MyPhone debuts a new member of its Iceberg line-up, the MyPhone Iceberg Slim. Not only that it’s the third member of the Iceberg family, but MyPhone also boasts that this is probably the slimmest phone they have ever released.
The MyPhone Iceberg Slim’s spec sheet is still somewhat parallel with the first Iceberg and the Iceberg Mini. Although its older brothers offer a better camera, more spacious storage capacity and larger display, the Iceberg Slim still managed to carry almost identical processing power despite its petite structure.
So, is the MyPhone Iceberg Slim powerful and worthy enough to please its prospected users? Or being slim is its only key selling point? Let’s figure it out on our full review.
MyPhone Agua Iceberg Slim Specs
- Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
- 4.7-inch IPS LCD (720×1280 HD), ~313ppi
- 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor
- Mali 400 GPU
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB internal storage
- microSD support up to 32GB
- 8-megapixel main camera, with autofocus and LED flash
- 5-megapixel front camera
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wireless Display
- Dual SIM (regular and micro)
- 3G, HSPA+
- USB OTG
- Profile thickness: 7.8mm
- 1800mAh battery
What’s in the box?
The MyPhone Iceberg Slim’s packaging design is simple but really nice and gorgeous. It has the same sleek, slender and elegant look which really compliments the device that’s inside it.
Beyond the primary cover shall reveal the device itself.
Underneath it are the accessories and documentations like the microUSB cable, wall adaptor, headphones with microphone, sim card tray ejector, quick start guide, and the warranty certificate.
Design and Build Quality
This part is probably the best the MyPhone Iceberg Slim has to offer. As the name initially suggest, the device offers a lean and thin construction. The device is only 7.8mm thin, which is, if not the slimmest, one of the thinnest device in the competition to date. And also, because of its thickness, the device became ridiculously light. It even feels like there’s nothing in your hands when you hold it. The weight of this device is comparable to any smart phone device, minus their battery.
The front of the device contains the 4.7” IPS HD display, the ambient and proximity sensors, 5MP front-facing camera and the capacitive buttons.
The LED notification indicator have also been cleverly placed at the left inner part of the earpiece.
The left side contains the volume controls and the lock-power switch while the right side only has the sim card slot.
At the top is where the 3.5mm headphone jack sits together with the microUSB port. The bottom part contains the built-in microphone.
The 8MP camera with LED flash and the speaker grill are positioned on the aluminium back. The back panel looks gorgeous and compliments the overall look of the device.
The device also has a semi unibody construction. Semi? Yes. You maybe cannot pop-out the back cover to gain access to its 1800mAh battery and have the option to replace it, but the upper part of the rear panel is can be removed as the slot for microSD card (up to 32GB) and an extra sim card are hidden inside it.
But opening this said removable panel is kinda tricky. The grip that should help you pop-out the cover is placed on the bottom part of the device (near the loudspeaker), instead of having it placed at the top, where the removable part is placed.
The MyPhone Iceberg Slim is packed with 4.7” IPS HD display with 1280×720 resolution and has 320 pixels-per-inch. That said, the device’s screen isn’t the sharpest among all, but it’s one of the best that we’ve seen in this particular class.
Overall, the display offers decent quality. The screen have enough brightness and even small details like texts and other icons looked fine even though it doesn’t boast a full HD screen. However, the display lack a bit of proper saturation and better color reproduction as it’s not up to our taste. But for its competition, it’s definitely a good screen.
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Sunlight legibility is tolerable, though extreme direct sunlight requires you to cover the device’s display before you could actually see the device’s screen. Viewing angles are also middling, watching movies by your self is fine, but watching with a group of people might be wearying.
The MyPhone Iceberg Slim is packed with MediaTek’s 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM and has a Mali-400 MP GPU. It isn’t probably the most alluring spec sheet of all, but considering its 7.8mm thickness and a neat price tag, it’s probably one of the biggest contender in the market today.
Antutu gave it a score of 16,839, a standard score for this quad-core Mediatek chipset.
That said, the device delivers a well accepted performance. High-end games like the Asphalt 8: Airborne and Dead Trigger 2 ran decently on this one.
Multitasking is pretty acceptable as a device with only 1GB of RAM is just mediocre on today’s standard. You may swiftly shift from different apps, but you should expect that some of them may restart if you try to go back to them after using another. The good thing is, it’s usually enough for most users and you can still run apps and switch to another seamlessly if it’s not that heavy in resources.
The device runs Android 4.2.2, expectedly. The device’s UI belongs to the norm of stock Android devices. The only thing that MyPhone have touched, as what we have observed, are the icons’ design, some buttons, and the app drawer where they have added a Downloads tab. Downloads tab is pretty self-explanatory, Downloaded applications are segregated from native and preinstalled apps.
