Another exciting addition to its Andi range of smart phones by iBall. Hold on! This is not just another smart phone.
iBall Andi 4a Projector sports a powerful 35 lumens projector which can project as big as 10ft x 8ft.
It is the World’s first 35 lumens projection in a smart phone. We were stunned by the amazing clarity of the phone display as well as the projection. Apart from projection the phone has decent specs for the price it comes at. Below are few key features of iBall Andi4 Projector Phone.
- 10.16 cm (4”) IPS WVGA Display 233 PPI
- Powerful DUAL CORE 1GHz Cortex A9 Processor
- 8 MPe AF Camera with LED Flash
- Android Jelly Bean 4.1
- Gravity, Light & Proximity Sensor
- Free Tripod
- Manual Focus Mode
- Front Camera for Video Calling
- Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
- Bluetooth with A2DP
- 4 GB Built
Below are some images of the product in various angles.
Design & Display
Being a projector phone it was expected to be big and bulky, but it felt just like the regular smart phone when in hand. The phone sports a stunning 4″ IPS WVGA display. One look at the homescreen and you know that its a sharp and rich display. The touch screen is super responsive.
Andi4a Projector is powered by a Dual Core 1GHz Cortex A9 processor. The phone did not lag in regular operations. Even when the projector was in use the gallery app was responsive. We used it extensively with many applications running simultaneously such as Whatsapp, Browsing, Messaging etc. The benchmarking results below will have more details about the processor and speed.
Below are the screen grab of Benchmarking results using the Antutu Android App.
Software and User Interface
The phone features a stock Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean. The phone does not have an update feature so we guess that there will be no future OS upgrades from the company. The user interface has not been modified at all. But the phone does comes with few preloaded apps like Documents to go, Facebook & Whatsapp.
Whats in the box
iBall Andi Projector phone comes with a free tirpod stand. Below is the list packaging content.
- Tripod Stand
- Charger Cable
- Manual and Warranty Card
We would have loved to see a Flip Cover along with this phone since it gets a little hot after using for around 20-25 minutes on projection.
iBall Andi4a Projector Unboxing Video
Rear 8MP camera gave decent images and videos. LED flash is an added advantage to the camera in low light conditions. We clicked few phones and projected the same on a white wall and the clarity was very good. So this phone can also be used to take pictures and videos and share it with your friends on a big projection. Front camera was not very impressive. Below are few sample images and video from the phone camera.
The phone does not compromise on the connectivity front. The phone offers ample connectivity options which includes WiFi, Bluetooth with A2DP and 3G HSUPA. Downloading, Surfing and watching videos on YouTube is fast thanks to 3G support. The phone also comes with GPS which is good for navigation using Google Maps.
Moving to the main feature and the reason behind our excitement towards this review. Projection can be started using the shortcut button on the touch panel or using the Projector app. You can project anything which is seen on the phone screen. To make it easier a manual focus wheel is provided on the left side of the phone. Once the projector is started, the screen is automatically set to dim mode so that the battery is saved and after a few seconds the screen is turned off. We were unhappy with the quality of tripod stand bundled with the phone. The stand cannot hold the phone if you adjust the angle of projector. But for hand held usage the projector feature works very well.
Multimedia & Gaming
Video playback is good. The phone easily played 720p videos using the gallery app. Once we installed MX Player from the Play Store we were able to play 1080p video without any lag. Browsing images was a good experience owing to the stunning display quality. Gaming on iBall Andi Projector was a rich experience too. We had fun playing NFS Most Wanted, Temple Run and Subway Surfer and it was smooth all over.
Phone and Messaging
Since the phone runs on standard Android 4.1 Jelly Bean no tweaking has been made to the dialing screen. The call quality is good and so is the network reception. Thanks to its responsive touch screen messaging was a breeze. We faced few issues in selecting the keys near the edge of the screen.