MyPhone My86 DTV Review - Budget Full Seg Digital TV Experience
|MyPhone My86 review|
Few weeks back, we got that unit, tested it and came up with this review. Find out now if it is a phone for you.
MyPhone My86 DTV Specs
Unboxing / Accessories
|The packaging of My86|
In general, we like what we saw in its package as everything serves its purpose in an okay way.
Note: Take care of the removable antennas as they can be misplaced easily.
Build Quality / Design
|View at the back showing the camera, PH map, MyPhone logo and speaker below|
|Removable battery, dual SIM and micro SD card slot visible here|
That type of build is enough to warrant you with decent durability considering the price. However, while we think that it is fairly durable, it's still not as well crafted compared with metal framed / clad devices, so taking great care of it is a must.
|Top view showing the headphone jack|
|View below for the single mic and micro USB port|
|Power button and volume rocker located at the right|
However, you'll notice few weaknesses there such as the large gap between the glass and the actual display. Then, while the back cover of this phone isn't that prone to scratches, it isn't exempted from oily fingerprint smudges.
For me the best part of this phone is its easy to hold ergonomics with good grip.MyPhone did a great job in making this phone feels just right in your palm. The curves, rounded corners and contours were great, there are no sharp edges and the grip were superb. All the buttons and ports are also properly in place for your easy reach. However, there's no LED light and backlit keys for the external capacitive buttons.
|The screen in action while watching DTV|
The My86 uses a 5 inch HD screen nice enough quality, sharpness and colors. It'll be great to let you enjoy watching TV, movies and etc. on the go. It's also nice for reading and viewing photos.
|2 points of multitouch only|
Anyway, as whole, there isn't much room for complains as this phone is still has a capable screen for the price.
Audio qualityA handset with DTV function should be paired with pretty loud speakers. Gladly, MyPhone knew that as they added a fairly loud speakers with this handset. It isn't something that will blow your mind in terms of sonic capabilities, but it's good enough to make your favorite show hearable in a clear manner.
When used with a headphone or an IEM, it has a fairly balanced signature, but obviously not as detailed and refined compared with high-end music phones. At least the bass ins't so loud which doesn't overpower the vocals. However, we find that the highs were fatiguing and has that narrow soundstage.
We also noticed that it isn't CTIA ready. The phone can't be used with earphones for iPhone unlike most of the modern phones today. Something like the Ekobuds Lifetones with Android / iPhone switch or a headphone with no mic is needed to pair with the phone properly.
Anyway, at least this budget phone can play lossless files and has average driving power.
The mic of this phone is also nice enough for calls and recordings. There are noticeable noise and grains, but it's acceptable overall.
|Long battery life here!|
For a phone that only has 2,300 mAh of battery. This handset is such as surprise. It was able to last almost 8 hours in our battery test.
It has longer than expected battery life.For our normal usage, it can last for a whole day of use that includes SMS, calls, data and DTV on the go. Charging time was a little more than 2 hours.
|The main camera w/ dual LED flash at the back|
However, we did not set out expectations high here as normally, companies are just interpolating the pixel count here to make it look great on paper.
Gladly, quality-wise, the main camera of this handset did okay for the price. It's a little washed out, but has nice details and sharpness. The phone has slow focus speed, but its shutter is pretty fast. It got some nice type of HDR, but you'll have to wait for several seconds.
In challenging light, it struggles a to focus and get details and in the dark, flash is needed to give you decent shots.
In front, it doesn't feel like a 5 MP cam. Even with adequate room light, it still doesn't produce good colors and has so much grains. Flash is needed almost every time to give you decent selfies.
For videos, at least it can record 1080p at the back and 480p in front. It's good enough for the price, but can be shaky if you don't have steady hands.
Rear Camera Samples
|Normal vs HDR|
|Indoor challenging light|
|Great for macros with good light|
|Nice slightly blueish strong flash|
Selfie Camera Samples
|Selfie in good room white light|
|Selfie w/ flash|
|Antutu score and geekbench score|
However, in multitasking, 1 GB RAM isn't not good enough nowadays. Its only decent when you opened few apps, but you'll feel the hiccups when you open several apps at the same time. In gaming, this Spreadtrum chip is decent for light and casual games, but will surely lag in heavy 3D games.
Gladly, this phone doesn't heat up annoyingly even when data or WiFi is on.
|MyPhone's clean UI|
Another thing that we like is MyPhone didn't used a heavily skinned type of UI here to keep the performance optimized for that specs. There are very few bloats that doesn't eat so much space in its not that big 8 GB ROM.
|The DTV app|
The main highlight of My86 is its Full Seg TV function. It enables you to get clearer and even HD type of DTV signals that's not present with 1 Seg DTV phones. As a result, you'll get both 1 seg and Full Seg signals and choose the one you want to load.
To use the DTV, you just need to attach either the antenna included or your favorite headphones that will act as an antenna. However, we suggest that you use the DTV function outdoors as not everyone has strong DTV signals at home. If you're lucky, you can load all the local channels easily though. Watching is also pretty stable even if you're moving at times.
The DTV app of MyPhone is also functional and easy to understand. There's an easy search button and can even record your favorite shows.