My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

Cherry Mobile Flare was released November of last year and it's so successful that until now, it's hard to find an available one in stores. I've spent a week now with this phone that I ordered from Lazada and this is my full review of this budget friendly but very capable unit.

Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

Features and Performance

Flare is a dual SIM smartphone that runs on Android 4.0 ICS and has a nice clean interface. The 4-inch display is very nice even at different angles thanks to its IPS technology and 480 x 800 resolution. The unit is fast and has fluid response because of its 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 512MB of RAM.

My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

It has the basic apps preinstalled, good thing is it has Google Play so it's easy to download and install a needed applications. I have not rooted unit yet, I just installed some apps and games for testing purposes.

Call and text features of the phone is ok although there's no landscape option when composing text messages but I like the easy option of sending either via SIM1 or SIM2.

My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

Camera

Cherry Mobile Flare sports a 5MP autofocus rear camera with LED flash and a VGA front camera. Surprisingly, it can take very good photos specially on well-lit areas. Check the unedited sample photos (JPEG / 5MP) below taken using this phone, click the image to view it in full size.

My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

There's not much to talk about the front camera so we'll just focus on the rear camera. Pictures captured at 5MP resolution has a dimension of 2592 x 1944 pixels. The picture size can be set to 5MP, 3MP, 2MP, 1MP, VGA and QVGA. There are 3 scene modes: auto, action and night; and you can also take photos in monochrome or sepia.

My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

In terms of video recording, there are 4 video quality options: 480p (720 x 480), VGA (640 x 480), QVGA (320 x 240) and QCIF (176 x 144) which is mainly use for sending MMS. Check the sample video below, taken while I'm on a bus on a rainy morning. Video files are saved in 3gp format.


One more feature of the camera is to capture panoramic photos.

Multimedia

This phone can play 3gp and MP3 files. To watch MKV, FLV, AVI and MP4 videos, I installed MX Player that was able to play these file types without any problems even those with subtitles. The preinstalled music player app, though simple, is very good.  The phone's speaker sound quality is clear although somewhat weak. I'm disappointed with the sound quality of the unit's headset as it is very weak and a bit clunky.

My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

One thing lacking though is an FM Radio app so I had to download and install it. It's easy to enable FM radio on this phone, which I will feature soon.

Gaming

I'm not much into mobile gaming, I installed several games like Judge Dredd, Subway Surfers and Temple Run, for testing purposes. The phone was able to run these games without any lags, I have yet to try NBA 2K13.

My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

Connectivity

WIFI on this phone is very good, I did not encounter problems connecting to available hotspots. I was able to browse fast and download some needed apps from Play Store. Connecting through 3G also worked ok. Sending and receiving files via Bluetooth has no issues; as well as moving and copying files from phone to pc and vice versa is a breeze.

My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

Battery

Cherry Mobile Flare's battery is rated at 1500mAh, which may not be enough for a day's use specially for heavy users. For me, it's sufficient enough as my phone was able to last the day without recharging. I usually use it for 1 hour of WIFI browsing and downloading, 2 hours of listening to music via headset, 30 minutes of gaming, text messaging and some calls.

My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare
My Full Review of Cherry Mobile Flare

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  1. Very useful material. This info will surely help a lot of people to decide which next phone they'll be purchasing. Thanks!

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  2. Hmm I can't receive a file via bluetooth .. it says I have to confirm it first. Sending will stop at 19%.. where will i confirm it? I have no problem sending files by he way

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  3. @Anonymous What kind of file are you trying to receive and what is its size?

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  4. boss pareview naman ng 0+ 8.5

    namimili kasi ako flare or 0+ kaya lang pahirapan ang flare may nakita pa ako sa may sm north 6,500 ang flare

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  5. what can you recommend myphone A848i duo or cherry mobile flare? which give more value to your money?

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  6. sir pwede po ba palitan ang battery ng cm flare 2000mAh above? tnx

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  7. @Anonymous Baka Titan or Blaze yung nakita mong 6,500.

