Karbonn Sparkle V

6.9/10 AVG.
RATING


6.9/10
Informr score
The Karbonn Sparkle V currently has an Informr score of 6.9 out of 10. This score is based on our evaluation of 4 sources including reviews from users and the web's most trusted critics.

The "1-Minute" Review

What's good

  • Guaranteed first Android OS updates
  • Smooth performance during basic and intensive tasks
  • Vibrant display colors

What's bad

  • No protective coating on screen leads to scuffing and scratches
  • Requires microSD card to take pictures

As part of the Android One lineup, the Karbonn Sparkle V offers updates to the latest Android OS for at least two years after its release. This could give it a big advantage, especially in the competitive budget phone market. Besides this, the Sparkle V is a purely budget phone. It offers an all plastic body with a removable back. While not the slimmest device at 0.36 inches thick, reviewers add that it has a good in-hand feel and doesn't feel too bulky.

Experts were not blown away by the 4.5 inch display as it only offers a resolution of 480p. For the price, however, they were quite pleased with the vibrant colors, responsive touch screen and overall brightness. Despite the relatively low resolution and pixel density, critics describe the overall viewing experience as decent. The one drawback of the display is its lack of protective coating on the glass. Not only does it lead to a higher chance of scuffs and scratches, reviewers also found that it attracted dust and fingerprint smudges.

As with the display, the internal specs aren't anything to write home about. It comes equipped with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor and 1GB of RAM. While certainly not top of the line, it still provided reviewers with a fairly smooth and lag-free performance during more basic tasks like scrolling through the UI as well as graphics intensive games. Unfortunately, it only comes with 4GB of RAM of which users can only access 2.27GB. Not only does this limit the amount of apps that can be downloaded, it also prevented experts from taking pictures with the camera unless they expanded the memory with a microSD card. Even then, memory is only expandable to 32GB.

Speaking of cameras, the Sparkle comes equipped with a 5MP main camera that is also capable of taking 1080p videos. Fone Arena describes the camera as "decent" but lacking in overall detail especially during low-light shots.
It might not be the most powerful or stylish smartphone, but reviewers consider the Sparkle V a good budget option. Digit states, "…this handset is very stable and with full support from Google, it isn't a bad option at all."


Operating system
Android
Processor
1.3 GHz
Screen Size
4.5"
Camera
5+ MP


What the Critics Are Saying...


TrustedReviews

If you’re looking to buy a phone under £150 and having stock Android matters to you, we’d still say give the Sparkle V a miss. It simply doesn’t offer anything new or groundbreaking to warrant your attention over other smartphones in that price bracket. We thought Android On...

- Michael Sawh, TrustedReviews
GSM Dome

Karbonn Sparkle V gets from us an 8.8 for design, a 9.3 for hardware and a 9.7 for OS and UI. The final grade is 9.26 out of 10 and this one is certainly a must buy model for less than $100. It’s a fast phone, with fluid interface, surprisingly good camera and OK battery for its price range.

- Alexandru Stănescu, GSM Dome
Fone Arena

Overall, the Karbonn Sparkle V is a decent budget smartphone running stock Android in this price range. It doesn’t have matte back like the Canvas A1 or the Spice Dream UNO and comes with more pre-loaded third-party apps. At a new price tag of Rs. 5,999, if you can compromise on the display, c...

- Srivatsan, Fone Arena
Digit

This handset is very stable and with full support from Google, it isn’t a bad option at all.

- Kunal Khullar, Digit


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Common Questions


Karbonn released the Sparkle V on September 15, 2014.


Karbonn backs up the Sparkle V with a 1 Year parts & labour warranty.


If your Sparkle V has problems and is still within its warranty period, you could contact Karbonn support or the retailer you purchased the phone from. You'll find Karbonn's contact information here. If your phone is off warranty and needs repair for a physical problem such as a broken screen or bad battery, you should visit an authorized service centre or a local phone repair shop. You can also connect with others in The Informr Community Forum to find and share answers to questions.




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Screen Size
4.5"

The Karbonn Sparkle V's screen size is 4.5 inches with 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Processor
1.3 GHz

There is a MediaTek Quad core 1.3 GHz processor (CPU).

