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December 12, 2012

Starmobile Bright Review

Starmobile is getting a lot of attention lately because of their affordable feature phones with dual-SIM capabilities. One of them is the Starmobile Bright. Read our full review after the break.

Starmobile Bright

Design and Build

It’s starting to make sense that Starmobile gets its inspiration from other manufacturers in the design department. If the Starmobile Astra we reviewed a few weeks ago resembles the HTC Sensation, this time the Bright looks similar to the Nokia Lumia 610 with rounded corners and the bottom having a tapered edge.

Bright_ps

On the front is the Bright’s 3.5-inch capacitive display, an earpiece and a front-facing camera. Down below is the microphone and four soft buttons (Home, Options, Return, Search) which are used to navigate the Android Gingerbread UI. Right on top are the headset jack and Power/Lock button. Nothing to be found on the left side but on the right is the volume rocker. At the back are the 3 megapixel camera and speaker grill while at the bottom is the microUSB port.

Speaking of the microUSB port, we found something odd about this part of the phone. The port is set too deep inside the device that an ordinary microUSB cable won’t be able to reach it. As a solution, the Bright comes with a special microUSB cable that has a longer tip. This is somewhat of a disadvantage as you can’t simply replace it with an ordinary microUSB cable in case it gets broken or lost.

Ordinary microUSB (left) Starmobile Bright microUSB (right)

Ordinary microUSB (left) Starmobile Bright microUSB (right)

The Starmobile Bright is solidly built and doesn’t look and feel cheap. It is made of plastic but of three different textures. The bezel is of black glossy plastic, the surrounding sides of the phone has a gun-metal look, while the rest of the body is of matte finish. To sum it up, it’s a simple looking device yet feels good in the hands.

Display

The Bright has a 3.5-inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 320 x 480. Pixels are evident, the screen throws a lot of glare and there’s no IPS so viewing angles are limited.

Bright_display

However, even with a low resolution the display is very decent. Colors are good and icons and texts retain a good amount of detail. If your planning to watch movies or videos the display won’t give you much satisfaction but it will suffice when browsing stuff in the internet.

OS, Apps and UI

The Starmobile Bright runs Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread out of the box. Starmobile didn’t touch the UI so you get a stock Android experience. You still get five different home screens and 4 x 4 grid of apps.

Bright_UI

For the apps, the Bright doesn’t have bloatware but come pre-installed with useful apps such as Viber, WhatsApp, Instagram, Skype, ES Task Manager and File Explorer. There are also web shortcuts to Inquirer, Job Market and Starmobile’s website. For anything else, the Play Store is available but since you’re running Android Gingerbread expect some apps to be incompatible like the Chrome browser.

I also would like to mention that the Bright only has 185MB allotted for apps. So you’ll frequently encounter a “not enough memory” error if you download a lot of apps. The best solution is to move some of the apps installed in phone memory to microSD.

Multimedia and Camera

The Bright is equipped with a 3 megapixel camera with no flash. Photos taken are of below average quality with images appearing out of focus and washed out but still useful when uploading to SNS like Facebook and Instagram. Other camera features include, geo-tagging, up to five continuous shots (1 shot per 3 secs), and 4x digital zoom. As for the front-facing camera, it has VGA resolution with a tiny sensor so expect low quality and very grainy portrait shots.

Bright_sample photo

As for video recording, you can record videos up to a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 or VGA quality. It doesn’t pack much features but you get to use six filter effects to go along with your creativity. It’s funny that video recording has this feature and not the image capture.

Bright_movie

Multimedia playback on the Bright is not a problem. Movies of high-quality are very watchable but you will have to deal with the small display and poor viewing angles. As the case for most Android phones, not all video formats are playable so I still suggest downloading a third-party player. As for sound quality, the Bright has a large speaker so sounds are very audible and clear. Still I would recommend connecting it to an external speaker or use headphones.

Performance and Battery life

The Bright is equipped with a 1GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and an Adreno 200 GPU. The UI is quick and transitions are fast and fluid. As for games, swipes register accurately so Temple Run and Angry Birds are very playable. There are occasional lags but doesn’t hinder gameplay. For benchmark scores, Antutu gave the Bright a score of 3809 while Quadrant Standard gave it a score of 1314, landing at the bottom of both charts. As for GPU prowess, Nenamark gauged its Adreno 200 GPU a 14.1 fps.

