iBall Andi 4.3a review – 1GHz Processor with 4.3 inch IPS screen for under Rs. 9400

I wanted the iBall Andi 4.3j but instead got the iBall Andi 4.3a. There is no difference between the two models except that the 4.3j version comes with dual battery 1630mAh + 900 mAh, a total of 2530 mAh.

The 4.3j also come with slight modification like it has 4 touch sensitive buttons as compared with 3 on the 4.3a. Plus the camera on the 4.3j has been shifted to the left side and LED flash options have been removed.

The iBall Andi 4.3a design
The Micromax and the iBall phones looks more professional when compared with Karbonn and Spice brands. The Andi 4.3a has got this red (cherry red) coloured back cover which looks quite attractive and blends well with the black front. The rear side look stunningly beautiful.

The top part is slimmer as compared to the bottom part. There are 3 touch sensitive buttons on the front side with sensors on top along with in call speaker. On the right side you will find the volume rockers and on the top there is the power/lock button, 3.5mm jack and micro USB port.

Inside the Hood
The iBall Andi 4.3a handset is powered by 1GHz processor (MSM7627A) QUALCOMM scorpion S1 processor with Adreno 200 GPU this is the same CPU + GPU found on HTC Desire VC T328d, Huawei Ascend C8812 and Hisense E910 models.

The RAM is 512MB of which 250MB is free and 98MB used. The internal storage is of a very good capacity of around 1.2GB. There is further internal storage for user of about 1.7GB. The handset sadly runs on Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread), it would have been better if it were running the ICS or Android 4.0 OS. Three point multitouch is supported.

4.3 inch IPS screen on iBall Andi

The performance is smooth; touch is sensitive / responsive and did not find any lags. The text rendering in the stock browser was also pretty fast. This handset supports dual SIM. There are two SIM slots and the second SIM slot support only a mico SIM.

The max SAR recorded on this device is below 10g 0.016 W/kg.

The quadrant Benchmark tool for some reason was showing some incorrect info for example it showed the Andi 4.3a as a dual core processor, but the other benchmark apps showed it as a single core which in fact is correct.

Quadrant Score : 1203
Antutu Socre : 3133

iBall Andi 4.3a rear view

The screen is a good 4.3 inches with IPS display. The viewing angle is pretty good. The resolution is 800×480 pixels, I believe with 256K colours.

It houses a 5MP camera (Auto focus) with dual LED flash. The quality is not so good and the auto focus goes mostly out of focus. You can check the sample images by visiting the link mentioned below. Video recording is really no good. The front camera can be used for video calling; however native video calling is not supported.

Sample images taken from the 4.3a camera : http://www.flickr.com/photos/gogirana/sets/72157631756635456/

There is 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi with hotspot, Bluetooth, micro USB with tethering and GPS. The GPS worked flawlessly and the 3G does supported HSDPA up to 7.2Mbps. Net speed is good.

The battery is of 1630 mAh capacity that gives a usage time of over a day on a full charge.

iBall Andi 4.3a review
The handset has got that premium look with average features. The camera is disappointing and so is the operating system. For this reason I feel the price is too high. Now dual core handsets from Karbonn namely the Karbonn A21, Karbonn A9+ etc are easily available for under Rs. 10K. Andi came in too late.

iBall Andi 4.3a Key features and Specifications

  • 1GHz single core processor with Adreno 200 GPU.
  • Dual SIM with Dual Standby (GSM+GSM (micro SIM)).
  • Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) OS.
  • 4.3 inch IPS capacitive touchscreen with 800×480 pixels resolution.
  • 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, micro USB and 3.5mm jack.
  • 5MP rear auto focus camera and a front VGA camera.
  • Sensors : Proximity and Gsensors.
  • 1630 mAh battery with about a week of standby time and 4 to 5 hours talktime.

Andi 4.3a image gallery

iBall Andi 4.3a unboxing and review video

{ 22 Responses }

  1. P N Dange says

    My experience with I ball is very bad. Less than a year ago I purchased andi 4.3 J. One month back Its touch keys collapsed suddenly. The same day I handed over to I ball service centre in Pune. In one month I paid visits three times, called two times…Every time answer was ‘abhi spare nahi aaya!’.

    These are the worthless brands we purchase to save few thousands.They cave in untimely leaving us to hapless. Even the service centres are without care for customers.

