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O+ 8.12 Android Phone Review

O+ 8.12 Android Phone Review

| On 08, Mar 2013

O+ 8.12 has been getting a huge media face time lately in the country’s leading noontime show and as well as a TV commercial that’s aired almost every day. But what can this device offer aside from its scratch and shatter proof display and stellar camera? Read on our full review of the O+ 8.12 to find out.

Introduction

There are many affordable android phones out there but very few are able to snag a complete combo of great specifications that will give a seamless performance in multitasking and gaming. The most evident reason, as what everyone points out, is the mediocre 512MB of RAM. The MTK6577 1GHz dual-core processor is already a powerful enough CPU but in most cases, since there is limited amount of RAM, the lag kicks in. While these low cost android phones’ performance are sufficient to people’s daily needs, some geeks just need that extra boost that they need to do their tasks and to play resource intensive games. This dilemma then leads them to look for android phones with bigger memory, specifically at least 1GB of RAM.

Better specs eventually mean that you need to pay more, but that doesn’t mean that you’ll only get nothing more than extra memory. O+ 8.12 is O Plus’ current flagship android phone will not only give that 1GB of RAM because it also includes a qHD scratch and shatter proof display, a great 8-megapixel camera, and a lot of more. Also, to give a more concrete understanding of how this device performs, we’ll use the Cherry Mobile Titan W500 (regardless of its price) as the point of comparison in some cases to help you get a better picture of the performance of this O Plus android phone. How do this smartphone stack up in day to day usage? Is it worth the Php11,999? We’ll share our experience about it so let’s get started.

What’s in the box?

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The box of O+ 8.12 is unlike other conventional smartphone package out there. It’s far from the traditional look and just a glance at it will surely invite your eye to lock in and take a closer look. The parcel is an elegant square shaped box with the huge print of O+ in front. But what’s even better is the smartphone and accessories hidden underneath. I’ve listed down the box contents of the O+ 8.12 below. You can also check out our unboxing post here.

  • O+ 8.12 Android phone
  • Charger adapter
  • microUSB cable
  • Earphones
  • 1850mAh battery
  • FREE 8GB microSD card
  • Manuals

The Design: It’s elegant!

At first glance, the O+ 8.12 reminded me of the Lumia 900 and the Acro S. It has the same shape but looking a bit closer will reveal its true identity. I immediately noticed its great and solid build and I was really impressed by how it fits my average-sized hand perfectly. The weight is also fine and on the light side against other heavy android phones that we’ve held before. We got the black and white variant and at first I didn’t really liked the combination and I thought that the all black was better. But after a day, I got used to it and I realized that it looks elegant this way.

O-Plus-8.12

The design is minimalistic and sexy. We were greeted by the stunning 4.5-inch qHD display and right below of it is the usual three capacitive: menu, home, and back buttons. The front camera and proximity sensor are on the top right side.

Sides

The volume rocker is found in the left side of the phone while the lock/power button is on the right side. Looking at the top, we can see the microUSB port and the 3.5mm audio port. Flip the handset over and we’ll find the 8-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash at the top of it.

O+8.12-Price-and-Availability

The camera is slightly mounted so that could take a beating if it will not be well taken care of. I’m kinda torn between its stylish implementation and the exposure of the cover of the lens, but I think the design overweighs the latter. However, until O+ releases accessories for the O+ 8.12, I would still classify this as a minor design flaw. Under it is the ‘O+’ branding and ‘Designed for O+ in the USA’ tag which looks cool enough to show it off in public. After all, O+ is an American brand which creates their own smartphones so there is nothing to be ashamed of.

Overall, I honestly think the design is top notch and is not like those generic designs that we usually see in other smartphones. It’s actually not the thinnest among all the smartphones today but measuring at only 10.9mm at its thickest point, it’s still not bad and it actually does add more assurance to the grip on your hand. It has an elegant finish and though it’s mostly made up of plastic, it doesn’t actually look cheap. Indeed, O+ 8.12 portrayed the flagship look gorgeously.

The Display: Scratch and shatter proof, high quality IPS display

Most affordable android phones right now were created with WVGA and FWVGA resolution and very few enjoy qHD displays. Although the lower 480×800 pixel resolution is already sufficient for basic smartphone duties, we can’t deny that there is still a great leap in overall performance if a high quality display is used because it offers rich colors and accurate details that even the slightest dot will be noticed – that is if you have a sharp eye, though. Let’s face it, not all people are able to recognize those tiny pixels but as always geeky enthusiasts consider them as an eye sore.

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O+ 8.12 features a 4.5-inch qHD (960×540 pixel resolution) scratch and shatter proof display so that means you’ll not only get a good display, but as well as protection on those accidents which can dent the screen of your lovable gadget. Sometimes screen protectors aren’t enough. Fortunately, O+ took the plunged to address that kind of circumstances with the ultra-tough display.

We’ve tested a demo unit extensively and we smacked it with a bread knife in all possible directions plus a full blow as a final test – and guess what, it did survived with flying colors. But as much as I want to give you a video demo of it, I can’t since I don’t want to try it on our own unit (you know). What I can tell you though is that we’re regularly letting our friends to try to scratch it through the use of their nails and so far we haven’t received a single scratch. Also, for the purpose of this review, I have decided not to put a screen protector to fully test its strength in everyday usage. Up until now, even with its continuous suffering in my pocket with coins, keys, and other stuff – still, a single mark is unseen.

