The bmobile Pure is a budget Android phone running Android 2.2 and has pretty device specs but a pretty good 3.8″ high resolution screen. The high resolution 3.8″ screen makes it nice to read and surf the Internet but the 256MB RAM may be limiting for multi-tasking and general smoothness of the device. I was not able to get the Flash apk to try install and test Flash on the device but the 600 MHz CPU may not be capable of Flash, so I wouldn’t expect it to run.
Sadly there is no Android Market or Google apps such as Gmail, YouTube, Maps and the Market. Not having the Market means that the device needs an alternative Android app store. The Pure is bundled with the local grown Widget Warehouse for apps, however it seems that the Widget Warehouse doesn’t even work with the Pure. So I guess there is a need to rely on other 3rd party app stores such as GetJar, Soc.ia Mall (previously AndAppStore), SlideME, Opera Mobile Store. Side loading apps via downloading apk files (Android installer files) work well and that was how I installled apps to the device.
I love the fact that Android is able to scale down to a device as cheap as B$199 and with that device, although having limitations such as not having Google apps, it still has all the full functionality of a smartphone.
- Cheap at B$199 (existing b-mobile customers) / B$229 (non-existing customers pay an extra B$30 for a Yes! prepaid mobile broadband starterpack)
- High resolution 3.8″ WVGA screen
- 2 stage dedicated camera button
The Bad & the Ugly
- No Android Market or Google apps (Gmail, YouTube, Maps, Market)
- No 3.5mm headset jack
- Locked to b-mobile
- Not likely to get any updates
- Android 2.2
- 3.8″ WVGA (800×480) capacitive multi-touch screen
- 600 MHz CPU
- ROM 512MB (260+MB available for apps)
- RAM 256MB
- 5 megapixel camera with flash (no front facing camera)
- microSD card slot
- 3.5G handset
- Connectivity: WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS
- Mini-USB connector
- 1500mAh battery
Sample Video (max resolution: 640×480, VGA, 3gp with h264 and amr encoding)
It has finally happened, we have a Multi-SIM service here in Brunei thanks to B-Mobile (Read the Borneo Bulletin article at Brudirect). Multi-SIM basically allows you to clone your SIM card to put in another device. This is great for people with 3G enabled devices: e.g. iPad 3G, Galaxy Tab, etc and want to be able to make calls / use data on those devices without having to sign up for another phone number or resorting to the tedious task of switching SIM cards.
There is a monthly subscription fee of $8 per SIM card and there are 3 configurations of the service:
- Multi IMSI i.e. primary SIM rings only;
- Simultaneously i.e. both primary and secondary SIMS ring at the same time; and,
- Orderly i.e. primary rings first. If rejected, busy, switched off or not answered, then the secondary will ring.
Multi-SIM is applicable for the following plans:
- Post-paid ZOOM $30 (with 2GB free data)
- Post-paid Smart Plan $35/$45/$55 (with 1.5/3/10GB free data respectively)
Sadly multi-SIM is not applicable for plans with unlimited data (e.g. Postpaid ZOOM $60 Unlimited & Post-paid Smart plan $65). There is no mention of OMNI users but since it’s an unlimited plan, I presume that it will not be supported either. I guess B-Mobile is worried that people will subscribe to the multi-SIM service and use the SIMs in an unlimited data fashion and thus would congest the network.
As an a subscriber to OMNI, I hope B-Mobile could consider another plan for users with unlimited data plans: single SIM get you unlimited data, multi-SIM gets a cap (of perhaps 200GB free beyond which they will pay per amount used as the non-unlimited data plans pay). This would at least give users with unlimited data plans an option to subscribe to this multi-SIM service and not be left out with the convenience that it brings.
So now with B-Mobile supporting this, I wonder if DST will follow