Micromax A110 Superfone Canvas 2
A large budget Android for those who are new to smartphones. Does it deliver?
Price; Large screen; IPS display: Decent battery life.
Average camera; Sub-par performance.
The budget smartphone segment is heating up by the day, and Micromax is easily one of the largest players in this segment in India. Its latest flagship device is the Superfone Canvas 2 A110.
Design And Build Quality
When I first saw the A110, I couldn't say it was a Mircomax phone — it is devoid of any Micromax branding on the front (which can be a good thing in its own way). It has large 5" display, which is not very comfortable for use, despite having large hands. As expected, the glass is very reflective and is easily prone to smudges. It has three capacitive buttons for Menu, Home and Back on the front. The top right section features a front camera while the top left section has a blinking LED for notifications.
It has a textured back panel, with a small Micromax logo placed in the center. The back has a protruding 8 mp camera which is cause for concern as the lens is prone to scratches when the phone is kept on its back. The top side features a 3.5 mm audio jack and micro-USB input while the right side and left side have the power switch and volume controls respectively.
The Micromax A110 offers a decent build quality for its price. It does not creak at any of the edges. The silver coloured frame around the edges gives it a nice stylised look. Overall, the phone has comfortable grip and is easy to hold with its relatively lightweight body (the sheer size notwithstanding).
Under The Hood
The Micromax A110 features a 5" IPS screen. Something you do not normally expect from a phone at this price band. The IPS display is certainly bright and colors appear well saturated. The diplay is legible in sunlight when the brightness is maxed out. On the downside, the low pixel density of 196 ppi (at 480 x 854 pixels on a 5" screen) results in low sharpness and slightly blurry icons. Moreover, the viewing angles are not very good.
On the software front it features Android 4.0 (ICS). Luckily, Micromax, has kept its hands off from customizing the UI, except for a few minor tweaks in the notification bar. Since it is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) phone, there is a "SIM management" option in the Settings menu where you can configure which SIM to use for Data, Voice Calls and Messaging. Additionally, the A110 is pre-loaded with Micromax's "M! Zone" and "M! Store", the first offers services such "Naughty Jokes" and "Love Guru" (the latter charges a rather hefty Rs 10 for a single download of "Exotic Girl" wallpaper).
Being a dual-core phone we expected a better performance. It did perform very well for the first few days, but as soon as we started installing apps, the performance dropped with some noticeable lag in the UI. It is easily able to handle simpler games such as Temple Run and Angry Birds, but starts lagging heavily with 3D rich games such as Blood and Glory. For those who understand synthetic benchmarks, it scored 6768 on AnTuTu Benchmark, not bad at all for a phone at this price.
Music playback is handled with the stock Android player and has a only average quality. However, the speakers pack in quite a punch and are quite loud. The device manages 720p video playback, but struggles to with 1080p. The video file format support is meager with only MP4 and 3GP files playing out of the box, you would do better using a third-party player from the Google Play store. For storage, it offers 4 GB of internal space which you will need to expand with the use of a micro-SD card (up to 32GB supported) to hold anything meaningful.
The Micromax A110 offers a 8 mp rear camera with dual LED flash, which to be honest is not very great. While the colors seemed ok, there was considerable noise in the photos –even those taken in day light. Night shots are completely no-go due to the excessive noise and even the dual LED flashes don't help much. As stated earlier, the camera protrudes from the back panel, making it more prone to scratches. The camera offers touch-to-focus and different scene modes setting along with an option for Panoramic shots.
Video capture is limited to 720p files are saved in 3GP format. It also has a front 0.3 mp camera for Skype and video calls.
Telephony, Messaging And Connectivity
The A110 offers support for 2G and 3G. In our call tests over a period of one week, we found the call quality to be decent and the person on the end fairly audible. It does take slightly longer than usual to get a network reception from a cold boot, but that is a non-issue as the network stays strong throughout once it has locked on to it. Being a dual-SIM device, the Messaging app shows at the end of every message the name of the network on which SIM card you received the message.
It offers the usual connectivity options which we have come to expect from smartphones, such as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and even USB OTG support. FM Radio performs reasonably well.
Battery And Verdict
The Micromax A110 packs in a 2000 mAh li-ion battery, which under normal use can last for up to 9 hours. In our video loop test we played back a 720p video with brightness set to 60%, the device lasted for just over 7 hours. The battery life although not very impressive, can give you a days' worth of usage.
It is slightly difficult to recommend Micromax A110 to everybody, considering the after-sales support, which almost all Indian brands have to work on. If you have already used an Android device, you should go with the A110 only if you have limited budget. However, if you are a beginner to Android and coming from a feature phone background and don't want to spend much on your next phone, then the Micromax A110 can give you a somewhat decent taste of Android on a large screen.
Design And Build Quality: 3.5/5
Value For Money: 3.5/5
Overall Rating: 3/5
- Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), Google Play.
- Dual-SIM GSM (Mini-SIM); 2G 900 / 1800 MHz, 3G UMTS 2100 MHz.
- 5", 5-point multi-touch IPS screen with pixel dimensions of 854x480.
- 1 GHz dual-core CPU.
- 8 megapixel rear camera with dual-LED flash, auto-focus, geo-tagging, touch-to-focus, face detection; 0.3 megapixel front camera.
- Supports up to 32 GB via microSD.
- Wi-Fi with hotspot, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP.
- Micro-USB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack.
- A-GPS, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor.
- 2000 mAh Li-ion battery with up to 5 hours talk time and 180 hours standby time.
- 5.79" (l) x 3.01" (w) x 0.38" (9.7 mm) (d).
- Available colours: Jet Black, Calm White.
- Package contents: Handset, user guide, USB cable, warranty card, charger, battery, handsfree.