MyPhone my36 Review

When you say MyPhone, the first thing that comes to mind is a company that sells affordable Android devices with the Philippines on it, though they kind of toned this down a little with their Agua series of yesteryear. MyPhone decided to take their branding back, starting with the my series - and the star of it all is the my36.

The MyPhone my36 is a PHP 6,999 Android Lollipop device which boasts high performance while sporting a good look. It has nothing special to it on paper, but is definitely a buddy once you get to use it.


Perhaps among the highlights of the MyPhone my36 are its 2.5D curved glass display, its thin profile, and its faux leather back - a trend that Samsung started and have been caught on by the others. As mentioned, it looks pretty good - and it would be a lot off better too if the Philippine map isn't placed at the back of the device.

MyPhone my36 Review

The front of the my36 carries a 5.2-inch screen, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera with flash, an LED notification light which blinks red and green only, and rather small earpiece. You won't find any haptic buttons here, which is cool, since Lollipop devices should come that way (buttons integrated on the display).

MyPhone my36 Review

The back meanwhile carries a 13-megapixel camera, a single-tone LED flash, the new MyPhone logo and the Philippine map, and an external speaker. The back cover is rather flimsy, but lifting it will reveal 2 micro SIM slots, a microSD card slot, and a non-removable battery pack. The sides lastly feature nothing but the power button, the volume rockers, a 3.5mm audio jack at the top, and a microUSB port at the bottom.

The MyPhone  my36 is rather lightweight, and its compact size makes it all the more easier to handle.


The MyPhone my36 features a 5.2-inch HD Full HD display, with a 1920x1080 display resolution, and 425 dpi at a 60Hz refresh rate, wrapped in Gorillla Glass 3.

MyPhone my36 Review

The wonderful thing about its display is its warm, bright, and is saturated enough to register vibrant colors - enough so that high definition images of reds and greens are reproduced correctly. Whites have a mild bluish hue, but it's not that big a deal.

MyPhone my36 Review

My main gripe with the my36's display is that even if you dial it down to the lowest brightness setting, it's still bright that you need a third party app to adjust it to comfortable levels during nighttime environments. Unfortunately, this is still an issue with Chinese-made devices (Samsung seemed to have mastered this, as brightness on even a humble Galaxy J5 adjusts to a comfortable level of low light in this regard), even on high-tier devices. The advantage of this, on the other hand, is that you can easily see what's on the display even under strong sunlight.

The MyPhone my36 operates on Android 5.1 Lollipop, and runs on an almost vanilla UI, save for a few icons here and there. Speaking of the OS, we're not expecting this device to receive any OTA update.

The display also offers gesture features, such as double tap to wake and sleep, and the like, though you have to time your taps perfectly for it to wake up and sleep.


The MyPhone my36 boasts an MT6753 64-bit octa-core processor clocked in at 1.3GHz, a Mali-T720 GPU, 3GB of RAM, and 32GB of onboard storage. This configuration is particularly popular with top-tier budget devices spun as local flagships, but shouldn't have any issue performing.

The device fetches a respectable 36580 in AnTuTu; this range is expected of octa-core CPU and 3GB RAM configurations. It also scores around the neighborhood of the LG Nexus 5, the ASUS Zenfone 2, and the first OnePlus One. Here's the rest of the benchmarks:

Real-life, the MyPhone my36 performs pretty decently: It's snappy and performs when you need it to. There isn't so much a hiccup when using it, not unless it suddenly decides to choke when you're switching from the lock screen to the camera. It also is unable to handle some AAA games, like NBA 2K16.

Audio and Video

Considering the MyPhone my36's display capabilities, you can clearly view high resolution videos - especially movies. Also, you know those minor chokes when moving the video marker from point A to point B? Yep, the my36 do not have those kinds of chokes, which is even better since you'll be able to watch continuously.

MyPhone my36 Review

If you have a Chromecast or Miracast dongle at home, you can even mirror your display directly or view YouTube videos via the device's Cast Screen feature.

