I bet you guys are already hearing about this DTC Mobile company that provides another set of affordable phones here in our country. I have the three units from those current rosters of DTC Mobile phones. So let’s start with the DTC GTV1, also named DTC Stark. Review, photos, features, and price after the jump.
So that’s DTC Stark in the box. Here are the features of this GTV1 phone, as indicated on its box packaging:
- Dual SIM @ 900/1800 band
- 2″ colour display
- TV Phone
- FM radio
- Music player
- Video player
- 0.3Megapixel camera
- MicroSD support up to 4GB
I guess there is no need for detailed specifications sheet for this one just like what we used to check with Android phones. Let’s open it!
I got here for the unboxing is the Bronze version of the DTC Stark. The GTV1 is available in three different colors: bronze, black+silver, and red. I havent seen the red one yet, but I got the other two.
Here’s what you’ll get from the box:
- The DTC Stark GTV1 unit
- Wall charger
- USB cable
- Warranty card and manual
The DTC Stark looks like it is a slide-phone but actually it isn’t. I was fooled by its looks when I first saw it on its silver version.
Here’s the DTC Stark on my grip. Just right for its 2″-screen. Here are other views of it:
The DTC Stark somehow gives me a feel that it is like another cellphone I had faced before. I am not just able to recall and identify one. Here’s the Stark’s screen shots:
Above is the image of the Stark’s boot-up screen, the idle screen and the menu screen. The boot screen shows the DTC logo and slogan with their corresponding tune. The main menu have some sort of widgets, and it also have shortcuts to various apps. On the menu screen, you can see a different set of icons set at 3-by-3 grid. The animation for the menu icons selections can also be customized at the phone’s settings menu.
Oh wait, the Stark is called GTV1 for a reason, there’s TV on that word and that means that it has TV! You can watch local television shows anywhere as long as you can receive TV signal. Despite its size, its sound/audio output is high. Especially when using the TV feature.
This phone is a so-called “China phone” actually. However, the UI is kinda different from other China phones out there. Its better, I can say. I am actually using this DTC Stark unit as a spare phone. It does much of the SMS and call functions I am into at some times.
This DTC Stark retails for just P1,888. You can get one from authorized retailers of DTC Mobile (check out their site for more info), I have been into one of their stores: the one at The Annex on SM North Edsa. When you get a DTC unit from them, you’ll also receive a free 2GB SD MMC.
What I like about this one, is its design and its ease of use. The only thing that annoys me is the SMS typing scenario it gives me. Its kinda different and not just my usual SMS-typing experience. Maybe, I am not just used to it. Here’s why:
- When I press the *-key, it doesnt shows me the available symbols that I would like to use. Instead, it just shifts CAPS.
- When you press the #-key, it doesnt shift CAPS but it does shift typing-language.
- When you go typing with the CAPS set to “Abc” it retains to that and doesnt change to “abc” even after your first typed word. Your Sms Goes Something Like This. All Caps In The Beginning Of Words.
On its Games menu, there isnt much there, only these three:
- Yahoo – just a link to yahoo mobile site, then opens via the browser.
- Facebook – just another shortcut as well.
- Sokoban – the classic box man game.
I do not know if it supports JAVA as per there isnt anything indicated on its packaging.
This phone is kinda okay for me, I actually use it as a back-up phone. If youre at it, consider this one as your choice.
PS. Guys! I will be raffling of a unit of this DTC Stark! Stay tuned for the details. I will be posting out the full details once I had finished on reviewing all the DTC Mobile phones units on me. Do you want one? Hit Like!
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Disclaimer: DTC Mobile sent me the units for review and for raffle prizes.