OS

The phone runs on the Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1 Lollipop) operating system (OS).

Camera
5+ MP

You can take photos or capture video with the phone's onboard 5+ megapixel camera.

There is also a secondary front facing camera with 2+ megapixels resolution.

Storage
4 GB

Internal memory is 4 GB. An external, MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB) expansion slot is available for increased storage capacity.

Battery
1700mAh

The phone is powered by a Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol), 1700 mAh battery. Karbonn's performance ratings are 6.7 days standby time, 480 minutes (2G), minutes (3G).

Sparkle V Specs

Overview
Release date September 15, 2014
Regions available India
Networks
GSM:
850/900/1800/1900 MHz
UMTS:
850/2100 MHz
Data:
GPRS, EDGE, HSUPA, HSPA+
SIM card Yes
Dual SIM Yes
Operating System Android 4.4.4 KitKat (Update Available: 5.1 Lollipop)

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Processor MediaTek Quad core 1.3 GHz
Internal Flash Memory 4 GB
RAM 1 GB
ROM No
GPS Type A-GPS
Digital compass Yes
Flightmode Yes
Hearing Aid Compatible No
TTY/TDD No
Noise Cancellation No
SAR Unknown
Languages English
Manufacturer Warranty 1 Year
Accessories Included AC Charger, Data Cable, Headset, Manual, Standard Battery
Power & battery
Type Lithium Polymer (Li-Pol)
Battery Capacity 1700 mAh
Removable Battery Yes
Wireless Charging No
Fast Charging No
Video Playback Time Unknown
Internet Use (Wi-Fi) Unknown
Internet Use (Celluar) Unknown
Talk Time Up to: 480 minutes
Standby Time Up to: 6.7 days
Physical Characteristics
Design type Bar
Multi-Use Smart Phone / PDA Yes
Material Plastic
Colors Blue
Dimensions [H x W x D] 11.3 x 6.6 x 1.0 cm (4.5 x 2.6 x 0.4 in)
Weight 138 grams
Water Resistant / Waterproof Unknown
Rugged design No
IP Rating No
Antenna Type Internal
Changeable Faceplates No
Display / Screen
Type Color
Technology LCD (IPS)
Colors 16.7 million
Resolution 480 x 854 pixels
Pixel density 218 pixels
Size 4.5 inches
3D No
Secondary Display No
Sensors Ambient Light, Proximity, Motion / Accelerometer, Gyroscope
Graphics Yes
Themes No
Backlit Illumination Yes
Zoom / Magnification Yes
Screen Orientation Lock Yes
Multi-Touch Yes
Fingerprint-Resistant Coating No
Additional Display Features Capacitive touch screen
Input / Navigation
Sleep / Wake Key Yes
Home Key Yes
Mute Key No
Input Type Touchscreen
Navigation Type Touchscreen
Predictive Text Entry Yes
Physical keyboard No
Voicemail Key No
Any Key Answer No
Voice Commands Yes
Keypad/Screen Lock Yes
External Volume Control Yes
External Media Playback Controls No
Fingerprint Sensor No
Call Management
Wi-Fi Calling No
Voice over LTE (VoLTE) No
Contact List Capacity Depends on system memory
Multiple Numbers Per Contact Email address, Other fields
Contact Groups Yes
Auto Answer No
Voice Activated Dialing Yes
Photo Caller ID Yes
Web / Email / Messaging
Web Browser Yes
Email Client Yes
Email Protocols POP3, IMAP, SMTP, Microsoft Exchange
Additional Email Features Gmail
Messaging SMS, MMS, Google Talk
Push-to-talk (PTT) No
Connectivity
USB Micro-USB 2.0
USB OTG Support No
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
Bluetooth Profiles A2DP, OPP/FTP
Bluetooth Audio Codecs SBC
WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
WiFi Encryption No
Mobile Hotspot Yes
WiMAX No
Memory Expansion Slot Yes
Expansion Slot Info MicroSD, MicroSDHC (up to 32 GB)
PC Synchronization Yes
TV Out No
DLNA Support No
NFC No
UMA Support No
Data Tethering Compatibility Yes
Java Applications No
Brew Applications No
ECML / Digital Wallett No
PictBridge No
Camera
Main Camera
Aperture
Unknown
Resolution
5+ megapixels
Dual lens
No
Zoom
Yes
Flash
Yes (LED)
Additional Rear Camera Info
Auto focus, Geotagging, Panorama
Video Recording Formats
3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, AVI
Video Recording Parameters
Front Camera
Resolution
2+ megapixels
Zoom
Yes
Additional Front Camera Info
No
Video Recording Parameters
Audio / Video
Audio Playback Yes
Audio Formats MIDI, MP3, AAC, AMR, WAV
Radio Yes (FM)
Video Playback Yes
Video Playback Formats 3GP / 3GPP, MPEG-4, AVI
Mobile TV No
Streaming Video Yes
External Speakers Yes
Headset Jack 3.5mm
Custom Ringtones Yes
Vibration Alert Yes
Downloadable Ringtones Yes
Ringtone Composer No
Ringer ID Yes
Haptic Feedback Vibration Yes
Speakerphone Yes
Apps
To-Do / Task List No
Calendar Yes
World Clock Yes
Alarm Yes
Stop Watch Yes
Timer Yes
Calculator Yes
Currency Converter No
Viewable document types No
Weather Yes
Stocks No
Maps Yes
NotePad No
Voice Memos / Recorder Yes
Games Downloadable
Apps Downloadable ()
Included Software / Apps -
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Critic Reviews


