Starmobile Engage overview

Starmobile Engage overview




Starmobile is a fairly new player in the local communications scene. Their current offerings mostly consist of dual-SIM phones with the exception of two devices the FeatureSmart, which is a single-SIM smartphone, and the 7-inch tablet Engage.


The Starmobile Engage is quite a joy to hold as compared to the other budget-friendly tablets we’ve held before. This is mainly due to the tablet’s a bit unusual design which features a tapered back panel making it more comfortable to hold and easier to pick up.

Although the tablet is entirely made of plastic, it doesn’t look or feel cheap. In addition, we also like how Starmobile traded the use of glossy plastic for matte to cover the tablet’s posterior as it is less likely to be scratched or attract fingerprints..

Unlike other tablets of the same league, the Starmobile Engage’s buttons and ports are only found in one area of the tablet. We like it better this way rather than the buttons are scattered all over the tablet which can be quite confusing at times.

The tablet’s bottom panel (when the tablet is held in landscape with the logo at the bottom) houses quite a number of ports and a pair of buttons. There’s the Sleep/Power and Home button and in between those are the Reset, Mic, 3.5mm audio, DC, Mini-USB 2.0, full-sized USB, micro-HDMI ports and micro-SD card slot. Noticeably missing are the two physical volume buttons which are replaced by virtual buttons on the tablet’s home screen. At the back, you can find the speakers and the 3MP main camera which is paired with a VGA one at the front.


 

This tablet runs on a custom version of ICS (Android 4.0.3) out of the box, but there’s nothing really fancy or immediately noticeable difference from the original OS. The single core 1.2GHz processor and a gigabyte of RAM configuration of this tablet should be able to handle most of your basic tablet needs, albeit not as fluid as you’d want it to be.

Starmobile Engage specs:

7” WVGA (800 x 480) LCD screen @133ppi
1.2GHz Allwinner A10 processor (ARM Cortex A8)
Mali 400 GPU
1GB RAM
5GB internal memory
Expandable up to 32GB via Micro-SD
3MP autofocus camera w/ VGA ff camera
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
Android 4.0.3
3000mAh
Dimension: 192 x 130 x 11.5mm
Weight: 296g

With regards to the battery life, we got a pretty decent performance out of the Starmobile Engage’s 3000mAh battery pack as it lasted for two days on light usage and almost a day with moderate use. When used for watching movies with its volume cranked to its max (which is by the way still too soft so I ended up plugging a pair of headphones), the battery lasted for two full movies before I reached for its charger.

This 7-inch Android slate looks to put up a good fight against other affordable slates in the market. I personally like this tablet’s chances especially with a rock bottom price tag of Php5,990. Lazada is also offering the Starmobile Engage for a slightly higher price but it comes with a free dual-SIM phone which is also from the same manufacturer. The bundle is called “duo-liciuos” and is priced at Php6,199.



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

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39 Responses

  1. john3x says:

    how does starmobile fair against ainol fire?

  2. R2 says:

    up front this tablet looks like a BB Playbook. :)

  3. this is way better than cherry pad at the same price range.

  4. coachjojoc says:

    I have one and it rocks!

    • coachjojoc says:

      Correction, Abe. The FeatureSmart is also a dual-sim phone.

    • lalaland says:

      @coachojic

      ok ba talaga ang experience? how about the touch response?

      im planning to buy this one eh.. but its really hard to figure out coz there’s no review of this tablet yet…

      and which is better? cherry pad or this..

      but i like this more coz of dual camera!

      but its too hard to find some sleeves and covers for this one! kahit jan lng sa mga tiangge…

  5. jofrey says:

    paano po ba mag order sa inyo kac gusto ko sana mag order

  6. Jeremy says:

    You do prefer all ports and buttons to be on one side of the tablet?! Sige, goodluck sa pagsaksak ng headset, sana wag mo mapasok kung san san pag madilim. Hahaha. Hanggang kelan kaya ako mangangarap na magkaroon ang Pilipinas ng isang brand that we can all be proud of. Like Taiwan’s HTC. Quality is world class. Itong mga nagsusulputan sa Pinas puro cheap lalo na build quality. Pag hawak mo dito sa tablet na to at nung sa cherry, sarap ibato. Nakakafrustrate. They focus on quantity not on quality. Ok lng sana kahit mejo magmahal ng a few bucks kung ok yung screen at build. E hindi e.

