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Disadvantages, limitations, and problems of Cherry Mobile Titan - no CM Titan TV

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Nowadays, the general public is bombarded by numerous mobile phone models from various manufacturers. There is Apple's iPhone, Samsung Galaxy phones, the Xperia line of Sony Ericsson, Nokia's Lumia, etc...

On top of this, here in the Philippines, OEM China phones are gaining in popularity. Currently, more and more consumers are looking into Cherry Mobile Omega, Titan TV, Cherry Mobile Flare, Starmobile, Cherry Cruize, MyPhone a919, etc...

Obviously, this plethora of smart phones though quite similar in cosmetics has a few differences between them in terms of hardware and software. Aside from the popular iOS of Apple iPhone's and the Windows Mobile OS of Nokia Lumia phones, the Android OS is the popular choice of operating system for OEM China phones.

This post aims to discuss the problems, limitations, and disadvantages of a relatively cheap yet specification-wise locally re-branded OEM China phone – the Cherry Mobile Android Titan.

The contents of this post are most beneficial for people who are looking to buy a new and decent smart phone but on a tight budget.


Advantages and benefits of Cherry Mobile’s Titan –

Many cost-conscious Filipino consumers are quite confused on what phone to buy. The popular choices are as follows:

  • Cherry Mobile Flare
  • Cherry Mobile Titan TV
  • Cherry Mobile Omega
  • MyPhone a919
  • Starmobile

From this phones, choosing Cherry Mobile Titan is seemingly a good choice. For those who are not aware, Cherry Mobile Titan is seemingly a locally re-branded china phone internationally known as Konka W500 - this is the reason why many users calls it the Cherry Mobile w500.

Yours truly is not a big fan of China made products because of some known quality issues but before we move on with the problems and disadvantages, let us first take a look at its benefits and pros.

The first advantage of the Cherry Mobile Titan over other large CM phones (Cherry Mobile Omega, Cherry Mobile Flare, etc...) is that the phone has decent specification at a very affordable price. It has a 1.2 GHz. dual core processor, 5 mega pixel back camera, VGA front camera, 5.0 inch display, and 512 RAM.

Of course, it has other specifications but the mentioned ones are relatively important for an average user. Based on actual usage (have actually bought one over the Cherry Mobile Flame as the low price tag is really hard to resist), one of its main benefits is that it has no lags or any form of delay.

It process applications quite fast, can play HD games and movies, and is running on ICS – Android’s Ice Cream Sandwich. It is also bundled with a 2500 mA battery which, needless to say, is sufficient enough for a casual user – may take two days before running out of juice.

CM Superion Navigator

UPDATE as of November 15, 2014:

I have given my CM Titan to my mother and bought Cherry Mobile's Superion Navigator.

Read all about it on the link below:

Another advantage of CM Titan over Cherry Mobile Flare or other Cherry Mobile Android phones is its compatibility with a wide range of industry standard accessories.

  • It pairs well with my trendy and futuristic GoGroove headphone.
  • Utilizes a micro-USB port for charging and PC connections.
  • Compatible and expandable up to 64 gigabyte - micro SD card
  • Bluetooth works well and supports GoGroove headset models
  • WiFI tethering works like a charm – have actually tethered two devices (laptop and Galaxy Y) successfully.
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Based on actual experience, the first disadvantage of the Titan is that it is a bit heavy. Sure it does have a 5.0 inch display but comparing it with the Galaxy S3 (a tad smaller unit) the weight difference is really noticeable.

Another limitation of the Titan is its 512 RAM. With the way Android apps are popping and the constant need for update, this type of RAM would be a problem in the near future – without any form of RAM management app or root access.

Lack of physical keys is may also pose a problem in the immediate future for the Cherry Mobile Titan. The unit only has the power button and volume keys as actual buttons – both home and back buttons are soft keys. This is a sure limitation for cautious users.

Another disadvantage of the CM Titan is that the unit heats up to an uncomfortable degree when used heavily. It heats up in the lower part of the camera portion at the back. My guess is that it is because of the speaker.

Lastly, the included headset is broken. This is partly my fault since I did not check it. Am not sure if it is originally faulty or not and it does not matter since I already have my reliable GoGroove wireless headset.

That’s just about it. As mentioned the Cherry Mobile Titan is a locally rebranded Konka W500 – a china phone. Come to think about it, almost all Cherry Mobile android phones (Cherry Mobile Flare, Cherry Mobile Omega, Cherry Mobile blaze, etc...) This may water down some readers but it is a really great deal for its retail price. Have been using it for almost two months now and so far so good. This may sound a little bias but I would definitely recommend this phone. To readers who do not agree, please feel free to share your inputs and comments regarding this.

How well did you understood the Cherry Mobile Titan?

For each question, choose the best answer. The answer key is below.

  1. Why is the CM Titan most often called Cherry Mobile W500?
    • Because it is official designation of the Cherry Mobile Android phone
    • Because it is a re-branded OEM China w500 phone
  2. What is the main difference between Cherry Mobile Titan TV with CM Titan?
    • Nothing. Their basicall the same except for the TV misconception
    • Screen size (Titan TV has 6 inches) and TV functionality
  3. In terms of battery why is CM Titan more advantageous compared to Cherry Mobile Flare?
    • Because it has a 2500 milli-ampere rating compared to the 1500 mAh of Cherry Mobile Flare
    • Because it has two batteries

Answer Key

  1. Because it is a re-branded OEM China w500 phone
  2. Screen size (Titan TV has 6 inches) and TV functionality
  3. Because it has a 2500 milli-ampere rating compared to the 1500 mAh of Cherry Mobile Flare


writerjj (author) on April 24, 2015:

Hi Cholie,

I think Titan only has 512gb RAM. I'm not sure about Titan 2.0 though.

Hope this helps.


cholie on April 20, 2015:

hai im just confuse by it was said that it has 1g of ram wen nfact its not?

writerjj (author) on February 19, 2014:

Hi Belle,

Glad to report that my CM Titan is now more than a year old and have not encountered any problems at all. Btw, it did hanged about one or two times by I never regarded it as an issue.

When I first bought the unit, it is only for experiment. I mean, if it breaks down after a couple of months, then so be it because it is cheap. If it did not, then it is still a win. Basically, it is a win-win scenario.

Hope this helps.

belle on February 18, 2014:

after months of using your cherry mobile phone, is it still good? thanks. i have doubts of buying cherry mobile phone because its locally branded china phone, so its like buying clone branded phones like iphone and samsung. thanks

writerjj (author) on May 22, 2013:

Hi Andrew,

Thank you for dropping by. Yup, I did stumble on some posts where users complained about the same issue that you are having. Anyway, many suggested adjusting the volume while others downloaded the latest version of viber. If the issue is not happening during local calls, the latter may solve your concern.

Hope this helps :)

Andrew on May 22, 2013:

Dear Writer,

I just bought a Titan TV 3 days ago. I'm a heavy viber user for calling my gf abroad. Seems that this unit doesn't work on internet calls and voice calls. Even if I plug the CM headset, gf barely hears me on the other line and same to my end. Is there an application that fixes these things? I'm so disappointed. earpeice is weak on calls both network and voip. I'm thinking of seeling it if the audio and mic will not work as needed. but still, I'm looking for a fix.

Thanks in advance

writerjj (author) on May 09, 2013:

Hi Jamhoo P. Zierda,

Thank you for visiting. Am not sure about CM Omega, but CM Titan is not waterproof - actually, I think there are only a few phones that are currently waterproof.

Hope this helps :)

jamhoo p. zierda on May 08, 2013:

is (cherry mobile omega) one of those waterproof phones?

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