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Gadgets Review: Cherry Mobile Magnum HD
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by Gelo Gonzales | Apr 7, 2011
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Before you give it the stink eye, why don't you come in for a closer look?[firstpara]

Local brand Cherry Mobile's Magnum HD presents itself as a capable entry in the competitive smartphone arena.

It's one that's ultimately going to appeal to the market. How so? It has quite an appearling price tag.

Brand-conscious gadget freaks, do leave all prejudice at the door; the phone's a leap forward for a company that started out hawking TV and dual sim-capable mobile phones.

At 15,990 pesos, the Magnum HD sure packs enough firepower. At its core lies a 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion processor with access to 512 MB of RAM. Industry-standard numbers one might say, but then again, you're getting these at a much more affordable pricepoint.

Beyond the numbers, the Magnum HD really is a smooth operator. The phone runs on Android 2.2.1, and we're quite pleased to tell you that response time is quick, with nary a hitch. Techie.com.ph's testimony reaffirms that: "We were seldom kept waiting when firing up and using our Android apps, and online browsing was a cinch."

Along with the breezy performance, many of the features you've come to expect are all in the wagon. It boasts GPS/AGPS, and 3G connectivity, and has 802.11 b/g Wireless LAN. The bundled earphones can be connected to a 3.5 mm port on the phone's top portion, while placed below are a USB 2.0 port and even an HDMI-D port for easy HDTV connectivity.

And of course, there's a camera too, a 5-megapixel VGA one equipped with flash, that also records HD 720p video. Pure and simple, the Magnum HD is up-to-date features-wise, and will appease those who have always been wondering why everyone's so up and about with these touchscreen thinga-ma-jigs.

A few qualms though: the built-in speakers can be underwhelming with its bodiless sound, and the battery life may leave you a little bit wanting. Techie tests that the battery only "clocks in at less than a day with heavy usage, and a maximum of two days if you use it sparingly." Better make sure to have your charger handy. 

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Those are very minor issues though. Besides, the phone, in spits of some people's aversion towards the brand, holds its own in the looks department. It's svelte and classy with its black, angular styling, and crisp, clean 4.1-inch WVGA Capacitive touchscreen.

It definitely looks more expensive than what its price would suggest, as is its set of features. It is for those very reasons that we'll have a hard time arguing against the Magnum HD. Indeed, it hits the mark, if not the bull's eye.

WORDS BY: GELO GONZALES

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