iBall Andi 4.5h has nothing unique to recommendby Ravi Sinha, on 16 Jan. 2013
We’ll admit: We were a bit confused when hearing about the iBall Andi 4.5h, since the last device we reviewed, the Andi 5c, was a phablet. But this is definitely a smartphone, without a doubt. What then differentiates the two, aside from the difference in screen sizes and prices? One look at the Andi 4.5h gives the impression of a sort of iPhone/HTC hybrid but its way more typical than that. Of course, it’s also of infinitely shabbier build, despite its average weight and thickness, but everything is held together well enough. Given its budget phone nature, it’s pretty much expected that the device doesn’t feature any Gorilla Glass or similar whiz-bang features to make it standout. So what do you get at the price that would normally fetch you a 4 inch Sony Xperia and which lays a little short of an astounding HTC One V?
Again, not much with the iBall Andi 4.5h as it features a dual core Cortex A9 1 GHz CPU with 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB internal storage with a microSD slot for 32 GB more. The performance is typical – it runs most applications just fine, navigates Android Ice Cream Sandwich smoothly but there’s a certain amount of fluidity and speed that has been lost in the exchange. Regardless, the 4.5 inch, 960x540 resolution IPS display is serviceable. It won’t give you the best viewing angles or colour quality or brightness – or anything – but its average nature alone ensures that it will still get the task done. And it can still be used to watch media and stream videos without little worry. Connectivity is assured via Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth, though surfing the net is a lot more sluggish than one would like. Once again, there’s nothing like NFC aboard but what does work is perfectly serviceable. An 8 megapixel camera on a smartphone in this range carries a catch, which is it’s not that good, lacking a firm software base and power to fully accomplish tasks like the so-called 360 panorama (and if you thought that looks ugly on the Android 4.2 devices, boy are you in for a treat). A 1600 mAh battery promises a decent battery life under average use, but heavier usage saw it draw scores in 6-7 hour range. Again, not terrible, but bigger and better phones have accomplished far more with that kind of life.
- Decent build that’s comfortable to hold
- Average 4.5 inch display
- Serviceable performance and battery life
- Decent price
- Performance can feel a bit sluggish.
- 8 megapixel camera not worth the trouble
- Surfing experience feels extremely watered down
- Not much to efficiently recommend over Andi 5c
The problem with the iBall Andi 4.5h is effectively that it has nothing unique to recommend it over its older brother (and even that device had its fair share of issues). Even if it fits within your budget, we’ll still recommend devices by HTC, Sony and Huawei over it.