I’ve had the Carbon 1 Mark II for a week and using it as my primary driver. My impression of the device can be summarized as this:
“Using the Carbon 1 Mark II is like stepping into the future. This device does so much right and makes many great decisions with the design and functionality. The biggest flaw is the MediaTek processor and it’s limitations. With a better processor, this device would be nearly perfect.”
- Fantastic screen, the best I’ve ever seen. Carbon chose an AMOLED screen which makes me love this device so much. The contrast and colors are fantastic.
Compared side-by-side with the iPhone, the Carbon’s screen displays much more vibrant colors.
Perhaps it’s the custom and thin glass that makes the screen so amazing.
- Amazing finish. The finish feels really good. It’s smooth and feels much more natural than aluminum or glass. The finish is very smooth and it just feels so good.
- Light up Carbon logo. The logo is really cool and a fantastic demonstration of the engineering precision. It also lights up yellow or green as a charging status indicator.
- Fast processor. The MediaTek processor is fast enough for all the tasks. I’ve experienced no lag with any operations.
- Thinness. This phone is thin and that makes a notable improvement to using the phone.
- The biggest flaw is the MediaTek processor’s poor networking capabilities. Networking is really slow and there are often network timeouts and the connection speed is 5-10 times slower than my Qualcomm phones. There’s also no APTx bluetooth for music playback.
- Camera. Camera is hard and I appreciate that Carbon has invested effort into making the camera useable. The camera is fortunately useable. The front camera takes really good selfies. Unfortunately, the backend camera has trouble with autofocus and blurs out detaills.
- Charging heat. The top of the phone gets to 110 F when charging and has issues with heat dissipation.
- Speaker volume. There’s a mono-speaker that doesn’t get loud enough.
- Edges. The edges are a bit rough and could use a bit more coating. There might be wear issues down the road.
- Batteray Life - I get 33 hours of mixed use and 8 hours of heavy use. The battery life will be lower than people are used to if they come from other devices. A large contributor to the phone’s weight is the battery so I’m fine with sacrificing a bit of battery life for a thin and light phone.
- Phone Calls - Wifi calling works, the call quality is good, works well as a phone!
- Weight - surprisingly, this phone doesn’t feel that light. Perhaps it’s the size of the phone affecting the weight distribution but it doesn’t feel light. I don’t notice the weight of the phone so this goes in neutral.
I wanted to share my quick impressions to congratulate the team on making so many fantastic decisions. Because of the great AMOLED screen, the material coating, and the quality, the Carbon 1 Mark II is a great phone!