Apart from the tough display, O+ 8.12’s screen is also an IPS. Meaning, viewing angles are wide and it’s still clear even up to around 178 degrees. Sunlight legibility is also wonderful unlike on the Titan where we can barely see any content on the screen. Even at the lowest brightness, the content on the display of O+ 8.12 is still recognizable. When indoors, the display at full brightness is really one of the best we’ve seen so far because it is really, really bright.

Plenty of you might argue that they should’ve put up a much bigger screen since this is their best phone as of the moment, but I think this size is just right for its price category and is made to keep the level of clarity of the display as high as possible. After all, most Filipinos don’t have huge hands so the build is just ideal for most of us. If you want a 5-incher, you can try the O+ 8.9 but it doesn’t have the same specs as the O Plus 8.12.

Performance, CPU, and RAM

Like most other android phones in the Philippines, the O+ 8.12 is powered by Mediatek’s 6577 processor so that will make you think that there’s nothing special about this – but there is, the 1GB RAM. People who buy cheap android phones usually complain (there’s no reason to, actually) about the measly 512MB RAM that comes with their handset because it limits their smartphone. The doubled RAM to 1GB sure looks great on paper, but it feels a lot better in actual usage.

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I often find the 512MB RAM lacking when it comes to multitasking and I was delighted to know that the O+ 8.12 can net me a smooth multitasking experience. Running multiple apps and returning to them is swift and the drawbacks are very little to no show. Even the Grand Theft Auto Vice City was kept in the memory while I’m texting and the game returned to the pause screen whereas my other handset with 512MB RAM struggle to play the game and it eventually exits whenever I try to pause the game and do something else. That’s an evident huge jump in performance if you’ll ask me.

The 1GHz dual-core CPU is sufficient most of the time so the slowness is usually caused by the low amount of available RAM especially if you have tons of widgets in your home screen and an enormous number of background apps. For an average user, this is likely ignored as they only care about the apps and games that’s why it’s easy to understand why they crave for a higher RAM when they are told that their RAM is small. The O+ 8.12 resolves that issue here and it’s a testament that a dual-core CPU and 1GB RAM is a good compliment to each other.

Benchmarks

O+ 8.12 carries a formidable combination of specs so we could probably expect high scores in benchmark tests. On AnTuTu, it managed to get a score of 6,847 which is just slightly below on the Galaxy Nexus. Check out the screenshot below so that you could see the configuration of this device.

O+ 8.12 AnTuTu Benchmarks

Quadrant Standard gave it a score of 2,709 which surpassed both the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Nexus. Our last test was from the NenaMark2 which measured an average of only 24.1 fps. This is most likely the cause of the stutters in GTA.

O + Plus 8.12 Android Quadrant and NenaMark v2 Benchmark results

It’s also worth-noting that the benchmark results of the O+ 8.12 are not far from its competition. Actually, it’s just a few hundreds above but still that’s already a good benefit in a consumer’s standpoint. Also, the advantage of having 1GB of RAM is appreciated more in everyday usage because it really provides efficient multitasking in contrast to those who have lower RAM because they usually encounter app redraws instead of being back on where they left them. In comparison to the Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini which costs Php14,999, it’s not way behind because the score difference in AnTuTu is just 60 (S3 Mini scored 6907) so that means that the performance will be on par with the Samsung slate. Also, we should note that the S3 Mini is already running on Jelly Bean that’s why we’re sure that the O+ 8.12 will snatch the benchmarks victory once the JB update comes out.

OS: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, upgradeable to Jelly Bean

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O+ 8.12 comes pre-installed with Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich and I know you’re thinking that it’s not a good deal to buy a device for Php12k and you’ll end up getting an older version of Android. Well, the good news here is that O Plus will be providing a software update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (hopefully it’s 4.2) in Q2 this year. It’s almost the end of Q1 so we’re expecting it to go live anytime next month or the month after so if you own this phone, you better stay tuned at their official Facebook fanpage. The smartphone is already smooth even on ICS but we’ll gladly take a peek at Jelly Bean and its Project Butter once it’s out.

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The Android ICS on O+ 8.12 is not that heavily customized like Samsung’s TouchWiz and HTC’s Sense but it indeed have some modifications up on its sleeve which can be seen right after pressing the power/lock button. The lockscreen is not the usual ICS lockscreen. It has four options wherein you can directly access messaging, phone, and camera app straight away. A music player widget is also included which can appear by swiping up from the bottom of the screen and you can hide it by swiping down. Once we go to the homescreen, we’ll be greeted by the colorful wallpaper of O Plus and customized icons which I’m okay with but I replaced it with stock ICS icons afterwards because I like it better.

Connectivity: 3.5G, Wi-Fi, etc

I’m a person who is always checking on my email and social networking accounts on mobile so 3G and Wi-Fi connectivity is one of my main priorities. The web browsing experience is very nice and enjoyable as it lets me switch from different apps seamlessly. I use Facebook, Twitter, Gmail, Chrome, and 9GAG app all at the same time and I was still able to browse smoothly. In contrast, the smartphones with lower RAM struggle to switch different apps.

The Wi-Fi connection with O+ 8.12 is also great as it’s able to capture the hotspot even I’m far away from the router. Meanwhile, the 3G signal is also decent and you can opt to switch to WCDMA only mode to  force your connection to 3G but if you prefer to have it on automatic, it’s there as well. And oh, you can use 3G on either SIM 1 or SIM 2 as it has an option on which you want to enable 3G.

