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European users of Intex Aquafish share your experience

asked 2016-09-21 12:38:38 +0300

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updated 2017-03-30 03:36:14 +0300

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Following the thread of Any success stories of buying Aqua Fish from ebay? I wonder what's your opinion about the phone? How's usage compared to Jolla 1 (if you can compare)? How's life without European 4G? How's battery life? Do you think quality is good? Any other opinions? (as a side note: I'm less interested in Android support, but feel free to talk about it)

I ask because I badly want one (or "badly want new Sailfish OS device") and I'm not sure if I should wait for some European device or buy it and enjoy it like I enjoy my Jolla1.

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Currently using the Jolla C, but will switch to the Intex Aqua Fish for a while now. Also I will attend Hackover so I can share the experience with LTE in Switzerland (Swisscom) and Germany (, O2/E-Plus).

Venty ( 2016-09-21 14:02:50 +0300 )edit

It's a nice phone but does not feel any faster that Jolla 1. And only drawback is that in UK I am not getting any 4G with o2. Apart that it's a lovely phone

Mariusmssj ( 2016-10-04 15:34:36 +0300 )edit

doesn't feel faster than Jolla 1?!

To me it just feels like night and day, it's so fast, battery life is much better, screen is brighter, the Android apps work so well with some more ram too. Google maps even works with GPS now ,which has never worked for me before.

I'm totally loving this phone, the price is the icing on the.cake.

Beethoven ( 2016-10-04 17:21:16 +0300 )edit

I have bought two Intex Aqua Fish from ebay India. I removed Intex stuff immediately from both. Btw, there is now -10% discount available with INTEX10OFF.

Aqua Fishes work great. Only bug I have experienced this far was that sometimes there is no notification/alert for received nor missed calls.. I hope it gets fixed in next update.

LTE seems to work nicely in Finland (operator DNA)

M.R.I. ( 2016-10-12 22:39:28 +0300 )edit

I bought an Intex Aqua Fish from Ebay India in November '16 for 120,- CHF = 109,- €. It's originally packed, unopened. I offer it for 115,- CHF or 105,- €.

Ha-Ju ( 2016-11-22 01:46:31 +0300 )edit

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answered 2016-11-19 00:00:26 +0300

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updated 2016-11-19 13:35:29 +0300

I've had the af for approx 2 weeks now and it's been a rocky start. I like the hardware (part from the white-only led) but I've had quite a few issues getting started:

First I couldn't retrieve my backup from the sd card. This lead me straight to problem nr two. When I tried transferring my contacts via bluetooth from my Jolla 1 I couldn't get the phones to pair up. After several attempts I managed to get the two connected and began the sync. Only half of my contacts were transferred. However after a few attempts I got all contacts over to the aquafish.

Once again I had trouble with the bluetooth as it was difficult to get it to pair up with my car(Audi A5). once it did, the phone dropped the bluetooth so I couldn't use it.

Finally I've had some trouble uninstalling gaana as it has randomly popped back. However the situation seems to be fixed.

A minor issue I've also encountered is that the phone doesn't always warn about low battery.

That's all I can think of at the moment, I'll add stuff if I encounter other problems

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answered 2016-11-11 17:46:00 +0300

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Please enter your 4G expirience at this list

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answered 2016-11-10 22:41:39 +0300

I have purchased one from India about a month ago.

I do not use any Android apps, and I only have wifi connection.

I did not had high expectations because of the price range. (My father always told me that miracles does not exists: you get what you paid for.)

SW wise: As a first usage step I have performed Coderus's "cheat" on my device, so it is pretty much the same experience what I have used to with the JP1.

The UI feels a bit more fluid and faster than the JP1 thanks to the RAM I think.

HW wise: It has a feeling that it is a cheap phone. The plastics, the molding residuals on the lock button. Somehow the JP1 was felt a higher grade phone (yes it started from a way higher price range) .

First it was hard to get used to the unlock button position. My Nokia N9 had it below the volume buttons, the JP1 had it above, now it have at the middle.

The camera quality is worse than the JP1. I have not made direct comparisons, but in average it makes noisy pictures.

The battery life is better, however my JP1 had ~1year old battery.

My favourite feature the LUX in the lock screen pulley menu did not worked at first, but I got it fixed.

Anyway I think it was a good buy, in the same price range I could have bought a low end Android device, which would have much more compromises I think.

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answered 2016-10-29 23:24:43 +0300

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updated 2017-07-11 02:19:37 +0300

I imported an Aqua Fish to Switzerland and I currently carry it together with my original Jolla (I always do this when buying a new phone to get used to it and after a few days/weeks, I switch over to the new one). My old Jolla now loses its WWAN-connection about once a day and needs a reboot to "fix" it, so I will switch to the Intex once Saifish OS 2.0.4 is available for it.

So, how do they compare?

