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MyPhone Agua Rio - Bang for the Buck (Updated)

By Katrina Canlas - 23 Jun 2014
Launch SRP: PhP4999

Overview and Design

Update: The colorful back covers for the MyPhone Rio, MyPhone Rio Lite, and the MyPhone Rio Fun are now available for PhP 99.

Introduction

Launched more than a month ago, the MyPhone Agua Rio has been the talk of the town due to its compelling set of specs and affordable price tag. Users of budget-friendly Android phones have been clamoring about this device since its introduction. If you visit MyPhone kiosks and ask around, you'd know that the Rio is one of the company's fastest-selling phones at present.

The Rio was introduced to the public with the tag line "Live Life in Color", emphasizing the different vibrant colors that the new smartphone has. The colorful skin of the Rio is reminiscent of Nokia smartphones, particularly the Lumia and Asha lines.

Side-by-side: the MyPhone Agua Rio and the Nokia X seem to have similar appearance on the outside especially the striking color.

Aside from its colorful exterior, the Rio appears to have a unibody construction at first look. However, the colorful shell that envelopes the entire unit can be popped open from the top-side so you can add two SIM cards ( the Rio is a dual-SIM smartphone) or a microSD card inside. The battery unit is removable as well.

Caring for its customers, MyPhone has added instructions on how to properly remove the Rio's back cover, insert a card, and put the cover back. MyPhone's customer service hotline and website are indicated on the battery module.

A dual-SIM smartphone, the Rio has two slots for regular SIM cards.

Display

The Rio comes with a 5-inch HD IPS display which can render vibrant images and colors. The display is seemingly protected by a hard plastic panel, which we believe is intended to make it appear and feel like it's made of glass. However, we noticed that the hard plastic panel that it uses doesn't provide the same clarity as those smartphones with glass displays. It is also prone to glare when exposed to harshly-lit environments or under direct sunlight. Still, we can do away with this given the smartphone's low price tag. 

The Rio is equipped with a 5-inch touchscreen with 1280 x 720 display resolution. It should be good enough when viewing a variety of content such as photos and videos.

Build

The main camera protrudes a little from the unit but the chrome bezel around it protects the lens from getting scratched when rested on a flat surface. Sitting beside it is an LED flash to assist when shooting in low light conditions. The speaker grille also has nudges poking out of the unit to keep the speaker from getting completely covered when laid on a surface. The nudges make sure that sound still comes out even when the phone is on a flat surface.

The metallic frame that surrounds the camera provides protection.

MyPhone has done things right in placing the buttons and ports on the Rio. The micro-USB port and 3.5-mm headset jack are located on center top of the unit, leaving enough space for convenient handling of the phone even when the plugs are in. The volume rocker is on the left side, while the power button is on the right side. This positioning is ideal because you don't mistakenly press the buttons unlike if they are located on the same side. The capacitive Menu, Home, and Back buttons below the device light up when pressed. Additionally, the Rio has a subtle notification light on top, beside the earpiece.

Seen from this angle are the Rio's front-facing camera, micro-USB connector, earpiece grille, and 3.5mm audio jack.

The volume rocker is located on the left side...

...whereas the power button sits on the right side of the device.

The capacitive buttons are located below the screen.