Intex V.Show IN8810 projector phone is a good idea, but needs better implementation Review

By Vishal Mathur | Updated Jun 30 2015
Intex V.Show IN8810 projector phone is a good idea, but needs better implementation Review
DIGIT RATING
50 /100
  • design

    80

  • performance

    50

  • value for money

    40

  • features

    70

  • PROS
  • Integration of two separate devices into one device
  • Could be the first projector experience for many users
  • Excellent battery life
  • CONS
  • Projector resolution of 480x272 is too small for movie buffs
  • Phone interface needs a revamp
  • Poor call quality in medium/low signal situations

Verdict

The IN8810 brings together two devices, a cellphone and a portable projector. The idea is good, and the additional capability to a mobile phone is more than welcome. However, the implementation of the idea needs to be a bit better. Good product, but not good enough to make you want to go out and buy it.

Intex V.Show IN8810 projector phone is a good idea, but needs better implementation detailed review

We have been hearing about ‘convergence of devices’ for a long time. And even though has been implemented in a subtle fashion till date, Intex has apparently taken the bull by the horns. The IN8810 fuses a  cellphone and a portable projector into a single body. An exciting concept, at least in terms of potential.


 
Design

Out of the box, the sheer bulk of the device garners attention. When compared to the slim smartphones around, this one seems like a brick. However, when you put it into perspective the projector bit, and he extra room associated with adding this feature, the IN8810 doesn't seem that bulky.

The phone is essentially dressed in black, with dollops of silver around 3 sides and completely on the top panel. The volume and projector switch-on buttons are on the left panel. The dedicated camera button is on the right panel. The rear panel has the 3.2-megapixel camera, with the battery access cover starting just below it. I liked the slide-to-open mechanism implemented here. Most phones these days want you to use your nails to pry open the battery cover, which is very annoying. The 3.2-inch touchscreen takes up most of the front, with the call connect, disconnect and configurable key in the middle. 

Performance

[RELATED_ARTICLE]To start off, the touchscreen response is just okay. It works well most of the times, but completely gives up responding when you least expect it. For expample, unlock the phone, click on menu. The menu opens up fine, but you cannot scroll through it because the touch isn't responding. Restart the phone and the problem is solved for the time being. The display quality of the 3.2-inch screen is mediocre. The interface is not very good either. It feels like the result of a junior school art competition. I have a sneaky suspicion that Intex tried to copy the Symbian S60 interface seen on the likes of the N97, but in an attempt to remain different, messed it up completely.  The interface, coupled with the iffy touchscreen response affects usability to a large extent.

Another very weird thing which I noticed with the interface, is the fact that if you switch the phone on, without a SIM card inserted, the messages menu does not show up. I have not noticed this with any other phone till now. Also, the picture gallery will disappear unless there is a memory card inserted. The good thing is the dual-SIM capability. This will largely negate the need to carry more than one phone. The dual memory card slots accept the microSD card type, and each slot is capable of detecting a max 8GB memory card. This takes the total expandable memory to 16GB, and the availability of two slots is quite a novel feature.

The call quality offered by the IN8810 was not up to the mark. Even in areas where I had pretty good signal coverage, the voice clarity fluctuated between good and average. At times, there was an echo in which I could hear what I had just said, in the midst of the words coming from the other person. Trying to hold the phone from different angles, I noticed an Apple antenna-gate type of issue - where signal quality changes with ones grip position. The speaker for handsfree use is quite good. It is quite audible and will be very clear at less than .

We have never expected phone cameras to replace the dedicated digicams, and this one didn’t change our minds. Passable images but not a lot more. There is a general lack of vividness, and the ever present noise further limits potential. Videos were jerky and not worth the memory space being used up!

However, it is the battery life which is the real positive of the phone. Under normal voice and SMS use, the IN8810 will last you about 2 days on a single charge, and maybe even a bit more. The 1500mAh battery does very well to provide mobility without being literally tethered to a charger daily. If you use the projector though, the battery will last about 3 hours of projector use.

Speaking of the projector, the video of resolution of 480x272 pixels and can blow up images to about 60 inches. However, in reality, you will not like to watch anything blown up more than 32 inches. The lightweight resolution does show up in a bad way, even when watching a basic movie. However, the smaller the image reproduced on the wall, the better the final result will seem. Keep it to about 30 inches and you will be able to enjoy a movie from the phone. Essentially, this will be the first projector experience for a lot of people. And for that, this basic projector will do the job. Just don’t try to get a 60 inch display on the wall, and the image will be okay! Therefore, this is one phone who's USP (user selling point) actually delivers!

