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A phone that does all | Here’s my Long Term Review Of the IN Note 1

By Keshav

Long Term Review

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Hey Folks! Hope you are healthy and doing well.

I am going to share my experience of using IN Note 1 with you after using it for more than 7 months. I am dividing this review into different sections.

  • Design & Build Quality
  • Display Quality & Protection
  • Camera UI and Samples
  • Software, Speaker, Network & Updates
  • Performance & Gaming
  • Battery & Charging

Design and Build Quality

For IN Note 1 Micromax has opted for a plastic build and frame. There are two color options for the In Note 1, Green, and the White one that I own. The green color has an “X” pattern effect that shines whenever the light falls on it. The white color version, which I own, has a matte finish over it, which prevents any fingerprint smudges over the back panel.

Overall, the build is average and feels premium in the hand. The button placement on it is good, power button and volume buttons are within reach. A dedicated Google Assistant button is on the left top corner as well. All the buttons are ductile and gives clicky feedback. Fingerprint is also well positioned and is reachable with the index finger. Although on pressing the back panel, hollowness can be felt, which is not that complaining point, but micromax has to took care of it in the next version of In series. Summing up, overall the design feels good, and the build is acceptable for the price because for this price we can’t expect glass build.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Display Quality & Protection

Micromax In Note 1 boasts a big LCD display with full-HD+ resolution. Display is bright and vivid, it produces dynamic and vivid colors. The display is equipped with a center placed punch hole, which makes it the best choice for streaming content. I am using this smartphone for last 7 months and had not found any issues related to the display. Although the display is good, but it lacks the Widevine L1 certification, which means you can not stream HD content across various OTT platforms.

Lack of Widevine L1 is not an issue for a normal user like me who doesn’t stream in HD. In Note 1 comes with Rainbow Glass protection in front which is equivalent to CG3. In seven months of usage, I had found some minor scratches on the front. Summing up, I can say that it is one of the best displays that you can get for this price range.

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Camera UI & Samples

IN Note 1 comes with quad camera setup at rear and a single punch hole camera setup at front. On paper, it houses 48MP Samsung’s sensor as main camera, 5MP ultrawide lens, and 2-2MP depth and macro lens with autofocus. The main camera of In Note 1 works awesome and clicks eye-catching images. Ultrawide lens is of no use, most of the time it clicks images with no details and maintains a shady tone in images. Depth and macro lens are of no use.

Many youtubers were complaining about the Camera UI, but don’t find any jitters and lags in the UI and overall it had got a good camera UI equipped with tons of features. (Refer to the UI Screenshots below)

The main camera of In Note 1 is loaded with tons of feature, and clicks good-looking images. It also has the pro mode, which is meant for the photography in professional settings. Samples captured on Micromax In Note 1 “Stock Cam” and “GCam are attached below.

It has 16MP selfie shooter that takes crisp, detailed and eye soothing photos. Some sample shots are attached below. Front camera too supports EIS.

Summing up, I was quite surprised by its camera. I had not expected this level of results from its camera, especially the Main camera. The front camera does the job but there is still room for improvement.

Camera UI

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Rear Camera

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Front Camera

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Software, Speaker, Network & Updates

Micromax IN Note 1 is equipped with near stock like Android 10 out of the box. It is a clean UI without any bloatware and ads. Overall, a minimal stock android experience is there with some tweaks here and there. Micromax has added some feature in it to improve the software experience of users. Although, Micromax had worked on the UI to provide user a good experience, still they had not succeeded in doing that. Many bugs were there in the UI before Micromax had pushed a major update to fix them. But not all the bugs are fixed till now by Micromax, they have to work on their UI to make it more smooth and user-friendly. (Refer to below attachment for UI interface)

