CloudFone Thrill Access Unboxing And First Impressions - Exquisitely Good?

This year of 2016, CloudFone experienced a lot of good changes that started with good calculated partnerships and initiatives. As a result, the ever growing local smartphone maker was able to curate products with higher standard of quality that strengthened their reputation as a high-caliber yet brand with great affordability.
CloudFone Thrill Access unboxing and first impressions
CloudFone Thrill Access unboxing and first impressions

To keep that momentum they got from the Excite Prime going, they must not stop in innovating. To ensure that, the company has followed it up with two phones from the Thrill Metal series which includes our recently reviewed Thrill Plus, a multimedia centric device with dual front facing speakers and stylish design.

The other phone that they launched is the Thrill Access, the company's first smartphone that's equipped with a fingerprint scanner. Also known as the fingerprint control, it can be used to secure your phone, files, unlock, and as a shortcut to 5 other apps. Aside from that, the handset dons their famed metal casing and several modern features.

Those traits sparked our interest to checkout this device out and see if this phone is worth all the hype today. Let's start with our review.

Disclaimer: This unit was provided by CloudFone for an honest review

CloudFone Thrill Access Review

Display: 5 Inch HD IPS 1280 x 720 resolution at 294 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz 64 Bit MT6735 quad core processor
GPU: Mali T720
RAM: 2 GB
ROM: 16 GB expandable via micro SD card slot up to 64 GB
Back Camera: 8 MP f/2.0 Omnivision sensor w/ AF and LED flash
Selfie Camera: 5 MP f/2.4 Omnivision sensor w/ wide angle and LED flash
Battery: 2,500 mAh
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, LTE, Bluetooth, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM (dual micro)
Sensors: Accelerometer, proximity, light, orientation, magnetometer
Others: Fingerprint controls
Dimensions: 143.2 x 71.2 x 8.4 mm
Price: 4,999 Pesos

Unboxing / Accessories

The black new box of CloudFone
The black new box of CloudFone

Like the Thrill Plus, the Thrill Access is equipped with the same new packaging design of CloudFone. It highlights the assumed stylish look and new fingerprint control feature.


After opening the package, you'll find the gorgeous Thrill Access, 1A wall charger / adapter, USB to micro USB data / charging cable, and Spotify edition in ear monitors with mic. On top of that, CloudFone did not forget to include a high-quality type of TPU case and a screen protector to further protect the handset from accidents.
All the generous finds inside the box
All the generous finds inside the box
Like what we said before, this is the type of generous package we like!
It makes the package complete which gives convenience with added handset protection. Plus we believe that this type of initiatives will win customer trust and love in the long run. Keep it up!

Build Quality / Design

The metal casing of the phone showing the protruding camera, flash, logo, and speaker below

Coming from the great build and style of the Thrill Plus, this handset can definitely keep up. As a matter of fact, it is slightly improved and feels tougher than ever. The metal case it is using feels harder to bend is has more metal than ever. In front, there 5 inch screen is made out of glass that doesn't have Gorilla or Dragontrail glass coating on top. Fortunately, it doesn't scratch easily and isn't that prone to fingerprint smudges.
Metal case removed
Metal case removed (micro SD card and dual SIM slots present)

Having this type of build ensures that the phone is designed to last. Even if it has plastic parts inside, the metal case is there to protect the internals of the phone.
3.5 mm headphone jack found on top
3.5 mm headphone jack found on top
There's also the earspeaker and selfie cam w/ flash above
Microphone and micro USB slot
Microphone and micro USB slot
Textured power button and volume rocker at right
Textured power button and volume rocker at right

Looking at its design, this is their most stylish yet! It has more curves and grip than usual CloudFone devices. The metal cover has upper slightly chamfered edges, good semi rounded corners, and gorgeous curve edge at the back. This phone also has a good type of upper and lower grip that prevents it from being slippery to hold.

So far, the only notable flaw in its design is the protruding camera behind that might get scratches if you don't like using the TPU case included.
The Thrill Access is looks good enough to be a flaunt worthy phone!
Speaking of grip and hold, this a rare type of an affordable smartphone that feels refined. The craftsmanship is exquisite, a joy to hold, and has the right amount of weight that won't make it tiring in the hands. The rest of the ports and buttons are easy to reach and locate as well.

Camera teaser

Window daylight shot
Cropped photo
Cropped photo
Close-up coffee shop in dim light
Close-up coffee shop in dim light

As of the moment

Over 10 hours of work battery life is GREAT!
Over 10 hours of work battery life is GREAT!

CloudFone's Thrill Access is a joy to use so far. The build and design is outstanding for the price, it seems to be a stable phone, and takes great photos. On top of that, we enjoyed that it has long battery life for a device with 2,500 mAh rating only.

Then we are excited to see the full potential of its 8 MP main camera w/ manual controls, 5 MP wide angle selfie camera w/ flash, and etc.

For our full review: CloudFone Thrill Access Review - Style And Substance!
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