Polaroid is an american based multinational company that specializes in making instant print camera. Last year they joined the trend and started making their own smartphones and tablets. As of today they're in the Philippine market, Geeky Pinas is lucky enough to get a chance to have a hands-on on one of it's budget units which is the Pro 405.
|Meet Polaroid Pro 405|
At P 4,995, specs are pretty low for its price range when compared to local brands, even Starmobile Play have better specs than this one. Similarly sized MyPhone A888 and Starmobile Crystal are also better on paper. Compared to other international brands, it's fairly spec'ed.
|Looking sexy in white and a touch of orange|
In general Pro 405 is indeed Pro looking. It's build quality feels solid and really well made, yet it have some flaws, it's screen isn't scratch resistant at all. Colors are looking vibrant and okay-ish, though not as sharp as most modern budget smartphones today, but its enough for non-sophisticated users. Though we're not so sure about it's specs as you can see above, it's pretty incomplete. Out of the box it carries Jelly Bean 4.2.2, so I've experienced minimal lag on light to average usage and battery lasted me a day as expected which is really good.
As advertised by Sun Cellular, Pro 405 indeed sounded loud and clear using headphones and earphones. Thanks to it's unknown built in amp. It sounded pretty clearer than my MyPhone A888, DIY IC and Fiio E6 portable setup. For me that's one of the strong main selling point of this phone. Yet it still have some flaws, I find it hard to turn the volume up because I always tend to press the power button because they're very close to the volume rocker.
|Volume Rocker, Power Button and usb connection on the same side|
Front camera is fairly decent even at 0.3 MP only and is a little bit clearer than the 1.3MP of A888. Unfortunately, its 5MP Rear Camera is not that good considering it's already 5MP. Polaroid should really work hard on this one because they're a camera company 1st before manufacturing smartphones and this might taint their camera quality reputation.
See Sample Shots of Rear Camera Below:
|Sample Shot 1|
|Sample Shot 2|
Is it competitively priced?
Answer is both a yes and no, a yes when compared to other international brands like Sony and Samsung, butunfortunately a no compared to local brand smartphones like MyPhone, Cherry Mobile, Starmobile and the rest.