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Smart Netphone 701 Review

Smart Netphone 701

Several days ago, I shared with you my first few impressions about the Smart Netphone 701.  I’m just so glad that it’s finally available now in all Smart Centers and a lot of us have gotten ourselves a unit.  If you’re still undecided and would want to get some feedback from current users of Smart Netphone, then please read on.

I’ll be sharing in this post my experience with the Netphone 701.  It has been a week since I’ve been actively using it.  My main phone has to take a back seat while I explore all the features of this beautiful-looking phone.

It wasn’t my first time to review an Android phone but this is different because it’s a Smart-designed phone.  But you know what?  The Netphone 701 is actually a re-branded ZTE Blade phone.  Don’t expect this phone to compete with the iPhones & the Samsung Galaxy SIIs.  We can consider the Smart Netphone 701 a mid-range smartphone.

Unboxing

Smart Netphone 701 packaging

Oh, how I love the packaging of Netphone 701.  It’s very straightforward.  You can even see the phone through it.  I like the simplicity of the box design as well.  The box and the phone have matching colors too!  Cute!

Smart Netphone Unboxing

Inside the box are the ff.:

  • Smart Netphone 701 Unit
  • Battery
  • USB to Micro USB cable
  • Charger Adaptor
  • Earphones
  • Unit Warranty
  • Netphone Quick Guide

Smart Netphone Camera

I immediately grabbed the unit and checked out its design.  I noticed then the camera of the Netphone 701 plus the Smart logo at the back.  I was like, wow, the Netphone 701 has a 3.2 megapixel camera (my iPhone’s camera only has 2 megapixels :P).

Smart Netphone SIM

Since I intend to have the Smart Netphone 701 as my secondary phone, I opted to use a Smart Buddy pre-paid SIM card.

Smart Netphone Manual

I love how the Netphone Quick Guide was laid out.  It’s very visual, super easy to understand and so easy to follow.  No boring manual this time!  Wohoo!

Specifications

  • Qualcomm MSM7227 chipset
  • 600 MHz ARM11 processor
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • Android Froyo 2.2
  • 120g, 114mmx56mmx12.2mm
  • 512 MB on-board memory + 2GB Micro SD card
  • 3.5-inch 800×480 WVGA multi-touch screen with 262k color display
  • FM radio tuner
  • GPS support

Experience

I’m not going to lie.  I’m not a big fan of Android OS.  In all honesty, I’m a pretty huge Apple fan.  That means I prefer iOS over android OS anytime.  But why do I like to keep this Smart Netphone 701 which is an Android phone?  One reason — SmartNet.

Smart Netphone Design

SmartNet is basically a new service that consists of a group of applications suited for Smart users.

  • Smart Center

Smart Netphone SIM Load

Smart Netphone Subscriptions

This is a super useful service.  Imagine saving so much time calling the Smart Customer Service.  You already have the usual information you need whenever you call the hotline.

With Smart Center, you can do the ff.:

– Check your postpaid bill or prepaid load balance instantly
– See and track your current subscription
– Choose and purchase packages to subscribe to
– Reload your phone without visiting a SMART loading center
– Pay your bill without going to a payment center

My favorite feature has got to be knowing the load balance of my prepaid SIM card instantly!  Uber cool! 🙂

  • Netphone Messenger

Smart Netphone Social Media Accounts

Smart Netphone Chat

With Netphone messenger, we can chat with friends on Facebook, YM and Smartnet all in one nifty application!  I rarely use the chat feature of Facebook and YM but I use SmartNet’s a lot.  That’s because we don’t need to spend a single centavo if we send messages to fellow Smart Netphone users (until December 31, 2011 that is).

  • FX Messaging

This is the cutest feature of SmartNet!  If we want to say hi to our friends, why not do it in style?  FX message is emotive messaging, a short video that we can share to our contacts.

  • Social Stream

Smart Netphone Status Update

Smart Media Social Stream

SmartNet’s Social Stream is the main driver why I want to own a Netphone 701.  Since the service is being offered by Smart for free till December 31, 2011, I wanted to grab the opportunity.  I just hope Smart will continue to keep it free next year.

