Karbonn A1 - Another Android for the masses
After budget mobile manufacturers like Micromax and SPice, now it is Karbonn that recently launched the A1 phone, running on Froyo (Android 2.2). And just like the Micromax A60, the Karbonn A1 has also been priced at Rs 6,990.tech reviews Updated: Aug 17, 2011 16:08 IST
Android is the current flavor of the smartphone market, irrespective of the budget you have in mind. After budget mobile manufacturers like Micromax and SPice, now it is Karbonn that recently launched the A1 phone, running on Froyo (Android 2.2). And just like the Micromax A60, the Karbonn A1 has also been priced at Rs 6,990.
Take one look at the phone and you can't help but remember the Micromax A10. Both of them look almost the same in form factor and design. Had there been no manufacturers' logo, you could easily confuse them as the same one. Nonetheless, for the price of also Rs 7,000, the hardware specs do look pretty.
The petite phone packs in a 600 MHz processor and 162MB RAM, with a 2.8 inch QVGA resistive touch screen. Now, a 2.8 inch touch itself is a little tough to maneuver without a stylus. The very fact that it's a resistive screen kinda nails its fate. With the Karbonn A1, be ready to keep pressing the same icon multiple time before the display registers your touch. Of course, life becomes comparatively much easier if you have long nails. For the 2 weeks I used the phone, I made sure I kept a match stick or two that can double up as the A1's stylus.
The camera is a decent 3.2 megapixel one. This is quite standard for those random photos that you'd view only on your phones, or maybe on Facebook. The camera performed satisfactorily under bright light, but the images turned super grainy post evening.
The A1 has an internal memory of 150 MB and is shipped with a 2GB memory card. Of course, like most other phones, it can be upgraded to upto 32GB.
The phone performs really good when it comes to basic calling, texting and social networking. But if you wish to play Angry Birds or NFS on the minuscule screen, the phone tends to get extremely sluggish and also kills off all the applications running in the background.
Karbonn A1 shone really bright in the battery department. Naturally, since the touchscreen is resistive and tiny, you'd hardly be inspired to use the phone for much browsing / playing, thus conserving the 1100 mAh battery. With 3-4 hours of calling, 20-25 text messages, 3 hours of browsing on WiFi and 4-5 hours of music, my review piece managed to easily last 20 hours in one single charge.
In all, the Karbonn A1 is a really good phone if you are looking for a budget mobile phone and don't care about which OS it runs. However, if you wish to buy it with hopes to "experience" Android, then you are in for a big disappointment.
First Published: Aug 11, 2011 14:00 IST