Black Bear is an Indian smartphone brand which is virtually unknown in the mobile market. They have a wide range of feature phones and affordable smart phones. The Black Bear Armour A1 is one such smart phone from Black Bear which offers decent specifications at a very affordable price. The phone does not have features like Gorilla Glass or fingerprint scanner, but it offers value with a big 5.0” screen, dual SIMs, expandable memory and entertainment features like a built-in FM radio. The Black Bear Armour A1 rectangle Mobile is available at a price of Rs. 3,345/- in online stores. Let us take a closer look at this smart phone in the following review.
The Black Bear Armour A1 is a rectangle Mobile with slightly rounded top and bottom edges which is reminiscent of some older HTC phones. It is available in two colours; Gold and Grey. The back panel is made of plastic and painted to match the frame surrounding the display at the front. On the top left corner is a big round cut-out for the 5.0-megapixel autofocus camera, which protrudes quite a bit from the back. It is surrounded by a circular bevel. The single LED flash sits below the camera. The Black Bear logo is featured in the centre. At the bottom there is a slit for the loudspeaker grill. The back panel is removable and gives access to the 2500mAh Li-ion battery, the dual SIM cards and the memory card slot. A metallic band runs across the edge of the phone which gives it rigidity and strength. This band is painted Gold in both the body colours.
The power button and the volume rocker are located on the right edge. The 5.0” screen takes up most of the front part of the smart phone. It sports a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels, which gives it a pixel density of 200PPI. The earpiece sits above the display and is flanked by the 2.0-megapixel selfie camera on one side and the proximity and ambient light sensors on the other. There are no capacitive Android navigation buttons, since they are included in the display.
The Black Bear Armour A1 rectangle Mobile features a 5.0” LCD display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels which gives it a pixel density of 200PPI. The display is colourful and bright. The colours appear well-saturated but the contrast is not so good. This in turn affects the viewing angles which are not very wide on this smart phone.
The display is big and provides sufficient real estate for a comfortable daily usage. The review of this display won’t be able to stand up to some of the better displays available out there.
The Black Bear Armour A1 sports a 5.0-megapixel autofocus primary camera which takes good photos in daylight and good lighting conditions. It manages to capture a good amount of details in well-lit photos. But photos in low-light suffer and fare very badly. The single LED flash is not quite helpful in these situations as it does not have enough range to light up the image evenly all across.
The Black Bear Armour A1 features a 2.0-megapixel fixed-focus selfie camera. Which is good enough for the occasional selfie and for doing video calls.
The Black Bear Armour A1 rectangle Mobile is powered by a MediaTek MTK6737M quad-core processor running at 1.1GHz. This is supported by 1GB DDR3 RAM and 8GB of internal storage, which can be increased to 32GB via the dedicated memory card slot. The phone runs on Android V5.1 KitKat out of the box. There are a few random lags and freezes which can be attributed to the 1GB RAM. It is barely enough to power the phone through daily usage.
The large removable 2500mAh battery keeps the phone going throughout the day. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, AGPS and 3G data speeds. This smart phone features Ambient Light Sensor, Proximity Sensor and an accelerometer. The performance review of this smart phone marks it out as a middle-of-the-road performer.
Inside the box:
· Black Bear Armour A1 Handset
· Charging Adapter
· USB Cable
· Screen Guard
· User Manuals and Warranty Card
ü 5.0” LCD multi-touch display.
ü Big 2500 mAh removable battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
û 8GB storage fills up quite fast.
û 1GB RAM is barely sufficient.
The Black Bear Armour A1 is an affordable smart phone from a relatively unknown manufacturer. It will really have to prove its worth for a broad acceptance in an already crowded mobile market. For its features and what it offers at its price-point, it gives little value for the buyer’s money.
· Performance: 3 Stars.
· Value for Money: 3 Stars.