Intex Cloud Glory 4G
The Intex Cloud Glory 4G is one of the cheapest smartphones in the market to offer high-speed 4G connectivity. One can buy it for 3,999 rupees only. Let us talk about what are the features this affordable smartphone comes with.
Appealing Looks but Bad Build
Outer shell of this phone is really eye-catching. Its shape is more like that of Galaxy S6 Edge. Curved bottom and top enhance the looks as well as comfort. The back panel features patterns and is also user removable.
Build quality of the Cloud Glory 4G is not as great as customers would like. Cheap plastic materials lower its durability. A small fall can result in great damage to the hardware of this phone.
Average Display Quality
Intex has equipped this smartphone with a 4.5-inch IPS display. It offers a resolution of 480 X 854 pixels (218 PPI). Although the pixel density is low, you will not face any problem in reading the texts. High contrast ratio and wide viewing angles take user’s experience to a much higher level.
Bezels on the sides are a bit thick but that is manageable considering the price point.
Latest Android OS
Surprisingly, this smartphone runs on the latest and greatest Android Marshmallow OS. The interface is stock but the icons are customized. I had no difficulty in browsing through the menu or settings.
At the heart, the Cloud Glory 4G features the MediaTek MT6765M quad-core processor. It is clocked at a low frequency of 1GHz, though the Cortex A53 architecture enhances its performance.
Thanks to the 1GB RAM, UI remains fluid no matter how many apps are running in the background. Onboard 8GB storage is expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card.
I would like to point out though you will not be able to do quality gaming on this device. It sports a Mali-T72 MP2 GPU, which suffers a lot when it comes to graphic intensive tasks.
Generally, manufacturers do not offer quality cameras in this price segment. In comparison, Intex has tried to make this smartphone good for occasional photography. A 5MP rear shooter captures decent quality images in bright conditions. It also records HD videos with autofocus system turned on.
The front 2MP camera is not worthy of any appreciation. It is as a complimentary module and only allows users to do video calling.
Low Battery Life and Indian 4G LTE Network support
The Cloud Glory 4G will not offer talk time of more than 4 hours. Its 1800-mAh battery is not capable of delivery one full day of usage. On the front of connectivity, this device will attract many customers. It has dual SIM slots and supports 4G networks in 2300 and 1800 MHz bands.
- Bright IPS panel
- Expandable storage
- Good design
- 4G support
- 5MP rear camera
- Android 6.0 OS
- Disappointing power backup
- Not good for taking selfie
Although there are many great features onboard the Cloud Glory 4G but I would suggest looking for alternatives. The Lyf Flame 2 can be a great alternative to this device as that offers almost similar specs in addition to free 4G internet for 3 months on Reliance Jio network (If it is available in your region).
|Feature||Dual SIM, Android Marshmallow, 4G LTE|
|Display||4.5inch, 854×480 Pixels, 218PPI, IPS LCD, Multi-touch|
|Performance||MediaTek Quad Core Processor, Mali-T720 MP2 GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB Memory, 32GB SD Card|
|Camera||5MP, LED Flash, Auto Flash, Digital Zoom, 2MP|
|Battery||1800 mAh, Li-ion|
|Connectivity||1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, Mobile Hotspot, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM, Loudspeaker, 3.5mm Audio Jack|
Intex Aqua Air II
Intex had launched the Aqua Air II in the month of January this year with a price tag of 4,690 rupees, though it now sells for an amount of 4,390 rupees. Poor marketing strategy has left this device undiscovered by a large chunk of smartphone lovers.
Superior Build Quality
In comparison to its predecessor (Aqua Air), this smartphone sports a revamped design and better build materials. It feels really solid in the hand. Chamfered edges with antenna band cuts give a great appeal to the eyes. Its body is just 9.9 mm thick, though the whole setup weighs 153.5 grams. The phone is available in only gray color currently.
Even though the Aqua Air II sports a wide 5-inch display, its quality is not appreciable. Intex has used low-quality TN panel, which results in thin viewing angles. Moreover, this display is not good for gaming as it has a low screen resolution (480 X 854 pixels) and offers only two-finger multi-touch system.
The good thing, however, is the screen features a layer of Corning Gorilla Glass on top for resisting scratches.
If you want a smartphone capable of running heavy apps and intensive games then this phone may not be the right option to go for. It flaunts a really old Cortex-A7 architecture based 1.2 GHz CPU. The built-in 1GB RAM does not help because the processor is not powerful at all.
