Expert Review of Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496
As we move further into the smartphone era, the devices become more and more sophisticated and elegant. More and more companies are getting access to better technologies and thus, are better equipped to compete with the big boys. The effect has been felt by a lot of Indian manufacturing firms as well, as they have been doing exceedingly well in the mobile segment better than they have ever done so. Spice is another tier2 brand that has raised their performance in the recent times. A lot of companies have been working hard towards enhancing the repertoire of the flagship devices and this is exactly what we see with Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496. The device has a 4.5-inch capacitive touch screen that is driven by a resolution of 960 by 540pixels. The device has the dimensions 127.5mm by 66.5mm by 10.5mm and weighs 119 grams. Since this weight is considered by taking the battery into consideration, we can say that this is a pretty light device. An internal memory of 4GB is generally a good starting point but not all of it would be available for the user to store data. Therefore, there would come a time when the user would have to go for the memory expansion, which can be done with the help of the microSD card slot. The user can enhance the external memory of the gadget up to 32GB. The hardware looks reliable with the 1.2GHz quad core processor, which puts it on the top with the best device in the market while the software platform chosen is also Android Jelly Bean, the latest offering from Google. The camera is of 5megapixels that actually turns out to be pretty impressive and produces some stunning results so that we can go ahead and say, they are better than what Samsung Galaxy Ace produces. The resolution at which they work is 2592 by 1944pixels while features like LED flash and auto focus really help the user in difficult backgrounds. Video recordings are not consistent but do provide sharper results at times. The device does not have a secondary camera. The internet looks good too with the presence of GPRS and WAP browser while there is also the HTML browser. Also, the Wi-Fi is a formidable feature but Wi-Fi hot spot would please the user more by enabling them to make the device as a mini server for other devices to connect with the web. The USB port and Bluetooth come together to complete the connectivity features. There are plenty of utility features that the Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 offers with dual SIM and private security mode. The former allows the user to have two numbers in use at the same time without deactivating the other number. The battery strength is a vital part of any Android smartphone simply because they are more liable to lose power with higher configuration apps. The 1700mAh standard lithium-ion battery is not what you would call weak but certainly leaves a lot to be desired. There are many applications that the smartphone offers, and are worth mentioning such as, Calendar, Calculator, Alarm, Clock, Google Sync, Multitasking, Private Security, Google Talk, VAS Apps, Caller Group, Quick Dial, and World Clock (Format12/24, Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, To-Do List, Stopwatch, and Timer).
User Interface and UI functionality
The Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 comes with a 4.5-inch TFT capacitive touch screen backed by a resolution of 960 by 540pixels. The pixel density is not bad either. The touch screen is reasonably quick while the user also gets a track ball navigation system for interacting with the device that is an interesting addition to say the least.
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 offers a music and video player along with a formidable FM radio that can record songs as well. MP3, WAV, Midi are some of the formats that the music player supports while the video player is compatible with the formats MP4 and 3GP. Earphones and loudspeakers are the ways to put the music through your ears where the former can be connected to the gadget with the help of a 3.5mm jack.
Pictures and Video quality
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 has a phenomenal 5-megapixel camera that performs better than most cameras of similar strengths. To be precise, images can be clicked at a resolution of 2592 by 1944pixels. The LED flash allows the user to click brighter images in darker surroundings while the auto focus is for precision that can pin point the relevant object. Video recordings are good at certain times while not so much at other.
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 has the GPRS, XHTML, and WAP browser for interacting with the web and visiting the desired web sites including Facebook and YouTube. The internet is fast in favorable conditions but not so much in remote areas, which is a drawback. Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hot spot is also accommodated.
Internal and External Memory
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 has a 4GB internal memory with a cushion of 32GB that the microSD card slot provides for the user to expand the device in terms of memory. The RAM is of 1GB capacity, and is impressive to complement the 1.2GHz quad core processor well.
Applications and Gaming
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 is not that high on the number of games it offers as far as pre installed applications are considered but that does not mean that the user stays deprived of the same. With Android Jelly Bean, the Android online app store offers plenty of options to choose from in terms of games like Temple Run and apps like WhatsApp.
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 is aided by the standard lithium-ion battery of 1700mAh that does a decent job in providing a longer usage time with the gadget but a little more power back up would have been nice.
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 has lots to offer in the connectivity department with USB port, Bluetooth, GPRS, HTML, EDGE, Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hot spot.
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 when compared to Micromax Canvas has a smaller screen with the latter featuring a 5-inch display and the former 4.5inches. The resolution is much higher with Micromax Canvas. Both the devices run on a quad core processor and are backed by a 1GB RAM. The camera offered by Micromax Canvas just outperforms Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 with the former providing a 13-megapixel shutter and the latter 5 megapixels. The battery strength is more with Micromax Canvas with 2000mAh standard lithium-ion battery as compared to the 1700mAh provided by Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496.
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 Description
Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496, another good looking product from the house of Spice Mobiles. Spice has partnered Chinese telecommunications equipment company; named Coolpad, to manufacture smartphones for the international markets. Coolpad is the 3rd largest smartphone company in China. Spice has done the same in terms of Indian market; it’s not one of the largest, but, surely one of the brightest companies. Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 is nicely designed by the engineers and its ergonomic design says all, when it lies in the hands of the beholder. The elegant looking cell phone is equipped with the most advanced Android operating system, that is, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The latest operating system will bring all the new set of applications and a wide variety of games. Jelly Bean is fast, fluid and smooth, it’s now much easier to switch between apps or switch back to homescreen pane. It will improve the overall system performance and things will turn really effortless. The operating system comes with pre-loaded NetQin Antivirus to help protect the documents and files from viruses. Along with the latest Android JB OS the device has got 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with qHD display that boasts out the resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. The resolution makes the images crisp and clear even in the bright sunlight. On one side, the screen size is good enough to use the cell phone single handedly and on the other hand, it is easy to keep it into the pocket. Spice Coolpad 2 Mi 496 has got a heavy duty quad-core 1.2GHz processor working silently under the hood; but, handles all the cores of the high-end gaming and multitasking with ease. The cell phone has got 1GB of RAM that adds value to the smartphone. Working on office apps or playing high-end graphic games, it’s all nice and easy.
The cell phone doesn’t lag while multitasking or switching between apps. The tri-band cell phone has a 4GB internal memory and the external memory is expandable up to 32GB with the help of a microSD card. Another prominent feature of the cell phone is its 5MP rear camera. When the 5MP auto focus camera joins the hands with LED flash light the outcome is appealing. Pictures taken by this gadget is quite impressive. With the GPS/A-GPS given in the cell phone user can track location and do turn-by-turn tracking as well. The device is equipped with 1,700mAh battery that stays awake up to 4-5 hours. The dual-SIM smartphone supports 3G connectivity on 1 SIM (the other SIM supports 2G). Though it’s been blessed with Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi tethering go online. The Indian brand has loaded the cell phone with all the possible features, and that too in a budgeted price. The gadget does reasonably good and is a fair deal.