Five Things I Like About Realme C1 and Two That Not So Much


So you may have already know that I am currently using the new and first Realme Philippines smartphone called the C1 for a few days now. In this post, I have already shared my unboxing and initial impressions of the device. But here, I would like to share five things I like about this phone and two that not so much.

1. DISPLAY

The Realme C1 is big of an entry level smartphone in so many ways, one of those is in terms of the display. It packs a huge 6.2-inch screen size with 88% screen-to-body ratio, a notch, a 19:9 display aspect ratio, and a 720p resolution.

While all of us would prefer to have at least 1080p display resolution on our smartphones, 720p or HD+ is actually not that bad. The other phone that I use is the Huawei Nova 2i and I have that for over a year now, it's got Full HD+. So as a long-time 1080p user, I immediately noticed the difference between these two devices as soon as I started using the C1. But at the same time though, it was quite impressive that I almost immediately forgot I was looking at an HD+ display not long after I started using the phone. In other words, while it only has a 720p display, the quality is still way better than what I expected for its price point.

I even used it while watching one of the series I currently follow on Netflix, and to be honest, the viewing experience comparing with the other 1080p device I have, including the audio quality, is almost nearly the same. And for that I really like it.


2. DESIGN

For entry level smartphones that were and are released in the Philippines by different smartphone brands, aesthetics is definitely one of the most sacrificed features. But for Realme C1, the case is quite different. On the back, it's got a flat glossy glass-like finish. Sure it does attract fingerprints easily, but this type of design, even today, still adds more premium feel and looks to the a handset. The back's design is minimalist too. Apart from the dual rear camera and its LED flash and Realme branding at the bottom, there is nothing more to be seen there.

On the front, of course, there is the huge, clear and bright display. Though there is a notch that some of you may not like, it is still a nice phone to look at, thanks to those slim bezels.

The rounded corners and sides of this device are also something to take note of. They look and feel solid to the hand as well and it makes the phone easy to use with either one or two hands. It's definitely a nice build and does not look cheaply made.

3. GAME SPACE

This is definitely not a gaming smartphone, though it can for sure play light games without any problem such as Temple Run, Alto's Adventure or Clash of Clans, and such without any problem at all, it can still play quite heavy weights like PUBG Mobile, Ragnarol Eternal Love, and Asphalt 9 but only at medium and low settings. That being said, it's nice to know that Realme still bothered to include a Game Space app in this phone. And I find it very cool actually.

One of the main offerings of this Game Space is to provide users the best possible gaming experience such as gaming-centric optimizations in the app. But my favorite feature of this app is the "Do Not Disturb" function, that as the name suggests, fully blocks all incoming notifications from various apps, even incoming calls. This allows me to 100% focus on the game I play.


4. RAM MANAGEMENT

The Realme C1 packs only 2GB of RAM. That may sound discouraging for many of us but in terms of performance, my overall experience is not really disappointing, especially right after getting the most recent software update a couple of days back. The phone got quite an upgrade in performance too.

Daily normal tasks wise such as texting, calling, browsing social media, video and music streaming as well as casual gaming, the Realme C1 will not give you a headache. Though sometimes you may experience some delay and lags especially when apps start to pile up in the background. When that happens, the OS is smart enough to shut down those apps that are not in use to allocate more resources to the ones you are currently on. Apart from those, the overall performance is definitely a good one.

5. AUDIO QUALITY

One thing I immediately noticed with the packaging of the Realme C1 during unboxing is there was no earphones included in the box. It's understandable though when looking at making the price point of this device as low as possible, plus, many of us might probably already have existing headphones or earphones that we can use. That said, I'm cool with it.

Now one of the things I look for a smartphone, apart from better camera, is the quality of audio whether using the speaker grilles or a pair of earphones. Knowing that this entry level smartphone is only for Php5,990, I did not really expect much from its audio quality.

So when I wanted to watch the next episode in a series I watch on Netflix, I decided to give this Realme C1 a try. I downloaded the Netflix app without any issue and used my JBL earphones. Maybe it had to do with my low expectations of the audio or what, but I was pretty much satisfied at how good the audio quality was. Even listening to Spotify with this phone is pretty good as well. Not the best nor great though, but pretty good enough for the budget.

5. MASSIVE BATTERY

The battery is also one of the stars on the Realme C1 which again another feature that makes this phone a real steal. It is equipped with 4230mAh battery pack right out of the box. Needless to say, it is capable of lasting for more than a day or light and heavy usage on a single charge. The OS, the processor, the display even though it's huge, are all optimized together to be as power efficient as possible.

Battery life, there is nothing more to say. It's tough and long lasting.

Those are the top five I really like about this Realme C1 smartphone, which is of course in addition to its very attractive less than Php6K price tag. Now below, are the top two that I least like about this entry level king.

1. BATTERY TAKES TOO LONG TO CHARGE

As you may have already know, having a huge battery on a smartphone has some consequences. One of those is the time it takes to get fully charged from zero percent. Of course that is not going to be a concern if the phone is capable of supporting fast charge technology, but this particular feature is mostly found on flagship devices.

Since obviously the Realme C1 does not support fast charging, that's one of the first things I tested  when charging this device from 0% percent for the very first time. And it was pretty long. At zero percent, like completely dead, I started at 11:08AM and it got fully charged at around 3:40PM. Approximately 4 and half hours. That was entirely without using the phone while being charged.

But at the end of the day, is it really a problem? I mean for only Php5,990 and what this phone offers in general, I think that trade off is worth accepting.


2. STORAGE TOO SMALL

 It has 16GB native storage. Almost 9GB of that are allocated to the system itself. So at initial boot, as you can see in the image just above, we get around 7GB space available to spend. Yes of course it does support microSD card up to additional 256GB which is huge, but the issue that I experienced with this one is that apps cannot be transferred to the memory card, at least all the apps that I personally use. However, I am not just sure if it has to do with the app developers such as Facebook, YouTube, Instagram and others, or it's just a system's own restriction.

Basically, the microSD storage is for photos, videos, songs, and some other files you can manually transfer around without the need to connect to the internet. But for Android applications from Google Play especially games, they are all defaulted to be stored in the internal drive. 7GB of space is going to be filled up in no time.

Unless we find or discover a way to move these apps to the external storage, this is the only thing to think about before getting this Realme C1.

Tip:  The apps that eat the most space like crazy are Facebook, YouTube, and FB Messenger. At least 500MB each, right? In fact as of posting my the Facebook app is currently at 840MB. To save tons of memory space, there are two best alternatives to do this. One, is by simply using a mobile browser (Chrome or Mozilla) for these applications, and second is by downloading the Facebook Lite and YouTube Go versions. This will save you tons of space for some other apps and games that you would like to download.

What about you? What are the things you do (and don't) like about your Realme C1 smartphone? You may share them in the comments section below.

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