Cloudfone Thrill 550q Review

Smartphones with HD display with an affordable pricetag remains to be few. So far we only know 2 smartphones below 10k that has a 720p HD display. The Cloudfone Thrill 550q is a welcome addition to the bunch. It has pretty decent specs and of course, the advantage of an HD display and affordable P8,999 pricetag is quite compelling for any user to consider this phone to buy.  We took the phone with us during our stay in Davao  City and Tagum, a city north of Davao and here’s our review.

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Cloudfone Thrill 550q specs:

  • 1.2GHz Quad Core Mediatek MTK6589 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD
  • 5.5-inch HD LCD display (720 x 1280 pixels)
  • 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 3.2 megapixel front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • 2,500 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • Price: P8,999
  • Status: Available on Cloudfone stores, kiosks and retailers

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DESIGN:

The Cloudfone Thrill 550q shares the same design with its sibling, the Cloudfone Thrill 530qx. The only difference is its thinner body. This phone is a tank! It is extremely well built and has a very solid feel. The only downside though is its quite heavy. We actually felt the weight especially when it is inside our pockets. But we do like the rubber matte finish for better grip.

DISPLAY:

The phone has a 5.5-inch HD IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Although it is sharp, the display seems to be washed out and color reproduction could be better.

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SOFTWARE:

The 1,2GHz quad core Mediatek processor performed well on our tests from basic ones to playing power hungry games like Dead Trigger 2. We rarely experience any lags during our time with it. Based on our Antutu Benchmark tests the Cloudfone Thrill 550q scored 13,539 points.

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CONNECTIVITY:

We would like to note that the WiFi reception from this phone is outstanding. It gets better WiFi signal than our own LG G2 or any gadgets that we have. HSPA+ speeds from both Globe or Smart are within normal speeds. Calls are clear and our voice is audible at the end of the line. Texting is a breeze thanks its big 5.5-inch display.

CAMERA:

We find the photos taken from the  13 megapixel rear facing camera pretty decent though pictures look a little washed out. Outdoor shots are better than we expected. The lack of BSI is very evident on pictures taken in low light areas. Even the flash is not powerful enough to improve the picture quality.

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BATTERY:

Cloudfone has been known for making smartphones with humongous batteries but in the case of the Cloudfone Thrill 550q, it has a normal sized 2,500 mAh battery. The battery lasted 10 hours of moderate to heavy use – hours of gaming, watching online livestream via iWantv, an hour of calls, surfing the net. That’s pretty good considering that the phone has HD display.

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VERDICT:

We really can’t deny that the Cloudfone Thrill 550q is an all-around performer. Solid build quality, smooth performance, good camera and outstanding battery life. If you can forgive its shortcomings like the mediocre display and its overweight body, you’ll never get wrong with the Cloudfone Thrill 550q.

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57 responses to “Cloudfone Thrill 550q Review

  1. Can this phone take screenshots? And when you take pictures, does it make that annoying shutter sound?

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  3. i have this one… i like the size, almost everything on it… the only problem i came across with was that it has a limited Internal storage, the battery, and the camera..

    • At the time of this review, the price was still P8,999.

      If you want a fast camera this is not the phone for you. The camera takes time to focus. I recommend that you get the MyPhone Rio. It takes pictures fast.

      • Thanks for the fast response. Globe offers this on plan 499 + 50 pesos which is quite tempting, just itching to try out a bigger phone. This should at least be good for reading articles,comics or books and for watching videos. Do you happen to know the dimensions and the OEM of this phone? Thanks in advance!

    • Yes Cloudfone Thrill 550q is sold at 5,499. I went to one of their authorized retailers yesterday to check out the phone.

  4. For comparison:

    LG G3 = 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm / 149 g
    LG G Pro = 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4 mm / 172 g
    LG G Pro 2 = 157.9 x 81.9 x 8.3 mm / 172 g
    Note 2 = 151.1 x 80.5 x 9.4 mm / 183 g
    Note 3 = 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm / 168 g
    Note 3 Neo = 148.4 x 77.4 x 8.6 mm / 162.5 g
    HTC 816 = 156.6 x 78.7 x 7.9 mm / 165 g
    Redmi Note = 154 x 78.7 x 9.5 mm / 199 g
    Oppo find 7 = 152.6 x 75 x 9.2 mm / 171 g
    Lenovo K900 = 157 x 78 x 6.9 mm / 162 g
    Lenovo A850 = 153.5 x 79.3 x 9.5 mm / 184 g

  5. Is the battery non-removable? and qwerty lang ba ang option for testing? By the way, how is it doing now after 5 months of usage? please give us any update about its performance. I’m thinking of buying it but need more info about this. Since it’s recently released I only found a few reviews about it. Update about it would be very helpful. Thanks a lot. By the way, your review is really great.

    • Hi Misha! Battery is removable. I didnt download any 3rd party keyboard app because I love the stock Android keyboard. You can download a 3rd party keyboard from the play store. It is a great phone but its heavy.

  6. sir mark, i just purchased a 550q and it has an audio problem kapag may kausap. Maingay ung line sa kausap kapag walang headset, i’ve been using this for 3 days at laging ganun ung sinasabi ng kausap ko. Is this something wrong with my thrill 550q?

  7. hi mark,saan b kaya cloudfone store or kiosh meron available na leather case for thrill 550q?? naghanap n ako sa store nila sa batangas city,cavite city,even MOA unfortunately still unavailable..pls i need your help to find one.. thanks!!

  8. Hi mark. Did you try rooting this or may kilala ka? Nagsoft brick kasi yung sa kin. Hard reset didn’t work

  9. Hi Sir,

    meron k po bang alam n madodownlodan ng stock rom nito?? pati nrin po ung instruction on how to install the stock rom.. na soft brick ko po kc ung sakin.. salamat po ng marami..

  10. sir can you help me w/ my cloud fone thrill 550q .. pag insert ko kasi yung tm or globe di nia nareread pero pag tnt at smart at sun naman nilalagay ko basa nia naman .. anyone can help me or send me the stock rom or firmware send me at fb thx ..

  11. Sir may paraan po ba ung thrill 550 q .kung may kausap ka maingay.lahat ng kausap ko ganon ang sinasabi.

  12. may available back cover for sale po b ito? kasi yung sa phone ko sira n mga lock ng back cover

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