Buying an Android phone these days is no easy task. Someone recently pointed out that he’d found it easier to find a girlfriend than make up his mind about a phone upgrade. All the great devices are now part of the 40-50k club, and anything below that seems like a compromise, on looks or on features. Not that the Vibe X saves the day here, but now I have a phone I find easier to recommend than many other phones in that price range.
From the first time you get your hands on the device, you’ll notice how light it is. The unified body design has done some good on that front – at the cost of a removable battery and expandable storage. Besides the weight, the device itself has a very premium feel to it. The screen gently curves at the borders into the chrome-finished rims. Even the plastic rear panel feels great, and thanks to its textured finish, it keeps those pesky scratches away.
Despite the use of plastic on the device, we would give it full marks on creating a great first impression, and for even looking more premium than many of its expensive counterparts.
The full-HD display doesn’t disappoint either. Unlike most phones in the budget category, the Vibe X screen shows good black levels and good colour density without over-saturation. It comes with a 13 megapixel rear camera. The camera itself isn’t great, but it gets the job done under most lighting conditions, and thanks to the bevy of in-built filters, there’s a lot for you to play around with. The front camera too is no slouch, at 5 megapixels.
If the Vibe X comes across as the perfect device so far, we can’t blame you. It does make a great impression. Further use, however shows some chinks in its armour. The interface is very newbie-friendly, with all application icons displayed on the home screen, and multiple ways to quickly access important functions like Wi-Fi, data, etc. There’s a certain lag when swiping between screens, but switching through apps and general load times were quite good.
It’s pretty obvious that the Vibe X is aimed at the casual phone user, and it’s great on that front. Power users, on the other hand, may not agree with the interface choices, and will find battery life a bit too short after regular bursts of data and multimedia use. While professionals and power users are better off looking elsewhere, the Vibe X can easily be recommended to anyone who’s not ready to take a leap into the 40k club just yet.
Display: 5-inch IPS LCD, 1080x1920 pixels, 441ppi, Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Memory: 2GB RAM
Rear camera: 13MP, autofocus, LED flash, 1080p video at 30fps
Front camera: 5MP
OS: Android v4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
CPU: Mediatek MT6589T quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex A7
Radio: FM radio
Battery: Non-removable Li-Po 2000 mAh
Price: Rs 25,999 onwards