A quick disclaimer before we start: I’m in no way a tech expert. Just ask my friends, there’s a big chance that I’m the most tech-illiterate individual in our group. I can’t even back up phone memory! I know what you’re thinking; a tech blogger would be more qualified to review this gadget right here – I won’t argue with you there. That’s why I won’t go further into the technical details of the gadget. I’d like to focus on its basic functionality, pricing and stuff like that.
Think of it as “The Lady in the Green Scarf” from the movie Confessions of a Shopaholic writing about handling finances – ironic but very helpful. The way I see it, less techie people needs gadget reviews done by bloggers like me to explain and present the items using layman’s terms to make it easier to understand. With that, welcome my blog’s newest niche, gadget reviews, starting with this DTC GT10 Astroid Bullet. 🙂
(Taken from www.lazada.com.ph)
Have the most out of your digital life with only the latest from DTC. The DTC GT10 Astroid Bullet does not only provide you with your standard communication needs, it also feeds your thirst for entertainment and data sharing. Don’t get left out, have all-access enjoyment with the power of your touch. Its 6.0″ WVGA LCD capacitive touchscreen is responsive and easy to operate. All it takes is a click, tap, and swipe to tango in your digital world—do it with two with its multi-touch system.
Here’s the complete set the DTC GT10 Astroid Bullet comes with:
A USB Connector that also doubles as a charger too. What’s great about this is that I can easily find a cheap generic replacement for this when I lose this because the size is pretty much universal.
Standard 3.5mm plastic earphones..
… it has a clip and mic with an answer/end button, too. The mic doesn’t look very durable – the outer surface is made of some sort of light plastic. But so far, it’s still working just fine. I just wish it could also be used to switch songs or tracks. 🙂
A leatherette case with a strap. I’m not really fond of the strap but the case is very nice. It securely grasps onto the unit making sure that it won’t slip. It looks like a very professional planner, don’t you think? Plus, it has several card pockets inside, too.
And, of course, the handset along with the manual and warranty card. This demo unit also included a screen protector and a 2GB SD memory card although I’m not sure if they automatically come with the unit. I think this depends on the seller. I’ll have to confirm this first.
Moving on to the GT10 Astroid Bullet itself. The unit is one and a half the size of an iPhone4S but it maintains the same proportions – I’m talking about length/width ratio here. It’s extremely sleek. Given the size, it is rather heavy almost 3-4 times my iPhone4S does. I was actually surprised that something that slim and compact could weigh that much. My friend who loves bigass phones totally envies this 6-inch screen. It’s great for reading e-books, watching videos, and browsing on the internet.
The top and bottom cover is made of a black ,almost rubber-like material that’s very smooth to touch. The silver lining along the sides is very commendable. Unlike others, it’s not easily scratched or removed. It remains shiny and can’t be marked with oily fingerprints.
GT10 is also dual sim – plus points for convenience! Although personally, I don’t like texting on these when in public places. I hate it when strangers read your messages and this huge screen turns my texts into public announcements. But hey, that’s what the price we pay when we buy ginormous tab-like phones. HAHA!
At the bottom part of the unit, there are 3 soft touch keys – like that of a typical Samsung tab but the left and right keys were interchanged. Like I said, it easily detects my touch when I lightly tap on the keys so I don’t have to put much effort on pushing the keys. On the right side is the lock/unlock button as well as the multimedia volume controls. All three buttons are elevated so, again, no need to force them down.
For girls like me, a good camera is a must when choosing a gadget. It should be able to capture good selfies and other daily posts. GT10 Astroid Bullet has 2 cameras: 5MP at the back and a 1.3MP camera in front.
Let’s start with the back camera, it takes nice photos and it captures colors really well. It’s not as sharp and crisp as the shots from my digicam, of course, but for a phone, it’s not bad at all. Just give it a few seconds to focus on the subject before snapping to get better photos – yes, it auto focuses for more detailed photos, too!
However the front cam is a bit of a disappointment. What do you expect from a 1.3MP camera? My photos using the front camera are either too bright or too dark. The only use I have for it is when I do video calls. But for the sole purpose of taking pictures, I won’t count on it.
The phone’s speaker is located at the bottom back part. I’d say that as far as sound trips go, the speaker is of good quality; good, not great. But then again, the sound is only as good as the music file downloaded. But in all cases, the speaker offers loud and clear music, not “Beats by Dre”- quality but more than enough for basic use. 🙂
I was told that G10 is DTC’s newest release. It now runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, much like the one used on Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 only cheaper. This explains the very similar interface – slide to unlock, widgets, notifications and whatnot. It’s easy to navigate and use without going through the manual. The touch screen can detect light taps and swipes, again, much like that of Samsung tabs. It’s not a drag to use.
Like I said, I’m not good with the technical details in terms of processor speed and capabilities but I can tell you this much, after road-testing this demo unit for over a month, I only experienced lagging once or twice. Other than that, I didn’t have any problem with G10. Everything runs smoothly, at least from what I experienced.
What amazes me the most – and its advantage over other tablets I used before – is its battery life. It’s incredible! Just to test it, I left it at home, on stand-by, with nothing more than 1% of battery. I left it at around 8am and returned home to check on it by 9pm. Guess what, it was still on stand-by! The 1% battery was untouched. If it was my iPhone, 1% means I only have 1 minute or 2 to spare. GT10 Astroid Bullet’s battery could last for 2 days or even more actually depending on the use.
Among all other mentioned above, GT10 Astroid Bullet also has Music/Video Player, FM Radio, Bluetooth, WLAN Hotspot, Light & Proximity Sensors, GPS and all kinds of messaging mediums.
Gaming and downloading is made easy with G10’s sensitive screen and sensors. My favorite game, Dr. Driving. 🙂 Movement sensors would be better on my iPhone but the G10’s huge screen makes gaming more fun. I’m telling you, the sensors are almost as good. Plus, the graphics are very detailed too.
Let’s just put it this way, Apple’s sensors for gaming and processor is better – they should be because Apple costs a lot of money! But compared to other tablets in the same price range like Coby, DTC G10 is undoubtedly better in all material aspects. I know because I gave up on 2 our Coby tabs at home.
DTC indeed took the basic functionalities of a phone and the convenience of a tablet together to create a very affordable gadget in the form of GT10 Astroid Bullet. If you’re in need of a good quality tablet but cannot afford to splurge on high-end brands and their latest models, may I recommend GT10 Astroid Bullet? You’re sure to get your money’s worth. But if you have money to spare, then by all means, purchase the newest iPad Air. 🙂
Price: Php 7,290
Available at: Lazada PH & DTC Outlets
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