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June 09, 2013

Cherry Mobile Hyper Review

After the release 2 months ago, we got our hands on the Cherry Mobile Hyper. We’ve played around with the device for a couple of a weeks now, and so far it feels solid and well-made. Packing a 5-inch display, a dual-core CPU and a 2,000mAh battery, the Cherry Mobile Hyper goes through our full review.

TOP PORTION HYPER

We already have our first impressions here, tackling most things that are found in the surface. Read on to see what lies underneath.

Design and Construction

When I was with handling the device, a lot of people mistook the Hyper for a Galaxy Note; only if you look closely, you’ll see that it has differences. It feels very bulky, as it is wide and thick all around. The impression it leaves us with is just that, with a little mix of solidity.

On the front side of the phone is the 5-inch display with three capacitive buttons and a microphone below that. Above are a few sensors, the front-facing camera and the chrome-colored earpiece.

DESIGN

Found on the top left part of the phone is the power button alongside the place for the 3.5mm audio jack and the micro USB port, and on the right side of the phone is what seems to be the secondary microphone and the volume rocker; there is nothing found on both the bottom and the left side of the phone.

The rest of the phone is wrapped around in white, and it attracts quite some dirt. While it isn’t made out of glossy plastic, we have to say that it doesn’t feel premium in the hand either. The Hyper feels durable and well made, however the ergonomics and the experience in handling this heavy device takes the fall for it.

Display

The 5-inch display on the Hyper runs on a resolution of 480 x 800, giving a pixel density of merely 187ppi. It responds very well for the most part, but we weren’t as impressed with the colors and the viewing angles.

CM HYPER BUTTONS DISPLAY

Its washed out colors are a pain to look at, and everything else lacks in contrast. On the other hand, the viewing angles of the device from both sides show discoloration; only from the top and the bottom parts you’ll find decent angles.

Moreover, a 5-inch display with a phone of this size is hard to navigate. As we mentioned above, the power button is found on the top left corner of the phone, which is hard to reach. Everything about navigation proves to be difficult, so be ready to use your two-hands with this phone because even the larger Galaxy Note 2 feels easier to use.

OS, Apps and UI

The phone runs on the Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. It’s quite outdated for our taste, but it gets the job done nonetheless.

HYPER SC

The Hyper features the usual apps from CM – Fun Club & eWarranty, with a couple more additions such as a third-party keyboard, a stopwatch and more. It’s easily one of the cleanest phones we’ve handled in a while, but we’re still wishing that it could run a more updated version of Android.

Multimedia & Camera

Sound quality brought by the speakers of the Hyper sounds a little muffled; the volume on the other hand is decent and workable. We found video playback to be smooth and pleasurable because of the size of the display.

HYPER SHOT

When we previewed the shots that we took with the camera of the Hyper, we felt that it wouldn’t be impressive at all – we were wrong. The display of the Hyper hid the beauty of the photos taken, and we only appreciated it when we took the shots to the big screen. The images were sharp enough, and all the colors were vibrant and natural.

In low-light conditions, as expected, it didn’t do as great as it was very noisy. Anyways, there is a flash to make up for it.

Taking video is the mess here, as we were presented with different shooting modes that most consumers won’t recognize – D1, FWVGA, WVGA and so on, all the way to QCIF. We shot one in FWVGA (480 x 854), and we were presented with very slow frame rates. We took another in D1, and results barely changed. To cut it short, you’re not going to have a good time using this camera for video.

Performance & Battery Life

The phone is fairly fast as it runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon CPU, and casual gaming works very well. There are slight hiccups here and there at times, and we think the blame should be put on the memory, the 512MB RAM.

BM 2

  • Antutu – 5,924
  • Quadrant – 2,945
  • Nenamark 2 – 32.3fps

HYPER BACK

Placing the phone in a video loop with 50% volume and 50% brightness caused the battery to deplete more or less 60% in 5 hours. On standby, it didn’t do much better too as we saw it draining half in a day without use.

Conclusion

For us, the Hyper is a tough pick at the moment. Cherry Mobile has a lot in line for this year, and most of them are running on much updated hardware and software. However, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the Hyper is a joke – the device actually does a couple of things well.

HYPER FRONT

If you simply want a huge phone for watching video and browsing content, if you take photos more than you take video, and if you simply want a solidly built phone for Php4,990, the CM Hyper is the one for you.

However, if you can’t stand a washed out display, a huge and bulky phone and if you really need decent video recording, you might want to save a little more and just wait. The good thing about Android devices is just, you’ll always have options.

Cherry Mobile Hyper specs:
5-inch capacitive display @ 800×480pixels, 187ppi
Qualcomm MSM8625 Snapdragon 1.2GHz dual-core processor
Adreno 203 GPU
512MB RAM
4GB internal storage
microSD up to 32GB
WiFi
Bluetooth
GPS w/ a-GPS support
Dual SIM
3G
5MP AF camera w/LED flash
720p@30fps HD video
VGA front-facing camera
Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
Li-Ion 2,000mAh battery

What we liked about it:

  • Solid build and construction
  • Camera takes great photos in good lighting
  • Clean UI, not much bloatware

What we didn’t like about it:

  • Hard to navigate, heavy & thick
  • Muffled speakers
  • Bad video recording
  • Washed out display
  • Android ICS is outdated

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10 Responses to “Cherry Mobile Hyper Review”

  1. doug_marasigan
    Twitter: papa_soc
    says:

    Its too early to say that ICS is outdated.

  2. pfb says:

    atleast an honest review

  3. hihi says:

    Namimiss na namin yung grotto :( pero atlesst vga camera pa din gamit mo diba. Hihi thanks :)))

  4. abuzalzal says:

    I wouldn’t pay Php 5k for those specs..Adreno 203? 512 mb RAM? crap screen that isn’t even qHd? ICS? come on

    These days if you want a ”good enough” phone you gotta aim for at least a 720p…konting dagdag na lang eh, at least hindi mo pa pagsisisihan

  5. Andy says:

    Poor Quality after 2 weeks used. it will shutdown and then when u call in main office in cherry mobile no one can answers the call in all contact nos. very poor service with cherry mobile im so dissapointed

  6. Acid Burn says:

    I agree with Andy. Poor product, poor service. I used it for a less than a month, then 6 weeks in repair.

  7. Zobel says:

    The fastest way to drain a battery is to turn on both 3G and wifi hotspot. The Cruize is the champ here lasting at 5 hours. The Alcatel 990 lasts less than an hour (that brand should be extinct.)

  8. Irvin says:

    This is the worst phone I’ve ever had… takes about almost a minute to respond to every click and for an application to open. facebook and messenger apps keeps closing by itself every 2 minutes. Browsing facebook for more than 3minutes without crashing and forced closing it is impossible. even if i update and reinstall facebook app and hard resetting the phone, apps still keeps on force closing.

  9. ian says:

    terrible phone. earpiece gets too hot to comfortably use after about a minute into the call. it’s too uncomfortably hot to use as well when 3g is on and you need to answer a call.

    and the worst part is it shuts down on it’s own every now and then without warning even when the battery is halfway drained. it’s not the connections because you can shake it, tap it and slap it but it won’t manifest that problem. leave it on a desk somewhere and soon, it will just power down.

    experience with this brand makes me vow to myself never to even consider buying anything from this company ever again.

    buyer beware.

  10. KRIPAS says:

    sa akin din, d ma gamit ng maayos dahil bigla lang cya mamatay d ko alam kung bakit….

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