While one (Reliance 3G Tab) is making fun of Samsung Galaxy Tab, here is another one making fun of Apple iPhone 4. Mimicking iPhone 4’s ads, here’s Karbonn A1, an Android OS (version 2.2) based smart (really?) phone. This one is not one of those technology thumping, big screen and power spec’d phone but is just made for the masses by one of those makers in China and sourced to India by Karbonn mobiles.
Unlike most Android phone which have only a touch screen, apart from touch sensitive Menu and Back buttons and a physical home key, the Karbonn A1 also has physical navigation keys, a Call and a Disconnect button.
The phone is not slim by any means, at 14mm, but weight okay at 105 gms. A 1100mAh battery will make A1 last for about 250mins on continuous talking.
The touch screen panel is 7.1 cms corner to corner (diagonally) with a resolution of 240×320 pixels. There just one camera at the back which is 3.2mp.
Karbonn A1 is
NOT a 3G phone and doesn’t even have Wifi (it has both), so you are sure to have hard time making full use of the Android platform. There is also no FM Radio.
Everything else that a basic feature phone will have, such as SMS, Java, Bluetooth, a Browser (a WAP one) etc, will make it to this phone too. I’m not sure why they are putting this aside an iPhone 4 (or at least trying to) and I’m also not sure who their target buyers are, since I see no point going for this bizarrely underpowered (600Mhz) Android phone. If I have to take a call, I would go for those basic Java phones with 3G and Wifi instead of boasting ‘Hey I have an Android phone’ but unable to use its full potential.