Torque Droidz Swivel review

As part of Torque's Headturner line-up of devices, I had my attention on the quad-core phone Torque Droidz Swivel. Is it worth to buy it? Here's my review.




This is what to expect on the main page and the app drawer of the device which was the same when I encountered the Droidz Avatar TV. The UI has a stock Android feel which I am happy. Going from the main page to app drawer and vice versa is a-ok for this quad-core handset.


Out of 8 GB ROM, I'm quite disappointed that it only has 3 GB for app storage which is quite limited if you have 2 heavy games plus your usual apps which on phone storage it has over 3.18 GB. Another minus points to this as it doesn't have  USB OTG support.


For calls and SMS, no surprise that I saw the look of those 2 apps based on Android Kitkat OS. No dropped calls when I used it on both Globe and Smart. Call quality is good. There are also no problems in sending and receiving texts from both SIMs.

On entertainment, I am sad once again for this device as it does not have CTIA compliance in it's 3.5 mm. audio jack. I got no issues on playing 1080p vids via MX Player as well as I tuned to FM Radio. The equalizer on the stock music app is working on this device.

On connectivity, no issues when I connected on 3G networks on both Globe and Smart. WiFi reception is strong as I tried various places. Pairing it via Bluetooth from my main driver phone and Bluetooth speaker is a breeze.

On benchmarks, it got an Antutu score of 19,424 while it's 54.9 fps on Nenamark2 .

On camera, this is quite my biggest issue on this device as I explained it on one Torque officials. Almost all of the pictures that I got from an 8 MP shooter, I can a have a minimum of over 1 MB per pic. Not on this case as I usually got around over 300 to less than 800 KB which really translates to less detail of my pics. Another thing to check is the flash when you used it in a dark place. The output - you'll gonna get that "white" part on the top of the picture even as I tried to remove the back cover (as I thought as first as the suspect behind this problem) . The case based on my observation is the flash's size is not appropriate to the size of the rotating camera. (Daylight shots to be followed soon)



On gaming, I only experienced a little amount of heat as I played some Dead Trigger 2 and Modern Combat 5 at this device in a few hours thanks to it's 1.3 GHz Mediatek MT6582 quad-core processor plus a lower screen resolution.

On battery test, I played some HD MP4 videos using MX Player with 10% phone brightess, 6 MX Player brightness, 10 on volume, 1 sim on and no Bluetooth,3G and WiFi - I got 8 hours and 8 minutes from 100% to 1% from it's 1,700 mAh battery which is great based on my comparison. On my real life usage, I can maxed out this smartphone up to 23 hours with over 5 hours of screen time.



Pros: stock Android feel, a new approach for Torque in design even that it's inspired from an international brand, light and thin bezels, good battery life 
Cons: disappointing camera output, no CTIA compliance, no USB OTG

The 8 MP rotating camera is the main attraction of Torque Droidz Swivel which I gave huge number of minus points on this one due to what I experienced plus the cons that I previously said. Connectivity, stock Android and battery life are the strengths of this device but it will gonna have a high score for me. I'll rate 3.25 out of 5 on Torque Droidz Swivel which you can still buy it at Torque stores for Php 4,999

Update: You can buy it for only Php 3,999 at Lazada Philippines with free Bluetooth speaker. Click the links to buy depending on the color that you like (Black) (Green!) (White)

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April 12, 2015

Torque Droidz Swivel review

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As part of Torque's Headturner line-up of devices, I had my attention on the quad-core phone Torque Droidz Swivel. Is it worth to buy it? Here's my review.




This is what to expect on the main page and the app drawer of the device which was the same when I encountered the Droidz Avatar TV. The UI has a stock Android feel which I am happy. Going from the main page to app drawer and vice versa is a-ok for this quad-core handset.


Out of 8 GB ROM, I'm quite disappointed that it only has 3 GB for app storage which is quite limited if you have 2 heavy games plus your usual apps which on phone storage it has over 3.18 GB. Another minus points to this as it doesn't have  USB OTG support.


For calls and SMS, no surprise that I saw the look of those 2 apps based on Android Kitkat OS. No dropped calls when I used it on both Globe and Smart. Call quality is good. There are also no problems in sending and receiving texts from both SIMs.

On entertainment, I am sad once again for this device as it does not have CTIA compliance in it's 3.5 mm. audio jack. I got no issues on playing 1080p vids via MX Player as well as I tuned to FM Radio. The equalizer on the stock music app is working on this device.

On connectivity, no issues when I connected on 3G networks on both Globe and Smart. WiFi reception is strong as I tried various places. Pairing it via Bluetooth from my main driver phone and Bluetooth speaker is a breeze.

On benchmarks, it got an Antutu score of 19,424 while it's 54.9 fps on Nenamark2 .

On camera, this is quite my biggest issue on this device as I explained it on one Torque officials. Almost all of the pictures that I got from an 8 MP shooter, I can a have a minimum of over 1 MB per pic. Not on this case as I usually got around over 300 to less than 800 KB which really translates to less detail of my pics. Another thing to check is the flash when you used it in a dark place. The output - you'll gonna get that "white" part on the top of the picture even as I tried to remove the back cover (as I thought as first as the suspect behind this problem) . The case based on my observation is the flash's size is not appropriate to the size of the rotating camera. (Daylight shots to be followed soon)



On gaming, I only experienced a little amount of heat as I played some Dead Trigger 2 and Modern Combat 5 at this device in a few hours thanks to it's 1.3 GHz Mediatek MT6582 quad-core processor plus a lower screen resolution.

On battery test, I played some HD MP4 videos using MX Player with 10% phone brightess, 6 MX Player brightness, 10 on volume, 1 sim on and no Bluetooth,3G and WiFi - I got 8 hours and 8 minutes from 100% to 1% from it's 1,700 mAh battery which is great based on my comparison. On my real life usage, I can maxed out this smartphone up to 23 hours with over 5 hours of screen time.



Pros: stock Android feel, a new approach for Torque in design even that it's inspired from an international brand, light and thin bezels, good battery life 
Cons: disappointing camera output, no CTIA compliance, no USB OTG

The 8 MP rotating camera is the main attraction of Torque Droidz Swivel which I gave huge number of minus points on this one due to what I experienced plus the cons that I previously said. Connectivity, stock Android and battery life are the strengths of this device but it will gonna have a high score for me. I'll rate 3.25 out of 5 on Torque Droidz Swivel which you can still buy it at Torque stores for Php 4,999

Update: You can buy it for only Php 3,999 at Lazada Philippines with free Bluetooth speaker. Click the links to buy depending on the color that you like (Black) (Green!) (White)

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