The MyPhone Iceberg at a glance (specs and price)
MediaTek MT6589 chipset
1.2GHz quad-core processor
16GB internal storage
5.7-inch 720p IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2
12-megapixel rear camera with BSI technology
5-megapixel front camera
Android Jelly Bean 4.2
Local brand MyPhone is hauling its Android lineup into the polarizing phablet segment with the unveiling—and subsequent selling—of its latest flagship effort. The dual-SIM MyPhone Iceberg has a massive 5.7-inch touch display and is by far the company's largest phone-slash-tablet.
It comes on the heels of the release of the Samsung Mega series and Cherry Mobile Blaze 2.0, all Android-powered devices with at least 5.7 inches of screen real estate.
The MyPhone Iceberg has a pebble-shaped design, with thin sides and a mildly concave back with a smooth, aluminum finish.
However, the aesthetic touches do little to make the phablet easier to hold and operate. In fact, we'd argue that it's as near-impossible to use one-handed as its large-screened competition.
If anything, its exterior makes the Iceberg stand out in a good way. The rear itself should draw comparisons to the vaulted HTC One, and any reference to the best-looking Android device around is a compliment.
So to say that this MyPhone is among the most attractive phone-tablets we've come across so far is not an overstatement.
The screen benefits from in-plane switching technology for improved viewing angles and color accuracy and precision. The resolution is high-def—720 x 1,280 pixels—meaning images and videos have decent sharpness.
Everything should make for a better movie-watching experience. Second-gen Gorilla Glass provides a good deal of scratch resistance to the MyPhone Iceberg.
The device supports wireless charging using compatible docking stations and wireless display mirroring.
It also takes a few pages from Samsung's playbook, boasting several sensor-based tricks, which MyPhone collectively calls Clever Motion technology. Clever Dial is one example: putting the phablet on your ear automatically allows you to make or answer calls.
Under the hood, there's that familiar quad-core MediaTek chipset clocked at 1.2GHz running the show. As for the rest of the hardware, there's 1GB of RAM; 16GB of onboard storage; 12- and 5-megapixel rear and front cameras; a 2,600mAh battery; and Android Jelly Bean 4.2.
The phablet lacks a microSD card slot but comes with an OTG cable for accessing and transferring media from USB flash drives.
As is the case with hardware sporting similar specs, the MyPhone Iceberg is typically responsive; transitions and animations are fluid and app-loading times are swift. But these are early impressions, so we still have to take it for a thorough spin to say for sure.
MyPhone's Iceberg is already available in authorized retailers for P11,988. If that's too steep for you, the phablet's also available on a 12- or 24-month, credit-card installment at zero interest, meaning you can take it home for as low as P499.50 monthly.
All units come with a two-year warranty, something you don't usually see on smartphones and tablets; generally, they're warrantied for one year.