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.

starmobile engage 1

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.

starmobile engage 2

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

starmobile engage 3

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.

starmobile engage 4

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.

starmobile engage 5

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. Hi, I just got my engage 7hd today. Everything works fine except when I try downloading apps it get an error saying “it could not be downloaded due to an error (error retrieving information from server.(RPC.S-5 AEC-O ). Please help me what to do..thanks

    • yeah i got one to. erroe in downloading, error retreiving info from server. sabi doon sa staff ng starmobile sa wifi daw yun. for me, i don’t believe ksi ok nman wifi doon sa npuntahan ko wla nman ibang ngw2wifi pero ganun pa rin error sa server…

    • Hello po. Yung problem po sa download ay easily fixed lang po. Nangyari yan dahil sa tablet po ninyo mismo kayo nag register nang gmail ninyo po. Para po masimulan ninyo magdownload pumunta po kayo sa google at i open ninyo lang ang gmail ninyo para ma verify sya ng google as a working account. Open nyo lang po account nyo sa desktop mismo or laptop po. sige po. Thank you po.

  2. hi.everyone im juann of cadiz city negros occ.
    i am just ask one question…..
    is the starmobile engage tablet is available in negros occ.
    b’cos i am erning money to buy it……….

  3. Anti_Kimchi says:

    DEC 25th 2012! I bought two units yesterday at the price of 4,990P each! I wanted to install games before the kids opened their presents, so I tried to do so on the 24th. Farmville installed, but then it would NOT run due to the fact it didn’t have permission to run on Android. After I uninstalled it I could not re-download it. (Magic Jack nor Viber are compatible.) Could NOT get the GLOBE USB 3G Dongle to work at the shop where I bought them. It DID however accept a flash memory USB stick! Very cool!! You will have to go to SETTINGS for Skype to enable the video. Tango works too! (I miss the iPod style  HOME BUTTON). Responsiveness isn’t too bad for a unit costing this little. It take a little getting used to it. Back to apps: VLC is in Beta. It didn’t work well. I had to convert Matroska (MKV) files to MP4 files so they could be viewed. Good old Quicktime 7 Pro converts with ease.
    Any questions? Just ask.
    AK

    • always convert your video to mp4, mahirapan ang hardware neto magplay ng big files. try mo mx player instead of vlc.

      • Anti_kimchi says:

        Yes, thank you. All I have to do is open the movie with QuickTime and save as a movie. So easy.

        Gentlemen,
        I wrote my comments in English. In that way the majority of the World can read it. 
        Update: got my Globe 3G doggie to work. Connected to the Internet at a higher speed than my PLDT Wi-Fi. Got 5 Bars at the bottom Along with the 3G to light up. 
        Skype: after log in video can be enabled. In Tango it was automatic. I believe Starmobile does not want its users to be able to use Teleohone/calling apps, hence Viber and Magicjack don’t work. 
        As for creating a HOT SPOT there is no setting for that. I’m new to android. Perhaps there’s an app for that?

      • Anti_kimchi says:

        Yes, thank you. All I have to do is open the movie with QuickTime and save as a movie. So easy.

        Gentlemen,
        I wrote my comments in English. In that way the majority of the World can read it. 
        Update: got my Globe 3G doggie to work. Connected to the Internet at a higher speed than my PLDT Wi-Fi. Got 5 Bars at the bottom Along with the 3G to light up. 
        Skype: after log in video can be enabled. In Tango it was automatic. I believe Starmobile does not want its users to be able to use Telephone/calling apps, hence Viber and Magicjack don’t work. 
        As for creating a HOT SPOT there is no setting for that. I’m new to android. Perhaps there’s an app for that?

  4. paano po mareset nalock pattern po kasi.
    thank you!

  5. hi po, pano ko po ma activate yung portable wi-fi hot spot using globe ayaw kasi maconnect nasesearch naman sya malakas siganal kaso pag open na ng browser no connecyion na po… pano po maactivate at anu required n network globe ayaw eh..

