As a phone, it does pretty well. Audio clarity is above average, provided you have good reception, of course. ()Android Phones Microphone also does well. Ive also hadnt encountered any difficulty sending text messages. Dual-SIM integration is pretty much fleshed out and you wont have difficulty using that feature.
As mentioned before, its not meant as a media device, though you can use it as such. The loudspeaker is adequate for the price point, though if you want more oomph in your audio experience, then an external speaker is highly recommended. Lacking that, however, thats provided is serviceable at least. There isnt much we can do about the screens quality, but its adequate for standard videos and such. I would suggest downloading a third-party video application, though. ()Zopo Phones The built-in video app wont be able to play all video formats, sticking to the most common ones, like MP4, in addition to some open-source ones. Less common videos, like WMV, wont play. This is understandable since codecs for these usually entail licensing agreements. That said, it has no problem rendering compatible videos, even high-definition ones despite the screen resolution not being high definition. I was able to play a video set in 720p and it didnt have any problem.
Its useful for gaming for the most part, but I gave up on it because of the problem I encounter on the touch response. Again, this may be an isolated case. Im just basing it on what I experienced. If you dont get the same deficiency I experienced, then the phone can handle casual games, though like I said in the Hardware section, it becomes cumbersome on resource-intensive games.
Cherry Mobile Flare 2.0s camera isnt stellar, but good enough for everyday pics. What did surprise me was the image quality when the LED flash is used. Normally, picture quality tends to be better when taken in ambient lighting conditions. However, colors also seem to be washed out on this one, and greatly improved when the flash was used (on certain lighting conditions, of course. Normally, its blearrrrhh).
No Flash, with ample light
With flash, with ample light
No flash, less ample light
With flash, less ample light
One category that I do find it personally lacking, though, is battery performance. On a full charge, I used the phone extensively, having Wi-Fi open, surfing, downloading apps, watching YouTube and a few rounds of Diamond Dash (not non-stop use, mind you, just my normal use of a smartphone). I was able to squeeze in around 5 hours before the phone begged me for a power outlet. So, if you plan to make full use of the phone for something other than calls and texts, Id suggest investing in an external power soruce, either an extra battery or a power bank.
I used AnTuTu for my benchmark, since its the only tool I trust right now. Considering the specs, its score of 10,213 is okay. This puts it slightly behind the venerable Galaxy S2, but way above LGs Optimus 2X. Of course, benchmark scores arent everything, as Im sure overall experience is still better on either devices.
Overall, I do find Cherry Mobiles Flare 2.0 as a very capable device. It doesnt perform beyond its means and you do get what you pay for. Yes, I ran into more than a few snags here and there but no device is perfect. Those deficiencies may not be enough to ruin your overall experience, but theyre enough to be noticed. So, Im giving it a passing mark overall.
Now, as for recommending it, well, thats kinda tricky. If basing it on its own merits, you do get your PHP 3,999s worth. Unfortunately, its simply outclassed by its own younger siblings. ()Cell Phone Case Adding a few hundred bucks more and you get anywhere from double the RAM (believe me, thats a Godsend!) to a slightly faster processor and more powerful camera sensor.