Indian handset makers seem to be making the most of the Android wave.
Intex seems to be one of the late comers to join the party.
Nevertheless, it is trying hard to play catch up through its 'Intex
Aqua' range of smartphones. The company has recently launched three new
large display smartphones in the range - Intex Aqua Wonder, Intex Aqua
Style and Intex Aqua 5.0. The major difference between these three
smartphones lies in the screen size. Intex Aqua Wonder comes with a
4.5-inch screen, while Intex Aqua Style comes with a 5.9-inch screen,
and Intex Aqua 5.0 as the name suggests comes with a 5-inch screen.
Aqua Wonder is also the least expensive smartphones that is available
for Rs. 9,990. It offers Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the box. We try
to find out whether Intex Aqua Wonder is good value for money purchase.
lately, the Indian smartphone makers are paying a lot of attention to
the design of the smartphone to ensure that their smartphones don't look
flimsy or cheap. We had earlier marvelled at Xolo X1000 (Review |
Pictures) for its alluring looks, and Intex Aqua Wonder too aspires to
be in the same league.
Intex Aqua Wonder looks appealing at first
glance. It comes in black and white colour options. We were given a
white unit for the review. It is rectangular in shaped with well rounded
corners. The thin chrome lining at the edges adds to the overall design
of the smartphone. The back looks a little too plain and shiny however,
thankfully, it is not slippery.
The smartphone is made primarily
of plastic, but does not look cheap. It comes with 4.5-inch screen that
takes most of the screen and there are three familiar looking
capacitive buttons for Menu, Home and Back.
Though the smartphone
is attractive in terms of looks, one cannot overlook the fact that it
looks very similar to the Samsung Galaxy S III. The only major
difference is that the Galaxy S III is a bit broader than the Intex.
Aqua Wonder weighs a mere 125 grams and is quite nice to handle and as
it is only 8.9mm thick, it also slips easily in the pocket. The left
panel houses the volume rocker and the power/ standby button is on the
right. In our experience, the smartphone is fairly comfortable to use.
we are not very happy with the overall finishing of the smartphone. The
most glaring example of this is that we could see the notification LED
light even through the USB / charging port.
Another turn off on
the design front is protruding camera lens at the back panel. In a bid
to keep smartphone slim, the smartphone makers seem to ignore this
aspect of the design, which we personally do not approve of.
AQUA Wonder comes with a 4.5-inch capacitive touchscreen with a
resolution of 540X960. The smartphone offers a decent display.
Pictures, text and videos appear quite sharp and crisp on the
smartphone. The smartphone has decent viewing angles and the under-sun
visibility is not bad either. The touch sensitivity of Intex AQUA Wonder
The screen is very reflective and is also a fingerprint magnet.
Aqua Wonder comes with an 8-megapixel auto focus rear shooter. The
camera does an average job of clicking pictures in the broad daylight
but does not show the true colour of objects (a grey colour object
seemed like a shade of blue in the picture). Also pictures clicked for
objects kept in close proximity are not as sharp. The pictures clicked
indoors too are nothing to rave about.
The smartphone also comes
with 1.3-megapixel front camera, which can be used to take pictures of
self or to do video chatting. The quality of the images and videos
through this camera too is a bit grainy.
On the overall, Intex
Aqua leaves a lot to be desired on the camera front and a lack of a
dedicated camera button is another add-on in this list.
Intex Aqua Wonder runs on Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) out of the box.
Intex has skinned some elements of the user interface, such as the lock
screen and the notification tray. On the lock screen you have the choice
of going to the home screen, launch the message inbox or head to the
calling application. Most other smartphones come with just two options,
launching a camera or going to the home screen.
The smartphone can have a maximum of nine home screens to fill with widgets and apps.
Aqua Wonder also comes pre-loaded with plenty of apps such as Documents
to Go, Whatsapp, Aaj Tak, Headlines Today, Facebook, Google Maps,
YouTube, Nimbuzz, Skype and Google+. Apart from all these, there is also
an Intex Zone app, which houses a mobile tracker and can maintain an
auto call record. This app can also direct you to the Intex Web Zone
which consists of three Intex websites.
Aqua Wonder is powered by dual-core 1GHz processor along with 512MB of
RAM. It comes with 1.93GB of available internal storage on-board, which
can be expanded by up to 32GB via a microSD card. Moreover, Intex is
giving a 4GB microSD card along with the purchase of this smartphone.
The smartphone gives decent performance but one can feel some jerks
while trying to multitask.
With Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the
overall experience of navigation through the interface was good, thanks
to Project Butter. Intex Aqua Wonder comes with the native Android
browsers and web pages render well on the same.
The experience of
playing popular games such as Angry Birds, Temple Run and Fruit Ninja
is smooth. However, as the smartphones comes with a mere 512MB of RAM,
we recommend closing all apps (or at least the ones that take up more
memory) running in the background before launching any game.
audio output quality from the speakers of Intex Aqua Wonder is loud,
crisp and clear. There are places where the audio scratches at full
volume, but that is not something to really crib about. The call quality
through the headsets and speakerphone is good.
comes with 1800 mAh battery, which takes a good while to charge. The
company claims that the battery will deliver up to 3.5 hours and a
standby of up to 72 hours, which certainly does not seem to be the case.
We were looking for a charger by the evening. Our usage consisted of
roughly 1 hour of phone calls, two Gmail accounts with push
notifications, screen at maximum brightness, Twitter and Facebook
notifications and WhatsApp chats.
Intex Aqua Wonder
is a budget 4.5-inch device, which looks good and has a decent display.
However, the company could pay a little more attention to detailing of
this smartphone. The smartphone runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) and
gives average performance. In the camera aspect, Intex Aqua Wonder does
no wonder. However, the biggest disappointment for us is the battery
Users looking for a slightly larger display can give
Micromax Canvas 2 (Review | Pictures) a look. It comes with a slightly
larger screen at 5-inch and cost almost the same. This smartphone was
launched with Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) but has recently got an
update to Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). It comes with a little more
powerful 2,000 mAh battery.
There's also the Karbonn S1 Titanium
smartphone that one can consider. Priced at Rs. 10,990 this is a
quad-core offering that runs on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). Karbonn S1
Titanium sports a 4.5-inch qHD (540x960) multi-touch capacitive touch.
However, the smartphone has a mere 1,600mAh battery, which is even
smaller than the one on-board Intex Aqua Wonder
- Decent looks and lightweight
- Offers good display
- Poor battery backup
- Camera leaves a lot to be desired
Ratings (Out of 5)
Battery Life: 2
Value for Money: 3