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Kata i3 vs Cloudfone Thrill 550q: Which is Better?

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We have another comparison here! We are going to compare the Kata i3 and the Cloudfone Thrill 550q. Both have pretty similar specs and both have the same HD display. Who will win? Let’s find out.

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Kata i3 specs:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch Super HD LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels) 294ppi
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby (SIM 1 and SIM 2 – Micro SIM)
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,250 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • Price: P8,499
  • Status: Available on Kata Stores, kiosks and retailers

Cloudfone Thrill 550q specs:

  • 1.2GHz Quad Core Mediatek MTK6589 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD
  • 5.5-inch HD LCD display (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 3.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • Price: P8,999
  • Status: Available on Cloudfone stores, kiosks and retailers

Related article – Kata i3 Review

Related article – Cloudfone Thrill 550q Review

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DESIGN AND BUILD QUALITY:

When it comes to build quality, both phones have an edge but design-wise they’re different. Expect both phone to be solidly built. The difference though, when it comes to design, these phones took different paths. The Kata i3 is very slim and lightweight  but the Cloudfone Thrill 550q is clunky and heavy. Of course most of us will prefer a lightweight device but still there are some who prefer a heftier device that could make them feel the presence of it. The i3 has a glossy finish which we personally don’t like but we do love the royal blue color. The 550q, on the other hand, has a soft rubber matte finish that gives the phone a more secure grip when holding it.

Winner: Kata i3

DISPLAY

Both phones sport a  720p HD IPS LCD display.  The 550q is more of a phablet with its 5.5-inch display compared to a more flagship like screen size of the i3 which is 5 inches. We find the i3’s display better not because it is smaller and has more pixel density but the quality of the display is better.  The i3 has great viewing angles with great color reproduction compared to the 550q’s dull and washed out colors.

Winner: Kata i3

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PERFORMANCE AND SOFTWARE

These two phones are powered by one brand but different types of chipset. The i3 has a 1.3GHz quad core MT6582 processor while the 550q has a 1.2GHz quad core MT6589 processor. Kata’s chipset is newer and has more horsepower than Cloudfone’s chipset. But on day to day use, you won’t notice if the Kata’s chipset is faster or more efficient because both phones ran smoothly on basic tasks. Both phones, however, have noticeable but rare lags when playing  power hungry games.  One advantage we saw is the i3 can be upgraded to a newer software (both firmware and latest version of Android) thanks to its OTA (over the air) feature. The 550q can be updated to a newer Android version but you have to bring it to a Cloudfone store.

Antutu Benchmark scores:

Kata i3 – 16.977 vs Cloudfone Thrill 550q – 13,539

Winner: Kata i3

CAMERA:

Both phones sport a 13 megapixel rear facing camera but the Kata i3 has a better 5 megapixel front facing camera compared to Cloudfone 550q’s 3.2 megapixel front facing camera. Unfortunately, we were not able to post a picture from the i3’s 5MP front camera from our review. It would be unfair if we compare pictures from the front cameras. We do find the pictures taken from the i3’s 13 megapixel front facing camera better than the 550q’s camera. Both cameras take good pictures on good lighting conditions but in low light to no light situations, the i3’s flash gives better lighting than the other phone. Oh, both phones lack BSI (back side illumination). Please click the links above to view our sample pictures taken from both phones.

Winner: Kata i3

BATTERY:

Well, in this area, Cloudfone products do excel. On our review, both phone have good battery life considering that we are heavy smartphone users.  The 550q is powered by a 2,500 mAh battery while the i3 only has 2,250 mAh battery. Does this mean that the 550q has the edge? Not necessarily. You see, the i3 has a 5-inch HD screen which hogs more battery life but the processor is newer so if consumes less battery. The 550q has a bigger 5.5-inch HD screen and has an older processor.  It will consume more power. That’s why Cloudfone opted for a bigger battery. In this round, both phone wins.

Winner: BOTH

VALUE FOR MONEY:

The Kata i3 is P500 cheaper than the Cloudfone Thrill 550q. Considering all the factors, we think that the Kata i3 is the better buy here. It has a newer processor, better display quality, better camera, lighter and thinner.

Winner: Kata i3

VERDICT:

It doesn’t mean that the Kata i3 edges out the Cloudfone Thrill 550q in many factors, it would never be a better choice for users. We think that the Kata i3 will appeal to people who are looking for a stylish but functional phone. The Cloudfone Thrill 550q is for those people who are looking for a phone that can take a beating and has an active lifestyle. Whatever phone you choose, both phone will give you the best Android experience. 🙂