Cloudfone Thrill 430x Review



One of the biggest complaints of smartphone users is battery life. With mobile computing capacity increasing every quarter, smartphone juice hardly changes. Sure there are some breakers such as the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, but do you really need a device that expensive just to experience a longer usage time on a device?

Introduced last year, the Cloudfone Thrill 430x is the smartphone to beat in the battery department. It even has a reported mutiple-day life, outperforming even devices from major manufacturers.

So how did we find the device? Was it fast? Was it great? Did its "3X THE POWER" battery promise stand?  Read our Cloudfone Thrill 430x review and find out for yourself.

Design

The first thing you'll notice when holding the Cloudfone Thrill 430x (rebranded Innos D9) is its gorgeous screen and thickness, not that I mind. The second thing would probably be its stealthy, black design. Both make for a great combination on an Android device.

Cloudfone Thrill 430x Review Front

The front of the device sports a 4.3-inch qHD IPS capacitive display, three soft-touch haptic buttons, a front VGA camera, a proximity sensor, and a aesthetically pleasing earpiece grill. Sadly the Cloudfone Thrill 430x doesn't have any notification LED. It would've been more gorgeous if there was.

Cloudfone Thrill 430x Review Back

The rear shell of the smartphone—also aesthetically pleasing—bears a smooth scale-like pattern with the 8MP camera lined with a chrome coating. The dual-LED flash and the speaker grill sit right beside it. At the lower portion of the device is the Cloudfone logo.

At the top side of the device is where the 3.5mm audio jack is found. At the right side, the sleep/wake button and a dedicated camera button are located. The nondescript volume rocker is located at the top-left side of the Thrill 430x. And lastly, the USB/charger port is positioned at the bottom.


As mentioned above, the Cloudfone Thrill 430x is a little hefty, but it won't be significantly noticeable unless you're really picky about smartphone thickness. Handling is great as well since you have a lot of area to grip onto.

Display

The Cloudfone Thrill 430x sports an HD IPS capacitive display at 960x540 resolution and is 5-point multitouch. It's the first ever local qHD device, followed closely by the Cherry Mobile Flame.

Cloudfone Thrill 430x vs Cherry Mobile Flame
Cloudfone Thrill 430x vs Cherry Mobile Flame
The screen of the device is fine, lively, and has great color saturation. But as with all hi-res displays the device's homescreen and drawer UI bears excruciatingly small text. Fortunately you can adjust text size at the Settings menu.

The Cloudfone Thrill 430x operates on a stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich UI. It runs snappy from home to drawer, page after page.


The display on the Cloudfone Thrill 430x at sleep mode is clear black and could be mistaken for an OLED.

Performance

The Cloudfone Thrill 430x runs on a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8625 processor and 768MB of RAM (553MB usable). There sometimes are some minor lags from home to drawer transition, but that's basically it. And without further ado, here are the benchmarks of the device.

Cloudfone Thrill 430x Review Quadrant Benchmark

The Cloudfone Thrill 430x manages to score a fantastic 2924 on the Quadrant Standard benchmark. It's the highest local scorer on this specific benchmark as of this writing.

Cloudfone Thrill 430x Review AnTuTu Benchmark

The more updated AnTuTu benchmarking app meanwhile gives it a 6258, exactly within the expected range of local dual-core devices.


Lastly, Qualcomm's Vellamo tests give the Cloudfone Thrill 430x a 1256 and a 364 respectively, also within the expected range of such devices.

Crunching all these numbers up, the numbers say the Cloudfone Thrill 430x would perform as expected like other similar devices. But benchmark results aside, experience is subjective. From a personal point of view this device is more refined, from the display to the UI to the performance. There are no bugs that needs patching and everything works straight out of the box. The Cloudfone Thrill 430x spells quality.


The native browser of the device renders frames poorly. Google Chrome is recommended instead.

Audio and Video

The 540x960 qHD display of the Cloudfone Thrill 430x definitely brings an edge in the video department. Playing off HD videos with quick scene transitions bring barely noticeable pixelation. You really have to look carefully to notice it.

The Cloudfone Thrill 430x's sound department is also great. The sound via the loudspeaker is loud and audible you can actually play quality music through it (not that you can't with other devices, but the quality is noticeable).

Cloudfone Thrill 430x Review video

The stock headphones of the device is neat. Although not as great sounding as other more expensive pairs, it's definitely acceptable. Just cover them with good earphone foam jackets and you're good to go.