    Beware folks about these low quality low priced so called smart phones! Pay little more but let us buy Korean or Taiwanese Cells.

  2. sana says

    hey i WANT TO UPGRADE MY IBALL ANDI 4.3a android version plz help me
    i want to upgrage it to icecream sandwich plz help me ..
    can i use andi 4.3h android os in my andi 4.3a ???

    • sunil kajal says

      Even i want to upgrade my iBall Andi 4.3a to Ice Cream Sandwich. but am unable to find anything online. And neither the company (iBall) is doing anything about it. it has forgotten about its 4.3a buyers, which is sad. i guess we all should unite and make a group or something to demand a update for our Andi 4.3a device. May be then they will be forced to release a update. what do you say??

  3. Craig says

    Well i bought this phone in may of 11 but this sucks this was probably the worst choice if any one awaiting to buy iball cellphone think twice saying from my personal experience i had this phone which wouldn’t last more than 3 hours on standby and 1 hour when used for browsing i took it to the gallery that was nightmare those guys are a bunch of rookie like iball has recruited some jerks who not only suck at their profession but also have no idea of talking with respect it took them one month for identifying what was wrong with the phone and rectifying mistake after numerous phone calls and many fake promises i took my phone from them and gave it to retailer to repair it i took it after a month and phone was still the same with all problems i don’t know what they were doing with that for a month their after sales service is bullshit.

    – my comment is for iball andi2.

  4. nani says

    I saw a lot of karbonn smart phones/tabs ads in yesterday's match. any info about those launches?

  5. Vikram says

    If it was from Samsung, Sony etc. then it would have make sense at this price range. But who will purchase this iBall with Android 2.3 and Single Core, when other Indian companies are offering Android ICS and 1.2GHz Dual core processor at same price (Karbonn A9+, A21)? I think iBall is late by 2-3 months in comparision to Karbonn, Spice etc.

    • Shailendra Singh says

      You Forgot Saifeena ( Kareena ) every mobile that you buy, a part of it was going of her Marriage celeberation as the one that her Hubby is promoting (Wynncomm) is not doing well…………………

  6. diganta says

    Gogi, thanks for your review. You are spot on with the review. YOU rightly pointed out the cons, at least not having ics in either of the phone is a big disappointment, specially when they launched two models one could have been different in hardware and software configuration, more so for andi 4.3a, unless you want a lighter phone with few bucks less(andi 4.3j would be a slightly heavier I guess with two batteries?). How does this micro sim works out? would it turn out to be a cons for a dual sim phone? obviously you need to keep one specific micro sim reserved for that sim slot, and rotation of sim would be difficult?? pricing is high after having seen better configurations, except for the users specifically seeking longer battery back up in the form of andi 4.3j.

    • gogi says

      Diganta, yes you also pointed out the right thing that the SIM's cannot be swapped ie. SIM 1 to SIM 2 and vice versa. The micro SIM is just the same SIM with trimmed borders. But one can buy the micro SIM adapter which will make the micro SIM look like the normal SIM. But why go through all this, the handset is not worth buying, specially if you look at Karbonn's A21.

  7. Shashank says

    Micro sim as per i concerned micro sim are not available in India but only bsnl has launched their micro sim for apple ipad. While other network don't provide micro sim, it will be difficult to get micro sim gogi.

    • gogi says

      It just the size, in fact the circuit part is of same size. On normal SIM there is a lot of extra space. Some shopkeepers actually cut the SIM to the required size. But better to get a micro SIM from the network provider. It is available at most network stores.

    • diganta says

      i-phone 5 got only micro sim slot. Airtel would provide bundled micro sims for for this device

  8. AayushMayank says

    So is A21 in stores?When will you be getting it?If you get it just make a 2-3 min hands on video the same day?Waiting for it/A110 :(

    According to the specs of A110(till now) Its better than Mi-500,right?

    And this will be better than A110?(except the camera)A110 looks way better :3

    • Shailendra Singh says

      Dear Aayush,

      Specs are yet to be announced for A110, I would prefer A110 over Spice sheerly because of its Looks, and off-course Micromax is a growing brand, whereas Spice is not doing as good as Micromax & Karbonn.

      I have 1 Problem in Karbonn phones they fail to give the perfect finish and premium looks. otherwise they could have created Turmoil in market with A9+, A11 & A21.