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Cloudfone Excite Prime Unboxing and First Impressions

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After our review of the Cloudfone Thrill 500X Spotify Edition, our friends from Cloudfone has sent us the much-hyped Cloudfone Excite Prime. Same as its name, there is indeed a hype for this smartphone and everyone seems to be very excited. This is Cloudfone’s answer to competitor Cherry Mobile’s popular Flare line of smartphones by bring this octa core powered and music-centric smartphone at a very affordable price tag. So, let’s see what’s inside the box, shall we?

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Cloudfone Excite Prime:

  • 1.4GHz octa core Mediatek MT6592M processor
  • Mali 450MP graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
  • 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,820 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1 Lollipop
  • SRP: P3,999
  • Status: Available at Cloudfone stores and kiosks

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What’s inside the box?

  • Cloudfone Excite Prime unit
  • USB cable
  • Wall adapter
  • Spotify Edition in-ear plugs
  • Clear case
  • Screen protector
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Size comparison: from the left – Kata M2L, Starmobile UP Ultra, Cloudfone Excite Prime, Kata i3L

FIRST IMPRESSIONS

Compared to the Cloudfone Thrill 500X Spotify Edition we’ve just reviewed, this is a new model. We noticed several differences that reflects Cloudfone new design language. The target market remains the same – the youth. But Cloudfone has a new approach which more hip, more fun, more youthful appeal and that includes Spotify as their partner as well. Most Spotify users are teens and young adults that falls to Cloudfone’s target market.

This new vibe reflects to the Cloudfone Excite Prime. Notice that is just the same old black phone we see everyday but if you look closer you’ll notice its youthful vibe. The back is made of faux leather but with a rubbery look and feel. When we say leather it sound like old folks will appeal to it but it is not. The texture the feels like holding a basketball. The device is quite big but not heavy and manageable to hold with one hand.

Even if the Cloudfone Excite Prime is not a Spotify Edition device, the music streaming app is already pre-installed and it comes with free Spotify Edition in-ear plugs. So this is indeed a music centric device.

This is also the first time we tested a Cloudfone device with no app drawer in it. Yes folks, Cloudfone has joined the growing number of Chinese and local smartphone brands ditching the iconic Android app drawer.  So all you apps are scattered on the homescreen.

We will be using the Cloudfone Excite Prime as our daily driver for the next two weeks. On our full review we will focusing on the camera, performance, music and battery.