A lot of us are super users of Facebook and Twitter.  I must admit that I even subscribed to a postpaid data plan before just to be able to update my Facebook and Twitter accounts when mobile.  If I hadn’t lost my MiFi in a trip, I would have continued with the expensive monthly data plan.  Good thing, Smart launched this at a right time.  Now, I’m saving a lot of money because of this new service.  I get updated with a lot of stuff through the Social Stream.

  • Global Directory

Smart Netphone Global Directory

I never forget my friends’ names but I never remember their exact mobile numbers.  So when I saw the global Directory, I was ecstatic!  All I need to know is my friends’ names and I can add them on my Netphone’s contact list.  As long as they are registered on smartnet.ph or has a Smart netphone, then we can definitely find them in the Smart Global Directory.

  • Safe Internet Browsing

Smart Netphone Internet Setting

You may be wondering how we can access Netphone messaging and Social Stream without being charged a single centavo.  The answer is SmartNet’s Safe Internet Browsing.  As long as you turn it on, then you don’t have to worry about being charged when using the SmartNet’s services.  If you’re clicking links outside of SmartNet services, browsing charges will apply (Php10 for 30 minutes).

How to Get One

Smart Netphone Charging

Smart Netphone 701 is available on prepaid at Php 9,900.  However, you can get it for free at postpaid data lite plan Php800.  You can find full details on plans & subscriptions with Smart Netphone 701 at the Smart Netphone website.

Do I recommend you get it?  Well, it really depends on your needs.  As for me, I’m happy having the Smart Netphone 701 as my secondary phone.  I use it primarily to update my Facebook & Twitter accounts as well as view Facebook status messages and tweets when mobile.

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108 observations on “Smart Netphone 701 Review
  1. Roch

    it’s not comparable to Samsung Galaxy S phones 🙂  Of course, phones like Samsung Galaxy S2 is better.  Netphone is a mid-range Android phone while Samsung Galaxy S2 is on the high-end side.

     
  2. Hannah Grace

    i like how you present your review. its so simple. i read from beginning to end. unlike other gadget reviews out there which are so technical i don’t understand, i get bored so easily. kudos.

     
  3. Rhein Tan

    super impressive… naiinggit tuloy ako. i also wanted to have that one… how i wish pag bigyan ako ng husband ko ng another phone ^_^

     
  4. Roch

    I was being honest.  If you read my review, I said I’m keeping the Smart Netphone as my “secondary” phone because I love and appreciate Smartnet 🙂

     
  5. Robertyoungph

    I just discovered that for a long time, Smart has been charging me for Internet access on our postpaid and one prepaid iPhone w Smart sim. It must have reached thousands. I went to Smart to complain. My 3G was off and so was network data access; there’s no reason I should be charged for Internet. Smart CS told me it’s the nature of iPhone. It can access internet even if your internet setting are all off. My son has a Globe line and that doesn’t happen to him. You must know people at Smart, may be you can help me w my problem. Thanks..

     
  6. Roch

    it’s really an issue with iPhone.  I used to have that problem before and I got charged Php15,000 by Globe.  

    Anyway, since Globe is the official distributor for iPhone, you can address your concern to Globe.  But here’s what you can do:
    (1) Go to Settings
    (2) Go to General
    (3) Go to Network
    (4) Cellular Data Network
    (5) misspell the address of your network.  Just to be sure that your phone won’t connect.

    Not sure if that’ll work but that was how I solved the problem before.

     
  7. Roch

    that’s true.  

    Right now, the netphone 701 is the only phone that has SmartNet.  that’s my reason why I want the phone 🙂

     
  8. jepoy

    @euri:disqus sell your free Globe phone and get the spanking new Android-powered Globe Cloudfone Ice for P4990 on prepaid. Free din sia sa Globe Postpaid Plan 499 🙂

     
  9. Anonymous

    I tried registering to smartnet.ph even if I don’t have the netphone. It was successful. The site is nice and you can have both your facebook and twitter feeds on your wall.

     
  10. lelot

    it cost 5k only for the first unit bought by smart employee, it is being subsidized by their company (one of their privilege from being a smart people to enjoy the product that their company is offering). 