    • Anti_kimchi says:

      Sorry Jasmin. Can’t help.

      • hi,how can I unlock my starmobile engage,pls help me find a way,I’ve just got my unit december…hope u can help me find the solution.thanks

    • Anti_kimchi says:

      I only speak jaoanese and English. Are you saying you tried to connect a Globe USB 3G dongle to an engage 7? It does work! As for using the engage 7 for a HOT SPOT for sharing there’s no setting for that like on an android phone.

      You have to change the settings on the engage.

      Now, if you have a MACBOOK PRO you can easily set up a share network using your USB dongle. Easy as 123!

  6. Hi i just go my strmobile HD yestrdy i am usingmy globe dongle, signal is turns blu ise whch means signal
    is good as written on its manual, kya lang loading slowy then later on ang mag aapear network is not working sumthing like that,kht full bar ang signarl, and on thing ore am using prepaid dko alam panu iregister ang tatoo ko sa super sure,

  7. This tablet is cheap and ugly! It’s only for poor people who can hardly afford to even buy this stupid Filipino owned device!

  8. HI… ask ko lang po if na experience nyo na weak sya makaconnect sa wifi sa open na lugar?

    • Anti_kimchi says:

      In my experience I have connected to the Internet 3 different ways:
      1. My Wi-Fi set up at my home.
      2. Using a USB 3G dongle directly connected to the Engage.
      3. Sharing a 3G connection: USB 3G dongle connected to my MBP. (MacBook Pro)

      I would say that as long as the wifi signal you get is really CONNECTED to a modem you should be able to get online. (if it’s not password protected. If it IS password protected TRY to get the password and connect).

      Sorry. No Tag spoken here.

      • hi! we are using wifi router provided by pldt. we put the router at the terrace of our house. other tab can connect easily, while my star mobile is having an instability in connection.
        anyway if i connect to wifi in an enclosed area i have a very good connection. do yo

        • Anti_kimchi says:

          The wifi router here is a Netgear. The signal is strong anywhere in the house and outside. All I can recommend is that you:
          1. Reset using reset button ( far left)
          2. Switch wifi off and on
          3 . Mobile data switched off
          4. Get close to the router. Switch wifi on the engage on. Get a signal. Walk away as far as you can while monitoring the signal.

          Other than that I really don’t have any ideas except for a wi-Fi booster.

          Cheers

  9. available na ba ang starmobile sa c.d.o.?
    i have to for this tabblet

  10. sir panu po eih hard reset??naglagay kasi ako ng password pero napalitan ng misis ko kya di ko mabuksan nkalimutan din yong password…

  11. tina maderazo says:

    hi. can you help me what is the best or compatible broadband for starmobile engage? thnx

    • Anti_kimchi says:

      YES! I can offer some assistance. 

      First of all I have been called a “troll” on this forum under the Nexus 4 topic. I resent that! I have the right to speak freely and I WILL NOT allow the Philippines to RIP ME OFF with their rediculously high price of 24,990p for a $299-$349 phone! Stand up to high prices. 

      Okay. 

      I have successfully connected to the Internet by using:

      1. SMARTBRO Model:WM66A USB dongle

      2. GLOBE Model:E153 Huwei USB dongle. 

      I haven’t tried the Sun Cellular modem, but it is the same model as the Globe. It just uses a different User Interface. 

      Both modems are from 2010. Smart is easier. No settings changes are necessary. Just make sure you have load. 

      The globe modem requires one settings change. Here’s the secret:

      APN. Change the setting from “Internet” to “http”. Just like you would do in your iphone for prepaid. 

      In SETTINGS go to Mobile data. It’s just under WiFi

      1. MOBILE DATA ON. 
      2.  More…
                  Mobile Networks.   
                      Data enabled
                          Access Point Name

      APN… That’s where you would change the settings for Globe. 
      Note: the APN info will appear AFTER the USB dongle is inserted and not before. 

