Thursday, July 25, 2013

Micromax A110 Superfone Canvas 2 Review


 Canvas 2 Is Here!

With big screen phones, popularly known as phablets, gaining prominence, and the increasing demand for budget alternatives, Micromax decided to upgrade its Canvas line-up, within two months of launching its first 5-inch phone, the A100. The successor to the A100, the A110 or Canvas 2 features a Dual Core processor, an IPS panel, and an upgraded 8-megapixel camera. Here's our review of the device.

Detailed Review

The Micromax A 110, famous as Canvas 2 is among the best domestic manufacturer Dual Sim and Dual camera phone today. It’s fast, slim and solid and assures better performance. It has a massive 5 inch screen size with IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display type. Micromax A 110 sizes 147 mm x 76.5 mm x 9.7 mm dimensions in height, width and depth. This design is simply superb with dual sim functionality. It weights 168 gm. and the all plastic body is well fitted in the device.
Below the screen is a physical home key along with back and menu touch keys. And on the bottom of the phone has a USB/charging connector with a mouthpiece alongside it. On the top of the device is a 3.5 mm earjack whereas, the left side gives you volume controls and lanyard eyelet. The right side holds the lock/power key but lacks with the dedicated camera key on the phone. Above the screen is a front facing camera with light sensors and earpiece. On the back of the phone is a great 8 megapixels camera with dual LED flash and speaker grill on the bottom. The overall construction of the Canvas 2 is great and it’s handy too.

The front of the phone looks strikingly similar to the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Note II, except for the absence of a physical home button. The chrome speaker grill, front camera and sensors are positioned similar to that of the Note 2. There are markings for three capacitive touch buttons below the display. There's no Micromax branding on the front of the phone. There's a chrome trim around the phone that was a little too shiny for our liking. On the right side, there's a big power key, while the volume rocker sits on the left hand side. Both these keys also sport a chrome finish, but kind of lack refinement, in our opinion. The Micro-USB port and the 3.5mm audio ports sit on the top of the phone. The back cover is made of plastic and has a matte finish. The material used feels durable, and offers a good grip. The camera lens, however, protrudes out towards the top, and feels awkward. There's a dual LED flash besides the camera. The back also sports Micromax branding and a speaker.

In terms of hardware, the device is powered by a 1GHz dual-core processor with 512MB RAM, and has 4GB internal storage expandable up to 32GB with microSD card.

micromax-a110-camera-635.jpgThe Micromax A110 is a dual-SIM smartphone and supports GSM SIM card in both the slots. The SIM Card slots and a slot for the micro SD card hide behind the back cover just above the battery slot. Unfortunately, the SIM cards and the Micro SD cards are not hot-swappable and you'll have to take the battery out if you want to replace either of them.

For everlasting experience, the Canvas 2 A 110 comes with a standard Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery which goes well with the device. When tested, battery performed excellent results on 2G and above average on 3G. The stand by time delivered was up to 180 hours on 2G and up to 145 hours when on 3G whereas, the talk time was up to 5 hours on 2G and up to 4 hours on 3G. So, we can say that Micromax A 110 ensures average battery results.

The Micromax A110 comes with a 5-inch 262k colour capacitive touch screen with an IPS panel sporting a resolution of 480x854 pixels. We found the screen resolution to be pretty low for a device of this size, and the graphics and text appeared to be less sharp. The viewing angles looked good, and the under-sun visibility on the phone was decent, though we found the screen to be highly reflective.

Canvas 2 A 110 comes with tremendous 8 megapixels main camera with auto focus and dual LED flash and it also has a VGA front facing camera. The camera quality of Micromax A 110 is great. When tested, the outdoor images captured were rich and clearer in colours and the camera worked quickly and hardly took a second to be ready for next image. The Canvas 2 camera supports JPEG, PNG, GIF, WBMP, BMP and AGIF image type. The indoor shoots were even good. The A 110 camera has a 3264 x 2448 image resolution. The images from front camera were average.

Micromax A 110 primarily runs on Google Android 4.0 ICE (ice cream sandwich) operating system, which has done full justice with the device and to its buyers. The phone is power packed with Dual Core 1 GHz MediaTek MT 6577 processor. When tested, the browsing on this interface with power packed processor and RAM was a better experience. The speed was good when on 3G and multitasking to swapping applications was smoother.
Micromax has also included some of its own apps including its own apps and content store, M! Store, and services store, M! Zone, in addition to its messaging app, HookUp, and friends locator app, M! Buddy and a few games (Fruit Devil, Cricket Fever). The handset also offers FM Radio.
The handset sports three capacitive buttons - a Menu key, Home button and a Back key. Long pressing the Home key opens the app-switcher for switching between open/previously accessed apps. To be honest, we find the menu button redundant. Perhaps, Micromax could allow users to use the menu button exclusively as the app-switcher, on the lines of newer HTC phones.Also, the phone could do with stock icons, and we're not sure why Micromax decided to skin them. We also noticed that Micromax's app store was offering apps such as Viber and Nimbuzz, which are otherwise free, as paid apps.We checked with Micromax and they informed that their app store offers ad-free versions of the apps.
During our use of the phone we noticed some minor lag, especially while playing games, but other than that, we'd rate our overall experience as above average. We expected a bit more from a phone that runs on a dual-core processor. We're not sure if the phone would get updated to Jelly Bean, which offers a smoother user experience compared to ICS.

The Micromax Canvas 2 A 110 comes with in built memory of 4 GB, from which 2 GB is user available memory. The memory can further be extended to 32 GB using a micro SD card. The phone supports 512 MB RAM space.

The Micromax A 110 has not compromised with its voice/sound quality. The sound quality when tested was good with headphones and even when on speaker mode. T Micromax Canvas 2 A 110 supports MP3, AAC, AAC+, e AAC+, AMR, WB-AMR, MIDI, Ogg Vorbis and PCM audio formats. Like other smartphones, Canvas 2 also has a Stereo FM radio. The video quality of this phone is wonderful. It features 1080 pixels full HD recording and playback at 30 frames per second. The video call quality from its VGA front facing camera is good but the sound quality drops down if you hold it at a hand’s distance. It supports MPEG4, H.264, H.263 video formats. When tested, the video captured from the camera was in superior quality and gave 480 x 854 pixels resolution.

Why to Buy:

Micromax A 110 is a good phone in Dual sim functionality and its Android 4.0 operating system is great.

Why to Avoid:

Its screen resolution and display can be a reason to avoid. It lacks with a dedicated camera key as well.

Our Take:

Micromax A 110 is a better option for people looking for big screen Android phone with Dual camera and Dual Sim functionality. It is a good mid-range phone with many good features pre installed. But, its weak display and screen resolution is not good.


Price: Rs. 10,000

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