Sep 23, 2012

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First Impressions: Starmobile Engage 7-inch Android tablet

Starmobile is Filipino mobile phone company that specializes in affordable feature phones of their own design. It’s no surprise that sooner or later the company will also release their own Android devices.

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The Starmobile Engage is their first Android tablet at 7-inch and has a retail price of just Php5,990. Can’t believe the price right? At that price, what you can usually get are entry-level Android smartphones.

We received a unit of Starmobile Engage recently so allow us to share to you our first impressions.

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Inside the box, you’ll get the tablet itself, the charger, generic earphones, manual and the warranty card. Pretty basic stuff.

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Lifting the Engage we immediately notice how light it is. The 7-inch display has a wide bezel surrounding it with the Starmobile logo below it. If you notice that the display is not that sharp, well it’s because of the low 800 x 480 resolution which you rarely see even in smartphones with 4.3-inch display.

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It has a curved back with a matte black finish to discourage smudges and fingerprints. Upper right at the back you’ll find the typical 3.0 megapixel camera (no flash) you find in entry-level Android phones. Speaker grill is located on the lower right portion at the back. There’s also a VGA camera in front which works with video calls like Skype.

At the bottom edge of the tablet you’ll be greeted with a whole LOT of ports. From left to right you’ll get the Home button, Reset pinhole, mic, 3.5mm earphone jack, DC charging port, mini-USB, a regular USB, standard HDMI port, microSD slot, and the Power/Sleep button.

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The Starmobile Engage is a WiFi-only device but you can use your 3G or 3.5G USB dongle with it. You can also plug in a USB flash drive and access its contents with this tablet. You need a file explorer app for it though which you can easily get from Google Play.

This tablet runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich already and is powered by a single-core 1.2GHz CPU with 1 GB RAM. Haven’t really used it that much but I experienced a little bit of lag when waking this device. There’s a 5GB internal storage here so you’d want to make use of the microSD slot for expansion.

Bottomline here is the Starmobile Engage won’t “wow” you in terms of looks but it has a unique design compared to other budget tablets in the market. The specs are not something you will like to show off either but they’re serviceable for the price that you are paying for. You will also get a lot of functionalities out of this device thanks to its myriad of ports.

The thing is, for just Php5,995, you’ll get a lightweight 7-inch Android tablet you can use to watch videos, surf, read books, video chat and play casual games with. Starmobile also prides itself with the high-quality of customer support they give which is their edge over other affordable brands in the market.

Starmobile Engage
1.2GHz A10 Cortex A8 CPU
7-inch Capacitive Multi Touch Display, 800×480 pixel resolution
1GB RAM, 5GB internal storage, expandable via microSD to 32GB
Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
3-megapixel rear facing camera
0.3-megapixel front facing camera
WiFi, HDMI, USB OTG, supports 3.5G modem
No Bluetooth
3000mAh Battery
SRP: Php5,990


  1. paano ba maactivate ang globe tattoo broadband sa engage 7hd tablet, may signal naman pero ayaw lumabas nang 3G

    • kusa yang maactivate ung sakin nga eh smartbro nung sinaksak ko sa tablet kusang lumabas ung signal then ung 3G . baka may sira po ung tablet nyo o kaya sa settings lng yan :)

      • Paano po ba mag install ang Aking Sun Broadband???

        • the usb broadband capability is with this tablet however the newest version of those devices are mostly not compatible with tabs, mbps ea. 4-5 and lower are which can b used with this one. when i got mine i asked for the list of the dongles compatible with it.

          • hello po. karereceive ko lang po ng starmobile engage 9. ilang oras po ba ang initial charging nito? sa initail charging di po ba dapat ma power on? antayin po ba talaga mafull charge bago magamit? thanks

        • Sun broadband plan? Ganyan ang gmit ko nkpag connect ako.. Just go to setting click more check data enable then click network operator then click select automatically.. Than wait for the signal, be sure to log in s google account then go to playstore.. You can now download games..

    • sir/maam panu po mg hard reset kng wla xa display. starmobile lng po display nya.tnx po

  2. tulong naman po dyan, full bars ang signal pero ayaw lumabas nang 3g baka may kulang sa settings ko sa APN…..

    • look for your server minsan may mga area na mahina ang 3G/HSDPA even fullbar ang signal bar try mo lumipat ng location kapag may time ka or kelangan mo mag manual request ng gprs setting(smart/globe/sun)

  3. paano po ulit mabubuksan ang tablet ko
    nakalimutan ko kc ung pattern tas ayaw mag log in ung google acc. ko HELP plss :(

  4. HELP nyo nman po ako paano i hard reset ung starmobile engage 7.0″ android 4.0 . pls help i need my tablet back kc maraming important files dun :( i realy realy need help anyone? plssss …

  5. ano po yong gagawin. ginamit ko yong phone ko na myphone coonecting to starmobile gamit yong usb connector nang myphone. pangtanggal ko sa connector yong starmobile tab ko di na gumagana. para naman syang naka on kasi umiilaw yong screen. ang problema, wala naman akong makita. pls help po.

