Google’s open source Operating System Android has become a great option for Indian manufacturers. Right from Micromax to Karbonn and other companies like Spice and Intex are riding on the Android wave against global manufacturers. The devices from Indian manufacturers are able to counter the products from the not only other major Android manufacturers such as Samsung, HTC, but also companies using different platform- Apple (iOS) and Nokia (Windows Phone 8). The reason can be attributed to the combination of superb hardware at an affordable price, which in comparison might cost two to three times more if it’s a device from renowned manufacturer.
But, many Indian companies are even going beyond this and Spice is one such company. It has recently partnered with 3rd largest smartphone company in China- Coolpad. According to the partnership, Spice will bring Coolpad’s expertise in devices in its Indian smartphones. The devices will be aptly branded as Spice Coolpad. Spice Mi-515 Coolpad is one such device and is one of the cheapest quad-core processor powered smartphone in India. So, is its low enough price with a quad-core processor enough to make it a best buy or does it have some caveats. Let’s find out in the review of Spice Mi-515 Coolpad.
Externals: Design and Display
The Spice Mi-515 features a conventional smartphone design and looks fairly similar to other smartphone at first look. However, it curved edges gives it a different and nice looks. Talking about the device’s front, the majority of it is covered by screen. There is a Coolpad branding at the top along with an earpiece. While the bottom has a set of three capacitive keys used for Menu, Home and Back navigations. These keys only lit up when the screen is on making them invisible to the user at other times. The device has thickness of 9.9 mm which is neither good, nor bad and makes it easy to handle. However, its weight at 161 g is a tad too much than other smartphones with similar specifications.
At the sides, the power button is available at the right whereas the volume rocker is at the left. The top side has a standard 3.5 mm headphone jack as well as micro USB port for charging and data transfer. The bottom side is completely free of any elements. At the back, it has a glossy back cover which also makes it a fingerprint magnet. Primary camera with LED flash and a speaker grille is also present at the back. One can also see the prominent Spice Coolpad logo at the middle. The back is removable and reveals dual SIM card slots and micro SD card slot along with a removable battery. It is important to note that one SIM slot supports 3G connectivity, while the other one is normal SIM slot.
Spice Mi-515 sports a massive 5 inch display with qHD resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, resulting in pixel density of 220 pixel per inches. The display offers good colors and wide viewing angles.
Internals: Hardware and Software
Enough about the exteriors of the smartphone, let’s take a peek at what’s inside. The device is powered by MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. This is the same processor which is seen on almost all the devices from Indian manufacturers. The processor is paired with a 1 GB of RAM. The combination is enough to offer smooth navigation and ensure lag-free interface. One can easily play powerful games like Asphalt 8, Dungeon hunter, etc. on the device without seeing any performance issues. In memory department, the Spice Mi-515 Coolpad gets a 4 GB of internal memory, out of which only around 1.7 GB is available to the end user. The remaining is being used by the device for Operating System and system apps. But, don’t worry for your space requirements, the handset offer expandable memory with the help of micro SD cards up to 32 GB. We would sincerely suggest the user to get an expandable memory card for the device as the internal memory will easily get filled with the apps itself.
Of course, all the hardware and other features are of no use if the device doesn’t offer good battery life. The Spice Mi-515 Coolpad is supplied by a Li-ion battery of 2000 mAh which gives it average battery life. One can expect it to run a single day of usage with basic tasks, but if multimedia and gaming is done too much, then the battery will die down sooner.
The smartphone is loaded with Android 4.1.2 version codenamed as JellyBean. The device has very minimal customizations and isn’t loaded with any bloat ware. However, there are some useful changes like ability to hide the keyboard, which means more screen real estate when typing is not required.
Camera and Connectivity
In photography department, the smartphone has a 5 MP camera at the back which gets illuminated by LED flash. It has useful functionalities like autofocus, geo-tagging and touch focus. The camera offers decent quality photos but one can’t expect it to perform at par with a digital camera, or popular smartphones like Apple iPhone, Samsung Galaxy S4 for that matter. The device also has a VGA (0.3 MP) camera at the front, which will be useful for video calling purposes.
The device has all the standard connectivity options including 2G/ 3G network support, Bluetooth, WI-Fi and GPS with Assisted GPS.
Spice Mi-515 Coolpad smartphone comes across as a great choice for anyone looking to get a powerful performer at a pocket friendly price. Priced around Rs 9,000, the smartphone is surely a good option for people looking for a quad-core processor. Although, it has an average camera of just 5 MP, but other features make up for it.
- 5 inch IPS LCD display with qHD resolution
- 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 4 GB in-built storage, expansion slot supporting micro SD cards up to 32 GB
- 5 MP primary camera with LED flash
- VGA front camera
- 2G/ 3G network support
- Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS
- 2000 mAh battery
- Android version 4.1.2 (codenamed Jelly Bean).