Smartphones below P5,000 mark are getting better specs this year. Rewind it three years ago, smartphones below this mark have dual core processors, smallish displays, and limited RAM. Now, you’ll be getting octa core chipsets, bigger RAM, bigger displays and better cameras too.
Cloudfone has stepped inside this very competitive arena with the Cloudfone Excite Prime. Should you get excited with it? Find out on this review.
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 kiosk
Related article – Cloudfone Excite Prime Unboxing and First Impressions
HARDWARE AND DESIGN
We discussed much of the phone’s design on our unboxing article. If in any case you missed it, just click the link above. Holding the Cloudfone Excite Prime feels like we are holding a basketball. The rubbery feel gives it more grip, thus, it prevents the phone to slip out of your hands.
There are noticeable improvements with the phone’s display compared to older Cloudfone models. It is brighter and more vibrant. As a result, we love using it outdoors even under direct sunlight. Color reproduction is normal though we find the display to have a slightly red hue to it.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
Obviously, performance is the key selling point of the Cloudfone Excite Prime. The octa core chipset from Mediatek is quite old but still reliable and it is paired with 2GB of RAM. We downloaded Aspahlt 8 Airborne and Clash of Clans. Both games ran well though we notice some lags while playing Asphalt 8 Airborne but not that much.
Cloudfone also made a few tweaks and eliminated the iconic app drawer. All you apps are scattered on the homescreen. You put folders to organize your apps but if you are not liking what you see here, we recommend you download Nova Launcher or Google Now Launcher at the Google Play Store.
Another improvement from previous models is the camera. Photos taken from both cameras are generally sharp, good detail, and with good color balance. It does lack BSI (back side illumination) so photos in low light are a bit grainy.
Our long standing gripe with Cloudfone is their lack of LTE capable devices. Sure they have two smartphone with LTE but these are entry level smartphones. With LTE demand getting stronger, we hope Cloudfone’s next smartphones are equipped with LTE. In the case of the Cloudfone Excite Prime, 3G is your best option. We get normal 3G speeds using our Globe SIM during our tests.
The 2,820 mAh battery is more than enough to get you through the day. We managed to get 12 hours of moderate use with 25% power left. On our heavy use (which includes hours of You Tube, I Want TV, Clash of Clans, Asphalt 8 Airborne, social media) we got around 8 hours with 15% power left.
There are so many things to get excited with the Cloudfone Excite Prime. Good battery life, decent display, excellent performance especially on games and multitasking, and good camera. You get all of these plus a free Spotify edition in ear plugs for only P3,999. Sulit!