Coolpad Note 3
Android Lollipop/Dual SIM/Octa Core/3GB RAM/16GB Memory/5.5 inch HD/13 MP+5MP/3000 mAh/4G LTE
The Indian smartphone market is growing at a rapid pace, and the world is taking notice. Chinese Smartphone manufacturer Coolpad has introduced another handset in the Indian market, the Coolpad Dazen Note 3. The Phone is available exclusively via Amazon at a price of Rs 8,999. But what sets it apart from other budget Smartphones in the price bracket is the fingerprint sensor located on the back, which no other smartphone manufacturer, as of now offers at this price point.
Strong Built and Cool Design
In terms of overall design, the phone looks pretty standard with rounded edges the metal frame along the phone does give it a nice touch. On the front, you get the in-call speaker, LED notification light, the 5-MP front camera and three capacitive touch buttons. The volume rocker can be found on the left while the power button is located on the top.
The 3.5-mm headphone jack and the micro USB port are located on the top and bottom of the device respectively. Flip the phone over and you get the 13-MP primary camera lens along with LED flash, the main speaker and some Coolpad branding. Below the Primary camera lies the star of the show, the fingerprint Sensor. It might appear to be a unique place to position the sensor, but in fact, it is quite practical as your index finger will always be nearby the sensor while holding the device.
HD Display with Awesome Clarity
The Dazen Note 3 includes a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD Display with 1280×720 pixels with a pixel density of 267-PPI. The display is bright and offers nice colour reproduction. The viewing angles are also quite good with the company offering a 178-degree wide visibility range. Although one might have to invest in a good tempered screen protectors as the phone does not include Corning Gorilla glass protection.
Lag Free Performance with LPDDR3 3GB RAM and 64-bit processor
Under the hood of the Dazen Note 3 is an Octa-core 64-bit 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6753 chipset along with 3-GB LPDDR3 RAM. The MediaTek chipset coupled with 3-GB of RAM is bound to offer seamless multitasking and a lag free entertainment. In terms of gaming, the Mali GPU is a bit weaker when compared to the Adreno GPU of Snapdragon. But turning the graphic intensity of HD games to low one would be able to experience negligible frame drops.
Huge Memory and Indian 4G LTE
The phone has an inbuilt memory of 16-GB, which can be expanded upto 64-GB via a micro-SD card. This is a dual SIM phone with 4G LTE capabilities.
Operating system, User interface and Fingerprint sensor
The device comes with Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box. On top of Android Lollipop is Coolpad’s own UI ‘Cool UI 6.0’. The Cool UI is highly customizable users can change the entire look and feel of their UI. The UI offers the user options to select a standard app drawer style icon arrangement or keep all icons on the home screen panels, like the MIUI. Even with such amount of customizations the Cool UI is incredibly light and responsive.
The Fingerprint sensor responds really well and the response time is also low. Along with unlocking the phone, the sensor can be used for a vast majority of other functions. The user can customize different fingers to open different applications, such as the ring finger for opening camera app, index finger for Dialer, etc. The user can also lock apps through fingerprints. This is highly useful for keeping sensitive data such as emails, or chat messages private and secure.
Impressive Camera with FHD Recording
The phone comes with a 13-MP autofocus Primary Camera with LED Flash. The camera is able to produce good details in the clicked images and the colour reproduction is also very good. You will find the colours really close to the natural colours, which is always a good thing. But in low lighting condition the camera fails to impress as there is a lot of noise in the images. The camera app also includes a pro mode which enables to adjust all settings manually in order to get you perfect image.
The 5-MP front-facing camera is also able to produce perfect Selfies and it features a gesture recognition mode to click images.
Mammoth Battery with Power saving features
The phone features a 3000mAh non-removable battery. The phone’s software is also configured with various battery saving modes. The battery should provide you ample juice to last an entire day with a full charge on moderate usage.
- Huge power backup
- Highly effective and responsive finger sensor
- Good primary camera
- Excellent 3GB RAM
- Non-removable Battery
This Coolpad Note 3 phablet packs in a lot of features and is the only phone in its price bracket to offer a fingerprint sensor and 3GB LPDDR3 RAM. The fingerprint sensor is really fast and responsive, in fact, we weren’t expecting such a good performance from the sensor.
The Display though not being full HD is actually really good and offers a really bright display. Overall this phone does not fail to impress us. It has got everything one could expect from this price and even more. Not many Smartphones offer a 3GB RAM in this price bracket. But Coolpad being new to the Indian market still needs to work upon it’s after sale support, and that is the only factor that might appear as a negative to some.
Samsung Galaxy J2
Android Lollipop/Dual SIM/Quad Core processor/1GB RAM/8GB Memory/4.7 qHD/Super Amoled/5MP+2MP/2000 mAh/4G LTE
Samsung is better known for offering cheap phones in the budget segment. However, the brand is trying to change this situation. Since the unveiling of Galaxy S6, Samsung has launched many budget smartphones that can be considered a viable option for the budget customer. One such product is the Samsung Galaxy J2 that was announced last month and it is currently available at the price of 8499 rupees. This phone has earned a lot of appreciation from the experts as the features that it offers are really great.
