The O+ Fab Go is one of those devices going in for a price below Php10k and yet packs a large 6-inch display along with a dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, a large 2,500mAh battery and all that you’d expect. Is it a go? Read on our quick review to find out.
To begin with, the design of the Fab Go isn’t one to stand out up front; bezels make most of the design creating a really bland aura. When you turn to the back, you become faced with a better looking matte finish that allows minimal fingerprint smudges. The rest is what you’d basically expect out of a phone of this caliber.
Being a six incher, the device feels really big and clunky. It’s not something I enjoyed bringing in my pocket or in my bag, but it is manageable by the hands up to a certain extent. The button placements help with this, but you are really going to need two-handed operation.
The display of the Fab Go, as you’d expect, is huge, and it is quite disappointing as it only comes at a low resolution of 480 x 854. The viewing angles are off too vertically, but viewing from the sides are for the most part okay. In the right light, colors pop and texts look readable – but don’t expect too much of this screen.
As for the performance of the device, it is really stable and we don’t really see frequent stutters. Besides, O+’s UI is getting better bit by bit (they’ve added one-handed on-screen button menus), and unlike other manufacturers, their skins are very consistent.
Here are the benchmark scores:
- Antutu – 10,159
- Quadrant – 3,271
- Nenamark 2 – 40 fps
When it comes to the camera, the 5 megapixel shooter takes very similar photos to mostly every other 5 megapixel camera out there. It does good in daylight, but it goes bad with limited lighting. In whatever condition it is in too, you get really muddy output. You can also check out the sample video below for a better look.
As you would guess, for its size and for the internals that power it, the Fab Go packs a large 2,500mAh battery. With a low-res screen to power and a dual-core CPU running the show, the battery is more than enough and it is really impressive. We didn’t charge the phone for days and on standby, it barely drains any juice.
O+ Fab GO specs:
6-inch FWVGA (480 x 854) TFT display, 163ppi
1.3GHz dual-core CPU
4GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
5 megapixel rear camera with AF and LED flash
2 megapixel front-facing
3G / 2G
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
168 x 90.5 x 9.5mm
For the price of Php8,995, the O+ Fab Go is a tough buy just because the competition can offer quad-core CPUs and HD screen resolutions on their devices. It’s not a bad phone however as it offers its features more on the mediocre side; it’s just that the device is quite expensive for its offering.
What we liked about it:
- Matte finish on the back
- Impressive battery life
- Consistent Android skin
- Good performance
What we didn’t like about it:
- Sub-par viewing angles
- Low resolution screen
- Outdated internal hardware
- Bland design & bulky construction