The earpiece of the 430x delivers properly audible sound. Calls come through decently.

Gaming

Playing casual games via the Cloudfone Thrill 430x is as smooth as silk; Temple Run, Fruit Ninja, Angry Birds, just pick your poison. These games, paired with the fantastic display, makes you feel like playing on  a high-end Android. Plus, being the 5-point multitouch it is, you'll get to slice as many fruits as you can.

Cloudfone Thrill 430x Review gaming shadowgun deadzone dead trigger

More graphics-intensive games such as Dead Trigger and Shadowgun: Deadzone are compatible with the device. No ghosting, no crashing, no freezing. You can play them at low or even medium graphics settings with moderate stuttering. Just don't expect to survive a life or death situation. Chances are you'll always be the one dying.

Camera

Cloudfone Thrill 430x Review camera

The Cloudfone Thrill 430x sports an 8-megapixel camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash. It has a dedicated camera shutter that will do an autofocus and a snap for you. Sample photos of the device below:



Photos taken lack warmth, color saturation, and overall liveliness. Nothing a few built-in and third party filters can't fix. To its credit though, its flash is bright and has quick capture time.

Battery Life

The biggest feature of the Cloudfone Thrill 430x is its battery. With 4160mAh under its hood, this device probably has the world title for the biggest juice capacity ever. That's half the reason why it's that bulky.


Well, did its "3X THE POWER" guarantee stand as promised? Let's just say by utilizing the device's power-saving features to the fullest, you can get by 50 hours easy. But as for regular usage (i.e. WiFi/3G, max brightness, SMS, voice calls, casual gaming), the device last 25-plus hours clean. That's really something, considering the majority of local Android devices nowadays require powerbanks or extra batteries for continuous usage.

No charger issues were observed while charging. Apparently older chargers were the ones with "exploding" issues. New batches are good and doesn't have this problem.

Other Features


3G - Behaves as expected. No problems observed here. SIM1 only;

Dual-SIM dual standby - An initial prompt will come up when sending a message to a number. After that initial prompt, the device will make that SIM the default SIM for that specific number. I personally prefer being prompted at every message sent because its ideal for situations that may arise e.g. I ran out of prepaid credits on SIM1. I'll be instantly able to use SIM2 instead because of the SIM prompt without going to Settings and changing my SIM preferences.

Verdict

The Cloudfone Thrill 430x brings to us what the majority of current local Android devices can't afford: a stellar battery life and an awesome qHD display. But those come with a price: it's thick and bulky. It's definitely designed with endurance in mind, and probably isn't for your casual smartphone user.

Cloudfone Thrill 430x Review

If you don't mind a piece of brick in your jeans pockets and if you're tired of charging your Android every 6 hours, the Cloudfone Thrill 430x is for you. You can say it's a great device with a great price.

Cloudfone Thrill 430x Specifications

OS: Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwiich
Processor: 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8625 Snapdragon S4 processor
Memory: 768MB of RAM, 4GB internal storage, microSD expandable up to 32GB
Display: 4.3-inch qHD Sharp ASV capacitive display, 960 x 540 resolution, ~256ppi, 5-point multi-touch feature, AGC Sodaline Screen Protection
Camera: 8-megapixel rear camera with autofocus and dual-LED flash, 0.3-megapixel VGA front camera, 720p HD video recording
Battery: 4160mAh Li-ion battery
Dimensions: 124.4 x 65.4 x 14.2mm, 180 g
Color: Black, White (New)
Features: Dual-SIM dual standby, quad-band
Price: P7,777


20 comments :

Great review. You just convinced me further to buy this phone.

i own a cloudfone thrill 430x and sbrang satisfied naman ako s kanya.. tgal lng mgcharge hehe..

^pag gumamit ka ng branded na charger mabilis lang mafull charge. yung mga local charger mabagal tlga magcharge tapos minsan nanginginig pa yung screen lalu na sa myphone.

Could you do a thrill 430 G Review? Please. Few sites offer for it's review and hassle pa kasi you need to find it further sa google searches. Think that i'm not the only one you'll help? But those people who thought of buying it from globe. TY. and god bless.

^We'll try to secure a 430G unit ASAP if that's the case. Thanks.

hello, thanks for doing a great, detailed review! I'd like to ask though if we can use other chargers for this phone, and how do we tell new batches of chargers from the old ones. Also, i wonder if the phone supports USB OTG or MHL for HDMI connection.

