iBall is a mobile brand which has made a name for itself in low-cost mobile devices. Take for instance the iBall Andi 4F ARC3. It is the cheapest phone with a dual-core processor, a 5 MP camera and 4-inch full touch display running Android V4.4 KitKat, priced at around Rs. 2,500/-. While the specifications are at the lower end of the smartphone spectrum; for first-time smartphone users, these are enough to get them started on the smartphone journey.
There is no Gorilla Glass protection here, nor is there any fingerprint sensor. This is as basic as the smartphone gets. This phone doesn’t support 4G bands. So while internet surfing and social media might crawl at 3G or EDGE speeds, calling and call quality won’t be affected here. These, among others, will remain the strong points of this device.
· 4 inch TFT display (480 X 800 pixels), 233 PPI.
· Weight 120 gms.
· Dual core 1.2 GHz processor (Unknown Chipset).
· 1500 mAh removable battery.
· 512 MB RAM + 4 GB Storage; Micro SD card slot (expandable up to 32 GB).
· Dual SIM, 3G support on SIM 1.
· 5 MP primary camera + 0.3 MP front camera.
· Running on Android 4.4 KitKat.
ü 4.0-inch full touch display at this price point.
ü Relatively big 1350 mAh removable battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Built-in FM radio.
ü Bluetooth V 4.0 and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi Hotspot.
û 512 MB RAM.
û 8 GB built-in memory.
û Not so great viewing angles on the display.
û 0.3 MP front camera.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· iBall Andi 4F Handset
· Data Cable
The iBall Andi 4F ARC3 looks like any other smartphone with a full touch display out there. While it is generic looking, it is not a bad thing at this price point. The build is expectedly plastic and there is no Gorilla Glass protection at the front. The device sports a single speaker at the backside along with the 5.0-megapixel camera and the LED flash.
The device is available in black color. The usual three touch-capacitive navigation buttons sit at the bottom of the 4.0-inch display on the front.The phone’s rounded corners help in maintaining a secure grip on the phone as the corners don’t dig uncomfortably into the hand. So the design is competent enough without being a standout in the crowd.
The iBall Andi 4F ARC3 sports a 4.0 inch TFT LCD display which supports multi-touch. As is the nature of the TFT panel, the contrast ratio and the viewing angles are not great. It is a struggle to view the display in direct sunlight. While indoors the display does its job efficiently.
The display resolution is only 480 x 800 pixels, which on a 4.0-inch display works out to a density of 233 PPI.While not great, it is enough on such a “small” display. But 480 x 800 pixels on a smartphone simply won’t do in this age of 2K phone displays.
The camera on the iBall Andi 4F ARC3 is by no means the selling point of this phone. The camera is marketed as 5.0 megapixels, but the quality is nothing to write home about. People have complained about the image quality is worse than a VGA camera.
While there is a LED flash, images clicked in low light are grainy and full of artifacts, even with the flash on.The front camera has a resolution of 0.3 megapixels. While it may be okay for occasional video calls, it is by no means a selfie camera. There simply isn’t enough resolution for it to qualify as one.
The iBall Andi 4F ARC3 runs on an unspecified dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. This is paired with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of built-in memory. Now 512 MB RAM is the bare minimum required to run Android with any semblance of smoothness. Perhaps that is the reason the phone runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. So it is quite possible that this phone will receive no further OS updates and will forever remain stuck on Android KitKat.
The battery has a relatively large 1350 mAh capacity. The display is not that big and it doesn’t have to push a large number of pixels. All this adds up to gains in the battery department. So expect this phone to survive for relatively longer on a single charge. The built-in 8 GB memory can be boosted by up to 32 GB courtesy of an independent microSD card slot.
Also See: iBall Smart Andi 4 Arc Mobile Review
The iBall Andi 4F ARC3 is targeted towards the lower-end market. That means people who are either buying their first smartphones or people who primarily want it for calling and do not care about the additional features. But the specifications are just too low for it to be a smoothly working device. iBall could have had upgraded the specifications and even with a slight increase in the price, it could have been a solid-performing low-end device.