Smart Introduces SmartSat

Smart introduces SmartSat, a cellphone sleeve with a built-in satellite receiver. SmartSat can help you send text, call and even receive data through their satellite wirelessly. Their service is available in Asia,Africa,Australia, Europe and in the Middle East.

This is good for those who are adventurous who always go to places without signal.


Currently, it is only offered for Iphone 5 and 5s users, because the available version of Satsleeve of Smart is only for Iphone 5 and 5s.

If you are an Iphone 5 and 5s user you can fill-out their reservation form to be able to avail the service. Here is the link for those who are interested to avail SmartSat.

Pricing is not yet available.

Source: Smart Telecom Facebook Page

SKK Mobile Dealer’s Night

Last December 5, 2013, we were invited by SKK Mobile to attend  first ever dealer’s night held at Century Seafood Restaurant at Century Park Hotel. Isabel Granada, Gerald Santos and Carlos Agassi also performed during the event.

There  are also some phones and tablets displayed  at the registration table that are not yet released.




We were expecting for Marian Rivera to come at the event as she is the new endorser of SKK, but unfortunately she wasn’t able to come instead she gave a VTR to greet everyone who attended the event.



SKK Mobile  is also generous to raffle prizes for dealers and attendees. They raffled Mercedes SLK series, Porsche Cayenne, and a Toyota Land Cruiser for dealers who attended the event. Not only that there are also cash prizes for dealers and guests, a Php 300,000 cash prize were raffled for dealer and Php 50,000 for guest.


There are a lot of things to watch out for SKK Mobile this coming 2014. With Marian as their new endorser to bring profits to the company and being generous to their dealers will be good for them.

White Nexus 7 now available in three countries

Today Google tweeted about a new device to be available in Google Play.

In the post by Google said that the new device is a White version of their Nexus 7.

It is said to be available in selected countries via Google Play, which includes US, UK and Japan.


It is reported that only 32gb WiFi only is set to be available for white version and will cost you the same as the black version @ $269., @googlenexus


Fake Android Jellybean??

Today having an android device is a norm. One of the best thing that android gives to its user is that you are able to play with your device because of their play store with thousands of apps.

As we all know Google Android releases Android Jellybean as “Project Butter” which means you will experience a buttery smooth device when you update your phone to jellybean. That is why a lot of OEMs and branded manufacturers are releasing their phones with updated Jellybean on the box to attract people.

Apparently a local brand here in the Philippines is advertising their phones with jellybean on the box. And as we all know there are a lot of added feature when you have a jellybean device, one of those is being able to install Google Search with Google Now feature vs. to a device with ICS pre-installed only Google Search it self is available.

As for basic checking people use Antutu for benchmarking and knowing the internals, for which we did in this local brand. For the revelation we found out the the Android SDK Version is contradicting to its Android version.(refer to picture below)

Also after installing Google Search and open it what it shows is the basic Google search not the one with Google Now.

Having an Android Jellybean 4.2.1 must have a SDK Version 17.


Its for you to judge and  guess guys.

We can’t say if this issue is only for our review unit or for the retail unit as well.

Review: Skk Mobile Phoenix Tab 2




The Skk Mobile Phoenix Tab 2 is an addition with their current Phoenix Tab line up joining Phoenix Tab 1 and 3. It is a tablet with dual-sim capability powered by an unknown processor paired with Mali-400mp GPU.

Inside the box includes:

  • Phoenix Tab 2 x 1
  • Usb cable x 1
  • Usb charger x 1
  • OTG cable x 1
  • headset
  • manuals



  • Dual SIM , Dual Standby
  • 5 point touch
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1???
  • Expandable up to 32GB via microSD
  • Dual cam
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n,WiFi Hotspot
  • 3.5 Audio Jack
  • Micro USB 2.0 with OTG support
  • Bluetooth
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, Proximity
  • 3000mAh removable battery
  • Slim Built:thin bezel
  • Built in microphone

Main Disadvantages:

  • Low resolution display(800×480)
  • Low battery capacity
  • No GPS
  • 512mb ram
  • No built in 3g capabilities


The tablet is slim with thin bezel, but its back casing is a finger print magnet because of its glossy finish. It may not have an elegant or expensive look but this tablet has a good built.


The tablet fits well because of its thin bezel.


Simple desighn on the back


Power button and Volume rocker is located on the right side of the tablet.


sim slots and micro sd slot are found at the left side of the tablet.


3.5 Audio jack and micro usb found the top


Microphone can be found at the bottom near the speaker grill.




System UI:

The System UI used on Phoenix Tab 2 is almost untouched android stock rom except that the browser icon is changed to SKK icon, other than that you will see a familiar interface of a generic android device with tablet ui.



messaging app.


keyboard ui when typing recipients.


keyboard ui when typing messages.


Phone ui

Performance and Gaming:

The box shows that the tablet has a single core ARM Cortex A9 processor clocked at 1.2ghz paired with Mali-400 MP GPU.

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The 4821 Antutu benchmark score is subpar with other tablets.

Having a single core chip on an android device might be problem on running some apps specially apps that requires intense processing and GPU capabilities.

Note: Performance may differ on how user uses the tablet.

It can handle some basic games like Temple Run, Subway Surfer and Zombie Tsunami




NenaMark shows 27.6fps just enough to run basic games.


It can also play Dead Trigger but some lags due to its hardware limitations.



The 7″ screen of the tablet might be enough for watching movies and viewing pictures. The colors in screen is a little bit lacking of colors, also the screen resolution of 800×480 might not be good for a 7″ tablet. It has 5 point multitouch which is good for some multitasking.


The screen brightness is just enough for indoor usage but using in with extreme sunlight outside might be a problem.


Viewing angles from Left and Right is not that good due to its non-IPS screen


view from bottom


view from right


view from top


view from left


It is packed with dual camera, both VGA. Not the best but for its price no doubt for them to include just two vga camera.

The picture quality produced by its two camera might not be as good as other cameras on tablets, but with good lighting it can produce a picture just enough to keep some memories.

The Gallery app is missing but replaced by Super HD-Player. You can only view photos and watch videos on Super HD-Player, but when browsing photos you have to locate it manually using file manager. Solution to this missing gallery is downloading gallery apps from playstore.


Taken outside using back camera


using front camera


indoor shot using back cam

Sample video using back cam.


Good to know that Phoenix tab 2 has a bluetooth and otg functionalities which is good for transferring file from your tab to other device and vice versa. The OTG feature of the tab is a good thing for you to be able to view file from flash drive or use a mouse and keyboard.

It has a dual sim, dual standby which is good for textting and calling at the same time, but due to its hardware limitation the built in data connection is only limited to 2g. You can use OTG to be able to connect 3g dongle for 3g connectivity.


The tablet has a non-removable 3000mAh, which will last for about 2-4 hours depending on use.


It may not be a game changer due to its hardware limitation on some aspects specially when you are looking for a 3g connectivity but having a text and call feature is a good catch for a tablet.

It is available on SKK Mobile outlets and kiosk for Php 3499.

Thanks to JM Balicano for lending his unit.