Google recently introduced Android One phones in India in partnership with leading domestic manufacturers Karbonn, Spice and Micromax. All three Android One smartphones have same hardware and software and thus you choice will be defined by external design and Offers bundled with the device. Let’s take a look.
All three Android One smartphones have a 4.5 Inch IPS LCD display with usable FWVGA resolution and are powered by 1.3 GHz quad core chipset fueling latest and pure stock Android 4.4.4 KitKat. Imaging hardware includes a 5 MP AF rear camera and a 2 MP secondary camera for selfies.
Other features include 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal storage, MicroSD card support and 1700 mAh battery. Take a quick look at the specifications in the table below.
|Model||Spice Android One Dream UNO||Micromax Canvas A1||Karbonn Sparkle V|
|Display||4.5 Inch , FWVGA||4.5 Inch , FWVGA||4.5 Inch , FWVGA|
|Processor||1.3 GHz Quad Core||1.3 GHz Quad Core||1.3 GHz Quad Core|
|RAM||1 GB||1 GB||1 GB|
|Internal Storage||4 GB, Expandable||4 GB, Expandable||4 GB, Expandable|
|OS||Android 4.4.4 Kitkat||Android 4.4.4 Kitkat||Android 4.4.4 Kitkat|
|Camera||5 MP/ 2 MP||5 MP/ 2 MP||5 MP/ 2 MP|
|Battery||1700 mAh||1700 mAh||1700 mAh|
|Price||6,299 INR||6,499 INR||6,399 INR|
All three differ in terms of design as well. Micromax Canvas A1 and Spice Dream Uno have more rounded edges as compared to Karbonn Sparkle V and all three have different cosmetics on top of the same 5 MP rear camera. The Canvas A1 features a brushed metallic ring which enhances its looks while Karbonn has opted for a rectangular frame. Which one you prefer is a matter of personal taste, and in our opinion Canvas A1 was better in terms of looks and feel.
What goodies you get with each device should play a key part in determining which one you buy. All Airtel users will get up to 200 MB of apps and software download/updates for free for the first 6 months. This offer is valid on all three Android One phones (along with scratch gaurd), let’s see what else OEMs have bundled with Android One Phones.
Micromax Canvas A1
Micromax Canvas A1 comes bundled with an 8 GB Class 4 MicroSD card worth 205 INR. Since Android One phones don’t allow you to do much unless you insert an SD card, this is an important accessory. Amazon is also offering several discount coupons (250 INR and 500 INR)on bags, watches, etc which add up to 2000 INR. State bank debit and credit card holders can avail extra 10 percent off on the MRP.
Karbonn Sparkle V
Snapdeal is offering two freecharge coupons worth 100 each to recharge your smartphone. After you recharge your phone using freecharge app, you will get Rs. 100 cash back on the app, which can be used later. Buyers will get 2 promo codes worth 500 INR each for 2 months and to avail each coupon you will have to purchase good (marked under specific section) worth 1,599 first.
HDFC card holders will get 5 percent cash back and ING Vysya Bank Card holders can avail an extra 10 percent cash back on their purchase.
Spice Dream Uno
Spice and flipkart are offering two freecharge coupons worth 100 each to recharge your smartphone. After you recharge your phone using freecharge app, you will get Rs. 100 cash back on the app, which can be used later. Buyers will get coupons for Rs. 500 discount on min purchase of Rs. 1449 and Rs. 1000 discount on min purchase of Rs. 2899, both valid till end of this year.
Quick Buy Now Android One Phones
Micromax Canvas A1 – http://goo.gl/o3meLL
Karbonn Sparkle V – http://goo.gl/oTtXuA
Spice Dream Uno – http://goo.gl/R58DUP
As you can see, all offers come at a price. If you want to make your decision based on the offers bundled with the smartphones, choose the retailer you trust and frequently buy from. All offers are more or less same in monetary terms.