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Dual SIM TORQUE F1 Metal at PHP 3,999.00

I’m intrigued with TORQUE’s latest flagship phone for a couple of reasons. In terms of its positioning, it’s supposed to be the classiest of the el cheapo dual SIM phones (LOL!). The mobile’s real estate is covered in metal with the familiar red and black F1 Ferrari colors in leather on the upper back of the device. So while Apple is enjoying its aluminum Macs and HTC is going the teflon route, TORQUE loves the cold embrace of metal. Curious too that this isn’t an official F1 release, but just like a lot of phones from China, this one mimics it quite well.

Read on for my first impressions and more photos.

At its price point, the TORQUE F1 Metal is for sure a solid buy, and I say that literally as the metal casing is quite heavy — heavy to be sturdy, but it will still be light enough for your pocket. If a phone could kill, this would be it. It would probably survive the fall from the way it feels on my hand. TORQUE has built a quick reputation in the affordable mobile market in the Philippines. This I think has nothing to do with the fact that Luis Manzano is their new endorser (John Lloyd Cruz endorses Cherry mobile).

The F1 Metal doesn’t lack in features as well. For about PHP 4,000 you get dual SIM capabilities, a 1.3MP camera, Bluetooth, FM Radio, a music player and GPRS for data. The package comes with two batteries (!!!) and a USB charger that can attach to a wall socket adaptor (included in package!).

A good buy if I do say so myself.

By Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast and sitting Techbology Editor for The Philippine STAR.

He is also an EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

9 replies on “Dual SIM TORQUE F1 Metal at PHP 3,999.00”

I have tried Torque D100 and I can personally say that this phone is user friendly. Battery life is better compared to other china phones. I also want to try their newest model, F1 Metal.

I hate not having a cell phone provider that lets you use sim cards, as it really restricts what type of phone you can get and how quick you can switch when necessary. For instance, my buddy broke his phone last week and that same night switched sim cards with an old phone and was back in business. If that happened to me, best case scenario would be that I could get them to activate one of my older phones and even that is questionable.

Having the dual sim seems like a really cool feature too and one that I could use for my business line…

Can you post what the UI looks like, including the fonts it uses? I took a look at MyPhone phones when it first came out and I hated its UI, especially the fonts it used when making a message/text. Maybe the latest MyPhone phones look better now.

What about Camera quality? Your review of the Torque D100 showed its camera quality is inferior to Nokia’s. Does this phone’s camera just as bad?

Is this phone’s battery Nokia compatible? If so, what’s the Nokia battery model equivalent?

How soft or hard are the keys? Are they easy to push? Early MyPhone phones’ keys were so hard to push (for me) that it was uncomfortable to use. It was actually hurting my fingers to use it for an extended time.

Thank you for your time.

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