Recently, we acquired a new set of mobile device and what’s good about it, we didn’t purchase it because we won it from a tweet-live challenge during the launching of the product. It’s been a week now since we get a hold of the device and the new CloudFone Thrill 430X mobile promises to revolutionize usage mileage compared to existing mobile brands through its 4160mAh Polymer battery that will last up to 3 days of greatest use. Based on consumers reaction and reviews that we read online, it’s the 3 day battery life that gets most of the raves of this unit. So we took that road test and put our new CloudFone Thrill 430X unbiased unboxing drain-the-battery challenge for the week.
Before we end our test’s result, we would like to share the featured qualities of CloudFone Thrill 430X. Let’s start with the price.
CloudFone Thrill 430X sells at Php 7,777 (SRP) and when you buy it, you’ll get a FREE Globe prepaid SIM – at least that’s what the flyer says. It’s also a Dual SIM phone. Is it a good catch? Read more.
CloudFone Thrill 430X runs on 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Android OS and already has built-in apps such as GServices, GMovies, GMessage, GCash, Google Play Store, and others to go with it. You’ll notice that several apps came from Globe. It’s because it is also available in Globe for postpaid plans. You can easily add your favorite apps like Facebook, Twitter, LINE, Instagram, and all those you can put on to kick-off your device.
According to its maker, it has 4GB Internal Storage. So we check the internal storage of our unit and it seems to have 1.32GB for its Total Space. The apps installed eat out 242MB and other pre-installed gets the chunk of 74.21MB. For the Internal Storage of our unit, we only have an available 1.01 GB left. That is if we won’t be adding more apps soon. For its Phone Storage, we still have 1.63GB left out of its 1.7GB Total Space. This is very important to take notice of, because you might not want to slow down your device when you’re running out of storage space. So once in while, you should be checking out your phone memory’s storage. For the SD Card, out of the 2GB that we installed (appearing only as 1.86GB), we still have 1.15 GB left. This is very much good for us, considering that we have downloaded music, took some pictures and played lots of videos in this one week road test. And we still have so much room left to cover.
We haven’t used any Data yet because we usually connects to a Wi-Fi. And according to our battery meter, for this recent cycle charging, we have used 11% of the phone’s power. Usually, it’s the Wi-Fi that really chokes up the battery of certain mobile devices. Let’s wait next time when we use Data if it will be the same or not.
Camera and Video:
For the same reason we wanted to have a powerful Android phone is because we wanted to have a phone that can take good pictures and record videos on it. Most of the running mobiles are equipped with 5MP camera only, but CloudFone Thrill 430X has 8MP AF Camera with dual LED flash, front camera. This is very good for photo-bugs like us. The thing is when you record a video, you won’t be able to capture or imitate the sound from where you recorded it. We tried recording from live, TV, and outdoor, but the audio is kinda not what you are expecting it to be. We tried using an audio jack to power up the volume of the recording but just the same, the volume from the downloaded music is still way better than the audio when you record a video using the unit. But for the still camera, we are satisfied. One more thing, you will enjoy the panoramic settings of this phone. Not all smartphone has panoramic built-in, others you have to install the apps for you to enjoy taking panoramic shots. So this is still very cool.
If it’s a big concern for you, CloudFone Thrill 430X is a Snapdragon 1.2GHz Dual Core Processor, a very powerful system on chips that a lot of techies sure know to understand.
CloudFone Thrill 430X users will definitely enjoy its 4.3″ IPS QHD Capacitive Touchscreen that also rotates as you move the device to desired angle. Phone is locked and sleep after 30 seconds of inactivity. And just like any other smartphones, CloudFone Thrill 430X also has the capability to screenshot the image you want on your unit.
Press the Volume Down button and the Power button at the same time and you’ll get a screenshot. The Volume Down button is located on the lower half of the Volume button on the upper left side of the Cloudfone Thrill 430X. The Power button is on the upper right side.
Drain the Battery
Now we go to the meat part of this article. Know that we don’t intend to discourage or make poor judging of the CloudFone Thrill 430X battery performance, in fact, we do appreciate this prize (we immediately replaced the Android we were using for the past 2 years for our new CloudFone Thrill 430X) because aside of its big screen, we also expected a high-power performance from its 4160mAh Polymer battery. The weight of the battery is not an issue, in fact, it reflects its capacity through the “monster size” of this battery. But proving its worth is a challenge to take, and we need to be satisfied so we can firmly believe and recommend this to those who, like us, are active users of smartphones who cranks up when the battery goes down the level.
Here is our 6 seconds Vine where we show the official start of our 3 Day Drain the Battery Challenge: https://vine.co/v/br7TDMapIlO
We read some reviews and tweet post from people who experienced using the CloudFone Thrill 430X and we envied them. Why? Because 6 days after owning CloudFone Thrill 430X, we still couldn’t reach the 3 day power battery life. Are we the super active user? We don’t think so. Aside from playing music, and occasional picture-taking, our only regular consumption would be the Wi-Fi usage. But if we were to check the percentage of our Wi-Fi usage, it’s only averaging to 12% of our battery usage. We noticed that the highest percentage recorded on our CloudFone Thrill 430X battery would be the Cell standby which peaks at an average of 32-35% on each charging cycle.
Charging the battery
We already completed 5 cycle charging for the past 6 days, meaning we charged the unit almost every day as the battery drains from our usage. We deliberately drained the unit thinking that it will help the next charging cycle to reach it longest running capacity next time we use it. But it seems it’s not working. We are wondering, if the unit that we just won is defective or something’s wrong with it. Certainly, something’s not running well here. Actually, on our first hold of the unit, we noticed a slight change in temperature on the first hour of using CloudFone Thrill 430X. We don’t know if this is normal that suddenly, the unit is heating-up then warming to cool temperature.
Battery discharging update
To even sure that we are having a difficulty in proving the battery’s worth, we decided to tweet post a regular update on the performance of the battery for us to have a clear sight of how fast the battery life percentage drops down. In our latest screenshot, using CloudFone Thrill 430X on minimal usage (no music or videos played – we’re not into games either), there appears that during the 1 day 1 hour 14 minutes 7 seconds, the battery performance already dropped 32% discharging level. With this average, it is very far from the 3 day expectancy battery life.
We tried to get @cloudfone attention by tweeting them to Follow us so we can send them direct message to ask some questions about this not-that-normal battery fluctuations. But it seems they are overwhelmed and busy promoting the said device that they fail to notice my message on Twitter. We would greatly appreciate if they responded before we composed this article so we can be guided with some troubleshooting and clarifications. But 3 days already passed and we need to come up with an article, yet @cloudfone is not on the loop. We’re still waiting.
There you go. Scroll down for more CloudFone Thrill 430X launching highlights and photos at Privé Luxury Club.
CLoudFone Thrill 430x and other CloudFone units are available in kiosks nationwide, zalora.com.ph, and Globe centers.
Photos by iShootPh.
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