Have you ever imagined a perfect smartphone? An overall smartphone, which includes a good battery backup to last for the entire day, a good performer to play your favourite game on, a smartphone on which you can watch the movies of your choice? As expectations increase, the price increases too, right? No, wrong. And to prove you wrong is the best in call, budget Android smartphone – Intex Cloud 4G Star. Tagged at a price of Rs. 7,499 smartphone is clearly one of the best smartphones one could find under Rs. 10,000. After using the device for over a month, here comes our in-depth analyses (review) about the device.
Beginning with the design, the phone would remind you of the iPhone 3G with its curvy look. But unfortunately, it’s neither as light nor as thin. On the left edge, you’d find the volume buttons whereas the power button and micro USB slot has been placed on the top and bottom respectively. The 3.5mm jack has been placed on the top as well. Now, there is nothing very extraordinary about the design but the phone does have something in the form of a golden ring running all around the phone. Overall, the smartphone is easy to handle with one hand and does not suffer from any issues such as slipping off from your hands and in fact, gives you a very sturdy feel.
As far as display is concerned, phone features a 5inch HD IPS display which is a standard market offering considering the price. The viewing angles are mediocre but the phone does a decent job while viewing photos and videos. For the protection, the Intex Cloud 4G Star comes installed with Dragontail Glass to resist all the accidental scratches that the phone might bear after a rough usage.
The Intex Cloud 4G Star comes with a Quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, Mediatek MT6735 chipset which is clocked at 1.3 GHz. With 2GB of RAM, the phone is able to score 27,928 on the AnTuTu benchmarking application. When it comes to experience, the device offers a lot more than the price for which it comes. Almost all the mediocre applications ran beautifully, without any lag on the smartphone (including Candy Crush Saga, Criminal Case and Temple Run 2). To my surprise, the phone handled the extreme usage in an extremely efficient way and Asphalt 8 didn’t create any issues until I started multi-tasking – which is totally acceptable!
The camera department on the Intex Cloud 4G Star might disappoint you, if you’re a lover of casual photography and a selfie addict. But let’s be honest, we cannot expect a phone priced at Rs. 7,299 to come with a Sony IMX214 sensor neither laser auto focus. At its price, it’s doing a great job and producing great pictures. On the specifications front, it sports a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera.
There are a lot of features that find no place in the default camera application, but I don’t think that can be a valid reason for you not to buy the smartphone that offers so much more.
Good internet is indirectly proportional to a good battery life. But the Intex Cloud 4G Star tells you another story, how to conserve battery despite using 4G. Internet usage didn’t really bother the battery life of the smartphone, but my duty here is to bring the little impact into picture. Following data can be concluded after a months usage of the smartphone carrying a 2300mAh battery.
|Cellular Call||25 minutes||3%|
|Streaming YouTube videos on WiFi at 1080p||20 minutes||6%|
|Gaming (Medium)||10 minutes||8%|
|Browsing the web||15 minutes||2%|
Intex Cloud 4G Star comfortably gave me 8-hours battery backup, while the 4G remained on and on a normal usage, which is enough for a day’s work.
Intex Cloud 4G Star might not prove to be the best phone for you, in case you have a larger budget. But for the people with a very limited budget, which just touches Rs. 7,000 mark – this phone should be an ideal choice to go with. Good graphics, lag-free performance (light tasks) and a good battery life is what this phone features.
Intex Cloud 4G StarRs. 7,299
- 5-inch HD display proves good when it comes to playing multimedia.
- 4G connectivity option.
- Good battery life; enough to run for a day.
- Poor rear panel design; looks old.
- Camera quality is not upto the mark.
- Button Placement is not very apt.