Expert Review of Karbonn Titanium S4
The year 2013 has given way to 2014 and thus, is the opportune time to analyse the performance of Indian brands in smartphones. The year gone by have seen Karbonn and Micromax probably gone a notch higher with the latter gaining more than anyone else among the Indian smartphone manufacturers. Although, Lava and other tier 2 brands too have gone their respective steady ways, it was Micromax and Karbonn that continued to show the potential of being competitive against the big guns in the smartphone market. Earlier, Karbonn seemed to be going neck and neck with Micromax but the latter half of the season saw Micromax pick up its game and race ahead to become global. However, just like the Canvas series of Micromax, the Titanium series of Karbonn has been able to gain a lot of following from the middle class segment of consumers.
Karbonn now has introduced another edition of the titanium series by the name Karbonn Titanium S4 that provides a healthy 4.7 inches TFT HD AMOLED capacitive display backed by a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels. The smartphone has a length of 135mm, breadth of 59mm and a thickness of 7.9mm. The gadget sports a 13 megapixels primary camera and a 2 megapixels secondary camera wherein, both offer a healthy resolution for snapping images. The primary camera works with 4128 by 3096 pixels resolution as opposed to the 1600 by 1200 pixels resolution of the secondary camera. The advantage of the front shutter is its ability to permit video calling over Wi-Fi. The primary camera also offers LED flash, digital zoom and auto focus that make the user's life easier in difficult terrain. The internal memory of the device is 4GB, which has the support of a 32GB microSD card slot in case the former is exhausted.
A large amount of space would enable the user to exploit services pertaining to multimedia applications like music and video player that give access to loads of songs and videos. Wi-Fi hot spot is the most noticeable feature of Internet connectivity that Karbonn Titanium S4 offers alongside the usual features of Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. The speed at which the websites open is fast and impressive, and the same can be said about the downloading capabilities of the gadget. USB port 2.0 and Bluetooth are part of the data connectivity features to ensure smooth data transaction between compatible gadgets. For so many formidable features to carry on in a state of excellence, a robust combination of hardware and software is required. The presence of Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system should satisfy the appetite of most users and so should be the case with the 1.2GHz quad core processor and 1GB RAM.
The collaboration is ideal to run any hardcore game or application with great efficiency. The device Karbonn Titanium S4 is not all glitz and glamour and offers a certain amount of utility as well. The dual SIM facility captures the need of the user to be able to use two tariff plans operating at frequencies of 900 and 1800MHz. Google maps is an application that comes pre-installed in the device for making the process of navigation easier. Under the hood, the user gets an 1800mAh standard lithium-ion battery that should be able to the keep the gadget intact in the face of intense usage. Other important applications that Karbonn Titanium S4 features include Voice Search and Dialing, Multi-tasking, Graphics Support, Games, Face Unlock, Voice Input, Google Play Store, Customizable Widgets, Notification Panel, Document Viewer, Outlook Email and Office Suite.
User Interface and UI functionality
Karbonn Titanium S4 flaunts a fabulous 4.7 inches HD AMOLED display aided by the resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. The sharp display is boosted by sensors like Proximity, Accelerometer and Ambient Light.
The music player for Karbonn Titanium S4 supports plenty of formats for playing songs either through earphones or through loudspeakers. The video player is again a great application for watching videos in HD AMOLED display in a number of formats as well like the music player. The FM radio brings popular local radio stations into play for keeping the user in touch with latest music from the entertainment world.
Pictures and Video quality
A beefy 13 megapixels primary camera is what Karbonn Titanium S4 boasts of that can snap images at a resolution of 4128 by 3096 pixels. By the standards of a secondary camera, 2 megapixels seem more than a reasonable strength that can allow the user to click ‘selfies’ and make video calls over the Internet. The front shutter offers a resolution of 1600 by 1200 pixels. Also, features like auto focus, LED flash and digital zoom bolster the primary camera even further.
A fast downloading speed of up to 21Mbps is obtained from Karbonn Titanium S4 where the data may include songs, games, images and videos. The means for downloading data and visiting websites include Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. There is the Wi-Fi hot spot on offer too that creates a server for other compatible gadgets to connect with.
Internal and External Memory
A 4GB of internal memory bank is quite good to start with for keeping a healthy data collection of songs, games, images and videos. The external memory can go as high as 32GB via the microSD card slot. What pleases us even more about Karbonn Titanium S4 is the presence of 1GB RAM that is adequate if not ideal for enhancing the pace of the device.
Applications and Gaming
Games like Virtual Tennis and Street Racer are home to Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system and thus, can be downloaded to Karbonn Titanium S4 with the right Internet connection. Applications like WhatsApp or Photolocker can also be used by accessing them from Google Play Store.
The official figures regarding the talk time and standby time are not yet out but the 1800mAH standard lithium-ion battery can be trusted upon to keep the device running for a substantial period.
The basic connectivity features offered by Karbonn Titanium S4 include USB port, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. Wi-Fi hot spot would certainly help when it comes to expanding the web connection across other gadgets. The device uses frequencies of 900 and 1800MHz to operate.
Karbonn Titanium S4 when compared to HTC One has the same screen size of 4.7 inches. Karbonn Titanium S4 has the HD AMOLED display as compared to the Super LCD3 capacitive touchscreen of HTC One. The primary camera of HTC One is of 4 ultrapixels while the rear shutter for Karbonn Titanium S4 has 13 megapixels. The secondary camera for HTC One is marginally ahead of the front shutter of Karbonn Titanium S4 with 2.1 megapixels for the former and 2 megapixels for the latter. Karbonn Titanium S4 comes with Android Jelly Bean 4.2 while the software platform of HTC One is upgradable to Android KitKat 4.4. Karbonn Titanium S4 features a 1.2GHz quad core processor while HTC One comes with a 1.7GHz quad core processor. An 1800mAh standard lithium-ion battery, which is quite a decent figure, powers Karbonn Titanium S4 whereas HTC One tops that with a 2300mAh standard lithium-ion battery. Karbonn Titanium S4 is dual SIM but HTC One is not.