Spice Coolpad Mi-515 reviewed
Coolpad Mi-515 powered by a quad-core processor was recently launched by Spice in Indian market with a budget-friendly price tag of ₹9,990 to rival other local as well as international brands in the 5-inch smartphone segment.
The smartphone has been manufactured by Chinese brand Coolpad and is packed with a quad-core Meditek SoC clocked at 1.2GHz complemented by 1GB of RAM, 5-inch qHD display, 5-megapixel rear camera, 4GB of onboard storage expandable to 32GB using a microSD card, dual-SIM capabilities and Android 4.1.
The plastic body encased Spice Coolpad Mi-515 features a metallic blue paint and is 9.9mm thick and weighs just over 160g. The 5-inch smartphone does look good because of the metallic paint however if your hands are sweaty given the Indian weather conditions, chances are it might fall out of your hands because the surface is slippery.
There is nothing peculiar about the phone and feels like any other China made smartphone with buttons and slots as you would find in any other smartphone. On the down side the quality of plastic does seem to be low and finish of the product is also not up to the mark. Further, the handset we received had a paint chip issue and the headphone did seem to be sticking out a little even when inserted with full force. I believe this interfered with the radio thereby decreasing the reception capabilities of the handset.
The Mi-515 is equipped with a 5-inch qHD display with 940 x 560 pixel resolution and is quite lower than even 720p never mind the 1080p resolution you would find in many handsets today. The pixel per inch (ppi) intensity of 218 may be described as above average as the display does not suffer ‘much’ pixilation. I don’t know if it was just my handset or is the case with every Mi-515 out there but, colours were saturated and a bit bright too, which doesn’t always give a comfortable picture quality.
Having said that for a ₹9,990 smartphone (₹3,000 less than other 5-inch smartphones) the display is quite good and the viewing angle is also near perfect.
With Mediatek 1.2GHz processor powering the handset, the Spice Coolpad does rake in higher points when it comes to performance. The processor is known to perform well without any heating issues and apps seemed to be opening without much lag.
The Coolpad Mi-515 managed to score decent 12923 score on the Antutu benchmark probably because of the 1GB RAM and 1.2GHz processor. The smartphone did handle all the games properly as well – even those which were graphics intensive.
Even though the Coolpad has only a 5-megapixel rear camera we were surprised to find out that it is even better than the 8-megapixel ones found on quite a few other handsets. The camera worked great when capturing photos outside due to ample lighting conditions but, the indoor low-light photography didn’t disappoint either.
Zoom in function does render visible grains but, the overall colour details were much better than on few of the smartphone cameras we have seen. Some of the features of the camera are auto focus, HDR (high dynamic ratio), auto ISO and white balancing.
We didn’t like the front camera at all. You may carry out video calls but, that’s about it. I wouldn’t even recommend trying to get a self-portrait.
Connectivity & Battery
The smartphone is loaded with 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth – which is what most consumers would be looking at now a days. All these three options worked fine without any issues. FM radio did work fine as well.
The 2000 mAh battery supplying juice to The Spice Coolpad Mi 515 is more or less in line with what most other smartphones of this range pack. But, the battery didn’t impress us much as it even didn’t last a whole day on moderate use – 15 calls (5 min avg. duration), 30 min of 3G browsing and 10 min of Wi-Fi browsing. You could try and lower the brightness to save a little more power but, I don’t think there will be a lot of improvement.
Display and camera did surprise us and Mi-515 managed to score well on performance as well. But, design and battery is where the Spice Coolpad Mi515 lacks seriously. Inferior plastic body is a big No from us.
All-in-all an average smartphone with average specifications!