Intex Aqua Wonder: Sleek looks, high-end features

Written by Sudhir Chowdhary | Updated: Mar 5 2013, 07:35am hrs
Faster, smoother, more responsivethe Aqua Wonder from New Delhi-based Intex Technologies has set the bar quite high for competing homegrown mobile phone brands. Their latest dual-SIM 3G enabled smartphone is truly aesthetically pleasing with a good set of features built-in. It runs on Android Jelly Bean version 4.1, a fantastic operating system that is smooth, dynamic and feature rich. And by pricing the device thoughtfully at R9,990, the company is aiming to penetrate not only in semi-urban towns but urban cities as well.

On first impressions, the most striking feature of this white beauty is the designit is sleek and does not have sharp edges anywhere; it has curved corners and feels sturdy in hand. The front panel has a full touch 4.5 inch display screen with a display resolution of 960 x 540. There are three capacitive keys on the large display, the volume keys are placed on the left side and the power button is on the right of the phone. During testing, I didnt encounter any issue with its touch response.

Close inspection revealed that the phone is equipped with sensors namely Light sensor, Motion sensor, G Sensor and Proximity sensor which allows the user to adjust brightness of the screen, detects and turns off the screen during calls etc. This in-turn controls the outflow of infrared rays and also saves battery at the same time.

Another interesting feature of the phone is its portability with Wi-Fi hot spot/wireless router by turning on its Tethering/Hotspot option. It can also connect with other Bluetooth enabled devices for data transfer or internet usage. In my test-run, I synced the phone with my home Wi-Fi and surfed the internet, especially YouTube and the National Geographic website and got high quality colour contrast, amazing definition and seamless video playback. An amazing viewing experience, whatever you are looking at!

The Aqua Wonder has the underlying hardware to power Android in all its glory. It has a 1 GHz dual core processor and 512 MB RAM. The phone is as light as 125 grams and its compact size gives an easy grip to users. It is comfortable in the hand or the pocket. Adding to the customer delight, the device has been bundled with 4 GB micro SD card, phone pouch and screen guard at no additional cost.

The phone has a high definition 8 megapixel rear view camera and 1.3 megapixel front camera for video calling through SIM. I clicked some shots and the camera quality is pretty good. The device provides ample data storage space with 1.93 GB internal memory, which is expandable upto 32 GB via a micro SD card. It is backed by a strong 1800 mAH battery which gives you a talk time of 3.5 hours and a standby of upto 72 hours.

Some of the other attractions include pattern lock security, face lock, Live wallpapers, file manager, flip mute, smart screen capture, Whatsapp, Facebook, Google maps, Youtube, PlayStore, Nimbuzz, Skype, Google+ etc.

I sincerely believe that the success of any device is largely dependent on its performance and availability of relevant content. Take my word, Intexs new mobile phone is impressive in both specs and performance. The call quality of the device is crisp and clear at both ends. Browsing the internet is a breeze too and as far as apps go, Android is the best place to go as it holds 3,00,000-odd apps to choose from and most of them are free. All in all, a good phone to buy.

SPECS

Dimensions: 133.2 x 67.9 x 8.9 mm

Display: Full touch 4.5 inch display screen

Processor: 1 GHz Dual core processor

Operating system: Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

Camera: Dual Camera (8 MP rear & 1.3 MP front)

Memory: 1.93 GB internal memory (expandable upto 32GB)

Talk time: 3.5 hours

Estimated street price: Rs 9,990