Expert Review of Intex Aqua i5 HD White
Intex is stepping up their ante as a smartphone manufacturing firm with the company moving forward from being a computer accessories and a budget mobile manufacturing company, to the high-end devices making company. The Indian based gadget manufacturing company is the recent firm to jump on the smartphone making bandwagon with the sector booming in the last decade or so. The prospects for making better devices and competing with the big names have become easier as compared to what the scenario was a few years ago before the arrival of Android. Now that the same software platform covers up the weaknesses of many tier2 companies, more players can come in and show off their skills in other departments. So with that, we have the Intex Aqua I5, which is a budget smartphone with a big 5-inch qHD screen that is driven by the resolution of 960 by 540pixels. The device has a thickness of 8.8mm that means it is very slim while the length is 144.1mm and the height is 73.5mm. With 155grams, Intex Aqua I5 is certainly not the lightest device but for a 5-inch screen, it is pretty light. The device does not have a stylish look and is pretty plain Jane for our liking with edges that reminds us more of Samsung's earlier designs. But the features that the gadget offer is certainly not that vanilla with a camera, which is as heavy as 12megapixels clicking pictures at a whopping resolution of 4000 by 3000pixels.
The secondary camera is burly as well with the strength of 2megapixels. Videos can be shot with great success as well. There is a LED flash for producing brighter images in darker backgrounds. Memory wise, Intex Aqua I5 has a 1.58GB internal memory space while ROM is of 4GB. So, the device is pretty roomy but more space can be created with the help of the 32GB microSD card slot allowing huge amount of data storage capacity. The Internet is not very quick but works with enough pace to enable easy web surfing abilities along with downloading features. There is also the GPRS, EDGE and WAP browser along with Wi-Fi for accessing the web. The Bluetooth version used is 4.0 that should provide fast data exchange possibilities with other compatible devices. The device runs on the 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor while the software platform is Android Jelly Bean. Therefore, the user should not find it hard to operate on the device with utter smoothness and ease. Many Android applications should keep the user entertained and engaged. The 2000mAh standard lithium-ion battery gives away a talk time of up to 5hours and a standby time of up to 168hours. Other features and applications that accompany the device include Intex Zone (pre-loaded with many features), Voice Screen Unlock, Screen Face Unlock, and Flip Mute.
User Interface and UI functionality
Intex Aqua I5 comes with a big 5-inch qHD display thus making the gadget the company's flagship phone for the season. The screen is backed by the resolution of 960 by 540pixels. It is pretty easy and quick to run your fingers across the display and the gaming features do not disappoint either.
Intex Aqua I5 has a music player with an interface that resembles a bit that of Samsung. The sound quality though, is not as good as Samsung but is still praiseworthy. Earphones work well with a clearer bass sound whereas loudspeakers also manage to hold up well without the sound crackling. The video player would be a treat on this 5-inch display and support the formats namely, MP4, 3GPP, 3GP, AVI whereas the music can be heard in the formats of MP3, WAV, AMR, AAC. There is also the FM radio for recording popular songs while hearing them on popular radio stations.
Pictures and Video quality
Intex Aqua I5 comes with a 12-megapixel camera that does deliver the goods in terms of image quality at a resolution of 4000 by 3000pixels. The secondary camera is of 2megapixels in terms of strength and can be used to make online video calls at a resolution of 1600 by 1200pixels. Video recordings can also be made although the same kind of eminence is not maintained here.
Intex Aqua I5, with the help of the quad core processor, a solid RAM, Android Jelly Bean gets a fantastic Internet capacity. The user, with the help of the WAP browser, GPRS and Wi-Fi, can surf popular web sites or download desired data that may comprise of songs, games, images and videos.
Internal and External Memory
Intex Aqua I5 comes with an internal memory of 1.58GB while the external memory’s potential is 32GB. Therefore, the user can keep a huge data collection of songs, videos, games, movies and images without the storage space running short.
Applications and Gaming
Intex Aqua I5 has games like Fruit Ninja and Moto Racing that are pre-installed in the device. More games with the help of the Android Jelly Bean platform can be downloaded from the Android app store. The big 5-inch screen is also great to play games with easy controls and clearer view.
