Coolpad Max Review

Coolpad entered India about a year ago by partnering with Dazen. But this partnership broke after just a month. After this both the Chinese companies parted ways. The company we know today as Coolpad has focused only on the sub-Rs 10,000 segment market. coolpad note 3 And its two variants have been introduced in the market. At a high price of Rs 24,999 launch Hua Coolpad Max can be called an ambitious project of the company and it is also a step in the series of introducing premium phones.

note 3 all of variants is just like coolpad max It is trying its best to prove to be a premium smartphone. What are the features of Coolpad Max smartphone which comes in metal body, curved-edge glass, great specifications and beautiful box with accessories? Today we will review this new smartphone of Coolpad.

Look and Design
The Coolpad Max comes in a beautiful box printed with golden letters. You can remove this phone from its tray by sliding the box. Below this you will find accessories in many black colored boxes. Along with the phone, you will get a charger with quick-charge support, a flat USB cable, a wired headset, a plastic case, a screen protector, and a SIM ejector pin. The phone is presented with the box in such a way that customers are attracted and take it home as a premium smartphone.

The influence of recently introduced Apple and HTC smartphones can be clearly seen in this device of Coolpad. Our review unit was Royal Gold colour. Apart from this, this phone is also available in Rose Gold color variant. But its Natural Gray variant has not been launched in India, which may disappoint some customers. This design is being used in most of the low cost Android smartphones these days. Gorilla Glass 4 has been provided on the front of the phone for protection. The glass is highly reflective and the edges of the phone shine brightly every time the phone is turned, which can be a bit irritating. There is an earpiece grill, front camera and sensor window above the screen while the space below is empty. Navigation buttons are onscreen.

The power button and hybrid SIM/MicroSD tray is provided on the right side of the phone. You will have to choose between one SIM and one SIM or microSD card in the phone. Volume buttons are provided on the left side. There is a 3.5mm audio socket at the top and a micro-USB port at the bottom which is surrounded by two grills. Out of which only one is the speaker.

The rear panel of the phone is made of matte metal which feels good but has a big white sticker on it with regulatory information. Our review unit was bent which spoiled the overall look of the phone. There is a round fingerprint sensor above the sticker with a shiny ring around it. On the rear, there is a camera on the top right side with a two-tone flash on one side and a hole for the mic on the other.

The phone is very comfortable to hold, although it could have been better by making the edges a little more rounded. The phone is a bit heavy and weighs 170 grams. The rear of the phone is a bit slippery. We found it much better to hold the phone with the plastic protective case. Overall, the Coolpad Max is definitely a premium looking smartphone but not the most attractive phone to come at this price.

Specification
Coolpad Max is also called Coolpad A8. This phone is available with different hardware in different countries. Our review unit was the India launched variant which comes with a 1.5 GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 4 GB RAM and 64 GB internal storage. At this price, the processor can be called a little weak but the storage and RAM are better than expected.

The phone has a 5.5 inch screen with 1080×1920 pixel resolution which is good for phones of this price these days. The Coolpad Max sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with dual-tone flash and phase-detection autofocus. Front camera is 5 megapixel. Recording up to 1080 pixels can be done with both cameras. The phone has a 2800 mAh battery which is non-removable. The battery supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0 technology and the company promises that the phone can provide up to 3 hours of talk time in just 5 minutes of charging.

Indian Band 3 and 40 LTE support is available on both SIMs in the phone. For connectivity, Wi-Fi AC, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, FM radio and USB OTG are provided. Only 64 GB storage can be increased in the phone through microSD card. NFC and infrared support found in other phones are not in Coolpad Max.

Overall, Coolpad Max has strong specifications except the processor. The processor given in Coolpad Max is being given in low priced phones today. This phone of Coolpad can give a tough competition to most of the flagship smartphones available today priced above Rs 40,000. Coolpad is hopeful that the Max’s software features, design and design will attract customers. However, if you are looking for 4K video recording and 3D game features, then you will have to look for some other option.