    O+ 8.5 is priced at Php6,000 with the ff specs:
    *4 inch screen
    *1GHz processor (single core)
    *quadband/ 3g/ air shuffle/ wifi/ noise reduction/ fm radio/ dual sim
    *android ics
    *5mp autofocus camera with flash
    * up to 32 gb memory/ although it has a 4gb internal memory
    *free sandisk 4gb micro sd
    *1500mAh battery

    If you want to use this phone for gaming, you might get disappointed. For the same price you can get the MyPhone A848i. Still in the end, ikaw pa rin magdedesisyon.

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  8. @Anonymous For Php4,000 Cherry Mobile Flare is still the best value for money.

    Now, if you have the money then go for the MyPhone A848i since it's also a solid phone. Whatever you decide on, enjoy it. ^_^

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  9. @Anonymous Pwede po, san ka nakakita ng battery na pwede sa Flare?

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  10. thank you sir but im disappointed kasi di na sale ang myphone A848i back to regular price of P 5990 and the CM Flare is still out of stock. May I ask if Cloudfone thrill 430x is good? thanks..

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  11. @AnonymousThe Cloudfone Thrill 430x is a good choice although a bit pricier (Php7,777) than MyPhone A848i and Cherry Mobile Flare. But with that price comes a bigger and higher resolution display, a higher RAM (768MB,a higher resolution camera (8MP)and a high capacity battery (4,160mAh).

    Remember though that the Thrill 430X has the same CPU as the Flare that although can play 3D games shows some lags during gameplay.

    You may also consider the MyPhone A888 or A919 having the same price range. But if it's the CM Flare that's your first choice, there are store's in Farmers Cubao selling them for Php4,500 or you can visit TipidCP here and search for Flare sellers.

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  12. madali po bang masira ang flare???kasi im planning to buy this phone po ehhh..,.,.tnx po

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  13. thanks for that information sir.. more power..

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  14. san po ba makikita ung mga downloaded apps sa flare. i downloaded go sms pro but im having a hard time finding its location

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  15. is flare quadband? triband?? ty

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  16. Im confused dun sa sinabi mong good sound quality pero very weak and a bit clunky? why? what do u mean? mahina ba ang speaker nito? and lalo na sa headset? please reply

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  17. @AnonymousOk po sya, still depends on the user kahit anong brand/model pa yan.

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  18. @senyorita totooDid you download it from Play store using your phone? If yes, automatically installed yan and it should show on your Apps.

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  19. @AnonymousTriband:
    2G Network GSM 900 / 1800/1900 - SIM 1 & SIM 2

    3G Network HSDPA 2100

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  20. @AnonymousSound coming out of the speaker is clear and sounds nice but medyo mahina (for me) even at the max volume. Di maganda yung included headset so tunog lata sya, using a decent headset produces a good quality sound but mahina specially when being used in a noisy environment.

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  21. Sir, pwd ba maka pag skype d2 or any video chat? Ty poh

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  22. very informative article, now i know what are the best options. tnx for effort sir

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  23. sir yung texting nya? mahina ba ang respons pag nagtatype ka ng mabilis? kasi may nakita ko sa isang review na mahina daw magrespons. ex. nya pagnagtatype daw xa ng music ang natatype lang eh mic. wala nang us sa gitna
    .paki confirm lang po

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  24. @Sherwin SilaoTyping using the qwerty layout is not that responsive since 2-point multitouch lang ang Flare, kelangan mejo bagalan para di magskip ng letters.

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  25. naka gamit ka go sms pro ok yun sim 1 sim 2 button nya sir?

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  26. @James LimI've tried go sms pro on Samsung Galaxy Ace Duos pero wala syang button for sim1 or sim2 when sending txt.

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  27. Which is better starmobile astra or cm flare?? Or cm flame?

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  28. @leo riveraIf you can afford the Starmobile Astra then go for it, the MT6577 processor (like in Astra) is faster than the MSM8225 processor of Flare & Flame.

    Also, Astra has bigger display than Flare and the TV feature is a plus.

    On the other hand, Flame has better display resolution and bigger screen size and higher battery capacity.

