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Cloudfone Excite 502q Review

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Competition among our proudly Filipino made smartphone makers is getting really intense. More users are switching from international brands to local brands because of its excellent value for money without any compromises on its built quality. But earlier this year, MyPhone shocked to local tech world with its introduction of the MyPhone Rio. The phone has specs of a mid range smartphone but has a price of an entry level one. Currently its selling like hotcakes and its nowhere to be found. Local competitors quickly came up with a smartphone with the same specs and price. One of which is Cloudfone with its Excite 502q. Is this your best alternative to the Rio? Let’s find out.

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Cloudfone Excite 502q specs:

  • 1.3GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 5-inch FWVGA IPS LCD display (854 x 480 pixels)
  • One Glass Solution (OGS)
  • 12 megapixel rear facing Sony camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 3.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P4,999
  • Status: Available on Cloudfone stores, kiosks and retailers

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What’s inside the box?

  • Unit itself
  • Charger
  • USB cable
  • headset
  • extra back casing

VIDEO REVIEW:

 

HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

Out of the box, we got a black Clodufone Excite 502q but when we dig deeper inside the box, we saw an extra shiny mint green back casing. We immediately put it on and took out the black one. Looking at the phone, it has some resemblance with the Apple iPhone 5c because of its colored plastic back and rounded edges. Unfortunately, we not fans of the glossy plastic casing because it attracts fingerprints and smudges. The black casing attracts more smudges than the green one though. We’ve been commending Cloudfone for making such well-built smartphones and the Excite 502q is no exception.

DISPLAY:

Looking at the specs sheet, the phone a rather low resolution 5-inch FWVGA IPS LCD display which is 854 x 480 pixels. This may disappoint some users especially those who use their smartphones mainly for multimedia consumption – You Tube, watching movies, live stream, playing graphic intense games, etc. But if you’re gonna ask us, the is surprisingly good because Cloudfone opted to put One Glass Solution (OGS). As a result, colors are vibrant, bright and very lively. Viewing angles are impressive too. Viewing the display under direct sunlight is not problem at all!

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

Cloudfone did some tweaking with the stock Android UI. Stock Android icons were changes into colorful icons. It is pretty obvious that the phone is targeting the younger crowd. Thanks to its 1.3GHz Quad Core processor, there were no lags and hiccups encounterd during our testing. Gaming experience is quite good too despite its low resolution display. Although it took us some time to load Dead Trigger 2, the game ran smoothly. On our first Antutu Benchmark, we got a score of 17, 348 then the next score (which is shown on our video review) is 14,429. On our third and last test, we got a score of 17,526.

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Speedtest of our Sun Cellular SIM using the Cloudfone Excite 502q. Test conducted in Glorietta Mall, Makati

CONNECTIVITY:

All connections are working good – WiFi, HSPA+ and Bluetooth. We inserted our Sun Cellular SIM on our unit here and calls are clear from both ends of the line. We got fairly decent HSPA+ speeds using our Sun SIM here but we got even better results using our Globe and Smart SIM when we inserted them here.

CAMERA:

We were really impressed with the phone’s 12 megapixel rear facing camera. Why? Cloudfone used a Sony sensor for its rear camera. No wonder why our photos look great!

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Photo using the 3.2 megapixel front facing camera

BATTERY:

We first thought that the phone’s biggest downside is the battery. Compared to the competition (like MyPhone Rio’s 2,000 mAh battery), the Excite 502q only has 1,800 mAh battery. Being heavy smartphone users, we expected Cloudfone to put a bigger battery since they’ve been known making smartphone with monstrous batteries. We were surprised with the result. On our heavy usage (hours of live stream video, playing games, long hours of calls, social networks), we got an impressive 7 hours of power before it reached 15% on one our testing. We had days of moderate use and we managed to stretch it to 9 hours before it reached 10%. Good job Cloudfone! The secret? The low resolution display. Since its not HD, it doesn’t drain the battery that much. Sometimes, having a low resolution display has its benefits.   🙂

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VERDICT:

Are you tired and frustrated looking for a smartphone that is out of stock for months now? Then, why don’t you take your eyes on the Cloudfone Excite 502q? Specs are decent too, same P4,999 pricetag, same impressive performance, excellent built quality, good display with good viewing angles, has a free colored back cover out of the box and a surprisingly good battery life. Visit the nearest Cloudfone store, kiosk or retailer today!