Fellas, meet the Starmobile Diamond V7, a 5.7-inch giant that will make your current smartphone look like it needs to jump more on New Year's Day.
The Diamond V7 with its normal-size bros from Nokia
The Diamond V7 is what you call a phablet, a device that functions both as a smartphone and a tablet. We were able to play around with it, which led to this realization: Phablets are more than just a marketing gimmick. It has a lot of advantages, aside from its gargantuan size (although we admit, that's the first deal-maker). The following are the reasons why we think phablets are the shiznit and why you should consider getting one:
Reason 1: It's a combo device
We like the white variant better (it also comes in gray). Mukhang malinis.
It's a tablet that can make calls and send texts (which is a rarity), and a phone that won't make you squint hard to see the visuals. This 2-in-1 device tries to offer the best of both worlds, from communication tools to better, larger visuals, without forcing you to burn too much cash. It helps that it often looks like both, too. We actually experienced a few instances when people asked us "Anong tablet yan?" or told us "Nice phone!" while we were holding the Diamond V7.
Reason 2: It's good for your eyes...and fingers
Phablet screens measure between five to six-and-a-half inches. And what's the benefit of having this large a display? An easier viewing time! Since it has a bigger package, you won't be needing to constantly zoom in and out or resize just to see every bit of detail, may it be while surfing the interwebs or playing games.
Forgive us for the washed-out image. The display's really bright (which is good)
In the Diamond V7's case you've got a 5.7-inch touchscreen that easily dwarfs the displays found on most smartphones. Heck, it's among the largest handheld mobile devices outside of tablets we've held so far, and it was a pleasure viewing our beautiful babes on it. We also give it plus points for having Dragontrail protection against scratches and bumps!
Reason 3: It has powerful hardware
Aside from a packing a bigger display, phablets also normally pack upgraded hardware. It's not unusual for it to have a dual-core or quad-core processor and at least 1GB of RAM. This translates to it being more than capable of handling your apps even if you're doing some multi-tasking on the side.
Don't charge us with gadget abuse. The Diamond V7's screen is tough and can take on a cutter.
The Diamond V7 also has a quad-core chip and 1GB of RAM. We purposely tried to make it bog down several times by running five or more different apps in the background while watching a video and/or going online, but, to our pleasant surprise, kinaya niya!