Cherry Mobile Burst Review - an Alternative to Flare?

Burst to Compliment the Overwhelming Demand for Cherry Mobile Flare

The unprecedented success of Cherry Mobile Flare skyrocketed its demand among the Filipinos who want to have affordable smartphones with awesome specs. The supply of the unit simply cannot keep up forcing Cherry Mobile to release another model at the same price.

But will Cherry Mobile Burst be able to stand up to the success of Flare? Will it also solve the problems with Flare like the missing FM Radio app and SMS rotation? Let's find out.

Study this list of Specs of the New Cherry Mobile Burst:

Processor | 1 GHz Snapdragon Dual Core Processor
Operating System | Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
RAM | 512 MB
GPU | Adreno 203
Screen | 4.0 Inches IPS Capacitive 800 x 480 Pixels (233 pixels per inch)
Camera | 5 Megapixel Rear Camera with LED Flash and VGA Front Camera
Connectivity | WiFi, WiFi hotspot, 3G HSDPA, GPS, Bluetooth
Sim Slots | Dual Sim, Dual Standby
FM Radio | YES
Battery | 1500 mAh
Memory | 4GB Internal Memory expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD
Price | ₱ 3,999.00 

Is Burst the Same as Flare or is it Better?

When I look at the Cherry Mobile Burst, the first thing that I notice is its rounded corners. It's more pebble like compared to Flare. Many people like phones with curved edges because it is more comfortable to hold. With Aesthetics, the Burst wins over the Flare.

If you read my Cherry Mobile Flare Review, you'll notice that it has a 1.2 GHz processor while Burst has 1 GHz only. That might lead you to think that Burst will perform slower compared to Flare but that's not really the case. 1 GHz of dual core power is enough to run several apps at once like opening Facebook, Twitter, Messaging and Temple Run at the same time. 

Both Flare and Burst run on a mere 512 MB of RAM. That affects the fluidity of playing very resource hungry games. But again, it is enough for the normal person using an Android phone. Burst can play 1080 x 720 videos and it's as smooth as your hot oiled hair!

Lesson Learned by Burst from Flare

When Cherry Mobile Flare came out and made a huge success, people discovered that it has no FM radio! FM Radios are basic to phones nowadays. Without it, how can you listen you your favorite FM radio station? No more 'kambing' for you!

But don't worry, Cherry Mobile made it sure that the Burst will feed your hunger for an FM radio. It's there in the specs.

The Same Battery Capacity

You might get disappointed with this. Burst still has the meager 1500 mAh battery that so many Flare users dreaded. It simply won't let you survive an entire day without recharging your phone.

Listen to this though, the main reason that your 1500 mAh battery don't last long is because you're constantly using it. Let your phone rest for a while and focus on your work or on your class. 

Faster Browsing Experience

Users of Cherry Mobile Burst comment that Burst offers very fast browsing experience. You don't need to wait a minute or more for a webpage to load. Even Facebook is fast with Burst.

This might be the reason why Burst is called as such. There is a burst in speed!

Proof that Local Mobile Phone Companies in the Philippines are up to Something

The rise of local brands of Smartphones in the Philippines is amazing. If you try to reflect on what we are experiencing right now, you'll be amazed at the phenomenon that we have. Never was there a time when Filipinos line up to buy a local phone! It's crazy!

The addition of the Cherry Mobile Burst to the Smartphone market proves how Filipinos can create something that's useful but at a very reasonable price.

Daniel Gubalane Written by Daniel Gubalane - tech blogger, freelance web developer and former Physics teacher. Connect with me on Google+, Facebook and Twitter.
Published on 3/10/2013 07:41:00 PM.


  1. cherry mobile burst sucks,. it gives me a lot of headache,. apps always crash, very short battery life, and so hard to charge,. i prefer Flare. its a good phone. but burst as an alternative? damn, I want a refund.

  2. yup meron ako burst lagi sya lag pag nag gagames ako ng temple run oz at temple run 2 tapos after mo mag games ang tagal mag respone ng mga apps unlike sa flare nde ko yun naranasan well siguro nga ay malaking bagay yung 1.2ghz ng flare compare sa 1ghz ng burst

    1. Sir . Ronald Leano baka maraming apps ang na installed dyan sa CM Burst mo....

  3. tarantado tong burst, basta nasabi ko lang
    honestly 1100 lang cp ko..
    gusto ko lang mag comment.hehe

  4. I own a CM Burst, a good alternative for CM Flare, it only lags or slow down when there is so many apps installed or open at the same time. it is only for medium games and not for high specs hd games. Surely it will force close or have a slow response time, like the games on your PC.

  5. Kailan po lumabas itong CM Burst?

  6. How to use the screenshots? for CM Burst

  7. gusto ko lang po sana humingi ng tulong.. ayaw kasi mag download ng games and apps ng CM BURST koh.. any tips or suggestions?? 8gb naman yung sd card koh and wala nman masyadong laman yung phone memory. nag error downloading sya palagi.. maraming salamat sa mag share ng tips..