Cherry Mobile is once again targeting the budget-conscious consumers who also want to get a real smartphone with its affordable W900 dual-core Android smartphone.
Cherry Mobile W900 is the best Android device that you can have at its price point – if we’re about to talk about the specs only.
It may not have the specs that you can find in the likes of the Samsung GALAXY S III but hey, we’re talking about a sub-10k phone here.
Hardware and Design
The Cherry Mobile W900 has plastic body all over it. The overall shape and form-factor of the device looks very much like a BlackBerry – it’s so ‘curvy’ they even did put the word ‘curvaceous’ on the back of the phone.
The front face is covered with a single piece of plastic which extends from the screen out to the bezel. The screen is a 4-inch LCD one with an 800×480 resolution. It is rare to see a sub-10k phone equipped with a screen of this resolution, so kudos to Cherry Mobile on that. Just below the screen are 3 capacitive buttons – the menu, home, and back buttons. The search button is notable absent on here. The phone gives you a haptic feedback when you press each one of them.
The back side of the device is plain. There’s the 5 Megapixels autofocus camera – yes you’ve read it correctly. The W900 has an autofocus camera, albeit without a flash. The back panel of the device extends to the side – which houses the 3.5mm audio port and volume rocker on the left, the microUSB port, the power button, and an eco-mode switch on the right.
For the internals, the W900 is powered by a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8255 dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, and 1350mAh of battery capacity.
Display and User Interface
The W900 has a 4-inch screen with an 800×480 resolution and as such, it’s a pleasure to look at. It may not have high pixel density such as the iPhone 4S but the bright, vivid, and crisp display makes place for that.
The UI is no different from other droids. Cherry Mobile just added their own iconography and a brownish accent that’s noticeable on most apps on top of vanilla Android. They even added a hidden quick-launch bar on the homescreen. Just swipe up from bottom of the screen and it will magically appear. It can hold up to 8 apps that you like.
The default onscreen keyboard – which is the TouchPal keyboard – is a bit hard to use. It’s just not fun to mess with it’s settings that I resorted back to the original Gingerbread keyboard.
Apps & Performance
As I said, the W900 is equipped with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor, coupled with 512 MB of RAM. Performance is really great for a phone at this price point. Games such as Angry Birds and Temple Run perform smoothly with slight to almost no noticeable lag.
The web browser is also fast, but not that lightning fast. Loading and rendering websites usually takes no more than 10 seconds – but then, it really boils down with the connection that you are using. Don’t blame the phone if it loads a website very slowly, check your internet connection.
Oh and what’s great is that they even added gestures on the web browser, a feature found on other browsers such as the Dolphin browser. But this time, it’s built-in.
And for those who like numbers, the W900 scored 1141 on Quadrant benchmarking app.
Meanwhile, the battery life is just as what you’ll expect on an Android device. At moderate to heavy usage – 3G/Wi-Fi on, gaming, continuous browsing, Twitter, etc. – the phone only survived for about 6-8 hours. That’s sans the calls. Standby time is at around 3-5 days with the Wi-Fi on. Alternatively, you can opt to use the phone in Eco mode, which will let you choose what apps and settings to disable to save battery life. The Eco mode switch is located next to the power button.
The speaker of the W900 is surprisingly loud, but as always, it’s better to use your earphones as it will give you a better sound quality. The Music player app is very simple. It even mimics Windows Phone’s feature that adds the album cover as the background – on the app.
It can also take full HD videos at 1080p too. Sadly though, we forgot to try it out.
The W900 takes decent 5 Megapixels photographs given that you have enough lighting as it doesn’t have a flash. Images appear slightly over-saturated and vivid. It takes close-up shots too – thanks to the autofocus camera. It’s really good that this phone managed to bring an autofocus camera. Tell me other phones at sub-10k level with the same camera, you’ll only probably mention a few.
So you want to get a real affordable smartphone and not just a toned down version like the Galaxy Y, etc.? Then the Cherry Mobile W900 maybe the phone that you’re looking for. The best selling point here is probably the dual-core processor, the screen, and the autofocus camera.
Cherry Mobile W900 Specifications and Features
– 4-inch LCD screen with 800×480 resolution
– 5 Megapixels autofocus camera, VGA front-facing camera
– 1080p Full HD video recording @ 30 fps
– microSD card slot up to 32 GB
– Wi-Fi b/g/n
– Bluetooth 2.1
– 1,3500 mAh battery capacity
– HSPA+ 21 Mbps
– Android 2.3 Gingerbread OS
– SRP – PhP 9,900