      That’s it! 

      • iPhone_Guy says:

        WOW!! Thank you for your time and effort! It WORKED for me! Thanks again. I can’t understand WHY no one has taken time to thank you.. ungrateful I guess.

  12. Anti_kimchi says:

    I wanted to add one thing… If your broadband is postpaid, Internet will be the correct APN, not http. Http is for prepaid. Got it?

  13. panu ba i unlock if too many pattern attempts? nakalimutan ko gmail account and pw ko? pls help naman po

  14. i just wanna ask..how can i remove the image that i install well actually it is application..its just in the screen.but before that i uninstall..so what will i do.the image still on the screen..but f click.the apps isn’t install.how will i remove that.

    • Hold the icon and drag to “X Remove”, the pop up menu you can see at the top of the screen..hope I help you solve your worries..:-)

  15. my niece got her android engage last december as her sister’s gift for her,unluckily it got locked how can i unlock it?hope you can help me…

    • Anti_kimchi says:

      I had a similar problem with my low grade android phone known as kimchi galaxy y. I searched the web and found an UNLOCKING CODE. I entered the code to allow me to delete data so that I could sell the phone. I had forgotten the gmail password I had been using. This code resets to the default factory settings.

      When you say the Engage 7 is locked you mean you can’t get past the LOCK SCREEN? For security reason you assigned a password whether it was using letters, numbers or the pattern?

      Maybe you can search the web for the answer.

      Sorry I couldn’t be of more help.

  16. Whit3knight says:

    Just like to know kung kailangan pang I-Jailbreak ang starmobile. Ndi ko kasi malaro yung ibang game.

  17. akosiromrom says:

    gumagana po ba ang microsoft power point jan??

  18. i accidentally press the reset button then it shutdown,anybody can help me how to open this tab again? it happened before but the salesman didn’t teach me how to re-open the tab again.

  19. paano po ba makakapag download ng games please help

  20. I have a problem with my Starmobile Engaged rear camera. When I try to use it all I get is a white background. I hope you can help me. Thanks!

  21. paano po mag download ng microsoft… plsss reply..

  22. Tanong lng po,,I’m using starmobile engage 7″ HD..bkit po kpag ng e skype aq,,at ng vvideocall bglang nwawala,,me nlabas ”skype has stopped”..me alam po b kau panu masosolve to,,tnx po..

  23. Tnx calvin,,realy helps!!:-)

  24. hello po..question lang po regarding sa sd card ko.ano po kaya ang problem if i moved the app to sd card hindi po nagbabawas yung total ng mb ng sd card,parang hindi po sya pumapasok sa sa sd card ang data?

  25. Marcu Riomalos says:

    i just baught this gadget but the video call in skype doesnt woork…. please help…

    • Anti_kimchi says:

      Let me tell u a little story. Some stupid low class pinoy said “f you” to me tonite, so guess what? You get no help from me ever again. Figure it out dummy!

  26. need help!
    1 month pa lang ung engage 9 ko… ok naman ung naging performance then lately bumabagal na ndi na sya sensitive… hindi pa sya nababagsak, karaniwan ko lang ginagawa dun surf at games or nuod movie then kanina ok naman sya nakapag calculator p ako after ko gamitin iniscreen lock ko then nung ioopen ko para mag games di sya nagoopen at d nman lowbat nilong press ko ung power baka nag auto shut down ung icon n android lang unti now di cia maoff at ayaw mag open T.T anu ba dapat gawin dito?

  27. anu kaya ngyare sa StarMobile ko ng
    reset ang lahat ng App: nya tapos
    bumalik sa Original na program
    pero pag ng install ako ng App:
    mag install siya kayalang pag ini of
    ku ang StarMobile ko mawala ren yon
    lahat ng ininstall ku help help pls

  28. Iverson Boiser says:

    hello po…gusto ko lang po sanang magpatulong kung papano gamitin ang smartbro broadband ko sa tablet ko..thanks!

