Karbonn A30 Review
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Karbonn is pushing itself in affordable and quality smartphones. One addition to this series of phones is the Karbonn A30. This device is enormous with a 5.9 inch capacitive touchscreen display. It is really bulky too. The design overall seems to have improved over the phones that released in the past by Karbonn. The larger device will allow you to use this smart phone in an entirely different manner. One thing is really confusing for even the smart phone makers, with such a large screen is it still a mere phone or a tablet? Maybe that’s what gave rise to the name phablet which rose from Samsung Galaxy Note- the first of its kind.
Karbonn crafted this phone with the most basics of design. It is simply curved at the corners like most phones and curved towards the edges of the back. The back of the phone is completely flat thought the camera sensor bulges out. The lock button is on the right hand side of the device and the volume rockers are placed on the left hand side of the device. Karbonn A30 does not have a dedicated camera button. The 3.5 mm headphone jack is placed on the top of the smartphone and the microUSB slot on the bottom of the phone. Karbonn A30 is quiet bulky, it weighs about 280grams. That’s a LOT. This device is quiet thick too with a thickness of about a centimetre, overall dimensions being 166 x 91 x 10.7 mm (6.54 x 3.58 x 0.42 in). The built on the phone is quiet average and it feels really nice and smooth at the back.
Even though Karbonn A30 has a huge 5.9 inch display the size would only work if this is a good display otherwise it is mostly a complete turn off having a huge screen that looks like ahem. The resolution is 480×800 pixels with pixel density of about 158ppi. It is a TFT capacitive touchscreen display. You have 3 basic buttons on the bottom to navigate or make your way through the phone. So the display is very satisfactory, it is not great at all. The large screen might have just backfired on them because the pixilation is more visible if you look closely. The screen does look pretty good overall. The display also needs a scratch guard to protect it because the glass is quiet poor in terms of protection. The colours are quiet good and icons look sharp but distorted (ironic I know). But the large screen allows you to do a lot more, reading a magazine is quiet good on this specific designed screen and so is the entertainment be it games, movies or simply watching photographs.
Karbonn A30 has a great camera. There is an 8MP primary camera and a 1.3 MP secondary camera. Smart phone cameras have become really important these days, most of the people want 2 things from their phones: great display and an 8 MP camera. What they do not know is the number on the mega pixel does not count, it is the focal length of the sensor, the size and a lot more things than they can know. The camera (primary one) is quiet good on the Karbonn A30, it captures great stills. The shutter speeds are too slow hence making most of the moving shots really blur. The colours on the photographs are really rich and vibrant, the focus could have been better so could be the interactive software and more open environment to exploit the settings of the camera. Video can be recorded on both fronts, from the primary camera the video is quiet an okay quality in 720p and on the front camera video is recorded in VGA quality.
Performance and Memory
With a Dual Core 1GHz and 512MB RAM this phone does a pretty nice job in providing enough fuel for the apps to run. The navigation through the phone is somewhat laggy and does not give you the medium ranged phone user feel. The internal memory on this Karbonn smartphone is about 4GB which can be expanded up to 32GB but the more you are going to expand it, the more the performance of the phone is going to down grade. The dual sim capability further slows down the phone. Gaming on the phone is pretty decent, the basic games will run without a problem but the bulkier games will take a little bit of extra time to load and while switching to pause and resume while playing you might experience an out of the blue crashing of the application. To facilitate the data on the phone and pairing to other devices this phone has Bluetooth v3.0 and microUSB slot.
Karbonn A30 runs on the Android v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich without a further update to Android v 4.1 or v4.2 Jelly Bean (atleast till today). Android Ice Cream Sandwich is a very interactive environment for both the users and the developers. Google Play Store has a number of applications of every category. The quality of applications on Android is not as good as that you find over iOS but for their defence the Android has most of the applications available for free. The UI is quiet good too, it is easy to navigate through the phone and has everything a basic Android device should have.
Karbonn A30 has a great 5.9 inch display, for those who love to have a big display to show off it is one of those devices you have to own. Karbonn A30 also has a pretty decent camera and a better than good performance too. The smart phone does have the occasional crash but once you restart specific app you are good to go. This is a smart choice for its price, maybe a little too smart.
Karbonn A30 is available for Rs.8300
|GENERAL||2G Network||GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 & SIM 2|
|3G Network||HSDPA 2100|
|SIM||Dual SIM (Mini-SIM)|
|BODY||Dimensions||166 x 91 x 10.7 mm (6.54 x 3.58 x 0.42 in)|
|Weight||280 g (9.88 oz)|
|DISPLAY||Type||TFT capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors|
|Size||480 x 800 pixels, 5.9 inches (~158 ppi pixel density)|
|SOUND||Alert types||Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones|
|MEMORY||Card slot||microSD, up to 32 GB|
|Internal||4 GB, 512 MB RAM|
|Speed||HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps|
|WLAN||Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot|
|Bluetooth||Yes, with A2DP|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|CAMERA||Primary||8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels, autofocus, LED flash|
|Features||Geo-tagging, face detection|
|Secondary||Yes, 1.3 MP|
|FEATURES||OS||Android OS, v4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich)|
|CPU||Dual-core 1 GHz|
|Messaging||SMS(threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Java||Yes, via Java MIDP emulator|
|– SNS integration|
– MP3/AAC/WMA/WAV player
– MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
– Document viewer
– Voice memo/dial
– Predictive text input
|BATTERY||Li-Ion 2500 mAh battery|
|Stand-by||Up to 600 h|
|Talk time||Up to 10 h|
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