So in the previous blog post, I talked about buying a new phone. That's because I broke my Android phone. I curse the idea of putting a phone in the back pocket. It doesn't just bend your iPhone 6, it also puts internal stress to your regular plastic smartphone. While I could buy a new one, it doesn't mean I should buy a new one, especially if... I still have my toy phone.
Anyways, for a week, I used the Ace in real life and not just for toying around. It's not The Best Phone In The World™ but it gets the simplest things done. Here's why:
The first noticable thing is the lag and this is caused by a bunch of stuff. Right off the bat is the single core 1Ghz processor and the 128MB RAM. For such small memory, multi-tasking isn't feasible. Your apps will constantly be killed (removed from memory) and reloaded (app and some saved state). Being reloaded from disk is slow enough. Reloading all the time, it's insane.
For a person who is used to using a smartphone running a dual-core and above with more than 512MB RAM (read: butter smooth), this lag can get a little frustrating.
Even with the lag, you can do away with simple stuff like playing music over bluetooth while texting and some browsing... of mobile sites. Yes, I specifically mentioned "mobile sites" because with larger sites, the phone simply chokes.
I know that it only packs around 1300mAh of juice. That's reasonable for its price. But when in use... I don't know what to say. Today, I had the device full but had it connected the entire time I was in the office. I packed up and left the office 8PM. When I arrived home, I was texting a friend. It wasn't long before the indicator for the battery went red, around 10PM. And I was like "WTF!".
I don't know if it's just me but I have big fingers, but the screen is small. The problem now is that I can't hit the buttons properly. Instead of a P, I hit O. And this isn't just that. Speed-typing isn't possible. You can't press unless you lift the other away or else, you'll get another letter.
Another related problem is that the FirefoxOS it comes with doesn't have custom keyboard support. I have a friend that owns a feature phone just about the same size and screen area. A 3x4 keypad would have been the best bet. Unfortunate that custom keyboard support isn't available.
I can't say for sure of the Cherry Mobile Ace with FirefoxOS is "an amazing phone" because I have been using mid-range Android devices. My expectations might have been too much for a small phone. However, there's some glint of hope for the device, by not thinking that it is a phone, but instead... a small JS-powered array of sensors.
Yes. Imagine for the price of P999, you get certified-level access to internal APIs and an bunch of sensors like compass, accelerometer, camera and all that housed in a little plastic case called a phone. Yep, think out of the box. The possibilities are endless here.