Torque Ego One P1199 Budget Phone Unboxing and First Thoughts

Sometimes you need a phone to tide you over, or serve as back up, and Torque has it – the Ego One, a 3.5-inch P1199 Android that will get the job done. Here’s our unboxing and first impressions.

The box and packaging are strikingly clean and the black and white motif is lovely. The small body is all black and shiny plastic all over, and curves in your hand; nice to hold. The buttons on the left side are easy to find. Being a small phone – with only a 3.5-inch display – everything on the body and the display are easy to reach. The plastic rear cover snaps off quickly and snug fits back securely, providing quick access to the removable battery, dual SIM trays, and micro SD card tray.

  • With rear cover removed.
  • The plastic cover attracts dust and fingerprints, so keep wiping it.
  • Display color vibrance and contrast are acceptable.
  • Same with viewing angles, they're good enough.
  • Easy to find volume and power buttons.
  • Charging and headphone ports on top.

Although a small phone, typing is acceptable and gets the job done. The front and back cameras perform surprising well, with sufficient speed in capturing photos. The display doesn’t lose a lot of contrast when viewed from the sides, which is surprising for a budget phone.

Overall, for the features and the P1.2k price tag, the Ego One is an acceptable budget phone.

  • Simple camera UI gets the job done.
  • Rear camera photos, with enough light, are decent.
  • Selfie camera was also okay. This is Raffy of
  • Don't underestimate that small keyboard. You'll get used to it in no time.

Since this, again, is a budget phone, taken for granted features like being able to read USB OTG flash drives and having backlit capacitive keys are not there and can be forgiven. Plastic body is also prone to fingerprints, as you’ve seen in the pictures, but provides enough grip so the phone doesn’t slip out of your hand.


Torque Ego One Full Specs

3.5 Inch HVGA 480 x 320 resolution
1 GHz single core processor | 256 MB RAM
512 MB storage, up to 32GB via micro SD slot
3 MP w/ LED flash rear camera | 3 MP front
1,000 mAh removable battery
Android 4.4 Kitkat, Dual SIM
WiFi, Bluetooth, FM Radio, GPS, A-GPS
SRP is P1,199

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Irwin Allen Rivera loves his wife's cooking so much he's now twice the man he used to be. His English essay won a Don Carlos Palanca Memorial Award for Literature in 2012. His philosophical-horror story appeared in Philippine Speculative Fiction 8 (2013). He was managing editor and lead writer of Sites and Symbols 2 (2005), a coffee-table book about buildings in UP Diliman - his alma mater (BA Philosophy; MA Creative Writing continuing). He worked at the UP Diliman Information Office before shifting to web content writing. His sudden fiction, "Notwithstanding Pigs," initially a Friendster testimonial, appeared in Philippines Graphic (2006) and in Very Short Stories for Harried Readers (2007). He used to write for