Colors Mobile recently launched two new phones in Nepal, namely P85 and P85+. Both phones are priced low and host useful specs required in a budget phone these days. Shifting focus to the Colors Pride P85+, the phone is an impressive piece of tech with a good value for money carrying a price tag of Rs. 12,500 in Nepal. The phone has an attractive design, an HD display and a pair of cameras capturing much better photos than other phones at this price range. Is the phone really great option to buy on a budget or just a disappointment? Well, let’s find it in our review.
P85+ has a plastic body with a curve at the sides joining the front and back. The phone feels sturdy while holding and provides a good grip. The phone lacks any capacitive buttons and instead provides on-screen buttons. The handset aware users about notification with a LED light under the screen placed at the center. The phone features a single speaker grill at the bottom, thus when placed on a flat surface, the speaker doesn’t mute out. The phone comes with a removable back from where you can add two SIM cards and a microSD card.
Colors Pride P85+ packs a 5.3-inch HD(320ppi pixel density) IPS Oncell display with a layer of Asahi-enhanced glass protection. The display is all too well for general multimedia consumption and casual gaming and gives enough brightness for daytime consumption. There seems to be less screen available while browsing through web or typing due to the on-screen buttons on this phone, though the buttons automatically hide when not in use. Other than that, this phone’s display should hit home for most people.
The Colors Pride P85+ is powered by Mediatek 1.3GHz MT6580 quad-core processor along with Mali-400 GPU. The phone has a 2GB of RAM and 16GB of expandable internal storage. Due to the software, the phone leaves very low RAM space but still manages to offer good multitasking support with about 3-4 apps running in the background without any problem.
On the paper, the P85+ features a 13MP back camera which takes somewhat average photos with some focus problems. At the front, the phone has an 8MP camera to take selfies with very good results. The selfies taken from the front camera have very good details and decent exposure. The selfies aren’t too washed out like from the cameras of low pixel counts and give true-to-life colors. However, the camera does struggle to maintain focus, mostly in a group photo which tends to blur the subjects farther from the camera.
The camera interface is also modified in this phone with basic options like HDR, Panorama, etc. The photos taken with HDR tend to be better in low-light conditions, whereas, at well-lit scenes, the 13MP camera over-exposed the objects with HDR mode on. Despite these minor setbacks, we wouldn’t hesitate to recommend this phone’s camera to anyone on a budget. Below are some images captured from the device.
P85+ runs on Android 6.0, Marshmallow with some minor tweaks from Colors. The phone has a stock android feel to it but comes with a set of custom icons. The icons for Gallery, Music, Messaging apps have been added to the phone. Plus, the camera app also features some changes in its interface. Colors have added a bunch of extra apps like SastoDeal, WhatsApp, Colors app, Traffic Police, etc into the phone by default.
With this much features on the side, the phone comes with a 2600mAh Li-ion removable battery giving a screen on time of about 4-5 hours on daily usage. The phone can easily last a day of usage with basic web browsing, media consumption, and mild gaming sessions.
The Colors Pride P85+ is not the best phone in the market, clearly surpassed by the mid-range tiers from Samsung and Huawei. If you can spend more than 20k, you would get a much feature rich phone with a powerful processor and extra advantages, but at a price of Rs. 12,500, we really can’t complain. Despite the low outcome, the P85+ still makes a great phone with its large screen, 8MP front camera, near to stock Android, and a good-looking design.
With several phones from Colors delivering less than expected, the P85+ seems like an exception, thus it should please most of the users. Colors have delivered this time, and I must agree that the phone is worth the price.