Onida i4G1 Review: Not expected

Onida i4G1 detailed specifications
Release date December 2015
Form factor Bar
Dimensions (mm) 142.80 x 70.40 x 8.40
Weight (g) 125.00
Battery capacity (mAh) 2300
Removable battery Yes
Colours Black, White
SAR value 0.81099998950958
Screen size (inches) 5.00
Touchscreen No
Resolution 720×1280 pixels
Pixels per inch (PPI) 294
Processor 1.2 GHz
Processor make Qualcomm Snapdragon 410
Internal storage 8GB
Expandable storage Yes
Expandable storage type microSD
Expandable storage up to (GB) 32
Rear camera 8-megapixel
Flash Yes
Front camera 5-megapixel
Operating System Android 5.0
Wi-Fi Yes
Wi-Fi standards supported 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Yes
Infrared No
Headphones 3.5mm
FM Yes
Number of SIMs 2
SIM Type Micro-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
SIM Type Micro-SIM
3G Yes
4G/ LTE Yes
Supports 4G in India (Band 40) Yes
Compass/ Magnetometer Yes
Proximity sensor Yes
Accelerometer Yes
Ambient light sensor Yes
Gyroscope Yes
Barometer No
Temperature sensor No

Onida is a liquid of electronic appliances in India market. Started in 1989 now it become the primary choice of consumers.

As this era is the best era for  technology and mobiles onida is  also a part of this system.

The company’s current capturing device is the low-cost Onida i4G1 . Priced at Rs. 8,999(150$) the Onida i4G1 hopes to offer budget users a quality Indian option with good specifications. Whether or not it lives up to expectations is the question that we hope to answer with our review.

Look and Design
Coming to look it does not touches the hearts of people as in this price segment many good looking smartphone are already available .At the front, the phone looks plain and ordinary, with no real styling or form to speak of. It has a capacitive touch screen with front camera on the front left corner

We did however like the fact that the capacitive keys are backlit. As metal took place of plastic in many budget smartphone , onida still comes with side of plastic which does not give expensive look. Additionally, the sides curve inwards, which makes the device rather uncomfortable to hold. The power key is on the right near the top, while the volume keys are on the left. The 3.5mm socket and Micro-USB port are at the top. This is a rather inconvenient position for the latter, and makes it a bit hard to use the phone when it’s charging.

The back panel does not look so good and make it much cheaper than really it is.

The exterior buttons are attached rather delicately to the panel, and inspire no confidence at all. Under the panel are the SIM slots and microSD slot, as well as the removable 2300mAh battery. Our review unit was black, but the i4G1 is also available in white.

This phone comes with 5 inch screen and 720×1280 pixel display with a density of 294ppi. When we looked at the screen it sharpness and display look pretty good as we are impressed.

Talking about specifications it sometimes can be good option for budget smartphone.
The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 SoC, and has 8GB of internal storage and 1GB of RAM. The device supports expandable storage, and has been tested and guaranteed to work with microSD cards of up to 32GB. It also supports 4G connectivity on Indian bands on both SIMs.

The device features a 2300mAh user-replaceable battery, which when combined with the efficient Snapdragon 410 SoC, is expected to offer good battery life.The Onida i4G1 also includes a 1A/5V USB charger, a standard cable, and a basic pair of earphones that sit outside the ear and offer no sonic isolation, comfort or fidelity whatsoever. Also included is a plastic protective case, which has a slightly better texture and feel than the back and sides of the phone, and makes it a bit easier to grip. The phone is slow to charge though, and 1.5A/5V chargers should really be the bare minimum offered with devices today.  Although Snapdragon 615 SoCs aren’t unheard of at this price point, the Onida i4G1 should still be fairly competent when it comes to performance and usability.

The device runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, with a user interface that strangely enough resembles stock Android KitKat in many ways. Fortunately, there’s very little bloatware pre-installed, and the apps that are present are useful and likely to stay where they are. The Settings app offers plenty of information and options, including customisable capacitive keys, detailed battery consumption data, and system profiles. It’s a fairly simple and standard interface that is efficient and easy to use.