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  29. HI Marvs,

    So confused between Cloudfone 430x, MY phone A919 and Cherry Mobile Titan. I am not in to games. All i need is good quality image and video more into uploading and social po kasi ako.. Good quality speaker and fast wifi browsing po ang need ko. Please help kung my mas maganda pa na pwede po kayo offer 7 to 9K budget is ok. Thank you.

    elvie

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  30. Hi there! ask ko lang if pwede maka install ng instagram app using this phone? looking forward 2 ur response :)

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  31. @AnonymousI would lean more towards MyPhone A919 specially for its image/video capability.

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  32. kabibili ko lang ng flare.... gustong gusto ko n to.... kaso bat madali malobat?.... :'( 6hrs nakaopen lang xa... ndi nagttx or nag ssurf pero 40% agd nbwas. normal b un?

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  33. Hi po. What can you recommend po as an alternative battery for Cherry Mobile Flare na 2000+ mAh battery? Can't identify po kasi eh. Madami na po ako nababasa pero hindi po ako sigurado. I'm not that satisfied po kasi sa battery ng Flare but overall sa specs and phone ok naman po.

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  34. Ser as of nw kanu ang flare.wnt q kc bmli.ang cash q 4k hang 4.5

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  35. @AnonymousBaka naman po naka-on lagi ung WIFI, Data, & Bluetooth kahit di ginagamit? Mabilis talaga malo-lowbat ang phone.

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  36. @Marie Angelique CruzWala pa po akong nakitang compatible battery for Flare with higher capacity.

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  37. bos, papano lakasan ang volume nito flare specially the fm?

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  38. @AnonymousHindi po talaga ganun kalakas ang sound output ng Flare.

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  39. hello. po. puwede po bang matanong kung pano gamitin yung bluetooth sa Cherry Mobile Flare.?

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  40. @AnonymousYou can simply go to settings and turn on Bluetooth. It will show as S100 by default if you have not renamed your phone yet.

    By pressing the MENU button while in Bluetooth settings, you can rename the phone, change visibility timeout and show the received files via Bluetooth.

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  41. sir ano ba magandang phone na long battery at pang gaming na katulad ng cm flare?

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  42. @AnonymousDepends on your budget. But popular bets for the long battery life and good for gaming are MyPhone A919 and Cherry Mobile Titan.

    You may also want to consider Starmobile Diamond or Cherry Mobile Omega HD.

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  43. my budget is 6,5k only sir what phone did you think is the best in gaming ang long battery for 6,5k budget?

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  44. @AnonymousIf your max budget us 6.5k, the Cherry Mobile Titan would be your best option for gaming with long battery life. It has very good user reviews when it comes to those two aspects. Check it out here

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  45. ok din po ba sa browsing yan phone na yan ?

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  46. Ano ba ok cm titan or my phone a919?>

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  47. mag kano ba real price ng a919 sa SM sir?

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  48. i just want to know, where should i go . cause i am using cherry mobile flare. i bought it last week then at first i've been tried to used camera in front but now i can't saw the button in order for me to switch camera in front. PLEASE HELP. THNX

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  49. sir goodevening. i also have a CM flare and my major problem is the battery. what did you do to make it last for 19 hours? does charging time have to do with it? i only use it lang nman for texting. im not even using the cam or playing games. but it only lasts for 10 hours maximum. please help. thanks!

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  50. @Marvssir akodin ndi mkareceive ng file ss bluetooth...
    kelangan iconfim ndi ko lam panu...mp3 po 275kb lang ung file

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  51. @Mary Art GregorioYou can simply press the Menu button (one of the 4 capacitive buttons, beside Home) and select Switch to front/rear camera.

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  52. @alex tanDisable WIFI, DATA & Bluetooth when not in use.

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  53. planning to get this phone via Sun Cellular chief, nasa 350 ung plan, not bad eh? IF its available. :) i will use this as my secondary phone, so more of calls and text lang with limited access sa WiFi. my question is, how do i go about in making the SMS typing to landscape? i heard this function is not available on the phone.

    your review of the phone gave me the idea to choose this over the Samsung Ch@t.

    thanks and Best regards

    Nestor

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  54. @AnonymousI was actually able to fix the auto-rotate MMS for Flare months ago. Anyway I created a quick tutorial here to do that.

