Coolpad is a Chinese company which has recently started operations in India. Dazen 1 is one of the initial devices to be sold by Coolpad in India. Talking about the sub 10k price segment then there has been a crazy war going on in this price range, the Moto E 2nd gen, Xiaomi Redmi 2, Micromax Yu Yuphoria, Infocus M330 and a lot of other devices have raised the bar to unprecedented levels. Now with the Dazen 1, Coolpad wants to have a go at this price segment and at the Indian market. So enough with the chatter already, let’s continue with the Coolpad Dazen 1 review.
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Dazen 1 build quality and design
The Dazen 1 has a white plastic back just like the Redmi 2. It’s unclear whether it has the same dust resistant properties as claimed by the Redmi 2 but we will know that for sure over due course of time as we use this device. Overall the phone feels sturdy and solid in hand and not much space has been wasted on the bezel area, and that’s a good thing. The device has a 5 inch screen and doesn’t feel too big in the hand. It weighs 155 grams which is somewhat heavier than it’s counterparts but not a really big change for people who would want that much screen estate. The Redmi 2 has a 4.7 inch display and weighs 133 grams, the Moto E2 has a 4.5 inch display and 145 grams of weight. So somehow the weight of this phone too seems justifiable, though it would not be unfair to call it a bit heavy. The front has three touch buttons which are backlit and have a good visibility. The speaker is on the back and sound gets easily muffled when you have the phone kept on a flat surface or something like a bed/sofa.
Display on the Coolpad Dazen 1
The Dazen 1 has a 5 inch 1280×720 pixels HD display which is the normal trend these days for sub 10k devices. The viewing angles are good, colours are nice and vivid on the display as there is no over or under saturation and the colour mix is just about right. The display resists smudges and fingerprints to a great degree thus you will be happy even without a screen protector. The display has somewhat matte quality as it doesn’t reflect too much. The competition also comes with HD display and there are no major offerings in sub 10k which offer full HD display.
Software and UI on Dazen 1
The Dazen 1 comes with Android 4.4.4 Kitkat pre-installed and whether it will get the Android Lollipop update is unclear. Coolpad ships the phone with a custom UI known as the Cool UI. The Cool UI is almost similar to the MIUI which itself feels inspired from iOS a lot. But what MIUI gets wrong is making the UI eat less resources and be actually lightweight. The Cool UI achieves that without much hassle and is easy to navigate through and does not show any visible signs of lag any time. The notification panel groups every notification into a single group called as “Other”, this might seem irksome to some people and to some it might be a good feature. It all boils down to your own personal preference.
Performance of Dazen 1
The Coolpad Dazen 1 has a 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad core 64 bit processor. It has 2 GB of primary memory i.e. RAM and comes with an Adreno 306 GPU. It has an edge over others in it’s price range as it comes with 2 GB RAM which only Yuphoria has in this price range. While the benchmark scores weren’t exactly in the high region but you can’t expect so much from a device this cheap. We played Temple Run 2, Subway Surf and a few more games which were easily playable. Heavier games were playable only on lowest settings.
Battery life , Camera and other things
The phone has a decent all day battery life. This is because of the fact the 720p display doesn’t eat much battery. The device easily lasts upto 20 hours plus for a low key user and even the most intensive user can make sure to extract around 7-8 hours from this device easily.
The back camera is an 8 Megapixel camera but it does disappoint somewhat when compared to the camera on it’s contemporary Redmi 2. The clicked pictures came out grainy and detail was visible clearly only in bright sunlight conditions outside or well lit conditions indoors. Under low lighting the camera barely managed to click decent photos.
For the price it retails for i.e. INR 5,999 the phone is a good device. Coolpad has gone all aggressive on the price front and kept the pricing of this device really competitive! People looking for a good battery life, crisp display and decent small bouts of gaming should opt for this device. For everyone else there is the Redmi 2 as well as the Yuphoria too in a slightly higher price segment! So if every single buck matters to you then this is the phone you should opt for! The Dazen 1 is also available in a black variant online now, so fans of dark coloured devices might find this offering better!
For those who want to watch a full video review with all benchmarks as well as image quality, gaming tests and other things you can watch the below Coolpad Dazen 1 review video.
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