Google Android One Review: Design, Specifications and Prices of Micromax, Karbonn and Spice Handsets

Google launched their budget Android handset, Android One in India recently which was announced to be launched back in Google I/O 2014 event. The search engine giant announced these devices in three hardware vendor variants namely Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V and Spice Dream UNO.

Micromax Canvas A1 is priced at Rs.6,499 where as Karbonn Sparkle V is available at Rs.6,399 and Spice Dream UNO is tagged with a price of Rs.6,299. These three devices not only vary in price but also in design and hands-on experience where the specifications remains same for all three devices.

We’re going to see the design variations of these three devices and a walkthrough the features, technical specifications and their analysis in this article.

Design Variations

To talk about the design, we have to consider design ergonomics of each device first and compare them with each other later.

Micromax Canvas A1:
Micromax Canvas A1 looks similar to the other two Android One devices but differ with its signature aesthetic values just like other two.

Canvas A1 body is made of plastic and rounded edges with a glossy back panel that fits firm in the hand and the size of the screen is convenient to operate the phone with one hand only.

It has a beautiful round paneled camera on the rear and a front camera placed right beside the speaker. It is a dual SIM phone and have two micro SIM slots.

Micromax Canvas A1 is available on two colors, dark black and milky white.

Karbonn Sparkle V:
Karbonn Sparkle V also look similar to Micromax Canvas A1 but it differs with the camera design aesthetics on the back.

The panel is made of plastic and it have volume rocker buttons and the power button on the right edge. The dark bluish back panel looks trendy and will be apt for all kind of people.

Spice Dream UNO:
Spice also have no bigger differences to its birth friends. The camera is the only thing that looks difference other than the logo compared to Micromax Canvas A1 and Karbonn Sparkle V.

The panel of Spice also made of plastic and have a mole like camera on the back.

Though the three devices have the same specifications, they differ by prices and design. The design ergonomics is the only thing that shows 100 or 200 rupees on one another.

Full Technical Specifications:

: 4.5 inch 480x854 resolution IPS display technology
: 1.3GHz Quad Core MT6582
: 1GB
Memory : 4GB Internal, 2.1 GB for apps, Expandable up to 32GB
Operating System : Android KitKat 4.4.4
Camera : 5MP AF Rear(2560X1920) ; 2MP FF(1600*1200)(front), Flash, Autofocus and HD recording
Battery : 1700mAh with 160 hours standby time and 6 hours talk time
Frequency Band : GSM:900/1800/850/1900MHz; WCDMA :850/2100MH, HSPA, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS
Sensors : G-sensor/Proximity/ Light Sensor
Connections : Micro USB, 3.5mm Ear Jack, Dual SIM
Applications : Amazon, Hike, Ask me, M! Live
Video Formats Supported : MP4, 3GPP, 3GP
Video Resolution : 720p
Video Frame Rate : 30fps
Audio Formats Supports : MP3, MID, AMR, AAC, WAV
FM Yes

I personally liked these phones in this budget range and the little variation in the prices doesn’t matter if you ask me. Choose one that fits better for your style and brand preferences.

You can buy Micromax Canvas A1, Karbonn Sparkle V and Spice Dream UNO directly from the links given below:

Micromax Canvas A1:
Karbonn Sparkle V:
Spice Dream UNO:

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