Android phones are great — except that they’re a tad expensive. Ladies and gentlemen, these are the cheapest android phones in the market. These units are NOT YET AVAILABLE to the public and DO NOT HAVE a price attached as of late. These are prototypes so what I show you today may change in the next few weeks. What I write here is a fresh look on the two units, straight from my camera and initial tinkering.
The main differences between the GD55 and G88 is twofold. The G88 is a DUAL SIM Android phone with a 5MP camera. The GD55 comes with one SIM slot and a 3MP camera. Both units have Bluetooth and WiFi.
There’s a reason why it is priced lower than usual: the GD55 and G88 user interface isn’t as sleek and polished as other Android devices. You can tell from the UI lag. There doesn’t seem to be a way to drag the bottom menu upward as well. You will need to click on the “menu” icon to reveal the main menu. From here, you can drag applications out into the desktop screen.
UPDATE: After typing a few sentences, not once did I get a misspelled word. After using the device’s keypad for quite some time surfing the web, I realized that the keys towards the edges of the screen are cramped up, causing me to misspell some words. The only solution here is, apart from having really adept fingers, is to tilt the device to landscape view.
There is no Android Marketplace installed.
Charging and sync is via miniUSB. After plugging it into my Mac, I didn’t get a notification that I docked the device. I’ll try it with Windows later.
I will try to get more information with regards to the pricing and features (i.e. app store compatibility). TORQUE has a history of producing really good phones for the Philippine market. They have a rather impressive list of products including the F1 Imitation phone, the D100 that uses Nokia BLC batteries and the E72 clone. Now they’ve gone to bringing in more “valued” products with the launch of their Android line. This is Android for Everyone.
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How bout mobile internet connection? HSPA? How long is batt life? These should be important for an Android phone. The 2 SIM version is interesting for a 2nd phone to keep you connected on all networks without handling 3 phones.
as i mentioned i just got these phones a few minutes ago, which means ill be doing a longer road test. as for specs, it didn’t come with a spec sheet as these are prototypes.
Wow. They look great! When you said you couldn’t “drag” the menu up, do you mean these are not capacitive touch screen phones?
i could drag the icons out, but the menu couldn’t be dragged out. i think this is a firmware issue as it is still a prototype.
Well, I’m buying one. 🙂
How is it the cheapest when there’s no price?
Because sir, it is from china. But really this is based on what they told me as well as the fact that torque has a track record of coming in cheap.
I’m guessing 10k up to 12k for the dual sim considering it has WiFi with a 5MP cam. I’m sure this will have a slower processor as well and only GPRS support.
Well price doesnt matter when it comes to needful features. Cheers
[…] SIM slots. It’s made in China. It runs on Android. After nursing a cold about a week ago, I came into the possession of two prototypes from one of the more “hip” China phone manufacturers, TORQUE. Without any detailed […]
How were you able to get these prototypes phones? I wanna test too! he he..
I was wondering if these will work in the US? Like for my Smart/ Globe roaming.
Thanks for taking this opportunity to talk about this, I feel strongly about it and I benefit from learning about this subject
It looks like the General Mobile Dual SIM that was launched a couple months back, it can’t run the marketplace, the resolution sucks, if it’s the same phone.
Whatever happened to this? Sayang.