Expert Review of iBall Andi 3.5r Black & Silver
iBall is a privately held electronics company that has gained the trust of a huge lot of buyers in just a few years. It has been able to achieve this status due to its consistent quality and wide range of products such as peripheral devices, and hardware for personal computers like keyboards, mouse, CPU cabinets and webcams, computer speakers, headphones, microphones, MP3 players, smartphones, LCD monitor, USB flash drive, tablets, and barcode scanners. The iBall Andi 3.5r is one of their products, which is feature-filled and easy on the pocket at the same time. The size of the screen is optimum wherein, you can easily read or write text messages, webpages, play games or watch videos. This bar shaped smartphone is very sleek and does not feel a burden even after long hours of continuous handling. You can enjoy your music or videos either via the built-in loudspeaker or by connecting your earphones to its audio jack. You can use 64 polyphonic MP3, MIDI, WAV, and AMR as your ringtones. In addition, it also offers a decent audio and a video playback.
With its high-resolution camera, you can click beautiful pictures and grain-less videos. It also offers a front camera for 3G video calling. This way you can have a lovely face time with your friends and family. No need to worry about the internal storage capacity as it offers a provision to expand the external storage by up to 32GB by using the micro SD slot. It is equipped with almost all the connectivity features with which, you can stay connected globally and locally anytime and anywhere. Powered by 1GHz Cortex A9 processor, this mid-ranged smartphone works on Android 2.3.6 operating system. Its powerful battery keeps it alive nearly all day long which means, you have enough time to enjoy your collection before it dies on you.
User Interface and UI functionality
It offers a 3.5-inch HVGA, TFT display, with a screen resolution of 320 x 480pixels that supports nearly 16M colours. You will always get a bright and clear on-screen view and even the contrast ratio of the display is very appealing. The front built is very robust and strong and it feels solid when held in hand. Its touchscreen is highly responsive and very smooth that usually is expected to be missing in mobiles at such a low price point. The user interface is self-explanatory and you will get along with it in minutes, even if you are totally new to the smartphone world.
It offers a decent audio and video playback and its audio and video players support almost all the commonly used file types like MP3, WAV, and H.264 etc. In addition, it also provides FM radio in its multimedia section so that you miss none of the media functionalities. To enhance your audio experience, it provides you with a built-in loudspeaker and also a 3.5mm audio jack which enables you to connect your earphones with this handset.
Pictures and Video quality
With its 5-megapixel primary camera that provides a camera resolution of 2592 x 1944pixels, you can go for beautiful and life-like clicks. If you are an amateur photographer or photography is your hobby, this smartphone will serve you well. You can also take long distance shots with its zoom functionality. This camera supports video recording as well, so that even years later, you don’t miss any moment. Unfortunately, flash is not provided in its camera, which means your picture, or video quality will be compromised in low light. To enable you to enjoy 3G video calling, it also offers a front camera.
It offers many features like 3G with HSUPA 5.76Mbps and HSDPA 7.2Mbps (2100MHz), EDGE/GPRS Dual Band 900/1800MHz, and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g which enable you to stay connected to your social network anytime and anywhere. To get all these connectivity features along with other fantastic functionalities at this price point is like receiving a bonus.
Internal and External Memory
The figures for internal and external memory are not explicitly mentioned for this product on its official site. But, it is certain that if you have a habit of building a large collection, you need not worry as this smartphone is provided with micro SD slot which allows you to expand the external memory up to 32GB. So, a huge amount of data/files can be stored without any hassle.
Applications and Gaming
You will find many applications and games preloaded in this phone like Calendar, Alarm clock, A-GPS support, DUAL SIM standby etc. Messaging functionality includes SMS, MMS, and Email, and for internet browsing, this smartphone offers Android Web kit.
Powered by 1GHz Cortex A9 processor and working on Android 2.3.6 operating system, it is fuelled by a powerful 1300mAH removable battery which keeps it alive all day long so that you are never stranded in the middle of your working hours.
It offers almost all connectivity features so that you can stay connected to your network the way you want. These features include 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS and USB. Compatible files can be transferred either via Bluetooth technology or via USB provided. Infrared port, though, is a missing feature.
iBall has successfully been able to maintain its reputation as a significant competitor and by providing enhanced features at a low price tag. It has given a serious challenge to many competing models and some of them are Karbonn KC 450, Lemon Duo 339, Nokia Asha 306, Samsung Champ 3300, and Intex IN 4470. iBall Andi 3.5r offers a better Li-ion battery of 1300mAH as compared to the 1000mAH of Karbonn KC 450 and Samsung Champ 3300. iBall Andi 3.5r gets an edge over Lemon Duo 339 because of features like high camera resolution and Wi-Fi, which are found to be lacking in the latter. Even Nokia Asha and Intex IN 4470, by offering just 2MP and 0.3MP of camera resolution respectively, fail to rival the 5MP camera of iBall Andi 3.5r.