iBall has been releasing a number of Android-based mobile phones and this time it is the Andi 5c on the shelf. One can easily mistake the iBall Andi 5c for the Samsung Galaxy Note because it resembles the latter to quite an extent. The only difference is the brand name on the front of the Galaxy Note and the difference of the back panel. We checked out the phone to bring you the inside story.
Video review of the iBall Andi 5c
The iBall Andi 5c, as we stated above, is a good copy of the Samsung Galaxy note, but has vast differences under the hood. The device is just 2 mm shorter in height and thickness as compared to the Note. The build quality is pretty good and the entire shell is very sturdy. The front features a large 5-inch IPS display. The Home button is a physical type, while the Menu and Back buttons are capacitive. Towards the top of the display is the speaker and front facing camera along with the light and proximity sensors.
The 5c resembles the Samsung Galaxy Note to quite an extent
Dual SIM dual standby, large 2300 mAh battery
Features and Performance
We expected the Andi 5c to sport some powerful hardware, but were disappointed when we saw the technical specs. The phone is built using a single core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor and has just 512MB of RAM. The internal storage stated by the manufacturer is 4GB, but the fact is that the 4GB storage is shared by the ROM which is around 1.2GB and app storage of around 820MB, with only the remaining 2GB free for the user to store other data. This storage can be expanded via a hot-swappable microSD card up to 32 GB. These features almost match the iBall Andi 4d, which sports similar tech specs but a smaller display size.
We did test the phone for performance using benchmarking apps and found the phone to be performing normally as an Android with a 1GHz processor would. Linpack offered a score of 30.7 MFLOPS in single thread and 35 MFLOPS in multi thread tests. AnTuTu and Quadrant gave us scores of 3678 and 2309 respectively.
The phone is 12 mm thick and has a rugged build
The audio jack and microUSB port are featured on the top
Display and Interface
The Andi 5c features a large 5-inch IPS display, but the downside is the screen resolution, which is just 480 x 800 pixels. We did expect to see a higher resolution panel on a screen this large. Being an IPS panel, it has very good viewing angles and the images are also crisp. But sadly, the refresh rate of the display seems to be a bit lower than usual as the text tends to get hazy and distorted while it moves. This is noticeable when surfing the Internet with a lot of text on the screen using the menu system or anything that has a list in text format. The backlight also seems to bleed out a bit from all four corners, but this can be ignored. The touch panel is very sensitive and helps making the interface mode interactive and enjoyable. As mentioned earlier, the operating system is Android ICS and the user interface is stock ICS. Those who prefer the stock ICS launcher can enjoy the features right out of the box, while others will have to install a home launcher for a better experience. The user interface is very fast and fluid and does not feel sluggish at all even though there is no GPU present for acceleration. There are no unwanted apps pre-installed and this gives the user a completely stock Android-based handset and also keeps the internal storage free for user apps.
Swift and smooth stock Android ICS user interface
The phone plays standard definition videos as well as any other phone. High definition videos up to 720p also played almost flawlessly, but 1080p videos simply failed. The HD videos thrown at it look great because of the bright display and IPS panel, but when noticed carefully, there is a slight frame loss in the videos and jittery images are clearly noticed, especially in fast motion videos and action movies.
Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.3 installed
Updated 19 May, 2013, 1:20 pm IST
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