As most of you already know, one of the features I deem highly important in a smartphone is long battery life. And if it's not something that I can get from a handset I fancy right out of the box, I totally have no qualms with going to great lengths just to get that.
I mean, what good is a powerful and gorgeous daily phone if it can't stay on long enough to really help the user become more productive or to let him play games and use apps without the constant worry that his handset might run out of juice even before the day ends?
Those who've met me and have seen my daily handsets know that I'm a big fan of Mugen extended battery packs from China, which greatly increase the uptime of my devices. In fact, I've just ordered a new 5400 mAh unit with free back cover for my Samsung Galaxy Note (vs. my current 4500 mAh pack) and based on my calculations, it should more than double the phone's battery life when I'm using it to browse internet on WiFi. (Kindly use TP's search bar to look for my entries on Mugen.)
Sure, big battery packs make my phones look a tad hefty but considering all benefits I get from their extended uptime, the bulk is something I can overlook. Let's just say that I'll take a thick handset over a slim one anytime, if I'm sure to get at least 10 hours of regular use (or just enough to last me through the day) from the device.
And that's exactly why couldn't help but feel ecstatic when I first learned about Cloudfone Thrill 430x, which comes replete with a ginormous 4160 mAh Li-ion battery.
"I have to grab one soon," I told myself upon seeing its press photos and specs sheet. "Talk about not having to acquire and carry a separate power bank or extended pack."
Thankfully, our friends at Cloudfone saw my initial 430x feature (which has already gone viral; Thanks to you, TP Friends) and were kind enough to give a unit me as a gift when I met them a few weeks ago. I promised them I would do an unboxing and a quick review of the device for all consumers who are also looking for an affordable yet powerful Android smartphone that totally delivers on the promise of long uptime.
How many Android smartphones out there can give you 3 days straight of regular use on a full charge? Well, this Php 7,777 handset - according to the team and as written on the packaging - definitely can.
But the more I use the phone, the more I discover and fall in love with its other key features apart from the obvious. For one, Cloudfone Thrill 430x flaunts a 4.3-inch qHD floating touch display, which is quite a rarity in this price category. Such screen delivers not only clear and crisp details but also bright and vivid colors. The display appears to float (or as if, there's no glass between the finger and the actual display panel when you touch the screen) giving users an enhanced visual experience.
Also, like what I mentioned in my first 430x post (containing the full technical specifications of the device), the smartphone is powered by 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8225 chipset, has 768 MB RAM, and features 4GB of expandable storage. I'm not sure if you notice but these innards are almost exactly what you'll find in flagship releases a year back and in today's far more expensive midrange Android phones by multinational handset manufacturers. So if you're wondering: Yes, this smartphone is totally capable of delivering a great Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich user experience. (And this becomes even more amazing given the fact that Cloudfone Thrill 430x only costs Php 7,777 or only as much as some entry level handsets by these other companies.)
When you think about this phone's ultra-low price tag, it's easy to imagine that it would have mediocre imaging and multimedia capabilities. But actually, two of the coolest things about Cloudfone Thrill 430x are its 8 MegaPixel autofocus camera with Dual LED flash and the 720p HD video recorder. Heck, there's even a VGA shooter in front that you can use for video calls. I think the main camera features a back-illuminated sensor for brighter shots in not so well-lit conditions though I've yet to confirm that with the Cloudfone team. The quality of the images and videos I get aren't quite as stellar as the ones from iPhone 4S or Nokia PureView 808 but they are already good for a phone in this price range. (Sample photos and videos to follow. Stay tuned!)
Finally, I like the fact that Cloudfone Thrill 430x comes with Dual SIM Dual Standby capability. This allows you to stay connected on two networks at the same time. So if you currently have two or more mobile numbers, this means that - with 430x - you won't have to carry an additional handset with you when you're out and about.
All things considered, I think Cloudfone Thrill 430x is a totally sulit find and could even be the Android smartphone to beat in this price category. I mean, for only Php 7,777, you already get a Dual SIM Dual Core handset running Android 4.0.4 ICS operating system with an 8 MegaPixel camera, HD video recorder, and a massive, massive 4,160 mAh battery pack promising up to a whopping 3 days of uptime on a single charge. Beat that!
Sure, you can argue that it's 'Made in China' - but then again, what smartphone isn't?! You know what, Cloudfone isn't an OEM - the company doesn't design and manufacture its own handsets - but the team sure knows how to pick the right smartphones to bring here and offer to Pinoy consumers. And clearly, Cloudfone Thrill 430x is one of them.
To wrap this up, let me present with you my quick unboxing and first boot video of the Cloudfone Thrill 430x. Check out the other stuff you'll find inside the package as well how the the user interface looks.
[Reuploading new video, TP Friends. Sorry about that. Kindly stay tuned!]