Karbonn A30 review – The big smartphone!

Here is the review of Karbonn A30 the big smartphone sporting a 5.9 inch screen with dual core processor, sailing on the ICS OS. The handset is now priced at under Rs. 11,500.

A30 Box pack
The box though looks compact, but when you unbox it the first thing you see is the A30 wrapped inside the complementary leather cover.  It does feel good. Inside the box you will find the handset, earphone, USB to Micro USB cable, power adapter, 2500 mAh battery and user manual / warranty & service center list.

You get a complementary leather cover that is attached to the back cover so do not try to remove it. If you already did don’t worry use a glue to stick it back. There is a spare back cover in case you are not happy with the leather cover or want a change for the time being.

Design
The handset is big, really big, the screen is 1 inch smaller than a traditional 7 inch tablet. The handset weighs around 260 grams. I checked the A30 with Wammy Desire and found the Desire to be lighter. Karbonn A30 is 10mm thick but cause of the leather cover you will not feel the size.  I would say Karbonn did a good job by proving a free leather cover cause without it the excitement would have lost.

Karbonn A30 unboxing

There are 4 touch sensitive buttons on the front, power button on right, volume rockers on left, 3.5 mm jack on top and micro USB port and mic at the bottom.

Karbonn A30 review

Display
It’s huge at 5.9 inches with capacitive touch and 800×480 pixels resolution. You may think the resolution is too much for the 5.9 inch screen, well we have seen the same on 7 inch tablet. Yes it is not that sharp as you would have seen on a smaller screen for example on Micromax A110 with same resolution on a 5 inch display.

However Karbonn has used a good theme and big fonts/icons to fill in the gap between resolution and size. And it really did work to some extent.  There is gesture control app that makes use of the front camera.

Karbonn A30 with complimentary leather cover

CPU, GPU, Memory and storage
The Dual core MT6577 @ 1GHz + the PowerVR SGX 531 GPU runs the show. The RAM is 512MB of which you get around 234MB fee. Of the 4GB internal storage you get around 2GB free.  The MT6577 hardware is impressive and as for performance, we have already seen that on A110.

Benchmark Scores

  • Quadrant Benchmark Score : 2801.
  • Antutu Benchmark Score : 7120,  2nd time – 7250.
  • Nenamark 2 : 27.6 fps.
  • Linpack : Single : 39, Multi thread : 56.
  • MultiTouch : 5 Point.

Camera and Video recording
The 8 MP camera does shoot impressive still photos, the LED is no good. The camera is best for outdoor photography. I found the auto focusing / touch focus better than on A110. The camera default settings are perfect and you can start clicking perfect pictures without changing any settings.

You can record 720p videos check the sample at the end of the article.  The box pack says you can play 1080p movies, however I tried it and it does not work. It fact it seems the MT6577 cannot play 1080p movies.

Entertainment
The dual speaker does an excellent job. The sound output is excellent; you will notice the difference immediately. It is a delight watching movies on 5.9 inch with dual speakers.

Others
There is G-Sensor and proximity sensor, there is no light and magnetic sensor. There is built in GPS that works well. It could take few minutes to get that fist lock.

There is the video call button in the phone dialer. The dialer looks different with a new skin (check the video review). I found the in call speaker volume lower than what I have experienced on the MMX A110. There is 3G/2G support via SIM 1 and 2G via SIM 2. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth worked well.

Battery
A big size phone will need a bigger battery and the 2500 mAh should be sufficient to get it going for a full day.

Who should buy this Phone?
Those looking for a tablet with all of the features that a smartphone has can opt for this one. It is with MT6577 processor and PowerVR SGX 531 GPU which is not as powerful as the Mali 400 GPU. But you get the smartphone features and nearly the tab size screen (1 inch smaller as compared with 7 inch tabs).

Karbonn A30 is big, good for those who would want to use it more for surfing, entertainment and less for voice calls. Also note the A30 does not fit in the pockets and you will be carrying it most of the time. A price of under Rs. 11K would have been perfect, still it is a good buy if size does not matter.

Image Gallery

Karbonn A30 unboxing and review video

720p sample video shot using Karbonn A30

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{ 194 Responses }

  1. shivan guru says

    I am very happy 4 this phone because this phone having big screen loud and polyphonic sound and having high resolution camera and I love my phone soon thanxx carbonn

  2. norman says

    I have purchased an A30 phone in India, I,m now in Canada, will this phone work here???? Please tell me what I have to do to get it to work.

  3. Joseph says

    Hello Gogi Sir,

    I am planing to buy Karbonn A30 so please let me know is it a good phone and please let know is there any problem in the phone and is it correct phone i am buy it because once i but this phone and after a month if i get any problem on the phone then i would be waste for money for me.
    Please reply me as soon as possible…………………….

  4. Venkat says

    Dear Gogi Sir..
    I Really Confused
    Which Is Best
    1). Karbonn A30
    2). Intex Aqua Style
    Please Help Mee.

  5. Gautham says

    Dear Gogi Rana,

    I have always thought the A30 was a mediocre phone with an impressive screen size, that was the reason I have been looking at other options like UMI/ ZOPO/ BLU etc. But today I saw it being offered for Rs.7999/- and from demo pieces, there was no major CONS compared to major 5″ phones as well as Karbonn Titanium S series phones. Infact I felt the touch screen better on Karbonn.

