The market for low cost devices is as saturated as the high-end mobile market. In fact, the competition is even more cut-throat as competitors try and outdo each other by undercutting prices and offering more features. iBall is one such player who is among the leaders of the low-cost mobile market. Starting out as a PC peripherals maker, iBall ventured in the low-cost Android mobiles market and have emerged as an established player.
The iBall Andi4 ARC is one such device out of their stables. The device price around Rs. 2,500/- and features a 4.0 inch full touch display with a resolution of 840 x 400 pixels. There’s no support for 4G, but 3G is supported. Surprisingly, along with modern features like 3G and full touch display, the phone sports a somewhat inexplicable 256 MB of RAM along with 2 GB of built-in storage.
· 4 inch TFT display (480 X 800 pixels), 233 PPI.
· Dimensions of 124.9 mm x 64 mm x 10.4 mm, weighing 102 gms.
· Dual core 1.3 GHz processor (Unknown Chipset).
· 1300 mAh removable battery.
· 256 MB RAM + 2 GB storage; Micro SD card slot (expandable up to 32 GB).
· Dual SIM, 3G support on SIM 1.
· 2 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 1300 mAh removable battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Built-in FM radio.
ü Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity supported.
û 256 MB RAM.
û 2 GB built-in memory.
û Not so great viewing angles on camera.
Inside the box:
· iBall Smart Andi 4 ARC Handset
The iBall Andi4 ARC features straight sides with slight arcs at the top and the bottom. The phone features a removable plastic back which gives access to the battery and the dual SIM cards and the memory card. There is a single speaker on the back side accompanied by the 2.0 megapixels camera and the LED flash. The 4.0 inch display sits atop the usual three touch-capacitive navigation buttons at the front.
The slight arcs at the top and bottom coupled with a rounded back help in maintaining a secure grip on the phone. The design is generic but practical. Those looking for a fancy looking phone will have to look elsewhere.
A 4.0 inch TFT display adorns the face of the Smart 4 ARC. By definition, the display suffers from low contrast and limited viewing angles. While it works fine indoors, using the phone outdoors becomes somewhat of a challenge. The display resolution of 480 x 800 pixels with a density of 233 PPI suffices on a 4.0 inch display.
But in these days of “at least” 720P HD displays, such a low resolution fails to impress.
The primary camera of the iBall Andi4 ARC a 2.0 megapixels primary camera with an LED flash. As expected, the image quality suffers. The 2.0 megapixels camera fails to capture any fine details. As a result the details in the images appear smudged. The LED flash is not of much use in low light or night photography.
The front 0.3 megapixels camera is useful for occasional video calls.
The iBall Andi4 ARC is powered by an unspecified dual core processor running at 1.3 GHz. Moving things along is 256 MB of RAM along with 2 GB of built-in storage. These specifications are not at par for smartphones in 2017. The smartphone runs on Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box and will remain on V4.4 since the higher version of Android will simply not run on such meagre specifications.
The 1300 mAh battery is removable, which is always an advantage. The phone will go a long way between two charges primarily because of the low resolution display. The built-in 2 GB memory can be supplemented up to 32 GB via an independent micro SD card slot.
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The iBall Andi4 ARC is clearly aimed at the lower-end market segment. But whether the specifications can keep up with the demands of the users is a big question. It remains to be seen whether the Smart 4 ARC can capture people’s imagination for them to give it a try.