Friday, October 5, 2012

Hankering for a Phone: MyPhone A878

I've been looking around at phones lately, and last time I was talking about a budget Cherry Mobile offering in the W100. However, considering the screen quality, and the pitiful usable phone memory, I decided I'd keep my options open and look at what other brands had to offer. While exploring the newly opened Robinsons Magnolia mall on the corner of Aurora Blvd and Hemady, I discovered the MyPhone a878, and now I can't get it out of my mind.

Some of the key specs are on the image itself (click to enlarge). The MyPhone A878 is selling for a measly Php 6,999. For that bargain price, you get a 130 x 69 x 10.8mm, 4.3 inch WVGA (800x480) IPS capacitive touch screen, a 5MP auto focus cam with LED flash, with 4GB (2.5GB user usable) internal storage (expandable to 16GB via micro SD), 512 RAM, running Android 4.04 Ice Cream Sandwich, with 1Ghz Dual ARMv7 processors. Oh yeah, and it's dual sim capable.

 4.3 inches is a lot of screen folks. Think Samsung Galaxy S2. Ok, so it has no 3G connectivity. But really, if you're not the type who has to flood the world with details of your life via twitter or status updates every second of the day, who needs 3G? It has no front cam, but that's not a big loss. Remember, you're paying Php 6,999.

Supposedly there's going to be a better unit coming out soon, which will cover the "deficiencies" of this particular unit, but be assured that the price will adjust accordingly. For me though, this seems like a pretty good deal.

 Anyone want to buy a Samsung Galaxy 5? 2 years old. Still in good condition. :) 

Oh yeah. If anyone wants to look at some user reviews and some general info (like where to buy a jelly case) learned by actual owners and users, check out this link from

Now if you are a new owner and you want to root the phone, you can check out this link. Users say that version 11 is the one to use. (updated 10.09.12)

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