The Starmobile Quest is one of the company’s affordable Android smartphone that packs a 4.5-inch qHD display, Snapdragon 200 quad-core CPU, 2,000mAh battery, 12 megapixel f2.0 camera, and Android 4.3 Jellybean. For a price tag of Php6,590, let’s find if it’s worth the money by reading our quick review below.
Design and Construction
Being an entry-level offering, don’t expect the Quest to pack a premium body and eye-catching design. It’s body is made of plastic with a non-glossy finish. On the front is the 4.5-inch qHD IPS OGS display, earpiece, 5 megapixel front camera, and three capacitive buttons for navigation.
On the left is the volume rocker while on the right is the power/lock button. Right on top is the headset jack and microUSB port while down at the bottom is the microphone. Flip it on its back and you’ll find the 12 megapixel camera, LED flash, the secondary microphone, and the speaker.
Although it won’t be able to boast much in terms of build, its contours and curved edges are not something to be frowned upon. It fits well in the hands and feels light. In addition, it is solid and doesn’t exhibit any creakiness or rattling even though the back plate is removable.
OS and UI
Running the software department is Android 4.3 Jellybean. Starmobile maintained the stock look but came with a few pre-installed apps like WeChat, WhatsApp, VIRUS fighter PRO, Dr. Safety, Qualcomm Snapdragon Battery Guru, Starmobile Sync, and Starmobile App Store.
All in all it would give you a total usable storage of 1.58GB for apps and 800MB of USB storage out of the 4GB that comes with it. The good news is it has microSD card slot should you wish to expand.
The Quest boasts a 12 megapixel BSI rear camera with Sony sensor and f/2.2 aperture. It takes decent photos even indoors during a cloud day. However, don’t expect top notch quality compared to more expensive smartphones. Take a look at a few samples below.
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It is also equipped with a 5-megapixel front camera with Toshiba sensor so it packs more pixels than most smartphones. If you like taking selfies or frequently do video calls the Quest’s front camera will definitely suffice.
Performance and Benchmarks
Powering the Quest is a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core CPU, Adreno 302 GPU, and 1GB RAM. So far basic tasks run smoothly and most of our social media apps ran without any hiccups. Although there aren’t any lags, you’ll notice that it’s not as snappy compared to smartphones with much better specs. Take a look at the benchmark scores below:
* AnTuTu – 16,340
* Quadrant – 7,820
* NenaMark2 – 42.7 fps
The Quest comes with a 2,000mAh battery which should be able to last a conservative user a whole day. We put it through our routine battery test and the result is 5.26 hours worth of playback which we find to be below average.
To conclude, the Starmobile Quest is a nice offering for those who need a capable smartphone with decent performance and dual-SIM capabilities at a low price. But with its price tag of Php6,590, it’s a losing battle against the better-equipped and slightly more affordable ASUS Zenfone 5 which starts at Php6,495.
Starmobile Quest specs:
4.5-inch qHD IPS OGS display, 245ppi
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 quad-core CPU
Adreno 302 GPU
4GB internal storage
microSD card support
12 megapixel AF BSI (Sony sensor) f2.0 aperture rear camera
5 megapixel AF (Toshiba sensor) front camera
Dual SIM (micro)
Android 4.3 Jellybean
137 x 66.3 x 9.8 mm