Review: Karbonn Smart Tab 1 Android 4.0 Tablet PC
Decent display, touch sensitivity. Good battery back-up. Worth the money. Xburst processor doesn't support all the apps on Google Play. Given the price, this is a great tablet for starters.
Rating: 7/ 10
Karbonn recently launched its first 18-cm (7.1 inch) Android 4.0 tablet named Smart Tab 1. Priced at Rs 6,999 (on Flipkart) including a Reliance Netconnect dongle, the device is based on a 1.2 GHz Xburst processor, has 1 GB internal memory and 3D G-Sensor. The tablet features a 18-cm (7.1 inch) 5 point touchscreen with 800 x 480 pixel resolution display, 3700 mAh battery and a 2 megapixel front facing camera. The tablet stayed at our news room for a couple of days and here's our feedback.
Update: The device will get upgraded to Android 4.1 aka Jelly Bean operating system for free very soon.
Inside the box:
When you buy a Karbonn Smart Tab 1, you
will get- a USB cable, a USB OTG connector or dongle connector,
screen protector, hands-free, user manual, warranty card and a
Reliance Netconnect dongle.
First look and feel:
The tablet has a white posterior with a
black border along the display. The first feel that you get when you
look at it is that the screen could have been bigger- only if the
black border was kept thin on the edges. Owing to its size, the
tablet is a little heavy. I tried playing Angry Birds for 15 minutes,
holding the device in my hand on purpose and by that time I finished
it, my wrist had started to ache.
Talking about the port, this tablet
includes a 3.5 mm jack, HDMI port ( HDMI connector not included in
the box) mini USB, microSD and charging socket. All these are placed
on the left side of the tablet, while the 2 MP front camera is on the
top right, just opposite the Karbonn logo on the screen. 'Power',
'options', 'home' and 'back' physical buttons are placed on the top
left corner. The 'Home' and 'Option' button look more like volume
controls. The tablet carries no dedicated volume control buttons,
which ideally should have been included.
The overall built feels sturdy and the
finishing is pretty decent.
Start up and first view:
The device took some time to start,
however, once switched on, it appeared smooth. The touchscreen was
responsive and smooth too. The tablet includes apps like Karbonn
Browser and Karbonn Games (powered by ibibo), which offer free games.
Angry Birds, Angry Birds Space, Turbo Fly 3D, Wow Fish, Talking Tom,
NexGTV are all pre-loaded.
I started toying first with Talking Tom
and trust me, Tom wasn't fine inside the device (pun intended). The
poor cat appeared almost deaf, even when I tried shouting my lungs
out. Moreover, the cat was pixelated at the sides with dull colours,
making Tom appear weak and pale.
A deeper look into the device:
After Talking Tom, it was time for
Facebook. I connected it to the Wi-Fi at my workplace and I must
admit, it was smooth with no hiccups at all. The reception was great
too. The tablet comes with a Reliance NetConnect dongle. If you are
looking to connect it to Internet via a USB dongle, please note that
all dongles are not supported. Karbonn has added a list of compatible
dongles for its Smart Tab 1.
Modem support list:
Tata Photon (Huawei -EC156/ EC1261)
MTS-MBlaze (Huawei EC156)
MTS-3G (ZTE AC2746)
Reliance-3G (Huawei EC159, ZTE MF190,
Airtel-3G (Huawei E1731)
Without getting too much into its
specifications, I will rate the display 'average'. Though Karbonn has
added a HD video of Desi Boys, showcasing the quality of the screen,
the overall display is just satisfactory, keeping in mind the low
price. The touchscreen is good and works with multiple touches
The sound quality is bad, making you
steer away from using it to listen music. However, with headphones it
works better. The volume level is also average.
A dedicated media player is there,
which plays almost all popular file formats like flv, avi, mkv, RM,
MP4 and more. You can watch movies from your pen drive as the tablet
includes support for USB OTG. But do not plug in your portable hard
drive, unless it's self powered.
I must admit that the tablet functions
pretty good. Though it's not lightning fast, it works fine. On
several occasions, the apps crashed while I tried opening or took too
long to open. Gaming experience on the device was OK. Angry Birds was
smooth, motion sensing games worked fine. But the main problem is
that the Xburst processor doesn't support all the apps on Google
Play. You hardly find any 3D games that are supported on this tablet.
The front facing 2 MP camera is useless as none of the video chat
apps are supported.
It's also noteworthy to mention here
that if you do a reset, you will not be able to install Google Play.
Coming to RAM, 350 MB of memory out of 512 MB is actually available.
No comments! Don't think of using it
for capturing pictures. Video chatting will work fine though, only if
you find any supported apps.
The battery back-up is good! The 3700
mAh battery truly delivers 7 hours Web surfing time using Wi-Fi, as
it claims. I even manged to see a short 45 minute serial with just 20
per cent battery. If you use a 3G dongle, the Web surfing back-up
will reduce, but still it's far better than other devices in this
range. Also, the device doesn't heat up at all. Even after watching a
full movie, playing Angry Birds for around 4 hours along with two
hours of Web surfing, followed by recharging, the device did not heat
up at all.
Firstly, remember this tablet costs
just Rs 6,999. So, don't expect it to be a replacement for iPad or
Samsung Galaxy Tab! Given the price, this is a great tablet for
starters. If you need a tablet for watching movies, surfing the Web
and playing games, then this is a good buy. I pointed out several
problems with this tablet but none of these will paralyse the
experience of a first time tablet user. You also have the Micromax
Funbook in this price range, so, you can consider that too. This
tablet will leave a low end tablet buyer well satisfied and the
device is worth the money. I would rate this tablet 7 out of 10.