Coolpad Flo

No LTE and limited internal storage, but a very low price on an inexpensive plan

GoSmart has announced a new budget model — the Coolpad Flo — with a very budget price. $99 (the full retail price) gets you 4.5-inches (854 x 480 pixels) of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a dual-core 1GHz CPU, a 5MP rear camera, 4GB of on-board storage and an SD card slot.

Interestingly, the Flo doesn't offer LTE data. Instead, it relies on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, as T-Mobile is GoSmart's parent company. 

OK, here's the deal. We can't say the Flo will be a bad phone, but the specs (especially the limited internal storage) will keep us from recommending it. But the idea of a $99 phone, with no LTE radio running on a prepaid HSPA+ network is something we can get behind. Price is often a barrier, and $99 with a low monthly payment fits a lot more budgets than $299 and a not-so-low monthly payment. 

You can read more about the Flo at Coolpad's site.

Source: PRWeb


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Coolpad Flo coming to T-Mobile's GoSmart prepaid network


Not sure anyone on AC would be in the market for this, but for those that are, more power to them. Looks like (mostly) stock Android too.

For a flat $99, I don't think there's a better phone on the market. Obviously it's no flagship device, but AC ought to take a more enlightened approach to reviewing devices at lower pricepoints.

Agreed. I'm pretty sure, there's a significant portion of AC's fanbase that can't afford all the flagship devices that they read about. Also, some people want to buy cheap phones for their kids, but steer clear of devices like this due to lack of reviews.

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A Moto G sounds like a better deal. Just my 2 cents, but that has a 720p screen, true Google support and quad core processor.

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A quad-core processor and 720p screen sound nice, but they mean nothing, if one can't even afford the device. This looks to be a decent handset, for the money. I hope it provides more than a decent experience.

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Does this phone even have Google Play Services installed? I know that CoolPad is not part of the OHA. If not, a lot of apps won't work with this thing. I think anyone would be better off with the Moto G regardless. CoolPad is among the worst Chinese Android manufacturers.

It doesn't look like a bad phone. The specs is similiar to a t-mobile Samsung Galaxy S2 which I brought for $200 off contract about 5 months ago. I don't think 4gb internal storage is a big deal considering that you can buy a big 8gb or 16gb microsd card to compensate, which is something a Moto G doesn't have.