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  55. smooth lg poba at madali magtext sa flare??tsaka kung tamang pag.aalaga ilang years po kaya??please reply po agad magbubuy kasi ako now eh...

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  56. sir anu sakto L*W*H dimision ng cm flare battery? ung accurate sir. salamat po. Im browsing the net po kasi pag hanap best alternative nat. para sa cm flare

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  57. Hi! I also have issues with bluetooth..di ko alam kung pano i accept ung files coming from other gadget,although naka2pag transfer nmn from Flare to another gadget...me kaylangan bang i disable s ibang security setting?wala din kc s Manual eh..Hope meron po kayong solution dito..Thanks ng Madame!!

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  58. sir pano e fix ung camera?... nang flare s100? pag i open ko po kasi nakalagay "your camera can't be connect.."

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  59. bluetooth issue dapat punta ka sa bluetooth settings dapat sya nka visible ... dapat mo kc e accpt ng confirmation na dapat mong e received yng data from other bluetooth gadget. u can find it lang kpag e drag down mo yng screen at makita mo yng wifi icon

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  60. hello sir,

    Meron bang way para ma change yung text message into sequence? lahat kasi nang text messages ko nasa taas while yung sa ka text ko nasa baba..

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  61. qwerty pad lang po ba ang available na keyboard? thanks. :)

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  62. @sakura chiRebooting the phone should fix that.

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  63. @AnonymousIn sequence naman po by default yung text messages, the arrangement depends on the date/time of the message.

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  64. @AnonymousInstall ka ng keyboard app like NumberPad Keyboard so you'll have the option for T9 or QWERTY style.

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  65. The comments and information given was very useful and relevant in my decision to purchase a new android phone this month or next month. I'm seriously thinking of replacing my old cellphone with an android, coping with todays technology and convenience.

    While reflecting on buying an expensive phones like Iphone & Samsung for durability but i realized that theirs so much choices now in adroid that are remarkably affordable & durable as well.. So why I should go with those expensive stuffs when theirs wide option?

    I'm thinking of owning Starmobile, Alcatel or LG. Previously i like CM Flare & MyPhone 848i but because of its no so impressive apps, maybe i go with the above.

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  66. Sir nkakapgpasa po b kau ng kanta s ibng fone gmit ang bluetooth?? Pnu po?? Nd po aku mkpgpasa eh.. salamat poh!

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  67. paano po ang paggamit ng internet ng sim card. gamit ang CM flare??? d ko po alam ang paraan ng pag connect. upang hindi na po ako umasa sa wifi.

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  68. Hello po. Ask ko lang po sir, which is better? CM Flame 2.0 or CM Omega HD? Include ko na din si Flare sa choices. D po kase ako makapagdecide. Thank you sa reply! :)

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  69. kakabili ko lng po ng Flare ko kahapon. i have this problem n kpg ngpplay po ako ng song s orignl music player ng flare npuputol po.hindi po nkakatpos ng song then nlilipat n agad s next song and putol din pag ngplay.ayos nmn ung song n ndownload ko.ano po b ung my problema dito..pls help p.thanku.

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  70. Thanks! for this review, I really want to buy this cherry mobile flare.

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  71. ano po maganda samsung halaxy ace o flare para bumili na ako bukas

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  72. anu resolution ng movie na piniplay mo sa CM flare? is it 1280x720?

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  73. Hello po kuya marvs.
    kapag nireboot ko po ba yung Flare ko (kasi nag ke"can't connect with the camera") sya hindi na po ba ue mag kakaganun yun ? thank you po my Flare is 9 days old palang and i am worrying po

    thanks :)

    -issa

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  74. Sir pano po kaya ayusin pag my nagtxt po sakin na sa taas msg nila ko nmn s baba salamat

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  75. malinaw po ba ang display quality ng flare? i mean bka blurred ang dating ng words and menu icons? ung cruize dw kc blurred...thanks po

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  76. gud day sir. gusto ko lang po sana malaman if Flare is ok, kasi may mga kaibigan akong may unit na cm flare at nag auto shutdown. nabili po somewhere in savemore areas tapos d na daw po gumana afterwards.. thank you

