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CloudFone Thrill Plus Unboxing And First Impressions - Designed To Entertain?

In the realm of affordable smartphones, choosing the best that suits your needs matter. Gladly, if you're the type of person with limited funds but wanted a decent overall phone, CloudFone has something in-store for you.
CloudFone Thrill Plus unboxing and first impressions
CloudFone Thrill Plus unboxing and first impressions

Apart from from the Excite Prime, the prominent local smartphone maker recently released the Thrill Plus from their re-imagined Thrill Metal series. It's the higher-end edition of the Thrill HD that promises to be a great multimedia machine on a budget paired with premium looks, durable build, good cameras, and decent specs.

Talking about its touted multimedia capabilities, the Thrill Plus is the only phone I know in the sub 4K range that has a loud dual front facing speakers setup and dual ear-speakers setup that can be used for calls on both sides using its rotate inversion mode. Then while its common to find an HD screen at this price point, not everyone of them uses the high quality Sharp made OGS LCD.

That's why when we got our demo unit for review, we got excited to unbox it and start with this part 1 of our review. Check it out.

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

CloudFone Thrill Plus Specs

Display: 5.5 Inch HD IPS OGS Sharp 1280 x 720 resolution at 267 ppi
CPU: 1.3 GHz MT6580 quad core processor
GPU: Mali 400
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 OV5670 sensor w/ wide angle lens and LED flash
Battery: 2,500 mAh
OS: Android 6.0 Marshmallow
Connectivity: WiFi, 3G, HSPA+, Bluetooth, OTG, GPS, A GPS, dual SIM (dual micro)
Sensors: Accelerometer, light, orientation, proximity, sound, magnetic
Others: Dual front speakers, Colors: grey, silver, gold, rose gold
Dimensions: 155 x 79 x 9.9 mm
Weight: 183 g
Price: 3,999 Pesos

Unboxing / Accessories

CloudFone's improved box
 CloudFone's improved box

CloudFone's improvement also applied in their latest packaging. Coming from their well-known yellow box, they used a black and more attractive type of box with the Thrill Plus.

Apart from their box, the inclusions inside this phone was also improved. CloudFone added several interesting freebies Aside from the usual 1A wall charger, micro USB / data charging cables, and paper documentations.
Everything that's included in the package
Everything that's included in the package

It includes: a Spotify Edition in ear monitors with mic, high quality type of TPU flexible case, and a plastic smartphone stand that can be great for watching movies.

Build Quality / Design

The mostly metal back cover
The mostly metal back cover

If you we're impressed with the build of the Excite Prime, then the Thrill Plus is equally impressive with arguably better looks.

In terms of build, it mimics the same style used by Flash Plus 2 in its removable thin aluminum back cover that's good enough protect the rest of its plastic frame inside. Just take note that the metal cover isn't fully metal with few close to unnoticeable plastic parts. In front, there's a genuine flat glass 5.5 inch screen that we are unsure if it has any sort of protection.
The Thrill Plus is a must follow act for manufacturers who wants to create a phone with good build and affordable price.
The overall feel of the phone is above-average in durability at this price point. We like its solid feel and good amount of heft It's also reinforced inclusions such as its nice type of TPU flexible case and clear type screen protector for your peace of mind.
3.5 mm jack on top
3.5 mm jack on top, showing the top speaker, ear-speaker, and selfie cam w/ flash
Micro USB data / charging port, another ear-speaker, and speakers below
Micro USB data / charging port, another ear-speaker, and speakers below
Slimness of the phone, power button and volume rocker visible here
Slimness of the phone, power button and volume rocker visible here

Style-wise, it's probably the best among all 5.5 inch phones in its class. It boast a premium design which can even match up with other flagships in terms of looks. It'll reminded us of a design inspired from Huawei and HTC with their own twist.
Undeniably, it's one of the best looking phone for the price!
While its far from being the thinnest around, it has one of the nicest curves found on affordable smartphones today. The side bezels in its screen is still a little thick which is understandable on how low priced is this, but at least it doesn't use annoying fake black borders compared to its competitors. We also like that its dual front facing speakers remains to be low-profile that doesn't eat space ala Nexus 6P.

Ergonomically, this device is very nice to hold. It's good curves and texture gives a high-level type of grip that's not often common on budget phones. All of its buttons and ports are also placed standard placements that makes them easy to locate and reach.

As of the moment

We think that it's one of the few sub-4K phones that's usable enough to be a main phone. Especially if you want a phone with good looks, nice build, and promising overall performance on paper.

It made us eager to further test what its dual loud speaker is all about, nice type of screen, real cameras, battery life, and actual performance in real life usage in the next few days.

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