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Cloudfone Excite 400dx Review: Monster Battery Without the Monster Price

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This is the full review of the Cloudfone Excite 400dx! Local brand Cloudfone made a good move to offer its signature monster battery features on an entry level Android smartphone. For P2,999 you’ll get two batteries with different sizes and a good hardware. It is worth your hard earned money? Let’s find out.

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Cloudfone Excite 400dx specs:

  • 1.2GHz Dual Core Mediatek MT6572 processor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4-inch WVGA TFT display (480 x 800 pixels) 233 ppi
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera
  • VGA front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 1,400 and 3,000 mAh batteries
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P2,999
  • Status: Available on Cloudfone stores, kiosks and retailers

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UNBOXING:

Here’s what you’ll find inside the box – Unit itself, box, 3,000 mAh battery, headset, manuals, warranty card, USB and adapter. Cloudfone only provided us with the 3,000 mAh battery but on the actual retail package you will buy, the 1,400 mAh battery and a slimmer back cover will be included on the package.

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HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

Cloudfone has been known for making smartphones with good hardware materials. It is very evident on the smartphones we’ve reviewed from them. Even on an entry level smartphone, the build quality remains solid. We just find the  Excite 400dx with the bigger battery heavier than usual.

DISPLAY:

There’s nothing so special from the Cloudfone’s 4-inch display. You’ll get a decent display here but don’t expect so much from it.  Colors are a little bit washed out but still manageable.

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

The dual core processor provides decent performance  when perfoming normal and easy tasks. We also tried downloading a new game from Angry Birds maker Rovio Mobile called Angry Birds Go. This game is quite large at 147MB and we fear the dual core  Mediatek processor and the limited 512MB RAM might not play the properly. We are surprised that the phone ran the game well. On Antutu Benchmarks, the Excite 400dx got a score of 9,358.

CAMERA:

The phone’s 5 megapixel rear facing camera takes decent pictures for your Instagram, Twitter and Facebook. Just don’t take pictures in low light. Here are some sample photos.

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BATTERY:

It took us a while to test the phone’s battery because we decided to test the phone’s standby time. We took it out from the charger 7am of May 16 and left it on our for 1 week. We checked it May 23 at 8pm and it had 37% power left! Amazing! That’s a week of standby time! Earlier this weekend, we decided to test the phone’s battery during our heavy usage. We removed it from the charger 9am and we started playing Angry Birds Go and Zombie Tsumani. We also had a lot of calls and texts plus social networks, watching  You Tube and online live streaming. At 11pm same day, the phone had 43% battery left. Impressive!

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CONNECTIVITY:

Our review unit here is Globe locked so only inserted an ABS-CBNMobile SIM (ABS-CBNMobile may be separate with Globe when it comes to operations but it still uses Globe’s resources and network). HSPA+ is good on our testing. WiFi reception is good too.

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VERDICT:

You’ll indeed get more from what you’ve payed for with the Cloudfone Excite 400dx. The 3,000 mAh battery can last you for days that normal smartphones can’t do. At 2,999 we cannot complain on its shorcomings because they don’t bother us that much. Stutters and lags are usual from phones like this but it is smooth when doing basic tasks. The Cloudfone Excite 400dx is the best sub 3k phone you can buy right now. 🙂