Expert Review of Karbonn A15
It's like all hell has broken loose with karbonn and Micromax releasing one device after the another faster than what we can keep track of. The phablet war along with the tablet and the never ending smartphone keeps going on with each company trying to topple each other bringing cheaper devices but with higher specs. One would think there would be compromise on quality but both the companies continue to constantly innovate and improve, which would only end up as something good for the consumers. Karbonn A15 is another Android devices to add to this never ending list of Smartphones with the device running on Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system which although is not the newest version of Android but is still pretty close.
The device has a pretty elegant look and the is available in the single color of black, which gives a nice sheen to it. The front panel and the back panel has a nice glossy touch to it giving it a neat and clean appearance. Its 4 inch screen has a pixel density of 233ppi, which is very nice and gives a clear display. The processor is pretty powerful with a 1GHz CPU that along with a not so impressive but decent 512MB RAM should give the user a fast working device. The internal memory is of 4GB, out of which 2.5GB is available is available for the user but there is a microSD card slot just to further cushion the memory. There is also the Wi-Fi facility for accessing the web where the browsing speed is pretty reasonable but opening multiple tabs can be a bit of a hassle decreasing the speed significantly. Other connectivity features include the USB port, Bluetooth, GPRS and EDGE facility.
The camera department is not exceptional but decent enough with a 3.0 megapixels strength while there is also a secondary camera for web calling and web chatting. Multimedia features are pretty healthy too with a music player that has a very good sound quality when heard through the earphones although the response is not the same with loudspeakers. The radio FM player gives the user access to the popular radio stations that are accessible in the respective cities. Powered by the standard lithium ion battery of 1,420 mAh, the user gets a decent amount of talk time and standby time where the user can enjoy all the features of the device without his or her entertainment being cut short in the middle. The device also supports the dual SIM facility so that two contact numbers can be kept for the same device. Some other features of the device include an organizer, document viewer, voice memo/dial and a predictive text input.
User Interface and UI functionality
Karbonn A15 has a 4 inch TFT capacitive touch screen backed by the accelerometer sensor and a pixel density of 233ppi. The screen also gives a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels and can be interacted with through the multitouch technology.
Karbonn A15 provides a music player that is compatible with the formats - MP3, AAC, WMA and WAV player whereas the video player that gives access to the latest videos is supported by the formats - MP4, WMV, H.264 and H.263 player. An FM radio is also facilitated.
Pictures and Video quality
Karbonn A15 has a 3.0 megapixels primary camera for clicking pictures at a resolution of 2048 by 1536 pixels and has the facilities of Geo-tagging and face detection. Videos can also be shot while a secondary camera for getting some face time is also available.
Karbonn A15 has the HTML browser to access the web in order to visit web sites or download data. The user can do the same with Wi-Fi from any remote location.
Internal and External Memory
Karbonn A15 has a internal memory of 4GB but only 2.5GB is available for the user to utilize. There is however a microSD card slot that ensures that the user can store data up to 32GB including music files, games, images and videos. The RAM capacity is of 512MB, which gives the user a decent amount of speed to access the resources of the system.
Applications and Gaming
Karbonn A15 is backed by the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system which gives the user a huge domain of choices to choose from as far downloading games and apps is concerned. The device further comes with lots of games and apps that are preinstalled in the device.
Karbonn A15 comes powered by the standard lithium ion battery of 1,420 mAh that gives a standby time of up to 150 hours and makes sure that the user can work with the device for a longer durations.
Karbonn A15 has tons of data connectivity features with Bluetooth facility and the USB port allowing the user to connect the device with other devices, the former wirelessly and the latter via USB cable. There is also the GPRS facility for keeping track of the desired location while the Wi-Fi facility gives access to the web.
Karbonn A15 when compared to Micromax Ninja 4 has the processor of same strength with 1GHz but the RAM is more with Karbonn A15, in-fact twice of what Micromax Ninja offers. Even then Micromax Ninja 4 has a more responsive screen as compared to Karbonn A15. Both the devices have a 4 inch screen with similar resolutions but as far as the internal memory is concerned, Karbonn A15 has a 4GB internal memory as compared to Micromax Ninja 4's 130MB. The camera resolution is more with Karbonn A15 with 3.0 megapixels as compared to Micromax Ninja4's 2 megapixels. The processor too is far superior with Karbonn A15 as it is backed by the Android Ice cream Sandwich as compared to Micromax Ninja4's Android Gingerbread operating system. The battery strength is pretty much neck-and-neck with Micromax Ninja 4 giving a slightly more standby time.