Expert Review of iBall Andi 4a Radium
With the slowing economy, the affordability of phones is going to be a big issue among consumers as far as the Indian market is concerned. Therefore, it is important for smartphone manufacturing companies to understand that a bulk of the Indian consumers would fall in the budget category. This is an opportunity for tier 2 brands to go for the kill with their strategy of providing high configuration devices at economical prices. iBall being a tier 2 company, is in the process of giving the Indian consumers high-end devices at budget prices with iBall Andi 4a Radium being one of them. This is a 4-inch WVGA display operating at a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. The display is not the sharpest but is almost lag free when it comes to normal functionality although the same tends to deteriorate when heavy games are executed.
The memory department is healthy with a 4GB of internal memory backed by another 2GB that can accommodate data like songs, games, images, and videos apart from space for application installation. Even if the built-in memory runs out, the user can extend the external memory of the smartphone up to 32GB with the help of the microSD card slot. RAM is somewhere in the middle with 512MB which can be classified neither as fragile nor as high. Camera though on the other hand, can be stated to be very powerful with 8-megapixel that is capable of clicking images at a resolution of 3264 by 2448 pixels. VGA secondary camera sums up the camera department that enables video calls. Data connectivity features constitute of elements like Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth, and USB port. With Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system and 1.2GHz dual core processor, the hardware and software elements of the system seem to be in the right hands.
iBall Andi 4a Radium is dual SIM enabled so the user can get his or her hands on two tariff plans without any hassle. Both the SIMs have to be GSM though, for they operate at frequencies of 900/ 1800MHz. A 1500mAh standard lithium-ion battery powers the smartphone to produce a modest talk time and standby time. The device is available in the single color of Metallic Grey and has one more special feature that makes the smartphone standout from the rest. iBall Andi 4a Radium has the special facility of a projector that makes sure that the user can watch videos on large sized screens with the built-in technology for support. Some of the details about the projector include built-in 35 Lumens Projector with 480 x 640, Clear Projection up to a size of 10 ft by 8 ft, Free Tripod Stand, LED Channel: Dual RGB Channel, Projector Contrast Ratio: 1200:1, Brightness: 35 Lm, LED Power: 1 (No Fan), Focus Mode: Manual, Projector Size: 32-inch.
User Interface and UI functionality
IBall Andi 4a Radium has a 4-inch WVGA IPS display that functions at a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. There are certain glitches observed when heavy games are run but other than that, the device works just fine. Various sensors back the smartphone including light sensor, gravity sensor and proximity sensor.
iBall Andi 4a Radium comes with the usual features that look after the entertainment factor with music player and video player. FM Radio is also provided for radio station access but the real ace that the smartphone comes out with is the projector feature that allows the user to watch videos and movies on a large size or scale.
Pictures and Video quality
iBall Andi 4a Radium garners an imposing 8-megapixel primary camera that does a good job in producing clear images with fantastic color accuracy, both indoors and outdoors. Secondary camera is VGA with not much pixel strength but is more relevant for video calls and web chats for which the resolution of 640 by 320 is not bad. Resolution offered by the primary shutter is 3264 by 2448 pixels, which is beefy to say the least. Various features back the primary camera including LED flash, auto focus and digital zoom.
iBall Andi 4a Radium comes with Wi-Fi and GPRS along with WAP browser good enough to withhold high data usage websites like YouTube and Facebook. The downloading speed offered is 7.2Mbps while the uploading speed is 5.76Mbps. There is also the Google Maps facility to enable the user to map all the desired locations.
Internal and External Memory
iBall Andi 4a Radium comes with a vigorous memory department that provides 4GB of internal memory along with 2GB additional space that would also cover space for application installation. For further augmentation of memory space, there is the microSD card slot, which can augment the external memory of the device up to 32GB. RAM is mediocre with 512MB.
Applications and Gaming
IBall Andi 4a Radium offers loads of games and applications through the Android Google Play Store. Since the device runs on Android Jelly Bean, there is a huge pool of choices to choose from for the user including popular games like Temple Run, Commando, WhatApp, and Viber etc.
iBall Andi 4a Radium is driven by 1500mAh standard lithium-ion battery which does alright with the standby time but the talk time is less that would not go down well with potential users.
iBall Andi 4a Radium has USB port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPRS which can be exploited for things like data exchange or internet access. Since the device is dual SIM accommodating, there is a dual band supporting GSM frequency bands of 900/1800MHz.
iBall Andi 4a Radium in comparison to Celkon A62 has a smaller screen size with 4 inches for the former and 4.7 inches for the latter. RAM is of 512MB for both the smartphones and both run on the Android platform but iBall Andi 4a Radium has Jelly Bean while Celkon A62 has Ice Cream Sandwich. Primary camera is of 8-megapixel in both smartphones but secondary camera is stronger in Celkon A62 with 2-megapixel as compared to the VGA front camera for iBall Andi 4a Radium.