The Cherry Mobile Flare has been the lowest cost phone I have recommended since November of 2012. This is probably when we can say the locally branded smartphones wars started to hit high gear. Since than, the 4-inch, dual core offering from Cherry Mobile has remained relevant, having received a operating system upgrade to Android Jelly Bean awhile back. It's price of Php3,999 is still as a bargain today as it was last year.
|Arc Mobile 500D|
It does have more competition. The Arc Mobile Nitro 500D offers a 5-inch smartphone priced at Php4,199. The price between the Nitro 500D and Flare is so close, that cost is not going to be a relevant factor in decision making. While I kept the Flare in this months buyers guide, having been able to get some face time with he Nitro 500D, I am wondering if that was the right decision.
Display. Both phones have WVGA (480 x 800) displays. The Cherry Mobile Flare has a nice sharp 233 pixels per inch (PPI). The Nitro 500D, with it larger 5-inch display has a much lower 187 PPI. Still, it is much more comfortable for things like browsing websites and the like.
Battery. I would say in this regard both are about equal for activities like web surfing, video playback and other tasks when the screen is on. The Flare has a 1500 mAh battery while the Nitro 500D has a larger 2000 mAh battery. The large 5-inch screen is much more power hungry though. The Nitro should have a big advantage in terms of talk time and battery life when playing music.
Power. The Nitro 500D is has a dual core MediaTek processor with a PowerVR SGX531 graphics chip. This is a fair bit more powerful than the dual core Qualcomm S4 Play with Adreno 203 graphics on the Flare.
I think this are the three most relevant points of comparison. Of course, the Nitro 500D is a much bigger, and bulkier device.
So what do you think. With low cost full sized smartphones available, is it time to ditch the Flare from the top phones list? Or is keeping a small option on the list a good thing?