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Let me begin this review by saying that Kata is among those other Android smartphones, but only with an edge. Priced at P3,699 – from its original price of P4,999, Venus 3 is definitely one of the devices you can grab if you dream of having an Android smartphone. Here’s why.
Kata Venus specs:
• Height: 4.89 in (124.4 mm)
• Width: 2.48 in (63.2 mm)
• Depth: 0.43 in (11 mm)
• Weight: 0.25 pounds (114g
• 512MB RAM
• Expandable up to 32GB storage
• 4 in LCD Display (WVGA 480*800)
• Front camera: 1.2 MP
• Rear camera: 5.0 MP with Autofocus
• Built-in 1600mAh lithium-polymer battery
• Standby time: 700 hours
• Talk time: 7 hours
• 3.55 mm stereo headphone minijack
• Android 4.2.2 Jellybean
• Dual SIM
• 1.2 GHz dual-core processor (Mediatek MT6572)
The very first thing I consider before buying something (especially shoes!) is its quality, which includes durability. For the Venus 3 however, I was a bit sad at how it was designed. Don’t blame me but I had a hard time opening its back cover that a tiny card is needed for you to open it. Besides this, I’ve nothing against this smartphone that boasts 4-inch WVGA display. People who are fond of watching while traveling will certainly love this huge screen!
Going on with its physical features, I find Venus 3 easy to grasp so you won’t sweat even if you carry this around every day. Wait, doesn’t this remind you of Sony’s Xperia Sola?
Display and Camera
The display is quite okay noted that it can display 233 ppi in any direction. Typing and browsing the Web made it easier for me since I can see everything all at once. I’m not into huge devices, but this one can make the cut of an exemption.
Okay, let me just say this real quick. Venus 3’s camera is decent, but I expected more since the specs said that it has a 5MP camera. Be the judge on the photos I took earlier.
Performance and Features
I want to commend the Kata team for producing Venus 3. I mean, come on, who would say no to an affordable smartphone with features only the manufacturer can build?
Venus 3 is a pretty normal smartphone that it gets you done a few basic tasks like sending text messages, calling, listening to music, and checking e-mails. I even tried watching a film out of this device and you know what? I enjoyed it! It’s like having the high-end smartphone in town minus the hefty price tag. One downside is that, it tends to slow down when a number of applications are up and running.
Unlike the other ones I’ve tried and tested in the past, this one has a special feature called Fish Market, which I think is solely made for Kata. If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, then yes, it’s their version of the ever famous Play Store. You can download and play games while keeping all the applications organized. Just so you know, games such as Plants VS Zombies 1 and 2 (Chinese version) and Where’s My Water are up for grabs on Fish Market.
Another feature entertainment lovers will love is Fish Cloud, a hub managing files from photos to music. All you need to do is create an account and voila! You can start doing a lot of things with Kata Venus 3.
As for the battery, it’s excellent because I didn’t have to charge it for two days and that’s for moderate usage. I’ve tried using it on 3G and WiFi and it’s quite good. The battery leveled this device up by one point.
Get it! If you’re planning to buy yourself/your loved one something sweet and special, then Kata Venus 3 can be a good choice. Aside from enjoying movies and browsing the Internet, you can play games with its to-die-for screen. For P3,699, you can jump on the bandwagon of smartphones as you enjoy its exclusive features. Don’t worry about the camera and the back cover for you can always do something about them.