Hands-on with Micromax Canvas 4: Premium design at affordable price
Micromax Canvas 4 A210 is the latest offering from the local manufacturer Micromax and even before its launch it had created a lot of buzz. Micromax has already created its brand loyalty with its power-packed devices at economical prices. It milked this loyalty by teasing about Canvas 4 long before its launch and even getting more than 11,000 (IND) pre-order registrations without specifying about its specifications.
We got a little time to spend with the device and here’s what we think about it-
The first thing that will strike anyone about Canvas 4 is its aluminium edges running along the sides. Though, the smartphone is primarily made of plastic, these edges gives it a distinct and classy look, while also doubling up as an antenna for radio networks. The front has a large screen and unlike its predecessor, it has invisible capacitive buttons at the bottom which light up only when the smartphone is on, whereas the top houses a secondary camera and sensors.
Similar to Canvas HD A116, Canvas 4 flaunts a 5 inch IPS display with 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. It results in an impressive pixel density of 294 ppi. The screen offers brilliant colours and responsive touch screen is a delight to use.
In terms of hardware, Canvas 4 is quite similar to its predecessor Canvas HD with a 1.2 GHz Mediatel MT6589 quad-core processor coupled with graphic processor- PowerVR SGX544. The smartphone feels very smooth while navigating the screen or playing games. It has a 1 GB RAM and 16 GB in-built storage (approx. 10 GB is available to user), which can be further extended to 32 GB through microSD card. It offers usual connectivity features such as 2G/ 3G Dual-SIM, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and GPS. The device is fuelled by a removable Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery. We weren’t able to test the smartphone’s battery life, but since it same as of Canvas HD, so we believe that it can easily run for a day.
Micromax Canvas 4 runs on latest version of Android 4.2.1 (JellyBean). Most of the experience offered in the device is akin to stock Android, however Micromax has added some apps and games like Hike, etc. There are proprietary apps from Micromax such as M! Zone- Play Store alternative to download apps, M! Security- An app for device’s security against malwares, Game Hub- Playing games, etc.
Following the Samsung’s footsteps, there are several software enhancements in the Canvas 4. For unlocking the smartphone, user can simply to Blow on the screen of the smartphone, called as Blow to Unlock feature. It also allows gesture to automatically turn the device into silent mode when it’s kept on the table, automatic calling when the smartphone is brought near to the ears. There are also lots of interesting features for playing videos like automatically pausing it when user looks away, called as Pause to Look Away, pinning video, popup player, etc. Popup player is nifty feature as it will present the video player in a little part of the screen, while user can continue doing their work. Popup browser gives the similar functionality for browsing websites.
Canvas 4 packs in an impressive 13 MP camera at back with LED flash and auto-focus. It has several features like geo-tagging, touch focus, HDR, panorama, face/ smile detection, continuous shots, etc. It’s capable of shooting Full HD videos at 30 fps. It also offers a 5 MP front-facing camera which is pretty useful for video-calling needs.
Canvas 4 seems like a great smartphone offering good combination of hardware and camera. But, at the price of Rs. 17,999 (IND), it faces tough competition from several local manufacturers like Xolo Play, Spice Pinnacle FHD, etc. which have better configuration. Also, apart from camera and impressive design, it doesn’t seem to be a remarkable update to Canvas HD, which costs a lot less at around Rs. 14,000 (IND).
The article is contributed by Sanjay Kumar Negi. He works at 91Mobiles.com, where users can search the best mobiles and tablets to buy in India.