  • WWAN; I use Sunrise SIM-cards in both devices (at the same time); in city areas (with dense population) there is no difference, in more rural areas, the Aqua Fish falls back to 3G (with HSDPA), while the Jolla 1 is still on 4G. The coverage (ignoring the speed) is the same for my daily usage. The providers are using the higher frequency to cover dense areas, and in rural regions, they use 800MHz, because it allows to have larger areas covered with one cell tower. 3G seems to be good enough for all my mobile needs like surfing the Web, SSH or modRana (application for Open Streetmap)

    With Tethering, 3G is limiting my user experience, I need more bandwidth on a notebook because the websites are larger, and I am faster checking websites and opening new tabs/links.

  • Display: Handling the larger Aqua Fish with one hand is sometimes a bit of a problem, but the additional screen size is an advantage. At the beginning, I had the impression that browsers were not always making use of the additional screen size, but I no longer see that.
  • Status LED: The Aqua Fish has a status LED, but it is white only. I really miss the different colors of the Jolla 1
  • Camera: The optical coating of my Jolla 1 is really scratched, but the pictures of the Aqua Fish are still not much better (In fact, I would still prefer the camera in my old Nokia N900 over the Jolla 1 and Aqua Fish).
  • Performance: I can't tell to much about CPU power, I don't have the impression to have more performance at hand. I tend to have a lot of open tabs in the browser, and this works much better on the Aqua Fish, probably because of the additional memory.
  • File system: The Aqua Fish is using ext4. I expect ext4 to be more robust, especially when running out of disk space.
  • Battery life: Can't really compare it right now, as I don't use these two devices in the same way. Right now, I miss the option to get a spare battery for the Intex phone (I have one for the Jolla, but to be honest, I did not run ouf of battery since I have a spare). I have the impression that the Intex is loosing quite a bit of charge over night, just sitting on the table, with not activity, beside being on the WWAN connection.
  • Build quality: The Intex seems to be made a bit cheaper than the Jolla 1 (The logo on the backside has already lost its "x", the letters are made of silver plastic in a molded recess), but it is not bad. The packaging contains a protective film for the screen, but I did not apply it, because I always carry my phone in a belt pouch. Only time will tell how the device copes with daily use. UPDATE 20161110: I managed to scratch my display somehow (just a tiny scratch, I have now Idea how it happened) and will now apply a protective screen.
  • FM radio: There was no autoscan and no speaker mode in SFOS 2.0.2 (finding the stations was really cumbersome), both should be fixed in version 2.0.4. I used to listen a lot to FM Radio on the N900, no idea if I will again start listening to it on the Aqua Fish. It is 2016, and i would clearly prefer a DAB+ tuner.
  • Power/volume buttons: The power button and the volume buttons have switched their position, which takes some time to getting used to it (I often used the power button to turn on the screen, and now I hit "volume up").
  • Shape: The original device had an easily distinguishable front and backside (rounded edge on the long side of the device and on the short edge of the other half ), which made it easy to blindly grab the phone and always hold it the right way. This is of course a small detail, but it is really handy, and I miss it on the Aqua Fish.

Conclusion: I would buy the Intex again. At the price I paid, it is really a bargain. I already ordered a second device as a spare, because at the price for the device + shipping, I would probably not send it back to India for a repair, should it fail during or after its warranty period.

What I miss the most on the Aqua Fish are the colors of the status LED.

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I am also considering buying a second one, especially because it is dual sim and as you said as a backup device. What I am missing is the syncml support for contacts, todos and notes.

deloptes ( 2017-07-10 08:11:46 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-10-23 17:11:51 +0300

Dimi gravatar image

I'm using the Intex Aqua Fish for a month now and encountered 2 major downsides:

1 I'm unable to connect the phone properly to my carkit (Volvo C30).

and 2 which is a very bad one is this.

All the rest works fine.

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answered 2016-10-16 17:35:04 +0300

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I have one since mid of August 2016 replacing my good ol' Nokia N8 (which now still is my alarm clock). Bought through e-bay and probably slipped through as there was no import tax or VAT added. Total cost: €95,99

I think the square design with the orange backside is quite ok. The materials are cheap, but what to expect for less than 100 Euro. Operation is smooth, much smoother than I expected. The camera image quality is so so, but for taking pictures I have a DSLR.

So far everything is working, however, there are some issues in the OS that needs to be addressed: some examples:

  • notifications from Android apps is not 100%
  • since Sailfish OS there are some kind of soft resets closing all applications, but the system keeps running
  • calendars getting duplicated
  • mobile data getting disabled

The phone connects to 4G (Netherlands) and it runs all applications that I need (including android apps)

One disadvantage: The usb connector is on top of the phone which is making it difficult for me to make a call while charging (the connector irritates my ear), and in the car the charger cable will go from top of the phone to somewhere below the phone for the 12V plug.