Camera: Awesome 8-megapixel camera

I’m not really a fond of using the camera of a smartphone since there are only times that I need them. Surprisingly, it made me want to capture more photos with it. With the help of the air shuffle technology, I was able to take stolen photos easily without my classmates even noticing it. It’s quite naughty but yeah that works like a charm whenever you want to set up a prank.

O + 8.12 Camera

The 8-megapixel camera surpassed our expectations. We’re confident from the start that it will produce high-quality images but upon seeing it in action, I was really blown away. No exaggeration intended but it was really that good. In a well-lit environment and outdoors, the captured images are awesome and I almost feel like I have a digicam with me – and sometimes, even more. Photos on low-light conditions are impressive as well and through the help of the strong flash, it was able to capture decent looking photos from the dark. Without flash, the shot is still nice enough to be uploaded on your favorite social networking site. The rear camera can also be used to take self-portrait shots effortlessly with the help of Air Shuffle.

But it’s not all about that as it also helps users to take self-portrait photos without a sweat. The VGA camera in front is good enough for a shot for Facebook or Twitter but if you want it to keep it, the 8-megapixel camera will make that moment last.  That is if you’ll be keen enough to secure it in your computer or to the cloud because we’ll never know what will happen. Take a look at the sample images below.

Sample Photo at LPU O+ Android Phone Camera

HDR Mode Image Sample O Plus

Sample Photo Mall

Chinese New Year Image Sample O+ Android phone

Camera Sample O+ 8.12

No Light Shot, Flash, 2-3ft away

Night Shot Complete Darkness 4ft-5ft away

Night shot Flash Only, No light

As for video recording, the O+ 8.12 can record up to a 720p quality so you will not fall short in case you need it to capture precious moments. Sample video will be uploaded soon.

This enhanced camera is such a huge factor for me since this feature has been one of my frustrations on the Titan. In fact, I almost forgot that it did have a camera. With the O+ 8.12, I was able to play around with its shooter more but what made me (and my friends) enjoy it better is the “Air Shuffle” technology which we’ll talk about below.

Air Shuffle Technology

Air Shuffle Technology

The most emphasized feature on O+ android phones is probably the Air Shuffle which lets users to just swipe above the screen a few cm up and the screen will react on it. This is also featured on an O+ TV commercial before and also on Eat Bulaga. At first, it looks puzzling on an average person but to help all of you understand, I’ll explain how this work.

The sensor used in Air Shuffle is located in the top right corner of the O+ 8.12. It’s actually on the same slot as the front camera and proximity sensor so that means that when swiping above the screen, your hand should pass through that portion so that your gesture would be recognized. Meaning, if you swipe above the screen but you didn’t hit that upper right point, it would not react.

The Air Shuffle is also limited to a number of apps namely: Camera, Gallery, FM Radio, and Music. I hate to bring the bad news but you won’t be able to utilize it on other operations of your smartphone such as swiping in the homescreen and app drawer. Most people expected it to work that way since that was the initial impression of people who hear Air Shuffle. Anyway, I don’t see any problem with that as it’s not convenient to use an android phone without touching it.

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Messaging / Telephony

O+ 8.12 is also a dual-SIM and dual-standby smartphone so that means you’ll get the most out of it by being on two networks at the same time. This feature is one of my must have lately because it’s really a hassle to bring two smartphones with me (but I still do it, ’till now). It’s really convenient to receive all the notifications in one device but along with that advantage comes the factor that you need to take note which network you’re using. I usually use my main SIM to send text messages and make calls while I let my other SIM run so whenever I receive a notification, I can just reply using my other network. It’s easier to manage given that you’re always aware of the one you’re using or else you’ll burn your credits without even knowing it.

The messaging on the O+ 8.12 is sweet but there’s a small caveat that hinders my usage. There are several instances that I experienced some inaccuracy of the keyboard while I’m texting. It gets confused on which to render and it mistakenly enters the one beside the letter I’m touching. For example, when I touch the letter ‘s’, the input registered was ‘a’. At first I thought I was just not used to it but it happened to me at around 3 times in my 3 weeks usage. It’s not a serious problem though as it is returned to normal responsiveness just by closing the messaging app and launching it again. So far it hasn’t happened to me again after that 3rd time.

O Plus 8.12 handle calls brilliantly. The output is great and is loud enough to be heard even when I’m in a mall. I have never experienced any problem with it and the call quality is consistent. The earphones included in the package can also be used in calls as it also has a mic.

Multimedia: Music, Video

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Most android phones today are typically used as media players and with O+ 8.12, playing music and videos works well. The display size is above average so expect that it will be a viable video player in case you want to watch some videos here and there. Since it has a ppi of 245, the subtitles are still readable – but you still need a good pair of eyes to understand it. Anyway, the built-in speaker is good enough to cover a small room full of people. O+ 8.12 can handle almost all types of videos provided that you download a third party video app called as MX Player as the default player is limited to a few formats only.

As a music player, the O+ 8.12 can be a very nice tool to show off but it can be frustrating as well. For one, it can be used to show your friends how the air shuffle works. But when you’re just using it as an audio player, you’ll be irritated because it will switch tracks and radio stations with just a slight hover above it. This disturbs me so I turned off the Air Shuffle for the said app. It can be done by going to Settings > Accessibility.

The audio output is loud but is nowhere near the thundering sound produced by china dumb phones. It’s okay when used in loudspeaker mode but it won’t give you much. I’d still recommend that you use speakers or a good set of earphones if multimedia is your fancy.

