27 Jan 2013

Videocon New Budget Smartphones

Videocon New Budget Smartphone Phone Range A20 & A30

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A30 Pictures

Review Videocon A30 & A20 ahead of challenges

Videocon the manufacturers best known for its home appliances, recently expended its Smartphone range with the addition of two dual-sim devices A30 & A20. Both the phones are targeted at the budget segment that is ruled by likes of MicromaxLava and Karbonn. While Videocon A30 features a dual core processor and is priced at Rs 7299 its smaller sibling A20 costs Rs 4999.
But do these two devices have what it takes to topple the current segment leaders and capture significant market share? Let’s find out:

When it comes to design Videocon A20 beats its bigger brother as it looks similar to Samsung Galaxy Ace plus .The screen is outlined by a chrome bezel and has four buttons underneath the front panel also has the usual sensors through the presence of VGA camera was surprising to us the rear panel of the Smartphone is a fingerprint magnet and feature a 3 MP camera and speaker grille Videocon A20 is easy to hold and looks good in hand.
Coming to A30 we were a bit disappointed with the design language followed by the manufacturer as the more feature rich device, A30 was expected to look as good as its smaller brother, if not better. It features a black colored front, while the rear is painted white. The sensors, VGA camera and haptic keys are present on the front panel of this phone as well,0 while a 5MP camera with flash and speaker grille are placed on the backside.

Videocon A30 feature a 4 inch screen and runs on a 1GHZ dual-core processor, paired with 512 MB RAM. The dual-sim phone has 4gb ROM and support for MicroSD card upto 32GB capacity. Powered by a 1500mAH battery, the phone has a connectivity feature like 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3.0 and microUSB and battery packs juice worth 1350mAH.
Going by the spec sheet of the two devices, Videocon strategy is to ensure that its two smartphones have not just comparable but slightly better features than most their rivals. Therefore, A30 can take down rivals like Micromax A68 Smarty 4.0 and Karbonn A7 Plus due to its dual-core 1GHZ processor, even though most other specs remain the same Similar in the case for Videocon  A20, whose 3.5-inch screen gives it an edge over rivals since more phones in this price segment feature a 3.5 inch display

Videocon A30 comes with Android 4.0 ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) out of the box and has a few pre loaded apps like document editor  and gesture control (especially useful while finding contacts). The phone also comes with a few games but you would have to pay for them , so they are not of much use.
The all new A20 runs on two generation old Android OS Gingerbread (Android 2.3), not the widely  used Android 4.0. The chief logic behind this could be the meagre RAM that the device packs, since Ice Cream Sandwich requires a lot of RAM for smooth functioning and A20 would have to compromise on performance on that count. Apart from that, the phone has the same in-built apps as its bigger sibiling and handles them all equally well.

Videocon A30 gave us a pleasant surprise when it comes to performance as the phone had minimal lag and could handle moderate usage with ease. All credit goes to its dual-core 1GHZ processor by Qualcomm, through we were not too happy with the touchscreen. During Day-to-day usage  the screen did not feel smooth to the touch and even seemed like a resistive display during heavy gaming.
Similarly, Videocon A20 also did well on the benchmarks due to its 1GHZ Qualcomm processor, though we would have appreciated a little bit more RAM for the hungry apps a regular user usually downloads. Nevertheless, for a sub-Rs 5000 Android phone, Videocon A20 does well in terms of day-to-day use.
Apps and web browsing worked well and battery life was decent, though we had to charge both the phones more than once  a day after a bit of browsing. Camera performance was also decent for both phones, but do not expect the best of imaging capabilities since  we have taken into account the paltry price tag while writing the review.

Videocon A30 and A20  are budget devices and hence do not offer anything more than basic features. The phones were largely lag-free during our review and can boast of slightly better specification than their rivals, giving them a slight edge. However, some users may be miffed that Videocon  A20 runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Nevertheless, the build quality is sturdy and performance during phone calls is also great. Moreover, dual-sim compatibility and nifty feature like video calling at budget price as well as pre-loaded gesture control and document editor do add to the overall package. 

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