I don't have a Jolla device, so I cannot compare. I ordered this phone because I wanted to try Sailfish OS

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For the notifications from Android apps: There is a Patch available on OpenRepos (in Warehouse if you have installed it) called something like "android chatmail notification". It adds better notification support for some apps and if you need one that's not supported you can contact the developer and he'll put it in (for me it was done in a day to add hoccer).

Skillmon ( 2016-10-17 21:21:26 +0300 )edit

@Skillmon I have warehouse installed, but there's a huge number of pages/subpages in there... any hints where to find the "android chatmail notification" patch ? I have looked int he patch menu but can't find it (or overlooked it) - NVM : found it !

Bart S ( 2016-10-17 23:04:03 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-10-16 16:58:49 +0300

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After nearly 4 weeks with my Aqua Fish, I'm really happy with it. I can't compare it to the Jolla 1, since I came from a Nexus 5 with Custom Android Roms, but compared to that I really appreciate the possibility to manually adjust settings via SSH. Also, I'm living in Switzerland and don't have problems with 4G (At least the phone claims, it has 4G connection with my provider Sunrise). Even though I missed some security features I was used to from Android (especially Phone encryption, Firewall and Permission Management a la XPrivacy) at first, some considerations showed me, that this is not a real loss for me (gathering data from a PIN-locked Sailfish device should be quite hard, if even possible. Firewall and Permission Management are not really required for me, as I'm not using much Apps). But this clearly depends on how you want to use your phone. I wanted a secure system (hence sailfish) and use the AlienDalvik only for a few Android Apps every now and then which are not available for Sailfish. If you want to use many Android Apps on a daily basis, you might want to have more control over them.

I "converted" my Aqua Fish pretty much to a Jolla C by removing all the Intex-specific packages and replaced them with the "official" Jolla ones. This was a bit tricky at times and needed a bit more than half a day time, but now I don't need to worry about any modifications from vanilla (like that weird SMS activation service from Intex or this music store). A pretty good guide for that can be found here:

I'm currently waiting for a proper screen protector to arrive and hope that there will be back panels in other colors available, but other than that I'm very content with my Aqua Fish (especially considering its price).

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answered 2016-10-14 13:18:14 +0300

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I have had 4G working but there seems to be a glitch of some sort, that after going to from 4G to Wifi and back to 4G it stops working.

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answered 2016-10-12 22:40:14 +0300

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I ordered one on eBay, but Belgian customs took it in custody and forced me to sign a paper to resign from receiving the phone to avoid judicial prosecution. Lost the phone and the money.

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Wow, thats bad news. I feel sorry for you. Until now I thought that only German customs were that strict. I added your case on so that other Belgian customers are warned.

LameDuck ( 2016-10-13 10:05:08 +0300 )edit

This sounds so incredible... Can you sue them?

Marzanna ( 2016-10-13 21:16:25 +0300 )edit

@MRZA Who should be sued? Unfortunately Belgian customs acted according to law (no CE certification - no import to EU). You can't sue them for looking closer than colleagues in other countries. Probably the ebay vendor could be held responsible, but good luck for suing someone that far away (apart from that he would probably stop shipping to Europe at all)

LameDuck ( 2016-10-14 09:19:44 +0300 )edit

@LameDuck But certification is only needed if you are a wholesale buyer. Or does Belgium have such ridiculous laws? I always order electronic crap from China and never have any problems with customs. But I don't even live in EU.

Marzanna ( 2016-10-14 11:42:57 +0300 )edit

Nope, any product under the relevant directive has to have a CE mark if you want to import it ti the EU, no matter whether it is imported privately or by a wholesale buyer. I agree, not all my devices I ordered and recieved from China shops have the CE mark. As I said, it's a matter of customs not looking close or turning a blind eye. The laws, whether you like them or not, are clear. BTW - in the "sucess stories" thread there are many Gemans with the same problem, there are some detailed reports about communication with their custom offices.

LameDuck ( 2016-10-14 16:00:34 +0300 )edit

answered 2016-10-12 17:07:39 +0300

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updated 2016-10-14 00:39:44 +0300

Hi I'm from Spain and I have the Intex aqua fish for two months has worked wonders both 3G and LTE here works very well. The only problem I have is that the speaker to hear the call hear very low and can hardly hold a conversation not active if the handsfree but the rest is a great phone. By the way if anyone knows how to turn up the volume from some hidden menu would thank regards

Well tell you that I have solved the problem of ear speaker for calls. It was very easy, remove to access the speaker, remove and had as metal chips, wipe with a powerful magnet. Also clean the contacts of the speaker and stand where the phone goes, mounts are all tested and works like the first day. Fantastic. Again I enjoy my Sailfish 2.0 and am happy with, as I said here in Spain works well with 4G smoothly. regards

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try maxvol from openrepos

pawel ( 2016-10-13 13:55:44 +0300 )edit
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