Intex Aqua I5 has a 2000mAh standard lithium-ion battery that turns out to be fragile when it comes to the talk time and standby time. The user gets a 5hour talk time and a standby time of up to 168hours.
Intex Aqua I5 uses the Bluetooth and USB port facility to exchange data with other devices while Wi-Fi, GPRS, and EDGE are the excellent sources of web. Overall, the device is nicely balanced in terms of connectivity features.
Intex Aqua I5 when compared to Micromax Canvas HD has a similar screen size with 5inches but the latter has a sharper display with a much higher pixel density. Both the devices run on the Android Jelly Bean operating system and have quad core processors. The camera is more powerful in Intex Aqua I5 with 12megapixels as compared to the Canvas's 8megapixels. Video recordings are HD in Micromax Canvas while the same is not the case in Intex Aqua I5. The battery’s strength is 2000mAh for both the smartphones.
Intex Aqua i5 HD White Description
Intex, by offering numerous services and products, has built an impressive portfolio. For long, it has been dealing in feature phones and only lately, entered the smartphone segment by launching nearly 12 mid-segment smartphones under the name 'Aqua' and mentions of the launch of about 20 more smartphones in the coming quarter. Intex Aqua i5 is one of their smartphones that promises to deliver a rich package of features at an economical price. With a slimmer design as compared to other mobiles in the same category, it offers a 5-inches QHD capacitive touch screen with a resolution of 960 x 540pixels. Features like text, games, surfing etc., are very clear and enjoyable with the 126K colours supported by this display. You can enjoy your music or conversation either via the built-in loudspeaker or by connecting your earphones via a 3.5mm audio jack. Working on a frequency band of GSM: GSM 900/1800/850/1900MHz, and WCDMA: 2100 MH, Intex Aqua i5 offers several connectivity options like Wi-Fi, GPRS, 3G and EDGE. Hence, you can stay connected to your network the way you like.
Compatible files can be transferred to this mobile by using the Bluetooth technology or by employing the USB port provided. Other connectivity and internet features include AGPS, GPS, WA, HSDPA, and HSUPA. The audio formats supported are MP3, WAV, AMR, and AAC while, the video formats supported are 3GPP, 3GP, AVI and MP4. In addition, it also offers a built-in FM and games like Fruit Ninja, Moto Racing, Chess, Carrom 3D etc. You can capture or record your moments in a brighter way by taking stunning, life-like pictures with its 12megapixel rear camera with flash and auto focus. Some common camera functions include exposure, white balance, ISO, scene modes, face and smile detection, and a continuous shot mode allowing you to take up to 16 shots in this mode. The 2megapixel front camera allows you to make video calls and take self-portraits. Intex Aqua i5 offers an internal memory of 4GB out of which, only 1.58GB is available to the users. This figure may seem a little disappointing at this price point, but at the same time, it is also provided with micro SD that is expandable up to 32GB. RAM of capacity 1GB facilitates data processing speed and can be seen as a balancing feature in front of its internal memory.
This dual-SIM mobile works on Android OS v4.2 (Jelly Bean) and renders a 1.2GHz quad core processor with MT6589M chipset and a 2000 mAh battery, which delivers a talk time up to 5hours and a stand-by up to 180hours. Some additional features are environment light sensor, proximity sensor, motion sensor, gravity sensor, advance auto call record, voice screen unlock, screen face unlock, and flip mute. Important applications installed in Intex Aqua i5 are Documents To Go, a File Manager app, Firewall for blocking unwanted calls, a flashlight, Facebook, Skype, Opera Mini, NQ Mobile Vault application for private messages, WhatsApp, Intex Zone from where some other apps can also be downloaded, and Intex Play which is the company's own application store. There are total of seven customisable home screens that can be used to store the application shortcuts and widgets. For quick access to airplane mode, battery status, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, data connection, data usage, audio profiles, brightness, screen backlight timeout and auto rotation, it uses the same toggles shortcut setting which is found in stock Android. Intex Aqua i5 is a decent choice if you are looking for a mid-range, Android smartphone with a quad-core processor and the latest version of Android. There can be no doubts on the reliability or the durability of this product as the company name speaks volumes about its high reputation.