Expert Review of Karbonn A30 Black
With changing times, everyone has to evolve and keep up with the rest. This is the thumb rule on all aspects of life but in the world of technology, relevance of the statement double folds. Few years back, when Samsung released a device called Samsung Galaxy Note, the world laughed, but soon after the launch of the device, everyone knew that the new category of phablet is here to stay and soon every brand understood is importance and jumped in to it. The tier2 companies were the first the cash in on it after Samsung by releasing more economical versions of the same. MIcromax was the first to start the race with Karbonn joining in soon but there is a limit to the size even though the category represents massive screens. How much is too much. A device that lies within 5 to 5.7 or even 5.9 inches is a phablet, but beyond it is too much, in fact should qualify for a tablet. Karbonn A30 is a similar example with the device flirting danger with its colossal 5.9 inch screen. This is a huge size and really may be going too far. But then again, its counter view is that it is only 0.4 inches more than what Samsung Galaxy Note 2 offers, which is the premier phablet today. Karbonn A30 has a length of 166mm, a height of 91mm and a breadth of 10.7mm.
The device weighs a healthy 280 grams where its screen offers a pixel density of 158ppi which is really pretty low and its effect would be even more apparent with a screen size of 5.9 inches. Internet is fast but not as fast as Micromax Canvas, let alone Samsung Galaxy Note 2. There is however the Wi-Fi hot spot facility. The camera department is also pretty decent with a 8 megapixel camera which produces good results but other devices with 8 megapixel camera's produces better results. The device is powered by the dual-core 1GHz processor as compared to quad core by Note 2 but the speed of the device is still good but the RAM of 512MB is a real let down for such a huge device. Another 512MB was a must but the low pricing of the device had to cut into certain features. Available in black and white colors, Karbonn A30 has a secondary camera of 1.3 megapixels for video calling whereas the operating system is Ice Cream Sandwich which is not the latest that Android has to offer but is still pretty near. Multimedia features offered includes a music player, a video player and a FM radio. The batter strength is giant too with a 2,500 mAh standard lithium ion back up which gives a decent amount of talk time and standby time.
User Interface and UI functionality
Karbonn A30 has a huge 5.9 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen that gives 256k colors and a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels. The pixel density is of 158ppi which will not give the clearest of display's for a 5.9 inch screen.
Karbonn A30 has a music player and a video player where the former is supported by the formats - MP3, AAC, WMA and WAV player and the latter by MP4, WMV, H.264 and H.263 player. There is also a FM radio player that allows the user to access the radio stations. The sound can be heard by the user through the loudspeakers or via earphones that can be attached to the device with the help of a 3.5mm jack.
Pictures and Video quality
Karbonn A30 has an 8 megapixels primary camera that produces healthy images whereas the secondary camera of 1.3 megapixels enables the user to have video chat. The camera is further powered by other facilities like LED flash, Geo-tagging, autofocus and face detection.
Karbonn A30 comes with the Wi-Fi facility that makes sure that the user can connect with the web and download data including songs, games, images and videos. The browsing speed is good but not lightening quick. Desired web sites can also be accessed like Facebook and Twitter.
Internal and External Memory
Karbonn A30 has internal memory of 4GB whereas the external memory can be expanded up to 32GB with the help of a microSD card slot. The RAM is of 512MB which is a little less than what is desired.
Applications and Gaming
Karbonn A30 comes with loads of games and apps that makes sure that the user stays entertained and engaged. The Android Ice cream sandwich gives access to the latest games and apps which can be downloaded from the web.
Karbonn A30 runs on the standard lithium ion battery of 2500mAh which gives the user a talk time of up to 10 hours along with a standby time of up to 600 hours.
Karbonn A30 has loads of data connectivity features including USB port, Bluetoo, GPRS, EDGE and Wi-Fi. There is NFC capability which is prominent in some of the high profile devices.
Karbonn A30 when compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a bigger screen with the former featuring a 5.9 inch display as compared to the latter's 5.5 inch. There is a significant difference in the pixel density with the Karbonn A30 giving only 158ppi as compared to a huge 267ppi from Samsung Galaxy Note 2. The primary camera is of same strength for both the devices with 8 megapixels. There is a big difference in the browsing speed of both the devices with Samsung Galaxy Note 2 being a much faster web speed. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 also comes with the Wi-Fi hot spot feature which is absent in Karbonn A30. In the battery department too, Karbonn A30 is overpowered by Samsung Galaxy Note 2 with the former having a 2,500 mAh as compared to the 3,100 mAh battery of the latter.