If before, you could arrive home just before your favorite TV series get started, now is a different story as today’s traffic is worse than what you commonly encountered before. Thus, instead of arriving before it started, you arrive an hour after it ended, but then, thanks to Internet for letting you watch today’s episode after you saw a lot of spoilers on Twitter and Facebook (LOL). So let us face the fact that nothing beats watching it on time before spoilers burst everything on social media, that is if you could go home early but if not, here is a little reminder of something that existed long time ago, yet starting to be forgotten because of the Internet: a smartphone with built-in digital TV tuner.

Cherry Mobile Flare S Play

Yep, there is nothing new about that but here is what makes Flare S Play different from what you know: it already has digital TV tuner and not just an analog television; meaning, it can now produce crystal-clear picture and sound and can broadcast multiple channels with different programming. What is more, this smartphone is not just any ordinary phone as it also has a 5 inch display with HD resolution; 4G LTE connectivity; 13.0 Megapixel Autofocus Main Camera with LED Flash; 5.0 Megapixel Front Camera; FM Radio; and 16GB Internal Storage that is expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD.

Moreover, Flare S Play is powered with 2,000mAh battery that can last up to 16 hours with cellular data on during normal usage, however, when watching movies and TV series or playing games, it can only last up to 4 hours.

The only bad side that I noticed is that you cannot use your earphones while using its digital TV feature because you need to use its digital TV antenna. This is actually fine if you are going to use it just inside your car or office as it has loud and clear audio, but it does not work when you are taking public transportation unless you have your Bluetooth headset with you.

Cherry Mobile Flare S Play

On the other hand, for its look, the gold metal side polish made the phone look smart and elegant. Other colors are available such as white-gold, blue-silver and gold-gold, but black-gold is what I find sleeker.

While if you are wondering about the camera, both front and main camera are fine for casual photography considering its affordable price of Php 4,999.

So if you do not want to miss your favorite TV series or if you are looking for a handy and inexpensive phone to use for games, like the Pokémon Go, then Flare S Play is what you should consider!

Flare S Play Specs:

  • 1.4GHz octa-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 5-inch HD IPS display, 1280 × 720 resolution
  • 16GB of internal storae, expandable via microSD up to 32GB
  • 13-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash
  • 5-megapixel front camera
  • Dual-SIM
  • 3G, LTE
  • WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS, Digital TV
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop