Torque released the EGO Phab 3G last year with a reasonable price tag and received mixed reviews from critics due to its battery life and camera quality. Last June, the company announced the successor of the tablet, namely the EGO Phab 3G+. As we see the moniker “+“, some of the features including the camera and battery improves. Will it be enough to be a well-equipped device, especially for first-time users of a tablet?
Now, we will take a look closer on how this tablet performs. Before we proceed with the full review, let us take a look below the key features of the Torque EGO Phab 3G+.
Torque EGO Phab 3G+ key specs:
7.0-inch HD IPS display; 1280 x 800 resolution
1.3Ghz Spreadtrum SC7731 quad-core processor
Dedicated microSD slot that supports up to 32GB
5-megapixel rear camera
3-megapixel front camera
Dual-SIM, Dual Standby
3G HSPA+ connectivity
WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, A-GPS
Android 6.0 ‘Marshmallow’
2,700 mAh non-removable battery
189.4 x 115.1 x 11.4 mm
Colors: White and Black
Display & Build
The front display of the tablet is dominated by a 7.0-inch IPS screen with HD resolution with 1280 X 800 pixels. The screen is reflective and it’s hard to use when you’re out in direct sunlight. It gets really bright even in a minimum brightness mode and for me, this is not recommended in using the device in dim rooms because it can hurt your eyes.
Going to the controls of the device, the power or screen lock button is located on the right side of the tablet, next to the volume up/down rocker. The bottom part of the phone has no button or any ports but a small hole that act as a mic, used for call function.
At the other side, we find the 3.5 mm jack for earphones and headphones and the USB port for charging and transferring files to PC or laptop.
At the back of the tablet lies the camera, the company’s logo, speaker and a small portion which is easily removable. This is where the microSD card slot and the dual SIM slots are located.
Software & UI
The Torque EGO Phab 3G+ launched with Android 6.0 “Marshmallow”, which is considered dated for this year, as the latest version is the Android 7.1.1 “Nougat” and the upcoming anticipated Android O. It runs smooth and has a near stock Android experience with some pre-loaded applications like Torque Update and TopApp.
As you can see the image, there are on-screen buttons below, the back, home and the recent key. It is good also for those who play games that required more than two fingers as the EGO Phab 3G+ is a 5-point multi-touch.
Performance & Audio
The Torque EGO Phab 3G+ is no powerhouse and its specs are basically for low-range all-around. It is powered by a Spreadtrum SC7731 SoC, which was produced to target the low-range market. It consists of a total of four Cortex A7 cores, that clocked at 1.3GHz. This doesn’t sound very impressive, but the company has managed to optimize the OS for a fluent and enjoyable experience all around. Sometimes, it gets sluggish but as we consider the price range, this is pretty acceptable.
As we ran the usual benchmarks, we managed to get the scores on each one of them:
- Antutu: 19,417
- Single-core: 359
- Multi-core: 859
- Renderscript: 691
- Webview: 1108
- Stock: 1032
- Chrome: 982
- Metal: 592
- Multicore: 1163
The small horizontal speaker of the tablet phone is able to produce an average loud, not so loud, but not too quiet. However, it doesn’t have enough to fill a small room in listening music. Using a pair of earphones is better, especially the bass is great, on the average side a little bit, but not spectacular.
The Torque EGO Phab 3G+ boasts a 5-megapixel camera and it shoots with a maximum resolution of 2560 x 1920 pixels. As you can see the samples below, the colors are not so natural and get grainy. It looks dull and has a lot of noise. It also suffers in well-lit conditions. The 3-megapixel front camera goes the same as the back.
The EGO Phab Plus 3G+ comes with a 2,700 mAh battery capacity, which is somewhat small considering the size of the tablet. It struggles to remain bright up for more than 4 hours. Based on our PCMark test, it scored a disappointed 4 hours and 41 minutes. Even if we used the device without a data connection and wi-fi connectivity, it cannot last up a whole day.
Surprisingly, even if there is no fast charging included, the battery can refill by 1 hour and 40 minutes only.
The field of Android tablets is now easier in our hands because of an affordable price tag. For the price P3,099, we never complained how the tablet performed throughout the day. It is not the best tablet on the market but is surely respectable to used and may appeal to many people. It offers a capable hardware and nice build quality compares to its predecessor for the entry level handset.
The only two things that we got dismayed are the camera and the small battery capacity. We were not impressed with its underwhelming image quality. Also, the battery is not superb and it’s awful. We hope that the company will consider the battery life in their upcoming tablets because it is one of the most important factors when it comes to features.
- Smooth performance
- Dual-SIM connectivity
- 3G support
- Super affordable for the 7-inch tablet
- Battery life
- So-so speaker
- Battery Life2.5