Micromax A110 Canvas 2 is a refurbished phablet introduced in Indian market very recently. With some major improvement in hardware Micromax introduced the next gen Canvas. It boasts 5 inch IPS LCD display with FWVGA resolution.
In recent times the craze of wide display smartphones in high. Samsung had set the tone earlier with Galaxy Note followed by Note 2. Micromax followed the trend with MMX A100. Now Canvas 2 is showcased with some serious enhancement in hardware. Running on Android 4.0.4 ICS and dual core MediaTek MT6577 platform Canvas 2 is really a cool piece of smartphone at a considerably cheap price. Let’s take a look at individual segments-
Micromax Canvas 2 Colors
Review of Micromax A110 Canvas 2
Let’s start with operating system followed by processor, memory, camera and other segments
1. Operating System
Micromax Canvas 2 OS
The handset is built on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. No news so far on it’s Android 4.1.1 JellyBean upgrade. Assume it will not get any OS upgrade in future.
Dual core MediaTek MT6577 is used in this handset MediaTek MT6577 couples 2×1 GHz Cortex A9 ARM based application processor and PowerVR SGX series 5 GPU. The SoC is brilliant and best suitable for low end smartphones. It improves browser performance up to 40% as compared to single core platforms. Processor is powerful enough to run games in it. Display is also wide for extreme gaming. Since the handset comes with just 512 MB RAM you must take care of memory usage in order to increase the level of multitasking. ICS will help you closing unwanted applications from RAM.
Micromax Canvas 2 Display
Canvas 2 boasts 5.0 inch IPS LCD display with FWVGA display with 196 ppi pixel density. Display is not too impressive but a good one to say the least. Since this is a large display pixel density is reduced considerably resulting in pixel separation. Each pocket friendly phablet suffer from the same problem. AGC Sodaline screen protection adds extra level of safety to the display. Integrated G-sensor is there as well.
The handset comes with around 2.5 GB free on board storage and micro SD card slot expandable up to 32 GB. You can store plenty of music, video files, movie clips, images in your smartphone memory. Use free could store apps to save data in cloud servers. You always get access to data stored in cloud by connecting your handset to data network.
Micromax A110 Canvas 2 Camera
Micromax A110 sports 8 MP rear facing camera with LED flash. It records 720p HD video with great quality and clarity. Front facing VGA camera is there as well. Since the handset is 3G enabled you can video chat over 3G network or Wi-Fi network. Other camera features are night mode, 4x zoom etc.
6. Dual SIM
Since the handset is a dual sim one you can use sim cards from different operators. No need to buy two handsets. It’s easy and convenient.
7. Network & Connectivity
It’s a 3G supported handset that can hit up to 7.2 Mbps 3G HSDPA speed. In GSM network high speed GPRS/EDGE connectivity options are there. Bluetooth v3.0, Wi-Fi with hotspot connectivity and micro USB are there for local area connectivity. GPS navigation support using Google Maps is there for video calling. Pre-installed Android browser improves internet browsing experience.
Micromax A110 Canvas 2 Applications
For entertainment Canvas 2 comes with music, video player and wireless FM Radio. 3.5 mm audio jack for earphone allows you external speaker connectivity. Pre-loaded social networking apps i.e. Facebook, Micromax services i.e. Mi-Zone, Mi-Store, Mi-Buddy are there to hang up with your contacts and better entertainment.
Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery delivers up to 5 hrs of talk time and 7 days of standby time. Proprietary power adapter and connector pin is supplied with the handset.
10. Look & Feel
Micromax A110has 147×76.5×9.7 mm dimension which clearly states the handset is thin. Weight of the handset is unknown. You can expect around 170 gm of weight which is not too bad especially when the handset has giant 5 inch display and 2000 mAh battery.
Micromax Canvas 2 Gaming
Gaming in Micromax A110 Canvas 2
Wide display, powerful processor encourages you to play exciting games in Canvas 2. Honestly, 512 MB RAM is poor. Single core PowerVR SGX531T GPU is not famous for gaming. There are handsets running with 512 MB RAM, Mali 400-MP GPU that run games with ease. But the PowerVR SGX531T is not comparable with Mali 400-MP. Also free RAM in Micromax A110 is pretty less, around 100 MB. Therefore, it’s good for gaming not for extreme gaming. Each time you start playing a game try to close as many unwanted applications as possible. It will help you playing games without lagging. Internal storage around 2.5 GB is good enough for installing large games like Nova 3. Once you install the game move the installed file to micro SD card using Apps2SD app.