When I purchased my Sony Ericson Elm a year ago, the husband
kept egging me to buy an Android phone similar to his Samsung Galaxy S instead
as it is “more current, functional and
offers a whole lot more than Java units”. As one who is admittedly not a tech zealot and who hates browsing
manuals, I found the Androids more toilsome to navigate than the simpler classic
bar phones I used to own. During that time too, the cheapest touchscreen phones
average between P17,000 – P19,000 – a far cry from the P6,900-Elm.
with hairline cracks and chips – prompted me to reconsider. A friend raved
about her positive experience with DTC
Mobile’s GT3 Astroid, and so I trooped to the Megacellular outlet next town to get
me self one.
what prodded me to try the Astroid was its affordability. Retailing for only
P4,999, this newest smartphone from DTC is an excellent budget alternative to exorbitant
Android units sold these days.
|My poor elm. Cracked and chipped. Still functional, though.|
are crafted by one of
top OEMs, that kind of settles it for me (The dual SIM/ dual standby feature is a nice extra, too).
metallic gray chassis and matte black rear finish that lend a semblance of
class and professionalism, giving it a handsome, high-end look.
screen. No lags experienced whatsoever. Although this is my first touchscreen phone,
I found the Astroid quite easy to use with a bit of practice. Users can
access everything from a single place by putting their favorite applications on
the homepage. There’s also a one-press lock screen button on top for
Twitter, YouTube, YM, Angry Birds, Ninja Devil, and Fruit Ninja. For Android
game addicts, you’d be happy to know that you can download 32GB
worth of games, apps and files from the Playstore into an SD card. Though with
a 256 RAM memory, games with higher system requirements like Temple Run might grapple with speed (might is the operative
as I expected, although I’ve yet to figure out how to forward a sent message to another
recipient. There isn’t such option, nor is it indicated in the manual.
|What’s in the box: A DTC GT3 Astroid unit, a dual purpose USB charger,
earphones, extra battery, and a user manual
paramount to me, especially that my previous Sony Ericson walkman phones set
the bar high (Yep, Sony Ericsson fan here). In this case, DTC’s Astroid did not
disappoint. Be it via headset or the built-in speakers, the Astroid delivers
loud, crisp and vibrant audio quality even at low volume. For optimum sound
experience, use a high-end closed type headphone like Sennheiser (The JVC flats are also
fine if you’re looking for low-cost, high-quality ones), as the pre-included
earphones don’t deliver the same quality. The sound is a wee bit nasal using
|Music is better enjoyed with closed-type headphones like Sennheiser’s.|
classic bar phones cost, it ain’t that shabby at all.
|Top row: Astroid daytime shots using natural sunlight alone.
Bottom row: Nighttime shots. Lone source of light was a lamp shade on the
Same location for all 4 photos.
for a rate that affordable, you gotta hand it to this budding mobile company. They
made an awesome job with this nifty gadget. With its excellent ease of
use, functionality, stylish profile and overall performance, I reckon it the
best deal one could get for his buck. It just made this mom an Android
Processor: CPU 650MHz MediaTek MT6573 (ARMv5)
- Audio supported formats:
- Video supported formats:
SIM Capacity: Dual SIM/Dual Standby
Expansion Slot: microSD memory card
(3-4 days standby time)
Storage: Up to 32GB
System: Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread
micro-USB 2.0) with mobile high-definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI
.mp3 .amr, .mid, .wma
.3gp, .mp4, mpeg4, H.2645
features: FM radio