Videocon A30 – Disappointing battery performance
Videocon Mobile had announced 2 new Android mobile phones – A20 and A30. The latter is the more expensive one and has dual SIM capabilities. It also comes with Android 4.0 OS. There is four inches display having a WVGA resolution of 800×480 pixels. A30 also has dual core 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion CPU inside.
Videocon A30 comes with five megapixels camera on the back and it has LED flash. There is also VGA front facing camera for making video calls.
Videocon A30 doesn’t have anything spectacular in terms of design. The front side of this phone is all black and back panel is white. The chassis is shiny and slippery. Rear side has five megapixels camera with LED flash. Videocon logo sits at bottom just above speaker grille.
Videocon A30 has power button located on top left side and not top right. The size of the phone is a bit small and placement isn’t a problem but the headphones jack is located too close to lock/power button and hence it is hard to unlock this phone when you connect headphones to it. Volume rocker sits on top left side.
The SIM card and microSD card slot are located close to each other. The memory card is hot swappable which means you don’t need to remove the battery while inserting/removing the card. The phone will not get switched off while swapping cards.
Below the display, there are 4 capacitive touch based buttons and they have good backlighting. The presence of 4 buttons here indicates that this phone was first made for Android 2.3 but later got Android 4.0. This isn’t a problem; the only difference is that you need to press home button for some time to see all running apps.
This phone has good build quality but the plastic shiny cover is disappointing.
Videocon A30 comes with four inches multitouch display having a resolution of 800×480 pixels. This resolution is standard for such a handset and it is same as that on other five and seven inch phones and tablets respectively. The screen of this phone is small in size and hence the pixel density is pretty good. I liked the sharpness and colour reproduction as well.
Touch sensitivity of this phone is a bit lower as compared to other phones. However, the problem only relates to the fact that you need to push a bit lower. There isn’t anything else wrong with the screen. On the other hand, this slow response will certainly frustrate you when you are playing games.
Videocon A30 comes with fast dual core Qualcomm Scorpion processor which runs at 1GHz frequency. This fast processor has 512MB RAM with Adreno 220 GPU. This combination looks impressive on the eyes but it isn’t impressive. In my testing, the Videocon A30 was often slow and it froze too. Call application too froze at times. But it is amusing to see that graphic intensive games such as Temple Run ran fine.
This phone has 1 GB internal memory which is spacious and you will get to store a lot of stuff on board. Due to big internal memory, you will be able to store all your apps on the internal memory and hence they will run faster.
Videocon A30 have five megapixels rear facing camera and it clicks good quality pictures in bright light conditions. In lower lighting, this camera isn’t good and even LED flash doesn’t help much. There is 1 touch autofocus and it worked well in my testing.
There is VGA resolution camera on the front and it is good only for video chats. Its performance is pretty average.
Videocon A30 review says that there are a lot of connectivity problems on this phone. In our tests, we had to go through a lot of call drops. The call quality wasn’t consistent either. The network was fine but this phone often dropped network and this made it hard to talk continuously on this phone for a long time.
There is Bluetooth and Wi-Fi on board too and thankfully, it didn’t have any such problems.
Videocon A30 comes with 1,500 mAH battery inside which is common in such smartphones. In our tests, this battery performed poorly and using Wi-Fi drained battery faster, much faster as compared to other phones. The battery life isn’t as good as other phones. With Wi-Fi off, this phone gave one day of full use.
Videocon A30 is priced at Rs. 7,500 and it is on par with the competition.
Videocon A30 will compete with Lava Iris N400 and Karbonn A11. Iris phone is less expensive but it also comes with less internal memory (150 MB). Karbonn A11 has the same price and comes with 2GB of internal storage.
Videocon A30 is a good phone but it doesn’t have anything different from other phones in the market. Due to this, the A30 will certainly struggle to get some recognition amongst buyers. Videocon phones aren’t too popular and the company must do something out of the box to increase the sales.
Videocon A30 does have problems like faster battery drain with WiFi and there are some performance problems too. However, we think that the problems might be just on our test unit. The final market product might not have these issues. Also, the price of this phone is low and hence some performance quirks are forgivable.
SpecsGSM, 3G network
- Android 4.0 OS
- Four inches WVGA screen with 800×480 pixels resolution
- Touch screen interface
- Dual core 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 512 MB RAM, 4 GB ROM
- WiFi, 3G, GPRS, Bluetooth
- Five megapixels rear facing camera with auto focus, 0.3 MP VGA front facing camera
- GPS available
- One year warranty
- 1,500 mAH battery