Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - G&G MOBILE -

Bud­get smart­phones aren’t known for their build qual­ity or specs, es­pe­cially when launched by the op­er­a­tors. But with the Idea Aurus, we were in for a big sur­prise.

Man­u­fac­tured by Al­ca­tel, the Aurus has got a per­fect size and a sturdy built. Made of black plas­tic, the phone has curved edges with a thin metal bezel run­ning on the sides. The 3.5-inch mul­ti­touch dis­play at the front gives Aurus with the per­fect di­men­sions for a com­fort­able grip.

The dis­play is bright and re­spon­sive. The three An­droid touch keys—menu, search and back—are ac­com­pa­nied by a phys­i­cal home key that comes handy while us­ing the phone. A ded­i­cated cam­era key has been placed on the left panel of the phone.

The Aurus is a dual-SIM smart­phone with the An­droid v2.3 on­board. The un­lock screen of the phone looks dif­fer­ent and we can un­lock it by drag­ging our fin­ger from top to bot­tom. We could browse through many apps in the ap­pli­ca­tion launcher. Along with the regulars like Gmail, Play Store, YouTube, Maps, etc, it had many other apps icons such as An­tiVirus Pro, An­droid Man­ager, Cloud Backup, DRM util­ity, Cur­rency Con­verter, Idea TV, Of­fice Suite, Pin­Ball, etc. While some of the apps were in­stalled on the phone, launch­ing the rest took us to the ‘in­stall’ op­tion on the Play Store. It also had a ba­sic cam­era, which states 5MP un­der set­tings us­ing in­ter­po­la­tions soft­ware. There is also a front fac­ing cam­era on­board that can be used for video call­ing. The Aurus has an 800MHz pro­ces­sor and an ex­pand­able mem­ory card slot. This dual-SIM smart­phone has a 1300 mAh bat­tery that gives us a day’s us­age on a sin­gle charge.

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