Spice seems to be targeting the price conscious Indian market with its
Android smartphones. The company is back with yet another offering, and
rather than experimenting with an odd screen size, it's sticking to the
5-inch phablet form factor, inline with the current trend.
recently tied-up with Chinese smartphone manufacturer, Coolpad, and the
result was the launch of a co-branded, Spice Coolpad, range of
smartphones in the Indian market.
The Spice Coolpad Mi-515 is the
first phone that's been introduced after the collaboration. Can the
combination of decent hardware, Android Jelly Bean software and an
attractive price point make this phone a desirable device? We try to
find out in our review.
The Spice Coolpad
Mi-515 doesn't score much in the looks department. It looks like most
other budget phablets available in the market. It's 140mm tall, 73mm
wide and 9.9mm thick, and is definitely not a slim contender.
5.0-inch display dominates the front of the phone, with three
capacitive touch buttons placed beneath the screen, while the earpiece,
front-facing camera and the proximity sensor sit on the top of the
screen with 'Coolpad' branding just below the earpiece.
metallic Blue frame around the device that adds to the aesthetic
appeal. On the right side is the power key while the volume rocker key
is located on the left side. The Micro-USB port and the 3.5mm audio jack
are placed on the top panel.
The back of the phone houses the
5.0-megapixel camera module and LED flash. Both the camera and the flash
are enclosed in a metallic rectangular frame. There's some more Coolpad
branding along with the Spice logo in the middle, while the speaker
grille is located towards the bottom.
The Spice Coolpad Mi-515 is
a dual-SIM (GSM + GSM) smartphone. Both SIM card slots and the slot for
the microSD card hide behind the back cover, just above the battery
slot. If one wants to change the SIM card, the device needs to be
switched off, as the SIMs cannot be accessed without removing the
battery. The body of the phone is plasticky and the device plain at best
in terms of looks. The glossy back makes the phone slippery and
difficult to grip. Having said that, the device did fit in our hands
comfortably despite the 5.0-inch form factor.
Spice Coolpad Mi-515 sports an IPS LCD 5.0-inch display with a
resolution of 540x960 pixels that can be considered decent at this price
range. Though, we would have loved an HD screen, a majority of handsets
in the same segment feature similar screen resolution. The viewing
angles seem to be fine. The screen was not very visible under the sun
even with full brightness, as it's highly reflective. Viewing videos on
Spice Coolpad Mi-515 was fun thanks to the 5.0-inch screen.
Spice Coolpad Mi-515 runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) with some minor
tweaks done by the company including skinning of app icons, colour
schemes and settings toggles. It's not the latest version of the OS but
almost all devices in this price segment feature the same operating
system. In terms of additional functionality, the software has nothing
new to offer.
The home-screen panel consists of five customizable
screens. The notification tray includes toggles for settings such as
Wi-Fi, Brightness, Rotation, Bluetooth, GPS, Data, Screen timeout and
The device comes with NQ anti-virus pre-loaded
that helps safeguard the device from malware, viruses and similar
threats with a free usage for a limited period. The phone also includes
some preloaded apps that include Chrome, Facebook, Opera Mini, TOI,
SpiceGang, Nimbuzz, WhatsApp and Twitter.
The phone also comes with the ability to update the operating system over the air through a Wireless Update utility.
camera on the Spice Coolpad Mi-515 is a bit of let down. The
5.0-megapixel camera takes decent quality shots during well-lit
conditions but disappoints when it comes to low-light and indoor shots.
The images shot in low-light had a lot of noise, lacked detail and were
grainy. Even photos clicked outdoors in bright light lack detail and
the colour reproduction isn't accurate.
The camera app on the
device does not offer too much in terms of options. A few camera
features included in the handset are an HDR mode, face-recognition,
colour effects, scene modes, and anti-flicker. Many would not mind the
absence of a physical camera key but it would have added to the comfort
of using the camera on the device.
Though the device supports HD video recording but we were not very impressed with the quality of the recorded videos.
Coolpad Mi-515 also includes a VGA front camera. However, the quality
of the front camera was not that great and it can be used for
self-portrait shots at best. Overall, the device is not that great in
the camera department.
The Spice Coolpad Mi-515
is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, and has 1GB RAM. There is
4GB of internal storage, which is expandable up to 32GB with the help of
We did not experience any lag while browsing the
Web or navigating on the device, however, we did experience lag while
launching and exiting games like Dead Trigger and Temple Run 2.
phone comes with Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS, EDGE, and Micro-USB
connectivity options. Other major features include GPS, a-GPS. The phone
also comes with FM Radio and offers good reception.
powered by a 2000mAh battery that easily lasts for more than a day with
normal usage, including calling, browsing, playing games and using apps.
The touchscreen QWERTY keyboard of the device was a bit sloppy and it
took some time to get used to it.
We were able to play full-HD
videos and the phone supported popular formats. The device doesn't offer
much in terms of music playback. The sound quality was average through
the supplied headset and the built-in speaker outlet. The call quality
was good during our testing of the device.
Coolpad Mi-515 is a good option among large 5.0-inch budget phones. The
phone scores more in terms of its battery back up, performance and the
presence of a 5.0-inch screen. The camera performance on the other hand
was just average. However, the whole package at Rs. 9,449 is not a bad
Those looking for alternatives can look at Karbonn Titanium
S2 that also comes
with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and is priced at Rs. 10,200. The Intex
Aqua Wonder, which is also not a bad option,
available at a price point of Rs. 9,500. Looking beyond the Android
world, Nokia Lumia 520 (Review |
is probably the best value for money offering in the sub-Rs. 10,000.
Mobiles launched in July 2013
Price: Rs. 9449