The Karbonn A27 retina phone is part of the budget series of phones that we are covering in the Indian Market. The phone comes with a snapdragon dual core running at 1.2GHz MSM8225 Qualcomm Snapdragon dual core processor with Adreno 203 GPU on Android OS v 4.1 (jelly bean) running out of the box which also signifies that a lot of default apps are installed run out of the box for the phone, one does get flip-board and chrome browser installed by default for the phone a standard for any jelly bean. A budget phone is expected to have not many heavily modified applications same can be expected here. The phone also has a 512 MB Ram and 4 GB Rom or internal memory.
The phone has a 4.3 inch retina display having an IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen having a 540×960 pixel resolution at 256 ppi density one can expect to see a bit of pixilation due to the pixel density the phone has capacitive buttons on the screen itself for navigation. The capacitive touch screen supports multi-touch on testing we were able to conclude that it supports only 4 point touch or the capacity of the touchscreen is limited to 4 fingers that can be used at any given point of time been a budget phone in the sub 10,000 rupees range it is excellent.
The phone dimensions are 5.26 x 2.60 x 0.36 inches and weighs in at 126.5 gms overall a decent size phone and weight. The Indian market need for a dual sim is taken care by the company as the phone comes in with a dual mini sim slot, phone support 2g and 3g at HSPDA 2100 . The phone supports Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot which makes it a well-rounded of phone for people on a budget. Let’s have look at the camera one of the most important aspects for many people buying a phone.
The phone comes with a 8 mega pixel shooter with autofocus and LED flash, yes it does have secondary front facing camera of 2 mega pixel an excellent feature for video conferencing something that most phone miss out on. The phone can record at 720 p but the frame rates were below 30 fps Karbonn A5 also has an inbuilt G-sensor a proximity sensor and a magnetic and light sensor. The phone was able to give out decent scores on various benchmarks software that we ran across which was a delight since we were expecting it to perform lower due to price range in mind. The phone has 1.4 GB space reserved for applications makes it difficult to get big apps especially games while the most popular games will run. The phone has 1800 mAH battery which is decent for a day use.
Overall the phone is great for people on a budget but certain aspects like limited memory for applications some stuttering while playing 720p videos may put you off .Certain RAM intensive applications like multitasking may lag a bit because of only 512 MB ram of which a large amount is already dedicated for OS and other application running on the phone. Let’s not forget it’s a phone build for people looking for a smart experience on a budget making it a decent experience. One also needs to understand that on a budget phone you cannot get a powerful user experience which is something as reviewers we do tend to be.