage
  • Rooted right out of the box
  • Responsive touch screen

Cons

  • Bad quality of front and back cameras
  • Capacitive buttons are not responsive
  • Poor screen resolution & pixel density
  • Bad viewing angles
  • Camera LED flash close to useless
  • Bleeding on the edges of the LCD screen
  • Built-in speaker seems to make the entire thing vibrate
  • Requires headset if you want private phone calls
  • Only 1GB usable for app installations

Will I recommend?

Yes.

Though it has its shortcomings, the Superion Plus Duo is a decent tablet. For its price of Php7000, you’ll get a 7-inch dual-core ICS tablet with call and text functionality.

If you need a tablet that can make calls, takes average photos on daylight, plays casual games, and WiFi connectivity then get one. It’s the perfect gadget for students or someone who needs to be connected 24/7. The Dual-Core processor makes it possible to multi-task without sacrificing productivity.

But if you need something that can do flawless 3D gaming and HD movies, then save your money and get a quad-core Google Nexus 7 or a more expensive Huawei MediaPad.

AnTuTu Benchmark Results

Cherry Mobile Superion Plus Duo Specifications

  • Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 7-inch 133ppi WVGA (480×800) capacitive display
  • Qualcomm MSM8625 Snapdragon 1GHz dual-core ARMv7  processor
  • Adreno 203 GPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of internal storage (approx 900MB usable for app installation)
  • microSD card slot up to 32GB
  • 2MP fixed-focus camera with LED flash
  • VGA front camera
  • Single SIM with SMS and Call Function
  • GSM/ GPRS/ EDGE /UMTS
  • WiFi
  • Bluetooth v3.0
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • microUSB v2.0
  • Non-removable Li-Ion 3300mAh battery
  • 202.2 x 122.4 x 12mm

SRP: Php6,999

 

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  • http://beyondeternal.com Euri

    I think the short-comings are reasonable for a 7k price tagged phone-tablet unit.