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Wednesday, April 29, 2009

My|Phone T13: Love It Or Leave It


Speaking of Dual SIM phones and Touch Screens, my friend Lorie shares that she just got herself a free Dual SIM phone from a cellular phone service plan in my country. The My|Phone T13 is a phone that has both features from our previous articles: the Dual SIM card, and the Touch Screen.

While the My|Phone T13 may not be available outside the Philippines, you can order it from dealers; it's easy to send things abroad, and even to pay for goods nowadays, anyhow.

Lorie related to me these observations regarding the My|Phone. We're here to give you an understanding whether it's for you or not.

The My|Phone T13's biggest strength is the main reason why a user would buy it in the first place: it's a far more reliable Dual SIM phone than any other generic China Phone. Texts come in, without hitches, in the right SIM Card, and get sent, also without hitches, from the SIM Card that you choose to send it from. This is perfect for those who have a cellular service plan subscription, as well as a prepaid service subscription: if you run out of prepaid credits on your prepaid SIM, you can temporarily call or text from your plan-subscribed SIM.

Calling is also seamless. Your friends can call you from either SIM card, and the call goes through sans problems. One thing that is yet to be tested, however, is if a call would come in, in another SIM card, while one has a call on the other.

The My|Phone T13 is so easy to use, that it's almost like a Nokia phone. It has Bluetooth, a media player, and a camera, and even an FM Radio. It's all you need in a candybar package.

On a step higher than the standard features, you get the touch screen functionalities of the My|Phone. When Lorie gets tired from using the keypad, she avoids calluses on her thumbs by using the stylus and the touch screen instead.

On the other hand, my friend does have a few complaints about the My|Phone T13:

  1. Don't expect a Canon camera from this phone. It just takes pictures, but some of these have washed out colors, or the colors aren't accurate. You could get better pictures by tweaking some settings, but don't expect a Rembrandt. Maybe you'll be getting a Picasso from this thing.
  2. When you move files, you have to move every single file from one folder to another, and it takes a few clicks to get to where you need to go. Quite a pain, but until Lorie gets a better media playing device, it's "Beggars can't be choosers" mode for her.
  3. Texting, as with older 3G phones, takes a bit of response time. You should have memorized the Nokia format of characters, so that you can text accurately by judging from the number of presses you make to compose a message.
  4. You can't seem to add games to it, because there's no Java. If Lorie finds a workaround, we'll let you know.

Despite her gripes, Lorie still loves her My|Phone T13. Like a boyfriend she's committed to for the long haul, she'll take her My|Phone, flaws and all.

On the whole, the My|Phone is a great Dual SIM card phone option. It sure beats the anxiety a consumer will get when purchasing an unknown-brand China Phone, complete with the kitsch of being a Nokia phone knockoff, the funny incongruous buttons, and the equally horrid font. The only plus you'll get from the China Phone is that most of them include TV's at a price you won't be able to resist.

Yes, the My|Phone is an amazing Chinese product, with the style and flair of Filipino design. Quite an amazing marriage of two Asian influence. Quite an amazing gadget, for all its flaws.


Image Source: http://compexinternational.com/edit-cel.htm

MyPhone Official Website: http://www.myphone.com.ph

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