Cloudfone Ice: the Affordable Android Phone
Globe, one of the biggest telcos in the Philippines, has come up with one of the most affordable, if not the most affordable, Android phone in the market – the Cloudfone Ice. With over 190 million devices (and counting) running on the Android operating system, more and more users are starting to appreciate the wonders of a smart device. Thanks to Globe, owning a smartphone that runs on Android won’t cost a pretty penny.
“The CloudFone Ice is another revolutionary offer from Globe. At a price that’s so easy on the wallets of our Filipino mobile phone users, this is indeed one great deal to respond to the increasing demand for more affordable smartphones,” said Joanna Africa, Head of Globe Portfolio Management. “Gone are the days when mobile access to various sources of information and entertainment via the World Wide Web is only limited to the more expensive smartphones. With the CloudFone Ice, users can access Facebook, Twitter, Google, and their favorite e-mail and chat sites in a snap without having to spend too much.”
For P4,990 with a prepaid kit, almost everyone can now appreciate the benefits of a full mobile web experience. The Cloudfone Ice comes with a 3.2” full touchscreen display (320×480 pixels) running on Android 2.1, can run on both WiFi 802.11 and 3G/HSDPA, Bluetooth, GPS, FM Radio and a 3.15MP camera with up to 32GB storage via microSD card.
I’ve personally used the Cloudfone Ice for about less than a month and I’m happy with this little bugger’s performance for its price. For less than P5,000, I couldn’t believe I can actually get this much from a smartphone.
Look and Feel
It comes in black hard plastic – so no smudges at the back of your phone when your fingers are oily. Like a Blackberry, you can navigate through your messages with its trackball without touching the screen – a very nifty feature if you don’t wanna touch the screen. There are four buttons including two dialers, which can make calling easier. For its price, this phone has a really good display, in comparison with other entry-level Android phones. It looks quite boxy though and its probably not for someone who’s looking for a much sleeker and feminine design. Though, with the right customization, any Android device can reflect its user’s personality.
I use this phone everyday and it surprisingly replaced my iPhone for my social media and basic internet needs – like checking my e-mails, reading my Facebook news feed or updating my Twitter account. It is not as responsive as the iPhone and you have to put in more pressure on the screen for typing and swiping between your dashboard.
If you want a gaming phone, don’t get the Cloudfone Ice. Although it is pre-installed with a lot of games, this phone just can’t handle it. Like most entry-level smartphones, the internal memory is less than 300MB and you’d need to move your applications to your SD card. Some applications though, like Facebook and Twitter, can only run when its stored on your phone, so it would really take up a lot of space.
Yay or Nay?
The Cloudfone Ice is really really worth the price. If you’re a non-smartphone user, a full mobile web experience will be at your fingertips for a mere P5,000. It even comes free with the 800 Php Postpaid Plan for Globe. Instead of buying a more expensive device, you can allocate your funds to a data plan, which will make your mobile experience richer. This phone is a no-nonsense device and can do anything a smartphone can – send e-mails, create documents and spreadsheets and organize your calendar. I highly recommend it for gifting to college students or young professionals, who can’t afford a high-end smartphone yet.
This review was also published in Good Morning Philippines, a local broadsheet by Times Chronicle, last November 1, 2011.