Overview and Design
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.
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.
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 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.
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.