The Cherry Mobile Superion Vector Throttles Up Tablet Performance

Continuing Cherry’s Superion Series is the Superion Vector, a tablet that has been touted to have better display and responsiveness than its predecessors. Its specs show that it’s amply armed for prolonged online usage and gaming, but can this budget device really live up to its promises?


CHERRY MOBILE SUPERION VECTOR SPECS

OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Processor: 1.3GHz Quad-Core Processor
Display: 7-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display
Wireless Connections:
3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0
Memory: Expandable 16GB Internal Storage, 1GB RAM
Connectors: Micro USB port
Camera: 5MP Auto-Focus with Flash (Main), 2MP (Front)
SIM Card Slot: 2x Regular SIM
Battery: 2,500mAh
Cherry Mobile Superion Vector Price: Php5,999

UNBOXING

Superion Vector - Unboxing

The Cherry Mobile Superion Vector pack contains the unit, a USB charger head, a USB charging cable, and the User Manual.


LOOK AND FEEL

Superion Vector - Front

Albeit the plastic finish that most Cherry Mobile tablets have, the Vector feels sturdy, and can be held comfortably even if it’s a bit hefty. The bevels are also smaller compared to last year’s iterations of the Superion, nicely fitting its 7-inch display.

The power and volume buttons are located at the right edge of the device, which makes sense since it can easily be held in one hand. It also makes taking screenshots a little easier, although you’ll need to support the Vector with your other hand to do so.

Superion Vector - Back

The back panel is a huge finger print magnet and can get easily scratched. Below the matte finish are the double SIM card slots and a reset button, which comes in really handy for emergency hard resets.

Superion Vector - SIM Slots

DISPLAY

A scene from "Life of Pi" on the Superion Vector by Ang Lee

A scene from “Life of Pi” on the Superion Vector by Ang Lee

The Vector’s 7-inch multi-touch display shows pretty good colors. It’s not HD, but it works. However, the screen isn’t as responsive as I would have hoped. I would often find myself pressing buttons again and again while typing or opening an app.

A screenshot of scene from "Life of Pi" on the Superion Vector by Ang Lee

A screenshot of scene from “Life of Pi” on the Superion Vector by Ang Lee

Movie watching is a great experience. Everything is crisp and clear, and even with minimal brightness adjustments, the display truly delivers.

SOFTWARE

Superion Vector - System

Above the vanilla Android 4.2.2 Jellybean is a simple and subtle UI that’s only noticeable on several panels and functions such as the home screen, the dialer, and the camera. It looks pretty good, although the two pull down drawers for device options and notifications take a bit of getting used to. Several pre-installed apps include KakaoTalk, as well as the Cherry’s own Fun Club access and the Pinoy App Shop, which showcases many free homegrown apps.

PERFORMANCE

Asphalt 8

Asphalt 8

The Superion Vector has a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and a 1GB RAM, which are more than enough for the device to run smoothly and flawlessly. Playing high-performance games such as Asphalt 8 is no problem for this device. There was no lag, and the device’s accelerometer sensors work very well. The visuals tend to get a bit pixelated during fast animation sequences and the audio sometimes has a tin-like quality to it, but both are bearable.

One comment that I have on the Vector is about how it automatically looks for a Wi-Fi connection once I’ve turned off the data connection. Personally, I’d rather do it manually, instead of having to turn it off every time. It consumes battery charge especially when I don’t notice that it’s on and it looks for a Wi-Fi connection the entire afternoon.

Speaking of battery, the Vector can handle up to 8 hours of idle online time with a few Facebook checking and email sending here and there. Heavy gaming and Internet use can cut it short to 4 to six hours, which is still pretty good.


CAMERA

It seems that Cherry has thrown almost everything towards gearing up the Vector’s performance that they sort of forgot about the camera. The tablet’s main camera is workable, despite it going for only 5MP. In good lighting, images are vibrant and with the right setting and focus, have depth of field. When taking shadowed areas without flash, there’s noticeable but acceptable pixelation. The camera also has a tendency to automatically turn a shot with yellowish lighting to a bluish image, which some may find off-putting.

Superior Vector - Trial Photo 1

Superior Vector - Trial Photo 2

Superior Vector - Trial Photo 3

The front-facing camera has a “Face Beauty” option, which basically clears skin imperfections during selfies. I tried it myself and the results were so-so:

Kindly pardon the "sabog" look.

Kindly pardon the “sabog” look.

The Face Beauty shot looks like an over-Photoshopped image. Not only does it smoothen the subject’s face to the point of pore-lessness, but it also enlarges the irises. It’s not a function that I like personally, but I think it works for other people.

The camera also glitches:

Superior Vector - Trial Photo 5

I wonder if there’s a remedy for that.

CONCLUSION

If I were to purchase a tablet, would I add the Superion Vector to my list of options? Definitely. It’s fast and smooth, and although the camera and the screen responsiveness aren’t as good as I hoped they would be, its almost flawless performance helps make up for it. For the price of Php5,999, it’s a good deal. I just hope that Cherry would give it a KitKat update. The Vector definitely deserves it.

YAYS!
– 1.3GHz quad-core processor
– 1GB RAM
– 2,500mAh Battery

NAYS:
– 5MP Main Camera
– 2MP Front Camera and the Face Beauty option
– Slight delay in display response

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