Today we are going to review Karbonn Mobile’s latest Android Jelly Bean tablet “Cosmic Smart Tab 10”. This is one of the best tablets available today in the market in range of 10-inch tablet PCs. This Smart Tab 10 is running with 9.7inch capacitive 10 point multi-touch display with 1024 x 768 pixels resolution. 1.5GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor, 1GB RAM. There are two camera, 0.3MP on front and 2MP on back side. Let’s check all these stuffs in details one by one.
Design, Body and keys:
You can see the body of Karbonn Cosmic ST 10, it is in square shape, very similar to iPad or the one review earlier Zync Z1000. However, if we see Funbook Pro and several other tablets, they use to be in Rectangle shape. In this kind of display we get 4:3 aspect ratio while watching movies while in rectangular devices we get 16:9 aspect ratio which provides better experience. Apart from this, if we talk about the navigation on this Tab, Karbonn has placed all keys and ports at one place that is right side of the body. It is very comfortable in fact.
On the front side there is just a Home Button where you put your right thumb and a VGA front camera at the left side of the screen. On the right side of the body, we get Power On/Off key, Volume Up/Down key, 2 MIC, 3.5mm Headphone Jack, Reset button, HDMI Port, Micro USB port, Charging port and MicroSD Slot. On the rear side there is 2 Megapixel camera with Karbonn Logo.
Note that this tab won’t support SIM card hence there is no sim slot provided. Overall it has superior build quality and finishing. Also all keys are easily and comfortably accessible.
Screen / Display:
Karbonn Smart Tab 10 has 9.7-inch capacitive 10 point multi-touch display offering 1024 x 768 pixels resolutions. It is quite better than several other budget tabs. Touch sensitivity is good, it is bright and offers fun while playing games or watching movies, pictures etc. But if I talk about myself, personally I don’t like watching movies on 4:3 aspect ratio, and that is what we get with this Tablet. However Smart Tab 10 is also capable to play HD videos and few high end games.
OS, Processor, RAM:
Smart Tab 10 is yet another tablet from Karbonn Mobiles running on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean operating system. There is no word from the manufacturer whether it will receive any further Update but still the device is very good in performance with default OS version. Talking about configuration, Smart Tab 10 is powered by 1.5 GHz dual-core ARM Cortex A9 processor and 1 GB DDR3 which is quite good and enough for multitasking and smooth performance. As far as Gaming is concerned, with Mali-400 GPU you can enjoy games lag free and without any freeze but the problem is Smart Tab 10 is not able to play all high end games. We will show you some example of games later in this video.
Tab is also very good in web browsing. Any websites loads completely like a desktop and very comfortable for reading. Overall the tablet is very good in performance with 1.5GHz CPU and 1GB DDR3 RAM.
Multimedia and Gaming:
With 1.5GHz CPU, 1GB RAM and Mali-400 GPU Smart Tab 10 is quite good for multimedia experience. Tab is compatible with Full HD 1080p videos. Videos won’t lag or freeze at all no matter if you are running several applications in the background. Also the sound is loud to hear comfortably without using Headphones as well. However as well have already said the screen is in Square shape, it provides 4:3 ratio which is not enjoyable watching movies or videos. Personally I love watching movies on widescreen with 16:9 aspect ratio like Micromax Funbook Pro or Nexus 7 tablets.
As far as gaming is concerned, Karbonn Smart Tab 10 disappoints us to some extent. Though the games like Angry Birds,Temple Run 2 or Temple Run OZ works very fine, few high end games like Asphalt 6 or Gangster RIO are not working at all on this tablet. Asphalt 6 says the game is not compatible with this device and Gangster RIO crashes without even starting. So you cannot aspect this tab for gaming purpose.
Karbonn Cosmic Smart Tab 10comes with 2 Megapixel rear as well as 0.3 Megapixel front facing camera. There is no flash provided, hence in order to capture good quality image you will need an environment with better lights. However we cannot expect HD image or video from any of these cameras (2MP). There are no extra features provided with the camera like scene mods, etc but only settings like Exposure and White Balance.
Connectivity and Storage:
As per connectivity Smart Tab 10 seems good with high speed wifi, Bluetooth 2.0, HDMI and Micro USB ports support. If you want to use 3G you will need to connect an external 3G dongle because there is no SIM slot provided to use 3G or 2G from your Sim Card. In terms of Storage Smart Tab 10 disappoints us as it has only 2GB internal Storage. So it is recommended to buy a SD card at the time of purchasing this tablet if you want to store some movies, songs or games.
Running on latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system Karbonn Smart Tab 10 is very good for Browsing, Chatting and Multimedia Purpose with 1.5GHz Processor and 1GB RAM. However as I said above we cannot expect playing high end games on this tablet because either it crashes or not compatible with high end games. Also there is no SIM slot provided which means you cannot even use it for messaging, calling, WhatsApping or for 3G. If you are on the way you will need to carry an external USB 3G dongle for connectivity. One more drawback I noticed in this device is that you cannot charge the battery using its Micro USB Port like all other tablets or Smartphones do. Usually we can just connect the USB cable for file transfer and the device keeps charging as well. It cannot be done in this tablet. You will need to carry its Charger also wherever you go. So at the price of 10,500/- I think it is not a great deal as it lacks so many requirements.
However as it is running on 6000mAh battery you can expect upto 6 to 7 hours of battery life with full usage.I mean, watching videos, chatting, browsing etc. So if you need tablet with large 10-inch screen for multimedia purpose, Smart Tab 10 is one of the best choices at present.
- 10inch LCD IPS Display.
- Better battery backup
- Better configuration
- 4:3 aspect ratio not good for movies.
- Cannot charge via USB port
- Not good for gaming.