     
  11. Kristine Chan

    in the first place netphone is not a pirated phone so why say original version like samsung galaxy… anyway, this review was made for the smart netphone701 not for samsung, iphone, and other brands of hone…

     
  12. Dark_bone85

    hello roch..good day..i just got my netphone few days ago..yeah its a really nice android phone..
    i just want to ask how can I know if my battery is fully charged if the phone is off?i didnt see any charging indicator.Thank you and ill wait for your reply

     
  13. Roch

    I usually charge the netphone while it’s open… we can see the percentage on the lock screen.. If it’s fully charged, it will indicate ‘charged’.

    Hope this helps 🙂

     
  14. Dark_bone85

    thank you miss roch for the answer but some says charging the phone while its open can shorten the battery life?.so it means every time we recharge our netphone must be open?that can cause our battery life shorten? sorry for a lots of questions miss roch and thanks you so much!! last thing can i add you in smart IM so I can chat you immediately if I have questions 🙂

     
  15. jepoy

    people won’t buy the NetPhone for the phone itself, but the services it offers

    even the best reviewers always say that NetPhone, which is ZTE blade
    actually, is a mid range android phone LANG. but the services of Smart
    that it offers is NON COMPARABLE to m.globe, not even that cloud phone
    thingy.

    Say that again with pride when you start paying for Smartnet 😛

    mart has better 3G network.. make that LTE
    now and 4G soon. ANY phone used with smart can browse and view YouTube
    videos way faster then Globe or Sun

    No one can actually say which network is always better. As we always
    say: location, location, location! We at GameOPS have unpublished test
    results that Globe is actually better in MOST areas in Metro Manila.
    Take note of the word MOST. We didn’t publish the report as it would
    cause a conflict of interest on my part during those times.

    Anyway, with the release of the P5K Samsung Galaxy Y Netphone (link: http://www.gameops.net/2011/10/smart-launches-cheaper-and-powerful.html), Smart just said to everyone who bought the original, expensive and inferior netphone 701  for 10K —“HA! HA! GOT YOUR MOONIES, NOW BUY THE CHEAPER AND BETTER NETPHONE.”

    Scammed without knowing it!

     
  16. jepoy

    people won’t buy the NetPhone for the phone itself, but the services it offers

    even the best reviewers always say that NetPhone, which is ZTE blade
    actually, is a mid range android phone LANG. but the services of Smart
    that it offers is NON COMPARABLE to m.globe, not even that cloud phone
    thingy.

    Say that again with pride when you start paying for Smartnet 😛

    mart has better 3G network.. make that LTE
    now and 4G soon. ANY phone used with smart can browse and view YouTube
    videos way faster then Globe or Sun

    No one can actually say which network is always better. As we always
    say: location, location, location! We at GameOPS have unpublished test
    results that Globe is actually better in MOST areas in Metro Manila.
    Take note of the word MOST. We didn’t publish the report as it would
    cause a conflict of interest on my part during those times.

    Anyway, with the release of the P5K Samsung Galaxy Y Netphone (link: http://www.gameops.net/2011/10/smart-launches-cheaper-and-powerful.html), Smart just said to everyone who bought the original, expensive and inferior netphone 701  for 10K —“HA! HA! GOT YOUR MOONIES, NOW BUY THE CHEAPER AND BETTER NETPHONE.”

    Scammed without knowing it!

     
  17. cow scrubber

    If you notice, the phone’s back button is RED while charging.

    When the phone is fully charged, it will turn GREEN.

     
  18. Cabahug Mayann

    i bought a netphone just today. but im havin a hard time using it. 🙁 its my first time to use an android phone.

     
  19. Netphone User

    FYI, for battery problems, search for Battery Calibration ZTE Blade,
    there are instructions on how to improve your battery. Netphone is very
    customizable, you can upgrade it to Gingerbread, rooting and using
    custom ROMs will automatically “OPENLINE” your phone. there’s a
    SMARTNET.apk out there. just need to search, and yes it can run on any
    android devices using a smart SIM. For custom ROMs, use Cyanogenmod. a “LOT” can be done when rooted. I got a Gingerbread 2.3.7 OC @ 700+Mhz. the downside is, you’ll void your warranty, heck, just backup your previous ROM and if there would be any problem just restore the ROM and have it checked, I’m sure they won’t know the difference.

