Hybrids are the new flavor in the electronics worlds. Called phablets, these devices are a hybrid between a smartphone and a tablet PC. For instance, the Samsung Galaxy Note released in the year 2011 is such a device.
The Micromax Canvas 2 A110 is a phablet although it is regarded as a smartphone. It sports a 5 inch screen and borrows its looks from Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus. The form factor of this device is similar to the Nexus. In a way, this is a good thing. This aspect of the device distinguishes it from other phablets in the market.
The first thing you will notice about this device is its 5 inch IPS LCD display. The front facing camera and the ear piece are on the front of the device accompanying the screen. The front face of the device has minimal buttons expect for three capacitive buttons, namely the Home, Menu, and Back buttons.
The back of the Micromax Canvas 2 A110 has a good grip to it. Although the rear of the device is based of plastic, the device feels premium. On the rear you find an 8 MP camera. You find a bunch of staid ports and jacks on the device at the rear. They are namely the microUSB port, volume rocker, and headphone jacks.
The design of the device is good. The design resembles Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and this device seems to have copied that design well. For the price point the device is at, the build quality is good too.
The first thing that comes to mind is the 5” IPS LCD screen. The screen has a decent resolution and is clear and crisp. The device is powered by a 1 GHz processor. This is a decent and standard processor specification for a device of this type. Even though the screen is 5”, the device is comfortable to hold. The reading experience on the display is good.
Given that the device runs on Android 4.0.4, you get the benefits of this being an Android device. The Micromax Canvas 2 A110 layers its own additions to this such as the Micromax wallpaper, and app store.
The device lets you access the Google Play store. You can download skins from the Play store and use it as the wallpaper. An Android device does need good internal storage. This smartphone gives you 2GB inbuilt storage in addition to providing you 32 GB expandable internal storage by way of the microSD slot.
The camera of the device is a big relief. The camera has 8 MP of resolution and has inbuilt LED flash. The front of the device has a camera for video calling. You can place video calls using applications such as Skype and Google Video Chat to name a few.
There is a good set of preloaded apps on the device. CricketFever is for cricket lovers. HookUp is a unique social networking app. Then there’s the innovative M! Buddy. If you subscribe to the MZone, you get instant alerts on cricket news, love quotes, jokes and a lot more.
Another online store namely the MStore provides you the latest in Bollywood news, fashion, technology, celebrities and more.
The performance of this device is good considering that it is a budget smartphone. Given its price range, it is one of the better performers in this segment. You can multitask on this phone to some extent. The device generates raw processing power courtesy the 1GHz processor.
The device has good connectivity options. There is inbuilt Bluetooth. Internet connectivity is by way of 3G. You also have the WiFi option. You can also engage in wired data transfer through the USB port. Signal reception and connectivity is excellent in this device.
What’s not so great?
The screen is IPS LCD. This is an old technology compared to the super-AMOLED display that is the current trend. The resolution of the screen is just 400 x 854 pixels. This resolution specification is not enough on a device that is considered a hybrid device.
The rendition of graphics on the IPS display is not great. The pictures are too sharp and looked animated. Sometimes the images and videos lack sharpness making the viewing experience blunt. Under bright sunlight you may not be able to see the contents of the display completely. Although the audio output fares well, it is certainly not the best.
What’s with a device that has a 1GB processor and only 512 MB of RAM? The internal memory specification of this device is not impressive.
Vs. Intex Aqua 5.0
The Intex Aqua 5.0 is a sub-10k device. This device has a 5” display as well. But there is something unique about this device. The Aqua 5.0 has a design and build of its own, and hence an identity of its own.
There is nothing much to choose between these two devices. The Aqua 5.0 has some interesting preloaded apps such as IRCTC tracker, USIM toolkit, and Intex Zone. Like the Canvas 2 A110, this device provides you access to the Google Play store.
The verdict is that this device is the second best in terms of performance and features. The device has good apps, but video playback needs to be improved. The device performs as well as the Canvas 2 A110. Which one do you buy? Your choice is based on which is the better looking of these devices!
Vs. Swipe F1 Fablet
This device has impressive specifications. Powered by Android 4.0, the device runs on a 1 GHz processor. There is a 5 MP rear camera. It has two SIM slots that support GSM. It comes with 3G connectivity, assisted GPS, and Edge. Video playback and rendition is decent.
Overall, there is nothing great about the Swipe F1 Fablet that makes it standout of the competition. It is priced lower than the Canvas 2 A110, but only just. You don’t have a strong reason to buy this smartphone over the Canvas 2 A110.
The only difference you can consider is that the Swipe F1 Fablet has 800 x 480 pixels resolution. But this is also not a radical difference to the resolution that the Canvas 2 A110 has.
Considering that this is a sub 10K device, the internal specifications are good. Under the hood, the processor is good enough to render applications, images, videos, music playback and a lot more. You can experience latency when multitasking. This is because the Micromax Canvas 2 A110 has only 512 MB RAM.
The device has its own app store in addition to having the Google Play Store. This aspect provides you a variety of choices when it comes to choosing apps and other such multimedia content. There is one downside though. You could be tempted to download graphics-intensive games. But the device has low RAM and low-resolution display to deny you a good gaming experience.
Battery life is only just about good enough to last for a day. If you are to use a lot of processor intensive applications, then expect the phone to last for half a day. The battery specification is a 2000 mAH battery.
Price and availability
The Micromax Canvas 2 A110 costs Rs. 10299. The device is available at popular online stores such as flipkart.com and infibeam.com.