Gaming: Play as you wish

The O+ 8.12 is a gaming machine. The display is adequate for gaming and it’s in between an average sized android phone and the phablet territory. Most gamers would have preferred a 5-inch android for gaming, but for those who just want it for killing some time and occasional entertainment, the 4.5-inch is the sweet spot.

Download Games on O+ 8.12 Free

All of the games we tried run smoothly with only rare glitches on extremely demanding HD games. We’ll skip the casual game discussions here as it can play all that thanks to the ever-reliable Mediatek 6577 CPU and PowerVR SGX531 GPU which are also used on most local android phones. It’s quite decent though it is also known to struggle a bit in games like the GTA Vice City. The game is playable but you’ll really notice the lack of better frame rates as it looks choppy at times. Anyway, in order to make it more pleasurable to play, you can adjust the visual effects and screen resolution in the settings. UPDATE: I found out that the lag was caused by the apps and modifications I made to customize it to make it look like Windows Phone 8. I’ve removed it to test it again and right now it’s running fine even on high quality settings and lags were largely reduced.

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Dead Trigger and Beach Buggy Blitz, two of my favorite games, are also running on this device and they are obviously smooth. Playing on the 4.5-inch screen is fine for the most part but since I’m more accustomed to 5-inchers, there are times that I missed the extra real estate because it lets me move around without disturbances or my finger going out of the screen. But for those who are migrating for sub 3.5-inchers, it’ll not be a problem at all and you will even find it pleasurable. If you’re curious if this phone can play Temple Run 2, yes it can run it smoothly so you’ll be focused on navigating around and moving away from the obstacles.

Battery Life: Just above average

Battery life has been one of the main concerns of people who use android lately because they can’t fully enjoy the power of their smartphone due to the limited juice that’s inside it. It’s also one of the major factors that I consider when choosing an android phone because a long uptime is important for me.

Battery life of O+ 8.12 O Plus Android phones

Left: Moderate to heavy usage – texts, calls, Wi-Fi, taking photos, games.
Right: Slight usage – texts, calls, taking photos, standby.
*1 SIM card activated.

Thankfully, the O+ 8.12 has a decent battery capacity. With 1850mAh, it can get me on a full day of heavy usage and almost 2 days at a moderate one. In fact, in slight-moderate you can even net up to two and a half days. The longest uptime I received on O+ 8.12 with one SIM in use, more than 1 hour of Wi-Fi, occasional gaming, frequent texting, and around 30 minutes of call, is an astounding two full days. If there are two networks, the battery can last you a day and a half with moderate to heavy usage. However, this test is relative since your browsing and gaming can be different from mine. Anyhow, I can guarantee you that it would at least you a day – but that is if you’re not going to play and surf the whole day.

The battery life is already impressive considering it powers a good set of specs which means it eats more juice than other android phones. I would also like to mention that the battery cover is removable so if ever your no longer satisfied with the uptime of your battery, it’ll easily be replaceable. I initially thought that the uptime of this android phone would be disappointing but I was wrong. It’s not superb but it gets the job done.

Verdict

Mobile manufacturers have been spoiling us with huge displays and while that’s good at some point, it hinders other people who like to have a superb android experience minus the large screen. In this case, the O+ 8.12 would be perfect as it is a high performance android phone housed in a not-so-big case. There are other phones with 4-inch displays but they don’t have as much power as the O Plus 8.12. Up until now, we don’t really have a device with great specs and small screen in the local market and this thing is as close as you can get on that definition. I know it’s not really that tiny but that’s what I feel about it because I came from a 5-inch android device before taking this phone for a spin.

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Sure there are alternatives but they do cost several thousands more. But the price is not the only reason to get this than other brands. For a price of Php11,999, O+ 8.12 gives you a scratch and shatter proof display which is a very big deal maker – at least for me. Yes you can put a screen protector on other smartphones but it’s a compromise to the display quality especially the matte one. Moreover, this thing has a dual-SIM and dual-standby feature so you’ll be able to take calls and SMS on two networks simultaneously.

O+ 8.12 Specs

  • Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, upgradeable to Android Jelly Bean (Q2 2013)
  • 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, 960×540 pixel resolution, 245 ppi, 16M colors
  • MTK6577 1GHz dual-core processor
  • PowerVR SGX531 GPU
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory, expandable up to 32GB via microSD (FREE 8GB microSD card included)
  • 8-megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
  • 0.3-megapixel front camera
  • 720p HD video recording at 30fps
  • HSDPA, HSUPA
  • Wi-Fi, Wi-Fi hotspot, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA
  • Bluetooth v3.0
  • microUSB v2.0
  • FM Radio
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Colors: Black, White
  • Dimensions: 124 x 64 x 10.9 mm
  • Battery: Li-Ion 1850 mAh

O+ 8.12 offers a great performance but still there are some point where you would get to reach the limit. It’ll be not that easy to push the device out of its boundaries, though. It’s not the best specs in town, but it’s the most you can get for its price. The dual-core 1GHz plus 1GB RAM combination is far from being obsolete and I could see this blend stay in style up until the end of the year. Furthermore, should you have any problem with the device, O Plus has a unique service warranty wherein they will pick up the handset from your house and have it delivered back to you for only Php50 (in Manila). If you’re in the province, you just need to ship it to O+ and they will send it back to the comforts of your home for Free. That’s the right kind of customer service, right?

