AN­OTHER BUD­GET PHONE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Video­con has in­tro­duced a cou­ple of An­droid smart­phones of which the A30 comes across as an in­ter­est­ing bud­get smart­phone. Here’s what we liked and dis­liked about this smart­phone.

As is the trend th­ese days, the Video­con A 30 does not look like any other pop­u­lar smart­phone. Ac­tu­ally, it is not much to look at. With the black plas­tic run­ning around the dis­play, it has ‘Made in China’ scream­ing out at you. The power key and a 3.5mm jack have been placed at the top while the vol­ume con­trols and charg­ing port dom­i­nate the left panel of the phone. The 4-inch ca­pac­i­tive dis­play is re­spon­sive, but a bit too slow. Be­low are four touch sen­si­tive keys — home, op­tion, back and search — which is in con­trast to the usual three. Th­ese keys il­lu­mi­nate when the phone is in use. The back is made up of white plas­tic that feels soft to hold. The 5.0 MP cam­era sits on the top while the Video­con brand­ing and speaker are to­wards the bot­tom of the back panel. Over­all, the A30 looks like a bud­get smart­phone.

Un­lock­ing the smart­phone greeted us with a lock icon with two an­ten­nae at the top. Touch­ing the lock icon throws four icons on its sides – cam­era on the top, phone on the left, mes­sage on the right and un­lock at the bot­tom. Slid­ing the lock icon to­wards the icon will di­rectly launch the app or un­lock the smart­phone. On the top of the home­screen is the Google Search bar and the bot­tom is dom­i­nated by the row of five icons – phone, phone­book, app tray, mes­sage and web browser that stays static through­out the home­screen pan­els.

Run­ning on An­droid Ice­Cream Sand­wich, the main menu is di­vided into two – apps and wid­gets. A Play Store icon ap­pears on the top right of­fer­ing an in­stant ac­cess to the store.

Based on Qual­comm’s Ref­er­ence De­sign plat­form, the A30 is pow­ered by a dual-core pro­ces­sor clocked at 1GHz and paired with 512MB RAM. The de­vice fetched our emails in­stantly and it of­fered a smooth brows­ing ex­pe­ri­ence. But un­for­tu­nately, there is a slight lag in launch­ing some of the apps.

For added con­ve­nience, Video­con has loaded Doc­u­ments To Go on this de­vice. Us­ing this app, we were able to open the doc­u­ments on the phone it­self. But for edit­ing, one will have to pur­chase the full ver­sion of the app. There are plenty of other free apps loaded on this de­vice.

The A30 has a 5MP auto-fo­cus cam­era with flash. But don’t ex­pect it to cap­ture su­perb pic­tures as there cam­era is just about av­er­age. We no­ticed some noise even when the im­ages were cap­tured in good light. Then the flash failed to live up to our ex­pec­ta­tions. With a built-in FM and mu­sic player on­board, there isn’t much that we can com­plaint about in the sound de­part­ment.

How­ever, the big­gest chal­lenge of us­ing this du­alSIM de­vice is its bat­tery life as when both the SIM cards were in­serted in the phone, it failed to last a day on a full charge.

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