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February 03, 2014

Cherry Mobile Rave 2.0 first impressions

With the recent influx of Android smartphones coming from Cherry Mobile, I have to admit that it’s starting to become difficult to keep track of what’s what. However, in the case of the Rave 2.0, things should be easier. That is because aside from sporting a 5.3-inch screen and a quad-core CPU, it also comes with NFC which is a first for a local brand. If that got your attention, then read our first impressions below.

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Let’s talk about the design first. I’ll tell you straight away that the Rave 2.0 looks generic. And when I say generic it means it doesn’t show-off much flare in terms of design which is also evident in some other local smartphone models in its class. It’s a rectangular piece of plastic with curved edges, and that’s it. It’s almost on the edge of boring.

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Now you might see it like I’m slapping the Rave 2.0 on the face with my lack of praise. But the truth is this smartphone isn’t exactly going for the eye-candy type. It has a ceramic finish instead of glossy, which makes it more grippy and less smudgy. The large display on the other hand is complimented by a bit hefty but solid, well-built body. Everything is packed tight and feels unibody even though it has a removable back plate. To cut it short, it is simple, functional, and looks stealthy.

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Now that we got that part squared away, the Rave 2.0 features the type of hardware spec you’d come to expect from a smartphone of this caliber – a 5.3-inch IPS display with qHD resolution at 208ppi, a 13 megapixel rear camera with LED flash, a 5 megapixel front, and 4GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and dual-SIM, dual standby capability.

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Under the hood is a MediaTek MT6589 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.2.1 Jellybean, and 2,400mAh battery. It comes with the basic connectivity features like WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1. Perhaps the most notable feature here is the inclusion of NFC as mentioned earlier. This allows the Rave 2.0 to play along with other NFC-equipped devices out there.

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AnTuTu benchmark

Cherry Mobile Rave 2.0 specs:
5.3″ IPS qHD (540 x 960), 208ppi
MediaTek MT6589 1.2GHz quad-core CPU
PowerVR SGX 544MP GPU
1GB RAM
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
13 megapixel AF rear camera w/ LED flash
5 megapixel front-facing
dual-SIM, dual standby
3G, HSPA+
WiFi b/g/n
NFC
Bluetooth 2.1
2,400mAh battery
Android 4.2.1 Jellybean

The Cherry Mobile Rave 2.0 has an SRP of Php8,999. Check back on us in a week for a complete review.

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11 Responses to “Cherry Mobile Rave 2.0 first impressions”

  1. Chris says:

    I can never consider a phone which only has 4gb of internal storage. That is not manageable at all.

    • abuzalzal says:

      Lol bago mag-comment pwede bang iwanan ang katangahan sa keyboard?

      Almost all Generic 4 GB Android phones have this so-called ”DEFAULT WRITE TO SD CARD” feature that CANNOT be found on major brands such as SAMSUNG, SONY or LG

      In other words, It doesn’t really freaking matter

      Self explanatory na yan! Kung magkukuripot ka sa Php400 na 16GB micro-SD card aba’y hindi na namin problema yan lol

    • lakan tutero says:

      How is managing 4GB of space a problem if you can just simply buy a micro-SD card and set Android’s “Default Write Disk” to your external micro-SD card?

    • john says:

      wow todo defend sa produkto ng paboritong brand ah. kulang parin talaga ang 4GB na storage. LOL. tsaka ikaw lang may gustong bumili ng memory card na galing sa CDR King na sirain. bobo! bibili pa ng 16 gb na memory card yun pang madaling masira. yung mga 16gb na memory card na mga branded at high quality ay 1k-2k ang price nun.

      napansin ko lang tong si abusalsal kapag may post dito ang yugatech na mga branded at mamahaling produkto, lalaitin niya ng todo todo. pero kapag galing sa cherry mobile, alam na. tuwang tuwa na parang tanga.

    • wew says:

      ang alam ko pag nasa sd card ang apps pag pinatay mo ung phone tas binuksan mo uli nagrereset lahat,ung mga 2lad ng fb,twitter,etc. eh kailangan mo uli maglog in tas ung ibang apps may nagbabago sa settings na kailangan mo uli ienable,etc. tas d gagana widgets pag nasa sd card tska pagbukas mo minsan matagal magload ung apps sa menu screen…kaya para sakin mas maganda pa rin sa internal memory talaga mga apps then photos,music,videos,etc. sa sd card para di hassle kaya d ko to macoconsider if bibili ako ng phone.

  2. abuzalzal says:

    @johntukmol

    Check-check din ng Kingston Class 4 microSD pag may time…saan ka nakakita ng Php2k na 16 GB? sa imahinasyon mo???

    FYi these cheap Kingston cards never failed me once

    Kung ikaw yung alternick ni @Chris na nagpost ng kabobohan (at napikon ka ng sobra sobra) hahahahahaha sorry ha lol

    • john says:

      aba di ko alam kung sino yung bobong chris na yan. baka ikaw yan kasi ikaw lang naman ang nagpopost ng kabobohan dito at naghahatid ng kamalasan at negative energy na dapat sanay masaya na yugatech.

      at malay ko ba na class 4 lang pala ang ilalagay mong sd card sa cherrymobile phone mo. akala ko kasi class 10. aba kung class 4 pala eh, walang duday afford mo nga yan. kaya congrats. pero correction. di ko sinabing 2k ang presyo ng kingston 16gb sd card. basahin mo ang comment ko bobo. sabi ko 1k-2k ang price range ng karamihang branded 16gb cards. pero di kasali jan ang class 4. . pinamimigay na nga lang yang mga class 4 sd cards ,di ko akalaing bibili ka pala niyan. tas estimate ko lang yan .

      sa online stores 900 pesos yung pinakamurang class 10 16 gb sd card.

  3. titi says:

    titi mo abuzalzal.

    tangina mo.

    magyayabang ka pa na magkukuripot e ikaw naka-class 4 lang. ulol. salpak mo kaya floppy disk drive mo sa cherry mobile flare mo.

  4. they can do better If their selling point is the NFC. I’d rather get the Cherry Mobile Omega XL.

    For Android, ROM is not much of an issue. I’d rather check on the RAM and Processing Speed.

    What specs are you more keen in checking?

  5. Sam says:

    Yuck class 4 sd? Ang tagal mag write dyan. Kung sabagay yun lang ang afford ng budget nya tapos makacomment sa high end devices wagas di naman pala kaya bumili.

  6. hanz says:

    cheap SD cards belongs to that stupid abuzalzal…LOL

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