Colors Pride P85+ hands on and initial impressions

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Colors, a Nepalese smartphone OEM who have been struggling for the last couple of years is back with two new smartphones with the Colors Pride P85+ being one of them. Priced at Rs 12,995 is this phone good enough to bring Colors into the limelight? Can Colors win over the hearts and even the cash of people of Nepal with this phone? Well let’s find out:

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I have been using the Colors Pride P85+ for a few days now and the first thing I said while looking at the phone in person is “wow”. The 5.3-inch 720p screen found on the phone integrates a 2.5D glass. Unlike other phones, the curves are very pronounced giving it almost the look of an Edge display. The phone also looks stunning with its slim profile and a removable plastic back panel.The display itself is good considering its price tag. It gets pretty bright and has a decent color reproduction. The display is also covered by Asahi glass giving it protection against drops and scratches. My only complaint with the display is the poor viewing angles and the yellowish representation of whites. And aesthetic wise the placement of the power and volume rockers are a bit higher than I would like it.

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The performance of the P85+ has been smooth for the most part all thanks to the MediaTek MT6580 processor backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. I was easily able to perform day to day task without any issues. Multi-tasking on this device is also decent as long as you don’t keep tons of apps open. Gaming on this phone also has been good as I was easily able to play games like Temple Run 2, Subway Surfer without any issues. I haven’t played any graphic intensive games on it yet so I will let you know the details in the full review.

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Colors have been touting the selfie capabilities of this phone but I was a little skeptical about it. But to my surprise, the 8MP front camera on the phone performed very well. I was able to take good quality selfies even in less than ample lighting situations. And of course, selfies taken in daylight were awesome, to say the least. The inclusion of a front flash just adds up the awesomeness of the selfie shooter. The rear 13MP camera with a tri-tone flash is also decent. The phone takes some detailed photos but blows out the highlights quite a bit. The photos sometimes even come out to be a bit over-exposed. The inbuilt camera app comes with a slew of features including manual controls which are easily available if you want to get creative with your shots.

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In the software department, the phone runs Android 6.0 Marshmallow with a light-weight overlay from Colors. Here too I was surprised as the software experience was super smooth. I was scrolling through home pages, opening and closing apps, browsing the web without any hiccups. Even surprising was the fact that Google Now On Tap, which was supposed to be blocked in Nepal, works out of the box. One thing I didn’t like here was the pre-installed “bloatware”. Many people, however, might find these pre-installed apps useful but I personally don’t. Luckily I could easily uninstall these unwanted apps without much effort.

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And finally powering this device all up is a user removable 2600mAh battery which is rather small for a phone of this size. The thinness of this phone definitely has something to do with the smaller battery size. The battery life of the phone itself is average as I was able to get about 4hrs of screen on time. The standby time, however, is pretty impressive as I lost only 1-2% during the time period. The bottom mounted speaker of the P85+ is also average as the output from it was clear but a bit quiet than my liking. Like any bottom mounted speaker, it too can be easily muffled. And did I even mention that the charging port is at the top of the phone? This is so inconvenient as charging the device is a bit difficult.

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So these were some of my findings during my brief time with the phone. Overall, Kudos to Colors for making such a good smartphone at an unbelievable price point. The design is spot on with its 2.5D glass display and super thin profile. The performance is also very snappy and the experience has been smooth. The selfie shooter with a front flash is amazing even when you are in a pinch. The phone by no means is perfect but it ticks all the right boxes. The exclusion a fingerprint scanner is quite a bummer but for a price of Rs 12,995, the Pride P85+ is a quite a package and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this phone anyone. Colors this time around has a winner and we here at TechnoNepal can’t wait to see what they come up with next.

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