Karbonn A10 Review: The Entry-Level Smartphone

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Karbonn Mobiles silently launched Karbonn Smart A10 with Karbonn A1 Star last month. But they forgot to list the phone on their website. Still the device is available with the online as well as local stores within price tag of Rs. 6,000.

The phone is only meant for entry-level Android users. The JellyBean experience & Camera are some of the only reasons you should buy this dual-core phone at such a low cost.

Karbonn A10 Specifications

Hardware

Karbonn Smart A10

Chipset MediaTek MT6577
Processor (CPU) 1 GHz Dual Core
GPU PowerVR SGX 531
RAM 512MB
Display Type IPS Display
Size & Resolution 3.9 inch; 480×800 px
Camera PrimarySecondary 4.9 MP; AF; LED Flash; 2560×1920; records @30 fps0.3MP
Android OS Android v4.1 JellyBean
Battery 1400mAh Li-Ion
Memory Internal: 512MB (user Available: 0MB)
Connectivity USB Yes (v2.0)
EDGE Yes
Wi-Fi Yes with Wi-Fi hotspot
Bluetooth Yes
GPS Yes
Dimensions
Weight
Sensors Accelerometer, Orientation, Proximity, Magnetic
Dual SIM Yes
Colors Black, White
Online Price Rs. 5,800

 

Pros and Cons:

 

IPS Display

Dual-Core

Camera

Design

No Navigation

Audio Quality

What does the Retail Package come with?

  1. The Handset & a 1400mAh Li-Ion battery.
  2. USB Cable, USB charger, Headphones.
  3. Scratch Guard, Quick Start Guide, Service Center list.

Design: No Efforts taken

Karbonn A10 is designed simple with less curvy edges & missing bezel. The glossy plastic back panel, which doubles up as a mirror, covers the sides. Back Panel gets covered up with finger prints very soon.

The front camera is located on the on the right side, next to earpiece & the left side contains the proximity sensor. The bottom of the screen shoes 3 capacitive buttons & a microphone below them.

The rear camera is located on the left side of the back alongwith LED flash followed by manufacturer logo & the speaker grills near the bottom half of the back. USB & audio jack is located on the top along with the power/lock button. Volume Rockers are placed on the right side.

The lock button looked very loose as if it is going to pop out any moment. Overall, the manufacturer did not take much effort to make the phone look good.

(All six sides, battery and without battery, sensors, slots)

User Interface: Vanilla Flavor

As expected, A10 has the same stock Android Vanilla flavour of the Android 4.1 JB. The UI had good transitions. Scrolling was perfect.

The touchscreen & the capacitive buttons worked flawless. Overall UI is worthy at this Price Segment.

Screen and Display: Best Feature Added

Karbonn A10 sports a 3.9 inch IPS display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels & density of 239.22 ppi. The color & sharpness of the display were average.

The brightness levels of the screen were very low on maximum. The screen is over-reflective which hinders the sunlight legibility. This also makes viewing angles not so good.

The 3.9 inch size of the screen makes it very easy to reach the corners using single-hand.

Best feature Added: Never seen before, the screen gets heated up easily as you play games or run Benchmarks. You can use this feature to keep your chest or hands warm during the winters.

Sound and Multimedia: Just like China phone

The sound quality of this phone will remind you of those Made in China mobile phones that could be heard making noise from a large distance. The audio levels are very high (even better than Xolo Play & much better than Galaxy Core).

The audio clarity is very poor; listening on full volume will make the device look like some old radio device with loud speakers. The equalizer options are same as stock JellyBean devices.

Music player supports mp3 & aac format but no wma format. The standard video player doesn’t support flv but supports mp4, mkv & avi formats. Also, the player supports videos upto 720p flawlessly.

The device plays 1080p videos but it lags slightly less than the Karbonn flagship device Titanium S5 (link). The video player is ordinary with no tap-to-seek & pauses on tapping anywhere on the screen.

Typing

Typing in portrait mode is difficult due to lesser screen width; will need a lot of practice as it doesn’t have Swype feature. Landscape mode typing is much easier & stress-free.

It has prediction & add to dictionary options available. You can also use voice dictation.

Browsing

The stock browser has good scrolling & zoom works well on tapping. Pinch to zoom, sometimes, doesn’t work seamless. Overall the browsing experience was average.

Camera: Can’t expect more

Karbonn A10 has 5MP rear camera with LED flash & a very good, responsive Auto-focus. It has 4x zoom & captures photos at a resolution of 2560×1920. The front has 0.3MP VGA camera with poor picture quality.

Picture quality is good upto 2x zoom; more than that is unusable. Low-light photography is average using flash. Camera launches in a second & capture time is less than a second.

The camera has EV Bracket, Panaroma, smile shot, etc. options available. Smile shot detects smiles but couldn’t click automatically. The panaroma image was worst seen ever; the images weren’t stitched properly & the colour fades out to adjacent images.

Rear camera records videos @30 fps. The video quality is good up to 2x zoom, but going further lowers the video quality.

Hardware Performance: 

A10 sports a MediaTek MT6577 chipset, 1GHz dual-core processor coupled with 512MB RAM. It also has a PowerVR SGX GPU.

The internal memory, printed on the box, is 512MB but I couldn’t save or download anything on the internal storage. The only reason was that internal memory available for the users was 0 MB. This makes the device worthless without SD card.

The device passed first 2 levels of our multi-tasking test. On 3rd level, playing games like Subway Surfer & Temple Run Oz was good but the UI would lag after exiting the game.

The phone does not have restart option. Its shut down time is 10sec & start up time is 38.9 sec.

Benchmarks:

Benchmark Score
Antutu 6481
Quadrant Standard 2278
Nenamark 2 25.7 fps
Sunspider 0.91 1460.2 ms

Apps & Games: Some Wonders

Karbonn A10 comes with very few apps. There are no bloatwares present. Gaming experience is average & the game doesn’t lag at all. The device did not have Google Maps & Navigation apps.

Connectivity options

A10 shows GPS option but doesn’t support Maps & Navigation. It has Bluetooth, micro USB 2.0, Wi-Fi with hotspot.

Some missing features in the phone, as expected, are HDMI, Wi-Fi direct, USB OTG & NFC.

Battery life: 

Karbonn A10 has 1400mAh Li-Ion battery that can keep awake upto 5 hours. The device got heated up while running Benchmarks.

One strange experience as discussed above is that the screen gets heated up while playing games or running Benchmarks. This problem could be handset specific; so check it before you pay for it.

 

Final Verdict

Only For New Android Users
Karbonn A10 is available at Rs. 5,800. The device offers a stock JellyBean experience for entry-level users. You can buy this phone only if you’re locked with your budget.

Overall features are good if you compare this phone with other Price Segment II devices like Spice Smart Flo, Intex Aqua Trendy, Samsung Galaxy Star, Galaxy Y & Galaxy Music.

Other alternatives- iBall Andi 4di (ICS) & Lava Iris 405.

 

  • Entry-Level Android User
  • Looking for a Low-budget Smartphone

  • Allergic from Screen Heating up
  • A Gaming Freak
  • Music Lover

 

Device sponsored by Singh Mobile Shopee

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