     
  20. Anonymous

    mahuli ko lang toh kung sino si netphone user susumobong ko sa smart, Smartnet.apk pala ah, akala mo ah  sasabihin ko kay MVP na ipa investigate yan!

     
  21. Anonymous

    mahuli ko lang toh kung sino si netphone user susumobong ko sa smart, Smartnet.apk pala ah, akala mo ah  sasabihin ko kay MVP na ipa investigate yan!

     
  22. Anonymous

    Kapag hindi kayo maka-connect sa smartnet check nyo kung may 3G or H kayu sa signal, kapag wala it means wala kayung load or walang 3G signal sa lugar nyo or (take note) hindi naka enable yung DATA nyo, kapag hindi nyo mapindot yung mga icon ng chat social etc. click nyo muna yung arrow ” ” para ma refresh yung application,

    how configure DATA ENABLE (to enable and to refresh the 3G signal)
    go to:

    Settings > Wireless & networks > Mobile network > Data enable(check)

     
  23. Netphone Fanatic

    sir dmo alam na madaling maextract ang kahit anong apps pag na root mo na ang phone mo? stupid nagmamagaling.

     
  24. Netphone Fanatic

    sir dmo alam na madaling maextract ang kahit anong apps pag na root mo na ang phone mo? stupid nagmamagaling.

     
  25. Klodicie

    bakit ganun..nag apply ako approved naman bakit naman kailangan ko pa mag cashout ng 1,000.00 bukod sa 800..di ba free nga siya sa plan 800 data lite plan

     
  26. AJ Flores

    Hi there! What did you do to make your netphone openline to other sim cards? Can you help me?

     
  27. cow scrubber

    Sorry for the late follow-up, but apparently the indicator turns green when the battery level reaches 90%. So the only way to check for a full charge is to turn on the phone. 🙁

     
  28. AJ Flores

    Sorry 🙁 sobrang hindi ako techie. 🙁 I dont undestand some. I downloaded z4 to root my netphone. It rebooted but I don’t this it’s already rooted because when I installed shoot me which is for screenshots, it didnt work. I actually canvassed for for the price of unlocking the phone. They priced me 2,300. ay wag na lang. :))

     
  29. Madz

    Hello po Miss Roch. May problem po kasi yung SmartChat ko. Whenever I sign in sa facebook account ko incorrect username or password ang nakalagay. Do you know any solution po ba with this problem? Thank you po!

     
  30. Jhaycee_trigun27

    wnt ko po sna bumili ng net phone ask ko lng once b na nregister mo na ung phone magagamit padin b cia for other smart sim card????may rerecomend kb mgandang phone 10k budget ko help namn po ohh plsss salamat

     
  31. Jobert_may12

    mag kano po ung netphone kong cash bi2li me kac ng netphone this february eh nadi ko alam kong anu ang exact price nya hehehheeh pls pls pls paki sabi sakin hehhehe

     
  32. Jenniferbongato

    nice review on the phone specs miss roch, just go my phone for only 4999 this past 4days anyway i just want to ask if you know how to change the image appearing in my sms, hndi ko kc pic ang nkalagay pg ako ang ngmesage gsto ko lng bguhin un plng question..

     
  33. Jenniferbongato

    lhat daw po ng android phone gnyan, they advice me to close some apllication that are working to save battery energy. hope it helps.. 🙂

     
  34. edgar

    help na man po!..d ko kasi ma access ung smartnet ko…naka register na ako per d pa rin maka login..na ka check na din ung enable data ko…d pa rin..
    tapos paano ma register ulit ung netphone ko?..na guest mode ko kc ito,, pls help me tnx..

