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Best Smartphones under Php 5000 Philippines 2018 Q3

The new iPhone series was announced earlier this week. The cheapest of the line - the iPhone XR - is still not 'cheap' for most consumers and will weigh you down for $749 or a whopping Php 40500. Most of us cannot just drop that huge amount of money for a smartphone. Our basic needs like communication (texting and chatting), multimedia (such as listening to music in Spotify or watching videos on YouTube), and, for some, a little bit of gaming should be met when we consider buying a new smartphone. Yes, the new iPhone X can handle these with a breeze. However, the bigger question now is: Are there smartphones that can meet our basic needs without spending too much money? That is why I wrote this article to find out!

How I pick the devices

  • All are from reputable brands, none are from sketchy brands.
  • Prices were based on the listing in Lazada Mall and Shoppe Mall to avoid fake or clones and other inconvenience. 
Devices listed as 'best' is subject to my preference. Though I also provided some alternatives.

How I came up with the best


Specifications
  • Latest OS version is better.
  • Newer and Chipset is better
Features
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • Display quality
Build Quality
  • Metal body is better than plastic.


Meizu M6 (currently Php 3,599 in Shoppe Mall) 
Meizu M6
Key specifications:
  • 5.2-inch HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • MediaTek MT6750 Octa-core processor 
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD
  • 13MP Rear + 8MP Front cameras
  • Front-mounted Fingerprint sensor
  • 3070mAh battery + Fast Charging

Xiaomi Redmi 6A (currently at Php 4,990 in LazMall)
Xiaomi Redmi 6A
Key specifications:

  • 5.45-inch HD+ IPS display on 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • MediaTek Helio A22 Quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD 
  • 13MP Rear + 5MP Front cameras
  • 3000mAh battery

CloudFone Thrill Plus 2 (currently out of stock on LazMall and Shoppe Mall but available via 3rd party seller Php 4,500 in Lazada)
CloudFone Thrill Plus 2
Key specifications:

  • 5.5-inch HD IPS display
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • MediaTek MT6580 Quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD
  • 13MP Read + 8MP Front cameras
  • 2800mAh battery

CloudFone Thrill Access (currently at Php 4,999 in Shoppe Mall)
CloudFone Thrill Access
Key specifications:
  • 5.0-inch HD IPS Display
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • MediaTek MT6735 Quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD 
  • 8MP Rear + 5MP Front cameras
  • 2500mAh batter

 Firefly Mobile Aurii Razor Plus 4g (currently at Php 4,399 in Shoppe Mall)
Firefly Mobile Aurii Razor Plus 4g
Key Specifications:
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Unspecified Quad-core 64-bit processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storgae expandable via microSD
  • 13MP Rear + 5.0MP Front cameras
  • Front-mounted Fingerprint sensor
  • 2820mAh battery
Firefly Mobile Aurii Magnum (currently at Php 4,799 in Lazada)
Firefly Mobile Aurii Magnum
Key specifications:
  • 5.7-inch HD IPS display with 2.5D curved glass
  • Android 7.0 Nougat
  • Unspecified Quad-core 32-bit processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via microSD
  • 13MP Rear + 5.0MP Front cameras
  • 5500mAh battery
MyPhone MyX8 (currently at Php 4,999 in Shoppe Mall)
MyPhone MyX8
Key Specifications:

  • 5.45-inch HD+ IPS display on 18:9 aspect ratio
  • Android 8.1 Oreo
  • MediaTek MT6739 Quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • 8MP Read + 5MP Front cameras
  • 4000mAh battery

Verdict

I believe that the Meizu M6 is unbeatable with regards its value and features. It has everything one needs: good display, respectable specs, decent camera, high battery capacity with fast charging, and a fingerprint sensor. If I would to buy a new smartphone today and only have a budget of Php 5,000, I will not hesitate to buy the M6. Do you agree with me?
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OnePlus 6 (left) and Xiaomi Pocophone F1 (right)

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Hey kamusta? It is me, Mado. In this article, I review the S530 -- a super tiny mono earphones! Keep in mind, I bought this priced at 120 Philippine Peso. Is it worth it? Read the article and I will tell you.

Unboxing + Box Overview

S530 Earphone Box
S530 Earphone Box

The S530 came in this box. Around the box, there are information about the device and its features. However, I doubt these are accurate. I have to give it a shot first to see if they are true.

S530 Earphone Box Front View
S530 Earphone Box Front View

S530 Earphone Box Right Side
S530 Earphone Box Right Side 

S530 Earphone Box Rear View
S530 Earphone Rear Side With Specifications

S530 Earphone Left Side
S530 Earphone Left Side

I was unhappy to see that I received it unsealed. Perhaps, the seller did this to check if the item is not defective. Other than that, overall, the packaging is neat and sturdy enough to keep everything inside safe.

S530 Unboxed
S530 Unboxed

Inside the box, you can find the device itself, a short cable to charge it (sadly, the charging port of the S530 is not micro usb for convenience), and a user's manual.

S530 Earphone Charging Cable
S530 Earphone Charging Cable

S530 Earphone Charging Cable Close Up
S530 Earphone Charging Cable Close Up

S530 Earphone User's Manual
S530 Earphone User's Manual

Physical Overview

The S530 is indeed tiny for a completely wireless headset. You can wear this without even being noticed by others that you are wearing one. It is so amazing how miniature it is. 

Physically, it looks like Apple's pair of earphone. Cut off the cable, saw some part of it, take just one piece of it and voila you have the S530! 

The S530 is made entirely of plastic and does feel cheap. But hey, it is indeed cheap. 

The device has one button for pause and play, a speaker, a charging port (I believe those which the old Nokias had), and a built-in microphone.

S530 Earphone's Single button for Pause/Play
S530 Earphone's Single button for Pause/Play

S530 Earphone's Speaker and Charging hole
S530 Earphone's Speaker and Charging hole

S530 Earphone Rear Side
S530 Earphone Rear Side

S530 Earphone Microphone Hole
S530 Earphone Microphone Hole

But how does it sound given the build is okay. 

Sound Quality

From an audiophile standpoint, this thing is horrible! Not only does it produce weak sound volume, it has terrible sound stage! No base at all, and treble are below average. Though it should not be surprising given it's price. 

Perhaps, this earphone is targeted towards those with the untrained ears and those who do not mind having an audiophile experience but still wants a wireless experience.

Speaking of experience, how is my experience with it? Performance-wise and battery life-wise?

Performance and Battery Life

Actually I had this a while back, counting months now, collecting dust because I was so unsatisfied with its performance. The build quality is okay, the sound is okay for light music listening, but it's battery life? It sucks.

So why not give it another try? I grabbed my power brick, fully charged it, turned it on, paired it, and started listening to music. 

And the conclusion? Well, it still sucks. I only managed to listen to music for 10 minutes and it prompted me to charge it. For more than 30 minutes of charging time, merely 10 minutes of use is not worth it at all. 

Conclusion

Answering our question from the start of this video, is it worth it? I bought this thing priced at 120 pesos. IS. IT. WORTH. IT? The obvious answer is NO. I will not recommend you buying this. Build quality is average, sound quality is horrible, gets hot while using it, and battery life is the worst! Moreover, the features the box said it has, is not true at all.

It’s range is not 10 meters. I can hear choppy music even when I am just 2 feet or less than a meter apart from my smartphone. Even when my phone is in my bag while I am carrying it, the sound for most of the time cuts off. 

So yeah, it is not worth it. Save your 120 pesos from buying this piece of junk and try to save more for a better quality wireless earphones. 


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