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CloudFone Thrill 530QX Review: Competitive Performance, Crazy Battery Life

Our full review of the Cloudfone Thrill 530QX!

Our full review of the Cloudfone Thrill 530QX!

CloudFone Thrill 530QX Review

Most smartphones today will barely last us a day of moderate to heavy usage. There’s always that oh-so-dreaded moment wherein we see the battery icon turn red and our eyes start darting around the room looking for a socket to plug in the wall charger. Gone are the glorious days of the Nokia 5110 and 3210 with legendary battery life, lol. Anyway, Cloudfone was one of the first local brands to address this by coming out with the Cloudfone Thrill 430x which had a 4,160mAh battery. Cloudfone finally went back to their roots and rolled out the new Cloudfone Thrill 530QX recently, a 5.3-inch phablet with an earthshaking 4,500mAh battery pack.

We’ve been using the device for well over two weeks now and we’d like to share our full review. Before anything let’s quickly do a rundown of the specifications.

Cloudfone Thrill 530QX Spec Sheet

  • 1.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB Internal Storage, expandable via microSD Card
  • 5.3-inch IPS qHD glass display
  • 12.0-megapixels rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 5.0-megapixels front-facing camera
  • WiFi, WiFi Hotspot, 3G, HSPA+ Bluetooth, GPS/aGPS
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2
  • 4500mAh Battery
  • Comes with free USB OTG cable

>>> SEE ALSO: Cloudfone Thrill 530QX Unboxing and Initial Review

Bigger, thinner, sleeker, and sezzier than ever

Cloudfone Thrill 530QX in the house!

Cloudfone Thrill 530QX in the house!

While the Cloudfone Thrill 430x was literally built like a panzer tank (and as thick as one), the Cloudfone Thrill 530QX has more rounded corners, sleeker, and actually thinner. The biggest issue we had really with the previous model was that it stuck out like a giant pack of cigarettes when you slip it in your pocket. Don’t get me wrong though — the Cloudfone Thrill 530QX is still quite big and hefty. However the profile is thinner thanks to the design of the chassis and the more efficient battery pack.

Just so you have a better idea on how thinner this is, the Cloudfone Thrill 430x measured in at 14.2mm thick. The Cloudfone Thrill 530qx is down to just 11.2mm. That’s definitely a big improvement considering this model has better internals and an even longer-lasting battery.

Get a feel for the thickness

Get a feel for the thickness

In terms of build the Cloudfone Thrill 530qx uses mostly plastic with a smooth matte finish. It’s cool and comfortable to touch, especially the back plate. The layout of the back is actually quite clean. We have the camera centered on top with the Cloudfone logo at the bottom. Neatly tucked beneath it is the speaker grill.

Up front we have the 5.3-inch glass display. Cloudfone didn’t say if it was scratch resistant so best to get a screen protector especially if you’re going to use this as your daily driver. On the sides we have the usual ports and buttons. Resolution is qHD which comes out to around 200+ pixels per inch. Unfortunately this is one of the biggest flaws (more than the bulk) of the Cloudfone Thrill 530qx. As a phablet the display quality is absolutely critical because one of the main uses of a phablet is video playback. They definitely should have done better than qHD and went at the very least HD.

What the back looks like

What the back looks like

With a 5.3-inch form factor, the Cloudfone Thrill 530qx is not made for one handed use. You can probably try (and get frustrated) using it with one hand but it’s really easier to use it with both hands. The 11.2mm thickness, while thin compared to the previous model, is not really super slim it today’s phablet standards as well. That adds to the heft and bulk of the unit.

Not good for one hand

Not good for one hand

Over-all the device feels solid, sturdy, and hefty. Major improvement over the first Cloudfone Thrill 430x but display quality is lacking.

Fair Perfomance for a Fair Price

Kill the zombies!!!

Kill the zombies!!!

The device is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek 6589 processor which is proven to be very reliable when backed up by 1GB RAM. We used this for a week as a daily driver and used this mainly for gaming, social networking, browsing, calling and texting. We are happy to report that we encountered no major lags on this device. One observation of a fellow techie was that the reason for the good performance is probably because the quad-core processor and 1GB RAM set-up is overpowered for a 5.3-inch qHD display (usually it’s HD).

