Hands-on with the MyPhone Uno
We go hands on with new MyPhone Uno – one of the two smartphones that were launched earlier as part of the Android One campaign.
Despite having near-identical specification as the Cherry Mobile One, MyPhone has a slightly different approach as far as design and choice of material for its exterior are concerned.
When viewed head on, the MyPhone Uno reminded us of the Google Nexus S with its minimalist design with rounded corners sans the slightly curved oleophobic display and glossy back cover. Instead, the smartphone sports a flat front panel that’s mostly occupied by its 4.5-inch IPS display bordered by relatively thick bezels at the top and bottom portions.
We were ok with the thick bezel at the top since it houses the handset’s 2MP selfie camera and the earpiece, but since the smartphone makes use of on-screen buttons, we can’t really justify the thick bezel at the bottom.
The usual ports and buttons are placed where you’d typically expect them to be; audio jack at the top-left, Micro-USB and microphone pin hole at the bottom, volume rocker at the right hand side which are neighbored by the Power button.
Moving on to the back of the device, there’s a round speaker grill at the bottom which sits just below the Android One logo. The 5-megapixel rear camera and its accompanying flash unit are situated at the top-left corner of the device. These components are slightly protruded and are emblazoned with brushed metal for extra flare.
The MyPhone Uno comes in Black and White colors. The latter has a soft matte finish to it, while the Black variant has a smooth rubberized finish which, sadly, attracts fingerprints and smudges like there’s no tomorrow.
Prying the removable back plate open will reveal the usual suspects which include a pair of Micro-SIM slots, a Micro-SD card slot which is pre-populated with the free 8GB MicroSD card courtesy of MyPhone, and the handset’s removable 1700mAh battery.
MyPhone Uno specs:
4.5-inch IPS LCD display, 854×480 @217ppi
1.3GHz quad-core processor
Expandable 4GB internal storage
Supports up to 32GB MicroSD card
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
5-megapixel rear camera with flash
2 megapixel front camera
Removable 1700mAh battery
Based on our time with the MyPhone Uno, we think that the local brand was able to deliver on the promise of Android One platform which is to provide a decent smartphone, both internally and physically, at an affordable price point.
That’s it for now. Stay tune for our review of the MyPhone Uno in a couple weeks.