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Aqua i7: A good alternative to most 5-inch smartphones

October 28, 2013 14:07 IST

Aqua i7: A good alternative to most 5-inch smartphones

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Aabhas Sharma in New Delhi

Indian smartphone makers have been trying hard to come up with products that could stand up to their fancy foreign counterparts.

Intex’s Aqua i7 is one such, a good option for someone looking to get away from Samsung, HTC or any other brand.

The first thing one will notice about the i7 is the packaging.

It comes in a big box, which also includes accessories like the headset, charger and a flip cover.

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Image: Farhan Akhar at the inauguration of Aqua i7.
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In an age where packaging isn’t given much attention, it’s a bit strange to see such elaborate packaging for a phone.

Once you have unwrapped the packaging, you will notice the device is good-looking. Though the i7 looks much like most five-inch smartphones available in the market, there’s a touch of elegance to it.

It has a matte finish back panel and is easy to use.

It is a slim phone and about 143g.

A full HD display, with a resolution of 1,920x1,080 pixels, is certainly one of the stronger points.

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Image: Brand Ambassador Farhan Akhtar posing with the Intex Aqua smartphone in Mumbai.
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It’s a dual SIM phone, with one micro and one full-size card slot.

The screen is extremely bright and colours rich and vibrant.

Even at different viewing angles, the display manages to hold itself. It’s a phone which, to our surprise, wasn’t a fingerprint magnet.

It runs on the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and is powered by 1.5-GHz quad core processor with 2GB RAM.

It comes with 32 GB memory, which is not expandable.

The Aqua i7 comes with a 13-megapixel rear camera and a five-MP front one.

There are multiple modes: HDR, panorama, magic shot and a professional mode.

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Image: Aqua i7.


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The picture quality is more than decent, but not a standout feature of the phone.

The front camera is just about decent and clicks passable images.

The audio output is good and playing videos and games is also a good experience. 

Intex, perhaps, wants to position it as a functional phone and it has features like anti-theft, call filters, app-lock feature, etc.

There’s a Myscreen app through which you can use multiple functions and it’s a good feature.

Multi-tasking is extremely effective on the phone.

The one let-down, however, is the 2,000-mAH battery.

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Image: The picture quality is more than decent, but not a standout feature of the phone.


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On moderate to heavy usage, the phone doesn’t last for more than five-six hours; so, the battery performance is a bit disappointing.

In a market where a new five-inch smartphone is launched every fortnight, the i7 is a good option.

Priced at Rs 21,999, it is competitively priced and is packed with a lot of features.

If you don’t swear by certain brands and are looking to change your phone, the i7 is a good alternative.

It is the most expensive Intex phone in the market, and it is fair to say it lives up to its billing.

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Image: In a market where a new five-inch smartphone is launched every fortnight, the i7 is a good option.

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SPECIFICATIONS

  • Weight: 143g
  • Camera: 13-mp rear + 5-mp front camera
  • Display: 5-inch touchscreen
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Ram: 2GB
  • OS/processor: 1.5-Ghz quad core

* Pros: Good design, excellent display quality, quick multitasking
* Cons: Average battery performance, average camera


Image: The phone has good design, excellent display quality, quick multitasking.

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