Design and Build QualityLet's be honest. The Coolpad Note 3 is not the most jaw dropping smart phone on the market but it appears to be pretty decent. The front is dominated by the 5.5” 720p display with the usual capacitive buttons underneath. You might easily confuse it with other Micromax smart phones but there is nothing even remotely similar apart from the looks. A chrome rim surrounds the device and gets scratched pretty easily. The volume rocker and the power button have a nice travel to them. There is also a notification LED near the front cam and it lights up like anything! Flip the phone and you'll find a squarish mirror finished fingerprint sensor just below the camera. The back also houses the speaker which although is loud, gets diminished if the phone is placed face up. The camera juts out of the back a bit and scratches very easily. There is absolutely no grip thanks to the all plastic build quality but it does feel solid in hand with no flex whatsover. Overall the phone feels that it can survive a drop or two. However, three days into our review and it slipped and the screen got completely shattered. Our advice, put it in a case as soon as you buy it.
Software & UIThere is no menu and all the icons are present on the screen. To be honest the icons are a bit of a disappointment. A very large display with a measly 720p resolution results in a pixellated image. Although it kept notifying us that it had found an HD icon for Google Play or other random apps, it didn't make a noticeable difference.
- Android v5.1 Lollipop
- Custom Cool OS skin
PerformanceWhat surprises us the most is that in spite of all the pre-installed apps and the custom OS, the Note 3 is as smooth as silk. You can easily zip through apps and home screens without a stutter. Multitasking, Check. Asphalt 8 runs like a dream, Modern Combat 5 did stutter a bit but all in all it gave a very fine experience. Gaming, Check. The credits go partly to the 720p display and the massive 3GB RAM, another first in this segment.
- Mediatek MT6753 1.3 Ghz Octa Core chipset
- Mali-T720MP3 GPU
- 3GB RAM
- 16GB Internal, up to 64GB
Battery LifeCoolpad has paid special attention to what people want from their smart phones: Reliability and Battery Life. While the battery lasts for well over a day on moderate use, an hour of Asphalt 8 with WiFi connected throughout drained about 20% of the battery with ease.
CameraWhen it comes to raw specifications, the Coolpad Note 3 offers a lot on paper. However, the rear cam just doesn't cut it. There is no shutter lag and the autofocus is crazy fast but that's about it. The photos do look great on the display but once you start zooming in or transfer them on a large screen, the colors start to wash out and details vanish.
- 13MP rear camera
- 5 piece lens arrangement
- f/2.0, 1.4 micron pixel size
- 5MP front camera