CoolPad Note 3: Based out of China, Cool Pad has a strong brand established there. Now venturing out of its established territories, Cool Pad recently launched in India with its device, Cool Pad Note 3. With fingerprint scanner and a great UI, let’s see what Cool Pad has in store for you. Read on our Coolpad Note 3 review to know more about this device’s performance, see some camera samples, watch our gaming review and know everything about this device in detail.
Coolpad Note 3 review: The details
Design & Display:
The design of Cool Pad Note 3 might look familiar to already existing devices but is fresh in its own way. The device has tried its best to maintain large screen to body ratio. The front of the phone comes with a large 5.5-inch screen, a front camera on the right and proximity sensor on the left side. Three buttons are present that the bottom. One part of the fresh look is metal around the edges of the phone that will help you in times when you need to keep the phone down, screen facing. It will prevent the screen from touching the surface. The left side of Cool Pad there is volume key and the right side is the power key. The performance of keys has been average; especially volume key takes a little bit extra effort to work. There is a 3.5 mm jack and a USB charging point at the bottom.
At the back side of Cool Pad, you see the main camera with LED flash, there is a rectangular shaped fingerprint scanner. To prevent untimely touches, the fingerprint scanner has been embedded properly at the back. The performance of fingerprint scanner is really great, from locking to unlocking; it worked perfectly and without any glitches. With 151x 77x 9.3 mm dimensions and weighing only 155g, the phone surprisingly felt light on hands. The 5.5-inch display works great under bright sunlight, adjusting to its ambient light from time to time. The only thing that we will miss is a full HDR display. But then the existing screen won’t make you miss it that much.
Now the hardware department of Cool Pad Note 3 consists of 1.3GHz Octa-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 processor with Mali-T720 MP2 GPU. The device runs on Android 5.1 (Lollipop) with Cool UI 6.0 which lived up to our expectations for most of the part. The only problem area was when we tried doing some heavy multitasking which showed some lag. The fingerprint scanner works two way: One way where you simply use your finger to scan and the phone unlocks. The other way is after scanning your finger to unlock the phone, the device also asks for a password.
When it comes to the home screen, it is a simple one page launcher. Avoiding the two level placements of icons, the home screen has a separate grid for all icons. And yes, it is customizable if you don’t like it. The pre-installed apps have been kept to a minimum which is like a breath of fresh air. Apart from regular apps like Facebook, WhatsApp etc, there are Cool Pad apps as well. Apps like Cool Services provide you listing and directions of the service centre. The best part is that Cool Pad also gives you the option to keep these apps or remove them.
Cool Pad Note 3 comes with a hefty power set, 1.3 GHz Octa-Core 64-bit MediaTek MT6753 processor with Mali-T720 MP2 GPU. The clock speed might not be that great, but the eight cores help keep up the name of the brand, a 3 GB RAM makes the device more robust and much more likable as compared to the price. The only issues faced were when we tried to use the multitask option. Also, the apps took a little longer, by fractions of seconds only, to open up. The quadrant benchmark was a little disappointing, ranking the device lower than its competitors. But in its price range this device is a beast.
Here’s our Gaming review for the Coolpad Note 3:
Coolpad Note 3 review: The Camera.
On papers, a 13 MP main camera and 5 MP front camera is a great combination. But when we tested phone in various circumstances, some results were desirable and some were a sheer disappointment. In open and under bright sunlight, the output was amazing.
CoolPad Note 3 Full HD video sample unedited
Shadows were a little dingy, not as per the mark. In low light, the f/2.0 aperture was supposed to absorb more light to give out bright pictures but ended up doing only 80% of the job. Overall, the camera works okay, don’t have high expectations.
Coolpad Note 3 Time lapse Video Sample
Here is a gallery of picture samples taken from the Coolpad Note 3 camera.
A 3000mAh gives you a 12-14 hours cool pad experience with average usage. For heavy usage, the phone will start beeping warning sounds after 8-9 hours. The power backup is not that great but not that bad also. It’s above average.
For a price of INR 8,999 this smartphone hits all the right check boxes and provides really great value for money experience at a low cost!
Here’s our full Coolpad Note 3 review with in depth details, benchmarks and everything else:
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