Jaima Intercontinental Pvt. Ltd, the official distributor of Coolpad smartphones in Nepal, unveiled the Coolpad Mega 2.5D almost eight months ago. Since then a lot of smartphones have been launched in the same price range of Rs 16,496. So is the Coolpad Mega 2.5D still a good option to buy at this price range? Will the Coolpad Mega 2.5D cater properly to your needs? Well, let us find the answer to those questions in this full review.
The Coolpad Mega 2.5D is a good-looking smartphone with its metal chassis and plastic back. The inclusion of metal gives the phone some much-needed premium touch. With a dimension of 153 x 76.8 x 7.9 mm, the phone fits comfortably in the hands. Overall, the phone is quite appealing to the eyes and doesn’t look cheap at all even with the plastic back. That said, a unibody aluminum build would have been highly appreciated in a mid-tier smartphone in 2017.
The Coolpad Mega 2.5D gets its name from the sleek-looking 2.5D glass the phone comes with. It gives this phone an extra push in terms of both aesthetics and functionality. And driving this 2.5D glass is a 5.5 inch HD IPS display with a pixel density of 233PPI. The display itself is very good with true to life color reproduction and great outdoor visibility. The phone also exhibits good resistance to scratches all thanks to the NEG manufactured glass. Here again, I would have much preferred a Full HD display instead of what the phone offers. That being said, it is still a very capable display which will cater superbly to the needs of many people.
The Mega 2.5D had no trouble keeping up with my day-to-day activities. The MediaTek MT6735P processor coupled with 3GB RAM was able to take whatever I threw at it. I was also easily able to play games like Clash Royal, Candy Crush, and Subway Surfer with the Mali-T720MP2 GPU. I, however, did notice some stutters and dropped frames while playing heavier titles like Nova 3, Dead Trigger 2, and Injustice 2. All in all, the performance of this phone is decent especially considering its price.
In the software side, the phone runs Coolpad’s own custom skin Cool UI 8.0 based on Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The software on the phone and I have a love-hate kind of relationship! I love things like the control panel for easy toggle access, the C button, the built-in themes and screen recorder. I, however, dislike how the core Android has been heavily modified that it is not even identifiable on this phone. The iconography is also very stale and totally needs an overhaul. The UI itself too is a bit laggy and is one of the weakest points of the phone.
The Coolpad Mega 2.5D packs a f/2.2 8MP rear camera accompanied by an LED flash. The photos taken from the camera were decent with sub-par color reproduction and vividness. The camera offers a lot of shooting modes and feature set so that you nail the perfect shot. There is also a Pro mode if you want to fix the nitty-gritty of your shots. Overall, the picture quality of the Mega 2.5D is decent for a phone of this price range. That said, the low light capability of the camera is poor as photos shot in such scenarios came out to be blurry and pixellated.
The same goes for the front f/2.2 8MP sensor. Selfies taken in daylight were good but dim the lights down and you have a recipe for disaster. That said, I am really impressed with how wide the lens of the selfie camera is. This was super helpful in fitting all my friends into the frame while taking a group selfie.
Connectivity wise the phone offers a hybrid sim card slot meaning that you can either use two Nano sim cards or one Nano sim card and a Micro-SD card up to 32GB. Out of the box, the phone itself comes with 16GB of built-in storage. Other connectivity options include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, 4G and USB 2.0.
The phone packs a 2500mAh non-user removable battery. The battery life of this phone is decent as it lasted me a good 3-4 hours. Casual users will not have any problem getting a full day worth of battery life out of this phone. And if the battery does run out, there is the inclusion of Fast Battery Charger and an efficient battery charging mode to get juiced quicker.
The Coolpad Mega 2.5D is a decent phone which offers things like a great design, a wide selfie camera, and a gorgeous 2.5D glass. The phone, however, lacks in many key areas like the build, display resolution, and the user interface. The phone also lacks a fingerprint scanner which should be a standard at this price range. The camera too is average at best and lacks the same level of fineness one would expect from a smartphone camera in the mid-tier section. That being said, if you still buy the Coolpad Mega 2.5D you will get a phone which looks super classy and will be the center of attraction among your friends while taking those precious group selfies.