PRICE: Rs 6899
Intex looks forward to establish itself as the king of budget phones in the Indian markets with a huge range of devices under Rs 12000. The Cloud Crystal 2.5D is an attempt in the same direction by providing a 4G enabled phone which won’t burn a hole in your pocket. The phone does seem promising on paper, but does it stand out in real-life usage? Let’s find out!
Design & Build
Intex has certainly done a good job in shaping up the phone. The 2.5D Glass on the front reminisces of the one on iPhone 6 and looks really good. The back has a really nice woven texture to it and provides great grip for the phone. The side railing is made of plastic which is given an aluminum brush. The right side of the phone features both the volume rocker and the power button, with the former being on top. And 8MP camera with flash sits on the back of the device, with a 5MP snapper on the front. The top of the phone houses the 3.5mm jack while the micro-USB port is placed on the bottom.
Before anything should be said about its performance, I’d like to mention the touch-screen quality. The most important aspect of a smartphone is a well-working touchscreen and the Cloud Crystal fails exactly in this. The touch response is not satisfactory at all, with apps opening even with the lightest touch or not opening at all even after jabbing at it. This makes the entire experience unlikeable. It sports a Mediatek MT6735P with the Mali-T720 GPU. Performance is slouchy and isn’t enjoyable. Games like Subway Surfer or Temple Run 2 can be played, albeit a few frame drops. Inspite of boasting 3 GB of RAM, the phone struggle to keep apps within memory which was disappointing. The user interface is fairly simple and will not complicate simple tasks.
The software is based on Lollipop 5.1.1 and is bogged down by bloatware of all sorts. Out of the phone’ s inbuilt storage of 16GB, 10.15GB is user available which can be further expanded upto 32GB.
The phone is backed by a 2200 mAh battery that takes anywhere between 1.5 to 2 hours to go from being drained to being fully charged. The battery backup is average with the phone averaging with a SoT of 3-3.5 hours. The phone died by 4-5pm in the evening after being discharged at 7 in the morning. But keep in mind that I’m a heavy user. So if you’re a light user, the phone might be able to see both the sun and the moon.
Phones have evolved so much that at times the primary reason of the phone’s existence takes a hit. The Intex Cloud Crystal delivers an adequate experience. The phone lacks a secondary mic which hurts the call quality which is why I’d rate the call quality a 7/10. The in-call volume was loud enough to be heard even in crowded places and I’m yet to face a dropped call. I didn’t get the opportunity of using a 4G plan on this phone, but 3G speeds were on par with most of the phones out there, if not more.
The phone has an 8MP back and a 5MP front shooter. To sum up my entire experience, I’d say the camera isn’t great and you can’t expect great-looking pictures from this phone. Exposure isn’t handled well by the back camera and the phone struggles at night, though you might end up with some good looking photos in daylight. The front snapper is a fine camera at this price point and will work well for Skype and your selfies. The camera interface is pretty simple and doesn’t offer much space for tweaks. It can also record videos at 720p.
With the pricing and specifications Intex is certainly hitting the right spot. But more than specifications, Intex should work on optimizing its software for the hardware used. Inspite of seeming good on paper, the phone fails in real life with a poor touch response, performance and camera quality. We suggest you go with Redmi 2, Infocus Bingo 50, Meizu M2 or the Coolpad Note 3 Lite if you’re looking for a reliable budget phone. Way to go Intex!