iBall Andi 5Q Cobalt Solus Full Review
iBall smartphones are not up to the market standards when it comes to hardware, looks and overall quality of the smartphone. They were hoping to change that with their Andi series and things are looking a little better now. Even though their sales are way below, when compared to other brands like Xolo, Micromax, Karbonn and Spice, they are slowly making it up the chain. The latest addition in their Andi series is the Andi 5Q Cobalt Solus. From here on I would be referring to it as the Cobalt Solus, due to it's painfully long name. For God's sake, who would name their phones so big? Anyway, lets jump into the review.
Look and Design:
This is a phone that is beautifully designed. It has an OGS touch panel and the back panel has a sleek looking glass finish to it. It is only 8mm thick, so it quite slim too. At the front we have the earpiece and the secondary camera. Below it, we have the 5inch display, and three touch capacitative buttons. The back side, as I said earlier, has got a glass finish, which makes it look really premium. We have a secondary camera with an LED flash, "SOLUS" and "COBALT" written in silver and the iBall logo at the bottom. The loudspeaker is present just below the iBall logo. At the right side of the phone we have the power button and the volume rocker. At the left side we have the sim slot which can be removed with a pin, as seen in the Lumia phones.
In terms of the hardware in this phone, it is quite good. But there are better alternatives with better hardware at lesser prices. The processor is a 1.4GHz Cortex A7 octa core processor based on the ARMv7 architecture. We also have a whopping 2GB of RAM. As of now the GPU information is not available, but I will update it soon. We have an internal storage of 16 GB of which 7 GB is for the user, 6GB is for applications and the leftover is for system files. The memory is expandable up to 32GB via microSD. In terms of connectivity, we have Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth v4.0 and EDGE. 4G support is not available and it is a big drawback.
Specs at a Glance:
5inch, OGS, 1280x720, 289ppi
1.4GHz Octa Core
16GB internal, expandable upto 32GB
13MP rear, 5 MP front
2250 mAh Li-Po
The display of this device is quite good. It features a 5inch HD display, with a resolution of 1280x720 pixels and a pixel density of 289 ppi. There seems to be no protection given to the screen, but I will confirm it later. Color reproduction and sunlight readability is good.
At the back, we have a 13 megapixel camera with an LED flash. The camera boasts a lot of features like live photo, face beauty, panorama, face detection, smile shot and V capture. In the front we have a 5 megapixel camera.
Battery and Verdict:
The battery is a 2250 mAh Li-Po battery. With the HD display and the other features, I think the battery is not sufficient enough. It may last a day with slightly rough use, but will surely drain out with extensive Wi-Fi usage, video playback and browsing. My final word to anyone would be, buy this phone if you do not like Cyanogen, Xiaomi or Lenovo. They are way better compared to this phone and at a price point of Rs.11,999, it is a sheer waste of money.