**UPDATE-1** :: Their are NOT MUCH heating issues with this smartphone like in Moto G 4th Gen. The little bit of heating can also be rectified by putting a good quality back cover on the device.
**UPDATE-2** :: Their are NO PERFORMANCE ISSUES till now. The phone is working absolutely FINE as was at the first day of usage.
**UPDATE-3** :: Don't Worry, it will be in stock very soon. Chill!
I have been using this device for around 2 months now regularly comparing it with REDMI NOTE 3(RS.12000). Earlier, I thought that no phone in the market can beat REDMI NOTE 3 but I was TOTALLY WRONG. I mean, look at COOLPAD NOTE 5 DESIGN, SPECS, FEATURES and what not it gives you at a miraculous price of Rs.10999!
This smartphone's main competitor is Redmi Note 3 which costs Rs.1000 more than this. I was using it as my primary device from last 6 months or so and WAS TOTALLY SATISFIED with it in every way. Then, I managed to get this NOTE 5 and it COMPLETELY CHANGED MY THINKING about getting the features of Redmi Note 3 + Extra Features leaving me with Rs.1000 (THOUGH THEY ARE BAN NOW!)
Although, I was a bit loose and concerned about using a Coolpad device as I had not heard or saw much gadgets of this brand earlier. But, I must tell you that my DECISION to purchase this smartphone was TOTALLY CORRECT.
To be honest, I didn't wonder that a mobile under Rs.11000 can give me all the features that I see in a product of Rs.18000 EXCEPT GIVING me the branding of a "Not So Famous" brand. I GUARANTEE YOU that COOLPAD NOTE 5 is WAY AHEAD THAN ITS COMPETITORS TODAY BEATING REDMI NOTE 3 by a long-long margin.
So, If you are thinking of BUYING this mobile or have SHORTLISTED it, then you must read my EXPERIENCE about NOTE 5 below. If you don't want to read the WHOLE review, skip to the DEAL MAKER, DEAL BREAKER and CONCLUSION sections below and you will understand whether to buy this device or not.
Also KUDOS from me to you, THE READER, as YOU are a SMART BUYER who is first THOROUGHLY RESEARCHING about the product and THEN THINKING whether to PURCHASE it or not. CHEERS!
A) FEATURES WHICH MATTERS AND NOT JUST SPECS SHEET ::
--} This mobile has a 8 Mega Pixel front facing camera WITH LED FLASH. The front facing camera is ABOVE AVERAGE or say, BETTER than what you normally get in a mobile phone of THIS PRICE SEGMENT. The PRIMARY CAMERA is a 13 Mega Pixel shutter. In terms of Camera, It DOES GETS BEATED from REDMI NOTE 3's camera at FOCUSING and LOW LIGHT PHOTOGRAPHY.
--} Otherwise, the camera is similar to that of Redmi's and is GREAT IN TERMS OF QUALITY AND RICHNESS/SHARPNESS OF THE IMAGE. Camera, both primary and secondary will not disappoint you at all IF YOU see it as a Rs.11000 phone and not as Google Pixel!
CAMERA RATING ::
PRIMARY CAMERA : 9.5/10
SECONDARY CAMERA: 8.5/10
--} This device comes with a 5.5 inch FULL HD IPS display with 401 pixels per inch which is MORE THAN SUFFICIENT for GAMING AND DAILY USAGE and the screen DOES NOT feel PIXELATED or LESS CRISPY at all.
--} The SCREEN BRIGHTNESS is ACCEPTABLE BUT NOT GREAT if you look at the screen in DIRECT SUNLIGHT. It comes with a SCRATCH RESISTANT GLASS PROTECTION and not Gorilla Glass protection. The QUALITY, CONTRAST, SHARPNESS and BLACK LEVELS of screen is slightly better than REDMI NOTE 3 in my opinion but it SLIGHTLY LACKS IN BRIGHTNESS.
SCREEN RATING :: 9/10
(iii) DESIGNING OF SOFTWARE AND PHONE-
--} The phone looks 'ROYALE' and is ONE OF THE BEST METALLIC UNIBODY CRAFTING I HAVE SEEN in a 11000 INR smartphone. The FEEL that you get when you HOLD THIS PHONE or the way it APPEALS to you when it sits at your desk is simply MESMERIZING.
--} I do not feel ANYONE of ANY AGE category will dislike the design of this phone. If possible, do not put BACK COVER as it will highly decrease the CLASSIC ROYAL LOOK of the phone.
