If you found the MyPhone Q22 Duo a bit too high-tech for your taste, here’s a little treat that will get your wallets tingling. The MyPhone Q20 Duo is an even cheaper full QWERTY phone designed by no less than the Filipino-owned company. Caveat emptor: With a price tag of just P2,990, do not expect 2010-worthy features in the Q20 Duo. It’s the very epitome of the phrase “bargain basement.”
Let’s start off with the screen. It’s a 220 x 176-pixel color LCD screen with a size of 2 inches. It’s 0.2 inch smaller than the one on the phased-out Q22 Duo, but it looks just as, er, passable. It’s not the best when it comes to viewing photos, but it works just fine for reading text messages.
The body is less solid and more plasticky this time around. There are no metal parts, so it is considerably lighter. The keys are softer and much easier to press, which is one major niggle we had with the Q22 Duo in the long run. They also look more like Palm keys (circa 2002) rather than BlackBerry keys.
The camera is also weaker with just a maximum resolution of 640 x 480 pixels (VGA). There’s no Wi-Fi or 3G either, but there is an FM radio… if you could consider that a consolation. These, together with the substandard screen, would have made for a high-end phone during the turn of the millennium, but for today’s standards, it barely qualifies as entry-level.
Last but not least, the Q20 Duo sports dual-SIM slots and the Pinoy menu – the 2 features that distinguishes MyPhones from the rest of the pack. If you purchase the phone along with the Pinoy Phone memory card, you can get to listen to Filipino songs, prayers, jokes, and even riddles wherever you go.
The Q20 Duo, like the ever-resilient Filipino, is neither flashy nor extravagant, but it possesses the essential tools to get by in life. And for these trying times, that’s just what some most of us need.
Click here to see the MyPhone Q20 Duo in the Buyer’s Guide.