Overall, I would say that the O+ 8.12 is a pretty capable and durable smartphone. I know that some might argue that Php11,999 is too much for a relatively new brand, but I assure you that you would be very satisfied if ever you decide to get this android phone. I won’t lie – I also think that the price of this one’s a bit close to top international brands’ prices, but we can’t complain given the awesome features showcased in this device. We’ve been spoiled by local brands that’s why we usually think that anything more than Php8k is expensive for a well-built smartphone, but that shouldn’t really be the case. I bet this one would sell like hot cakes if it’ll be priced at around Php10,000, I guess. Still, with all things considered, we could say that the O + 8.12 is one of the best android phone deal for Php11,999. Go check it out in O Plus kiosks, folks!

Review Overview

Design and Build
8.5
Display Quality
9
Software / UI / Performance
8.5
Gaming
8.5
Camera / Video Recording
8.5
Connectivity / Internet / Bluetooth / GPS
8.5
Battery Life
8
8.5

Great Performance Bundled with Super Tough Display

The O+ 8.12 is positioned at the mid-range category of top android phone manufacturers despite being the current flagship smartphone of O Plus. For Php11,999, I think it's not a bad deal at all. The solid build, scratch and shatter proof qHD IPS display, and smooth performance were already enough to justify the price tag. Most of the competitors in this price range were surpassed by a huge margin.

  • http://www.facebook.com/ferdinand.marte Ferdinand Marte

    hi adam, just wondering what function or app did you use to view the battery stats. i can’t seem to find it in my ICS CM S180. thanks in advance

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

      Hi, it’s in the Settings > Battery.

  • Anne Cruz

    I have this phone and it’s soooo GOOOOD! Worth it ang 12k ko.. :)))

    • http://www.facebook.com/serafy08 Mark Anthony Serafica Espinosa

      laggy ba ang video mo pag manonood ka?

  • GarryPot

    Mas maganda pa to sa ibang kilala na brand na mas mahal pa! Scratch proof pa siya nakita ko yung demo sa stall kanina ang ganda ang linaw pa ng screen.. Sana makabili ako neto..

  • CMFan

    Mag Cherry Mobile Titan na lang ako kesa eto ang mahal mehehehe

    • Dork

      Madali naman masira yan di tulad ng O Plus no?! At wla pa clang Air Shuffle!!!

      • TITANGURU

        Hahaha, walang air shuffle, but we can download an app with the same features as your proud air shuffle..

        From radio, camera, music, play pause stop even just by tapping..
        Naka save pa ako ng ilang thousand.. CM Titan

        • Dork

          Madali naman yang masira. Sobrang ganda nitong O plus na to kung mahawakan mo.. try mo :p

          • http://www.facebook.com/Aaronautics101 Aaron Ballesteros

            Cherry mobile titan have only 480×800 Screen res. and have a 187ppi
            But this phone is crazy, with a Screen res. of 960×540 on a 4.5 inch screen. it have a pixel density of 245ppi ? i think. Its a good phone to buy, but im going for the Lenovo s890. :)

        • shantal

          mayroon po akong titan, palagi po naghahang, at sa mga hotspot zones pinipili lamang po nya ang kinokonektahan nya. at ang camera nya an panget ng kuha lalo na pg-gabi kahit may flash, parang VIVTAR camera ang kuha. madali ring malowbat, may mga features nman ppo syang maganda pero mas madaming pangit,sorry po i’m just telling the truth, nasayang lng pera ko.

  • LanieLumia

    Wow ang cute naman nitong fone para siyang Lumia ko!

  • Vern

    I’m looking at your AnTuTu screenshot and I see there that the internal storage is just 500mb while the phone storage is at 7.5gb. So that means the internal memory is at 8gb not 4gb. Correct me if I’m wrong coz I’m just basing it on your screenshot. Unless your using a vold.fstab hack.

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

      No, actually there is no need for swap here as the memory card can be used to install apps unlike other locally branded smartphones. That’s the reason why the 8GB memory card was detected as internal storage. I’ll add the ‘storage’ section after a while. Thanks for pointing that one out!

  • Jeremy Lim

    Great review sir! I check ko sya sa SM pag nakadaan ako sa store nila. Good deal na siya sa P11,999

  • http://www.facebook.com/Aaronautics101 Aaron Ballesteros

    HELP PLS ! WHAT WILL I BUY ? THIS PHONE OR THE LENOVO S890 ?

  • mobilefan

    steep price compared to other CM, Astra, MP.

    • Troll

      madali namang masira.

  • http://twitter.com/simply_reyner reyner landero

    wow nice review para akong nagbabasa ng foreign gadget site sana dinagdagan mo pa ung photos esp. pag night o low light flash within 5ft or more yung gnun pro impressive so far the best local review i have read wlang joke!! thanks i think this one is a good deal im choosing between this one and sa cherry mobile Omega HD i’ll be waiting sa review mo nun ah pero parang nagustuhan ko to bec. of cam and service warranty na offer nila free shipping pa! :) cool!

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

      Wow, we’re really flattered. Thank you very much! :D

      Updated the review with more camera samples.

      • http://twitter.com/simply_reyner reyner landero

        wow thank you keep up the good work guys your doing great your honest opinion bout gadget stuff is what really matters to us readers.. very thorough and well detailed.. how i hope they have O+ here in gensan! for i cant wait to have one!

        • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

          Thanks for the kind words Reyner. We’ll always do our best to give our readers detailed reviews. :D

          The shutter speed is fairly fast but it’s not instant.

  • http://www.facebook.com/rut.anah Ruth Hannah D. Jorge

    how to screen shot??
    i have a phone na tatak oplus din
    but i dont know how to screen shot
    ang ginawa ko nalang nag download ako ng Go launcher
    nag try ako mag screen shot..then ung pic na un parang nag corrupt

    • http://www.facebook.com/rut.anah Ruth Hannah D. Jorge

      btw how to screen shot w/o Go Launcher

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

      Hold Power button + Volume down at the same time.

