11-01-2018 Vanshika Malhotra
Dual cameras everywhere, which is the new smartphone sporting the pair? And, in the growing number of smartphones with dual cameras, we have a new entrant- the iVOOMi i1. Among the budget smartphones being launched by the Chinese company, the recently launched ones are the iVOOMi i1 and the iVOOMi i1s. We got the i1 for review and here is the result of our burn test:
Design: Feels Premium
The iVOOMi i1 gave us all the high-end, premium feels when we first saw it. Resembling the Samsung Galaxy S8 with its pseudo curved edges; the smartphone is comfortable to hold. Starting with the aesthetics, the smartphone, made up of polycarbonate, has a dual-camera module at the back with LED flash, followed by a pleasant presence of a fingerprint sensor (iVOOMi’s another first) and the ‘iVOOMi’ logo in the middle. Upfront, there is a selfie shooter on the top with an assortment of regular sensors. The left-hand side houses the volume rocker and the power on/off button, the bottom end has speaker grille, and the top end sports a micro-USB port and a 3.5mm audio jack.
Overall, the smartphone, for the price it comes with, is visually appealing and comfortable at the same time.
Display: Clear & Bright
The smartphone spans 5.45-inch and comes with an HD resolution. While the company claims the device to be the company’s first to hop on the bezel-less bandwagon, the smartphone still has wide enough bezels on the top and the bottom (illusionary in the Jade Black colour variant given for review). The screen produces averagely bright colours and the icons pop out well, making the usage convenient and easy on the eyes.
Cameras: Two at our disposal
Apart from the touted Full Screen display, the iVOOMi i1 has another highlight which is housed comfortably at the back; the dual cameras, with one rated at 13-megapixel and the other one standing at 2-megapixel, featuring autofocus and LED flash. The dual cameras are also capable of creating the Bokeh, going by the same name in the camera app.
The primary shooter was able to capture good pictures, be it in broad daylight, indoors or in low-light. However, with a closer look, the details were not highlighted adequately and the images seemed slightly processed. On opting for Bokeh, the smartphone did create the effect, however, seemed more like an amateur in the arena. The Bokeh created looked way too processed, losing the naturalness of the subject.
The one at the front is rated at 8-megapixel actually impressed me. The output was good; not too exposed, not too processed and was clear.
Overall, the camera performance has been fine for the price the smartphone has, however, the dual cameras could have performed better.
Spec Sheet and Performance: As good as it gets in this price segment
The iVOOMi i1 is powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6737 processor and comes equipped with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of ROM. The internal storage comes with the option to expand up to 128GB via a memory card. For your knowledge, the iVOOMi i1 and the i1s have only one difference, the RAM/ROM configuration, which in the latter’s case is an increased 3GB of RAM/32GB of ROM.
Talking about the performance, the smartphone worked fine while carrying out various tasks an average user would do. The social media browsing on apps such as Facebook, Instagram, WhatsApp, and much more was convenient, however, with various apps in the background, the smartphone did stutter. Numerous background apps led to the slow launch of the smartphone as well. For playing around with games such as the Asphalt 8 or any of the pre-equipped ones (Cupcake Dreamland or Temple Paradise Dash), the smartphone played averagely, with the visuals appearing fine.
The i1 gets its energy from a 3,000mAh battery which ensured that the smartphone lives a day without getting charged. The battery did not get used up too quick, however, it took a lot of time to recharge the battery, especially when connected to a PC or a laptop. Therefore, our say on the battery is average. The smartphone runs Android 7.0 Nougat and the UI was user-friendly, however, the presence of bloatware remains. Furthermore, the audio quality was fine too.
Among many, the pleasing factor, the smartphone features is the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner (which the company was initially reluctant to add). The fingerprint scanner unlocked the device in less than 60 seconds, thus becoming a quick one.
The iVOOMi i1 for a price of Rs 5,999, with dual cameras, a fingerprint scanner, and a premium design, proves to be a steal. However, with the pros comes the cons, and the smartphone still lacks the power of the dual cameras it houses. The smartphone stands against the likes of the Xiaomi Redmi 4A which comes with a better processor, bigger battery and a 13-megapixel front camera.
While the iVOOMi i1 has a share of misses, it still proves to be a daily driver and can still make it to the nominations for the ‘best smartphone under Rs 6,000’ title.