The smartphone market has mushroomed like crazy in the last 2 years and things don’t look like they are going to change anytime soon. Coolpad is one of the newest contenders in the smartphone market here in Nepal and the lineup they have brought in looks really promising. The Coolpad Cool1 is their flagship model and here’s the full review of the phone.
Coolpad Cool1 is a premium midranger from the house of Coolpad and it has a lot of things going for it. Priced at Rs.30,996, the phone packs a lot of features that is found in phones that reside in a class above. There’s a lot we like about the phone and a few things that we don’t. For now, let’s get right into our full review.
Coolpad Cool1 is completely made out of metal and feels really good in the hands. The chamfered edges, the dual tone finish, and the tactile buttons all scream premium. The front of the phone looks clean too without any brand labeling. All the buttons are logically laid out too.
Overall, the phone looks clean and there’s hardly anything to complain about the build of the phone. We wish that the phone could be slimmer but then again, it’s thick for a good purpose.
On the front, there are three capacitive buttons which glow and vibrate when touched. On the top, there’s an 8MP front camera, a speaker grill as well as a proximity & ambient light sensor. There’s also IR port and headphone jack at the top of the phone.
The back of the Coolpad Cool1 is quite busy with the dual-camera setup, dual-tone LED flash, a fingerprint scanner as well as a Coolpad logo on it. The left side of the phone only houses the dual SIM slot and is completely bare otherwise. The right side of the phone has volume rocker as well as the power button.
Like most of the mid-range phones, the Coolpad Cool1 comes with a 1080p IPS LCD display which is very sharp. The color temperature is a little cool which makes text and images look sharper than they actually are. The display is beautiful but the black bars clearly aren’t. When the screen is turned off, it looks as though there is minimal bezel in the phone. But the truth is that the there’s thick black borders which you will only see when the display is on.
If you can overlook the black borders, there’s very little not to like about the display. The panel used in this phone has to be one of the best 1080p LCD panels I have seen so far. Comparing it against the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4 and the Huawei GR5 2017, I can confidently say that the display of the Coolpad Cool1 is better.
The sunlight legibility of the display used in the Cool1 is also really good. I had no problem reading text at even broad daylight. The display can also get very dim when needed. The viewing angles of the phone are just as good. Watching movies on this panel with a friend or two won’t be a problem at all.
Coolpad Cool1 is the most powerful phone at this price range. Period. Under the hood of the Coolpad Cool1, you will find a Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC (which also powers the Samsung Galaxy C9 Pro priced at Rs. 55,990) coupled with 4GB of RAM. The two work really well and is the best combination we have seen in a phone at this price range. We have seen phones with 3GB RAM with good SoC and some phones with 4GB phones with awful SoCs.
Qualcomm Snapdragon 652 SoC performs exceptionally well in this phone. The memory management is also really good on this phone. I put the phone under stress and not once did the phone get extremely hot. The gaming performance on this phone is also really good.
Coolpad Cool1 runs on EUI which is based on Android 6.0.1. The software is clean and there are all the functions you will ever need. However, it’s not a software that I am really fond of. For instance, the notification shade doesn’t reveal quick settings toggle and the phone did crash several times in my 1 month testing period. In addition to that, hitting the multitasking button every time I want to change my brightness or turn on/off Bluetooth was frustrating.
Also, I am unsure if it will be getting future Android updates. Almost all Chinese OEMs (Xiaomi being an exception) never deliver the promise of updating their phones to the latest Android OS and we are yet to see if Coolpad will be among those manufacturers.
If you can look past the aforementioned things, you will actually like the experience with the phone. The UI is colorful and everything is logically laid out. There’s no app drawer but hey, most of the phones don’t come with one nowadays, anyways.
Coolpad Cool1 has 3 cameras: 2 at the back and 1 at the front. Let’s talk about the front camera first. On the front, you get an 8MP camera which is good. It’s not exceptional and we have seen better selfie camera phones. There’s the usual beauty mode and like Xiaomi phones, it will also predict your age. The phone camera app said I was 38 and there’s that!
Let’s talk about the rear cameras then. At the back of the Coolpad Cool1, there’s 2 13MP cameras with f/2.0 aperture. One of the sensors is monochrome which also calculates the depth information and is used for taking good bokehs!
It’s 2017 and dual camera setup is the craze. People don’t really care if they really work or not! They just want it there. Fortunately, though, the dual camera just isn’t for the show in the Cool1. When the SLR mode is turned on, the phone produces really good photos which look quite professional. However, if you look closely, you will see some of the work is done by the software and not entirely by the dual lenses. I have included sample images taken from the Coolpad Cool1. So, have a look at that if you are curious about its quality.
Coolpad Cool1 is powered by a 4060mAh non-removable battery which lasts forever! The battery endurance of the Coolpad Cool1 is far from good. In fact, it has one of the best battery endurance of any phone I have tested so far. The large battery, when coupled with efficient Qualcomm chipset has resulted in a really good battery life. If you are someone who uses a phone a lot, you seriously have to consider the Coolpad Cool1. Trust me, you won’t be disappointed.
This review of the Coolpad Cool1 may look very biased. But it clearly isn’t! Many of you will look at it as a paid advertisement but I can promise neither Coolpad nor anyone else said me to write what I wrote in this review.
Needless to say, the Coolpad Cool1 is the best phone you can buy in Nepal for under Rs.30,000. I, personally, highly recommend this phone.