As for the device's external speaker, it's surprisingly loud, considering past MyPhone flagships always had a weak external speaker. You can play multiple music genres without having a hard time hearing it. Just don't expect bass, and you'll be fine. Unfortunately, it's located at the back of the device; your audio will sound muffled when you lay it flat on its back.

MyPhone my36 Review

The my36's earpiece is loud and clear; you can talk to someone with ease.


As mentioned in the Performance section of this review, the only game the MyPhone my36 had difficulty running in our experience is NBA 2K16, provided that that game is unoptimized.

MyPhone my36 Review

MyPhone my36 Review

That aside, it runs Final Fantasy IX, Aralon 2, and Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas with no issue. The display is very responsive, and suffice to say you won't have a hard time navigating whatever game you're playing. You will however experience mild heating with the battery with continuous play at moderately bright settings.


The MyPhone my36 features a 13-megapixel rear camera which, according to MyPhone, utilizes a Samsung sensor with Phase Detection Autofocus. However, we can't say for sure after running a few system info apps, as these programs weren't able to detect for certain what sensor the device utilizes. The front meanwhile sports a 5-megapixel camera with flash.

MyPhone my36 Review

At this point, we can't say that the camera is one of the my36's strengths, for the plain fact that we were expecting far more than the device provided us. Images reproduced by the device are most of the time accurate, but also more frequently than ideal blurry, since the camera has a hard time doing its autofocus. This is especially observable in moderately lit to poorly lit environments. It also lacks detail, sharpness, and saturation, making the images dull and leaving you confused why it became so.

Sample photos below.

There are however multiple camera modes that can enhance the quality of the photo you're taking, such as a manual mode (called Professional in the dash), where you can adjust your ISO, White Balance, Sharpness, and Exposure values. Other modes are a given, such as a night mode, panorama, HDR, a face beautification mode, dual view, and a Wide Selfie mode.

Drawer to camera load time is almost instantaneous, which is good news if you're after a moment.


The MyPhone my36 is equipped with a non-removable battery pack rated at 2900mAh. It's a bit lower than ideal, but it works, as long as you know how to manage your device and its apps.

You should expect around 5 hours of juice with the MyPhone my36 - provided, you'll use both SIM slots (this eats up battery), and have your data connectivity enabled for at least half of the day. The device laps up its battery quickly even when its idle.

For charging times, it will go from 0 to 100 in two hours with the included charger. You can make it go lesser if you shut the phone down totally.


The MyPhone my36 is a beautiful piece of machine. It looks elegant, is built solidly, and has no issue performing when you need it to - gaming, viewing, audio, you name it. However, the camera should've been significantly better by now, as improvements in technology make parts cheaper, especially with this one coming from China no less, the motherland of affordable devices. It would've also worked to the my36's favor if the battery was slightly better.

MyPhone my36 Review

The MyPhone my36 is available at all MyPhone kiosks, concept stores, and major partner outlets nationwide for PHP 6,999 (SRP). It comes with a free limited edition MyPhone commemorative watch.

MyPhone my36 Specifications

OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Processor: MT6753 chipset, 1.3GHz 64-bit octa-core processor, Mali-T720 GPU
Memory: 3GB RAM, 16GB onboard storage, microSD expandable up to 64GB
Display: 5.2-inch FHD IPS display, 1080x1920 display resolution, 425 dpi, Gorilla Glass 3
Camera: 13-megapixel rear camera, Samsung sensor w/ PDAF, LED flash; 5-megapixel front-facing camera, LED flash
Connectivity: Up to 4G LTE; WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Hotspot, WiFi Direct; Bluetooth v4.0; GPS w/ A-GPS, GLONASS; microUSB v2.0, USB OTG
SIM: Dual micro SIM
Battery: 2900mAh Li-ion battery, non-removable
Colors: Black, White
Price: PHP 6,999.00

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