Karbonn A30 Review: A Large Phablet
Karbonn has one more product for its budget customers. This time the manufacturer has offered an extra large Phablet to its customers who demand bigger screen. It is christened as Karbonn A30, the successor of Karbonn A21. This phone is based on the same Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system and comes with a host of specifications and features. Read the Karbonn A30 review and see if this device fits to your bill.
- 5.9-inch extra large capacitive touch display
- Powerful camera
- Powerful processor
- Excellent battery life
Extra large size could get uncomfortable at times
- Dual SIM integration
- 5.9 inches capacitive touch screen
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system
- 8 megapixel primary camera
- 1.3 megapixel front facing camera
- 1 GHz dual core processor
- 2500 mAh battery
Design and Display
This new phablet sports a 5.9-inch capacitive touchscreen which makes it one of the most interesting displays in this segment. Users will like its HD experience and the display offers good viewing. One unique thing about this device is its display that offers extra large view and enhanced 3D level experience. The multitouch capacitive touch screen that measures 5.9-inch offers high resolutions which are better for viewing images and videos.
The phablet has got decent design. At front panel, you will find a front facing camera, sensors and earpiece at the top below which positioned the bigger screen and below which sits four touch sensitive buttons for Home, Back, Search, and Menu.
Turning the back of the phone, you will find the top is dramatically curved for a 3.5 mm headset jack. The rear panel of this device is covered by a powerful camera and the bottom is adorned by the logo itself. The right side of this device holds volume rocker for adjusting the sound while listening to music or watching videos. The device weighs just 280 grams and measures 166 by 91 by 10.7 mm.
The device runs the most popular Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS and is powered by 1GHz dual core processor that increases the speed to a fasting level, with better performance in playing games and internet. There is not much to say about the performance of this device. The camera functions fine and delivers some decent images due to its powerful sensor and supported auto flash and LED light. You can even get good images indoor in low lighting condition. The OS and processor also work fine which we have rated as per the price of this device. In low price, you can expect the performance to be in average level and this phablet is a good choice in this range. Be it using internet over wi-fi or GPRS or transferring data, the new technology has provided faster speed.
The 8 megapixel HD autofocus camera is something that Karbonn has offered to surprise its customers. Users will love its quality which is offered at this price. Of course a great deal. You get camera apps to make your photos more interesting. Apart from this, a front facing 1.3 megapixel camera is offered for video calling. The primary camera is supported by LED flash and auto focus with features like face detection.
Since this phablet is loaded with Android 4.0 ICS OS, you can enjoy hundreds and thousands of applications stored in Android Market which is named differently over time. This OS offers smooth and efficient usage of apps. And when a 1GHz dual core processor is applied, this phablet becomes much more powerful to use. It offers high speed processing where gaming becomes a part of fun element. Other than this, you can also consider faster browsing easily while less battery power is consumed.
One key point to consider about this device is its Dual SIM integration. Karbonn has taken this topic pretty seriously where it is launching a series of Dual SIM devices and that too based on Android platform. Android dual SIM handsets are actually less in numbers till date. So, this concept can bring the company more fortune. Well, with one SIM you can continue using 3G data and from another SIM you can use 2G. Isn’t this a great thing to enjoy in this advanced life? The 3G support gives HSDPA 7.2mbps (downloading speed) which is not bad at all.
The device can handle up to 32 GB external memory card where you can load applications and multimedia files. Internal memory is of 4 GB which may not be sufficient for those who want to keep with them a list of movies and other files. If you have external memory space, then you can consider downloading and installing varied applications directly to the memory card.
This phablet is integrated with all advanced technologies including Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n which offers faster speed, faster connectivity and max signal strength. USB tethering option is offered which is a great feature. Wi-Fi hotspot is another that turns this device into a router to use internet on other device for say a laptop or a cellphone with wi-fi connectivity. Other connectivity options are Bluetooth, USB, EDGE, GPRS, and built-in data/fax modem. The device also supports GPS and FM Radio which are a great way to entertain the user.
The Karbonn A30 phablet carries a much powerful 2500 mAh battery which seems to never drain. Since it has bigger screen, the manufacturer has offered bigger battery that could offer full day run in one charge. You can watch videos, play music, make calls, and much more throughout the day without worrying for running out of battery. As said by Karbonn, the battery gives up to 600 hours of standby battery backup and 10 hours of talk time.
The Karbonn A30 price ranges between Rs. 11,500 and Rs. 13,050. However, some online stores are selling this device for competitive price to attract more customers.
There are not many multimedia formats available, but some important formats are offered by Karbonn such as JPEG, JPG, GIF, and PNG for images; WAV, MP3 for audio; MP4, AVI, 3GP for video. Also when wi-fi, GPS, dual SIM, Android ICS OS, 1GHz processor, FM radio and much more are offered, you can consider buying this device. Well, most of the attraction will be sought by its bigger screen that measures 5.9-inch. Yet, a lot is disappointing and you literally have to compromise since it is a budget friendly phablet.