iBall Andi HD6 smartphone review: A large screen Android phone for basic use

By: | Published: September 28, 2015 10:10 PM

iBall Andi HD6 is a big screen smartphone for Android beginners

iBall Andi HD6 features a 6-inch 720p HD display for the Android beginners (Source: iBall)iBall Andi HD6 features a 6-inch 720p HD display for the Android beginners (Source: iBall)

The iBall Andi HD6 is a large phone for a small price. At Rs. 6,999, it’s one of the few phones to pack a gargantuan 6-inch screen. But is that enough?

Specs: 6-inch 720p HD display | 1.3GHz quad-core processor | 1GB RAM | 8GB internal memory, microSD card up to 32GB | 8MP rear camera, 5MP front camera | Dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4 | 3000mAh battery | Android 4.4 KitKat

Is The Screen Good Enough?

The appeal of the Andi HD6 is pretty clear. If you want a smartphone with a large, 6-inch screen but you’re on a budget, this is among your cheapest options. And among those options, iBall is the most recognized brand—plus, the phone is not bad at all.

Obviously, it’s heavy and difficult to hold, let alone operate with a single hand. But those are the trade-offs you have to endure for a cheap phone.

As for the screen itself, its HD resolution is a letdown at this size. While the HD vs. Full HD battle doesn’t usually matter, in this case, the lower resolution is noticeable. There is an upside to this though.

A Surprise Hit

When I gave this phone to three senior citizens, they loved it. They liked the large screen with the large icons and the large text. Getting to talk on WhatsApp easily and the ability to see big photos were the big draws.

They were ready to put up with the added weight if it meant getting to see everything so clearly, and not have to worry about a tiny device.

The price, too, made it sound welcome. They said they would be happy to buy this themselves, or ask their kids to get it for them, since it wasn’t too expensive.

Without intending it, iBall has scored a hit with an unlikely audience—senior citizens who want to access the world of WhatsApp and Facebook. If you’re buying this phone for a loved one, set it up with essential Android apps for seniors.

Anything Else To Know?

Beyond that, there’s nothing remarkable or disappointing about the Andi HD6. The camera is decent, not great—low light shots are noisy. The performance is good enough for Android beginners. The battery life is quite good, lasting about 15-16 hours of average usage.

Overall, there’s little to complain about the Andi HD6 from the perspective of a basic Android user. And that’s who the phone should be for. If all you want is WhatsApp, Facebook, email, light browsing, casual games, and calls and texts, then the iBall Andi HD6 delivers.

If you want anything more than those basic uses, look elsewhere. This isn’t the droid you’re looking for.

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