Micromax Canvas Viva A72 is a nice entry level phone from Micromax which offers decent features for a reasonable price. Just like the Karbonn A6, the Canvas Viva is intended to counter competition from big players like Samsung and Nokia who have been increasingly targeting the entry and mid-level smart phone market with products like Galaxy Grand Quattro and Galaxy Star. True to its tradition, Micromax has included all the features like a bigger screen, Dual SIM support, and a high capacity battery for the Canvas Viva. But the lack of 3G, poor camera quality and an older version of Android might put off some interested buyers.
Despite not having anything special in terms of looks, a simple glance at the phone will make you realize that Micromax has given careful attention to the design of Canvas Viva. Like the other latest phones from Micromax, the Canvas Viva too has superior finish which doesn’t make it look like a budget phone from a domestic brand. The glossy front with nicely trimmed edges makes it very easy to hold the phone in your hand. Corners of the phone too are rounded with a grey bezel connecting the front and rear panels of the phone. Though having a bigger display, resolution of the phone’s display is poor.
Micromax Canvas Viva A72 is a looker with a sophisticated design and eye catching exteriors. The glossy front is full touch except for the three buttons which sit just below the phone’s display. Rear of the phone has a matte finish for better grip. With a thickness of just 10.6 mm, the Viva A72 is super slim and easily fits into your palm. The phone’s rear is also left clear other than the camera lens and the external speaker of the phone. The TFT touchscreen supports multi touch and gives good visibility even in bright lighting conditions. Canvas Viva is powered by a 1 GHz single core processor and the functioning of the phone is smooth. Multimedia capabilities of the phone are good. The inbuilt multimedia player supports multiple audio and video formats. Display of the phone can also play HD videos without any hiccups. FM player with recording and Dual SIM support further spices up the phone’s image for younger customers. Canvas HD has all the connectivity options for connecting with other devices and gadgets. Bluetooth, microUSB, and WiFi (with Wi-fi Hotspot) make it very convenient to connect the phone externally.
Battery and power backup is a major positive for the Viva A72. The Canvas Viva A72 is powered by a 2000 mAh Lithium Ion battery which gives a good 280 hours of standby time and 7 hours of talktime. As the phone runs on a single core processor the battery can keep the phone alive for more a day with a single charge.
What’s not so Good?
The five inch display is a big negative for the phone. The screen has a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (~187 ppi pixel density) which makes watching videos and browsing internet a poor experience. Micromax has included just 512 MB of RAM with the phone which doesn’t seem to complement the processor of the phone well. The phone lags while multitasking or while dealing with resource intensive apps. One inexplicable thing about the Micromax Canvas Viva is that it runs on the outdated Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) OS with no hope for any future OS upgrade. This can severely limit the apps and games that are available for the phone. Canvas Viva weighs a massive 186 grams and is difficult to hold in your palm or pocket. People who have long conversations on the phone might actually need to use handsfree set. Internal memory of the phone is severely limited. Micromax has included just 110 MB of memory.
This will not be sufficient even for the basic multimedia use. However there is an external memory card which can expand the memory of the phone by another 32 GB. Buyers should be ready to shell out more for extra memory. The 3 megapixel rear camera of the phone is very rudimentary and can capture very basic quality images which are not fit for taking printouts or sharing over the social networks. Canvas Viva doesn’t have 3G support for high speed data access on the go. Therefore, buyers need to contend with WiFi access for getting high speed data.
Micromas Canvas Music A88
Priced at Rs. 8,499, the Canvas Music A88 is a good alternative for people who are looking for an entry level smart phone with good multimedia features. Apart from a bigger 4.5 inch display, the Canvas Music A88 has a 1 GHz dual core processor which makes very faster than the Canvas Viva. A 5 megapixel rear camera which can record HD quality videos is a big positive for the phone. 4 GB of RAM can be expanded by another 32 GB to store all your multimedia content. True to its name, the multimedia (both video and audio) capabilities of the phone are exemplary. Canvas Music also has higher 503 MB of memory which is further expandable by another 32 GB through a microSD card. You can prefer the Micromax Canvas Music A88 over the Canvas Viva if you can shell out a bit more money and if you are comfortable with a slightly smaller display (4.5 inches).
Priced at Rs. 5,790, the Karbonn A6 is another good alternative to the Canvas Viva. Karbonn A6 has a good five megapixel rear camera which snaps better quality images than the Canvas Viva. A full 1GHz processor and 512 MB of RAM puts it on par with the Canvas Viva in terms of performance. A6 too has good design like the Canvas Viva with a dual tone exteriors and rounded corners and back panels. You can prefer the Karbonn A6 for its good camera and other good feature set for a cheaper price tag.
Micromax is a good entry level smart phone with a five inch display with all the basic features that are expected. The big five inch display and beautiful design of the phone are its biggest strengths. Contemporary design saves the Canvas Viva from being billed as just another cheap Android phone from domestic brands. A full 1 GHz processor and Dual-SIM capability are other major positives for the phone. But the Canvas Viva upsets with its limited RAM and outdated OS. Heavy app users need to be cautious before choosing the Viva over the other phones. A sub five megapixel camera too is not acceptable in the days when even the entry level phones feature a 5 megapixel snapper. You can buy the phone if you can’t expend more money for the slightly more expensive Android phones. It’s better to consider the other Android phones which are suggested above.
Price and Availability
The price of Karbonn A6 is Rs. 6,299. The phone is available at all the leading multi brand mobile phone outlets like Universal and Mobile Store across the country. You can also buy the phone for a good discount from online retailers like naptol.com and flipkart,com.