starmobile-engage-review

Starmobile, a new maker of quality dual SIM mobile phones here in the Philippines, released its first ever tablet — the Starmobile Engage — just last month. And luckily, they sent us a unit to be reviewed and given away to one lucky reader of our blog.

In all honestly, although we’ve already reviewed a similar device of its class (Bmorn V16), we still didn’t expect anything from it, whether it can deliver more, performance-wise, compared to the mentioned device or not. After all, the ENGAGE is priced at just Php5,990!

HARDWARE & DESIGN

The Starmobile Engage is a solid, well-constructed device. It’s almost as solid as other branded tablets like those made by Samsung. However, the material used to enclose the device is plastic, making it feel and look cheap for some. On the brighter side, it feels much lighter than the usual 7-inch tablets.

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Unlike the other Android tablets you see elsewhere, all the peripherals or ports of the Engage are found at the bottom part. Also, the 3-megapixel camera is nicely positioned on the back while a 0.3-megapixel camera is in front.

DISPLAY

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Apparently, there’s nothing special on the display of the Engage. It’s not satisfactory nor bad neither. However, you can still watch HD videos or movies through the pre-installed HD Movie Player. Furthermore, playing games (display- or graphics-wise) would never be an issue.

PERFORMANCE & BATTERY LIFE

Equipped with a 1.2GHz processor and 1GB of RAM, the Engage is capable of handling multiple tasks with ease and delivers fast performance. Of course, the Ice Cream Sandwich OS also contributes to the speed.

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Touch response is a bit weak, probably because it only has a capacitive touch screen. Also, when playing Temple Run, the gameplay wasn’t smooth. There are even times that the device lags. But other than that, animations are snappy.

As to battery life, the Engage turns in a good performances. With a 3000mAh battery, you can get up to 3 straight hours of video playback. This is more than enough for your daily tablet computing needs for an average user.

Camera

As for the main camera, just refer to the camera samples below:

You can download the RAW camera samples here.

VERDICT

The GOOD…

  • Feels solid
  • It’s light
  • Comes with Android Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Great Battery Life

The BAD…

  • Plastic build
  • Unsatisfactory Touch Response
  • Poor Camera Quality

It’s no secret that the Starmobile Engage, well, falls in the same category with the Nexus 7. The latter may obviously win against the Engage in terms of specs or performance but it’s no doubt that it’s much more expensive. The Nexus 7 costs around Php13,000 in the gray market (it’s not yet officially released) while the Engage has a suggested retail price of just Php5,990.

Considering its very cheap price, you can definitely never go wrong with this device. And honestly, you’ll even get more than what you paid for.

RATING: 6 / 10

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Ram Mancelita is the founding Editor of TechBuzz. He has been recently awarded as the 2013 Technology Blogger of the Year and the 2012 Best Cebu Technology Blogger by the Cebu Bloggers Society and Best Cebu Blogs Awards, respectively. Get to know him better by visiting his personal blog at Mancelita.com or following him on Twitter at @mancelitaRam.