Review, hands on Coolpad Note 5

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coolpad note 5

Review, hands on Coolpad Note 5

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coolpad note 5

cool pad note 5

Recently we reviewed Coolpad Note 5, which offers good specs on paper with 4 GB RAM and 5.5 Full HD display.Overall, Coolpad Note 5 available in two colors Gold and Space grey, offers balanced performance considering its price range and segment.  Let’s have a look at various features of this smartphone which makes it compete with Xiaomi Redmi 3S.


  • 13MP primary camera with autofocus and 8MP front facing camera with flash


  • 13.97 centimetres (5.5-inch) FHD IPS capacitive touchscreen with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution and 401 ppi pixel density


  • Android 6.0 + CoolUI operating system with 1.5 GHz, Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 MSM8952 octa-core,


  • 4GB RAM, 32GB internal memory expandable up to 64GB and dual SIM (nano+nano (hybrid)) dual-standby (4G+4G) with VoLTE


  • 4010 mAh battery providing talk-time of 8 hours and standby time of 200 hours


  • 1-year manufacturer warranty for device and 6 months manufacturer warranty for in-box accessories including batteries from the date of purchase

Design and Build quality

Coolpad Note 5 looks premium and elegant while holding, thanks to its metallic body. It sports a full metal unibody design which almost resembles Redmi 3S.  Screen covered with 2.5 D curved glass adds a premium appeal to the smartphone. Below the display you will find capacitive keys for task switching, back and home. Unfortunately, sometimes you struggle to find them in dark. Embedding keys on display or at least have backlit on keys might be a good decision. At back, you can find camera and fingerprint sensor and brand logo below. The volume rocker is present on the left and the power button is located on right.

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Multitasking and Gaming Performance

The combination of Snapdragon 617 1.5 Ghz Octa core processor and 4 GB RAM succeeds to provide multi-tasking environment in the day to day routine usage. Snapdragon 617 is quite low in terms of performance compared Normal usage of apps like Whatsapp, Facebook in frontend and messengers in background survive easily for smooth performance without ending background services. Fingerprint works flawlessly and unlocks the phone in less than a second.

Android 6.0.1 is onboard with custom COOL UI on top. In few aspects, COOL UI provide some cool features like gesture control, Smart control, inbuilt screen recorder, voice recorder, easy screenshot, dual apps, one touch wallpaper changer, Auto WIFI turn off while having signals less than 10%. You can also choose a lot of catchy themes available online from Theme manager. If you are not friendly with stock Android, COOL UI easily attracts your attention.Coolpad Note 5 also includes Cool manager app that allows you to easily manage cache memory, block unwanted calls, service centre locator.

Considering Coolpad Note 5 gaming performance, to utilise its 4 GB RAM and graphics memory we tested some graphic hungry games like Asphalt 8 and Modern Combat 5: Blackout. The phone easily handles heavy gaming and provides smooth performance. We find few skips in frames and little processing load in few instances but overall, smartphone manages to provide a nice experience. Phone heats a little which is quite normal while heavy usage. Casual gaming apps like Subway surfer and Temple Run, runs flawlessly. One thing which we missed here is the support for Virtual reality due to gyroscope sensor, which is a major issue if you are thinking of VR experience.


Camera quality

Coolpad Note 5 offers 13 MP rear snapper at the rear and 8 MP at front with flash on both sides. The rear camera seems to provide a better experience but needs slight optimisations in terms of detail. You need some time to settle with shooting photographs. Landscape shots were captured with some low details. Low light photography is average in dark conditions. Provides some nice clicks while doing macro-shoots. Color combination and reproduction seems slight low as you watch your pictures on other devices. Front 8 MP snapper is a good option for taking vibrant selfies. Inbuilt front flash enhances your low light clicks. A lot of optimisation and inbuilt beauty enhancing feature allows you to capture in different settings. Inbuilt Age detector and Auto beautify filter allows to capture instant uploads to social platforms without much need of editing. Video recording is capable at 1080 full HD but the quality is average considering 13 MP.


Battery backup

4,1000 Mah inbuilt battery gives enough power to 5.5-inch display for all day long performance. Using 4G data services and few instances of half an hour long,  kept the phone running for the day. Another Power saving mode is provided to save your battery under low battery conditions which allow you to check SMS and handling calls. Charger provided inbox is a basic 10W charger which leads to slow charging. You can opt to use quick charger 3.0 which will drastically decrease charging time. Coolpad note 5 heats up little while charging and heavy usage is not recommended while it’s in charge.


Final Verdict

Coolpad Note 5 offers balanced performance considering its price segment, competing directly with Redmi Note 3 and LeEco Le2. If you could ignore few things like Snapdragon 617 and lack of Gyroscope sensor, it makes a still good budget deal as it is available directly without any rush of the flash sale. It also outperforms in terms of RAM to its contender Redmi 3 with 3 GB RAM. You can pick this smartphone if you are looking for options under 15 thousand.

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Google Pixel:The new Android flagship,can it beat iphone?

Pixel, by Google

Its time to experience best of Android with obsession of every detail embedding industrial design with user experience. Surface of phone is beautifully crafted  with rounded edges for a easy grip. Pixel holds 2.5D Corning® Gorilla® Glass 4 on the front and back glass to blend with aerospace grade aluminium body. Fingerprint is placed at back, exactly where your fingers expects it. With fast charging, upto 7 hours in 15 minutes, pixel boosts all day battery that lasts whole day. Design perfectly matches and give enough competition to Apple smartphones. Considering design of both different flagships, Pixel can definitely attract Apple fanboys to give a try. OS platform on two different smartphones is a really big factor to achieve market success. Now, Android lovers can fly high too, flashing Pixel in hands.