Software
Coolpad’s cool UI on top of Android 5.1 Lollipop allows for a lot of customization. It has some very good features and some strange features too. For starters, the default skin is based entirely on sepia-tone which vaguely resembles the gold body but makes app icons very difficult to identify. We didn’t like the look of the phone and had to go into the Themes app to get something better. All app icons and widgets are located at the bottom of the homescreen and unlike other Coolpad devices, there’s no ‘traditional mode’ with an app drawer. Additionally, there are some confusing text labels due to the translation from Chinese to English.

The phone’s dialer, contact list and messaging functions are combined into a single app with a one-tab interface. This is not a big problem but it is a bit awkward to use for the first time. The phone comes with the default keyboard TouchPal 2015 which has all the preset phrases, a full-screen mode and an optional T9 layout. Apart from this, Google’s Hindi/Hinglish keyboard will also be available.

Some pre-installed apps also come in the phone. Cool Manager lets you free up RAM, track data usage, monitor power consumption, and tweak app permissions. Apart from this, selected callers can also be blocked. You can lock the app with fingerprint and through the app called Cool Service, you can search the authorized service center from the map and call them.

There are some other little fun features in the Settings app. By enabling split-screen mode, you can run an app in two independent frames. Apart from this, the color and layout of the onscreen navigation buttons can also be changed. If you find the screen too far to reach with your finger at once, you can enable the floating button which brings up a circular menu with a number of control options. The ‘Do Not Disturb’ feature in Zen Mode has a schedule that can be removed for important contacts or alerts.

One thing that is a bit annoying is that you can’t easily secure personal things with a passcode or fingerprint. The Space Management section of the Settings app is protected and lets you hide the Dock icon and quick settings bar. After this, you can register your fingerprint by going to the fingerprint management app.

Talking about Samsung, Blackberry and Nokia, they have used such features to keep the user’s work and personal data separate. It seems that this feature implemented by Coolpad has been brought more for personal data security than corporate data security. This feature is based on the secure space of Graphite software developer. But it does not include all the features.

performance
The Coolpad Max responds well to most situations but does get quite hot during prolonged use. Even during normal use, the phone starts heating up after some time. Everything works brilliantly on the phone but the phone does not feel comfortable to hold while playing games. Apart from this the phone works better everywhere.

The screen of the phone is sharp and bright and the colors look quite impressive. Games and movies can be enjoyed better without the reflections at the edges of the screen. The speaker is loud enough for normal use and the headset that comes with the phone (which looks like Apple’s EarPods) can be said to be fine for music.

The fingerprint reader in the phone works quite fast but it does not respond correctly every time. It works better the second time you try it than the first time. Switching between spaces takes about 10 seconds and the company that has licensed Coolpad says that this has very little impact on performance. We did not see any significant difference in the performance of the phone with Private Space.

In benchmarking test we got decent figures from the phone. The graphics score was a bit weak. Apart from this, recently launched low-cost lenovo zuk z1 ,review) And moto g4 plus ,review) got the same figures.

The camera of Coolpad Max is very good and the pictures come out clear and noise free. Along with this the texture also comes good. Field effects in close-up shots also come with depth. But there is a problem while locking the focus due to which the pictures taken even in good light turn out to be blurry. Good pictures can be taken from the phone even in low light. But the problem of ugliness of photographs occurs here also. Video recorded at 1080 pixels is fine but looks a bit dull.

In our video loop test, the phone’s battery lasted 8 hours 41 minutes. During normal use, we were able to use the phone for a day and the quick charge feature is very useful. You do not need to charge the phone the whole day and the phone gets fully charged in just a few minutes.

our decision
Coolpad definitely wants to strengthen its presence in India. Coolpad Max is a good phone but its overheating and its high price are big problems. Perhaps the price of the phone is high because of the private space feature and design.

The Private Space feature is nice but the phone doesn’t have a built-in privacy solution that lets you manage your personal data when the IT administrator at your office manages sensitive information and policies.

Talking about the features, in this phone you will get Samsung Galaxy A5 (2016) ,review) provides better features. The biggest problem is that You get the same features in other low priced phones also. Even if their look is not premium. If you want great features and good money spend then you can choose Coolpad Max but if you think that you can live without the unique features of Coolpad Max then you can save some of your money.

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