Android phones are acquiring cheaper bythe day with a Micromax here and a Karbonn there assuring that usersdon’t actually have to pay big bucks to love the Androidexperience. Before, we reexamined the Micromax A70 smart phone andthat phone did strike us. Nowadays, Karbonn has arise with theirnovel entrance A1 Android smart phone and it’s even moreinexpensive as compared to the A70.
The Karbonn A1 arrives in an all-blackcandy bar form factor. The edges are rounded off and they fit nicelyinto your palm. The phone does look rather small and light at 105grams. Like part of the plan, there is a matrix of white dots thatruns throughout the rear. The phone seems as it’s made out ofplastic, but the construct is rather stout and strong. The 3.5mm jackis placed at the top, with the volume rocker on the left and thespeaker and 3.2 MP shooter at the rear of the device. The A1 has adirective keypad, even call and end buttons under the 2.8-inch capacitive touch screen.
Viewing the Android OS has more of atouch-based interface, navigating using the keypad is much slower ascompared to only tapping on the screen. Also, there are threecapacitive buttons for home, option and rear. Therefore, we have aseparate rear and an end button, which does produce your thumb ofcourse press the end button to go rear to the main display.
But, that bit locks the displaydirectly and it will bring a little time to acquire applied to. Themicro SD card is housed below the rear panel and hence hot swappingis usable. The phone has motion sensor, but there’s no close lightsensor or propinquity sensor. The construct of the A1 is fairlygreat, but we’re not big lovers of the directional keypad.
The Karbonn A1 runs on Android 2.2.2and currently there’s no news with whether a Gingerbread update isavailable for the phone, still. It has Android’s stock interfaceand navigation is a small sulky with the 600 MHz processor. The phonebegins hanging a little if around 4-5 applications are running in thebackground. But afford it a second or two and things get back ontrack again. As far as typing is concerned, the display is a littlesmall to type smoothly using the QWERTY keyboard, but Karbonn haveacquired a Swype -fashioned method of input that does assist whiletyping on one hand.
An bothering thing we noticed is thatthe micro SD removal message only sticks to the notification bar onceyou mount the card. There’s perfectly no way to acquire rid of themessage. Even, each today and then the card will automaticallyunmounted itself or will not be realized. It looked more as asoftware issue, like the Micromax Andro A60 had a like trouble. Asfar as benchmarks are concerned, afforded a score of 872, while thephone scored 7.47 points in Linpack’s single thread benchmark test,which is a little lower as compared to the Micromax A70.