  • http://www.facebook.com/serafy08 Mark Anthony Serafica Espinosa

    tanung ko lang po kung pano maayus un video quality ng 8.12 pag manonood ka, kasi po medyo laggy un mga movie na pinapanood ko parang delay/lag un video quality

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

      Hi, you can try using MX Player and toggle between HW/SW whichever works for you.

      • http://www.facebook.com/serafy08 Mark Anthony Serafica Espinosa

        salamat po

  • del0809

    sana po mayroon din po kayong review,specs sa o+8.1….kasi sa akin..hindi ko po alam kong may tv ba ito…kasi nung binili ko ito walang user’s guide…pls pa help po…

  • http://www.facebook.com/serafy08 Mark Anthony Serafica Espinosa

    pwede po ba ako makahingi ng snapshot ng storage nyo po may gusto lang po akong iconfirm salamat po

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ NoypiGeeks

      Hi, the internal storage is 2.5GB user usable from the 4GB. The rest is used by the system. 500MB for apps and 2GB phone storrage. You can put your apps and games to your microSD card too as it supports it unlike other ICS smartphones.

      • sphyxy08

        ah ganun po salamat po sa info

  • mj

    hi…I recently bought an O+ 8.12…and your review is right :)
    However, I am a bit confuse about its charging indicator light. It goes green whenever it reaches 90% and is still continuing to charge up to 100%. The light stays red below 90%. My point is, Is it normal if it goes green already even though the charge is not yet complete?

    Thank you :)

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Yes, it’s normal. I find it odd too.

  • lucky joseph

    sakop po ba ng warranty un pag nasira un headset tapos ayaw gumana ng next button sa music po pag nakalock? salamat po

    • clinch

      The same thing with me MAn

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Hi, the music controls on the lockscreen is not so polished. Try to update your 8.12 to Jelly Bean.

  • LJ

    tanong ko lang po kung sakop pa ba ng warranty kapag gustong ipaayus kasi un phone ko ayaw mag next song kapag pinipindot ko un next button kapag nakalock mode sya salamat po

  • LJ

    tanong ko lang po kung sakop pa ba ng warranty kapag gustong ipaayus kasi un phone ko ayaw mag next song kapag pinipindot ko un next button kapag nakalock mode sya salamat po

    • mj

      akin dn gnyn :(

    • clinch

      Reset phone..

    • john

      ang dami naman nyong reklamo wag nalang kyong bibili

  • Daniel Padilla

    Mas Maganda pa ang MyPhone kaysa dito ang MyPhone ay Sister Company ng Sony at sure na matibay at mas mura kaysa dito hindi mas sya air shuffle sure na mas maganda naman sya. Yung O+ nagha Hang at minsan nagloloko kaya mas ok sa MyPhone.

    You will save a lot of Money.
    New Phone lang yang O+ kaya andami problems.
    Pinamimigay lang din yan sa Eat Bulaga hahaha!
    MyPhone nalang kayo mas okay pa dun!

  • http://twitter.com/Sellendlessly Maria Russell m/

    Hi, can I ask po how do you take screenshots (parang printscreen sa pc) sa O+? Thanks! :)

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Hold volume down + power button,

  • http://www.facebook.com/kimjeric.mancilla Kim Jeric Mancilla

    for screen shot hold the volume sign (-) together with power switch sabay dapat para mag screen shot

  • Gans03

    Hi. ask ko lng po sna kung pano po magdownload ng bagong live wallpaper, kc po kpag nagddownload nko puro nakazip or nanghihingi pa ng bagong apps para mabuksan ung nadownload ko?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Download from Google Play Store.

  • clinch

    Ask ko lang, d ko mpagana viber ko after ko magregister ng supersurf 50. Do I have to change some setting? please help… Balak ko mag avail ng 1 month eh… Thank you..

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      You need to register to Viber first.

      • http://www.facebook.com/clinch12 Clinch Carino

        I already registered..ngagamit ko cia sa wifi eh

        • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

          Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jasonfrancis.magnanao Jason Francis Magnanao

    Haha O+ 8.12 really is a good buy. I just bought one . Sobrang ganda daw ng design according to my coworkers who are using samsung and iphone. 4gb lang internal storage but no matter because most apps can be installed or moved to the memory card. About sa gaming performance aus talga I can play dungeon hunter 4, chaos rings, ff3, nfs most wanted, dead trigger, plants vs zombies, house of the dead, final fantasy 7, 8, 9 using epsxe. Everyrhing else is good

    • http://www.facebook.com/jazManchesterUnited Jaz Angeles Cruzado

      sir ung mga nsabi mong games,kya ba sya sa xperia sola?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Thanks for the feedback! :D

  • http://www.facebook.com/saralex22 Jeanne Cueto

    Pwede bang i-charge ang 0+ plus sa universal charger ? :)

  • ella

    elo..ask ko lang po how do you delete messages sa inbox ng O+ and how to edit yung sa contacts..i can’t seem to figure it out,thanks.

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Press the menu button and you can find it there.

  • http://www.facebook.com/nerbiesan Nerbie San

    guys may naka try ba mag install ng foursquare sa 0+ 8.12 ? sinasabi kasi ng apps not supported tuwing inaattempt ko mag install.

  • JM

    ask ko lang kung may sensor ba yan???