Google Assistant, your personal Google experience.

Inbuilt Google Assistant is one of the biggest feature highlighted in Pixel. With Assistant you can easily ask questions to Google. Just say “OK Google” or hold Home button and you are ready to go. There is a vast collection of commands that you can ask with Google Assistant eg. ask for weather update, navigate to routes, play music. You can find most of Google commands here.

Get every pixel from your clicks.

The cutting edge technology in Pixel’s camera is not only the best smartphone camera ever made, it’s the highest rated smartphone camera anyone has ever made. In an ultra-fast and easy-to-use camera with 12.3 MP featuring an f/2.0 aperture and big 1.55 micron pixels to capture lots and lots of light.

Low light or bright light, in any environment, Pixel is able to give you smart results. You can capture beautiful landscapes or make faces glow with new exposure controls.

Android to love

Pixel comes with newest Android operating system, Android 7.1 Nougat. You will get direct updates from Google as soon as they are launched. Updates will be installed in background so you don’t need to wait for updates installation in front. Allo and Duo app from Google comes pre-loaded to give you rich text and video conversations.


With two attractive colors -Very Silver, Quite Black, Pixel comes in two sizes, 5” or 5.5”  for handy experience.

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Detailed specifications are as follows:

(Source : GSM arena)

LAUNCH Announced 2016, October
Status Available. Released 2016, October
BODY Dimensions 143.8 x 69.5 x 8.5 mm (5.66 x 2.74 x 0.33 in)
Weight 143 g (5.04 oz)
– Splash and dust resistant
DISPLAY Type AMOLED capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Size 5.0 inches (~69.0% screen-to-body ratio)
Resolution 1080 x 1920 pixels (~441 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Yes
Protection Corning Gorilla Glass 4
PLATFORM OS Android OS, v7.1 (Nougat)
Chipset Qualcomm MSM8996 Snapdragon 821
CPU Quad-core (2×2.15 GHz Kryo & 2×1.6 GHz Kryo)
GPU Adreno 530
MEMORY Card slot No
Internal 32/128 GB, 4 GB RAM
CAMERA Primary 12.3 MP, f/2.0, EIS (gyro), phase detection & laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
Features 1/2.3″ sensor size, 1.55µm pixel size, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR, panorama
Video 2160p@30fps, 1080p@30/60/120fps, 720p@240fps
Secondary 8 MP, f/2.4, 1/3.2″ sensor size, 1.4 µm pixel size, 1080p
SOUND Alert types Vibration; MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Yes
3.5mm jack Yes
– Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
COMMS WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, hotspot
Bluetooth v4.2, A2DP, LE
Radio No
USB v3.0, Type-C 1.0 reversible connector
FEATURES Sensors Fingerprint, accelerometer, gyro, proximity, compass, barometer
Messaging SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Mail, IM
Browser HTML5
Java No
– Fast battery charging
– MP4/H.264 player
– MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player
– Photo/video editor
– Document editor
BATTERY Non-removable Li-Ion 2770 mAh battery
Stand-by Up to 456 h (3G)
Talk time Up to 26 h (3G)
Music play Up to 110 h
MISC Colors Quite Black, Very Silver, Really Blue
Price group 9/10
TESTS Performance Basemark OS II: 2901 / Basemark OS II 2.0: 2461
Basemark X: 33023
Display Contrast ratio: ∞
Loudspeaker Voice 74dB / Noise 68dB / Ring 78dB
Audio quality Noise -93.0dB / Crosstalk -92.6dB
Battery life
Endurance rating 64h





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Moto G4 & G4Plus: Fourth generation

Motorola now owned by Lenovo brings fourth generation of its successful series motoG, Moto G4 with 16 MP auto-focus, Turbo power charging, Fingerprint unlocking.


Operating System

Android™ 6.0.1, Marshmallow

System Architecture/Processor

Moto Mobile Computing System, including an up to 1.5 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 617 octa-core processor with 550 MHz Adreno 405 GPU

Memory (RAM)

2 GB / 3 GB

Storage (ROM)

16 GB / 32 GB  internal, up to 128 GB microSD Card support³


Height: 153 mm
Width: 76.6 mm
Depth: 7.9 mm to 9.8 mm




13.97cm (5.5″”) 1080p Full HD (1920 x 1080) 401 ppi
Corning® Gorilla® Glass


All-day battery (3000 mAh)
TurboPower™ for up to 6 hours of power in 15 minutes of charging¹

Water Protection

Water repellent nano-coating²


4G LTE (Cat 6)

Bands (by model)

Moto G Plus – XT1644
GSM / GPRS / EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
UMTS / HSPA+ (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
4G LTE (B1, 3, 5, 8, 40)
Band coverage varies by model, country, and carrier.

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SIM Card

Micro-SIM, nano-SIM with included adaptor (available in select regions)
Dual-SIM available in select regions

Rear Camera

16 MP
Laser auto-focus
Phase detect auto-focus (PDAF)
ƒ / 2.0 aperture
Color balancing dual LED flash
Professional Mode
Quick Capture
Best Shot
Tap (anywhere) to capture
4X digital zoom
Burst mode
Auto HDR
Drag to focus & exposure
Video Stabilization
1080p HD video (30 fps)
Slow Motion video

Front Camera

5 MP
ƒ / 2.2 aperture
Wide-Angle lens
Display flash

Google Photos

Two years of storage at original quality


Micro USB, 3.5 mm headset jack

Bluetooth® Technology

Bluetooth version 4.2 LE


802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 GHz + 5 GHz)


Front-ported loud speaker

Video Capture

1080p (30 fps)

Location Services



Fingerprint reader
Ambient Light

Base Color

Black or white



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