More power :)

Hello. Thank you for the informative review, just what I needed. Before buying the phone. Can it save text messages directly to you laptop? Or only files like vids, music? Thank you.

Cloudfone Thrill 430g is DEFECTIVE!

I bought mine January 14, 2013 at SM Fairview & after 8 days, sinoli ko dahil ang total memory space ay 127mb lang instead of 512 na inaadvertise nila. Hindi nila mareplace agad dahil lahat ng Cloudfone Thrill 430g na stock nila sa store ay 127mb lang din. If I only knew right then when I was about to purchase the phone, hindi ko na sana binili. I even asked the sales lady about the internal memory capacity. She confirmed na 512mb yun pero huli na nang nalaman ko na 127 lang pala when I am downloading apps. Kaya pala hindi na mainstall yung ibang apps kahit may 8gig sd card na kong nilagay. Kasi PEKE PALA YUNG ADVERTISEMENT NILA!

Cloudfone Thrill 430g is DEFECTIVE!

I bought mine January 14, 2013 at SM Fairview & after 8 days, sinoli ko dahil ang total memory space ay 127mb lang instead of 512 na inaadvertise nila. Hindi nila mareplace agad dahil lahat ng Cloudfone Thrill 430g na stock nila sa store ay 127mb lang din. If I only knew right then when I was about to purchase the phone, hindi ko na sana binili. I even asked the sales lady about the internal memory capacity. She confirmed na 512mb yun pero huli na nang nalaman ko na 127 lang pala when I am downloading apps. Kaya pala hindi na mainstall yung ibang apps kahit may 8gig sd card na kong nilagay. Kasi PEKE PALA YUNG ADVERTISEMENT NILA!

"hello, thanks for doing a great, detailed review! I'd like to ask though if we can use other chargers for this phone, and how do we tell new batches of chargers from the old ones. Also, i wonder if the phone supports USB OTG or MHL for HDMI connection."

- The device works with my SGN2 charger perfectly, since using the regular charger takes time to fully charge; The new chargers do not have LED indicators anymore as opposed to the old ones; The phone doesn't support OTG but I haven't tested for HML support.

"Hello. Thank you for the informative review, just what I needed. Before buying the phone. Can it save text messages directly to you laptop? Or only files like vids, music? Thank you."

- As far as my usage goes it only saves files. Saving messages on your computer requires extra software such as Samsung's Kies Air.

"I bought mine January 14, 2013 at SM Fairview & after 8 days, sinoli ko dahil ang total memory space ay 127mb lang instead of 512 na inaadvertise nila."

- I'm not really sure since I haven't held the 430g yet, pero I think yung 127MB yung remaining usable space, while the rest is consumed by the OS itself, kaya maliit.

hi author, I have thrill 430x. overall ok cia bt my only problem is ung 3g connection nia wala ciang "3g only" sa settings nia only 2g and dual mode.... di tulad ng older ver.of android. do you have some 3rd party apps to recommend or some tips? thanks a lot more power

Hi. do you know other devices that has the same battery or lower (at least 2000mAh) that has the same price?

"Hi. do you know other devices that has the same battery or lower (at least 2000mAh) that has the same price?"

- The Cherry Mobile Titan, Omega, and Cruize all have 2000mAh+ and they're all below P7,000.

@emer deang

Sa System Settings>More settings>Mobile Networks>Network Mode wala syang WCDMA lang? It should be there. I've heard that there's a new ROM for the 430x that would fix problems pero I don't recommend it for warranty purposes. The best you can do is go to an accredited service center and ask questions. Hopefully they'll give you proper support.


recommended ng nag root ng flare ko yan cloudfone 430x maganda nmn sya magatagal pa yung battery life nya. konti lang nmn difference nya sa flare..

Got Thrill 430x a month ago,Battery life is superb...Jelly Bean upgraded na rin!Yung complain ko lang is about sa skype cam..kahit maliwanag ilaw ko sa loob ng hauz,di ako masyadong aninag...sa labas lang sya maganda with natural sunlight!Normal din na medyo heavy dahil sa kalakihan ng baterya which is very reasonable kasi tumatagal talaga ng 3 days na gamitan!The sounds...wow na wow..stereo yamaha speaker ang lakas,using my headphone by setting the user's equalizer makes the sounds sophisticated!

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