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Intex IN3333

Every now and then comes a mobile that has the potential to cater to everything you need, is glitch-proof, and also light on your wallet. As a bonus it might even look good. But the operative word here remains ‘potential’. The Intex IN3333 looks to be just such a handset, but does it deliver? Here are my findings on its functionality and performance.

Form Factor
The handset may look uncannily familiar, and why shouldn’t it? To jog your memory, take a look at the picture below…

Rest assured the handset is good-looking, It’s perhaps a bit fatter than the original, but nevertheless looks nice. A large and supple keypad makes typing a cinch. It has a 2 inch TFT display, a 1.3 megapixel camera located in the rear, and three shortcut keys on the top. The first key can be used to activate the camera, the second the music player, and the third the FM radio. These can also be used to increase the call volume as well as the keypad tone.

A small all-in-one USB port is located on the bottom of the handset, so the phone can be charged and connected to the PC. Incidentally, it can also be charged via the PC. What put me off is the lack of a hot-swap slot for the microSD card. It’s tedious opening up the rear and removing the battery. The handset is comfy to use, however, and the candy-bar form does look stylish.

Features and Performance

The handset is marketed as a multimedia mobile phone, so naturally I thought I’d start there. While the FM radio reception was really quite good when compared to most handsets in the same league (or for that matter most handsets, period), I was not at all impressed with the audio player. It had a decent decibel level, but audio quality was not to my liking. I found that the music player in the Media menu refused to pull up any of the tracks I copied into the memory card. I created a separate folder called ‘Music’, but still nothing happened.

I selected the memory card as the default location from which to play audio files, and got an ‘Access Denied’ error message when I clicked on ‘Refresh List’! However, I was able to play the files directly from the File Manager; only the tracks didn’t play in the music player but in a simple audio application. Needless to say, I could not use any of the tracks as ringtones. Since the handset has minimal internal memory, I couldn’t copy the files to the main memory for use.

I faced a similar problem with the video player. It refused to locate any video files (even 3GP) from the media menu (except those taken from the phone cam), but I could play them directly from the File Manager. Videos play from the video player; but there isn’t too much by way of options or features. The IN 3333 comes with a sound recorder and a picture viewer that will only show images taken from the camera and stored on the memory card. Any other images stored on the card will not show up. So much for media.

GPRS and WAP allow users to stay connected. It also supports Stereo Bluetooth and USB. The browser is decent and fairly quick. The problem was with setting up an email account. Though the option is available, it refused to work. Just to be sure the settings were correct, I tested my card on another handset, and I had no problem with that! The IN3333 kept giving me the same error: Server, No Response.

Misc. Features
Let’s get into the interface and other features now. The animated icons were too funky for my taste and the interface looked a bit cramped. It wasn’t really sluggish enough to complain about, but it could have been better. One of the biggest issues I have with the OS is the inability to access a name from the phone book and send an SMS from there or the call log. There’s just no option. For sending a message you’ll have to go to message menu.

Intex has included all the standard features you’d expect from a mobile in this range. The IN3333 comes with an organizer feature that includes a World Clock, Alarm, To-Do List and a Calendar for appointments and schedules. Other features include a Converter for currency and units, Calculator, and a Health application for checking your BMI and tracking menstrual cycles.

There are some games included for amusement. One of them is Copter, an endless game of up and down motion. There are no settings to choose from in terms of difficulty level, and you could end up playing for hours in your sleep. The Dance game is not very easy as the keypad responds a little late, so you’re likely to end up with two left feet all the time. Nevertheless, the games do provide some entertainment.

The camera is quite average when it comes to quality. The keypad can be used to access various features built in to it. The reproduction of images are not too great, but not too bad either. Images tend to look rather ‘burned out’ when there’s excess sunlight. This can be controlled though, by carefully adjusting the Brightness setting. On the whole the images are okay.

One of the better features incorporated into the IN3333 is the ability to use it as a webcam when you connect it to the PC. You can simply select the option that pops up, and open it from ‘My Computer’.


The battery was a let-down. On single charge all I got was a little over a day’s usage. With regard to talktime, it delivered a little over 2 hours. The problem is that when the battery starts to die, the volume tends to fade, so you might have a problem hearing the other party. I thought it was just a coincidence, till it happened four times during my testing.

The Bottomline

At Rs 5000 the Intex IN3333 may be affordable, but it’s not value for money. It offers plenty of features, but the only ones worth considering are the FM radio and the camera. I feel Intex should have positioned the IN3333 as a basic model, or as an FM mobile. The price would have dropped considerably and it would have merited a closer look.


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Intex IN 3333

Network GSM 900/1800, WAP, GPRS
Physical 107 x 45 x 15 mm
Display 176 x 220, 260k colors, TFT, 2 inch
Memory MicroS
Media MP3, 3GP, voice Recorder, FM radio
Camera 1.3 megapixel
Connectivity USB, Bluetooth with A2DP
Battery 130 hrs standby, 2 hrs 10 mins talktime
Street Price Rs 5000


  1. i have intex IN3333 handset i am having problem in using airtel gprs,all settings are correct but every time when i open up the browser it gives an error i.e error in communication…but its working in other nokia or motorola cells properly…..please give me the solution for this.

    Comment by lalit | September 20, 2008 | Reply

    • saste mobile naal gprs palda………….

      Comment by babbu | July 14, 2009 | Reply

  2. pls give me INTEX IN 4040 GPRS SETTING

    Comment by ajay | February 19, 2009 | Reply

  3. i have intex IN3333 handset i am having problem in using airtel gprs,all settings are correct but every time when i open up the browser it gives an error i.e error in communication…but its working in nokia cells properly…..please give me the solution for this.

    Comment by Sanjay | March 2, 2009 | Reply

  4. i want pc suit of intex in 4040

    Comment by ashu | June 5, 2009 | Reply

  5. I have same problem with IN 3333.
    All settings are correct with airtel gprs but browser of handset give message of ‘error in communication’.
    Internet access is allowed through computer but not in handset. Please give suggestion.

    Comment by Hemant Mehar | November 21, 2009 | Reply

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