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Cherry Mobile Burst 2.0 Quick Review




We’ve got yet another affordable quad-core smartphone from Cherry Mobile in our hands. This time it’s the Burst 2.0, a 4.5-inch dual-SIM Android handset which only costs Php700 more than the Flare 2.0 which we recently reviewed. So what do you get for that extra dough? Check out our brief overview after the break to find that out.

cherry mobile burst 2.0

One of the obvious benefits of going for the Burst 2.0 is better build quality and larger screen. It’s a more respectable looking phone compared to the “Quad-core ng Bayan” and that additional half-an-inch of display goes a long way.

We really admire the overall design of this handset, particularly its slightly curved back panel coated in matte finish. This makes the phone easier to hold during one-hand operation and is less susceptible to fingerprints and scratches.

CM Burst 2.0

To give the smartphone some added flare, the OEM went for a glossy finish on the top panel where the 5MP camera is located, as well as the ports for audio and micro-USB. The same design scheme is applied for the two buttons (power and volume rocker) which are placed conveniently placed on each side of the handset.

Another thing we liked about the Burst 2.0’s design is that the micro-SD card slot is not obstructed by the battery; making it possible to switch cards on without having to turn off the phone. The SIM card slots, on the other hand, are a slight pain the neck to use because the SIM cards goes in the same slot and are only separated by a thin piece of metal.

Burst 2.0

With the exception of the chip maker (Qualcomm vs MediaTek), the Burst 2.0 actually shares the same internal configuration as its marginally cheaper sibling. Both phones run on a 1.2GHz quad-core processor with 512MB RAM and has a measly 4GB internal storage which is predominantly occupied by its OS.

Having the same entry-level specs as the Flare 2.0, we didn’t expect something out of the ordinary coming from this handset. But after using it as our daily driver for nearly over a week, we noticed a significant difference in how this phone handles tasks compared to when we’re using the Flare.

UI

Launching third-party apps was relatively faster, multitasking was a tad smoother and instances of apps crashing were few and far in between. Intrigued by its feat, we ran our usual benchmark apps to get a better feel of how it performs.

The results we got out of the Burst 2.0 blew its Qualcomm-powered sibling out of the water. It got 13,818 on AnTuTu, 4,011 on Quadrant Standard and clocked in at 47.2fps on NenaMark2.

benchmark

Apart from the stellar scores it got from the benchmark tests and more superior build quality, the Burst 2.0 has another trick up its sleeve – battery life. We replicated the same testing environment (50% brightness and volume, no SIM cards and no data connection) that we used while testing the Flare 2.0 and used the same movie and media player (MX Player) to do the battery test for this handset.

The result, as you can see on the screenshot below, is nothing short of outstanding. In contrast to the Flare 2.0’s result, the Burst 2.0’s 2000mAh battery pack gave us twice as more mileage on single full charge.

battery life

Summary

We ended our Flare 2.0 review with a firm statement that if you’re looking for a more decent handset, you should be prepare to dish out a little extra cash for it. Fortunately for the frugal crowd, the Cherry Mobile Burst 2.0 is well worth that extra Php700 – one that truly gives consumers more bang for their buck.

Cherry Mobile Burst 2.0 specs:
4.5-inch FWVGA LCD screen, 854×480 @217ppi
1.2GHz MTK6589 quad-core processor
PowerVR SGX544MP GPU
512MB RAM
4GB internal memory
micro SD up to 32GB
5MP camera w/LED flash
VGA front-facing camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth, GPS w/ A-GPS
Dual SIM
Android 4.2 Jellybean
2,000mAh battery

The Cherry Mobile Burst 2.0 is now available in the market and is being sold for Php4,699.



This article was written by Ronnie Bulaong, a special features contributor and correspondent for YugaTech. Follow him on Twitter @turonbulaong.

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26 Responses

  1. enlightened1 says:

    nice 512 ram! yehey!

  2. someone says:

    @Ronnie Bulaong

    Instead of removing the sim cards, just turn airplane mode on. This should prolong any of your battery tests because the phone’s gsm radio will be turned off.

  3. epol says:

    ano to? running with windows 8? 512 ram lang kasi eh

  4. r41 says:

    RAM Management on Android 4.2 is good enough that 512MB of RAM isn’t much of a downer as it was before. Definitely a bang for the buck phone, everything is fast and smooth, very impressive especially at this price point. The camera though is where they decided to cut corners. Despite being 5MP, it simply sucks at being a camera. Proper lighting is a must if you want to take pictures.

  5. pewde ba i move yung other apps sa sd card? ang liit kasi ng memory ng burst2.0? kung pwede, paano? balak ko kasi bumili nito?

  6. jeear bucar says:

    my co teacher have this phone…. and i installed games such as death tour, ckz ,zombiewood l.a. ,and csr… it played smoothly but it cant instal games suh as blood and honor, six guns … maybe because of 512 ram…

  7. mitch says:

    i have this phone already.. i hate the camera of this phone.. it’s very pix-elated… i tried to return it but when they’ve shown me their other stock, it’s all the same.. :(

    • mc :( says:

      i bought it yesterday ..ang panget talaga kala ko sa kin lang may defect kso pareho lahat eh..kakainis!!

  8. Kathleen Anne Galuyo says:

    How about in ScreenShot? Di ko po alam ehh. Help please..

  9. faceless says:

    too much lag and auto exit when playing dark avenger.

  10. Lowen dimayuga says:

    I have this phone, I’ll appreciate this kasi maganda ang audio quality nito lalo na naka headset ka, never mind sa camera, other is good specially in audio quality, games, in watching movie also, i’ll test the battery, is good, you can watch 3 movies a total of 6 hours durations, 2 hours each movies, you can watch hd movies directly, no need to convert for mobile compatible, as in, it’s clear. Thank to Cherry Mobile:-)

  11. Silver says:

    This is crap! So slow, you wont believe with the indicated processor speed! Keeps crashing apps. Low quality sound, interrupted volume upon receiving sms.

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