Idea Aurus 4 is affordable at Rs 8,999, but is just another 3G smartphone

Muhammad Zulqarnain Zulfi Posted online: Friday, Dec 06, 2013 at 0000 hrs
New Delhi : In November 2012, Idea cellular partnered with the handset maker Alcatel and introduced its Aurus series in India. Alcatel One Touch 985n Blaze was launched under the name 3G Aurus. The Aurus 4, or the Alcatel 5036D, is the latest in this series and is meant for the budget Android customer. It offers dual SIM support and video calling. Idea is betting that the 3G Aurus 4 will change the impressions about the Aurus series.

Design

The phone is certainly appealing at first glance. The Aurus 4 weights 160 grams, sports a non-metallic home button unlike the earlier versions and has all rounded corners. From packaging to use, the phone showcases good design.

It's mid-range credentials are made obvious by the dual-SIM option. But the crisp 4.5-inch multi-touch screen with 16 M colours give it a high-end feel. However, at close quarters you see a bit of pixellation in the icons.

Aurus 4 inside

The metal chassis of the 3G Aurus is now replaced by electric graphite, holding the front and back panel together. The back panel has angled scales and speaker along with a powerful flash for the camera. The phone has a good feel in the hand feels great and smooth in one hand.

Performance

However, Idea seems to be repeating some old mistakes with this new phone To start with the touch screen capabilities of the phone were not really up to the mark. The one-touch google search and video buffering is decent. However, we noticed that the phone tends to hang once in a while, irritatingly so.

Idea has packed a 1800 mAh battery. But with the two SIM and the power guzzling Android 4.2.2. Jelly Bean, we did not have much hope for this device. In fact, with 3G, gaming, watching YouTube videos, web browsing and a couple of calls, the phone could give us just six hours on a full charge. With just regular calls and browsing you might be able to stretch this to about 10. Also, keep the video wallpaper off as it will only drain the battery even more. There is video calling on the phone, but I recommend using third party applications like Skype over WiFi.

The Idea 3G Aurus 4 is capable of supporting quad band GSM networks and dual band 3G networks in India. The phone supports dual standby mode, which means that as soon as you answer an incoming call on one SIM, the other module becomes inactive.

Should you buy it

At Rs 8,999, the Idea 3G Aurus 4 smartphone is best for those on a limited budget. Just make sure you are not one of those who will be tempted to use the high-end features of Android.

What is inside

The Idea 3G Aurus 4 sports a 0.3 MP front facing camera and 5 MP primary fixed focus camera with flash. It is powered by a 1300 MHz MediaTek MT6572 mobile processor with 512 MB RAM. As the phone has just 150MB free memory, it comes with a 4 GB micro SD card. The memory can be expanded up to 32GB externally.

Rating: ***1/2

Price: 8,999