Cherry Mobile launches Candy TV for only ₱3,299

It’s been almost two weeks since Cherry Mobile‘s Candy TV was released – enough time for me to test the handset.

Candy TV is a lovely dual-SIM capable Android smartphone with a sleek interface. It has an FM radio, built-in speakers, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, USB, and a 2MP main camera. But perhaps the most interesting thing about this device is its mobile TV function. Now you can watch your favorite shows wherever you are (as long as there is a good television signal).

The Cherry Mobile Candy TV features 1GHz single core processor, 256MB RAM and 512 MB internal memory (up to 32GB with microSD). It sports a 3.5-inch IPS Capacitive LCD with a 480 x 320 resolution (HVGA). It’s pretty decent, just don’t expect it be as sharp as that of an iPhone 5.

Another great thing about the Candy TV is that it’s super light. In fact, when I pick up my old phone now, it feels too heavy. While some consumers and competitors make fun of its plastic finish, I applaud it. Yes, it’s made of plastic, but it doesn’t look very fragile.

Cherry Mobile Candy TV

A low-cost touchscreen smartphone with mobile TV function, Cherry Mobile’s Candy TV offers good value for money, just find a good television signal.

You won’t find much innovation on this gadget, but the touchscreen is easier to use than I expected and the applications perform well. There are also some slight problems with audio and video quality, and you’ll definitely miss certain advanced features that come with popular smartphone touchscreens.

To get a better handle on the Candy TV’s battery life, I decided to subject the smartphone to talk time tests and logged satisfying results. This device may not be the best-looking smartphone out there but I’ve seen (or should I say used) worse handsets in the same price range.

If you want a a smartphone with top-notch display, excellent sound quality, and high-end accessories, that’s not Candy TV. But at ₱3,299, this handset is definitely an inexpensive way of integrating mobile viewing pleasure and internet connectivity.

Cherry Mobile Candy TV Specs:

Dual SIM
Mobile TV
FM Radio with 3.5mm Stereo Headset Jack
3.5-inch IPS Capacitive LCD
1 GHZ Processor
Wi-Fi b/g/n
Bluetooth 2.1
Dual Camera with 2MP Main
MicroSD Expandable Storage (up to 32GB)
1300 mAh Battery
Android Gingerbread 2.3