Expert Review of Karbonn Smart A111 Black
Karbonn has been competing in a fierce competition with Micromax and other new entrants in the smartphone market for quite some time now but the latter has held the upper hand in recent times. Karbonn Smart A111 is blessed with all such features that will enable it to withstand the fierce competition. With the launch of Samsung Galaxy Note, released a few years ago, the phablet market has exploded and all the major companies jumping on to the bandwagon. The tier 2 companies that provide budget handsets are also exploiting the same sector. Micromax already has the Canvas series with Micromax Canvas2 as their flagship device and now going head to head with it. Karbonn Smart A111 comes with a massive 5 inch display that can be interacted with through the touchscreen technology. The device also has the dual SIM facility making sure that the user can keep two SIM's in a single device thus eliminating the need to keep two handsets. The device also comes powered by the 1.2GHz dual-core processor and with budgeted devices offering such powerful processor with Android platform, sometimes one does wonder how long would the high profile companies would be able to hold off these underdogs. The RAM offered by Karbonn Smart A111 is 512MB and although it's decent, it is not as good as the processor it offers. Another 512MB would have made the device a killer deal. The internal storage capacity is 4GB, which when found insufficient can be dealt with the presence of a microSD card slot that allows the user to expand the external memory up to 32GB. The device has a 5 megapixels rear camera, which is one feature that may fall short as compared to the phablets offered by other brands. There is also a secondary camera that allows the user to make web calls. Operating system used by the device is Android Ice Cream Sandwich, which is not the latest that the Android has to offer but is still not the most outdated one available. Other features offered by the device include the music player and the video player as far as the multimedia department is concerned. The data connectivity features include the Bluetooth facility, the USB port, GPRS and EDGE facility and the Wi-Fi access for the Internet. The device comes powered by the standard lithium ion battery of 2,150 mAh, which is pretty healthy although as compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 2 seems mediocre.
User Interface and UI functionality
Karbonn Smart A111 has a 5 inch screen which officially puts it in the phablet category. The device has a TFT capacitive touchscreen which gives a decent resolution.
Karbonn Smart A111 has a music player and a video player that allows the user to access the latest of the entertainment world in terms of music and videos. The music player can be heard by the user through the loudspeakers or through the earphones that can be attached to the device with the help of a 3.5mm jack.
Pictures and Video quality
Karbonn Smart A111 has a 5 megapixels camera with LED flash support that allows the user to click reasonably clear pictures while the secondary camera lets the user video chat.
Karbonn Smart A111 has the Wi-Fi facility that allows the user to connect with the web and download video games, images and videos along with music files. The user can also visit the desired web sites including Facebook, Twitter or even check mails for leisure or business purposes.
Internal and External Memory
Karbonn Smart A111 has a internal memory of 4GB that allows the user to store loads of data including music files, games, images and videos. The microSD card slot allows the user to stretch the external memory up to 32GB thus making the device flexible in terms of memory. The 512MB RAM is certainly not the high point of the device. If doubled, the device would have been difficult to ignore as a whole package.
Applications and Gaming
Karbonn Smart A111 has loads of games and apps that are preinstalled in the device. The user can download more from the web with the Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system giving access to a whole lot of apps and games. Playing games on a large screen of 5 inches is a real treat although in terms of resolution, there is a lot to be desired for.
Karbonn Smart A111 runs on the standard lithium ion battery of 2,150 mAh that allows the user to operate on the device for a longer duration without his or her entertainment being cut out in the middle.
Karbonn Smart A111 offers lots of data connectivity features including the bluetooth facility that allows the user to connect with other devices wirelessly and exchange data with it where the data exchanged may include music files, games, images and videos. The USB port is also facilitated that lets the user connect with computers and laptops for charging the device. GPRS allows the user to navigate to the desired location with ease and comfort. Wi-Fi is also made available for accessing web.
Karbonn Smart A111 when compared to Micromax Canvas 2 has a similar screen size with both devices featuring a 5 inch display. Both the devices also have the dual core processor whereas the processing power offered by Karbonn Smart A111 is slightly more than Micromax Canvas2 with the former being backed by the 1.2GHz processor as compared to the latter's 1GHz. Both the devices have the same operating system platform with Android Ice cream sandwich but the batter capabilities of Karbonn Smart A111 is a tad more than Micromax Canvas2 with 2,150 mAh for the former as compared to 2,000 mAh from latter. In terms of camera though, Karbonn Smart A111 is a little behind with 5 megapixels rear camera whereas Micromax Canvas2 has a 8 megapixels shutter.