Clever motion is also present, which something that’s becoming usual to any MyPhone smart devices these days. And as what we have said before, it still feels more like a novelty for us rather than being a useful tool at all. It’s still more convenient to physically interact with the screen rather than doing some weird and tiring gestures to instruct commands to the device.
MyPhone Iceberg Slim has an 8-megapixel primary camera and a generous 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Photos that we have took looked impressive, so this is definitely a very good device for people who likes to take a lot of selfies.
The camera can take beautiful and stunning photos, but you might need the help of proper lighting. Nonetheless, it’s still capable of taking snaps at low-light conditions but, expect photos with a lot of noise present and washed-out details.
Check out our sample shots:
The camera app offers loads of features. Different modes like Cinemagraph, Object Eraser, HDR, Face Beauty, Panorama, Multi angle view, Scene Detection, Smile shot, Best Shot and EV bracket shot are present. It also offers Voice capture, which is what we think is an alternative to the Bluetooth shutter button that’s been popular to casual users today.
The MyPhone Iceberg Slim is powered by a 1,800mAh battery, which is something quite insufficient for a quad-core device if we base it on paper. A lot of Mediatek quad-core device which are available today are packed with at least 2000mAh, but considering the Iceberg Slim’s ultra-thin design, it’s pretty tolerable.
And besides, the battery performance is no second-rate. With light to moderate use like casual web browsing and texting, the device could last for almost 1 and a half to 2 straight days. But with heavy use like continuous gaming and watching videos online, the device couldn’t last for more than 5 hours.
Watching movies is all right on the Iceberg Slim. It can project the right color, but not that stunningly vibrant and saturated. The device seemed to handle high definition and full hd movies well, and has an above average loudspeaker with a booming volume level.
Speaking of the loudspeaker, playing music is amusing on this one. The loudspeaker offers a well-balanced sound with the right amount of volume and an easy-navigating music app. If you really like to listen to music on this phone, I would still highly suggest that you use a pair of earphones so the battery won’t die fast.
Gamers would also be pleased on this one. Despite having a very petite body, the device offers a satisfying gaming performance. Games like GTA: San Andreas and Blitz Brigade can be enjoyed on this one without the presence of any substantial lags or freezing. Though you’re obligated to settle only on low to medium graphics settings most of the time if you choose to play the heavy graphics extensive games.
As a Phone
The MyPhone Iceberg Slim really passed this department because of its appropriate overall design. Many users these days often carry two different communicating devices, one is an extra huge smartphone for playing games and taking pictures, and the other, a smaller feature phone for more secure texting and calling in public and also just feels fitting in the hands. The Iceberg Slim is a hybrid of the two, its ultra slim and light design gives the phone a low-profile look and just sits perfectly in your hands for more tight and safe grip, and despite its compact infrastructure, the device offers a very capable processor, camera and many other proficient specifications to fulfil your daily entertainment, productivity needs.
Texting also feels super fine on this device as the keyboard have the right distance with each other giving you the best typing accuracy. Call quality is also decent. Probably not the best out there, but the important thing is, we’re able to clearly hear the person we’re talking to and they also can decently hear us with the Iceberg Slim’s decent microphone capability.
We won’t argue, the MyPhone Iceberg Slim is probably one of the most beautiful locally branded device that we’ve handled. It’s ultra-thin and superbly light. But, does the performance of the device have been sacrificed to favour its slender physical profile? The answer is a definite NO. The device has a quad-core processor that the older Icebergs also had, which offers a fluid performance and handles almost any app you throw at it impressively.
Despite its beautiful exterior look, MyPhone was still able to offer it at a very bargain price of only Php7,999. Looking back, the first Iceberg is retailed at Php11,988, and its predecessor, the Iceberg Mini has a retail price of Php12,888.
The MyPhone’s Iceberg line-up only justifies the saying “It’s just the tip of the Iceberg”. Like the Iceberg Slim, these devices may look frail due to its tiny and thin form factors, but boy, these guys are unbelievably powerful inside.
For a Php7,999, the MyPhone Iceberg Slim is really a stellar. If you liked it, you might want to grab it now as soon as possible as it is, as MyPhone said, a limited edition device. If you’re on a tight budget, another powerful but affordable MyPhone smartphone is available in the name of the MyPhone Rio which only cost Php4,999. You can check it out here.
MyPhone Iceberg Slim Video Review
- Thin and light body
- Good build quality
- HD display
- Decent front facing camera
- Average camera performance
- Middling battery life