It is compiled with a single bottom firing speaker, which is quite loud. Earpiece sound quality is also good. Overall, I can say that the speakers are decent for the price. IN Note 1 supports career aggregation and the network connectivity is just awesome on it. I had tested VI sim card in it and got approx 73mbps downloading and 16mbps uploading speed, which is awesome for any non Wi-Fi service. At the launch event, Micromax had promised 2 year software updates. In my device I am receiving updates in a span of 3 months, btw Micromax had improved themselves in terms of Updates but still they had not pushed the Android 11 update. (Images consisting Internet speed test results, Carrier aggregation and newest update attached below)

Summing up, I liked many things about the UI like the inbuilt screen recorder, fingerprint gestures, 3 Finger screenshot which is not there in the Pure Stock Android. But many clutters were also there which Micromax had fixed and have to fix with future updates like sometimes swipe back gesture freezes, clicked photograph is shown in awkward position inside camera UI.

Software

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Speakers

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Network

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Updates

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Performance & Gaming

IN Note 1 is powered by Mediatek Helio G85, which is just an over-clocked version of Mediatek Helio G80. The processor is quite good and provides good performance in daily usage. Thanks to the near-stock android that boosts it’s performance to another level. I had not faced any clutters and jitters while using the device, the only problem I had faced earlier with the device was the heating issue, similar to other Mediatek processors. But it was later on reduced by the Micromax software team with a software update. Micromax should have included the cooling system in it, but can’t complain more about a device priced below Rs.12000.

The gaming experience of In Note 1 is good and quite impressive for the price. Although I had not tested BGMI on it, It runs BGMI in Smooth+Ultra settings and HD+ High combination, Free Fire at Ultra settings, and COD at Low+High combination.

This device comes in two storage option, one is 4+64 and other is 4+128.

Ram Type –> LPDDR4

Storage –> eMMC 5.1

Despite having eMMC storage, the read and write speed of this smartphone is quite good. I had not faced any issues with it. (Storage test result attached below)

Summing up, the performance which you are getting is quite good, ignoring some minor frame-drops and the heating issue I did not face any other issue with the performance of this device.

Performance

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Gaming

Rating: 4.5 out of 5.

Battery and charging

It is equipped with a 5000mAh battery and supports fast charging upto 18 Watts. The battery is quite good and easily provides me the backup of more than a day on normal usage. On heavy usage it lasts for almost 7 hours, thanks to the 12nm architecture of Helio G85 which is quite power efficient processor.

Battery Drain

Earlier it had some charging-related issues, but later it was fixed by Micromax. It also had heating issues while charging due to which the temperature of the smartphone rose up to 50°C while charging but was soon fixed via software update. Micromax has been quite active when it comes to providing bug fixes for the issues through software updates which is a good thing.

Charging issue

I had conducted a charging test sort of thing, in which I had plugged the smartphone at 0%

Plugged at 0%

After 15 minutes, it was charged upto 12%, which is quite impressive.

After 15min

It got fully charged in nearly 100 minutes, which isn’t super fast but should be just fine for most users. Also, it’s a huge 5000mAh battery that’s charged using an 18 Watt charger. However, I hope Micromax focuses on charging speed and launches phones with support for even faster charging that is on par with the competition. Fast charging can be very helpful in certain situations when we are in a hurry and need to top up the battery as much as we can in the least time possible. Overall, the battery in this device is excellent and I am satisfied with the battery life it provides. Most consumers will have no issues related to battery life on the Micromax IN Note 1

Battery

Rating: 5 out of 5.

Charging

Rating: 3.5 out of 5.

Conclusion

As a comeback device IN Note 1 performs well for the price, it has got all points covered whether it is in terms of Camera, Battery, Display, Software, and Performance. Initially, there were some software-related issues with the device, but with time Micromax fixed those and now after 8 months of the launch I can say, the IN Note 1 has become a much more polished device. Kudos to Micromax for the software support but now I am waiting for the Android 11 update which hopefully will arrive this month. Come On Micromax, Where’s my Android 11 update?

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