    • jm

      ano nga

  • christina

    its so beautiful android

  • Gie

    Hi paano po mag-upgrade sa JellyBean? :) x

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Hi, please refer to our article about it. Check the ‘O Plus Android Devices’ tag.

  • letty epistola

    Mayroon ba talagang black and white combination ang O+ 8.12? Kasi ang mayroon lang dito sa Baguio ay plain black and white. Thanks. Ang galing ng review. Dapat may compensation ka mula sa company.

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Hi, our unit come in black and white combination and we’re not aware if it’s being sold too. But if you’ll ask me, plain white or black should look better. :)

      Thanks for the kind words! :D

  • Joan

    nakakaencourange n bumili ng 0 plus 8.12.. guzto ko ng nga ito.. bibili n ako.. this review helped me a lot to decide.. :) TY much

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Thanks! I’m glad you liked it. :D

  • Azurah

    Pwede ba sa international like US ang O+???

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Yup, 8.12 is quad-band.

  • felish

    Hi pede ba d2 ang instagram, pasencya na kasi now lan ako nagin interested sa mga android phones. thanks sa reply

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Yes, pwede po.

  • http://twitter.com/pj_domingo25 paul john domingo

    Thanks for this review! :DD taga cavite! hehe. lyceum yung pics. haha.

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Yup. :D

  • fritz

    Ask ko lang po anung model ng o+ yung nasa 6k lang ang price na android din???tnxmch po!!

  • grace santos

    hi, pwede ba viber and tango dito?

  • Tina Capistrano

    Thanks for thrvery detailed review on the unit! I juat got one tonight for only p8995 :)

    • Aprilyn Delos Santos Galuno

      san ka nakabili for P8995, having hard time to find store w/ this price as it shud be dropped by now because of 8.15?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      I’m glad you liked it. :-)

  • Berto Putik

    nakita ko ito at na try sa SM North Edsa Cyberzone Concept Store nila, ang ganda nga talaga.

  • jamila

    naks lycean. hoho

  • bella

    ask ko lng po,
    pwede po bang maka skype sa phone na to?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Yes.

  • lime

    madalas kc na nilalagay ko sa bulsa ko ang cp db madaling mabiyak ang lcd ng 0+

  • nerissa

    pwde ma magamit sa kuwait ang 0+?plss tell me….tnx

  • Noel

    Got one! it’s so so so gooooooooooooooooood. The best and affordable smart phones in the market.

  • lea

    uy kilala kta! Schoolmate sa fiat haha anyway ask ko lang..pano mag screen capture dt0?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Hello,

      Press and hold Power button + Volume down. :-)

  • XcooL

    question po.. may option po ba para makapag-save ako sa phone storage kc internal lang at memory card pede eh? sana may makasagot po. salamat po :)

  • annaliza

    how much that phone?

  • Marlane Daile

    madali po ba dito mag-transfer at mag-view ng word at pdf files? thank you po.

    • Philip Royce Empeño

      opo dl ka lng sa playstore ng pdf / office reader

  • rotogold

    what is not being said is that ang hirap bumili ng accessories ng O+ . earphones niya d basta basta.

  • mj

    Habang bnabasa ko ung specs nito O+ parang gusto ko nang bumili ask ko lng pede rin bng mlaro ng mga games na connected sa facebook gaya ng candy crush? Isa pa hilig ko din magdownlod ng kga themes at mga sms themes, ringtones napapalitan din po ba? Tnx po.

    • Philip Royce Empeño

      opo okay2x na ok sya sa mga games on facebook gaya ng candy crush.and even ung mga 3d / hd games smooth xa gmitin. 2 weeks n skn ung O+ 8.12 ko.sulit ung 8995.nabili kokasi nung nka sale pa :)

  • Big toe

    O+ 8.12
    I found that you need to keep perfectly still to get a semi decent picture, the volume control is one type only, not three like galaxy3, and it does not support the sony smartwatch despite it being upgraded. So now its a case of changing the mobile or having a watch I cant use.

    Please rename the products as Hopeless instead of O+

    • Green

      and change your name to bitterness

  • eunchan

    Meron nko netong O+ 8.12 at so far masaya ako sa phone na to, ang downside lang ung message alert nya ung default lang ng phone ang pwedeng gamitin, dko mapalitan ng mp3 song, ringtone lang ang pwede sa sa mp3, meron kayang paraan para mapalitan ung message alert ng mp3 song

    • Lemoneko

      mag download ka ng SMS apps like GOsms and sa setting ng apps dun mo siya papalitan ng tones…

      pwede pa individual tones

      para alam mo kung sino ung nag text base pa lang sa tone :D

      • speedlash

        make a folder in your sd card name it MEDIA then inside media make 3 folders NOTIFICATIONS, ALERT TONES, RINGTONES

        then put all your ringtones that you want in them now try setting ringtone.

        your welcome!

    • joi

      download ZEDGE in the play store.

  • FJ

    Got this phone today, all white.

  • aedis

    Compared to Alcatel OT Scribe HD, which one is better?

  • cath

    is this bagsak-proof? baka mahulog lang ng 3 ft.sira na.

  • Nathalie

    Pwede po ba dito ung VIBER and TANGO? Un kasi ung importante na dapat meron. Ska ung ibang aps tulad ng WeChat… :) Thanks

    • EunChan

      Pwede po sya sa viber at wechat

    • joi

      yeah…all are aplicable even badoo nd line

  • hannah

    I plan to buy one. Madali ba makahanap ng accessories nito? :) like case, and all. Thanks.

