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Maxx AXD 21 review: Worth every paisa you spend

Maxx MSD 7 Smarty is highly recommended to those who religiously live, breathe the dharma of paisa vasool.

Rating: 3 out of 5
Written by Leela Prasad | New Delhi | Updated: September 19, 2014 4:40:52 pm
maxx Daily tasks like messaging, sending mail and browsing the Internet run smoothly.

When Mahendra Singh Dhoni finished off the match with a towering six over long-on in the World Cup final against Sri Lanka he, perhaps, had played his best ODI innings ever.

Three years later, when Maxx launched the AXD 21 MSD 7 Smarty it almost felt like a repeat of that single, glorious moment that won India the World Cup after 22 years.

All the products that celebrities endorse may not be an outward extension of themselves, but the AXD 21 is the closest that can come to complementing our captain cool. It may not have cut down every test we put it to with a helicopter shot but it is something you might consider before investing in a budget smartphone.

Key Specs

Display – 4 inch, resolution – 480×800 pixels, storage – 4 GB, processor – 1GHz, RAM – 512 MB, rear camera – 3.2 MP, front camera – 0.3 MP, OS – Android 4.4.2, battery – 1450 mAh

Design

The front has thick bezels with three symbols etched in silver at the bottom that act as capacitive buttons. The edges of the screen are painted in standard black, which we see in most phones. Flip the phone and you’ll find that the rear cover is like a Persian carpet. It is bright, ruby-red in colour with the maker’s name stenciled in yellow, block letters. It is also available in white and black.

There is nothing radical or pioneering about its design. It is easy on the eye and blessed aesthetically with simpleness.

Software

Daily tasks like messaging, sending mail and browsing the Internet run smoothly. It barely breaks into a sweat performing tasks that are heavy on its 1 GHz processor and 512 MB memory.

Of course, the AXD 21 cannot lift weights and do 500 bench-presses on its 512 MB RAM, but it can easily juggle memory between apps and multiple browser tabs.

It runs on Kitkat and comes with preloaded Maxx apps.

Camera

Despite a plethora of options like HDR, timelapse they lose their lustre because of the 3.5 MP rear camera. Outdoor shots in bright lighting may not giveaway its shortcomings but pictures clicked indoors will let the cat out of the bag.

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The 0.3 MP front camera can at best mimic the effects of the 1999 horror film The Blair Witch Project; perfect for Halloween selfies, but best avoided on a night out with friends.

Battery

The 1450 mAh battery might easily power a feature phone, but will it endure a dual-sim smartphone with 3G that will squeeze every drop of juice from it like a thirsty Hummer sipping through a gas pump nozzle?

We took out the AXD 21 for a spin as a backup device to live tweet from an event and it lasted a little less than four hours after continuous use of 3G.

Verdict

For a grand sum of Rs 4,020, I would say that the AXd 21 is akin to a pub serving single-malt scotch in happy hours, and throw in a free 16 GB micro SD, it is like extending the hours till late night. If you ignore the minor flaws like its headphones which remixes treble and bass to produce a completely, different genre altogether then this comes highly recommended to those who religiously live, breathe the dharma of paisa vasool.

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