Onida i4G1 bags with 8 megapixels camera primary camera with led flash and 5 megapixels rear camera .
We can make HD video with both the camera. There is variable focus only in rear camera and front camera has only fixed focus. The camera app allows you to select the photo resolution and video quality, and there are plenty of capture modes such as panorama, continuous shot, and HDR.
The app also lets you quickly toggle between stills and video, HDR mode, and filters. Other camera modes such as night, beach, backlight and auto are also easily accessible from the main screen of the app. Useful settings such as the flash and countdown timer are accessible through the settings menu, and recording video is a two-step process. On the whole, it’s a decent camera app that gives you enough control over the camera and its settings.

The performance of camera is pretty acceptable while we can say there are many other phones with better camera performance in this price segment.
We are impressed with the ability of the camera to capture colour rapidly changing light. Low light photography, while visibly weak, is still satisfactory, and pictures are certainly usable. All in all, the Onida i4G1’s camera does a decent job for the price.

We did not accepted such a bad performance of onida. We are really very disappointed with such performance. The phone even can not able to run normal  video , then talking about heavily encoded video is waste of time.Additionally, we weren’t able to play heavy game like Asphalt for longer than 5-10 minutes without it crashing. We haven’t experienced these issues with any other Snapdragon 410-powered devices, so the experience was rather alarming.

The device failed in all three of our typical browser-based benchmarks, causing the browser to crash before a score could be generated. Additionally, AnTuTu would simply not run, due to compatibility issues that prevented us from installing the 3D benchmarking companion app. Of the tests that did run, GFXBench and 3DMark Ice Storm returned scores of 9.3fps and 5243 respectively, while Quadrant returned a score of 13709 overall. All of these are fairly low for a Snapdragon 410-powered device with a 720p screen.

The Onida i4G1 has a few things going for it, but is a complete let-down when it comes to some important aspects. While the camera, display and battery life are decent, the phone’s looks, design, and performance are all poor. This is an unattractive phone that is poorly designed and inconvenient to hold and use. Most importantly, its unreliable performance makes it hard to imagine using it for even the most basic smartphone tasks. According to me it is mind crashing phone.

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ROM is short for Read-Only Memory. It has many versions just like Windows OS does; no matter it is stock ROMs from companies, or custom ROM from third party. This new custom ROM can bring you the latest version of Android before your manufacturer. Anyhow, flashing a new ROM means installing a new operating system to your Android.

The new Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow comes with many new features :

  • Mobile payments (Android Pay) feature.
  • Better RAM Management.
  • Fingerprint support.- A battery saver feature which extends device use by up to 90 mins.
  • It has a faster, smoother and more powerful computing experience.
  • Support for 64-bit SoCs using ARM, x86, and MIPS-based cores.
  • OpenGL ES 3.1 and Android extension pack brings Android to the forefront of mobile graphics putting it on par with desktop and console class performance.
  • Responsive, natural motion, realistic lighting and shadows, and familiar visual elements make it easier to navigate your device.
  • More intelligent ranking of notifications based on who they’re from and the type of communication.
  • See all your notifications in one place by tapping the top of the screen.
  • New devices come with encryption automatically turned on to help protect data on lost or stolen devices.
  • SELinux enforcing for all applications means even better protection against vulnerabilities and malware.
  • State of the art video technology with support for HEVC main profile to allow for UHD 4K 10-bit video playback, tunneled hardware video decoding to save power and improved HLS support for streaming.
  • and other cool features.
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Note: If there is more than one download option, that likely means that you need to download and install the Bug Fix Update for your smartphone or tablet device before you can actually update to 6.0.1 Marshmallow.

Step 1:

Before you go trying to update your device, you should check which version of Android you are running. You might already be on the latest version. It's easy to check so follow this guide up to step four. This screen will have a section called 'Android version'. If it doesn't, click 'Software information' to find out.


Step 2:

Scroll down the Settings menu and click on 'About Phone' or 'About Tablet'. If you have a tabbed settings menu then this will appear in the 'general' section.



Refer to Android developer page to choose which version of Android your phone or tablet is running. I.e, 4.0.4 corresponds to Ice Cream Sandwich, an old version of Android that was released in 2013.

Step 3:

Note: Your phone or tablet may require a Wi-Fi connection to search for an update. We suggest you to download the software Droid Over Wi-Fi because the file size can be large.


Choose and click the "Software Update" option. Next it will search available update for your phone or tablet. If update is available, you will be asked if you want to install it. Select "yes" and it will install the new operating system in your device. If you want to install it later, you can download the Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow file first. Download Android 6.0.1 Marshmallow.zip




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