Micromax has dished out yet another super smartphone this Diwali, the A110 Canvas 2. It succeeds the company’s novelistic Phablet, the A100 Canvas. It is not only stylish but is also chock full of features. As opposed to the single core A100, the A110 has a Dual core. With a textured finish and a solid build the A110 has an unmistakable similarity with the Samsung and HTC smartphones.
Powered by Mediatek Processor its storage capacity is 3 GB (Internal) which covers both System and an incorporated micro SD slot for an expandable 32 GB memory. With its luminous 5-inch 480x 854 pixel IPS capacitive touch screen, watching movies or simply viewing photos is visual treat. The 8 MP rear camera and 0.3 MP front camera provide smarter, better and sharper clicks.
A smooth touch and bigger screen facilitates easy typing and avoids the chances of errors. Moreover, a scratch resistant display crosses out any pressing need for a protective film. However, one can never be too careful when it comes to phones. It is even built with touch sensitive controls and a multi-touch facility. Multimedia works effortlessly on this phone. Internet streaming is easy too. However, the audio department leaves room for improvement. The integrated speaker is not enough for watching videos or listening to music and neither is the loudspeaker loud enough.
With a substantial 2,000mAh Lithium-ion battery, the talk time can be extended up to five hours. However, the phone takes around four hours to be fully recharged, a considerable amount of time for a smartphone. Apart from the customary Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and 3G features, there’s GPS too. This phone operating on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has an equally intelligent UI too. The A110 also comes with Dual SIM connectivity.
Along with the Google Play store the phone also offers a variety of other smart apps too. Among its most notable features include Geo-tagging, face detection and touch focus. The smartphone also comes in colours black and white.
Despite its attractive features and low budget, this phone can be a disappointment for avid game lovers. A disappointing RAM fails to maintain performance and hence it cannot support high quality heavy games. Neither can games downloaded to the internal memory be transferred to any other external storage device.
A device with 5-inch display is sure to come with a huge body and the Micromax A110 is no different. It is sturdy enough to take the brunt of occasional falls. The front, apart from the capacitive keys and the display includes the front camera and the LED indicator with sensors. The backside is textured plastic as it effectively holds this large piece of hardware. The back part houses the dual-LED flash apart from the speakers. The popular grey-silver metal-finish is there too on the curved sides of the Micromax A110.
The other thing to look out for is the better viewing angle offered by the Micromax A110 than many other average phones at the same price. The IPS display on the A110 is quite effective too with good colour reproduction. The display resolution is 854x480p and could have been much better, well at least HD resolution but if one considers the pricing, it is a decent bargain. Well, there is no room for complain for this in the A110.
For all the basic imaging needs, the 8MP camera is more than enough though it lacks great sensors that reduce the camera output drastically in comparison to the high expectations. The low-light performance is still decent making it useful only for decently lit situations. Talking about camera, the other half of the mobile camera bandwagon, the frontal camera, is without any surprise VGA Camera and does its minimal functions like dealing with Skyp-ing and 3G video calls. HDR mode, colour effects and scene types are some of the features to look out for while using the A110.
The Micromax A110 comes with pre-loaded Android 4.0.4 and appears like its basic form apart from a few tweaks here and there. The user-interface looks more of a third party type, thanks to the usage of the company’s own set of icons instead of the regular ones.
When Google is trying to get rid of the menu button, the A110 comes with the menu button apart from the usual home and back. Also, the task switcher can be accessed after a long press of the home button. Most of the Ice Cream Sandwich features are here with only the Face Unlock missing from the offer. Quick setting toggles like old but trusted Nokia type profiles are also available along with an attractive new feature of scheduling power on/off for the device.
In the gaming domain the A110 is of course not as strong as the giants like Apple, etc but there are a few goodies for the normal gamer. The company had pre-loaded some third party games along with its own bloatware that tries to serve as an alternative to Whatsapp but unsuccessfully alas! The A110 supporting the 3G video calling is a big advantage and a welcome change from the older Android smartphones without any 3G video calling features.
The Micromax A110 supports two GSM SIM cards but with only one of them with the ability to support 3G as the other is 2G only. The settings menu offers ample and detailed options regarding the way to use the two sim cards. As a call is about to be placed or a message is about to be sent, there is a prompting by the phone asking the preference of the SIM for that particular instance.
However, all highs and lows aside, for less than Rs 10,000 this dual core smartphone combined with a 5-inch display is perhaps a very smart deal. No one can deny that Micromax is offering low priced smartphones & tablets in India that are indeed providing competition to stalwarts like Samsung, Nokia & even Apple.