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Published On: Sun, Jan 13th, 2013

Intex Aqua 5.0 – Performance not good for its price

In past few months, a lot of Indian mobile phone makers have jumped on the Android bandwagon and they have made some really impressive mobile phones. The best part about these phones is that they are offered at really low prices and hence there are selling like hot cakes. All of them have good software and hardware inside and the customer is now spoilt for choice.

I got Intex Aqua 5.0 recently in my labs for review. This is a huge Android 4.0 phone having five inches display. Let’s see how this phone fares against other Android handsets that are there in the market right now.

Design

Intex Aqua 5.0 review says that this phone has plastic basic along with groove. The sides have aluminium finish and on the front, there is black glass. The phone looks quite attractive but this certainly isn’t the best looking phone in the market.

Intex Aqua 5.0 is quite comfortable to hold in the hand; the grooved back gives some comfort. The phone has side button for power and screen lock. In terms of size, this phone is a bit big and hence people having smaller hands might find it difficult to handle. However, you won’t need both hands for unlocking or answering a call.

On middle top section of back cover, there is camera with LED flash. USB port is there at bottom and on the top, there is 3.5 mm headphones jack. Volume rocker button is located on left side. Below the display, there are 4 capacitive buttons. For opening all apps, you need to long press Home button. This isn’t a big problem but I’d prefer 2 button config instead of this. There isn’t a dedicated button for search either.

Intex Aqua 5.0

When kept in the hand, this phone feels much slimmer and lighter as compared to other phones having similar hardware inside.

Display

Intex Aqua 5.0 comes with five inches screen and it has resolution of 800×480 pixels. This resolution is a bit lower as compared to that on Canvas II. The manufacturer hasn’t put in an IPS screen here which is another disappointment. Due to this, the quality of the display suffers. The brightness is pretty decent and colours look vivid too but viewing angles could have been better.

On the bright side, the display touch sensitivity is good and I didn’t have any problems scrolling through different parts of the phone.

Camera

Intex Aqua 5.0 comes with five megapixels camera on the back and on the front, there is 0.3 megapixels camera close to the display. Rear one is autofocus camera and it also has face detection. However, the quality of camera isn’t so good and if you are going to take a lot of pictures, then I would recommend you to look elsewhere. The quality is worse than other five megapixels camera phones in the market.

I didn’t like the autofocus of this camera, it isn’t too eager and takes a lot of time for focussing. This isn’t the worst camera ever but the manufacturer should have done better. The picture quality is decent in good light conditions and for dim light environments, there is the LED flash but you shouldn’t rely too much on it.

Intex Aqua 5.0 Android

The front camera isn’t good enough for taking pictures but I won’t complain about that as these cameras are made only for video calling.

Performance

Intex Aqua 5.0 comes with 1 GHz dual core processor inside and in my tests, it did well. The speed isn’t the same as dual core phones from Sony, HTC, and Samsung but it is still decent. In my testing, this phone did freeze occasionally when I was playing a high graphics game. Using the phone rationally will keep it fast and I would recommend you not to play games that are too heavy on hardware.  You need to keep the RAM free for other activities.

There is just 512 MB RAM on Intex Aqua 5.0 and it is 60% occupied most of the times. This problem is common in phones having low RAM; they run slow if you run a lot of apps at the same time. There is 2 GB memory available on board and if you want more, chuck in an memory card inside.

Battery

Intex Aqua 5.0 comes with 2,000 mAh battery inside and in my tests, it ran for one and half day with moderate usage. If you use it extensively, then the battery will get exhausted faster. I would recommend you to carry your charger with you in the bag.

Features

Intex Aqua 5.0 is dual SIM handset and there is 3G too. But you can use 3G on only one of the 2 SIM cards. I used 3G for a day and didn’t have any problems with the network or the phone. There are also other features like GPS, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi. All this worked fine in my tests.

Competition

Intex Aqua 5.0 will compete with phones like Micromax Canvas II A110 which is a bit better in terms of display quality. The pixel count on the Micromax phone is better and viewing angles too are good courtesy of IPS technology.

iBall Andi 5C and Spice Stellar Horizon Mi500 are the other two phones which will go neck and neck with the Intex handset. Zync Cloud Z5 too is close in terms of design and performance but that phone isn’t well marketed and hence is bound to remain behind in sales.

Intex Aqua 5.0 Price

Price

Intex Aqua 5.0 price is Rs. 9,990. However, I would recommend you to check your local stores as mobile phone prices are constantly falling.

Conclusion

Intex Aqua 5.0 is a phone having good design. The performance too is good for its price range. However, it is hard to recommend this phone above handsets like Micromax Canvas II which are much better and still come with the same price tag.

Specs

•    GPRS, 3G, EDGE network
•    Android 4.0 OS
•    198 grams weight
•    5 inch touchscreen, 480×800 pixels resolution
•    1GHz dual core processor
•    2GB intenral memory, expandable to 32GB through microSD card slot
•    Wi-Fi, GPRS, Bluetooth
•    Five megapixels camera (rear), 1.3 megapixels camera (front)
•    GPS available
•    2,000 mAH battery
•    One year warranty

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