Bq Aquaris, Analysis

The first mobile of the Spanish firm Bq It has reached our hands, Aquaris bq. We have a phone dual-sim range average with a very attractive price that surely has pull in our country. A good alternative to conventional brands with hardware that accompanies and a satisfactory user experience.

The most surprising thing about the terminal are good finishes and the experience in general. Most disappointing operating system, still Ice Cream Sandwich (4.0.4), but from Bq promise to soon upgrade to Jelly Bean (4.1).

Bq Aquaris, physical finishes

Bq Aquaris finishes are not, of course, a high end (with the exception of Samsung) since we have plastic everywhere. But it is a plastic with a good finish It makes nice in the hand. The terminal is white on all sides and has a somewhat elongated aspect ratio.

One of the things that I like most of your finish is that the buttons have some travel, depth. It shows when we play a, especially the power button. Is something that fact less high-end terminals that often buttons are so camouflaged with the rest of the finish that is hardly noticeable when you click them.

In the top right of the terminal have the power button, while rather rare, since almost all phones have it on the right side, sure that left-handers thank you. At the top left we have the audio connector.

On the left side, at the top, we have volume controls, as usual. And on that same side, at the bottom, have micro-USB connector to connect the charger or for connection to the PC. Or at the bottom or on the right side is connector or any button.

In the front, apart from the screen, we have the proximity sensor, which has excessive visibility to my understanding, as stresses too the white finish, with the front-facing camera. At the bottom we have the physical buttons and the microphone, which does not usually seen in almost any terminal but here stands out. At the back we find ourselves with its 8 megapixel camera, somewhat skewed to the left and that excels in excess. I see a dangerous point that stands out so much, too exposed to accidents.
buttons with travel

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Hardware

The Aquaris bq has a 4.5 inch display with IPS technology with an angle of vision of 178 degrees and a qHD resolution (960 × 540 pixels, which, as I have mentioned before, is a somewhat elongated screen). It has a processor dual core Cortex A9 1 GHz (MediaTek MT6577), GPU PowerVR SGX Series5, 1 GB of RAM and 4 GB of internal memory (although only 2.3 GB available) accompanied with a microSD 32 GB series to offer a total of 36 GB. Capacious but through a microSD, which is rather annoying.

The terminal connectivity comes given by Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g /, GPS and Bluetooth 4.0. The Bq Aquaris dimensions are 132 mm x 67 mm x 10.2 mm with a weight of 150 g, and its Li-ion battery is 1600 mAh. The terminal has capacity for dual SIM, which we will discuss later.

The important thing: the terminal is very fluid in its common use. There are hardly any lags, despite having Ice Cream Sandwich and I guess experience will improve dramatically when you upgrade to Jelly Bean with your butter project. The terminal has been able to move smoothly games such as Dead Trigger, although such short stays to the Dark Knight (it goes too slow, you can not play to it).

Rear camera, with 8 megapixel camera, has an acceptable quality in outdoor, but note that low yield, and much less light indoors. And it is that not all are megapixels in a camera. Then we can see a few pictures taken with this terminal (resized so that they will show up here).

See complete gallery» photos taken by Bq Aquaris (9 photos)

We have tested two different benchmarks, the AnTuTu and the Quadrant Aquaris bq. Both see as the terminal is located in the middle range, away from the top terminals but with performance suitable for your range.

Dual SIM

One of the most attractive features of this terminal is the possibility to have Dual-SIM. In other words, we can count on two phone numbers in our terminal. In the back we see that there are two slots for SIM cards, being the first UMTS and GSM, and the second only GSM. I.e., normal is put in the first slot the card that will give us the connection data and the second a card just to call and SMS.

The operation is very simple. First, you have to configure if we want to use one of the two SIM cards default to call and send messages or whether we want to have us ask every time. We can also choose which of the two cards will be connected to data.

Calls, messages, etc. who come by the first card will appear with a mark in blue, while the 2 slot is shown in Orange. At all times we can see if we call a number or to another by color, even when what we have is a missed call. Its operation is intuitive and comfortable.

Bq Aquaris, software

The terminal comes standard with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4. It’s a shame because Jelly Bean adds interesting features, such as Google Now, and general smoothness to the user interface. Yet from bq ensures that the terminal will be updated soon.

One of the problems, in my opinion, that has the terminal, it is that it has physical buttons. And one of these buttons is the menu, that is being removed from Android. In addition, go back button is located on the right side, which goes against the most common site (though Samsung does the same thing).

One of the positive things in the software on the computer is that comes without hardly customizations. The only thing that brings are a few shortcuts at the top of the bar of notifications that are quite useful. Apart from this, it comes with Google applications including Google Play to install more software.

Also comes a listen FM radio application, an application to update version via OTA and an office document viewer. They are small useful applications for nothing annoying, on the contrary of what you usually do some manufacturers on their phones.

Very interesting functionality is the ability of the phone to schedule an off time and on automatic, which can also be for days of the week. Before it turns off 10 seconds we have to cancel the action. In addition, alarm clock alarm works even on off terminal (which allows us to turn the alarm on and off or continue off).

Conclusions

With the bq Aquaris are to a rather attractive mid-range terminal, not only for its price (179 euros) but because finishes are reasonably good, the hardware is enough to have a satisfying Android experience, and the dual SIM can be very useful.

No doubt we are facing a terminal to take into account in the middle range, if we are not very demanding with hardware and with the camera, which I was quite disappointed in Interior.

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