Karbonn Titanium S10 review: Take your call


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The Karbonn S10 gets it right where it matters: a decent screen, decent battery life, and a sturdy build.

When you need to buy a phone quickly, whether as a gift or because you lost yours, you can’t rely on online stores. You need a brand that you can pick up in most stores, and reputable enough to be assured of after-sales support. The Karbonn Titanium S10 ticks the right boxes here. But how is the phone itself?

Specs: 5-inch touchscreen (1280×720 pixels) | 1.3GHz quad core processor | 1GB RAM | 4GB internal memory, microSD up to 32GB | 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS | 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera | 1850mAh battery | Android 4.4 KitKat OS

Price: Rs 7,990


The S10 looks and feels like just another phone. And that’s not necessarily a bad thing. While there is nothing remarkable about it, the things worth noting are what the Karbonn S10 is not. It doesn’t feel flimsy, it’s not too heavy, and it’s not awkward to use. In a budget phone, anything else is a bonus.


The 5-inch screen has good colours and decent viewing angles. The high-definition resolution helps keep images sharp. For the first few days, the touch response takes some getting used to—it’s not as sensitive as, say, the Moto E or the Xiaomi Redmi 1S. But once you’re accustomed to it, it’s just like any other screen. The one thing missing is scratch-resistant glass, so you will need to put a scratch guard on it. With that on, the screen is not legible in direct sunlight, even on full brightness.


Yes, the Karbonn S10 lags while multi-tasking for power users; yes, you won’t be able to play high-def games smoothly; yes, it gets slow and you need to close apps. But if you’re not a power user, the S10 does everything that an average user would want, and with ease.


The limited internal memory is this phone’s biggest problem. Load up a few apps and you’ll start getting an error message about the lack of space. Sure, you can use a microSD card, but not all apps can be moved there, so it’ll soon be a bottleneck.


If photography is the reason you’re buying a phone, look elsewhere. If you only take photos once in a while, the Karbonn S10 gets the job done. However, note that the front camera is particularly bad so you don’t want to rely on it for selfies.


On average, the S10 lasts for about 13 hours of regular usage, which is good enough for most people, but again, it’s too little for power users.

Special Mention

The music performance on the Karbonn S10 is atrocious. Songs sound flat, it doesn’t reproduce the right notes, and not all headphones work well with the phone. If you listen to music a lot, avoid this phone.


Overall, while it has several negatives, the Karbonn S10 gets it right where it matters: a decent screen, decent battery life, and a sturdy build. Depending on how fussy you are about performance, camera or music, take your call on whether to buy this or not. The Xiaomi Redmi 1S still remains our preferred choice in this price range, but that’s not an easy phone to buy, so go with the S10 as a backup.

– See more at: http://indianexpress.com

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