Saturday, October 19, 2013

Review: Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus – An Excellent Value for Money smartphone

For: Specifications, Price, Camera, and Value for Money
Against: Reliability Factor (users report quite number of hardware issues)



The Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus has been launched in India with a price tag of Rs.12,000.  The value for money phablet is powered by a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Processor, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory with SD card support upto 32 GB, 8 MP primary camera + 2 MP secondary camera, 5inch IPS display and Android JellyBean 4.2



Micromax India has dominated sub 15k smartphone segment ever since the launch of Micromax Canvas A100. They enjoyed similar response from Canvas2 A110 and now with Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 – the successor of Canvas2 A110 aims at creating big waves in the smartphone industry. Micromax’s aggressive pricing strategy always attracts potential customers and eats away the share of the likes of Samsung, Sony etc. Let’s have a closer look at A110Q Canvas 2 and see how it is an attention grabber smartphone!

Screen & Build Quality

Canvas 2 plus carries its design from its predecessor. There is hardly any change in terms of looks or design. One would have tough time differentiating between Canvas 2 and Canvas 2 plus. Build quality is decent if not great. The Canvas 2 plus comes with a flip cover which is not of great quality. The screen is surrounded by dark chrome plated boundary. Canvas 2 sports a 5.0 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors, 480 x 854 pixels and 196 ppi pixel density. For a 12k smartphone the display is excellent with sharp image production. Color and saturation levels are perfect. Touch response is very nice and video playback is crisp.






There are three capacitive buttons for home, back and menu below the screen. On top left of the screen there is a 2MP secondary camera for video calling etc. Couple of sensors are placed near the camera but Canvas 2 plus don’t have an automatic lighting sensor. Overall there is hardly any complaint in terms of screen and build quality. Back is made of average quality plastic integrated with a flip cover. There are couple of Micromax Logo stickers on the back along with an 8 MP primary camera with dual LED flash. Overall the phone feels nice to hold.

Camera, Buttons & call/audio quality

The Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus comes with an impressive 8 MP camera which shoots 3264 x 2448 pixels photographs. It has dual-LED flash along with features like Geo-tagging, autofocus, touch focus and face detection. Image quality of the camera is very impressive even in indoor light conditions. Camera will suffice for day to day photography needs. The camera lens cover is scratch prone due to the bulgy design. There is no dedicated camera shutter button. A 2.0 MP Front camera is provided for video chatting; image/video quality is decent.






Just like any other Android phone power button is placed on the right side,  volume controls on left side, a 3.5 mm audio port and usb cum charging port are placed below the phone. Buttons feels nice and soft to operate.  Call quality is good. Loudspeaker is not very loud and below average. Earphones are also of average quality only.

OS/Performance and Battery

The Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus comes preinstalled with Android 4.2 JellyBean. There is no custom interface provided by Micromax except few proprietary apps like mzone and mlive app. Android 4.3 is expected on this device but not very soon. Canvas 2 plus is powered by a Quad-core 1.2 GHz Processor based on cortex A7 chipset, 1 GB RAM and 4 GB internal memory with SD card support upto 32 GB.






Performance wise this phone is blast to use. There is hardly any lag while using the phone. Navigating through different screens and widgets is quite snappier. Switching between apps is also fast. Games like temple run, subway surfer and candy crush perform very smoothly on this device. It scored respectable score of 3951 in quadrant benchmark test as compared to 2424 of its predecessor Canvas 2.








Canvas 2 plus is equipped with a  2000mah battery which is a bit small for a 5inch quad core smartphone but since cortex A7 is quite power efficient chipset, expect the battery to last throughout the day of use. It would have been much better if Micromax provided 2500 mah battery.

Verdict

If you are not brand conscious and have a budget of 12k, this is an excellent phone. However Micromax devices are known for their hardware unreliability. Users have reported more number of problems as compared to other manufacturers. It is very essential for Micromax to improve the reliability factor because it counts a lot in the long run – take Nokia as an example – in my opinion their hardware is most reliable. Other than this Micromax is doing great and Canvas 2 plus is a highly recommended phone for prospective future buyers.

Ratings (out of 5 stars)

Build Quality ****
Screen ****
Performance ****
Value for Money *****
Overall ****

Key specifications

Screen
5.0-inch 480x854 IPS display
Processor
Quad-core 1.2 GHz processor
RAM
1GB RAM
Storage
4GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD
Camera
8-megapixel autofocus camera with dual LED flash and 2MP front camera
Network Type
Dual SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, HotSpot 4.0, EDGE, GPRS, GPS, LTE
Battery
2000mAh removable battery
OS
Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Dimensions
147 x 76.5 x 9.7 mm
Weight
164 grams


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

The picture in this review shows that the display screen has some problem. There is a patch(LCD broken?) in the middle of the screen. But the blogger says the display is Good and given 4 star for the display..!!!!

sonam jain said...

Its very interesting post, good job

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