Intex Aqua S7 is another budget phone, priced at under Rs 10,000. Being an iPhone 6 user, I have to admit I was a bit apprehensive that this one wouldn’t live up to the experience. Interestingly Aqua S7 is a nifty-looking device that shares a remarkable design influence from the iPhone.
Right out of the box the Aqua S7 feels like a sturdy phone, with the perfect form factor. The plastic back is extremely smooth, but the phone did not feel slippery in any way. There are no physical keys on the front of the device, instead you swipe up to the home button and back options. The phone comes with a lot of apps pre-installed – like Auto call recorder, Opera Mini, Saavn, Youtube and more.
Intex Aqua S7 is priced in a way that put its right in between a very tough competing market.
Manufacturers like Lenovo, Samsung, Micromax and Motorola – all have good devices under the Rs 10,000 marker. But Indian players like Intex, Micromax, Karbonn, etc have seen a decline in market share with the entry of budget phones made by Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Lenovo among others especially in the online market.
So is the Intex Aqua S7 a worth budget option at its price? Here’s our review.
Intex Aqua S7 Specifications: 5.0-inch HD, IPS display (1280x720p) | Quad-core MediaTek MT6735 | 3GB RAM | 16GB storage | 13 MP rear camera + 5 MP front | 3200 mAh | Android 6.0
Price: Rs 9,499
The phone looks absolutely beautiful, given the pricing. I also like the fact that Intex went with the metallic look on the sides, which really defines the front end of the phone. The form factor makes it really nice to hold, and it is not slippery in any way. The plastic back can take a lot of rough handling, which means that a case or cover is hardly necessary.
The fingerprint scanner is placed well, and when it does scan your finger properly – it unlocks the phone in a second. The battery life on the unit is pretty good, with the phone lasting a good 16 hours of use on a 3G network. The phone is also no slouch when it comes to multi-tasking. It was quite zippy even if you push it with multiple apps running in the background, and was an overall good performer.
The 13 MP rear camera makes up for some great shots during the day. Images taken in natural lighting are crisp, bright and without much colour distortion. The phone is also able to take detailed and crisp close range shots. The 5MP front shooter is also a delight to use. The images were without any visible blur, and came out good on the first try every time.
The headphones shipping with the phone turned out to be a bit of a surprise. They ear attachments are an exact duplicate of the Apple Earpods (minus Apple’s build quality). The sound quality on the headphones was decent, even if the volume was a little on the lower side.
What’s not good?
To begin with, I felt that the light sensor on the phone might have been a little off; considering that it did not give me the right amount of brightness or darkness when selected on auto. I constantly found myself toggling the brightness manually to adjust to the existing lighting.
The rear mounted fingerprint sensor has some hits and misses– I found myself really fiddling with the sensor to find the correct contact.
Even though the camera on the phone did well overall, I did not find it to be great in low light conditions. The phone can take a second to auto-focus on an object when in low light, and even when you try to focus it manually – you end up tapping on different parts of the screen multiple times to find the right focus. The camera can also not cope with too much movement in the frame of the picture.
Aqua S7 features a single speaker on the bottom of the phone, which is not loud enough. There is actually no base to the speakers and listening to music is not fun on this budget phone.
I also found some trouble reaching websites when I went on the Opera browser. Sometimes it really was a test of my patience when the pages would fail to load, and leave me hanging.
Intex Aqua S7 really surprised me in terms of being a trustworthy workhorse. It was able to run for a long time for me each day, and did so without any significant lag. The camera works well, but requires some bit of patience. For those looking for a budget smartphone with a good enough battery, I’d say Intex Aqua S7 fits the bill.