  • christian

    mag kno po yan?

  • jojo

    I have a newly bougth 8.12 oplus, just want to ask how to delete and edit contacts natry ko na kasi lahat ala ako makita?

  • John Rey

    panu i-upgrade ung 0+8.12 sa jelly beam?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Go to the nearest service center.

  • BlakeLady Full

    pano magfb dito sa o+? wala kc instant na icon na fb.. tapus pag punta ko ng browser it say Url is not retrieved?how to download applcation?like fb, yahoo messenser and skype?pls..do reply

    • rb manio

      try nyo po pumunta sa play store po… tapos type nyo facebook po… try nyo lng po baka gumana…

  • Encar

    With my experience, nagkakaproblema sa calls. Di ko marining ang kausap ko unless magheadphones or loudspeaker.

  • Abalo, Jefferson

    pls enlighten me with regards to the battery.. i bought this (O+ 8.12) over 2 months now. nong una, pag 20% na ang baterry may mag pop up na Low battery, pls recharge. ngayon 15% na mag pop up yong message. saka it takes time na ngayon mag charge.

    • Abalo, Jefferson

      matagal mag 100%, pag 100% ba full na???

  • rhea

    how much ang O+ 8.12?

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Around Php8,999 now.

  • Drea

    Hi I have a question, for O+ 7.1 tablet, can it use or is it good with the MyFi of Globe Tattoo? And, is there a slim slot there so I can register it to SUPERSURF instead? Please respond. Thanks!

    • http://www.noypigeeks.com/ Adam Parnala

      Yes. No sim slot.

  • Carlz

    Magkano na po ito ngayon?

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  • joi rb

    I love 0+ 8.15….. for more info just ask me.

    • Jason

      magkano po ang O+ 8.15?Meron po ba itong service center sa davao area?

    • Gizelle Sardea

      May multitasking feature po ba ang O+ 8.12??

  • julie estocapio

    Hi! I want to know how to do screenshot with o+ 8.15. Thanks a lot!

    • robin

      Press and hold the home button plus the vol down button and the power button at the same time if you succesfully made it a pop up on the left top corner will tell you that you have saved the image

  • janry

    How is the price of o+ 8.12 now..?

  • [email protected]

    Paano po mag free facebook sa O+ may opera mini naman po pero wala parin free ffacebook

    • rupienne

      Mag download ka sa play store para free

  • RICHARD ABELLA

    gs2 ko ng o plus 8.12,,maganda ba ang quality ng camera?

  • Mac

    Pwede po ba maglaro ng farmville dito?

  • keme

    how to screen shots in o+8.12

    • p00rd0y

      hold power button+volume down

  • Gizelle Sardea

    Ask ko lang po kung may multitasking feature ang O+ 8.12?

  • rCB

    ala ba review ang 8.9 nila… ala kasi ako mahanap na review about this O+ product..

  • Jayar Masiglat

    A full day’s battery with heavy usage? Highly doubt it. Your screenshot shows only 9% screen-on time… it should be on top of the list for moderate to heavy usage. Any true Android user will know this for a fact. A good SOT is the only way to test battery endurance…

  • Nolmak Umpa

    mga ka O+8.12 ask ko lng po kung pano mag reset kc nag too manny patern ung unit ko npag laruan kc ng bata eh…. pa help nmn po…. slmat…..

    • la la la

      Did u mean the phone storage memory with that “4GB internal memory w/c can be upgraded to 32 via memory card”? Or u meant literally with that is the internal storage of the phone? Cause mine has only 503mb of internal storage and the phone storage is only 2GB. *I own the same phone w/c is o+ 8.12*

  • dude

    I Own this fone mag one month na, sad to say may issue sa airshuffle kahit nagupgrade ako from ICS to JB 4.2.1 andun pa din yung issue, the issue is everytime na magopen k sa gallery ng picture and music sa music player automatic sya lumilipat kaya no choice kundi to turn off nlng yung “AIRSHUFFLE” features,

    But, thanks to XDA forum and sa group of 8.12 user’s sa FB, meron ported ROms na stable for this device upgrade to 4.2.2 and yung internal memory naexpand na to 1gb, very much ok din pala sa gaming!wheow sulit ang 8k + 6.1 wifi fone, share lang :D

    • stp

      Baka naman may tama front camera nyan sir kaya nagmamatic air shuffle. If u already upgraded from ics to jb and same pa din, i dont think porting a custom rom will fix ur issue. Have it check to the nearest service center if its still under warranty. But make sure your phone’s not rooted coz ur warranty will be void. Just my 2 cents bro.

  • john

    how much ngaung 2014
    yang 0+ 8.5?

  • yvonne

    yung akin po eh 8.52 bigla pong nag hang,,,
    at di maopen. bago lang po wala pang 1 month . Sad to say andito na po ako ibang bansa.

  • nizmo

    Phone gets too hot when playing graphic intensive games.

  • Serge

    Patulong nmn. Paano b mag install ng app sa phone storage ng O+ 8.12. sa internal storage at external storage lang pwede mag install. yung 2GB n phone storage hindi ko ma consume.

  • dru

    How to disable the preview SMS on top of the screen without affecting the tone icon and led light notification? Help plsssss!

  • mel

    pano iinstall ang google playservices sa O+8.9?hanggang ngayon wala pa sin kayong sagot.

    • Serge

      Paupgrade ka ng OS to Jelly Bean.

  • rupienne

    Paano po mag air shuffle ?

  • Enna Ofcourse

    My 8.12 data connection is not working. Help please.