Affordable smartphones seem to be the trend these days, as both local and foreign manufacturers release a bevy of wallet friendly devices. For its part, SKK Mobile has come out with its contender into the entry level scene, the Glimpse 2. And it comes with a 4 inch screen and retails for P1,999. What's in the box: The Glimpse 2 retail package comes with a charger, data cable and a set of earphones. Hardware and Display: Key Specs: \t4.0 inch WVGA LCD display (800 x 480; 233ppi) \t1.2GHz MT6572 dual-core processor \tMali400MP GPU \t512MB of storage (+microSD of up to 32GB) \t256MB of RAM \t2MP rear cam w\/ flash; VGA front cam \tWiFi; 2G\/Edge \tDual Sim card (microSIM and a regular SIM) \tFM Radio, Torch app, customizable theme launchers \t1300mAh battery \tAndroid\u00a0 4.2.2 Jelly Bean \tP1,999 The 4.0 inch screen is bright and colors are vivid. Viewing angles are good for a phone at this price point. Design: With looks reminiscent of the iPhone 5C, the Glimpse 2 is made of glossy plastic all around. It fits nicely in the hand, and feels very very light. It\u2019s attractive enough that you might second guess it for a unit with a higher price. The glossy body makes the phone a bit slippery to hold at times, and it creaks when pressed and prodded. But with a retail price of P1,999, those minor hiccups are acceptable. \u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0\u00a0 On top, you\u2019ll see the micro USB port and the headphone jack. The right side has the power and volume buttons. At the bottom, you have the speaker grill. The left side does not have any buttons. Performance and Battery Life: Thanks to Jelly Bean\u2019s project butter, you\u2019ll notice almost immediately that the user interface (UI) runs smooth. Swiping across the launcher is surprisingly fast and snappy. The dual-core processor does a pretty good job on keeping things almost lag free. It stutters from time to time, but it\u2019s good enough for a P1,999 smartphone.\u00a0You\u2019ll remember the 256MB RAM when you start opening and using apps. That\u2019s when lag suddenly rears its ugly head. Battery life is about average to good. With light to moderate use, the 1300mAh battery was enough to last at least a day. If you\u2019re the type who like to see benchmarks, here are a couple of scores for you to consider. Antutu Benchmark Scores: \u00a0 Linpack Single Thread and Multi Thread Scores: \u00a0 Software\/Customization: The Glimpse 2 runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with SKK\u2019s UI on top. You can also change the icons and choose from 6 different themes through the HY launcher\u2019s settings. The windows animations and the app drawer\u2019s transition effects can also be changed. \u00a0\u00a0 \u00a0 Camera: Not much can be expected from the cam at this price,\u00a0but performance was decent for a 2MP sensor. The camera app is fast, and the images are good enough for social media. Details are a bit muted, but at least the colors were okay. Here are some sample photos taken using the main cam. You can click on the image to enlarge it. \u00a0 Wrap Up: Before we wrap up the review, let\u2019s take a quick look at the Glimpse 2\u2019s advantages and disadvantages. Advantages: \tPrice \t4.0 inch display \tDesign and weight \tSmooth and snappy launcher \tLauncher themes Disadvantages: \tInternal storage could an upgrade \tRAM is a bit anemic \tNo 3G If you are planning to jump into the world of smartphones for the first time and don\u2019t want to strain your wallet, then the SKK Glimpse 2 is a good start. The smartphone offers all the necessary things you would normally need. For the low price (of P1,999), you\u2019ll get a bright 4.0 inch display, a smooth UI, and a good looking design. The Glimpse 2 is available in SKK stores and kiosks nationwide for P1,999.