We test the myPhone Up, a classic cell phone, a novelty from the Polish company mPTech. Who needs an ordinary cell phone these days?
Smartphones have fully dominated the mobile market in Poland, but this does not mean that traditional cell phones in a modern edition are not needed. Companies such as Polish mPTech regularly introduce inexpensive, modern mobiles to the market. There is still a demand for them. The reason? An emergency cell phone for a child, a phone for a senior citizen, a second camera during e.g. a trip to the mountains, which will last on a battery for a few days. There may be more examples. Let us have a look at such a device, a new model on sale – myPhone Up.
Design and screen
The checked mobile is a proven model, once called “candybar” – screen plus keyboard. Of course, compared to a cell phone from 2000, the myPhone Up is a technological guru – a 3.2 inch TFT screen with a resolution of 240 by 320 pixels would have made a big impression then. Today, it provides, along with very large on-screen fonts and large keys, easy operation for people who have vision problems.
The phone’s dimensions are 129.8 x 58.6 x 11, and it weighs about 107g – so half the weight of an average smartphone. The device itself looks relatively solid, although you should not expect water features – a fall from a small height to the floor should not be a problem (we checked), but it is better not to drop it on the sidewalk (we have not checked, so – who knows). The metal back matches well with the rest of the case.
Inside we find a slot for two SIM cards (micro SIM standard), a headphone port and – which deserves very high praise – a USB-C port. This is useful, especially since even some of this year’s smartphones still use micro-USB. In the box, you’ll find a USB Type-C cable, an adapter, and a battery that needs to be inserted into the phone. Some people have probably already forgotten that a removable battery was once the norm.
Features and specs
When you turn the phone on, you get – no surprise – a regular phone running on a system designed for mobile. The font, as mentioned, is really big, and everything runs very smoothly (no surprise there). The phone – in addition to calling and sending SMS/MMS – has features such as a voice recorder, flashlight, calendar, alarm clock, FM radio and MP3 player. Support for Bluetooth technology (version 3.0) has been remembered. The model supports 2G band (850/900/1800/1900). A small notification LED on the front will inform us about, among other things, a text message. The ringer volume alone should be sufficient even for those without perfect hearing, plus an incoming call is accompanied by vibration. The keys are backlit.
On the back we find a camera having a 2 megapixel lens (with LED flash). There is nothing to count on successful photos. The built-in memory in the tested model is 64 MB (the phone supports microSD card up to 16 GB). RAM memory is also 64 MB. More is not needed, because for what. The processor mounted in this unit is manufactured by Mediatek.
Usage and battery
Using a cell phone is, what to write here, comfortable. The cell phone is not a smartphone with Android – there are no differences in the smoothness of operation or problems with screen responsiveness. The quality of calls is correct, the speaker will be good in hands-free mode. Music on the speaker is better not to listen to.
The key element of the phone is supposed to be the battery. myPhone Up is equipped with a 1200 mAh battery, which – according to the manufacturer – translates into more than 8 hours of talk time and about 8 days of standby. Practical testing of the battery in a standard cell phone is not so easy – there are no suitable applications. It is easy to guess that 24 hours of ordinary use are not a problem here. We charged the phone for the first time after a few days. If the user only makes calls and sends text messages, and this seems to be the primary function of this “handset”, he will be able to count on several days without the sight of a charger. It is worth bearing in mind that it takes about 200 minutes to fully charge the battery – this is not a modern smartphone with fast charging.