Cherry Mobile Superion Odyssey Review

Cherry Mobile Superion Odyssey Review




There’s no doubt that Cherry Mobile is well-known when it comes to producing budget-friendly tablets. Just name a budget under Php10k and you’ll be given a slew of options. One of them is the Superion Odyssey which also features full phone and text functionality. Check out our review of this slate after the break.

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Design and Construction

In terms of design, i’ll tell you right away that the Superion Odyssey is reminiscent of the iPad mini and you can actually mistake it for one if you don’t look carefully. That means that it sports a slim form factor and thin bezels but with some physical alterations to slightly deviate from the original.

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Found on the front is the 7.85-inch display along with the earpiece and front-facing camera placed above it. If this is the iPad mini then there should be a physical home button at the bottom, but in the case of Odyssey, there is none, not even a set capacitive buttons. This gives the tablet a minimalist yet elegant look.

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Placed right on top are the power/lock button, microUSB port, HDMI out, and headset jack. Found at the bottom is the pinhole for the microphone. The volume buttons are placed on the right side while the left side are devoid of any physical keys. Take a look at the backside and you’ll see the 5 megapixel rear camera and two speaker grills at the bottom part.

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Most of the Odyssey’s backside is covered in aluminum which in turn adds a premium feel to the device in return for some heft. The upper part, however, is made of plastic since it is designed to be removable so you can access the SIM and microSD card slot hidden inside. It’s a bit cumbersome to remove though and feels like it’s going to break when you pry it open. Good thing it’s sturdy and flexible enough to resist easy breakage.

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Overall, the CM Superion Odyssey feels well-made in terms of construction. It may not be original in terms of designn but it looks good nonetheless. Construction wise, the only concern we have is for the removable plastic cover which might break after some time especially if you change SIMs often.

Display

The Odyssey sports a 7.85-inch IPS display with a resolution of 1024 x 768. That equates to pixel density of 163ppi – decent resolution for a screen of this size.

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In terms of quality, we’re very much satisfied with colors and viewing angles thanks to the IPS panel on board. It also performs well outdoors just make sure that you boost the brightness manually since it doesn’t have an ambient light sensor.

OS, UI, and Apps

Running the software side for the Superion Odyssey is Android 4.2.2 Jellybean. Cherry Mobile barely touched the UI and kept most of it stock. However, Cherry Mobile still opted to use the Android Honeycomb-style navigation interface which feels outdated. You can always download your favorite launcher and customize but it still won’t change the interface.

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As for preinstalled apps, it comes with the usual Cherry Mobile Fun Club app and eWarranty app. Kakao Talk and Opera Mini comes pre-installed as well but can be uninstalled if you don’t have use for it.

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The Odyssey has 8GB of internal storage listed on its spec sheet. However, when looking inside the settings, the tablet shows two storage spaces – 1.97GB for internal storage and 4.04GB for USB storage, which is weird. All in all it gives you a total of 6GB of internal storage.

Camera and Multimedia

The Odyssey comes with a small 5 megapixel rear shooter and a basic 2 megapixel front-facing. We don’t expect a camera of this caliber to do wonders but the photos taken are good enough for uploading to social media sites granted that you shot them in bright conditions.

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The camera app also comes with a slew of features like HDR, Panorama, and a few filters. If you like shooting videos, the Odyssey can record videos at 720p resolution without the effects and filters.

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As for its multimedia performance, the display works great when watching movies. The two speakers provides very sufficient amount of sound and is loud enough to fill a small room.

Performance and Call Quality

Powering the Odyssey is a quad-core MediaTek MT8389 CPU clocked at 1.2GHz, PowerVR SGX 544 GPU, and 1GB of RAM. So far things are smooth when it comes to basic stuff like navigating the UI, using social media apps, and texting or calling. Casual games are very much playable but don’t expect it to perform perfectly well on graphic intensive apps. If heavy Android gaming is your thing, you’re better off with the Nexus 7 (2013).

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As mentioned in the introduction, this slate is capable of making calls and sending and receiving text messages. Everything works normally in this department, however, we strongly advise that you use the free headset that comes bundled with it instead of slapping it on your face whenever you take or make calls. In our opinion, the real feature here is the support for 3G/HSPA+ connectivity, while the call and text features come as bonuses.

Benchmarks

We did our usual round of Benchmark tests on the Odyssey and here are the results:

* AnTuTu – 12,956
* Quadrant – 4,866
* Vellamo HTML 5- 1,469
* Vellamo Metal – 484
* NenaMark2 – 39.6fps

Battery Life

The Odyssey comes with a 4,000mAh non-removable battery. We did our usual test playing a 1080p movie in Airplane mode with brightness set to 50% and volume set to 0%. The result is 5.56 hours worth movie playback which is below the usual 7 to 8 hours we get from other tablets.

Conclusion

The Cherry Mobile Superion Odyssey is a strong offering for those who are looking for budget Android tablet that comes with data connectivity and full phone and text functionality. Although very much inspired by the iPad mini, the design cues turned out to be a great feature for the Odyssey. It’s a double-edge sword though as some might perceive it as just “second-rate, trying hard, copy cat.”

On the bright side, the Odyssey is slim, well-built, performs well, and packs a good display which is essential for a tablet. So how much do you need to cash out for the slate? Php7,499. And at that price point, it’s pretty much a good deal.

