MyPhone Vortex: Successor to Iceberg

MyPhone Vortex is the second phone under the Agua series since MyPhone adopted its new naming system. It’s has a smaller screen at 5 inches but with removable battery, aluminum frame and similar software features.

These software features include blow or shake to unlock, clever motion, pop-up browser, video multi-display and smart pause when you look away. More on this below…

First, take a look at MyPhone Vortex:

MyPhone Vortex Official Photo
MyPhone Vortex rendered by Pinoy Techno Guide using it’s OEM’s photo overlayed with MyPhone’s teaser screenshot and replaced logo at the back. Photo credit: MyPhone and Micromax

MyPhone Vortex Performance: Processor, Memory and Battery

MyPhone Vortex
MyPhone Vortex will run Android Jelly Bean
Photo credit: MyPhone

MyPhone Vortex has the usual specs of the current quad core phone in the Philippines. It’s powered by a 1.2GHz quad core Cortex A7 chip from MediaTek in combo with PowerVR SGX 544MP graphics processor and 1GB of RAM.

It will come with Android 4.2 out of the box with 16GB of internal storage. Around 10GB of that will be available to the user. Thankfully, there’s a slot for a 32GB MicroSD for those who need more storage space. That’s a big plus compared to MyPhone Iceberg.

The battery of MyPhone Vortex might raise a concern though. It’s just a 2000 mAh Lithium-ion battery. But with moderate use, it can last a day.

MyPhone Vortex Design and Display

MyPhone Vortex White and Black
MyPhone Vortex is available in white and black.
Photo by MyPhone

MyPhone Vortex is a gorgeous phone with a premium look and premium feel thanks to its anodized aluminum frame and metallic brush finish at the back. Just like MyPhone Iceberg, Vortex doesn’t have the Philippine map at its back too.

It’s 5-inch high definition IPS display is reportedly a bit dim when hit by direct sunlight but otherwise displays high quality graphics. It’s also protected by a layer of Gorilla Glass 2 making it scratch resistant.

The front has three capacitive buttons with backlight that turns on when needed and a row of sensors at the top with the 5MP front camera.

MyPhone Vortex Special Features

Here comes the special software features of MyPhone Vortex!

1.Blow Air or Shake to Unlock

Let’s start with its blow air or shake to unlock feature. It’s a feature that appeals tom many people due to its novelty. But if you don’t like it or you are concerned with accidentally unlocking your phone when it is accidentally shaken, you can disable this option.

Update: I did not observe this feature implemented when I got my hands on review of MyPhone Vortex.

2. Clever Motion

While playing music, you can play, pause or skip a track by just waving your hands in front of MyPhone Vortex. It’s like the Air Shuffle of O+ phones. You can also take a picture and even  unlock your MyPhone Vortex by just waving!

Aside from controlling music, you can also put the phone near your ear when you receive a call to answer it automatically. If you want to call someone, just key in his or her number and put your phone near your ear again.

During an active call, you can turn on the loudspeaker by putting the phone face down. The same gesture will put Vortex in silent mode when there is no active call.

3. Popup Browser

MyPhone Vortex has a feature that will delight multi-taskers. You can browse the web using the pop-up browser on top of any app that you are using.

4. Video Pause when you look away

This feature is called Smart Pause in Samsung devices and it works well with MyPhone Vortex. The phone can detect if you look away from your phone’s screen while watching a video and diligently pauses the video for you.

MyPhone Vortex Camera Features

MyPhone Vortex CameraMyPhone Vortex is equipped with a 13 Megapixel camera at the back with a Sony BSI sensor and LED flash. It takes good quality pictures but not really great pictures – the same with Iceberg.

What’s interesting with the camera of MyPhone Vortex is its ability to take panorama images from bottom to top. That’s unlike the most common horizontal way of taking panorama images.

For the front camera, there’s a 5MP sensor that can take good quality selfies for Facebook and Instagram.

MyPhone Vortex Network and Connectivity

MyPhone Vortex can connect to 3G networks and provide you with up to 42Mbps download speed. It can also scale down to EDGE and GPRS data connectivity if 3G isn’t available.

WiFi is of course present with the ability to create WiFi hotspot. Bluetooth, GPS and FM Radio are also present.

MyPhone Vortex Price and Freebies

MyPhone Vortex comes with a free 8GB microSD card for free and the usual high quality earphones and mobile charger.

If you have cash, you can buy a MyPhone Vortex for ₱12,388 or you can avail the installment plan at ₱2,064.67 per month for six months or ₱516.17 per month for a 2-year term. Find a branch of Automatic Centere in your area and prepare your credit card.

MyPhone Vortex Complete Specs

  • 1.2GHz Quad Core MT6589 Processor
  • Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean
  • 5-Inch HD IPS Display at 1280×720 Pixels or 294 PPI
  • Gorilla Glass 2 Scratch Protection
  • 13MP Autofocus Main Camera with BSI Technology
  • 5MP Fixed Focus Front Camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB Internal Storage (10GB Free) 
  • 144.50 x 73.00 x 8.90 mm
  • 158 grams
  • Expandable up to 32GB via MicroSD
  • WiFi and WiFi Hotspot
  • Wireless Display
  • Dual Sim/Dual Standby
  • 3G(Sim 1), EDGE GPRS
  • Bluetooth v4.0
  • GPS with A-GPS Support
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • FM Radio
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
  • ₱12,388 Official SRP
  • ₱2,064.67 per Month Installment (6 Months)

Share your comments below and let us know what you think about MyPhone Vortex. I know some who are eager to get their hands on the Unstoppable Force!