Intex Aqua Style Review: KitKat Powered Entry Level Smartphone


The Indian Smartphone market is one of the best places for business today. Its no more big players in the race; we have quite a few other Indian and Chinese brands in the market who have seeded some amazing devices. Intex has joined this league with its Aqua Style range phones.
Intex Technologies has established itself as a trusted name in the industry today. The company’s flagship brand ‘INTEX’ covers 4 business segments which are mobile handsets, consumer durables, IT accessories and retail. The Brand exhibits an exhaustive portfolio of more than 15 product categories ranging from mobile handsets, multimedia speakers, LED TVs, washing machines to name a few.

I have been using this device for a couple of weeks now and here are some excerpts from my experience.

Hardware, Battery and Design

The new Intex Aqua Style comes with a 4-inch form factor and is powered by 1.3 GHz Quad-core processor and a 1GB RAM. The build quality feels surprisingly good and quite comfortable to hold. You can find the power-button towards the right-side of the phone and the volume rockers in the left. The phone is 9.3mm thick and about 110 grams with battery.

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The handset has an IPS display offering a 800×480 pixel resolution with 16M display colors. It also supports Bluetooth 4.0 and Wi-Fi.

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Intex Aqua Style is a dual SIM Phone with support for 3G as well. It also offers a 4GB ROM (usable of 1.75 GB) with an option for expandable storage micro SD card of 32GB. The intex Aqual Style offers a 1400 mAh battery which might favour the entry level segment phone users. It’s pretty hard to get a day, when you start using the phone quite extensively. However, on standby it performs quite well.

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If you do not like the flashing black back-panel, You also get a matte finish cover free included in the box.

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On the hardware and display department, this phone scores a good 7 out of 10. Could’ve been better, but this isn’t bad either.

Software, User Experience:

This was the most surprising element for me. The entry level phone is offering Google’s latest Android OS, KitKat. Intex Aqua Style is definitely faster when compared to the competition in this segment who still run on Jellybean. Kitkat is a lighter and much better; which works pretty slick as it has a better resource utilization options. Its also much faster when compared to the older generations of Android OS. The handset comes offering the official Google-based Android v4.4.2 KitKat OS. The UX is quite smooth too. I would’ve wished if the icons and texts were placed better on the screen. It sometimes feels as if the icons are stuck to the edges of the display. The interface is not buggy; but it isn’t very remarkable and refreshing too. The phone comes with few pre-loaded applications and games.

With just 1GB of RAM, where the OS would take almost 50% of the computing power, I would not recommend this phone, if you like more CPU intensive apps and games. However, for occasional emails, basic games and social media apps, this phone is decent enough.

The rest of the OS experience is as same as any device running KitKat and I do not want to talk a lot about the OS features here. On the User Experience front, I would score this a decent 6 out of 10. It does the basic tasks right.

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Camera:

The Intex Aqua Style comes with 5 MP rear camera that allows you to take pictures in different modes including Panorama, HDR and continous shot. It also has a 2MP front camera for video chats and selfies. Auto Focus is quite buggy though. Color reproduction is good but sharpness could’ve been better.

Here are some samples. In the camera department, I would again score it a decent 6 out of 10. This phone captures pictures, but definitely not a quick snapper and sometimes focus could be a bummer!

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Value for Money:

We have seen a lot of junk smartphones in this segment claiming to make better phones and they spoil the entire Android ecosystem. However, With the introduction of Android One devices, we should see some change in this trend.

The Intex Aqua Style is definitely not the best Entry Level Android Phone; and not the worst ones either. The phone delivers what it promises and it does it quite well. If you are looking at a backup phone, this could be a nice option. This is one of the very few phones which runs on Android Kitkat and that could be the only USP of this phone. I would recommend you to try this phone before you decide on buying the same. However, if you are planning to buy it online, I would either vouch for a RedMi 1S or even a Nokia Lumia 530 as an alternative in this segment.