For casual usage though the Aqua Air II is a decent solution. Its interface does not suffer from frame drops. Out of 8GB storage, around 5.8 GB remains user available.
In the year 2016, this smartphone still runs on Android KitKat. I do not believe it will receive any Over-The-Air OS update from Intex.
On the optical front also, there is nothing special to discuss. It has a low-resolution 2MP camera on the back and a VGA shooter on the front.
No 4G Support
These days, customers can easily buy a 4G phone for under 3000 rupees but unfortunately, the Aqua Air II does not come with 4G Network support. It only works with 3G and 2G frequencies.
2300 mAh battery powers this device and gives backup for a whole day.
- Good internal storage
- Attractive body
- Decent battery life
- Runs on a dated OS
- Bad camera performance
- Lacks 4G support
- Low pixel density
- Cannot run good games
From the above discussion, it is quite clear that the Aqua Air II is not a good phone. I do not see a single reason why a smartphone lover should purchase it.
|Feature||Dual SIM, Android 4 KitKat, 9.9mm Thickness|
|Display||5.0inch, 854×480 Pixels, 196PPI, IPS LCD, Multi-touch|
|Performance||MediaTek Dual Core Processor, Mali-400 MP GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB Memory, 32GB SD Card|
|Camera||2MP, LED Flash, Auto Flash, Digital Zoom, 0.3MP|
|Battery||2300 mAh, Li-ion|
|Connectivity||1G, 2G, 3G, microUSB, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM, Loudspeaker, 3.5mm Audio Jack|
Intex Aqua 4G Strong
Design, performance, and latest features are the three main things customers look for when purchasing a smartphone. Intex also knows this, which is why it had launched the Aqua 4G Strong four months ago. To get this smartphone you will have to spend 3,999 rupees.
The outer shell of this phone will blow your mind on the very first look. It is available in gray and champagne gold, both of which look amazing.
It offers a good grip and all the corners remain easily reachable with just a single hand.
To be honest, the Aqua 4G strong reminds me of iPhone 4G with its front panel. A 4-inch panel sits on the front with a resolution of 480 X 800 pixels.
High pixel density of 233 PPI helps in generating sharp graphics. Viewing angles are not great and the color reproduction is also below expectation.
Gorilla Glass 3 protection is something that will attract many customers to this phone. Out of the box, it runs on Android Lollipop. We should not expect Intex to roll out any major update in the coming days.
Scores Average on the Performance Front
Intex teases this phone with a 64bit processor, though I have already mentioned (in my previous articles) why these chips are of no use if the RAM is below 4GB, which seems to be the case here.
This processor is rated at 1GHz and the onboard Random Access Memory or RAM is limited to 768 MB only.
The Aqua 4G strong sports just 4GB of storage but the good thing is it flaunts a microSD card slot.
Voice over LTE or VoLTE is a new feature that is trending in the market. It allows users to make calls on the 4G network. This results in better call quality and lesser drops. Only a handful of devices including this one support the VoLTE feature.
The Aqua 4G Strong supports 4G network on both of its two SIM card slots. Other basic connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS are also onboard.
The manufacturer ships this phone with a 1700 mAh battery, which is small in my opinion.
Do Not Ask About Camera
I do not know why but Intex just does not seem to offer good quality cameras on its budget phones. Just like the Aqua Air II, this device also sports a 2 MP rear and a 0.3 MP front camera.
The Camera application is unimpressive. It lacks many features and the interface is quite confusing.
- 4G with VoLTE
- Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- Compact and attractive outer shell
- Good build
- Average battery
- Low internal storage
- Performance is not impressive
- Worst cameras
This phone does come with some disappointments but as a whole package, it will prove to be a good buy. The most impressive of all is the VoLTE support.
|Feature||Dual SIM, Android Lollipop, 10mm Thickness, 4G LTE Support|
|Display||4.0inch, 800×480 Pixels, 233PPI, IPS LCD, Multi-touch|
|Performance||MediaTek Quad Core Processor, Mali-400 MP GPU, 768MB RAM, 4GB Memory, 32GB SD Card|
|Camera||2MP(2.8F), Dual-Color LED Flash, Auto Flash, Digital Zoom, 0.3MP|
|Battery||1700 mAh, Li-ion|
|Connectivity||1G, 2G, 3G, 4G, microUSB, GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, FM, Loudspeaker, Mobile Hotspot, 3.5mm Audio Jack|