Micromax Superfone Canvas A100 Review
For those who want to buy a low cost good Android smartphone, read this post and find out whether or not it’s interesting. It is the Micromax Superfone Canvas A100 that comes loaded with a big 5-inch display and Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. So read Micromax Superfone Canvas A100 review and see what it enfolds to you.
Design and Display
Though users were not very impressed from the Dell Streak that failed in the market due to large 5-inch display, but there is something that can surprise some audience and make them buy this gadget. Well, there are plenty of cellphones available in the market. So why this? May be the big display, but we must tell you that a big display is not always a good performer.
Micromax Canvas A100 is a new device launched by the manufacturer and it reminds us of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus that has design resemblance. Due to its sober looking design and the logo placed at the back panel of this phone, it will attract some owners. The phone is slightly thicker at 11.9 mm and weighs 167 grams. Though it is a good amount of thickness in the current market, but does not feel bulky in hand. As far as aesthetics are concerned, the phone earns full points. With its good looks and strong built quality, the Superfone Canvas A100 has attracted many owners to at least grab a better look of it.
Well, well, the phone carries high glossy paint and so if you mishandle your device then you may have to face some serious scratches to your phone which will ruin the aesthetic feel. The back panel is finished well with matte paint. The phone has got curved back and can easily attract scratches on its clean rear surface. For those who want completely touch phone can enjoy it as it carries not a single physical or capacitive button. If you want to use Menu, Home, Search, and Back buttons then find them on screen, just like the tablet interface. The makes the display bigger and interesting to watch a video.
The front of the phone has a front facing VGA camera which is useful for video calling. With this, a speaker is available for voice calling and several sensors (proximity and light) make this phone in trend. At the right, you will find power button and at left there is volume rocker. The top and bottom sits the audio jack and microUSB respectively. The phone also features noise cancellation which is a good thing to consider. Apart from this, at the rear of this phone locates a primary 5 megapixel camera with LED flash and speaker support. Pretty good work from Micromax?
Performance and Other Features
This smartphone runs a single core ARM v7 processor that can annoy those who wish to have at least dual core beast. The processor is clocked at 1 GHz and is powered with Adreno 200 GPU for gaming. However, with just 512 MB RAM, you cannot wish to have much fun.
Internal storage of this device is 4 GB which is still a good thing for a moderate ranged device. If this is not sufficient, you can expand the storage space through a microSD card which is hot-swappable (meaning convenient to change without having to switch off the phone or removing battery).
Its 5-inch display features a resolution of 480 by 782 which is low as compared to those moderate ranged devices launched by Samsung or Sony. The display sports multi-touch capacitive screen and also features 5 fingers touch points. The display also carries a pre-installed scratch guard which is good for the owners since the display is not scratch resistant. So, be extra careful with the display.
Images viewed on screen are pretty good, clear, bright and crisp. Viewing angles are also fantastic. However, there is a flaw with the light sensor. While watching video, image or any other application, the light sensor is found to be little sensitive and also instantly changes the display brightness. It can be disturbing especially while watching movies or reading contents.
While running the test, the phone is found to be impressive and its GPU does not show any lag. Well, overall the phone is recommendable to those who wish to have a big and crisp screen, strong built quality and good designs.
Coming to the interface, it is installed with Android v4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system that uses stock ICS launcher. Interface is pretty smooth, but sometimes it gets a bit sluggish. You may need the app killer to maintain its smoothness. There is a notification bar that includes Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, Rotate, Brightness, and others.
Next to media, the A100 has good media option and comes with standard specs for videos with 720p and 1080p. However, the 1080p videos would not satisfy your appetite. 1080p streaming of HD videos from media server is good. Audio playback is also cool.
The next feature is connectivity. A100 comes with a microUSB interface, Bluetooth, and Internet with 3G/GPRS/Wi-Fi, dual SIM slots. Well, this is not enough. There are various apps and freebies that will definitely attract owners. Oh sorry to say, this was just a statement as there are no freebies except a few pre-installed apps. Still, this is beneficial though. The best feature in this segment is the pre-installed file manager app. Micromax has also installed some other free apps which are Store, Voice, SMS, and Zone. These are messaging and entertainment apps that are needed to be activated by your mobile service provider.
The camera is equipped with a 5 megapixel sensor with LED flash support. Well, it lacks autofocus, but delivers average results. Image quality is surprisingly better than any other Chinese devices with 5 megapixels. The images also come with good color balance and sharpness. Indoor shooting will be ofcourse disappointing, but outdoors in bright light may bring you good images. Its front facing 0.3 MP camera is good to make video calls, but you cannot expect much than the grainy views.
There is one big flaw in the camera, may be the software mistake or OS. Every image and video recorded or taken from the rear camera was saved upside down. Anyways, this is not a great problem until you are happy from what is being delivered.
Though the performance, design and display of this phone are good, but its battery can disappoint many. Well, no you don’t have to get disappointed as this phone takes up juice from a powerful 2000 mAh battery.
The Micromax Superfone Canvas A100 price is below Rs. 10,000. Some online stores are selling it for price at Rs. 9,900 or less.
A phone with 1GHz processor, Adreno 200 GPU, 5-inch display, and 2000 mAh battery is a great deal when the price is just Rs. 9,900. We would say the A100 is an excellent option to buy especially because it is also loaded with Android Ice Cream Sandwich operating system which is still new in the market. It is one of the cheapest and branded devices with good features and specs. The best is to count of its price which is lower than Rs. 10,000. Also, its aesthetic design does not make it look cheap or bulky. So, the choice is yours. Choose wisely and per your requirements.