 

Read on to know about the verdict and the price...

 
 
Verdict

The IN8810 brings together two devices - the phone and the projector. The idea is good, and the additional capability to a mobile phone is more than welcome. However, the implementation of the idea needs to be a bit better. The phone, as an individual product, could have been a lot better. The good battery life deserved a phone with better voice clarity and a more intuitive interface. The projector is okay for not very big images, but a bump up in quality is really needed to make this an actual alternative for the portable projectors. Good product, but not good enough to make you want to go out and buy it immediately, especially considering the steep pr.

Price: Rs. 16,999
 
[RELATED_ARTICLE]Specifications

 

Ratings

Features: 6

Performance: 4

Build: 7

Value: 6

Overall: 5.5

 

Brand
Intex
Model
v.show IN8810
Features
 
Physical Specs
 
Form Factor
Bar phone
2G Network Bands
Quad Band
3G Network Bands
Quad Band
Screen Resolution
 
Screen Size (in inches)
3.2 inches
Maximum Screen colours
262k
Touchscreen / Dual Screen (Y/N)
Y/N
Battery Rating
1500mAh
Dimensions (L x W x H) (in mm)
111.8x56.8x18.8 mm
Weight (in grams)
145gms
Expandable Memory Type
Y
Hot Swappable (Y/N)
N
Available Colours
N
Other Features
 
Operating System
 
Charging via USB (Y/N)
Y
Hardware Keypad (Regular/QWERTY)
N
Accelerometer (For auto rotate)
Y
Address Book Capacity
3000
No of calls in register
Unlimited
Talk Time / Standby Time * (hrs, min)

6 hours talktime

No of Profiles / Customisable (Y/N)
Y
Offline Opearability (Y/N)
Y
Inbuilt GPS / A-GPS support (Y / N)
N
Connectivity
 
Browsing (GPRS/EDGE/3G)
Y
EDGE max speed
Class12
3G max speed
N
Connectivity (WiFi/Bluetooth/IR/USB)
N/Y/N/Y
Bluetooth Version/A2DP support
2.1/Y
Accessories
 
Bundled Accessories

Wired headset, USB cable, wall charger

Size of memory card provided
 
Overall Build Quality (So 10)
8
Overall Ergonomics (So 10)
7
Keypad Design, ergonomics, usability (So 10)
5
Camera Specs
 
Camera Resolution (Mega Pixels)
2MP
Video Capture Resolution
 
Dual Cameras / Auto Focus / Flash (Y/N)
N/Y/Y
Mirror for self portrait (Y / N)
N
Camera Settings (So 10)
4
Zoom (Optical/Digital)
5
Multimedia
 
Music Formats supported
MP3
Video formats supported
MP4
FM Radio / RDS (Y/N)
Y/N
Performance
 
Signal Reception and Voice Clarity (So 10)
 
Zone 1
7
Zone 2
5
Zone 3
5
Device Earpiece Volume (on call)
7
Device Loudspeaker clarity (on call)
8
Handsfree Clarity (on call)
8
Loudspeaker Volume (on call)
9
Bluetooth Transfer Speed (in Mbps)
 
WiFi signal strength (Zone 2) (%)
NA
Captured Photo Quality (So 10)
 
Captured Photo Colour
5
Captured Photo Crispness
5
Captured Video Quality
5
Effectiveness of integrated flash
6
Loudspeaker Audio Quality
7
Bundled Earphones Quality
7
Display
 
Quality of display
6
Viewing angle of display
8
Legibility in bright sunlight
8
Video Playback Quality (So 10)
5
Price (MRP, Rs)
16,999
 
 
* Manufacturer Rated
 

Contact: Intex Technologies

Phone: 1800 10 38822
Email: support@intexmobile.in

 

Intex V.Show IN8810 projector phone is a good idea, but needs better implementation Key Specs, Price and Launch Date

Price: ₹16999
Release Date: 29 Jun 2015
Market Status: Discontinued

Key Specs

  • Screen Size Screen Size
    NA
  • Camera Camera
    NA
  • Memory Memory
    NA
  • Battery Battery
    NA

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Intex V.Show IN8810 projector phone is a good idea, but needs better implementation

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