Maxx AX411: Great phone stunted only by a terrible camera

Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 8:00pm IST Updated: Thursday, 15 May 2014 - 8:08pm IST | Place: Mumbai | Agency: dna webdesk

The Maxx AX 411 is far from being the perfect phone, but at its price, its a rather great Android phone. Packed with some great hardware, my only grouse with the phone was the poor camera and terrible earphones, more on that later. But for someone looking to buy their first touch screen android, the phone is a great buy.

Hardware 

The dual sim AX 411 is powered by a dual-core MediaTek 1.2Ghz processor, which does a pretty neat job at powering the phone rather well, in our testing, the phone was comfortably able to handle many of the video games we threw at it. While the phone's 512 MB RAM may seem insufficient, the phone didn't seem quite affected by the minimal RAM.  

The phone comes with the other usual bells and whistles including WiFi b/g/n, bluetooth 2.1 and AGPS. The connector is a standard micro-USB. The phone comes with an inbuilt storage capacity of 4GB and can be extended by a Micro-SD card, and we used a 32GB card and the phone worked just fine.

Maxx could have thrown in a better set of earphones, considering the phone would mainly be used as a multimedia device. For the price, the earphones seem comparably worse than the cheap Chinese knockoffs that are available at street corners.

The 4 inch screen is beautiful and looks vibrant, with the WVGA (480x800 pixel) resolution IPS display and touch sensors are quite good and a pleasure to use. 

Software

The phone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and while I wouldn't expect updates from the company, the stock software seemed to run just fine. The phone also comes with the usual suite of Google apps such as Google Search, email etc. Maxx also throws in some other apps like Maxx World, Maxx life Box, and even a few video games like Temple Run. The camera interface though was rather slow for a phone powered by such a rather powerful processor. 

Camera

For a phone priced at nearly Rs 4000, the phone comes with a rather terrible camera. The 2 megapixel camera together with the terribly slow camera interface, make taking a picture a rather tedious exercise, with the end product being generally blurry and pixelated when seen on a computer screen. 

Battery life

The phone comes with a 1200 mAh battery that the company claims would give a 5 hour talk time and 200 hours of standby time, in our use, the phone almost lasted a full day with moderate usage and needed a recharge by afternoon. 

Conclusion

At a suggested retail price point of Rs 3999, the phone is a great buy for those looking to move up to a smartphone from a feature phone. 




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