    • you need to reboot the system; dapat maalam ka sa way na to kasi medyo risk kapag kulang sa info.or knowledge about OS ng android soft reboot lang gagawin mo phonebook at kunting file lang ang hindi marerecover o e backup u muna sa sdcard

  6. clear ba atsaka maliwanag ba ang camera nito pag gabi?? pls answer because i am planning to buy this tablet and i am looking for a tablet na mura pero clear yung camera….pls answer

  7. sir/madam ,
    panu po gagawin ayaw magtuloy mag open ng s akin h’gang logo ng android lang po pls help nman po thx

  8. Paano po ba ma-activate ang aking Sun Broadband(Alcatel One touch x090S) sa Starmobile Engage 9?

  9. kailan po yung time tapos na ma-iinstall yung broadband? yung sa kin kc ang tagal nakalagay lng sa tablet ko installing pa raw

  10. Bakit po ba madaling mag low battery yung tablet ko hanggang kailan po ba maglolow battery yung tab ko please give me an advise thank you

  11. Bakit po hindi ko mai connect ung engage 9 tablet ko sa PLDTmyDsl na wifi? meron din po ba same prob. d2? thanks po

  12. pwede po ba dito mag-install ng external webcam sa engage 7-Tv? like logitech webcam..mga ganyan? compatible po kaya?

  13. Is it possible to re-set the Star Mobile Engage, nagpunta n ako s victory mall s service center ng Star Mobile pero hindi kaya ng nag assist skin kya pinapupunta ako sa Pasig.. Bakit hindi kayang support ung concern ko samantalang authorized service center ng star mobile ang victory mall s 3rd floor.. S Pasig ba kaya akong support kze plan ko na magpunta this coming week..????????

  14. Bkt laging nag foforce close ung star mob. Engage9 q?? Wait or close ung lumalbas pag nag hang xa answer pls…

  15. Eileen Clemente says:

    Good morning. We just bought a Starmobile Engage 7 TV and we cannot save downloaded files to the external sd card. May I request assistance on how to access the external memory?

    Thanks in advance.

    • hindi lahat ng apps pwedeng ilagay sa sd card,ung iba lng unless kapag nakaroot na ung tablet pwede lahat kahit ung system apps

      • I have the same problem with my engage 7. yes hindi nga lahat ng apps pwde ma move sa sd but in this case laha talaga ng apps d pwde. wlang problema yung sd card ko kasi ive tried it on my phone. ang problema is ang tablet talaga. kailangan ba e-root pra mabago ang os>

  16. George Cervantes says:

    Good morning mga technicians natin jan, pa help nmn.. hndi kasi nag popower ung starmobile engage tablet ko, hndi nag oon, na overcharge yta to or dahil sa charger. panu ko ba to maopen ulit. or ma hardreset or ma format nlng ma on lng sya.. tnx.. help plz

    • kung d siya nagpopower, you have no choice kundi dalhin sa pinakamalapit na starmobile service center mahirap magself repair baka lalo pa masira(pero di ko sure kung sakop sya ng warranty at kung magkanu ang babayaran mo para maayos)

  17. May sim slot po ba ang tablet nato? kung meron, makakapag net ba ko using the surfing promos ng globe?

  18. Di po ako maka connect sa wifi ,,, starmobile engage 7tv po gamit ko.. Please help,

  19. Hi I just wanted to ask help from you guys….
    Paano ba mag save ng blue toothed files sa SD card?…
    Default nya kasi sa phone memory napupunta….
    Need your expertise guys… thanks

  20. Paano ba tanggalin yong pag vibrate ng astra at diamond phones ko?…. Hindi ko kasi makita sa settings eh… need your help….

  21. Thanks for that…. but paano ba iset yung SD card as default?

  22. MAY ENGAGE 7 TV AKO UN LATEST MODEL NG STARMOBILE. GUMAGANA UN SOUNDS NG ANALOG TV PERO KAPAG YUNG ANY FUCTION SA ANDROID NA WALA NA SOUNDS OF ANY KIND, 2ND TIME KO NA ETO DADALHIN SA SERVICE CENTER UN UNA SA LCD TAPOS PINALITAN NILA, BAKIT SOBRA DAMI ATA ISSUE NG STARMOBILE TABLETS, BAKIT KAILANGAN PA DALIHIN SA SERVICE CENTER PARA LANG I HARD RESET. BAKIT HNDI GUMAGANA UN RECOVERY SYSTEM. GANYAN BA TALAGA MGA GAWANG PINOY O STARMOBILE LANG. HINDI KO MASISI UN IBANG NAG REREKLAMO. ANG GALING GALING NILA MAG MARKETING PERO WALA NMN QUALITY. WALA RIN SUMASAGOT SA CONTACT CENTER NILA

  23. Hi,

    Can anyone tell me if there’s a way to transfer apps or files to SD card from system storage or internal storage? All I’m seeing is trasfer from internal to system and vice versa.

