The Videocon A47 is a flagship device from Videocon. This phone operates a quad-core processor which makes it a powerful phone. The chipset on this phone is similar to the one found on Micromax Canvas HD A116.
On first impressions, this device is just like any other average phone with a candybar design. The device has dimensions of 148 x 80 x 12 mm. The phone is light too at 126 grams. The TFT display dominates the front real estate of the phone. This capacitive touchscreen supports more than 256K colors. So what you get is a rich and vibrant screen. The screen also has incredible clarity. This is because the pixel per inch density of the screen is about 187.
The screen size is 4.7 inches. This is a very good screen with great contrast ratios and lucid rendition. When you rotate the screen, the screen content rotates to orient itself in the right direction. This is achieved given that there is inbuilt display orientation sensor for this purpose.
Being a dual SIM phone has its advantages. It is like using two phones in one. Videocon A47 supports all GSM bands. This means that wherever you are in the country, network connectivity on your phone is assured. The phone also has support for 2G network connectivity. Further, the phone has support for 3G networks as well. It supports HSDPA technology to enable high speed data links.
The Videocon A47 has a 3.2 MP camera. The camera supports resolutions of 2048 X 1536 pixels. You can capture good quality pictures and videos. You can apply date tagging and geo tagging to the pictures. You can record HD videos at 30 frames per second. The camera has digital zoom to enable you to take close-up shots and also alter the focal length of the photographed subjects. Digital zoom enables you to focus on photographic subjects with greater detail.
The phone has a video recorder and player that support multiple video formats. The camera has autofocus which enables you to precisely photograph the subjects in contention. There are various scene modes which enable you to take videos depending upon ambient light conditions and context. The Image Viewer feature lets you view and edit images.
The 4.7”qHD display is one of the highlight features of this phone. The screen resolution is 960 x 540 pixels. The smartphone has two cameras. The rear one has 12 MP resolutions. The front camera has 3 MP resolutions. This is an impressive camera resolution specification. For a phone priced in this range, you can easily akin this to any high-end camera smartphone. The camera has autofocus which enables you to take focused pictures.
Given that this phone is powered by a quad-core processor, system actions are responsive. Navigation is effortless. The 1.2 GHz MediaTez quad core processor delivers an impressive performance. The phone is good at multi-tasking. You can open multiple applications and not find any latency. The 1 GB RAM is an excellent foil to the processor. The high primary memory specification helps you open multiple applications in one instance. You can render a graphics intensive application and at the same time surf the web.
The Videocon A47 is definitely in sync with the times. The phone has a bunch of sensors that is also found in mid-range to high-end smartphones. There is the G Sensor which is also called an accelerometer. This sensor measures acceleration. Essentially, this is the measurement of tilt in the phone. For instance, if you tilt your phone to change the orientation from portrait to landscape, this sensor kicks into action and does the job. It is even more helpful if you are playing a racing game where you use the whole phone to control the vehicle.
The Light Sensor of the device detects ambient light settings and adjusts the screen brightness accordingly. This helps to reduce power consumption. There could be cases when there is not much requirement for screen brightness. In this situation, the Light Sensor adjusts the brightness of the screen depending on the ambient light.
The Videocon A47 also has the Proximity Sensor. This Sensor is commonly found in smartphones. The main function of this Sensor is to prevent touch-events that were not intentional. For instance, if your ear came in contact with the touchscreen accidentally and it induces a touch event when you are making a call. The proximity sensor detects such situations and negates such accidental touch events.
The Videocon A47 has some basic and useful apps. There is the TOI app for getting the most recent and updated news. The Facebook app lets you connect with your Facebook contacts. Then there is Fun Zone and V Store. Being an Android device, there are plenty of apps to install from the Android App Market.
What’s not so great?
The phone runs on the Android OS v2.3 Gingerbread. This is not the latest operating system in town. Yet, you can contend that this is not the latest and greatest high-end smartphone in the market as well. Therefore, this is fine as long as you are not on the lookout for the latest Android device.
There is only 4 GB internal memory. However, you can expand memory up to 32 GB. When compared to the rest of the specifications, the internal memory specification seems the odd one out. Being an Android device, should there have been more internal memory along with the expandable memory?
Vs. Videocon Zeus V7500
One of the chief contenders of the A47 is from Videocon itself – the Zeus V7500. One of the main differences between these phones is that the A47 has dual SIM support, which the other phone does not. The A47 is a slimmer and trimmer phone too. It is also a touchscreen phone which the Zeus V7500 is not. The A47 has got a bigger display and better features. Therefore it is a better phone in all regards.
The Videocon A47 has impressive specifications. It is a good phone considering that it has a qHD screen, a powerful processor, good primary memory, and is an Android device. On the downsides are lack of inbuilt applications and low internal storage. This apart, the phone is definitely a buy considering that it caters to the price conscious Indian customer.
The design of the device is not outstanding. There is scope for improvement in this front. Being an entry level smartphone, a good design is sometimes a cosmetic relief. For instance, the Micromax HD Canvas is one such device that looks sleek and svelte in spite of being a budget smartphone.
One of the best draws of this phone is the 12 MP camera. Videocon has identified the basic needs of the Indian consumer. Screen size and resolution, and camera resolution top the list. By including a high resolution camera, Videocon has definitely put the A47 high on the interest list. Most people want their smartphones to be excellent camera phones. So this aspect is well-fulfilled by this phone.
Price and availability
The price of the Videocon A47 is around Rs. 12000. This price could vary given that there are many online retail outlets that could give seasonal discounts. The phone is available at all leading online ecommerce stores and electronic outlet chains.