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Cherry Mobile Amber– Is this 2,999-Peso Smartphone Ideal For Filipino Masses?

Posted on | November 22, 2013 | 10 Comments

Smartphones are too darn expensive, not if you’ll get it from Cherry Mobile. CM is a known provider of quality phones in a very cheap price. That is why it is not surprising to hear that it released a smartphone with a Php 2,999 price tag (Cherry Mobile Amber).

Cherry Mobile Amber Specs

It is a Dual Sim – Dual Standby smartphone with a 4” capacitive touch-screen display that is running on an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. It has a 1.2Ghz Dual Core processor plus a 512mb of RAM. It has a 4GB internal memory with a card slot upgradable to 32GB. It has a 5.0MP with LED flash back camera and a 0.3MP front cam. It can connect to the Internet using its WiFi feature, and it also has a GPS and Bluetooth. It is powered by a 1,400mah battery, and has a selling price of 2,999 pesos.


Although Amber is for sale at a very low price, CM did not fail on producing it with a sleek design. Therefore, the design of Amber is ok for me. However, I think the black version looks better than the white one.

Screen Size

I have no issues with the screen size, as I think that a 4” smartphone is an ideal size so you won’t have any hassles of carrying it with you, or putting it in your pocket.

Screen Resolution

By the way, the resolution of Amber is 480 x 800 pixels. Based on this information, it is very clear that it’s not a high-def android gadget. That is why expect for it to be somehow blurry especially when the screen gets directly hit by sunlight.


I think a 1.2Ghz Dual Core processor is unfitted to run with a 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system. For me, it is best that a smartphone with a 4.2 jelly bean OS should at least have a 2.0Ghz DualCore or a Quad Core procie.

In addition, aside from the procie, another drawback of this smartphone is its RAM. I doubt it if a 512mb of RAM can handle the intense pressure given by the latest apps. That is why if you intend to use this android device to access heavy programs/applications, forget about it as you will only experience frequent lags.

Storage Capacity

I have no problems with the provided internal storage capacity of this android phone. I also like its card slot feature which is upgradable to 32GB. This just gives the user enough room to store GBs of files.


I did not expect that CM would release an affordable smartphone with such excellent rear camera. A 5.0MP with LED flash back camera is indeed a win-win feature that is included in the Amber package.

I would give a 2 thumbs-up score with Amber’s rear cam. But, the front cam is a disgrace. I mean, a 0.3MP front camera is clearly unreliable in terms of getting high quality images.

Internet Connectivity

Yes, Amber can connect through the WEB using a WiFi connection, but do not expect for a speedy connectivity as this smartphone do not have that capability. Anyways, with its cheap price, I guess it is still a huge plus that you can browse the Internet with this device.

Power Supply

I can accept the drawbacks of this smartphone except for its battery. The power source of Amber is definitely too low. Also, I do not have a concrete information regarding whether the battery of Amber is removable or not. However, if incase the battery is removable, then I guess the user must buy an extra battery with a higher mah (a 2,500mah is enough). But if the battery is non-removable, then please do purchase a powerbank if you intend to get this Android gadget.


There is no doubt that those individuals who are on a budget like me totally loves the given price of Amber. Well, you cannot always get a quality smartphone with a 5.0MP LED flash cam in less than 3,000 pesos these days.

As for my conclusion, the Cherry Mobile Amber is a smartphone that is worth buying if you are not going to use this to access heavy softwares like the latest apps, or if you value some of its great features like its rear camera, internal storage with card slot, and operating system.


Cherry mobile has once again proved its trademark to be a provider of superb gadgets in very affordable prices with its release of the Amber smartphone. I can see it online that not all reviewers are talking about this smartphone for the masses.

But I beg to differ, and I purposely review this android phone as the majority of the Filipinos are spending on a budget such as me. Anyways, like what I said, Amber is not a perfect smartphone, that is why it is not fitted to all types of users. My recommendation would be to only buy this gadget if you can accept and live with its drawbacks such as its bad front cam capacity, too low battery life and slow Internet connectivity. If you think you can handle these negative aspects of Amber, then go ahead and
get this smartphone at the nearest CM store.


Cherry Mobile Amber is now available on all CM outlets nationwide.

View more Cherry Mobile phones here.

For more CM phone reviews click this link.

{This article is written by KC Crodua, a computer technician and smartphone enthusiast. He is a contributor and correspondent for Techtektek.

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10 Responses to “Cherry Mobile Amber– Is this 2,999-Peso Smartphone Ideal For Filipino Masses?”

  1. ZZ
    December 1st, 2013 @ 4:12 pm

    sure kayo na out na yan nationwide?

    autofocus dn b ang 5mp na cam nyan or ktulad din ng CM Life na FF?

  2. Khian
    December 1st, 2013 @ 9:17 pm

    SRSLY, are you a techie? Did you ever think first before doing this? So many flaws. Tssss

  3. alex
    December 11th, 2013 @ 11:32 am

    much better to review w/hands on..hmm which rear cam is better amber or life

  4. lalala
    December 16th, 2013 @ 8:42 pm

    Really? 2.0Ghz to run Jellybean OS? Note that the GS4 and HTC One are clocked at 1.9Ghz and 1.7Ghz respectively and they are considered mid 2013 Flagships (Practically no lag). No even better GNexus4, GS3, HTC One X, Note 2, all these can run Jelly Bean PERFECTLY but neither of these 2012 flagships surpassed 2.0Ghz clock speed…

    I have this phone, and yes 1.2Ghz dual core MAY SEEM inadequate for today’s standards, but take note that the GS2 (2011 flagship) was a dual core and it ran pretty well. Also sure that has a JB update… And I can vouch that these specs are sufficient to run these phone smoothly to some extent (Due to JB’s Project Butter). Wag lang sobrahan sa apps 512mb lang kasi ang RAM.

    And contrary the 5mp camera is an underperformer IMO even if it is 5mp. No autofocus, well Im not expecting one for a 3k phone anyway :D. For me this looks better than the CM Life though.

  5. wew
    December 21st, 2013 @ 7:23 am

    Walang kwentang review!

  6. wertzph
    December 25th, 2013 @ 9:28 pm

    was to comment about the review, but i guess what i wanted to say are already posted. in other words, WEAK review, probably not a techie.

  7. airborne
    January 12th, 2014 @ 9:52 am

    Those who wants to ROOT their CM Amber, the instructions is below.

    Instructions on rooting Cherry Mobile Amber:

    1. Download Framaroot 1.6.0 apk
    -Save to your device and enable “Unknown Resources” then Install

    2. Open Framaroot on your Device…

    3. Select and Install SuperSu and choose Boromir… Don’t Select Superuser(won’t work) i tried..

    4. after Selecting Boromir, there will be a message that indicates that your phone is now rooted,,… reboot your phone and open SuperSu to enable… Your Cherry Mobile Amber is now rooted… I hope this helps!

    for questions just email me: [email protected]

  8. DumDum Duggan
    January 30th, 2014 @ 2:13 pm

    I was hoping for even the slightest level of intelligence in this review. Instead, I read a tremendously mediocre rabble.

    These are the type of bloggers being sent to press conferences in the Philippines? Goodness, even with technology young people now fail to write appropriately!

    Somebody should tell the PR firms to stop inviting bloggers who can’t even write (and ask questions) correctly.

  9. Sure that this is a review?
    February 3rd, 2014 @ 1:20 pm

    or just a collection of your thoughts about the specs-sheet?

  10. erwin
    May 27th, 2014 @ 3:59 am

    mas maganda ang Ruby.. tested nah…

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