Domestic handset maker Intex, known for its budget smartphones, made it big this time by stepping into the wearable segment. The company launched its first smartwatch dubbed as Intex iRist at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2015 in Shanghai.
First of all, the Intex iRist smartwatch doesn't need to rely on smartphones, as it is a standalone watch that runs on Android KitKat 4.4 KitKat OS, and has features like SIM slot, GPS and more. The wearable is priced at Rs 11,999 and will be arriving in August in India.
We spent some time with the Intex iRist smartwatch and here are our first hand impressions:
DESIGN AND DISPLAY
The Intex iRist smartwatch closely resembles the design of Apple watch, but not in terms of quality. The iRist, for that matter, dons a glossy plastic and rubber body, which neither looks sophisticated, nor feels that cheap. It is a fingerprint magnet, though. Also, the iRist is water resistant, and can survive water splashes but cannot be submerged in water.
This device comes with a 1.56-inch display made out of sapphire glass along with a resolution of 240x240 pixels, and has regular rubber strap. Meanwhile, the display is pretty clear and offers good visuals on with full brightness even. But, you might face problem looking at the screen in brightly lit areas as the screen is highly reflective.
Well on the right side of the watch, you get a 5-megapixel camera, placed between two buttons, which act as power and back button respectively. Considering the camera placement, we did have a tough time in clicking pictures with this device. We needed to stretch out our hand at the right angel to click a nice photo, which for a moment, made us feel like power-ranger and was indeed not a good experience.
PROCESSOR AND STORAGE
The Intex's smartwatch boasts a 1.2GHz quad-core processor from MediaTek which is paired with 512MB RAM, which should work smoothly for the device. Internal memory on the watch is low at 1.3GB, but the good thing is that you get an option to expand the memory by up to 32GB. However, changing a memory card on the device is quite a task as you will need to first remove the four screws on the back side of the device to put in the memory card and then put them back in place.
You can connect the device with a smartphone, or use it as a standalone smartwatch. For the latter, the company has offered a SIM card tray which can be taken out using a SIM ejector. This device comes with built in Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, GPS and 3G network support.
It is powered by a 600mAh battery. According to the company, this battery will provide talk time up to 240 minutes and standby time around 200 hrs.
All together, the basic menus, 2x2 grid app icons, and swipe notifications worked well in brief testing. This device comes bundled with an array of connectivity options and comes with pre-loaded apps like Google maps. It has Google search, and can make call and receive notifications as well. The Intex iRist comes embedded with Pedometer, which tracks your steps so that you can work towards your health and fitness goals. As per the officials, this smartwatch has 11 customisable faces.
In order to sync your device with smartphones, the company has provided option called iConnect, which lets you to synchronise everything starting from missed calls to message notifications, which should come in handy.
Interestingly, the Intex iRist smartwatch has a voice assistant, which comes in handy during dialing a number, open/closing apps, send mails or even moving your muscle with just your voice based commands. During our test, it worked just about fine, and was not impressive.
To conclude, we will say that Intex has done a nice job with this smartwatch, however could have priced it lower. The major flaw in the device is that it is meant to be worn on left wrist only. The company does not give users an option to wear it on right hand as it cannot flip the UI around.