Expert Review of Karbonn Smart Tab2 Silver
Amidst all the big brands like Samsung, Sony and HTC making moolah, the juggernaut of the Indian smartphone manufacturing companies continue unabated. Companies like Karbonn and Micromax have made great contributions to their sales figures in the last few months by producing some exciting gadgets that fell in the economical range in terms of price. The strategy has worked wonders for the companies, for they are able to grab the attention of the young audience who desire high-end features but without putting a hole in their pockets. The principle has been kept the same for both tablets and smartphones. Karbonn Smart Tab 2 is the second edition of the tablet series of Karbonn that features a 7 inches TFT capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 480 by 800 pixels and a modest pixel density of 133ppi. The display is strengthened by the presence of Corning Gorilla Glass technology.
The software platform of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has been provided initially but the user can upgrade it to Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system. Therefore, the opportunity to download lots of games and applications remain for the potential users. The gadget, Karbonn Smart Tab 2 has a 1GHz Xbursts single core processor which is not as strong as the quad core or even the dual core processors provided by other tablets. The RAM offered is also not up to the mark with 512MB that could handle the daily medium intensive operations but nothing beyond it. The Internet can be activated by HTML browser, GPRS, EDGE and Wi-Fi. The fancy features like Wi-Fi hot spot, DLNA or any other tethering facilities remain absent in the gadget. The user can access web via 3G dongle or via data card at a manageable speed.
Bluetooth version 4.0 is used which enables faster data exchange across devices while the USB port version 2.0 is used for data exchange via USB cable. The Internal memory provided for Karbonn Smart Tab 2 is extremely less with just 1GB, which is going to run out of space sooner rather than later but the microSD card slot ensures that the user can take the external memory to 32GB. There is no secondary camera but the primary camera is decent enough with 2 megapixels for clicking images exhibiting reasonable clarity. A 3700mAh standard lithium-ion battery is a healthy number to have under your belt with the power backup providing an internet browsing time of up to 7 hours, video playback time of up to 8 hours and music listening time of up to 25 hours.
There are a lot of pre-installed features the users get with Karbonn Smart Tab 2 that should really boost its value. These features include games, Nimbuzz, Facebook, SWYPE Feature, Yahoo Search Engine, Google Search Engine, Night Surfing Mode, WhatsApp Messenger, Just Dial Search Engine, Auto Spell Check and Correction Feature, Android Market, Picasa, MSN, Twitter, Flickr, Yahoo, Google Talk, iBibo, Wikipedia, PayTM.
User Interface and UI functionality
Karbonn Smart Tab 2 flaunts a 7 inches LCD capacitive touchscreen that runs on a resolution of 800 by 480 pixels. The display has some special backup for gaming lovers including the 3D G-sensor accelerometer. The device also has the support of the 5-point multi-touch capacitive technology.
Plenty of songs and videos can be enjoyed via the music and video players of Karbonn Smart Tab 2 that support varying formats as well. The gadget also has the compatibility for a 3.5mm jack, which allows connection of an earphone to the gadget.
Pictures and Video quality
There is not much to write about the camera department as a 2 megapixels primary camera is provided by Karbonn Smart Tab 2 that can capture pictures at a resolution of 1600 by 1200 pixels. No LED flash is provided while a secondary camera is also absent in the gadget.
With Karbonn Smart Tab 2, the user can make use of the 3G dongle or data card for accessing the web at a fast pace. This is of course in addition to the conventional ways of Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. Data like songs, games, images and videos can be downloaded with ease.
Internal and External Memory
Only 1GB of internal memory comes with Karbonn Smart Tab 2 that has a great chance of exhausting quickly. To counter the problem, the user can stretch the external memory of the gadget up to 32GB thus ensuring the storage of a number of songs, games, images and videos. The RAM offered with the tablet is only of 512MB, which again falls in the mediocre level.
Applications and Gaming
Many games and applications are accessible through Karbonn Smart Tab 2 as the gadget has the backup of Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system (upgradable). The device in fact, has loads of games and applications pre-installed in it including WhatsApp, PlayTM, Night Surfing mode, MSN, Twitter etc. More applications can be downloaded from the web through Google play store.
Karbonn Smart Tab 2 is able to give away an internet browsing time of up to 7 hours alongside a video playback time of up to 8 hours. The user can listen to music for up to 25 hours as well with the help of the 3700mAh standard lithium-ion battery.
Karbonn Smart Tab 2 possesses Bluetooth, USB port, Wi-Fi, GPRS and EDGE as building blocks of the data connectivity department. The gadget also supports 3G technology via the dongle and data card for accessing the Internet.
Karbonn Smart Tab 2 when compared to HCL ME tablet U1 has the same display size of 7 inches but the display offered by the former is LCD and by the latter is LED. Both the devices run on 1GHz single core processors but the camera for Karbonn Smart Tab 2 is of 2 megapixels, better than the 0.3 megapixels offered by HCL ME tablet U1. Karbonn Smart Tab 2 has an upgradable Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system, which is a much superior version than the Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.1 operating system from HCL ME tablet U1. RAM is better with HCL ME tablet U1 that offers 1GB as compared to the 512MB from Karbonn Smart Tab 2. Karbonn Smart Tab 2 runs on the 3700mAh standard lithium-ion battery as compared to the 3600mAh standard lithium-ion battery of HCL Me Tablet U1.