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« on: February 24, 2011, 10:54:20 PM »

I bought a Cherry Mobile Magnum HD last Feb 21, 2011. I got it for less than the market SRP as it was a promotional offer in my wife's place of work. This is my first Android phone so I might not have the correct impression. If so, please correct me.

Specifications: (from http://www.cherrymobile.com.ph/)
    * Android 2.2
    * Qualcomm 1GHz Processor
    * 4.1" WVGA Capacitive Touchscreen
    * ROM: 2GB / RAM: 512MB
    * Expandable Micro SD up to 32GB
    * Quandband GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900
    * 3G Triband UMTS/HSDPA: 900/1900/2100
    * Wifi: 802.11 b/g
    * GPS/AGPS
    * Bluetooth 2.0
    * Standard Micro USB 2.0
    * 3.5mm Stereo Audio Jack
    * HDMI-D Type
    * 720p Recording
    * 5 Megapixel Camera with Flash (Back)
    * VGA Camera (Front)
additional:
Free 4GB Micro SD
Free Bluetooth Headset

Impression:
    * The Cherry Magnum HD is narrower than my old Palm Tungsten but slightly taller. The gunmetal finish looks elegant.
    * Slim profile along with a huge screen adds to its elegance.
    * I'm not familiar with the original Android interface but I don't think there are any manufacturer UI installed. (Correct me if I'm wrong).
    * There are a lot of useful apps in the Android Market. Especially Angry Birds! Tongue
    * I love to be able to sync with my Google Contacts.

Issues:
    * Battery drain when using WiFi or 3G. The first few days I charged at night and mid-morning. But yesterday morning until now (just after lunch) my battery charge is still at 46% even with occasional HSDPA usage.
    * WiFi connection very slow, probably my router settings. Will test more.
    * Screen blacks out when making/receiving phonecalls. Searched forums and found that one HTC model has the same problem. Apparently the factory protective film on the screen blocks the proximity sensor. I cut the film and this initially solved the problem, but now sometimes it recurs.
    * There was one instance where I could not turn off the phone. I had to remove battery. Possibly because of an app trying to access the internet after I turned off WiFi and 3G.

I will post more observations in the future.

02/25 UPDATE:
I found a way to soft-reboot the phone. Press {Power Button} + {Home Button} for several seconds.

03/03 UPDATE:
Correction, just press and hold {Power Button} for several seconds to soft-reboot the phone.
Battery now lasts over 24 hours with some HSDPA use.
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« Reply #1 on: February 25, 2011, 10:25:18 PM »

Nice!

I am going to post this in the blog...if its ok for you?
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« Reply #2 on: February 26, 2011, 12:37:10 AM »

Nice!

I am going to post this in the blog...if its ok for you?

No problem. Go ahead. Smiley
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2011, 12:55:03 AM »

I decided not to post this in the blog, it is better to be hear.
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