  24. compatible ba ang pdf files dito?

  25. What do u mean by storage may be in use.? Di po ako kaka download ng apps .coulndt I stall on USB or sd card po nag appear pag nag install ako. Ano po prob dun thnx Poznan.

    • engage9user says:

      Anyone of you have the original firmware of ENGAGE 7 and 9?? Kasi Nag Stuck n lng s logo yung engage 9 q sana may marunong mag dump d2 khit SYSTEM.IMG lng ng engage.. thanks..

  26. hi. may starmobile engage 9 po ang kapatid ko. bago pa lang nabili, almost a month na tapos ngayon parati mag.freeze sa startup. di namin magamit. ba’t ganito? pa.help naman po please. :(

    na.reset na din namin pero ganun pa din. :(

  27. weak ng starmobile shit!

  28. Panget ng starmobile engage 7hd andaming problema

  29. pano po maghard reset?

  30. 1 month old pa lng ung engage7 naghahung na palagi hindi mo na magamit ng matino,laging not responding,do you like to close,wait,report,then nakahung na,reset mo after a few minutes ganun po uli,ano po magandang gawin,pls.reply……

  31. mary grace ayala says:

    Hello help please 3 days pa lang ung starmobile engage 7 ko nag full charge naman sya after an hour hindi ko na ma open ung starmobile please help naman ang mahal pa naman ng bili namin tapos hindi ko naman magamit ng maayos :-(

  32. Hi, help naman po with my Starmobile Engage 7tv, pano ko ma-access yung files ko na nasa external hdd? Pag kinonek ko yung usb, directory empty daw? Appreciate your reply.. thanks!

  33. chichirikai keogh says:

    hi pwede nyo po ba ako matulungan? may starmobile engage 7tv po ako kaso po ang problema ko po ay yung skype everytime i signing out my skype and gusto ko pong i log in ang skype ng mama ko sa tablet ko kaso po pag open ko ng skype yung account ko pa rin po ang lumalabas kahit po na sign out ko na cya… ano po ba ang damit gamit please reply po… maraming salamat po

  34. ask lang po,.!ang tablet engage 7 po ba pwedeng gamitan ng broadband?may signal po kasi kaso d mainstall,anu po ang gagawin ko?

  35. Paano po ba mapa reinstall ng system o OS yung starmobile tablet ko, kasi po nag hang sya hanggang dun sa android text and ang sabe nila is system crush daw and needs to reinstall ng system, where can I get a copy of that or have it reinstalled? I’m from Angeles City po. thank you!

  36. Meron po bang nakakalam magroot ng Engage 7TV? I’ve tried all root tool/technique I’ve read here, pero it didn’t work. Patulong naman po. Maraming salamat!

  37. Meron po bang nakakalam magroot ng Engage 7TV? I’ve tried all root tool/technique I’ve read here, pero it didn’t work. I’m not really tech savvy so I would really appreciate your help. Maraming salamat!

  38. tulong nmn po yung external card ko hindi binbasa nung engage 7 hd marami na po akong na try na apps internal pa rin yung binabasa kailangan pang iroot hirap na hirap na ko gusto ko ng sumuko

  39. Hey, may tanong ako
    ilan ung internal/system memory ng mga Engage7tv niyo?

    Sabi dun sa box nung nabili namin 4GB, pero up to 2GB lang nagagamit ko, asan na yung extra 2GB?

  40. i got starmobile tablet engage 7 for almmost 2 months now, i was playing earlier with my sisters tas nung mag next level na ung game bigla na lng ngstick sa loading yung screen. i tried the back button on the screen and the lock button several times but its not working. please somebody help me!

  41. Hi,ask ku lang po kz ung htc q nka stuck lang sa logo,,ayw mag open,, ng try na po aq mag recovery pati factory reset,,kaso ganun pa din… Pa help po,,thanks,, ;)

  42. help naman po paano po ma save ang mga application na install na tapos po pag na loabat na po nawawala din.

  43. 2 days pa lang engage 8 3g ko naghang up paano ba maaalis ito?

  44. ask ko lng po..ano po brand nga mga android tablet ang pwde po maconnect sa projector?for presentation lng po…thanks po

  45. geraldo says:

    i am a victim of STARMOBILE. they did not honor the 7 day replacement period. so friends and enemies, BEWARE…DONT BE THE NEXT VICTIM. STARMOBILE’S SUPPORT SERVICE IS NOT SUPPORTIVE AT ALL. WALA KANG MAAASAHAN.

  46. Nikka Buhayan says:

    Hi po

    Bkit anG engage 7tv 4gb ang internal memory but when I physically check the tablet, 1gb lng? At pano din mag transfer ng apps from internal storage to removable SD card

  47. paano po ba mag video call sa skype .. ng starmobile engage 9 ?

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