TrustedReviews

Cheap and runs on pure Android

from TrustedReviews

If you’re looking to buy a phone under £150 and having stock Android matters to you, we’d still say give the Sparkle V a miss. It simply doesn’t offer anything new or groundbreaking to warrant your attention over other smartphones in that price bracket.

We thought...More

If you’re looking to buy a phone under £150 and having stock Android matters to you, we’d still say give the Sparkle V a miss. It simply doesn’t offer anything new or groundbreaking to warrant your attention over other smartphones in that price bracket.

We thought Android One would represent a major change for entry-level phones, but that’s not how it’s played out and we’re not very impressed. Compare it to something like the recently announced Honor Holly, for instance, and while you have to live without stock Android, features like the camera and display are so much better.

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GSM Dome

Pleasant Android One surprise, pretty good camera and Nexus-like experience

from GSM Dome

Karbonn Sparkle V gets from us an 8.8 for design, a 9.3 for hardware and a 9.7 for OS and UI. The final grade is 9.26 out of 10 and this one is certainly a must buy model for less than $100. It’s a fast phone, with fluid interface, surprisingly good camera and OK battery for its price range.

Read full review

Karbonn Sparkle V gets from us an 8.8 for design, a 9.3 for hardware and a 9.7 for OS and UI. The final grade is 9.26 out of 10 and this one is certainly a must buy model for less than $100. It’s a fast phone, with fluid interface, surprisingly good camera and OK battery for its price range.

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Fone Arena

Smooth performance, decent build quality

from Fone Arena

Overall, the Karbonn Sparkle V is a decent budget smartphone running stock Android in this price range. It doesn’t have matte back like the Canvas A1 or the Spice Dream UNO and comes with more pre-loaded third-party apps. At a new price tag of Rs. 5,999, if you can compromise on the display...More

Overall, the Karbonn Sparkle V is a decent budget smartphone running stock Android in this price range. It doesn’t have matte back like the Canvas A1 or the Spice Dream UNO and comes with more pre-loaded third-party apps. At a new price tag of Rs. 5,999, if you can compromise on the display, camera and the battery life for the lag-free performance and the pure Android experience, go for it.

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Digit

Simple, stable and affordable

from Digit

The Karbonn Sparkle V is definitely a good buy if you want a sturdy smartphone at a small budget. If you like to keep your smartphone updated then your best bet is an Android One handset. However there are many other smartphones in the range which offer similar specs and better performance capabi...More

The Karbonn Sparkle V is definitely a good buy if you want a sturdy smartphone at a small budget. If you like to keep your smartphone updated then your best bet is an Android One handset. However there are many other smartphones in the range which offer similar specs and better performance capabilities, thus for now there isn't anything unique or any strong differentiating factor when it comes to Android One. A slightly lower price could've made a huge difference and made the smartphone much more desirable.

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