--} Overall, the mobile weighs 170g and is comparatively SLIM if you do not dress it with a bulky back cover. The UI is not one of the best UI's and lacks that small-small features like you see in MIUI. But as it is an Android compatible mobile phone, you can CUSTOMIZE THE UI THE WAY YOU WANT TO and even replace the original UI completely. Any day.
DESIGN RATING ::
APPEARANCE : 9/10
SOFTWARE : 7.5/10
(iv) BATTERY, SPEAKERS, VIRTUAL REALITY AND PERFORMANCE-
--} This headset comes with a 4010 mAH BATTERY which can easily last 1 DAY if you are a HEAVY USER and Net Surfer. For NORMAL users like me, it lasts for an average of 2 DAYS EASILY with 10% Battery STILL LEFT! And Yes, it does support QUICK CHARGING. You have to BUY A QUICK CHARGER SEPARATELY.
--} The SPEAKERS are NOT that great in bass but are CLEAR and LOUD. Even in a price segment of Rs.20000, the quality of speakers in mobile phones is not that great and so is the case with this piece also. It has 3.5 mm JACK and EARPHONES ARE INCLUDED IN THE BOX TOO which are not GREAT but GOOD.
--} PERFORMANCE WISE, the phone RARELY HANGED OR LAGGED in my DAILY USAGE and BUT IN HARDCORE MULTI TASKING and switching between HEAVY GAMES and APPS, A SLIGHT LAG CAN BE NOTICED! I assure you that in day to day normal usage, the hardware is enough to handle all the pressure.
--} It comes with a whooping 4 GB of RAM which is way more than enough and you get it in just Rs.11000! Redmi Note 3 comes with 3 GB RAM. It comes with 32 GB Memory which CAN BE EXPANDED to 64 GB via micro SD card(Hybrid SIM Slot).
--} It is a dual sim phone(4G-4G) with VoLTE Support. It DOES NOT HAVE A IR Blaster which works as a remote controller for many electronic devices. It has FINGER PRINT UNLOCKING which is FAST.
--} If you are MUCH INTO VIRTUAL REALITY, LEAVE THIS PHONE AS IT DOES NOT COME WITH GYROSCOPE SENSOR AND MOST OF THE APPS REQUIRE IT. Although, you can still use VR Technology but the experience will NOT BE GOOD.
BATTERY RATING :: 10/10
SPEAKER RATING :: 7.5/10
PERFORMANCE RATING :: 8.5/10
--} The PRICE at which it gives you all the above mentioned features is a UNIQUENESS IN ITSELF! In my opinion, no other manufacturer can give you this combination of BRILLIANT HARDWARE, DESIGN, BUILT QUALITY AND CAMERA in just Rs.10999.
UNIQUENESS RATING :: 9/10
B) DEAL MAKER ::
a) 8MP Secondary Camera WITH LED FLASH
b) 5.5 inch IPS CAPACITIVE FULL HD Screen
c) 4010 mAH Battery
d) 4 GB of RAM
e) Free Protective Film
f) Qualcomm Quick Charging 2.0 Support
g) Included Earphones in the box which many companies skip nowadays.
C) DEAL BREAKER ::
a) GYROSCOPE SENSOR is not available which completely ruins VR experience and also the orientation and other uses of a gyroscope sensor. It will not affect you if you are not greatly into Virtual Reality!
--} Another point which is secondary and is definitely not a deal breaker is that IT DOES NOT SUPPORT NFC which I VERY RARELY USE. So, it does is a negative point but its effect is not that much significant.
D) CONCLUSION ::
--} In MY OPINION, Coolpad Note 5 is till date, the best smartphone you can buy under Rs.11000 but with one condition though that you are in terms with the fact that it does not support have a gyroscope sensor. Other than that, their is no smartphone out there today with this LEVEL of HARDWARE AND SOFTWARE at this PRICE POINT.
--} I couldn't find anything wrong or something like that in the device which may become a problem in the future except for the fact that nowadays, all the manufactures's AFTER SALES SERVICE, save Samsung, Apple, One-Plus,etc., takes a time of about 15-20 days to RESOLVE the PROBLEM, if any.
FINAL RATING :: 9.5/10
I have attached photos that I clicked with this smartphone in various lightning conditions. For ZOOMING QUALITY, their is a zoomed photo of cute turtle in comparison with normal photo.
And, THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME AND PATIENCE. If you have any questions regarding this device, FEEL FREE to COMMENT by clicking on the comment link below and I will surely answer all your queries as soon as I see them.