CM Skyfire Review: Another Spell-named Android Dual-Sim Phone
I play a lot of RPGs and so I can’t help but notice the names that Cherry Mobile has been giving their Android phones lineup: Flare, Thunder, Omega, Titan, Skyfire and so on. They sound good and I would prefer them over “numbered” phones. But of course you won’t spend money just for a phone’s name. The Skyfire sounds cool but what makes it unique from the others?
Nexus, meet your clone, the CM Skyfire. Up front, this smartphone really looks like Google’s older flagship phone: same dimensions, screen size, and front-cam location. The capacitive buttons also looks the same only that the ones on the Nexus are on-screen. But you’ll know it’s the Skyfire when you flip it to the other side. This phone doesn’t have the same easy-to-grip material on the back of the Nexus and obviously the logos aren’t the same. The camera sensor also have similar elements to the one on the Nexus.
The Skyfire’s screen is a 4.7″ TFT with a pixel resolution of 854 by 480. In terms of quality, this screen is similar to the Thunder’s. The viewing angles are decent, colors are good and brightness seems to be enough.
Just like most CM Android phones, the power button is located on the right while the volume rockers is on the left. One unique addition to the Skyfire is the camera shutter button just below the volume rockers. The headphone jack and microUSB port are found on the top edge.
Performance and Battery Life
Besides the display, the Skyfire also shares the Thunder’s 1 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577 CPU, 512 MB of RAM and Ice Cream Sandwich OS. Does this mean that their performances are the same? Yes. Lags and freezes are often encountered when running heavy games. Web browsing is also a pain which is frustrating as the Skyfire supports HSPA+.
But unlike the Thunder which can last for a day and the half, the Skyfire’s battery life is a measly eleven hours. I don’t know why CM would put a 1500 mAh battery to a phone with a 4.7″ display and dual-core processor.
|OS||Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich|
|Display||4.7" 854 x 480 WVGA|
|Storage||4 GB with microSD slot up to 64 GB|
|CPU||Dual-core 1.2 GHz MediaTek MT6577|
|Camera||5 MP w/ flash and dedicated button (rear) / 0.3 MP (front)|
|Battery||1500 mAh (11 hours regular use)|
Love the how the Galaxy Nexus looks but can’t afford it? Consider the Skyfire. Obviously they don’t perform the same. The dual-core CPU of the Skyfire is good for regular use but becomes bad when faced with heavier tasks. The 512 MB RAM didn’t help the case. The battery life of this smartphone is another thing to be mad about. There are certainly a few other Cherry Mobile phones I would put above the Skyfire so I suggest you choose them instead.