Cherry Touch XL 2 Review - The Most Affordable VR Ready Phone In The Market
|Cherry Touch XL 2 review|
For the review part 1: Cherry Mobile Touch XL 2 Unboxing And First Impressions - The Most Affordable VR Ready Phone Yet
|5 points multitouch|
We tested to play a full HD movie and it was good enough to exceed our expectations. Lastly, it has 5 points of multitouch that's designed to give you decent touch and typing experience.
Sound QualitySpeaker-wise, don't expect too much from its single speaker located at the back. It can provide loud enough tunes, but its far from detailed and has noticable distortions on high volume.
Because this is mainly used for multimedia, it's good audio is a great addition.The bass may not be as strong as other higher-end phones, but the clarity and resolution of its audio out is clean for the price. The earphones included is surprisingly okay compared to other low-range phones as well.
The quality of its single microphone for calls did okay too, but it'll be grainy for video recordings.
|10 hours and 24 mins of usage recorded using PC Mark battery test|
The Touch XL 2 packs a 3,000 mAh battery which should performed decently for its class. On PC Marks battery test, it recorded almost 10 hours and 30 mins, which is quite longer than the usual 7-8 hours of screen time.
Under real life usage, if you're a heavy user, you may need to charge it at least twice a day. To conserve battery better, we turn WiFi and MP3 off when not in used. The brightness was set to the lowest settings also.
When using the original charger, it will take you 2 hours to fully charge the smartphone which is good enough.
However, I have tested charging it using other charger rather than the one that is provided and it did not charge well enough. I think you should really use the charger that is included in the box.
You may also take advantage of a useful gesture like "peace sign" to capture if you find it hard shooting selfies with one hand.
Going to the quality of its main camera, we didn't set our expectations high given that this is an entry-level handset. It's decent in broad daylight, the colors were acceptable, and only has few grains (washed, but still okay).
Here's the catch, we find its main camera is on par or little better than other entry-level phones.However, in challenging light it is not advisable to use this without flash as your photos will understandably look muddy, lacking in colors, and grainy at the same time.
Rear Camera Samples
|Daylight sample on a gloomy day|
|Focus on the fountain|
|Dim light sample|
|Disneyland at night|
|Grains in lowlight|
For selfies, we were quite surprised that its only 2 MP front camera reacts well in some conditions. It's also pretty wide in angle which could be nice for some groufies. In daylight the colors were balanced, just a little grainy, but acceptable overall.
Selfie Camera Samples
|Normal vs beautify|
|Selfie dim low-light|
For videos, it can record up to 1080p full HD at the back and VGA (640 x 480 pixels) in front. Due to its pretty average sensors used, the don't expect the quality to be great for videos. It's okay for emergencies if you can't get other video recorders, but it'll be shaky and grainy at times.
For games, it can run light 3D games in low or medium settings without much lag. We tried playing Asphalt 8 and Traffic Rider (both are 3D games) on low settings where lag is unnoticeable. However, when we tried Cosmic Roller Coaster (A VR application), is laggy at certain scenes of the game.
|Simple stock UI|
In terms of UI used, we liked that Cherry keep it basic and simple. All buttons and icons are large and beautifully designed so it is pleasing to eyes. It is also snappier than other heavily skinned OS with the same specs. There are just some Cherry bloats, but we can live with it.
Note: We noticed that when you restart your phone, it will take you around 5 minutes to get you to the home screen. It is stuck at "Android is starting. Optimizing app 1 of 1". So turning your phone on and off is better to prevent that bug from annoying you.
|While watching movies on VR|
The highlight of this handset is the free VR cardboard included in the package. Is it a good one? For watching HD and 3D movie contents it works fine and has better immersion against AntVR. For 360 and 3D games via VR i'll be okay too, it isn't optimized for such activities.
The VR included is designed to let you experience the most basic virtual reality experience on a very tight budget.There will just be visible pixels as its HD resolution on a 6 inch screen is far from sharp in viewing VR contents. Lastly, it isn't the most comfortable VR around as you'll feel the weight of the phone in prolonged usage.
Pros - Most affordable VR ready phone in the land, comes with free VR headset, runs on a clean Marshmallow OS, big screen, good price
Cons - VR isn't optimized for 3D stuffs, pixels are visible on VR, phone might be too big for some
Of course, don't expect this to perform like a midrange smartphone wherein you can use it for running heavy tasks, but for entertainment and multimedia, it is a great handset. It is worth the price after-all.
GIZ Rating: 4/5 Stars