NenaMark2_2012-12-11_1831

For the battery life, we used WiFi and SMS heavily on the Bright with an average usage of 20 mins per hour on Facebook and 10 to 15 sent text messages per hour. With that kind of usage the Bright’s 1500mAh battery lasted 14 hours. Moderate use should give you a little over a day.

Bright_battery

Conclusion

To conclude, the Starmobile Bright performed as expected of an entry-level dual-SIM smartphone. It’s an Android handset that can run basic tasks like internet surfing, texting, calling, and some games without any issues. The only drawbacks are the microUSB port, the camera quality, low app storage memory and battery life. Other than that, everything works fine.

Bright_rear

The Bright has an SRP of Php4,990 which is really affordable for a capable dual-SIM Android handset. However, I still think that it will have a hard time dominating other handsets of the same caliber offered by the likes of Lenovo, Cherry Mobile, and O+.

Starmobile Bright specs:
3.5″ capacitive touch screen (320 x 480)
1GHz processor
Adreno 200 GPU
512MB RAM
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD (4GB microSD card included)
3 megapixel camera
VGA front camera
HSDPA 7.2 Mbps, HSUPA 5.76 Mbps
WiFi
Bluetooth
GPS
1500mAh battery
116 x 60 x 12 mm
Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread

What we liked about it:
*Good build
*Decent display quality
*Free 4GB microSD card

What we didn’t like about it:
*microUSB port was set too deep
*Below average battery life
*Small phone storage for apps.

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16 Responses to “Starmobile Bright Review”

  1. Aedis says:

    It wasn’t bright after all. :)

  2. Ex-Alodian Knight says:

    It needs a brightslap* for it to be better. jk
    but in all seriousness, The A818 is even better than this. The custom USB is a dealbreaker.

  3. Blank says:

    Bakit ganun? Kaya naman mag-produce ng myphone, cherry mobile, torque at star mobile ng smartphones pero bakit hindi sila mag-design ng medyo kakaiba. Lalo ng yung apat na bagong smartphones ng Torque na kahawig ng SIII, SIII mini at note II.

  4. Peter says:

    Rebranded china phones nga lang, kaya don’t expect a unique design.

  5. Totem says:

    Cherry Mobile Flare only costs P3999 and has better specs than this Bright..

  6. Gerry says:

    how would this even fare against Cherry Mobile Flare? Even Astra lost already on its range.

    for Php 5000 i’ll just save a little more and push for I suppose CM Flame or CM Titan.

  7. bote says:

    mura nga ang cherry mobile flare, dami namang napapamura dahil halos lahat may depekto. sa charger, sa accelerometer, sa touchscreen, hirap daw magtex. naubusan nga daw ng pamalit yung isang store dahil sa dami ng nagpapareplace ng unit. nakakatakot bumili ng cherry.

    • James Villamor says:

      Iyan ang problema sa CM. Yung user ang nagiging final QC inspector. Style nila e poor QC para mas mura ang production cost tapos palitan na lang mga sinoli ng buyers.

  8. micha says:

    magkano napo ngayon yang starmobile bright tsaka po san napo pedeng makabili nyan dto po sa bulacan ?

  9. mark says:

    magkano na po ngyun yang ganyang model?

  10. ryan says:

    paano pala e active ang brigth

  11. Ariel Lance says:

    ang battery po talaga … parang ang hirap kung may lakad ka na whole day.. ito po yung gamit ko ngaun.. give me advises on how to save battery life. for this smBright

  12. joy says:

    bakit ganun hindi makapag charge yung starmoble bright q kapag nkaplug sa saksakan nya. pero pag pinaplug ko sa pc nag ccharge sya.. pero mnsan gumagana sa konektor nya minsan hindi

  13. geri ann says:

    hello? i think my built in camera is missing… but it’s of starmobile knight.. how can i fix it? haw can i restore the camera and the rear view camera isn’t working.. please help.. thank you :)

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