Expert Review of Intex Aqua 3.2 Black & White
Intex used to be a solid competitor in the field of computer accessories and other related parts but the rise of mobile phones after the launch of Android has changed things dramatically. Companies who would have not considered jumping the gun and joining the segment would have felt peer pressured by their rivals doing the same. It is hard to look away from the smartphone sector which seems to be at peak now but that also means that the competition is stiff and it would be hard for the new entrants to stand out. Intex has not exactly been able to do that but providing budget smartphones seem to be a trend among the tier2 companies and the firm is just keeping up with the times. Intex Aqua 3.2 has a 3.2-inch display that is QVGA and gives a resolution of 240 by 320pixels. The device has a length of 61mm, height of 110.5mm and a thickness of 12.6mm. Android Gingerbread is not the ideal Android platform that one would prefer now as it is quite a few steps behind the current version but for this price range, it should work just fine. Multiple numbers can be kept kicking with the dual SIM facility that the Intex Aqua 3.2 offers. Both the SIMs however have to be GSM. What the user would probably love about the gadget is the 1GHz processor but what de-emphasizes its effect is the presence of the lowly 256MB RAM. The presence of 75.17MB of internal memory cannot be termed as reliable when it comes to storing big amount of data. Therefore, the back-up plan is the use of the microSD card slots that when used to its full potential, can extend the memory of the device up to 32GB.
Also, 2megapixels should do the job as the pixel strength is appropriate for the device of this class. Video recordings are not impressive but can be useful in case of emergency. Connectivity features offered by the smartphone include the Bluetooth, USB port, GPRS and EDGE facility. The user can access the web though GPRS and the built-in browser, while Wi-Fi is also provided. There is also the Wi-Fi hot spot facility for letting other devices connect to the web through the server created by the device. The music player serves the user by providing access to songs whereas the video player enables the user to watch videos. FM radio can be used to listen to popular radio stations and record songs as and when desired. Finally, the 1200mAh standard lithium-ion battery powers the Intex Aqua 3.2 and provides a talk time of up to 4hours in 2G whereas the standby time offered is up to 120hours. Other features offered by the device include Games, Auto Call Record, Torch Light, Mobile Tracker, English and Hindi Language Support, Sound Recorder, Audio Equalizer, MMS Enabled, and Micro 5pin Port.
User Interface and UI functionality
Intex Aqua 3.2 comes with a 3.2-inch QVGA screen running at a resolution of 240 by 320pixels. The pixel density is not that high but a 3.2-inch screen should work well anyways, for it does not have to compete with the huge 4.7inches flagship devices. The touch screen is not the smoothest but satisfactory enough.
Multimedia features include a music player and a FM radio that covers the musical aspect while the video player can be used for watching videos. For listening to songs, formats of MP3 are provided along with many others. Loudspeakers are not that great as the sound becomes unclear when the volume is increased. Earphone does produce better results and is compatible with a 3.5mm jack.
Pictures and Video quality
Intex Aqua 3.2 works with a decent 2megapixel camera for snapping reasonably clear images. Zoom is the only feature that acts as a sidekick. Video recordings can be done but there is no secondary camera.
Intex Aqua 3.2 has the Wi-Fi along with the Wi-Fi hot spot that does give the device an edge over the others. The Hot spot is a feature that is mostly available in the mid to higher range devices and lets the user make the smartphone as an Internet hub. Features such as GPRS, EDGE, USB port and Bluetooth help as usual with data transmission facilities.
Internal and External Memory
Intex Aqua 3.2 has 75.17MB to show for as far as the internal memory is concerned. If the user is not too fussy about keeping a large collection of data in his or her smartphone then this should not bother them. But for those who have a issue with it, can access the microSD card slot that elongates the external memory of the device up to 32GB. So songs, games, images and videos can be kept in the device with ease.
Applications and Gaming
Intex Aqua 3.2 is pretty good with games with Android Gingerbread as its software platform and in effect, means to access the same online. But at the same time, since Gingerbread is not the latest version, the user would miss out on a lot of apps and games that are not compatible with it.
Intex Aqua 3.2 uses the 1200mAh standard lithium-ion battery that is actually less than what we expect from an Android smartphone. The talk time of up to 4hours and a standby time of up to 120hours are not that pleasing while multimedia usage may further decrease the same.
Intex Aqua 3.2 has data connectivity features like Bluetooth, USB port, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi and Hot spot. The least one would probably excite the user the most.
Intex Aqua 3.2 when compared to Micromax Ninja A27 has a similar screen size with 3.5inches but the latter has a better resolution and as a result shows crisper images. Micromax Ninja A27 however falls short when it comes to the camera with VGA strength whereas the Intex Aqua 3.2 has a 2megapixel shutter. Both the smartphones run on the Android Gingerbread operating system and have a 1GHz processor. The microSD card slot has a 16GB expansion limit in case of Micromax Ninja A26 while the Intex Aqua 3.2 has a 32GB limit. Micromax Ninja A27 has a better battery line up with 1400mAh as compared to the 1200mAh offered by Intex Aqua 3.2.