iVoomi, if you remember the name launched its shattered proof smartphone a couple of months ago, named as iVoomi 3s and it was damn promising. Well, some things are out of range as the smartphone iVoomi 3s didn't perform better but this time, with all knowledge of market strateies and other smartphones, iVoomi is back with another thriller, iVoomi i1. This smartphone is categorized under Budget-ranged smartphone category, but when you deeply look at its specifications, it's a lot more. So, I got this smartphone for about 3 days and I have used it thoroughly to review it.
This device is now available only on Flipkart at Rs. 5999/- for 2GB/16 GB Variant and Rs. 6999/- for 3GB/32 GB Variant and this model is specially called as iVoomi i1s. Now, let's hear what the smartphone is all about and what features does it have:
iVoomi i1 key specifications
- Android v7.0 Nougat
- 5.45 inches HD Display
- 18:9 aspect ratio
- 13MP+2 MP Dual Rear Cameras
- 8 MP Front Camera
- Quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6737 SoC
- Fingerprint Scanner
- 2GB/3GB RAM
- 16GB/32GB Internal Storage (expandable upto 128GB)
- Dual SIM (Micro SIM+ Micro SIM)
- Dedicated microSD Card slot
- 3300 mAH non removable Li-ion Battery
Although, for full specifications, you can visit https://www.stuffcompare.com/mobile/363/iVoomi-i1
iVoomi i1 is unfortunately made of Polycarbonate which basically plastic. So, you do not get a metal back which is fair enough. However, the smartphone has rounded-corners which is making more simpler for a user by making it handy and portable. On the top, you get 3.5 mm headphone jack and USB Type B charging port for charging and syncronising with your PC. If we come down to this smartphone and have a look at its below portion, we would see some speaker grills.
Don't get fooled by this art as there is only 1 speaker, other grill is just for showcase purposes. IVoomi i1 is also special for some purposes, i.e Fingerprint scanner. Normally, you don't see this feature in a budget-ranged smartphone but here, you get Fingerprint scanner at the back which works fine to me. Although, this is a bit slow but considering the price range, you can't complaint about it.
The major highlight of iVoomi i1 which led me reviwing this unit was the 18:9 aspect ratio which we don't see in any budget-ranged smartphones. Although, we have seen Infocus Vision 3 which is also having 18:9 aspect ratio, but this is still the cheapest smartphoen to containg this feature. But unfortunately, there are still some bezels on top and bottom which is not a good thing always.
On the display section, you get 5.45 inches IPS LCD Capactive Touchscreen which is protected by 2.5D Curved Glass. The resolution is not very good having only just HD resolution, but again, if you consider the price, it's okay. It also has 71.7% screen-to-body ratio which means around 72% of the front panel is covered with screen. So, you can imagine some bezels are there as usual.
Performance and UI
The iVoomi i1 is powered by MediaTek processor, which is not a very reputable brand int he market but it doesn't matter when the price is too low. When I researched more on this, I got to know, it has 1.5 GHz Quad-core MediaTek MT6737 SoC which is wonderful. Now, it's better if you don't compare this to any Qualcomm processor as that would be unfair. You also get DDR3 2/3 GB RAM which is sufficient if you are not indulged into heavy gaming. You can also play some heavy games like Subway Surfers and Temple Run and this smartphone wouldn't trouble you. I tested this smartphonw with Subway Surfers for about 30 mins. But there were no laggin issues and overheating problem.
However, one of the things that depressed me here is the UI that iVoomi has used. Trust me, if they would have gone for Stock UI instead of their own UI, there smartphone would have been the best selling smartphone of 2018. But here, the main problem is the UI is very laggy and it often glitches. You will not love this UI if you have used some heavy end smartphones. Although, if you are a new comer or you are upgrading from feature phone to smartphone, then UI might not irritate you.
Well, I took too much time just for best Camera review. In this pricing range, there are many other smartphones like Infocus Vision 3, Lenovo K8 Plus which are having dual rear cameras. So, iVoomi i1 has made it to the cheapest smartphone ever to consist dual rear cameras. The rear cameras are supported by 13 MP (Standard) and 2 MP (for depth sensing). This secondary camera would help you in taking some decent DSLR like portrait mode photos.
There is also a 8 MP front shoooter which is far better than any Xiaomi's budget-ranged device. I'm not comparing here but iVoomi i1 has beaten all the odds out here and now they have done something what other companies have never done so far.
iVoomi i1 is powered by 3000 mAH non removable Li-ion Battery. Many users would be confused here as it has removable back panel. You can always remove your back panel for inserting SIM and inserting microSD card but you would never remove battery. The battery seems fine to me and it easily gives an on-screen time of around 5hours which is far better than expected. I'm just worried if this doesn't get ugly day by day and battery draining problems doesn't appear
Pros and Cons
- Dual Camera (13MP +2 MP)
- dedicated microSD card slot
- Fingerprint Scanner
- 18:9 FullView Display
- 3000 mAH Battery
- User Interface
If you trust me, just go for this smartphone if you have a very tight budget. I would have recommended you Infocus Vision 3 but that smartphone would cost you Rs. 6999/- for 2GB/16GB Variant and iVoomi i1s will cost you Rs. 6999/- for 3GB/32 GB Variant. You can easily interpret what I'm talking about. This smartphone is for those people who want a new smartphone and they have a very tight budget. Also, if you are upgrading from a feature phone to a smartphone, I would recommend you to buy this smartphone