Friday, 18 April 2014

DTC GT6S Review

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One question I get the most is how I am able to juggle school, work, and the blog (among other things) and still have time for other stuff AKA living and breathing. Aside from the very cliche “if you love doing something you’ll always find the time for it”, I get a huge helping hand from my gadgets, most especially my phone.

I was born a multi-tasker, and being a slasher, I am always on the lookout for gadgets that could keep up with me. I don’t get anxious often, but when I do, it’s usually the small things like not having access to the internet when I needed to (AKA most of the time) and not being able to access my multiple social media accounts. If you knew me personally, you would know that I have my phone on hand almost all of the time, and this GT6S phone from DTC mobile came in at the perfect moment when my almost one year old Apple device started malfunctioning.

Now, I am by no means a tech expert and won’t pretend to, but I have brother who is, and I asked him to help me out with this review.

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The GT6S Speed Plus came in this sturdy box (which is good) but one I found very hard to pry open. The package included a 1800mAh battery, a charger with a data cable, a screen protector, earphones, and a user manual. It retails for P3990 and comes in black and white (although when I got the unit, only the black one was available)

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Display

The large 4 inch 240dpi screen running at 848x480 resolution is pretty great for reading books, viewing messages and browsing photos. It has a very clear display at both extremes of brightness settings, and has virtually zero glare. Colors are vivid and has good contrast. Also, you won’t see pixels and edges most of the time unless you are looking at actual photos of plain pixels and low resolution images themselves. You can see what is on the screen even if the screen is almost completely facing sideways from you.

Controls and Ergonomics

Touch Screen is responsive to a series of touches. Touching with more than three or four fingers won’t make the phone go wild, unlike some Android Phones and Tablets priced similarly. Flat Form Factor is great for those with relatively large hands/long fingers (such as myself), although the volume rocker and buttons are a bit hard to reach (and find)

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System Performance

The phone, running on Android 4.2.2 (one of the earlier versions under the codename “Jelly Bean”) boots up in 20 seconds and turns off in eight. It has adequate processing power for general usage - texting, calling, browsing the internet and playing games. Most apps run smoothly but expect some lag on computational heavy ones. But then again, you can’t really expect it to since this isn’t really a heavy duty phone. The battery can last a day or two if all you use it for is social contact and the occasional web browsing. If you’re planning to play games or watch movies, be sure to have a spare battery or a powerbank ready.

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Screenshots of some of my favorite applications (Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter)

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Design

Sleek and simple, and definitely not cheap looking. The plastic backing scratches very easy though, so be sure to invest in a protective case.

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Camera

The unit has two cameras. The 5MP rear is very dependent on lighting. Best  results would come if you use it outdoors. Also, you cannot use it to take photos of small to medium sized texts, specially if you have shaky hands. The front facing 1.3MP camera is great for web calls. I can’t say the same about using it for #selfies, though!

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Front camera

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Sample photos taken around the house

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Audio

Sound is great and the speakers have minimal distortion max volume. The earphones (which look very similar to the previous generation Apple earphones) came with an inline mic and a single remote control Play/Pause button. My brother wanted me to point this out because he found it very useful especially in situations where one doesn’t want to take out one’s phone just to stop playback (train rider’s rejoice!) Also, the earphones don’t have markings indicating which one is left or right! (You could find out which one is Left by having the connector away from you and the remote facing up) It would have been nice if they at least printed a dot or stuck a sticker to show which one is which. #OCproblems

The verdict

With a retail price of P3990, you shouldn’t expect to get the latest and the greatest tech. What you do get however is the best tech from around a couple years ago presented in a stylish fashion minus the bugs and instabilities from before.

If you’re on a limited budget and don’t care much for brands, then this phone is for you! On that note, I’m giving away one unit to one lucky reader! Keep checking back to see how you could win yourself a new phone! 

For the meantime, check out DTC Mobile PH for updates. For more information, Like them on Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter.

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Sunday, 13 April 2014

Summer Giveaway Alert! charleneajose x Paradise Treats Part 2

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Paradise Treats has just turned three, and in line with that, they partnered with three bloggers to celebrate! Another week means another giveaway! One winner will get to take home the three tops pictured above, perfect for all your summer trips! Read on to know how to win these items from Paradise Treats! :)

YOU HAVE TO DO EVERYTHING FOR YOUR ENTRY TO BE VALID.

1. Follow @charleneajose and @ParadiseTreats on Instagram.

2. Follow @charleneajose and @ParadiseTreats on Twitter.

3. Like Charlene Ajose and Paradise Treats on Facebook.

4. If you have a blog, follow Charlene Ajose on Tumblr.

5. Leave a comment containing your complete name, e-mail address along with your twitter and instagram username on the Disqus comment box found at the end of this post.

And that’s it! Contest starts today, April 13, 2014 and will end on April 19, 2014. One winner will be chosen via random.org and would be announced on my Facebook Page. This giveaway is open to Philippine residents only.

Entries will be checked. So no cheaters please! ;)

Best of luck to everyone who will join!

#giveaways    #Paradise Treats