  29. pano po mag reset?

  30. hi poh sa lahat ng nakakabasa netuh………

    gustuh ko lng pong magpaturo kung panuh i-on ung globe broadband sa tablet engage???

    d po kc gumagana …kelangan pa ren po bng i set ung apn.

  31. having prob with link2SD. My second partition is ext2. When accessing link2SD after power on, it prompts me to select from(ext2,ext3,ext4,fat32/16)… I have to choose fat for it to work. Is it normal?

  32. is it possible to update to jellybean???

  33. ask ko lang what will i do ayaw syang ma open.. as in pag press ng on button lalabas STARMOBILE then the ADROID after the ANDROID image STARMOBILE logo na naman at HANG na sya.. may naka encounter na po ba sa inyo na nag hang?

  34. fatima rose languban says:

    bakit po di nagana viber ? tango at skype naman nagana

  35. got mine also….but the problem is ….all of the apps installed in the internal memory not in external sd card..also the camera doesnt have an option to select storage location…

    hirap kong laging sa internal nasesave lahat …

  36. hi, I had a motorcycle accident earlier and broke my 2 days old starmobile screen does anyone know if it can be repaired?

  37. hi,I had a motorcycle accident today and broke the screen does anyone know if it can be repaired?

  38. hi I broke the screen,can it be fixed?does anyone know?

  39. hi. im from koronadal city. i just bought starmobile engage 9 two weeks ago… ok naman yung unit. pero kahapon, nung palowbat nxa, at nagsignal ng connect charger parang nagahang na.. haist. hanggang doon nlng xa sa name na starmobile nagastop and nd na magload…. everytime na iconnect ko ang charger, ganun yung nangyayari. kainis. what shall i do ? =[

  40. good day!pwede pa po ba mapalitan ng screen yung engage 9 tablet ko?nagkaroon kasi ng crack,yung isang side lang yung gumagana ng screen.please help..

  41. when i press the menu before, i can see all the applications i downloaded before but now i cannot see some. what happend

  42. Ask k/lng poh kung compatible bah ang smartbro model mf627 sa engage?

  43. eto po problema ko, pano ko po marecover yung mac address at ip address? kasi di po gumagana wifi ko, if wala po nitong dalawa po. eto po yung link http://crunkidhasbeat.tumblr.com/image/45728255567

  44. my problem is d gsensor…my update b dto hw to fix?

  45. ask q lng po bkit wla po video call ng skype q pn0 po ma-activate ung video call.

  46. nicknaks says:

    Ano po ba sng paraan pra maunlock ung starmobile tablet na too many attempt na tapos hindi ko na matandaan ang google accnt ko at password.. plss help:(

  47. nicknaks says:

    Pinatingin ko na sya sa technician, sabi wala p daw software na jilalabas ang starmobile.. totoo ba yun? Di ko na nagagamit yung tab. Panu ba yun?:((

  48. Hi,

    Ask ko lang bakit walang nagaappear na files sa SD card ko. But then, naka-insert naman ito at nag-notify na “SD card mounted” pero kapag tinignan mu na un mga laman wala naman.

    Thanks,
    :)

  49. help me nman po, kc yung cam is super dilim khit may flash na… panu po ba gagawin para luminaw? db ang purpose ng flash is para khit madilim eh ma capture mu cia ng malinaw at maganda.. pero bkit hindi gnun ung nangyayari! help me nman po plsssssss……

  50. My Starmobile Engage has been acting up. Binili ko ito last October 2012. Bihira ko naman gamitin. Lately, bigla na lang namamatay kahit full bar pa ang battery. Twice na nangyari ito, kahit anong gawin ko, blank screen talaga sya, pero mainit, so I think gumagana sa loob. So inaantay ko na lang ma-drain yung battery. pag totally drained na, plug ko na yung charger, mag-oopen na. medyo weird.

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