Hands on with the MyPhone Rio Craze

By Daniel Gubalane on Aug 06, 2014

Android 4.4 Kitkat Smoothness!

I had a brief hands-on time with the MyPhone Rio Craze – a ₱1,999 dual core Android 4.4 Kitkat smartphone with colorful back covers.

It was a yellow one with a glossy plastic back cover that makes it truly feel like a budget smartphone. I was worried that its 256MB of RAM will make it sluggish but navigating the user interface was actually quite snappy.

MyPhone Rio Craze hands on
MyPhone Rio Craze – affordable Android Kitkat for you!

MyPhone Rio Craze still has the same customized look of the Rio series. However, you can certainly feel that you have the little brother because of the small size.

The biggest concern with the MyPhone Rio Craze is its RAM and storage space. Checking the available RAM revealed that only 93MB is left for whatever app from the Playstore that you want to use.

The latest version of Facebook already consumes up to 80MB of RAM! That means after installing apps that run in the background, Rio Craze will certainly turn crazy with lags. That’s not a problem if you just want to use this for calling and texting.

The actual free space for your apps is just 83.49MB. Again, the Facebook app will just eat this away. Better yet, don’t install Facebook on your MyPhone Rio Craze! That’s crazy!

I also checked the cameras of the Rio Craze. It has 1.3MP main camera and a VGA front snapper. As expected, both cameras perform badly and take low quality photos. Check this sample picture:

In order to enjoy the MyPhone Rio Craze, you can choose two ways in using it: (1) refrain from installing additional apps or (2) root it, remove bloatwares, apply performance tweaks and install Greenify.

You can also buy the MyPhone Rio Craze as a gift to someone who doesn’t use too much apps or play games. Android 4.4 Kitkat still makes the Rio Craze run basic phone tasks smoothly and the colorful back covers add to its value.

How about you? Are you considering the MyPhone Rio Craze as a gift for someone? Share your thoughts in the comments.

MyPhone Rio Craze Complete Specs

  • 1.3GHz Dual Core MediaTek MT6571 Processor
  • Android 4.4.2 Kitkat OS
  • 4.0-Inch Display (800 x 480 Pixels, 223 PPI) 
  • 1.3 Megapixel Main Camera with LED Flash
  • VGA Front Camera
  • 256MB of RAM
  • 512MB Internal Storage
  • Expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD
  • Dual SIM (Regular + Regular)
  • 2G EDGE and GPRS Networks
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth
  • FM Radio
  • MicroUSB
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Accelerometer
  • 1,300mAh Li-ion Battery
  • ₱1,999.00 Official Suggested Retail Price
MyPhone Rio Craze