Cherry Mobile Gem Review

First of all, I would like to apologize for not posting for a very long time. I prepared a comeback post for you and I hope you all dig it!

So, here it goes ..

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Cherry Mobile Gem

I bought this phone last January 13 this year at the Junrex Store in Ayala Center Cebu. I’ve been anticipating this phone for over a couple of months and finally I bought it. I always wanted the black one but there were no available stock where ever I go. So, I ended up with the white one. Below are the specifications of the phone:

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4 Inch IPS Display @ 800×480 Pixels
1.3GHz Dual Core MediaTek MT6572 Processor
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
5 Megapixel Main Camera with LED Flash
2 Megapixel Front Camera
512MB of RAM
4GB of Internal Storage
Expandable Up to 32GB via MicroSD
Dual Sim/Dual Standby
3G, EDGE and GPRS Networks
WiFi and WiFi Hotspot
Bluetooth v 3.0
GPS
FM Radio
3.5mm Audio Jack
MicroUSB
1,500mAh Li-ion Battery
Price: 2,999 (Official SRP)

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CM Gem is one of the affordable dual-core smartphones released by Cherry Mobile, along with CM Life and CM Amber. I was torn between Life and Gem but decided to go with Gem because it has a 5 pt multi-touch IPS screen, which the others don’t have.

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What you will find in the box when you purchase it are the following:

Unit itself
1,500mah battery
Micro USB 2.0 charger and its cable
3.5 mm jack earphones
Manual

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This is the default homescreen
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App drawer
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As you can see, it runs Android 4.2.2
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Default messaging app
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Dialer app

Design and Built

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It has a 4 inch screen with IPS display, which differentiates it from it’s siblings (Amber & Life). Like almost other smartphones with the same brand, it also has a glossy back cover which makes the phone looks cheap, but it is cheap so its not really a big deal. Overall, the design is quite enough for a budget phone like this.

Camera

It sports a 5 megapixel camera at the rear and a 2 megapixel at the front. Before I bought it, I told myself not to expect for the camera to perform as good as you’d want it to be, but I was pretty shocked when I took the first photo. It was decent and satisfactory, especially compared to the earlier phones released by its manufacturer. Here are some samples:

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You can take good shots with strong lighting. As you can see above, outdoor shots are pretty decent.

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In contrast to the results of the outdoor shots, indoor shots with low lighting tend to have blurry results. The flash though is very disappointing. It doesn’t really gets it’s job done. It just gives a faint light that isn’t enough for indoor shots. The front camera is also very decent when there is good lighting.

Performance

It is very smooth and doesn’t lag, if it does, just minimal. I tested it in Antutu Benchmark and the result was very satisfactory. It’s result was higher than of Samsung Galaxy S2.

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Conclusion

It is a very good smartphone considering it’s price. And the IPS screen was a bonus! If you use smartphones for apps, games and social apps, this phone would fit your need. But if you’re a photo enthusiast, this might not be the one for you. If I would rate it from 1 – 10, 10 being the highest, I’d give it a 7.8 rating.

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