I am not a techie, not in the sense that I keep up with the latest gadgets or know the difference between a Froyo and a Gingerbread. I only buy tech stuff when I need them and then forget about them as I use them. There are only two things I look out for: the functionality and look, all the other specs aside. And of course the price has to be reasonable.
The new SMART Netphone, I believe, fits the bill! As a thoroughly kikay person with moderate tech kung fu, I think the Netphone is something that can complement whatever I wear while still keeping me connected to my social networks and email for only P20 a day.
The SMART Netphone is a solid Android phone that's fully integrated with Smart's services. The thing that sets it apart from other Android phones though is the Blackberry Messenger-like network called Smartnet that SMART built around it. It allows you to look for people using their Global Directory (given that who you're looking for is on the Netphone) and then add them with their permission.
And now, for the unboxing!
The SMART sim pack is included in the package
You get a USB cable which neatly attaches to the charger. I like that both are small and travel friendly. You will also get the battery and earphones.
I wish it comes with a manual though, but in any case the phone is relatively easy to figure out
Here are the specs of the Netphone 701 (there will be other models in the future). It costs only P9,900.
3.5″ LCD display @ 480×800 pixels
600 MHz ARM 11 processor
Adreno 200 GPU
Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset
HSDPA 7.2Mbps; HSUPA 5.76Mbps
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP
3MP autofocus camera
FM radio tuner
GPS w/ aGPS support
Li-Ion battery 1250mAh
Android 2.2 Froyo
Data plans - open in another tab for a larger view
Time for the "fashion" shots ala editorial! Lol!
I like the graphite texture. I'm not that careful with my gadgets so anything that can ward off/not show scratches is great!
And that's it! I just got the phone last Thursday so I still haven't formed any concrete opinions about it, but I'll update you with another post in a couple of weeks. The real question is...will the Netphone replace my beloved Blackberry?
The SMART Netphone will be available from SMART starting today! Please visit the website for more details and follow the Twitter hashtag #smartnetphone to know what people are saying about it. The grand launch event will be today (which I won't be able to go to because my face is blue - now that is another story) so you can also check that out on Twitter.