Saturday, February 2, 2008

MyPhone: iPhone Imitation or the Next Best Thing

I was quite amazed when I first heard of MyPhone. I was sitting in my classroom waiting for my class to start when my seatmate borrowed my classmates phone. At first I thought, "Wow, what a nice Nokia phone." And then I realized something peculiar, it also looked like an iPhone because it also had a touch screen and what amazed me more was the TV tuner. My curiosity got the best of me and I already started fiddling with the gadget and checking out it's features and mind you I was blown away. But you know what really made me drop my jaw in disbelief? It's ultimate low price of Php 6,000! Like what? I thought that my friend was lying but guess he wasn't.

This was the phone that I was talking about:

T11 Multimedia Phone

Specifications:

Network: GPRS/GSM 900/1800
Camera: 1.3 Megapixels CMOS
Display: 240 x 320 pixels, 2.8", 262K colors TFT
Connectivity: Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP, USB
Feature: Webcam function
Memory: 1MB Built-in User Memory
Expansion: Micro SD/T-flash memory card slot up to 2GB
Device Control: Touch screen and Alphanumeric keypad
MEssaging: SMS, EMS, MMS
GPRS: Class 10, WAP 2.0 browser
Sound: 2 stereo speakers, 3D-surround effect
Multimedia: MP3/MP4 player/Video Recorder
Battery: 950 mAh
Dimension: 109.3 x 57.6 x 14.58 mm
Weight: 95g

Standby time: 50 - 150 hrs.
Talk time: 120 - 180 mins


This is actually very amazing. But what makes things even better is that the company that produces these products, Solid Group, Inc., is a Filipino owned company geared towards providing Filipinos affordable yet of good quality and technologically advanced phones.

Imagine, where can you find a Windows Mobile Pocket PC that retails for only Php 20,000? And what's even more innovative about these products is the ability to use two active sim cards (even of different networks) at the same exact moment without the need to switch between the two sim cards!

But the question now is if these products could really stand the test of time and most importantly is if the keys are durable enough to withstand constant button pushing of the texting-addicted Filipinos? The product may be quite innovative and all but I wouldn't really rush to buy one. I may have to listen to the testimonies of present owners of the phone to know if the phone has defects or down sides.

I don't want to be like those Filipinos who went crazy over a cheap Filipino laptop brand - Neo, only to find that it isn't very durable because it's only made of cheap materials. And what's worst if the materials are made from China. I would rather buy a more expensive phone than risk having the phone blow up in front of my face.

If you really want to know more about these products then please visit the company's official website: http://www.myphone.com.ph

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