Note that we didn’t install any third party launchers since the stock UI is almost vanilla Android. But if ever you wish to do some more tweaking on the UI we always recommend downloading the Nova launcher. Its free on the Google Play Store (there’s a premium version with more features though).

To test graphics and processor, we downloaded and played our favorite trusty RAM and graphics hog, Dead Trigger.It ran pretty well with no lags or crashes even in later stages. An added bonus as well was that we were able to play for hours thanks to the phone’s long battery life. We also downloaded Angry Birds Star Wars II which is a new game from Rovio, the people behind Angry Birds. Gaming is more fun because of the big display.

Gaming is fun on a big screen :)

Gaming is fun on a big screen :)

Other than gaming, the Cloudfone Thrill 530qx delivers a decent viewing experience as well! We say decent mainly because it has a big screen and the color reproduction for videos is actually good. It could have been much better though if they used (again) an HD display.

Walking Dead muna pag may time

Walking Dead muna pag may time

In terms of Antutu Benchmark, the Cloudfone Thrill 530qx hit 13,000+ which is to be expected of phones running on the Meditek Quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. All-in-all it can pretty much handle whatever you throw at it.

Camera

Our biggest gripe with the camera is the lack of BSI (back side illumination) and photos on low light situations look dull and dark even with the flash on. CloudFone has their own camera app called “HiCamera” which is pre-installed on the device and its the default camera app. The Android camera app is also present there but you have to access it on the gallery. The Android camera will activate from your latest photo then swipe to the right. We find the HiCamera app more useful since it has more options and toggles like beauty shot, panorama, HDR, and smile shot. More options means more ways to improve your photos.

Sample shots for your reference:

outdoor

outdoor

low light

low light

good light

good light

mid-light

mid-light

Battery: Power Overwhelming!!!

This is the most important part of the review, the battery. We did a more comprehensive battery test since this the phone’s main selling point. We started our one day battery drain test at 7:20am charged at 100% with WiFi turned on. So we downloaded games, did some camera tests and usual calls and texts. The battery only dropped to 98% at 10:34am. We downloaded an app which enables us to watch live TV feed from local channels. Since its almost lunchtime we watched our favorite daytime teleserye Be Careful With My Heart then played some more games and we even had an hour call from a client. By 2:38pm, the battery dropped 87%. his time, we decided to max out the brightness, turn on 3G, and played some more, watched You Tube videos and had a video call but the battery only dropped to 78% as of 6:51pm. We continued our battery test and by 10:14pm, battery was down to 65%. Impressive! We never charged the phone in between testing. This is the first time we spent so much time and effort to drain a phone’s battery (and we never accomplished the mission of draining it to 0% lol).

With light usage it can last you days. With moderate usage you can probably go up to two-three. With heavy you will get through the day and have some extra for the next.

HALIMAW KA!

HALIMAW KA!

Our verdict: the CloudFone Thrill 530qx has one hell of a battery.

Verdict: Battery Juggernaut

The CloudFone Thrill 530qx may not be the sleekest, slimmest and most ergonomic phone in the market but it offers three outstanding factors that many smartphones in this category failed to have – super long battery life, snappy performance and sturdy build. If there are hits, there are some misses as well like the camera lacking BSI, the phone’s weight, and the display quality.

Over-all though we think it’s a fairly good deal. For 9,999 you get a strong performer with crazy battery life. Two thumbs up Cloudfone!

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7 comments

  1. i have one and all you have said is true :D nice review!

    oh may i say that the games are installed in your phone memory and even you have an sd card you need to root and use link2sd to save your app on your sd card (same as the a919i of myphone)

  2. Ok po ba ang touch responsiveness neto? Kasi po yun din ang isa sa mga issues ng 430x e..

  3. Interested Individual

    Where can I buy this phone in NCR – Makati? Tsaka meron ba tong mga accessories available? San po? I’m working in Shaw Boulevard near StarMall. Thanks.

  4. How responsive is the phone in terms of the text messaging? I’m really curious because a lot phones nowadays use similar displays as the iPhone so I’m wondering if it is as responsive as the iPhone, or close.

  5. Since built yung battery, how do you reboot the phone kapag nag hang?

  6. my sister got a problem regarding this phone. nahilo siya habang ginagamit nya yung phone. uminit dung phone tas bigla na lang siyang nahilo. help kung anong cause ng pag init ng phone or malakas ba ang radiation nito.

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