Coolpad Mega 2.5D holds the promise of a good selfie but at a budget price. At R6,999, it has an 8 MP front camera, a specification you are not likely to get at this price point. For anyone following smartphone launches in India, the last couple of weeks have seen quite a few ‘selfie’ options. There’s the slightly more premium Oppo F1s which has an excellent 16 MP front camera, and then the newly launched Gionee S6s, which has an 8 MP front camera with flash. So in comes Coolpad Mega 2.5D, a more reasonably priced solution to the selfie obsession. But is it worth the hype? Here’s our review.
Coolpad Mega 2.5 looks pretty premium thanks to the gold version, metal frame on the side, and the curved 2.5D glass on the front. You can thank the Chinese players for one thing: even a R7,000 phone now looks infinitely better than what it did a year back. The Coolpad Mega 2.5 has a plastic back cover with a gold metal-coloured finish, but it’s not a difference you are likely to feel. Also, the front glass panel means you need to get some protection for this phone, because if you break it, repairing that might cost more than the phone itself.
Let’s start with the selfies first, since this is what the phone is all about. Coolpad Mega 2.5 has an 8 MP front camera, and these are probably the best selfies you can get at this budget price. Inside a room, or even outside, the selfies are not too bad, and quite sharp, but don’t expect to look exceptional in these. The beauty mode has quite a few options like making your skin smooth, slimming down your face, etc. The slim down feature works, though you don’t want to take it too far. Also, the selfie camera’s age detector is convinced I am 35, which is a shame, because there’s still time before I reach that age.
I feel there is a tendency for the beauty mode to make one look a bit unnatural, and I would stick with the regular photo mode. The selfies are not that sharp once you start zooming in, but definitely much better than what the rest of the competition offers.
What is good?
Coolpad Mega 2.5D has 3 GB RAM plus 16 GB storage, another feature that looks to become standard at this price point. The phone can handle daily tasks without too much difficulty, and didn’t give too much trouble with multitasking, running multiple tabs on Chrome or browsing the web in general. The phone didn’t heat up during gaming sessions either, and I managed to run Asphalt 8, etc., on this. Coolpad Mega 2.5D might not be the fastest phone you’ll buy, but it does manage the daily tasks well.
The phone also comes with a big 5.5-inch HD display, which is not bad for the asking price. A bigger display I would say is better suited for watching videos, etc. For folks on a tight budget, getting a bigger phone makes more sense.
The rear camera is not bad on this either and in daylight can take some nice shots. However, Coolpad Mega can’t handle colours like pinks, reds, etc., correctly as there is a tendency to make them look too sharp, and the colours do bleed.
What is not so good?
In our GeekBench 3 battery test, Coolpad 3’s battery lasted under seven hours, which is not impressive. Heavy daily usage means this won’t last a full day. The only reason that’s a problem is because there are options in the Rs 7000 range that are come with two-day battery life.
The Coolpad UI, which borrows from the iOS style with settings in the bottom menu, is a bit confusing and not the smoothest to work around with. Also, the phone is quite slow to boot up, and there were times when the phone would freeze.
Selfie obsession is fine, and Coolpad Mega 2.5D manages to have a slight edge on this front at this price point. But for overall performance, my money is still on the Redmi 3s because of the battery, which I think is a feature you can’t overlook when choosing a smartphone.
* Display: 5.5-inch HD IPS display
* Processor: 1 GHz quad core Mediatek MT6735P processor
* Memory & storage: 3 GB RAM, 16 GB storage (expandable up to 32 GB)
* Camera: 8 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera
* Operating system: Android 6.0 Marshmallow + Cool UI 8.0
* Battery: 2,500mAH battery
* Estimated street price: Rs 6,999