Product Review

The Phone Worth P888 (MyPhone 28S)

Smart MyPhone 28s

Disclaimer: This is not a sponsored post.

More than a month ago, our neighbour posted on Facebook a rare find she discovered at Gaisano Mall. It was a phone sold by Smart Communications for only P888. I had to rub my eyes because I had to be reading it incorrectly. But it was really priced at only P888. Sure it was not the most fab phone out there, but for P888, it was a notable find.

I checked Smart’s website and the phone was already sold out. However, I wrote my name in the waitlist — that was before I lost my phone, though, so the number I listed there was no longer contactable so I just checked the website every now and then. I wasn’t able to inquire about it in a physical store until weeks later when I applied for a phone plan under Smart and the CS rep confirmed that the units are all sold out.

But one Sunday, I checked the website on a whim and the P888 phones were available again! I immediately placed an order for two phones and waited. Despite the reviews saying that the phones took too long to arrive, my order arrived only after four days (which is normal for Davao City).


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Impressions and Tips

  • It’s a pretty basic phone with a mediocre-looking plastic exterior and a moderate performance.
  • This is great for those transitioning from a feature phone to a smartphone.
  • Because it is cheap, it is a good option for kids (#sorrynotsorry). In fact, it is what Yuri uses. Don’t worry; I still regulate his usage.
  • It is a good secondary phone.
  • If you have helpers who don’t have phones, this is even cheaper than most feature phones nowadays so I suggest you get these for them (that is if you catch it).
  • Camera is super bad even in good lighting. It boasts of a 5-mp back camera but the photos are nowhere near the photos that my old Zenfone 4 (also 5-mp) produces. Don’t get this if you plan on using it as your primary camera phone.
  • If you got this phone, buy a rubber case and, more importantly, a tempered glass protector ASAP. My son used this for a couple of weeks before I was able to buy a tempered glass screen protector and the scratches are awful. It doesn’t affect the phone’s performance in any way but it is surely an eyesore.
  • If you order this phone from the website (I’m not sure if the case is the same as the phones from Smart physical stores), do not be surprised if the sim packs inside the box are already emptied. The sim cards are already inside the phone.
  • Removing the green sticker right on top of the Smart sim voids the phone’s warranty.

Sure, it is far from being the best phone out there, but aside from the handset itself, the package also comes with 100 megabytes of internet per month for a year. If you ask me, it’s not a bad deal, not at all!

PS: I just checked the website and it’s available again! Head on to this link to order.

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  • Reply Denice April 13, 2016 at 11:52 am

    I was looking at this as an emergency phone option for home and for me, para lang may back up talaga. Thanks for this review!

  • Reply Berlin April 13, 2016 at 12:53 pm

    Indeed a nice secondary phone considering that the package comes with free internet usage. And if the main purpose is just to call and text, it wouldn’t hurt if we give this as a rewArd or gift to helpers or yayas.

  • Reply Kim Reyes April 14, 2016 at 12:35 am

    I actually like “basic” phones more than the fancy ones. If didn’t need to take photos for the blog, I’d go for a Nokie 3310 any day! LOL.

  • Reply Michelle April 15, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Oh wow! I wanted to buy one for my father. Thanks for posting this! 🙂

  • Reply Maria Teresa Figuerres April 15, 2016 at 9:53 am

    The features are not that bad for the price of Php888. It will definitely be good as a backup phone.

  • Reply Mhaan A April 16, 2016 at 9:22 am

    This looks better than I bought for my yaya and it costs 2k. I got that phone because it has TV features. I will tell this to my MIL because she always look for cheaper phones. I agree, it is a great deal.

  • Reply Celerhina Aubrey ★ April 17, 2016 at 10:14 pm

    Grabe! my cousin got that phone tapos parang 1.5K ata. Ang kulet kasi sabi ko na mahal yun. Anyway, may radio ba sya?!! I want one!!!

  • Reply Arlene Tingson April 18, 2016 at 3:51 pm

    My husband’s phone once broke down on him and he needed an immediate phone. So I bought a Qubix phone from Lazada for around 3k and it wasn’t bad at all! I think these phones make sense these days when mobile changes are lightning fast!

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