Cherry Mobile Omega HD at a glance:
- Price: P7,999
- 1GHz dual-core CPU
- PowerVR SGX531 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB internal storage with microSD card slot up to 32GB
- 5-inch IPS capacitive display with scratch-resistant Dragontrail glass (720 x 1280 resolution; 294ppi; 5-point touchscreen)
- 12-megapixel rear camera with LED flash
- 2-megapixel front camera
- 2100mAh battery
- Android Jelly Bean (version 4.1)
The Cherry Mobile Omega HD, priced at P7,999, is one example of a smartphone sequel done right. The first Omega may pack a larger, 2300mAh battery and may look as though it could beat the new one to a pulp based on its size, but the HD version wins in other aspects. As it should be.
One thing you'd notice about the Cherry Mobile Omega HD is the bezel. It's so thin that if the model we bought were black, you'd think that the 5-inch display had taken up the whole screen real estate.
No doubt that it's thinner, lighter, and better-looking than its predecessor. The navigation buttons are smaller, though.
The housing of the Omega HD is still made of fingerprint-magnet plastic, but at least it feels good in the hand. Even the body itself has a solid feel to it.
Two metallic bands wrap the sides. The loudspeaker, the 12-megapixel camera, and the LED flash can be found on the back. On the upper-right side is the sleep/power button, on the left side is the volume rocker, and on top lies the 3.5mm headphone jack. We were just surprised to see the micoUSB port beside the audio jack.
A 720p screen on a sub-P8,000 smartphone is no small feat. You have to understand that the Cherry Mobile Omega HD has as many pixels as an affordable 32-inch LCD or LED TV.
Now, factor in its one-glass solution, where the touch screen is integrated into the cover lens. True enough, the resulting visuals are detailed and sharp. Colors appear accurate, too, though, even though they're not as good as those on Super AMOLED displays. Even sunlight legibility is decent.
There's one thing we'd like to change: the handset's black levels, which are a bit grayish.
Those who are about as clumsy as we are would be pleased to know that the Cherry Mobile Omega HD's 5-inch IPS display is Dragontrail, which means it's scratch- and splash-proof. Hey, it survived our torture test—a "glass, meet key; glass, meet water; glass, meet ring; glass, meet knife" kind of thing.
Without a doubt, the screen is the most desirable spec of the phone.
The Cherry Mobile Omega HD's cameras use backside-illumination technology, so they're capable of taking in a good amount of light. Photos and videos taken with them appear detailed.
It's good that the native camera app has a dedicated shutter button. Another plus? You can choose from among a wide array of shooting options, such as Panorama and Time Lapse modes.
Click through the gallery and see sample photos yourself.
The Cherry Mobile Omega HD has almost the same specs as the original Omega. Both are powered by a MediaTek MT6577 chipset. Both have a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz. Both have 1GB of RAM. Both sport a PowerVR SGX531 graphics. And both run Android Jelly Bean.
Not surprisingly, the new Omega is slightly slower and less responsive than its older brother because it has to push more pixels on the screen. Multi-tasking is also not as good. You must not expect fluid gameplay when playing NBA2K13, for one.
Check out the scores we got from different bechmarking suites.
Powering the Cherry Mobile Omega HD is a 2,100mAh battery. It may be big, but it can't keep the smartphone alive for a full day on a single charge with moderate usage.
In fact, in our battery-rundown test, the handset lasted only 4 hours and 32 minutes. The test consists of looping a video with WiFi and background syncing on and brightness set to 50 percent.
The 5-inch, high-definition screen must be the culprit here, as it draws too much power.
The Cherry Mobile Omega HD may not be as responsive and long-lasting as its predecessor, but we'll still choose this over the original Omega at any time. The pixel-dense 720p display is great, the cameras take share-worthy photos and videos, and the body is more attractive. Throw in the P7,999 price tag, and you've got one Cherry that's asking to be picked.