Ding Ding Mobile SK3 Pro Review, A Feature Packed Phone On A Budget!
|Ding Ding SK3 Pro review|
Ding Ding Mobile SK3 Pro SpecsDisplay: 5.5 Inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution at 267 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz MT6582 quad core processor
GPU: Mali 400
RAM: 2 GB
ROM: 16 GB expandable via microSD card slot up to 64 GB
Back Camera: 13 MP Sony Sensor
Selfie Camera: 5 MP Sony Sensor
Battery: 3000 mAh
OS: Android 4.4 Kitkat
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, HSPA+, Bluetooth, Dual SIM, Dual Standby, Micro USB 2.0, USB OTG
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, proximity, heart, air call, pedometer, quick gesture entry, IR sensor
Others: Power button and volume rocker at the back, Colors: Black, white, gold
Dimensions: 146.5 x 74.9 x 10 mm
Price: 6,499 Pesos
Unboxing / Accessories
|You get two boxes, one for the accessories and one for the phone package|
The packaging of the SK3 comes in a simple, clean and impressive looking box. It makes you feel that you'll be opening a premium device that only cost 6,490 Pesos. It comes in two boxes, the main pack and the accessory pack that made me excited to check it out immediately. Upon opening it, you'll get the Ding Ding Mobile SK3 Pro itself, micro USB cable, wall charger adapter, smart cover case, regular jelly case earphones and paper docs.
|The generous package of the SK3 Pro|
This is one of the rare smartphone makers that has a jam-packed accessory package at a very low price. I can't help but laud the effort made by the Ding Ding Mobile people here.
Build Quality / Design
|At the back showing the camera, speaker, flash, power button, volume rocker and heart rate sensor|
There's no question that the SK3 Pro's design and build is inspired by LG, particularly the famous LG G3. Some may like it and some may not. Personally, I'm one of those who like it even if it's a clear copy. Why? I like the design perspective of the G3. From the form factor, the sexy curved back, the slim bezels, the nice screen size and the back buttons.
|The 3.5 mm jack, mic and micro USB port below|
|On top you see the earspeaker and microphone|
|Slimness of the phone|
|Screen quality of the SK3 Pro|
|Speakers of the phone visible below|
|The battery usage on my normal day (It was charged for like 2 minutes while I'm transferring photos from phone to PC)|
Rated at 3,000 mAh, the SK3 Pro is one of the phones with the largest battery capacity for the budget aside from the Alcatel Flash Plus. The usage of an older CPU and a not so high resolution screen made it even more power efficient as it lasted me more than 18 hours on my normal usage and a little bit more than 6 hours on heavy usage (wifi, 3g, bluetooth, gps and max brightness on). The charging time was on the average side as it usually takes me at least 2 hours before fully charging it.
|The nice Sony sensor at the back of the phone|
Sample shots and videos
|Looks very detailed and natural looking with great indoor lighting|
|This shot was very nice without the HDR on|
|HDR mode caused some over exposure in very bright lighting condition|
|Shot in a better light where-in it's more suitable to use the HDR mode|
|The camera is decent even at night|
|The flash has a nice tone and strength to make things shine in the dark|
|Selfie shot in mall lighting, grains are visible to the naken eye when you look closely|
|Selfie in a very dark street, it was still able to capture my face|
|The UI of the SK3 Pro|
The usage of 2 GB RAM on the SK3 Pro was the main reason why normal usage performance was smooth. The experience was almost lag free when using social media, the camera and browsing the internet. It was also able to run some heavy games like the Dead Trigger 2 and Real Boxing quite smoothly, but not as smooth compared to those with higher GPU and more powerful CPU. If you're the type of person who doesn't play too much games the overall performance of the SK3 Pro should be on the satisfactory level. I also like the way Ding Ding Mobile reduced the number of bloatwares that we often see in a heavy modded ROM. The storage eats up just a little more than 1 GB of the internal storage.
|The phone controls and guest mode|
What I love with the general usage of this phone is the plethora of gestures and features. It has a full blown double tap to wake feature ala LG and ASUS where-in you can double tap to lock even if you're in the desktop of your screen, has an air browse function, air call, smart screen, palm motion, screen cast and quick gestures entry. It also has a guest mode for security purposes. Maybe my only complain in its software is it takes a little more time to get used to it and the non usage of an Android 5.1 Lollipop. Let's just hope that Ding Ding Mobile will roll out an update.
|The pedometer and heart rate sensor|
Whether you say that the addition of a pedometer and heart rate sensor is useless or not. I'm sure that once you have it, you'll like it. I was like a kid when I found out that those sensors actually work. Especially with the pedometer where-in I'll just place my finger at the sensor part on the back of the phone and it tracks my heart beat. The I also find the pedometer quite interesting too as it can track how many steps I took and measure the calories I burned. Those features is great for everyone as it can help you somehow to be healthy. Health is wealth people. :)
|Antutu score and multi touch test|
|Quadrant and Geekbench results|
|GPU Bench score|
Pro's - Ample 2 GB of RAM, slim screen bezels, nice design and functions, feature packed, quick shutter speed
Con's - Use of older gen processor and gpu, I'm expecting more from the front camera