     
  35. Rjaypaulo14

    gud day..ask kolang po,kc binigay na sakin ng mama ko ung NETPHONE nya,e hindi ko po ma iregister ng bagong nunmber ung phone ko,saka po pag nas sign ako laging sinasabi invalid kahit na nagregister na ako,,ano po gagawn ko,salamat po

     
  36. Bobot

    Hi Roch, tanong ko lang, pano ko makikita ang contacts ko after I import from sim, kasi kapag binubuksan ko ang contacts sa home screen walang laman…Thanks in advance…  

     
  37. Arthur_sv

    friend bka nmn nagpalit kau ng sim.. pag ngaplit kau mawawala tlga ang 3g. peru send nyu GPRS ON sa 333 tapos  ROAM OFF 333 .. tas pag wala p din restart nyu..

     
  38. Image

    can somebody help me plz. i jst bought my netphone last year. i charged my phone turned off just today and when i opened it the doesnt start up anymore. it can only reach the point where the phone displays the smart logo.
    can somebody help me please. thank u!

     
  39. Jubelag Franzvincent

    oo nga ganyan din nangyari sa phone ko’ ginamit ko ung una kog no. then pag insert q ng smart gold q eh hindi n nag aapear ang new no. q, tsaka hindi q magamit ang smarnet sa bago sa s-gold q thnk

     
  40. Jubelag Franzvincent

    hindi q poh magamit ang smartnet q, anu gagawin q? kasi una kong ginamit ung dati kong sim, then pag insert q ng smartgold q, hindi n nag appear ang phone no. q at hindi q n magamit smartnet tnk””

     
  41. Sariahguadalupe

    uhm ung smartnet icon mo sa menu i click mo tas click yung contacts and then ung name tas click mo menu button.

     
  42. Raging_knives

    register kayo ulet sa smartnet using the new number po, make a new profile, like nung unang time na ginamit ung netphone 701.

     
  43. Valeriejimenez030391

    ang alam ko po ireregister pa ulit un pag bagong number e .. kasi nagpalit na din po ako ng sim card . niregister ko lang po tas pede pa naman . nagagamit ko na ulit ung smart net
     

     
  44. androboy

    hello, may galaxy pocket ako na extension nung una ko plan, bale 350/month sya na unli text smart-smart, nakita ko sa website ng smart eh yung 350 plan sa pocket meron pala unli smartnet .. tanung ko lng kung pwd ko gamtin yung sim sa iba phone ko na may nkainstall na smartnet at magamit pa rin yun?

     
  45. jhay

    Gud day, pls help my Netphone 701 nagrerestart sya every time na nag lalaro ako ng games. ano po kya ang problem?

     
  46. Cris

    please help… pano at ano gagawin ko ang ibang letter ng keypad ko ayaw nang magfunction nahihirapan akong mag txt at mag type ng message… please help kung sino yong may alam dyan

     
  47. jois

    ate, paano ayusin ang netphone if kapag iturn on ko parati na lng nagastop sa android na signage. reply asap. mag 3 times na ito nasira. yung 2 times, pinareformat ko pero gastos masyado ng 300 pesos . tinanong ko yung umayos ng netphone kung bakit nasira tapos sabi niya na may virus daw pero after nun, nagdownload na ako ng app na anti virus pero wala parin.gusto ko malaman kung paano ayusin without spending money.

     
  48. jois

    ate or kuya, paano ko ayusin ang netphone 701? kapag i turn on ko ang netphone sige lang siya nagastop sa android na signage. 3 times na nasira ito. yung 2 times na yon, pina ayos ko. 300 ang bayad each paayos. ang sabi daw may virus kaya nung pinaayos ko ng 2nd time nagdownload ako ng anti virus pero wala pa rin. nasira pa rin. tulungan mo ako ireformat ang netphone without spending money. please. reply asap.

     
  49. jois

    i was using the netphone when it automatically shut down by itself. i doubt it’s a virus because i downloaded an app for anti virus. this situation happened 3 times. the 1st and 2nd time, i didn’t downloaded yet an app for anti virus.the first time, i let it fixed by a guy and he reformat it. the 2nd time, it happen again so, i got it fixed again and i asked if what was wrong with my device and he said “virus” so, i immediately downloaded an app for anti virus but then it happen again. i spent 300 pesos for each repair i don’t wanna spend money again. so please teach me how to reformat my device by my own. reply asap. thanks.

     

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