Network wars aren't unheard of in the Philippines. When one network released their first internet dongle, others followed suit. When one released their first unlimited text plans, others followed suit. It seems that this was also the case with Globe's unveiling of the Globe Cloudfone.
So what's the Globe Cloudfone? First of all, the Globe Cloudfone has two variants: The Globe Cloudfone Ice (touch screen) and the Globe Cloudfone Temptation (QWERTY). We currently have no information on the Temptation, so we'll have to deal with the Ice first.
The Globe Cloudfone Ice is a Huawei U8500 mobile phone, runs on Android Eclair, and is an entry level phone. That said, lots of people in the know are already agreeing that you shouldn't expect anything but average with this phone.
Those same people are agreeing that Smart's NETPHONE 701 is far more superior than Globe's Cloudfone series in the sense that the NETPHONE 701 has a better structure (the platform for the 701 was planned) than Globe's recycled data packs. And for that matter, Globe's Cloudfone Ice is cheaper. It's going to sell at P4,990.00. Makes sense. More expensive, better services. Less expensive, well, just finish the sentence for me.
Globe Cloudfone Ice (HUAWEI U8500) Specs
2G Network: GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 900 / 2100
Dimensions: 112 x 58 x 12.8 mm
Weight: 115 g
Type: TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
Size: 320 x 480 pixels, 3.2 inches (~180 ppi pixel density)
- Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate
- Proximity sensor for auto turn-off
- Optical trackpad
Alert: types Vibration, MP3 ringtones
3.5mm jack: No
Phonebook: Practically unlimited entries and fields, Photocall
Call records: Practically unlimited
Card slot: microSD (TransFlash) up to 32GB, buy memory
GPRS: Class 10 (4+1/3+2 slots), 32 – 48 kbps
EDGE Class 10, 236.8 kbps
3G: HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps
WLAN: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes v2.1 with A2DP
Infrared port: No
USB: Yes, microUSB v2.0
Primary 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels
Video Yes, 352×288@15fps
OS: Android OS, v2.1 (Eclair)
Messaging: SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, IM
Radio: FM Radio
GPS: Yes, with A-GPS support
Java: Yes, via Java MIDP emulator
- Digital compass
- SNS integration
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Talk
- MP3/WMA/eAAC+ player
- MP4/H.263/H.264 player
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo
- Predictive text input
Standard battery, Li-Ion
Stand-by: Up to 300 h (2G) / Up to 350 h (3G)
Talk time: Up to 5 h (2G) / Up to 4 h 10 min (3G)
Globe Cloudfone Prices
Globe Cloudfone Ice SRP (Globe): P4,990.00 or free with Plan P499
Globe Cloudfone Temptation SRP (Globe): Free with Plan P499
Globe Cloudfone Ice Apps
The Android Market has 300,000 apps on its disposal and is growing very fast, thanks to Google's wonderful and friendly OS. Expect the Globe Cloudfone Ice to be able to play and run a majority of these apps, if not all.
So I guess that's it for this Globe Cloudfone Ice specs, prices, reviews, plans, and apps post. In my opinion, Globe should've at least prepared for this one. They should've also distributed it to tech mavens for reviews and whatnot. Globe's cold shoulder to the tech comunity would probably make this release sidelined. For the meantime, share this post on Facebook or tweet it on Twitter.
'Till my next installment.
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