Coolpad Mega 2.5D review: The selfie obsessed get an edge

Coolpad Mega 2.5D is another budget smartphone that promises great selfies. Here's our review.

Rating: 3.5 out of 5
Written by Shruti Dhapola | Published: August 24, 2016 1:02 pm
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Coolpad Mega 2.5D is another budget smartphone that promises great selfies. At Rs 6,999, Coolpad Mega 2.5D has a 8MP front camera, a specification you’re not likely to get at this price point. For anyone following smartphone launches in India, the last couple of weeks have seen quite a few ‘selfie’ options. There’s the slightly more premium Oppo F1s which has an excellent 16 MP front camera, and then the newly launched Gionee S6s, which has an 8MP front camera with flash. But both phones will cost around Rs 18,000, and not everyone can pay such a high price just for selfies.

So in comes Coolpad Mega 2.5D, a more reasonably priced solution to the selfie obsession. The Rs 6,999 pricing and the 8MP front camera means it can appeal to many first time users and college students on a tight budget.

It’s easy to scoff at the selfie-mania, and say who’d want a phone just for that purpose. But go to any mall on the weekend or a park or any public space in India, and you’ll find people busy taking their photos, often selfies, even with pretty basic looking phones. The ability to take your own picture has always been valued, and now smartphones have made it possible for everyone. Coolpad just wants to make it a lot more affordable, but is it worth the hype? Here’s our review

Coolpad Mega 2.5D specs: 5.5-inch HD IPS display (720p, ~294ppi) | 1GHz quad core Mediatek MT6735P processor with Mali T720 GPU | 3GB RAM + 16GB storage (expandable up to 32GB) | 8MP rear camera + 8MP front camera | Android 6.0 Marshmallow + Cool UI 8.0 | 2,500mAH battery | 4G VoLTE

Coolpad Mega 2.5 price: Price: Rs 6,999

Coolpad Mega 2.5 looks pretty premium thanks to the gold version, metal frame on the side, and the curved 2.5D glass on the front. You can thank the Chinese players for one thing: even a Rs 7,000 phone now looks infinitely better than what it did a year back. The Coolpad Mega 2.5 has a plastic back cover with a gold metal-coloured finish, but it’s not a difference you are likely to feel. Also the front glass panel means you need to get some protection for this phone, because if you break it, repairing that might cost more than the phone itself.

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Let’s start with the selfies first, since this is what the phone is all about.

Coolpad Mega 2.5 has an 8MP front camera, and these are probably the best selfies you can get at this budget price. Inside a room, or even outside, the selfies are not too bad, and quite sharp, but don’t expect to look exceptional in these. The beauty mode has quite a few options like making your skin smooth, slimming down your face, etc. The slim down feature works, though you don’t want to take it too far. Also the selfie camera’s age detector is convinced I’m 35, which is a shame, because there’s still time before I reach that age.

I feel there is a tendency for the beauty mode to make one look a bit unnatural, and I would stick with the regular photo mode. The selfies are not that sharp once you start zooming in, but definitely much better than what the rest of the competition offers.

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What’s good?

Coolpad Mega 2.5D has 3GB RAM+16 GB storage, another feature that looks to be become standard at this price point. The phone can handle daily tasks without too much difficulty, and didn’t give too much trouble with multi-tasking, running multiple tabs on Chrome or browsing the web in general. The phone didn’t heat up during gaming sessions either, and I managed to run Asphalt 8, etc on this. Coolpad Mega 2.5D might not be the fastest phone you’ll buy, but it does manage the daily tasks well.

The phone also comes with a big 5.5-inch HD display, which is not bad for the asking price. A bigger display I would say is better suited for watching videos, etc. For folks on a tight budget, getting a bigger phone makes more sense.

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The rear camera is not bad on this either and in daylight can take some nice shots. However, Coolpad Mega can’t handle colours like pinks, reds, etc correctly as there is a tendency to make them look too sharp, and the colours do bleed.

What’s not so good?

In our GeekBench 3 battery test, Coolpad 3’s battery lasted under seven hours, which is not impressive. Heavy daily usage, means this won’t a last a full day. The only reason that’s a problem is because there are options in Rs 7000 range that are come with two-day battery life.

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The Coolpad UI, which borrows iOS style with settings in the bottom menu, is a bit confusing and not the smoothest to work around with. Also the phone is quite slow to boot up, and there were times when the phone would freeze.

Verdict

Selfie obsession is fine, and Coolpad Mega 2.5 manages to have a slight edge on the front for this price point. But for an overall performance, my bet is still the Redmi 3s because of the battery, which I think is a feature you can’t overlook when choosing a smartphone.

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