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  77. hi kuya marvs, hi bloggers

    I am a cm burst user and today, two hours ago to be exact,I bought a cherry flare. hindi kc aq makapag move on hanggat hindi aq nakabili ng flare which is my hearts choice. itong burst was given to me by my mom.ok na sana pero iba pa rin ang flare.now that I have it,I feel so happy and contented.
    regarding to all the questions asked,isa lng ang masasabi q; Go with the phone that makes you happy! dapat din natin isa alang2x that there is no perfect phone. kahit pa ang iphone,sony,at ibang mamahalin na phone ay may cons din. nasa atin pa rin na mga users nakasalalay ang buhay ng ating mga cellphone.
    and if
    nalabili na kayo,know your cellphone by reading its manual. or explore your cellphone.
    sa pagpili naman para bumili,much better f u check the phone properly.see and check all the brands kahit pa magalit mainis sau ang tindera.don't stop until makita mo qg anong cp ang nagpapatibok sa puso mo. ;-)
    hope my advise help u kahit papano.

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  78. Sir very useful po itong blog nyo.. pro may tanong po ako sa unit ko, ang video recording nya if sa built-in player ng S100 ko i.play is ok.. pro if sa ibang apps such as VLC eh inverted po ang video, nka upside down... same video quality kahit sa PC mo pa i.playback ang mga recorded videos..

    may Factory Defect po ba tong unit?

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  79. @anna katrina guzmanThank you, hope you're enjoying your phone. :)

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  80. @Marc Clinton LiNo issue naman po playing recorded videos kahit anong apps/software pa gamit whether on PC or phone. Hindi naman kaya baligtad pagkaka-video nyo po? :)

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  81. @Regin SambuI'm still using and loving my Flare, if may issue po yung binili dapat ibalik agad para mapalitan/maayos since covered pa sya ng warranty.

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  82. @Amyrene FaustinoYou can check the pictures posted in this article, lahat po yan ay screen capture ng actual unit.

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  83. ask q lang po yung flare q po paglalaro po ako ng medyo matagal yung battery nya nagiinit tapos biglng mag hhang tas mamaty:( ano dpt gwn???

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  84. @Kenneth CorreIf playing games lang ba? How about watching videos or using other apps for a long time? If you can borrow a Flare battery and try it on your phone, observe if the same thing happens.

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  85. hi.. clarify ko lang din po regarding sa bat, sobrang ng-iinit po e, normal lang ba to sa lahat ng Flare bat or depende lng? kse po pg-magcharge ako ng morning at nasa ofc, i use the phone too, like textng & calling, hindi nkapagpahinga kumbaga, tapos ngayon pg ngplay ako ng games (candy crush lng po),mga 5mins super init na po.

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  86. hmf msg., camera, music , watchng vids di nman po pero yung ibang apps pag ginagamit po ng mdyo matagal nagiinit po , pero di tulad po ng candy crush ang bilis nyang makagpainit ng batt tapos pag sobrang init na po ayun nag hhang na tapos mamamtay. normal lang po b yun?? ?? cge po try ko po na manghiram ng ibang bat. tnx po:)))))

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  87. "super init" as in nakakapaso na po ba? kasi di na sya normal pero kung umiinit lng at pd namang hawakan e ok lang yun. Pag nagha-hang that means my problem sya kasi I'm playing candy crush, nba2k13, and other games until ma-lowbatt yung phone without any problems naman po.

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  88. hello i have a problem with my flare ang tagal mag dl nang apps sa playstore kabibili ko lang po nun at that time it takes more than 30 mins to dl even fb and still it is not installed. normal po ba yun? simulataneous ko kasing dinownload yung fb,wechat and instagram eh. thanks po

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    1. I don't know if you're connecting via WIFI or 3G, download speed depends on the speed of your connection, and if you are downloading simultaneously if will definitely slow down the process.

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  89. Hi po. Pano po kaya aausin ung wallpaper? gusto ko po kc palitan ng photos from gallery but napakalaki po ng size, ayaw po macrop. pano po xa mafifit to screen? thank you po

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