  7. iamrock says:

    bumili ako ng engage noong nakaraang araw pero isinoli ko din dahil ang bagal mag loading nawawala ang wifi kahit nasa hot spot ka parang hinde ice cream ang kanyang OS hinde sensitive ang touch screen.. sa madaling salita hinde siya worth bilhin unless paglalaro lang gagawin nyo… dagdag nalang kayo ng 600pesos eh i recommend nextbook kase siya ang ipinalit ng binilhan ko… ang OS na ginamit sa engage ay peke… thanks…

    • JohnV says:

      Bro.try mo gumamit ng ibang browser.mabagal talaga yung built in browser nya.yung sa akin naman hindi nadidisconnect sa wifi (CDR KING wifi pa gamit ko)..Tsaka yung touch response..for me ok naman yung response nya compare sa ibang tablet na ka range nya ng price.

  8. Paul Abug says:

    Sana yung wi-fi problems hindi sa lahat ng units…

  9. Evan Santiago says:

    hope i win this one.. :)))

  10. JohnV says:

    I owned one of this tablet..
    Personally thumbs up ako sa tablet na ito.Here are the reasons why I love this tablet.
    1. Nakakabasa ito ng external hard drive.
    – Kaya maski wala pa akong SD Card ay ok lang!

    2. Mabilis din ang touch response nya.
    – Masasabi kung sulit 5999.00 ko sa gadget na ito.
    – Ma-eenjoy mo ang Temple Run sa tablet na ito dahil ok ang response.

    3.Nakakaplay din ito ng HD movies at maganda ang resolution nya.

    – Nagplay ako dito HD movie na 7gb ang size at wala man log or delay.The movie is located in my external hard disk.

  11. Joan Te- chua says:

    +1 hope to win this one

  12. Nestle Cutamora says:

    Nice specs, i love to own this stuff! :D

  13. nikai arca says:

    i longed to have this since lumabas .. kaso wla pang budget .. hehe . nice kse .

  14. rayvermaya says:

    wow, sana mapanalonan ko to, christmas gift nlng poh yugatech…

  15. roland savellano says:

    i love this phone but i cant afford to buy it. sana manalo ako prang gift nyo na rin sa kin.. thanks!

  16. lyn says:

    sana manalo ako dito para gift ko sa anak ko sa birthday nya :)

  17. rain says:

    kkabili q lng ng unit n e2 and so far satisfied aq ask q lng bkit ayaw gumana ng videocall s skype.can anyone help me?tnx

  18. charmaine acuzar says:

    binili ako ng mama ko ng starmobile engaged..ok naman xa..mgnda sa games..at pag nag-iinternet..pero panu po ba lgyan ng sim pra magamit?

  19. charmaine acuzar says:

    dpt samsung galaxy tab ang ibibili sa akin.pero sabi ng kuya ko aus nnmn dw etong starmobile engaged..ok n ok sa bata

  20. Nestle Cutamora says:

    Two Thumbs up!

  21. erick lanado says:

    bkit ayaw mgconnect ng smartbro sa starmobile engage???
    pls txt me nlng.09185694864.

  22. riezyl joy says:

    Nag aalinlangan ako kung aju bibilhin ko lung coby kyros o starmoblie .. Anu ba mas maganda ? Just tell me the truth .. Pls be homest ndi ko tlgah alam kong ano ang bibilhin ko …..

  23. den says:

    good day…un star mobile engage ko my problema sa touch screen some part of it is not working how can i fix this?…

  24. bryan armenta says:

    nabasag ung lcd ng starmobile ko san po ba pwd pa2litan ng lcd ng star mobile!

  25. bryan armenta says:

    tablet po.

  26. Jelly says:

    pano i-hard reset ang starmobile engage? anyone? pag appear kasi ng android logo, freeze na sya. Thanks in advance!

  27. melodina says:

    how to buy this starmobile tablet bundle?

  28. opaw says:

    cebu area only LCD replacement for this model only you can contact me at this number 09336598644

  29. rhona says:

    Saan po mkkbili ng touch panel ng starmobile engage 9? Nag crack kc di na magamit.. pls help. Tnx

  30. jennie says:

    I’m. From baguio.San po pwede paayos LCD iPod engage7tv+ na star mobile? Thnx

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