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Karbonn A21

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  • Operating System
    Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Processor
    1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor (MSM8625)
  • Size
    4.5 Inches
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Karbonn A21 Expert Review

Karbonn A21: Stick with the reliable big brands

by Ravi Sinha, on 17 Jan. 2013

Was it really going to be long before we got into Karbonn’s recent smartphone efforts? The manufacturer left us on a bit of a high note before but how does the Karbonn A21, the latest in the line-up of budget devices, fare? The look takes from the tried and true unibody-aesthetic that HTC’s One series has pioneered, with a glossy matte plastic back and plain black front. It looks decent – frankly, it’s becoming increasingly difficult to tell these budget devices apart from one another – but the glossy back is susceptible to scratches. Thankfully, you’ll need to work to scratch it, which is a testament to the tough design. Our main issues with the device are its bulkiness and overall weight, but it otherwise looks nice enough to disguise those faults. Again, despite its strong construction, it’s not meant for taking repeated blows so think twice before letting your kids use it.

Specs

Technology wise, the Karbonn A21 boasts a dual core ARM Cortex A5 CPU clocked at 1.2 GHz with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB internal storage, along with a microSD slot for 32 GB more. Though the processor can handle simple tasks with ease, it’s the RAM which ultimately limits it from taking up more demanding multimedia tasks like games or HD clips. Overall, it’s not going to blaze a trail so it’s best to temper your expectations. The 4.5 inch display is marketed as an 800x480 resolution screen but actually features a 960x540 resolution. The above average brightness and colour quality are marred by the poor viewing angles, as usual. Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, with the surfing experience suffering from the lack of powerful hardware. A 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and 1.3 megapixel camera on the front for video calling are available. They both function abysmally, with the former taking pictures full of hazy colours and suffering from slow shooting speeds. Battery life again depends on usage, but it’s funny how even our normal casual use netted a measly 7 to 7.5 hours of performance from the device. Heavier usage is expected to bring somewhere around 4 to 5 hours of life. Finally, we have the OS which is Android Ice Cream Sandwich. It performs as well as it can, limited by the hardware and ultimately lagging on more demanding apps. Can we expect a Jelly Bean update any time soon? Most likely not.

Pros:

- Decent design and build quality
- Good CPU performance

Cons:

- Below average performance overall due to RAM
- Terrible pair of cameras
- 960x540 resolution dragged down by poor viewing angles
- Meagre battery life
- Thick and weighty

Verdict:

So the Karbonn A21 isn’t going to take the series line further by much. Quite frankly, it’s never been marketed as a premium device. But if such a focus means Karbonn can improve on the abysmal camera quality and middling performance of the A21, it would be most welcome. Till that happens, stick with the reliable big brands.

Karbonn A21 Reviews

Karbonn A21: Disappointing...

3 /5

Karbonn A21 was launched with much fame but it failed to impress. This device has an impressive 4.5 inch screen so if large screen is all you want then this could be an option. Its performance is marred heavily by 512MB RAM and 1.2GHz dual core processor, phone does not lag with normal day to day...

What A Phone..!! :D :)

4 /5

Initially it was my friends recommendation..but now that i have it i feel lucky to have such friends :D..This latest phone provides us with android version in much better affordable price..and supports all the applications..:)

Reasonable Price

3 /5

The big screen provides a platform to use this mobile for various purposes, such as gaming and watching movies. The design is slim and trendy and follows the latest fashion. It has a good camera, which lets you click good pictures. The sound quality is also good and supports all kinds of music...

Karbon A21 Mobile Phone

3 /5

Karbon A21 is a good mobile with a large screen and good camera and processor. a good android mobile. But its touch is not so smooth as samsung. samsung touch quality is much better. but the other features of karbon A21 like expandable memory, RAM ,is very good. it is providing a lots of feature...

Nice Mobile With Some Nice Specs!!

4 /5

I bought this mobile with by seeing the specs...large screen...dual core processor...and i am fully satisfied with it....Only the thing is the name "Karbonn". I rubbed the name and put a Microsoft logo on that!! ;) :D

First Dual Core Budget Phone By An...

3 /5

First dual-core budget phone by an indian company in the market. It was announced a few days back along with the Karbonn A9+ and A11. This one comes with a dual-core Snapdragon processor at 1.2 Ghz, whereas A9+ is clocked at 1 Ghz. Got lucky to get my hands-on the Karbonn A21 and spend a decent time...


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Karbonn A21 Features

Karbonn A21 has Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) operating system & it supports Dual SIM. Karbonn A21 has an inbuilt 4 GB, 512 MB RAM and it supports external memory of MicroSD which can be extended Upto 32 GB extensible memory. Karbonn A21 has a 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor (MSM8625) processor & Li-Ion 1800 mAh. This Karbonn mobile phone has 5 MP camera with features like Auto Focus, LED Flash, Secondary Camera: 1.3 Megapixel. Karbonn A21 weighs with dimensions & has a TFT. Karbonn A21 has a 4.5 Inches Yes, Capacitive Touchscreen with resolution of 540 x 960 Pixels.
GENERAL FEATURE SET
Package Handset, Battery, Charger, Earphone, USB Cable, User Manual, Warranty Card
Form Bar
SIM Dual SIM
Touch Screen Yes, Capacitive Touchscreen
Business Features Yes
Call Related Features Call Conferene, Multi Language
Color of Handset Pearl White
PLATFORM
GSM/CDMA GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 / HSDPA 2100| GSM 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz
Operating System Android OS, v4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
User Interface Yes
Processor 1.2 GHz Dual Core Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor (MSM8625)
DISPLAY
Type TFT
Size 4.5 Inches
Resolution 540 x 960 Pixels
Colors 16 M
CAMERA
Primary Camera 5 MP
Video Recording Yes
Zoom Intensity Digital Zoom
Other Features Auto Focus, LED Flash, Secondary Camera: 1.3 Megapixel
BATTERY
Type Li-Ion 1800 mAh
Talktime 5 hrs (2G), 8 hrs (3G)
Standby Time 200 hrs (2G), 290 hrs (3G)
MEMORY & STORAGE
Internal 4 GB, 512 MB RAM
RAM 512 MB RAM
Memory Card MicroSD
Extensible Memory Upto 32 GB
DATA
Internet Features Email
Preinstalled Browser Yes, WAP Browser
GPRS Yes
Edge Yes
3G HSDPA upto 7.2 Mbps
WAP Yes
USB connectivity USB 2.0
GPS Support A-GPS, Google Maps
Bluetooth Yes
Audio Jack 3.5mm Jack
MULTIMEDIA
Music Player MP3, MIDI, WAV, AMR, AAC, AAC+
Video Player MP4, H.263, H.264, AVI, 3GP
FM Radio Yes
Ringtone 64 Polyphonic, MP3 Ringtones
OTHER FEATURES
Call Memory Yes
SMS Memory Yes
More Features CLID with Photo, Call Conference, Multi Languages, Calculator, Alarm Clock, Stop Watch, World Times, Organizer, Voice Recorder, STK, Screen Saver, Wallpaper, Power On/Off Animation, Caller ID, Mobile TV (Third Party Application), Google Mail, Google Search
WARRANTY
Warranty Period 1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories

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