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Cloudfone Thrill Access Review: Metal + LTE Smartphone For The Win!

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Cloudfone’s current line up has been really amazing! From affordable Android Marshmallow smartphones to dual boot tablets, Cloudfone wide range of offers at rock bottom prices continues as they introduced more gadgets in time for the holidays later this year.  We are however, looking for an affordable LTE smartphone running Android Marshmallow on their line up.

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Good thing, Cloudfone has recently introduced the Cloudfone Thrill Access, an entry level smartphone packing the necessary features we now need – LTE, fingerprint control, and metal build. We’ve been using the Cloudfone Thrill Access for two weeks now and here’s our review.

Cloudfone Thrill Access:

  • 1.3GHz quad core Mediatek MT6735 processor
  • Mali T720 graphics
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
  • 5-inch HD IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
  • 8 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5 megapixel front facing camera with flash
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 4G/LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth, USB OTG, Fingerprint Control
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 6.0 Marshmallow
  • Price: P4,999
  • Status: Available at Cloudfone stores and kiosks

HARDWARE AND DESIGN

When you buy a smartphone around P5,000 expect it to be with plastic build or with metal sides. But the Cloudfone Thrill Access is encased in metal adding a touch of elegance we see on high end smartphones. Some design cues are somewhat borrowed from the Flash Plus 2 like the removable metal back. It will reveal the dual SIM card slots and microSD card. Overall build quality is very solid and surprisingly light despite with metal chassis.

DISPLAY

The 5-inch display has a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. It is sharp, vivid plus it is viewable outdoor though with a little bit of glare from the glass protecting the screen. Auto brightness works fine too.

The Cloudfone Thrill Access has a 5-point multi touch display
The Cloudfone Thrill Access has a 5-point multi touch display

SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE

Mediatek’s MT6735 quad core chipset can handle the things we do on our phone everyday such as the usual calls, texts, checking on social media, online chatting and light games. Games like Clash of Clans, Clash Royale, Asphalt 8 and the new game Pokemon Go can run here. Pokemon Go is not available at the Google Play Store but you can download APK files form the internet. Be sure it is safe to download.

On our two week duration, we never encountered any lags or stutter. After our first impressions, we downloaded the Google Now Launcher to give the Cloudfone Thrill Access a more stock Android feel.

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CAMERA

The Cloudfone Thrill Access has a 8 megapixel and 5 megapixel camera configuration. It may be lower in megapixel count as compared with the Cloudfone Excite Prime’s 13 megapixel camera but does number of megapixel matter when in comes to image quality? Actually no. You can judge for yourself and take a look at our sample photos.

CONNECTIVITY

LTE, WiFi and Bluetooth comes in standard. But one feature stands out – fingerprint control. It is not as fast as Huawei’s fingerprint scanners but it is definitely reliable. LTE speeds are within normal speeds and calls are clear without any issues.

BATTERY

Based on our heavy use battery test, we managed to get 3 hours and 50 minutes of screen on time before it turned red on us. Not bad though if you are a power user, you will find it a bit lacking. Casual users will get more than 10 hours of battery life which is a mixed moderate to heavy use. You can get more juice if you are a light to moderate user.

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VERDICT

We are very happy with our time reviewing the Cloudfone Thrill Access. The phone delivers what a common user needs everyday on their smartphone – decent camera, good display, reliable performance, adequate battery life, and nice metal chassis for flaunting. Good pricing is a big plus considering the Cloudfone Thrill Access is LTE capable. High speed internet on a smartphone is the norm these days.

If you bought one, please do share your experience with us at the comments section below.