    Is this a good buy even in OCT 2013 ? Can it fill in my smartphone needs (I am not a gamer). Thanks !!

    • Gautham says

      Leave alone the resolution, I would like to know if the display is viewable, usable in sunlight… does it lack a gorilla glass protection.. does it suffer from lack of accessories, sensors etc…

  6. Sumanjit says

    Sir the Karbonn A 30 shows to have two colour variants- One White and one black.Can you please confirm if on the both the variants the body of the phone along with the visible part in and around the screen is black?Is it by specifying the colour variant its only the leather Flip cover which has a different colour- Either white or Black? I need more clarity on this so seek for your help.

  7. karthik says

    Gogi Sir plz tell me how to reboot karbonn a30 becoz I have tried itI by pressing volume+home+power when the is on and when it is off but it is not working

  8. Deepak Naik says

    Hell Mr.Gogi,
    I have bought a new KarbonnA30 TAfone & after unboxing it & inserting the SIM in both the slots I am facing problem with network on both the cards as well as not able to connect to data services too…. please help if you do have any solution on this.

  9. asif sd says

    hi gogi sir plz tell me that we can get or we cant get pendrive data on my ta fone a30 using dongle

  10. Deb says

    Gogi Sir..I am willing to buy this phone..i just need your urgent suggestion ..
    1) is the speaker sound quality verry good and loud ????
    2) is there USB on the go option ????

    please comment or answer…i need your suggestion,,then i shall buy it…thanks :-)

  11. cavin fernandes says

    can I use karbonn a30 in USA (america)????
    or Micromax canvas??
    PLZ REPLY BUDDY.. PLZ

  12. ganti says

    Dear Mr. Gogi,
    I am now (hopefully) the proud owner of Karbonn A30 – Besides many features which I could not understand, the one that has interested me is Gesture Mode – Please help me in understanding this feature.
    Thanks in advance
    Ganti

    • Gogi RanaGogi Rana says

      The guesture mode makes use of front camera, say if you are watching images using the image gallery, you can move you hand right to left or left to right to move on to next / previous images, without touching the screen. It good good for a while but not that useful.

  13. Paro says

    Hi…I have just purchased this phone and I took it to Canada with me…and I am not able to work it here. It cannot be unlocked because of a difference in the frequency…is there anything I can do to make it work here? I love the phone but i’m not able to use it. ur help in the matter will be appreciated. Thank You

    • Amit Basra says

      may be u need to check the freq your operator is working on and check what frequencies your phone is working, may be it works fine on 1900 Mhz frequency and karbon supports 1900, but u will need to check what freq your operator works on.

  14. ashish says

    Please tell me how to update the software to jelly bean. Also to update the system of Karbon A30.

  15. SYED says

    hi sir plz tell me about the camera Clarity of A30 i heared that camera clarity is not good ..

  16. Vishal says

    Gogi Sir, Please tell me How can I update my Karbonn A30 to jelly bean plz sir help me plz

  17. AKASH says

    Sir ,
    In the last comment you mentioned that in A30 we could install apps in
    external SD Card . I own this phone since a month now and could not
    find any means to install apps on the external card …
    I put in a external card of 8GB BH the apps could not be transferred
    to this card nor they could be installed on the card ….The apps
    could only be installed in the two inbuilt memories which are 2.05 GB
    and 500MB …..When we select proffered install location , there are
    only two locations phone storage (2.05gb) and internal storage (500mb)
    …There was no option of installation on external card ..
    I want to ask you that , is it really possible to install apps on
    external SD Card … If yes then how ..??
    Sir kindly reply to this as soon as possible …

    • sunil says

      Sir I am trying to find out solution to this problem since 3 months, Can you please help me???????????????
      In the last comment you mentioned that in A30 we could install apps in
      external SD Card . I own this phone since a month now and could not
      find any means to install apps on the external card …
      I put in a external card of 8GB BH the apps could not be transferred
      to this card nor they could be installed on the card ….The apps
      could only be installed in the two inbuilt memories which are 2.05 GB
      and 500MB …..When we select proffered install location , there are
      only two locations phone storage (2.05gb) and internal storage (500mb)
      …There was no option of installation on external card ..
      I want to ask you that , is it really possible to install apps on
      external SD Card … If yes then how ..??
      Sir kindly reply to this as soon as possible …

  18. Akash says

    Sir ,
    In the last comment you mentioned that in A30 we could install apps in external SD Card . I own this phone since a month now and could not find any means to install apps on the external card …
    I put in a external card of 8GB BH the apps could not be transferred to this card nor they could be installed on the card ….The apps could only be installed in the two inbuilt memories which are 2.05 GB and 500MB …..When we select proffered install location , there are only two locations phone storage (2.05gb) and internal storage (500mb) …There was no option of installation on external card ..
    I want to ask you that , is it really possible to install apps on external SD Card … If yes then how ..??
    Sir kindly reply to this as soon as possible …

  19. Anubhav says

    Gogi sir I have watched most of your videos and a big fan of yours . I want to know whether I should buy this phone or karbonn titanium s1 as I am getting free 6 months data usage on both these phones and I want phones mostly to play games and good quality camera with call facility

  20. rahul says

    hi
    m using karbonn a30 from last 1 month amazing phone it is.
    gogi I have doubt
    1. can I update a30 ics to jelly bean?
    2. can I use OTG cable to connect my pendrive?
    pls help me out
    thanks


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