And so Cherry Mobile did release its first set of Android devices, and the Cherry Mobile Nova was part of it. Contrary to what everyone expected, however, the budget smartphone did not dethrone the Samsung Galaxy 5 as the cheapest Android phone in the Philippines. The price difference? A mere P20.
CM’s phone sells for P11,000 – P20 more expensive than the Galaxy 5, but for the extra Manuel Quezon, you get a lot more features. Just check out the specs.
- 2G: Quadband GSM
- 3G: 3.5G HSDPA 7.2mbps
- Processor: Qualcomm MSM 7227 600 MHz
- Type: TFT capacitive touchscreen
- Size: 3.2 inches
- Resolution: 640 x 240 pixels HVGA
- Wi-Fi: yes
- Bluetooth: yes
- Cable: miniUSB 2.0
- GPS: yes, with A-GPS
- Input: resistive touchscreen
- Stills Resolution: 5 megapixels
- Flash: yes
- Operating System: Android OS 2.1 Eclair
The Nova has a larger 3.2-inch screen (versus the Galaxy 5’s 2.8 inches), a better HVGA screen resolution (versus QVGA), and a 5-megapixel camera (versus 2 megapixels) just to put the cherry on top. So technically, it isn’t the cheapest, but it offers the best value bar none.
And what about the apps? Yes, Android Market is included, so the phone has access to more than 100,000 apps. That, plus the others that will be included in Cherry Zone, CM’s one-stop shop for customization options.
The Cherry Mobile Nova as seen in several angles
And last but not least, the front