Super AMOLED Display
At the price point, real IPS display is not common then Samsung is offering an impressive screen with a super AMOLED 4.7-inch display on the Galaxy J2. Although the pixel density of 234 PPI is not much exciting but the graphics that get reproduced on the screen are really appealing. Viewing angles are wide and also the contrast ratio is super high.
One of the main attractions of the Galaxy J2 is the support of Indian 4G LTE networks. Users will be able to enjoy speeds up to 150 Mbps on this device. Moreover, the phone also features two SIM cards on the back.
The phone does feature a plastic body, but its looks are really appreciable. It carries the same design that was featured on the Galaxy S6. This smartphone also feels much comfortable in the hand.
Camera Offers Manual Settings
You might not find the Galaxy J2 that much appealing on the front of optics because it comes with a 5 MP rear camera, which is not capable of capturing great details. But the one thing that might impress you is the settings panel that offers manual exposure, white balance and ISO controls. The front 2-MP camera is good for video conferencing, but not for taking Selfies.
Quad Core Processor
This phone offers a smooth and snappy interface. Its 1.3 GHz quad-core processor is capable of handling all kinds of tasks flawlessly. The 1-GB of RAM will provide a decent multitasking experience to the users.
The Samsung Galaxy J2 does not offer the best gaming experience in this segment. Frame drops are noticeable even while playing light graphics games like Temple Run 2. One great relief is that this Samsung champ does not suffer from the heating problem.
The phone failed to impress our team in the benchmarking tests. Anyway, the scores that it got are listed below.
- AnTuTU: 21745
- Vellamo Metal: 826
- PCMark: 339
Surprisingly, the Galaxy J2 runs on Android 5.1.1 right out of the box. Moreover, you will not find a great number of bloatware apps on this phone, which is certainly a great thing.
- Super AMOLED display panel
- Simple interface
- Local languages are supported
- Pro camera mode
- 4G LTE
- Mali-T720 GPU
- Low battery backup
- Intensive gaming results in frame drops
With the launch of Galaxy J2, which is a solid mid-range budget 4G LTE phone, Samsung appears to be looking back to its lost ground in the ten thousand rupees price basket. This Samsung gadget has been well-received in the Indian market. However, it does not offer a decent user experience, which is a key factor for the most users to buy Samsung phone.
Lava Iris Fuel F1
Android Lollipop/Dual SIM/Quad Core Processor/8GB Memory/OTG/2GB RAM/5 inch 480P/8MP+2MP/4000 mAh
Lava is doing really great with its Iris Fuel series. It looks like customers are ready to sacrifice their design aspiration in return of a durable battery. The Lava Iris Fuel F1 was launched just a few weeks ago and is already attracting a lot of budget customers. At just 7,849 rupees, it offers a massive 4000 mAh battery and 2-GB of RAM.
Five inches 480P Display Panel
The Lava Fuel F1 flaunts a huge 5-inch display panel that offers a resolution of 480 X 854 pixels. Thanks to the IPS technology that result in high contrast ratio and great viewing angles. However, the low pixel density of 196 is certainly a great disappointment. Some manufacturers are even offering HD displays in this price segment.
Because of the massive battery inside, the thickness of this device has increased, however, this does not mean it looks bad. The metallic finish on the edges gives this phone a premium look. Moreover, Lava has used decent quality materials for making the outer shell of the Iris Fuel F1. Power and volume keys are located on the right side and give a good feedback when pressed.
Long Battery Backup
Considering the low-resolution display, the 4000 mAh non-removable battery will offer at least 1.5 days of power backup. However, it will take a lot of time to charge the battery considering its huge size.
This phone is not a performance beast. It houses only a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor that does not return good scores in benchmarking tests. The good thing, however, is that the 2-GB RAM makes this phone highly suitable for multitasking. You will not face frequent app crashes that result from the low memory problem. The Mali-400 GPU easily handles the graphics of the interface, but when it comes to intensive graphics, be sure to expect some stutters and frame drops.
Full HD Video Recording
With the 8-MP rear shooter of this smartphone, users will be able to record full HD videos. the Camera interface is simple, but not loaded with a bunch of extra features. The rear camera is also good at shooting detailed snaps though low light photography is a concern. HDR pictures can be captured with the front 2-MP sensor.
The Lava F1 offers near stock Android 5.1 experience to the users. Also, the user interface is snappy, but there are some bloatware applications that might annoy you.
- Great battery life
- Can record full HD videos
- Runs Android 5.1 out of the box
- IPS display panel
- 2 GB of RAM
- Dual SIM
- No 4G support
- Low pixel density
The only reason why I do not like this phone is its low pixel density. Color reproduction and viewing angles are great but lacking details while playing games or watching videos makes the whole experience undesirable. But if you find the 480P display serving the purpose, then the Lava Iris Fuel F1 can prove to be a great option.