Tuesday, November 15, 2016

Coolpad Note 5 hands on review

This is reference to my earlier post on Coolpad Note 5 Smartphone specification detail, here you go for one of the finest device and hands on review of Coolpad Note 5 to go with. In general, I normally used to experiment a lot for any device that I buy or get for the review. 

I used to go through most of the detail of the hardware, software, functions and different apps installing and checking them etc. The same case for this device as well. You may find some interesting fact from this device and its review herewith.

Coolpad Note 5 price tag is Rs 10,999 while releasing from Amazon, Oct-Nov 2016. While receiving and unboxing this device Note 5, it has required basic peripherals where some of the high-end device from different brand lacks of it while buying the phone. Yes, it has a quality charger, finest earphone, manual and strong box with Note 5 - the coolest device. 

I got a gold color device which is an awesome, current trend and few of the brands already recently released the device with the same color. Whatsoever, Coolpad Note 5 smartphone stands differently in this race except color. Read this article for more detail on its differences and reviews.


After the mega success of Coolpad Note 3 smartphone sale, Coolpad Note 5 device is not lesser than the earlier one and this device has sold 25000 units within few hour and counts going on. Both (Coolpad Note 3 and 5) different looks as well. The Coolpad Note 5 comes with 4GB of RAM and is powered by 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor. 

This device comes with latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow-based Cool UI 8.0 OS. The user can enjoy the feature of 32GB ROM / internal storage (expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card). Yes, Coolpad Note 5 has a 13MP primary camera and the 8MP front shooter for selfies which is an added advantage. The slim yet powerful device within budget price compare to other brand and segment.


Coolpad Note 5 is a 5.5 inch device with golden color and of course Note series thus a larger screen and little high-end specification. It has Dual Nano SIM slot which user can use it for microSD too. 

The device has a resolution of 1080X1920 pixels. The Coolpad Note 5 include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG, FM, 3G and 4G connectivity. It has sensors like Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer and Ambient light sensor in general.

This gadget is like a competitor to other brands' devices Redmi Note 3 and the LeEco Le2, and still it stands well ahead against them as overall comparison.



Hands on review of Coolpad Note 5:

Other than its box and its content, the Note 5 simply looks awesome with slim design. The 5.5 display and touch helps to go smooth with every move without hangs. The 4GB RAM plays important role too. The connectivity is simply superb whether the user uses data pack or WiFi, doesn't matter. I tested it with 2G speed, 3G speed and WiFi high data connectivity performances, and, all the way it is going very well.


The feature of fingerprint (Coolpad, the first one to brought this feature in the Smartphone market) really rocks though it is not quick as it opens, fingerprint scanner will at least take around 5 seconds whereas there are few other brand gadgets goes with just less than 3 seconds, however, this is not actually a big differences or a comparison to consider as serious.

The camera feature is really awesome. The 13MP camera already achieved a lot from Coolpad Note 3 to this device. The video and photo clarity is an excellent from both the cameras, the front one 8MP which helps for selfie (like Coolpad Mega smartphone) and clarity and the rear one is 13MP which even enriches the overall scene and result.

The Xploree Keyboard (Inbuilt) app helps to go smooth for touch function and typing though it gives little unfavorable move in the beginning. The themes and pictures as inbuilt given in this device are absolutely fantastic. If you have an health and fitness watch then this device will help you more to pair and record your health data like how many steps you have done, calorie burn, how many kilometers you have walked and on.


There are Managers over here, one is Permission manager and the other one is Autorun Manager in setting of Coolpad Note 5. The permission manager is all about 'App permissions' and its detail. The Autorun Manager is all about the Personal apps that already downloaded and its setting (enabled or disabled option) and System Apps and its setting.

Coolpad Note 5 is helpful for a video call as well, the user can use Skype, IMO, Snapchat and other related apps well. Other than this, this device has "Dual App" which helps user to use two different accounts (two FB or WhatsApp account) in just one device.

Picture taken from Coolpad Note 5

Advantages of Coolpad Note 5:
The following five benefits from Coolpad Note 5 gadget in this price segment.
4010mAh battery
4GB of RAM
32GM ROM (internal memory)
Fingerprint scanner in 0.5 seconds (Quick enough)
It supports Dual apps (Dual account in one device, user can create or manage two WhatsApp, FB and on, there is setting to manage it too).

Disadvantage in Coolpad Note 5:

I don’t know with others’ in their Coolpad Note 5 device, but for me, I face little issue like, I am unable to get the city and state drop-down selection from Jio App which let me spent lot of times to get the Jio Bar code for Jio SIM. So, hopefully the same issue for others since Jio team said that some of the 4G device is still not supporting their SIM to move ahead.

The second drawback I found is, unlike Coolpad Note 3, this device let me spent extra minutes to resize the photos within the device. Most of the time unable to resize (reduce) the photo from 1MB to few hundred Kbs.

UPDATE Notes (10 Dec 2016): I stated few disadvantages above and it was at that time when I reviewed it but I kept on trying for JIO SIM Bar code and finally it was received, so, one problem is solved for this handset. 

The second one was, photo or video resize compare to earlier device of Note 3, now this problem also solved after few related apps installed and even without that by resizing in 'Free' mode option. So, both the problem or disadvantages what I mentioned almost solved, really.

Coolpad Note 5 specification:

Find the Coolpad Note 5 Specs over here.

RAM: 4GB
Processor: 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 OS: Android 6.0
Marshmallow-based Cool UI 8.0
Internal memory: 32GB ROM (expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card)
Camera: 13MP primary camera and the 8MP front one
Resolution of 1080X1920 pixels
Battery: 4010mAh non-removable battery
Dimension: 152.00 x 75.70 x 8.85
Weigh: 173.40 grams


Nano SIM slot image: user can use two nano SIM or one nano SIM and one microSD card. If expert tweak the SIM slot then user can use it as two nano SIM and one microSD card SIM upto 64GB memory.

Google Play and Apps detail:
Very few apps though you downloaded then still won't help to use it, just as said like JIO app for getting bar code is not an easy. At the same time, you may download many useful apps and enjoy the features from this device. Like, IMO apps helpful from this device. Not over yet, the user can enjoy Instagram, Skype, WhatsApp, Fingerprint feature (default / inbuilt), QR Scanner, Truecaller, Shareit and on.

The user can set whether to app update automatically or let owner's to decide it based on connectivity and convenient.

Verdict: Paisa vasool device, it can be also considered as cheap and best smartphone and simply superb to carry grand and high-end gadget in this price range.

I took so many photos and videos so far and published in social media. Almost all of them stunning and received appreciation and likes from many for the picture and videos. Great!.
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