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Review: Karbonn Smart Tab 1 Android 4.0 Tablet PC
 
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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, ZTE AC2737)

Airtel-3G (Huawei E1731)

Display:

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 easily.

Sound:

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.

Media Player:

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.

Performance:

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.

Camera:

No comments! Don't think of using it for capturing pictures. Video chatting will work fine though, only if you find any supported apps.

Battery:

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.

Final verdict:

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.

-Debashis Sarkar

 
 
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Alok   745 days ago

Hi i want to know that -can i connect internet through usb of n70 mobile.&say me the process of connecting internet through any dongle like micromaxintex etc.Plz send me the process through my email.My id -janmejaya24@gmail.Com
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Debashis Sarkar   745 days ago

You can do it by using your Nokia phone as a WiFi hotspot and then connect through WiFi. USB tethering will only be supported if your phones driver is compatible with Android which I doubt. All USB dongles are not supported by Android OSonly those USB sticks which have an Android patch will be supported. So check the list of supported USB dongles at the companys website. So connecting through WiFi via any portable hotspot Nokia phone or any otheris the best option or you can try any router for the same.
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Syafiq   717 days ago

hello im a Smart Tab user. I just wanna ask you what should i do now as my Smart Tab cant install Instagram in the PlayStore. Its says i cant install it because my device cant compatible er something like that. What should i do now to install it Thanks -
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paulina   609 days ago

hi im a Smart Tab user I just wanna ask how to unlock my smart tabs when locked my tab type m747...plz info...thanks b4
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john   347 days ago

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Rahul   314 days ago

whr is File Manager in karbonn Smart Tablet 1plz mst
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Rahul   314 days ago

whr is File Manager in Karbonn Smart tablet 1
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Piruzan   637 days ago

Hi Debashish Need help the Chrome Browser is not supported on this device. I understand you had stated some apps from the store wont work all the same some thing as good as Chrome being left out is pretty disappointing. Any way around it Also when is the update 4.1 going to be made available Regards
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rakesh   739 days ago

ive downloaded .apk files on to my pc. i want to install them in my karbonn tab. plese help. ive used some software like mobilego but it doent recognise my tablet.
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Athar   680 days ago

Hi Sir. Can you tell me if I don't have any dongle, can I connect Internet to my Karbon tab 3 by using nokia 6303c phone
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PRAMOD   816 days ago

I got my new Karbonn smart tab 1 today.1 can anyone tell me how to transfer songs/pictures/videos from my PC to this tab. I connected the tab with USB cable to my PC but PC is unable to detect carbonn tab2 I have reliance netconnect data card. It works fine on PC, but when connected to carbonn tab it does not work. Please guide me on this. ONE MORE DIFFICULTY ABOUT carbonn smart tab 1 today.HOW TO LOCATE FILE MANAGER ON MY TABLETI AM TRYING MANY TIMES BUT COULDNOT LOCATE ITPLEASE HELP. my email- ngo_haoi@rediffmail.
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Debashis Sarkar   745 days ago

1 connect the tablet to the PC and select USB Storage on the tablet. Unless you select the option your PC will not be able to detect it.2As far as dongle support is concerned. All USB dongles are not support by Android OS. So check the list of supported dongles at the companys website.3 Look out for the File Explorer and then select Udisk. For more details go to settings and select storage. In Android 4.0 you can mount USB storage and mange apps and everything related to memory over there.
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Rana   695 days ago

Sir i hav not bought d Karbonn Smart tab 1 I just wanted to know that does it contain SIM Card slot M confused bcoz I didnt read abt it. N suppose if SIM Card is not there how can I use net without USB Dongle bcoz wi-fi requires password..
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sandeep barua   695 days ago

Yes I also want to know. Please help.
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Hyder Hussain   664 days ago

Sandeep Dont go for Karbonn They Have worst Service in india... Actually I bought a smart tab1 It is getting hanged and it is not able to switch on....
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hi   440 days ago

In karbonn smart tab 1 There is a hidden button under mice hole if ur tablet was hanged and u didnt able to switch on again u can press that button once with any needle then wait approx 15 minutes and try to switch on again i hope it will also works on ur tablet
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vivek   666 days ago

No it doesnt have any sim slot. Only u can use net through external dongel
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rahul   314 days ago

whr is file manager in karbonn smart tablet 1
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