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Micromax A90S vs Karbon A30 Ta-Fone

Updated on March 13, 2013

Karbonn Mobiles launched their latest phablet without giving it much publicity. It is named Karbonn A30 TA-FONE. I still don’t know why they have named it the TA FONE. It’s a really weird name. Anyways, moving on, their strong competitors had launched the A90S along with the A110. Everyone thought, at first, that the A90S would be inferior to the A110 in specifications and price. But it actually turned out to be the opposite. The A90S was far more advanced in specifications and a little dearer than the A110. The complete name of the A90S is Superfone Pixel 2 and it is part of their two Superfone series, that is, the Canvas and the Pixel. We will now take a look at how each of these smartphones or phablets, I must say, matches up with each other. It is surely going to be a close call. Read through to get a clear idea.

Micromax Superfone Canvas 2 A90S vs Karbonn A30 Ta-FONE
Micromax Superfone Canvas 2 A90S vs Karbonn A30 Ta-FONE

Looks

Karbonn A30 looks amazing with its 5.9 inch screen. What? Oh! Yes, you heard it right. It has a brilliant 5.9 inch screen making it look like the Galaxy Note. The edges are nicely rounded off and it feels great in hand. If you have experience using the Galaxy Note, this would make no difference, feel wise. At the front of the phone we have the earpiece along the secondary camera. Just below the screen there are four capacitative touch sensitive buttons. There are no physical buttons. Behind the phone we have the primary camera along with the LED flash. Below the phone, at the center, is the Karbonn logo. There are also some loud speakers placed just below it. Another thing that might frustrate the users is the weight of this phone. It weighs a whopping 280 grams, which is on the higher side for a phablet.

The Micromax A90S has a very “small screen” compared to the A30. It has 4.3 inch screen, which is actually good for a phone but is a little on the lower side for a phablet. The phone has an earpiece at the top along with the secondary camera. It only has three touch capacitative buttons. Behind we have the primary camera with the LED flash. At the bottom we have the Micromax logo and the loud speakers. The phone weighs only 95 grams and is very light. So looks wise, I would stay with Karbonn A30 owing to its larger screen and the four capacitative buttons. But A90S is not in the phablet category, but it is similar in specifications to the A30.

Karbonn A30 - Front, Back, Side
Karbonn A30 - Front, Back, Side

Hardware

Now we’ll see what these two phones have to offer inside. The Karbonn A30 is powered by a dual core processor clocked at 1 GHz. Even though it is a dual core, it doesn’t perform even close to a dual core. It also has a PowerVR SGX 531 GPU which will let you play some of the HD 3D games, but not the memory consuming games. Micromax fails to provide this phone with more RAM as it comes with only 512 MB of RAM. What is a good phone without good hardware? Coming to A90S, it has a1 GHz dual core processor as well. This phone too, doesn’t perform anywhere near to what is expected from a dual core processor. It also has a PowerVR GPU as well as 512 MB of RAM. Both these phones don’t perform really well considering the fact that they have a 1 GHz dual core processor. They were a bit laggy and the UI is not that good. Micromax and Karbonn have a not promised a JellyBean update, and users will have to be contempt with the existing stock version of the Ice Cream Sandwich.

Micromax A90S
Micromax A90S

Screen

The A30 has a stunning 5.9 inch screen but the resolution lets this off completely. A30 has a WVGA display of 480x800 pixels. This is not a great resolution because for a 5.9 inch screen, you would need a qHD display at least. Otherwise, the pictures might pixelate and you may not have a good experience. The A90S on the other hand has a Super AMOLED screen and resolution of 800x480 pixels. This phone is the only phone in this price bracket that offers a Super AMOLED screen. But here too, there is something that pulls it down. The phone has only 256K colors as opposed to the 16 million colors in other phones having Super AMOLED display. But at this price, I don’t know whether they can include a 16 million color panel.

Camera

The A30 has an 8 megapixel camera at the rear side with LED flash. The photos taken with the camera are of good quality. At the front we have the secondary camera of 1.3 megapixels. This will ensure that you will have higher quality video calls. Micromax A90S has an 8 megapixel camera at the rear side, as well, with LED flash. But the photos taken with the camera of this phone are off average quality. It is not as good as the photos taken with the A30. I don’t know why it is so, because both the phones have and 8 megapixel camera but the quality of the photos are not of equal magnitude. At the front there is the VGA camera for video calls. I would have to go with A30 in terms of camera.

Battery

The A30 has a 2500 mAh battery and it will surely last you long enough. The A90 S has a battery of 1600 mAh. This phone has been getting a lot of complaints regarding its low battery life. Micromax is yet to launch a phone with a better battery.

Verdict

My choice at the end of the day would be the Karbonn A30 Ta FONE. It is better in terms of screen size, battery and camera. The low screen resolution and the low RAM is something that Karbonn need to take care off. But as of now it is a better choice compared to the A90S Canvas 2. This was Karbonn’s answer to Galaxy Note. I don’t think it can live up to the Galaxy Note, but it is in a league of its own.

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