Micromax A115 Canvas 3D (Canvas 3D) is a new 3D enabled phone launched in the Indian market by Micromax. The Canvas 3D is the fourth phone to be released under the canvas series and the first with 3D capabilities. The new 3D phone has a good feature set and also brings feature rich 3D phones within the reach of ordinary customers for the first time in India. The phone is aimed at other higher priced 3D smart phones launched in India like the LG Optimus 3D and HTC EVO 3D. Canvas 3D’s killer feature is its ability to display 3D content without any need for glasses by the user. The phone however loses a bit to the competitors on its hardware capabilities like RAM and 3D camera.
The curved and all plastic design of the Canvas 3D may not bowl you out in first look but its ergonomic design makes it very comfortable to hold it in your hand. The front of the phone is made of glossy plastic with no physical buttons. But three touch buttons dot the surface just below its screen for accessing different functions. The rear of the phone has a matte finish to protect it from any slippages. A camera, speaker, and Micromax’s logo are also seen on the back of Canvas 3D. The phone’s 3D enabled screen gives good viewing experience even while not boasting HD capabilities. Unique software from Micromax preloaded into the phone converts all the images displayed on this screen into 3D format.
The first thing which should be discussed about the Canvas 3D is its screen. The 5 inch screen of the phone looks imposing. It has a passable resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (~187 ppi pixel density). Display of Canvas 3D is stereoscopic and hence provides a nice viewing experience to its users. The screen can also adjust itself depending upon the content that is displayed on it. 3D capabilities of the phone are on par with the much expensive alternatives we have in the market now. A big USP of the phone is that all the content including You Tube videos and images stored in its memory are converted into 3D format before they are displayed on the screen. So you need not worry about finding 3D content to enjoy on the phone. Canvas 3D has a good build quality when compared with many other Micromax products. The soft matte finish of the phone doesn’t catch any finger prints and adds a lot to the overall feel of the phone.
Canvas 3D runs on a Dual-core 1.2 GHz processor which gives excellent performance. The phone comes with Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) out of the box and hence can support most of the latest apps and 3D games available on the Play Store. Micromax’s new 3D platform called ‘Micromax 3D space’ comes preinstalled with the phone and gives access to lot of 3D videos, and pre-loaded 3D games. Internal memory (ROM) of 4GB is available with the phone for storing all the multimedia content. You can also extend the memory up to 32 GB using a microSD card. All the major connectivity options like Bluetooth, Wi-Fi (including Wi-Fi hotspot), HSPA, and USB are available for the phone. The phone has support for two SIM cards which makes it very appealing to the youth. A 2000 mAh Lithium Ion battery powers the phone which gives a standby time of 225 hours and a talk time of 4 hours 30 minutes. A 5 megapixel camera mounted on the rear of the phone can take pictures with a resolution of 2560x1920 pixels and record vides at 30 fps (frames per second). Other imaging capabilities of the phone are autofocus, geo-tagging, and LED flash. A secondary VGA camera is also available for video chatting.
What’s not so great?
The phone is a bit clunky and feels a bit heavier in your pocket. Micromax says it is due to the higher hardware requirements of the phone. A thickness of 13.7 mm makes the design of the phone a bit outdated. Canvas 3D has only 512 MB of RAM which makes it a bit sluggish when playing 3D content. A full GB of RAM would have been a better option for a 3D enabled phone. The phone’s camera can’t capture images and videos in 3D. This simply means that you can’t create any 3D content on your phone and have to be content with importing or downloading 3D content from elsewhere.
LG Optimus 3D Max P725
Priced at Rs 25,990, the LG Optimus 3D is a more expensive alternative to the Canvas 3D. Optimus 3D also runs on a dual core 1.2 GHz processor but has a higher 1GB of RAM. Optimus 3D is a complete 3D phone which means you can both experience and create 3D content on the phone. The 5 megapixel rear camera has both 3D picture and 3D video recording features. The phone is also thinner than the Canvas 3D with a thickness of just 9.6 mm. 8 GB of phone’s internal memory can be expanded by another 32 GB through a microSD card slot. A major disadvantage of the phone is that it is powered by the now obsolete Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS which doesn’t support many latest apps and games. Another con is the smaller 4.3 inch HD screen. You can prefer the Optimus 3D for its 3D enabled camera and a lighter design.
Spice M-67 3D
Priced at Rs 4,300, the Spice M-67 3D is a cheaper alternative to the Canvas 3D. Spice 3D’s 6 cm display can project 3D images in a 240 x 320p resolution. A 2 megapixel rear camera can capture decent quality pictures and it doesn’t have any 3D support. The onboard memory is limited to just 500 MB which has to be expanded through a microSD card. This black colored Spice offering is powered by the standard 1,100mAh Li-ion battery that gives a talk time of about 4.5 hours on a single charge. And as mentioned above, this feature rich device carries a modest price tag which doesn’t burn a hole in pocket. You can buy this phone only if you can’t afford the price tag of Canvas 3D.
The new Canvas 3D is a commendable attempt by Micromax to bring a budget 3D phone to the market. Micromax impresses with the Canvas 3D’s ability to convert any content into 3D format. Micromax 3D space is another pro for this phone. But lack of 3D enabled camera and limited RAM are not excusable for a phone which claims to be competing with the other higher priced 3D smart phones available in the market. All in all, Canvas 3D offers good value for money with its 3D capability and latest software. Buy this phone if you want a 3D enabled phone within a limited budget. But there are better options for people who can expend a bit more.
Price and Availability
The price of Micromax A115 Canvas 3D is Rs 9,999. The phone is available with many of the multi brand electronic stores like Mobile Store and Universal. You can also buy the phone from many Ecommerce sites like naptool.com and flipkart.com.