Cherry Mobile Flare J1 First Look And Impressions: The Starter Phone With 5 Inch Screen!

Affordability, that's always the mantra of Cherry Mobile devices especially with the Flare Series. Recently, they introduced the J1 that aims to push the boundaries further by creating a budget handset that's meant for those who wanted to finally explore the wonderful world of Android or as a gift to those who's in bad need of a new decent everyday phone.
Cherry Mobile Flare J1 First Look And Impressions: The Starter Phone With 5 Inch Screen!
Cherry Mobile Flare J1 first look and impressions!

We were able to check the device out recently via a quick first look session and show you guys what we think about in general. Let's begin!

Cherry Mobile Flare J1 Specs

Display: 5 Inch FWVA 854 x 480 resolution at 196 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz SC7731 quad core processor
GPU: Mali 400
RAM: 512 MB
ROM: 8 GB expandable via micro SD card slot
Back Camera: 8 MP
Selfie Camera: 2 MP
Battery: 2,000 mAh
OS: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, Bluetooth, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM
Price: 2,999 Pesos

Build Quality / Design

Cherry Mobile Flare J1 First Look And Impressions: The Starter Phone With 5 Inch Screen!
Flare design at the back

I'm glad to say that even with one of their most affordable offerings out there, Cherry Mobile didn't cut corners with the build and design of the Flare J1. It still solidly built, comes with a semi curved back for better grip and rounded corners without sharp edges for a more comfortable hold. There's just a slight protrusion with the camera at the back that may lead to lens scratches if you don't take a good care of it. By the way, the screen doesn't have any scratch resistance on paper so make sure to add screen protector in it.
Cherry Mobile Flare J1 First Look And Impressions: The Starter Phone With 5 Inch Screen!
One the few 5 inch handsets under 3,000 Pesos

The Flare J1 actually reminds me of the Flares in the past with the design except that the plastic used with this feels a bit thicker and more durable. It's also chrome painted on the sides to add a metallic look illusion that could be great or bad for some.
Cherry Mobile Flare J1 First Look And Impressions: The Starter Phone With 5 Inch Screen!

Power button on the right side
Cherry Mobile Flare J1 First Look And Impressions: The Starter Phone With 5 Inch Screen!
Volume rocker on the side

Button and port placement for this 5 inch phone is also on point. You won't have a hard time at all locating the volume rocker, power button and micro USB port and 3.5 mm jack. The single microphone below was also nicely placed which will result to a clearer calls. So far, just like 90% of the phones we tested, the only part with an awkward position is the speakers at the back. Let's really hope that in the near future, most phones will have the front facing speaker setup.
Cherry Mobile Flare J1 First Look And Impressions: The Starter Phone With 5 Inch Screen!
micro USB port, 3.5 mm female port, ear speaker and selfie camera visible on top
Cherry Mobile Flare J1 First Look And Impressions: The Starter Phone With 5 Inch Screen!
The single mic below

As a whole, the Cherry Mobile Flare J1 is one of those budget devices that looks good and feels tough as the same time. With proper care and use, it should last for a good while.

Specs and features analysis

This is the specs of the very first Android smartphone I had 2 years back which worked quite well for me before. Fast forward 2015, if you use that configuration in a Jellybean handset, you're going to have a bad time.

Fortunately, CM made sure that you'll still have good performance for your starter phone with this J1. it's pre-installed with a more stable Android 5.1 Lollipop with better RAM and battery management.

Yes, the 512 MB RAM still won't get most of the job done, but the quad core processor embedded here will make sure that you get decent speed as long as you won't open a lot of demanding apps. With this setup, he Flare J1 should be good enough to run most of the non demanding task / apps which will be great for calls, SMS, social media and browsing the internet.

The 2,000 mAh battery of this phone should be also enough to make a phone with this setup last for a good while in a single charge. Especially with a toned down screen resolution of FWVGA this device is expected to be battery efficient.

It also has an 8 MP sensor at the back with single LED flash and 2 MP sensor in front for basic video calls / selfies.

As of the moment

Cherry Mobile has a good starter budget Flare here with the J1! It's solidly built, comes with the smoothness of Android 5.1 Lollipop and a rare 5 inch screen at an affordable price. While it's a nice offering against other local brands, I'm not that satisfied yet with its price as they still have the Touch HD with better internals at the same price.

Update: Cherry Mobile Flare J1 will be on sale for just 1,999 Pesos starting this December 21 to 25!

More info: Click Here!
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