Karbonn Sparkle V Android One review: The affordable Nexus

Karbonn Sparkle V Android One review: The affordable Nexus


4.5 out of 5
4.5 out of 5
4.5 out of 5
Battery backup
4 out of 5
5 out of 5
Value for Money


4.5 out of 5


  • Pros:

    Latest Android experience
    Impressive performance
    Nexus 5-like design
    Fair enough in-box content
    Bundled data plan
    Remarkable battery backup

  • Cons:

    Inferior display
    Need of microSD card
    No USB OTG support

  • Conclusion:

    Karbonn Sparkle V Android One smartphone not only comes with an attractive list of specifications, but it also gives an impressive performance to take on all the widely selling smartphones under mid-range segment.

Its Camera

Google designed Android One smartphones to give users all the great experience of an Android smartphone under an affordable price tag. Based on the same view, Karbonn Sparkle V has two camera sensors to fulfill the imaging needs of the users.

The Sparkle V, despite of being an entry-level smartphone, features a 5-megapixel primary camera sensor on the rear and a 2-megapixel camera sensor on the front. The rear camera sensor comes equipped with an auto-focus lens and features an LED flash for taking shots under dark. There is a glass protection on the top of the lens on the rear but it does not have scratch resistance.

Karbonn Sparkle V camera

Karbonn Sparkle V with 5-megapixel rear camera

As Google has provided stock Android experience across all the Android One smartphones, the Sparkle V has stock Camera app which debut on Nexus devices. This app has a simple interface along with a decent list of modes which includes still image capture, video recording, Lens Blur, Panorama and Photo Sphere. In terms of features, the camera supports HDR and has self timer. Users can also enable manual exposure and can sharpen focus by selecting a subject on the viewfinder.

Karbonn Sparkle V camera interface

Karbonn Sparkle V camera interface

We tested the camera performance of the Sparkle V by taking shots under different environments and some of the shots are available right below for your reference. The rear as well as front camera sensors of the Sparkle V perform well across all the areas. We have not noticed any lag when compared the results with its competitors and the image quality is quite similar to the one which was originally praised on the Moto E. There is not much noise available in the images which taken even under dark and the front camera is just close to perfect for usual video chat.

Karbonn Sparkle V camera samples

Karbonn Sparkle V camera samples

On the video recording front, the Sparkle V supports 1080p (full-HD) video recording from the rear camera with 30fps frame rate and 720p (HD) video recording from the front camera. The performance of audio recording while recording a video is quite acceptable considering the price but the absence of a secondary microphone can of course be judged while recording videos in noisy environments. Lastly, users can use the built-in LED flash of the smartphone as a video light while recording videos under dark.

Overall, both the camera sensors on the Sparkle V perform well across all the avenues for which they are designed to. The presence of stock Camera app, which came from Nexus devices, gives pure Android feel while taking pictures and recording videos.


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