Cherry Mobile Superion Odyssey specs:
7.85″ IPS LCD (1024 x 768), 163ppi
1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT8389 CPU
PowerVR SGX544 GPU
1GB RAM
8GB internal storage
up to 32GB via microSD
5 megapixel rear camera w/ LED flash
2 megapixel front-facing
WCDMA/GSM
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth 4.0
microUSB
HDMI out
Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
4,000mAh battery

What we liked about it:
* Good build
* Looks like an iPad mini
* Good display
* Data connectivity
* Full phone and text functionality
* Budget-friendly

What we didn’t like:
* Removable plastic cover at the rear is hard to pry open and might break over time
* Not suited to be used as a normal handset when it comes to calls
* Mediocre camera
* Below average battery life



This article was written by Louie Diangson, Managing Editor of YugaTech. You can follow him at @John_Louie.

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82 Responses

  1. tao says:

    i wonder if authentic ipad mini cases will fit on this

  2. brionced says:

    The SKK memo 2 is a lot lot better than this. Almost if not above spec.ed and sells for just 7000, it would be great for a comparisson

  3. Bryan says:

    I’m contemplating about buying an ipad mini then I saw this. I just need it for ebook reading, music and perhaps movies. No heavy gaming, if I want heavy gaming I would buy a ps4 or a ps vita. Seems a good deal.

  4. masterharu says:

    authentic ipad mini cases were fit.

  5. alone says:

    Sana may tv :-(

  6. dudesweet says:

    better get an asus memo hd for 6995

  7. tao says:

    im kinda considering buying this.. i like the big screen couple with a decent resolution and the 3g functionality.. im not also a heavy gamer, much more of a heavy multimedia consumer so the low.end mediatek soc will be perfect.. hoping there would be a video review that would even persuade me.. but wat do u think guys, should i buy this? please help me if u have a better opinion

  8. garz says:

    I believe that the missing 2GB is being used by the operating system, sir.

  9. dan says:

    im planning to buy this pero meron po ako nabasa na ndi daw nalilipat ung apps sa memory card kahit gamitan ng app2sd and similar apps? is this true? please answer. thank you.

  10. IX says:

    Better go with iFive Mini 3 if you want a “better-than-ipad-mini” android with that price range. It doesn’t have phone functionality (bcoz that’s ridiculous) but it has the horsepower to power up intensive apps (20,000+ Antutu and > 64.0 FPS NenaMark2) and with great screen. Definitely slimmer and lighter that the original ipad mini and comes with 16GB ROM & 1GB RAM. Google iFive Mini 3.. and you’re welcome. :)

  11. Francis says:

    skk memo 2, torque mini Q are other options

  12. yuki says:

    sana may ifive dito sa amin!

  13. pavements says:

    Is this better than the ASUS memo pad hd 7? Spec wise, this looks better. It’s the brand though that is making me think on what to get.

    • nursegermz says:

      Asus hd7 was also one of my options but I was looking for something useful for my Ol job and it lacks a sim slot. This one got one which I can still work using data connectivity in case WiFi is not available.

    • nursegermz says:

      Asus hd7 was also one of my options but I was looking for something useful for my Ol job and it lacks a sim slot. This got one which I can still work using data connectivity in case WiFi is not available.

  14. echo2knight says:

    OEM of this unit is HYUNDAI M8.

    Current status of my unit:
    1. Rooted using FRAMAROOT;
    2. Installed XPOSED FRAMEWORK;
    3. Moving apps to SD-EXT (2nd Partition of SD) using link2sd; and
    4. Already uninstalled bloatwares.

    Anyone here who knows how to port CWMR or TWRP, and how to enable swap partition on the kernel side?

  15. ace says:

    wala nmn flash ? ang sabe meron

  16. Francis says:

    hope you can review as well the SKK Memo 2

  17. Chris says:

    somewhat misleading po yung w/flash, seeing that it doesn’t have any based on the images uploaded in here.

  18. lawrence says:

    Perfect for my needs. will pair it with a Cherry Mobile P1 Bluetooth dialer and everything will be just perfect! :-)

  19. RB says:

    ang sabi ng specs is 8Gb ang internal memory pero 4Gb lng ang actual na internal memory.misleading po.at yong charger 1 time ko lng nagamit nasira kaagad.binalik ko sa pinalitan ko almost 2 months na wala pa ang replacement charger.other features ok naman..

  20. jdGONEMAD says:

    how do you change batteries if it’s non-removable. i pref battery swap rather than powerbanks kasi.

  21. Master Asih says:

    I owned this tab and i am satisfied with its performance. Used smart sim with bug lte unli subscription
    Rooted
    Cwmr
    Internal storage is now 32gb ang 4gb external storage

    Played real racing 3
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  22. Jaila Villegas says:

    I’ve installed camera 360 and tango app.. The rear can is OK but the reflection of the front can is upside down..

    Also it has a small pixel dot.. Hoping the store wer I bought this would replace it since its only been 4days.

  23. daudz says:

    I am satisfied with the specs and performance considering the price.

    What I don’t like about it is that either the design of the charger receptacle in the device is flawed or the quality of the part used is very poor. After about a month of charging, starts to loosen up. Takes very long to fully charge the unit because of this. Swapped other cables, worked ok for a few days but then back to original problem I think the hw design is flawed since the supporting structures does not prevent the charging receptacle to flex overtime.

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