Karbonn A1+ review and unboxing – disappointment guaranteed

Karbonn A1+ (plus) is an upgraded version of the Karbonn A1. The A1 plus is a dual SIM Android 2.3.6 phone with 3MP camera, 2G connectivity and powered by a 1GHz processor. The handset comes for an attractive price of Rs. 4,250  cheaper than the Ninja 3.

When compared with Ninja 3 the Karbonn A1+ features are almost identical. Now why is the A1+ cheaper than A57? Well because there is no 3G support only EDGE / GPRS is supported. And since the handset supports only the 2G network you can use EDGE / GPRS from any of the 2 SIM slot. Moreover the A1+ also competes with the Micromax Smarty A25.

Design, Processor, OS and Memory
The box pack does look attractive. It contains the handset, battery, earphones (cheap ones as usual),  USB to Micro USB cable, Battery charger, User manual and warranty card. The SAR level mention on the box pack is 0.663 watt/kg.

The handset has got a pretty decent look with 3 touch sensitive buttons at the bottom. The capacitive touchscreen display is of 3.5 inches, same as on the Ninja 3 with a resolution of 480×320 pixels.

The handset is powered by a 1GHz processor (Spreadtrum SP6820A 1GHz) the GPU is Mali 300. The A1+ runs on Android 2.3.6 OS and the RAM is 256MB (105MB used and 126MB Free).

The handset is smaller in size but not as small as the Micromax A25. The screen is 3.5 inches the side are with colour combination glossy white / silver. The rear side is glossy white. The handset does look bulky and is not at all slim. The built quality is good, looks sturdy.

Karbonn A1 plus review

Only 2G networks are supported, so if you are heavily dependent on the net, you should seriously avoid this phone, unless you have no issues surfing over a 2G network. There is Wi-Fi with hotspot support, a micro USB port that again can be used for sharing net (Tethering), Bluetooth and 3.5mm audio jack. There is no built in GPS.

3MP Camera
The camera is 3 megapixel fixed focus with video recording in VGA mode. There is front facing VGA camera that can be used for video calling via skype using Wi-Fi.

Expect the Karbonn A1+ to perform as well as the Ninja 3. The memory I guess will be low so you need proper management to get the most out of it. It’ a low cost device, don’t expect too much out of it and this is especially not for heavy gamers.

Karbonn A1 plus top view

Marathon Battery
A 1500 mAh battery powers this phone. The mAh capacity is a little more (100) than on Ninja 3. The handset will easily last for over a day of heavy usage.

I handset is good for users who will be downloading limited apps and games. I find the Micromax A25 much better than the A1+. The Hardware on A1+ is SP6820A with mail 300 GPU (1 core) which not so powerful.

A1+ mali 300 GPU

The handset could not install quadrant and antutu and many more commonly used benchmarking tools, the reason – the app  is not compatible with the version even though it runs on Android 2.3.6. Gingerbread OS.

Karbonn A1 plus device not compatible

I could install Angry birds game but it lagged at that too in the initial stage. I could install Temple run but it failed to run, the screen would just freeze.  I think there will be compatibility issues with other apps and games.

The sound is loud and good quality. I could not play AVI files, MP4 files did play. This handset cannot play high quality media files, you will need to convert to suitable resolution.

There is Gsensor, proximity and light. I lost interest in this handset as soon as I saw that the benchmark apps are not compatible. Overall a very disappointing handset, Micromax A25 is much better.

Karbonn A1+ key features and Specifications

  • 1GHz (Spreadtrum SP6820A 1GHz with Mali 300 GPU). Dual SIM.
  •  256MB RAM, internal storage 165MB Free and micro SD card slot.
  • Android 2.3.6 OS.
  • 3.5 inch HVGA (480×320 pixels) with 2 point multi touch.
  • 3 MP camera without flash + front VGA camera.
  • 2G (EDGE/GPRS), Wi-Fi  (Hotspot), micro USB (Tethering), Bluetooth, GPS and 3.5 mm jack.
  • Sensors : G-Sensor, light and Proximity sensor.
  • SNS ready, pre-installed apps / TV channel apps and access to Google Play.
  • Marathon battery of 1500 mAh capacity with (heavy) usage time of over 1 day.

Karbonn A1+ v/s Ninja 3 – the difference

A1+ A57
2G 3G
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Karbonn A1+ unboxing and review

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  1. amrit says

    i am using this phone since 1.5 yrs, nowadays, it always asks for force close while opening some apps like fb messanger, gallery, play store, etc. google service framework gets always unexpectedly stopped, i hav reset this to get the solution but the same problem is repeated hate, is there any solution?

  2. felix says

    this phone is very good compare with galaxy,micromax bolt,and some phones,after rooting this phone run on high speed i like this phone very much it runs templerun1,2,oz and subway surfers without lagging its very useful for me after using chainfire 3d app it requires root

  3. Ajit Deva says

    The Karbonn A1+ is a horrible mobile to buy. Those consumers who are looking for a budget phone, kindly do not go in for any Karbonn products as they have very bad after sales service as well.

    Please pay a little more and buy a Samsung or Nokia. Much more better than Karbonn. Infact even Micromax is a better option compared to Karbonn as they do provide a fair customer service.

  4. max naagar says

    could you please anyone tell me which android mobile is better under 4000? what about iball andi 3.5i ?

    • Ajit Deva says


      Pay a little more and go for Samsung or Micromax if you want an android. If you go for Karbonn A1+ you will regret it. Kindly take this word of advice as a caution because I did the same mistake going in for a budget phone and it is nothing but a complete headache.

      Hope this helps you in your purchase

    • Gogi Rana says

      Install Quadrant benchmark, then go to system settings, or you can also use Antutu benchmark.

  5. rafi says

    it is good mobile under 4000 rs it support, angry birds, raging thunder 2 (lag),some low grafic game.yes slow internet experience.

  6. Parmod Yadav says

    Mere mobile main me online TV nahi play nahi hota hai….. jab main ishe chalu karta ho to Play error aata hai or ishka software bhi update nahi hota hai koi meri help kar sakta hai kya?

    • rafi says

      because of slow internet speed u can’t watch tv on any TV app.use wifi with other app

  7. shanky says

    sir i m having karbonn a1+
    it lags nd get hang at sumplaces.
    how can i increase its ram…

    • Madhur Agrawal says

      go setting–>wireless and network–. tethering and portable hotspot, then connect your mobile via usb cable to pc and then let drive install( it will get automatically install) once they installed USB tethering option will get highlighted click on then that and enjoy the surfing

  8. says

    i bought karbonn a1+.
    nice phone.
    i face problem app downloading done but not install.
    during install mssage path invalid app.
    LIVE TV also not working and show play error. sir please solve my problem and send me solution on my email.

  9. rohit says

    i had succesfully rooted my a1+ with z4root .not facing any prblm except the phone is heating up on playing some high graphics games.