Celkon AR45 Rahman Ishq review in pictures

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Celkon AR45 Rahman Ishq is a music-centric Android smartphone which comes loaded with hits from music maestro A.R. Rahman. We got a chance to play with the device and here's our review in pictures of its real life performance.

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Celkon AR45 Rahman Ishq review in pictures

  1. 1. Celkon AR45 Rahman Ishq Review in pictures
  2. 2. Solid build and glossy design • Available in shiny white. • The glossy back makes the device slippery after prolonged usage. • Prone to fingerprints. • Other design elements like buttons and ports are standard and similar to Android devices.
  3. 3. Passable but reflective display • The 4.5-inch display offers crisp text and images. • However, the screen is highly reflective, resulting in poor viewing angles. • Also affects legibility under direct sunlight. • The touchscreen display features two-point multitouch, though it becomes unresponsive at times.
  4. 4. Decent performance • • The handset is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, which delivers smooth performance. No lags while playing processor-intensive games like Riptide GP2 or watching 1080p video, though there are some occasional stutters and the transitions aren’t smooth.
  5. 5. Average camera • • • • Features a 5-megapixel rear camera. Complemented by LED flash for shooting in lowlight conditions. The resultant pictures are good for casual use and social sharing, but nothing more. A 1.3MP camera at the front is useful for video calling needs.
  6. 6. Marred by low memory • The 512MB RAM in the device fills up quickly if multiple apps are running. • A major chunk of the builtin 4GB storage is occupied by the OS, resulting in less space available for installation of heavy apps or games. • However, for multimedia needs, users can add a microSD card of up to 32GB.
  7. 7. Loaded with connectivity features • • • Dual-SIM support Offers 3G support in both SIM slots. Comes with standard options for connectivity such as Bluetooth, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, and GPS.
  8. 8. Music enthusiast's delight • • • • Bundled with over-the-ear headphones. The flexible headphones provide good sound output. Loud output from the device as well, thanks to stereo speakers at its back. The Celkon AR 45 also comes with popular songs by A.R. Rahman.
  9. 9. Mixed taste of Jelly Bean • • • • Powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Heavily customised interface on top of it right from the home screen to the dialler and SMS app. The app drawer can also be accessed by swiping up from the bottom. The UI seems confusing sometimes.
  10. 10. Software goodies • • • • Built-in theme support, offering options to customise icons, wallpaper, and lock screen. A battery optimisation app called Power+ helps in enhancing the battery. APK installer for installing apps outside Play Store. Ability to block messages and calls.
  11. 11. Long-lasting battery • • • The device runs almost a day and a half with moderate usage. Easily lasts a day with heavy usage. Runs more than 7 hours as per test results for playback of a 720p video.
  12. 12. At a glance • 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 pixels • 1.2GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6572 processor • 512MB RAM • 4GB internal storage with microSD expansion slot • 5MP rear camera with flash, 1.3MP front camera • Android 4.2.2 • 2,000mAh battery • Dual-SIM 2G/3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS
  13. 13. Pros and cons + • • • Loud speakers Bundled headphones Long-lasting battery • • • Reflective display Low memory Average camera
  14. 14. Good for music, but pales in the hardware department Worthy competitors Xolo Q500   Quad-core processor 1GB RAM Karbonn Titanium S1   Quad-core processor 1GB RAM Notable options in the same price segment Micromax A88 Canvas Music Samsung Galaxy Trend Duos
  15. 15. Pricing and verdict “The Celkon AR45 offers a delightful music-listening experience with the bundled headphones and stereo speakers, along with decent specs at an affordable price.” MRP: Rs 7,999

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