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Phone Scoop

Held back by some egregious missteps

Coolpad Defiant

from Phone Scoop

Based on my experience with the Coolpad Defiant, I can't recommend it to anyone. There are just too many problems holding it back. The hardware itself seems fine on the surface, for a $100 phone. The Defiant is well made and the materials are good enough. But everything takes a turn for the worse when you start using it. The display is just terrible, sound quality is so-so, and data performance left a lot to be desired. Battery life is a highlight. The core Android 7 Nougat operating system has all the features most people need, but it runs sluggishly on the under-powered phone. The camera is near disastrous, with its slow speed and results that just aren't up to par with the competition.

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Based on my experience with the Coolpad Defiant, I can't recommend it to anyone. There are just too many problems holding it back. The hardware itself seems fine on the surface, for a $100 phone. The Defiant is well made and the materials are good enough. But everything takes a turn for the worse when you start using it. The display is just terrible, sound quality is so-so, and data performance left a lot to be desired. Battery life is a highlight. The core Android 7 Nougat operating system has all the features most people need, but it runs sluggishly on the under-powered phone. The camera is near disastrous, with its slow speed and results that just aren't up to par with the competition.

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Phone Scoop

A respectable option

Coolpad Canvas

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Coolpad has crafted a fine, if simple, smartphone in the Canvas. The phone is one of the least expensive in Cricket's lineup and should be appealing to those seeking a point of entry in the world of smartphones. The hardware is boring in terms of design, and the volume toggle and screen lock button are fussier than they ought to be. Still, the removable back cover, removable battery, and swappable memory cards give the phone some flexibility. The screen is okay, as is performance on Cricket's network. Voice clarity is very good, especially for this class of phone, though data speeds aren't the quickest. Battery life is just on the edge.

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Coolpad has crafted a fine, if simple, smartphone in the Canvas. The phone is one of the least expensive in Cricket's lineup and should be appealing to those seeking a point of entry in the world of smartphones. The hardware is boring in terms of design, and the volume toggle and screen lock button are fussier than they ought to be. Still, the removable back cover, removable battery, and swappable memory cards give the phone some flexibility. The screen is okay, as is performance on Cricket's network. Voice clarity is very good, especially for this class of phone, though data speeds aren't the quickest. Battery life is just on the edge.

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Phone Scoop

Best for novice

Coolpad Catalyst

from Phone Scoop

The Coolpad Catalyst is a disappointment. This phone may cost only $100, but it's not worth that much. The hardware is uninspired and looks cheap. The rough rear panel is questionable. The screen is simply awful. Data performance was sluggish. The camera is practically useless. Did I mention that the screen sucks? On the upside, battery life is decent. Moreover, phone call quality is one of the Catalyst's only redeeming features: voice calls are superb. It's nice to see stock Android, but Lollipop doesn't taste good any more.

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The Coolpad Catalyst is a disappointment. This phone may cost only $100, but it's not worth that much. The hardware is uninspired and looks cheap. The rough rear panel is questionable. The screen is simply awful. Data performance was sluggish. The camera is practically useless. Did I mention that the screen sucks? On the upside, battery life is decent. Moreover, phone call quality is one of the Catalyst's only redeeming features: voice calls are superb. It's nice to see stock Android, but Lollipop doesn't taste good any more.

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PC Magazine

An ultra-budget capable smartphone

Coolpad Rogue

from PC Magazine

The Rogue runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is a relatively recent version of the OS and more than I would expect from a $50 phone. The phone probably won't get any software updates, but Lollipop is a reasonably stable and well-performing build of Android, so you should be OK on it for a while.

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The Rogue runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is a relatively recent version of the OS and more than I would expect from a $50 phone. The phone probably won't get any software updates, but Lollipop is a reasonably stable and well-performing build of Android, so you should be OK on it for a while.

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The camera stinks.not Happy with this phone.
Rockstargenes

Temp phone only

Coolpad Rogue

I got this phone as a Temp phone while my phone was in repairs. Its better than the loaner phone Tmobile provided me. I got the phone at walmart for $30 dollars so I didn't expect much from a 30 dollar phone. The internal storage quickly filled up and most of that was just updates to the pre-install...More
I got this phone as a Temp phone while my phone was in repairs. Its better than the loaner phone Tmobile provided me. I got the phone at walmart for $30 dollars so I didn't expect much from a 30 dollar phone. The internal storage quickly filled up and most of that was just updates to the pre-installed apps that came with phone. I moved all apps that I could to SD card but even then I had issue. Kept getting internal storage full when trying to install new apps and only way to it installed was to clear cache. once that was done, i still had issue depending on the app installation size. I even had it set to install to SD directly but it did not installed to SD directly. That could have been me just not knowing how to set up it to install directly to sd card. I only suggested this phone as a temp phone or do what I'm doing, put music on SD card and use it as a MP3 player for you activity. Less

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