- High end features at a low price
- Powerful processing performance with the quad core processor
- Compact utility driven design
- Plastic hardware feel
- Battery performance is low
- Camera bulging out at back panel spoils it's look.
In the particular smartphone markets where the mammoths like Samsung Galaxy S3 , Sony Xperia Z and HTC One X are biting their nails to be the best phone in the market and make the maximum profit, Micromax Canvas HD A116 amazed every one with it's low price along with amazing features. The Canvas HD A116 gives good compitition to these mammoths and marks the name of Micromax brand in the market. The Canvas HD A116 looks more like an enlarged version of the Samsung Galaxy Nexus , unlike its predecessor, the Canvas 2, whose design resembled that of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and Galaxy S3.
Design And Build:
The surprisingly stylish Canvas sports curved edges and a curved back that make it convenient to hold and a 3.5 mm audio jack is packed sleekly into the body. The back panel of the phone gives you the feel of cheap plastic which may shatter into pieces if you drop the phone accidently. Also the camera lens come bulging out at the back which gives a wierd sad look to the back part of the phone.
It's not just the megapixels in the camera that matters, what matters the most is the size of the lens, the aperture and the sensor which the camera uses. The 8 MP camera of Canvas HD is not good as it should be, Samsung Galaxy Grand's camera is better. Shooting in low-light is a nightmare and the camera engine used by Micromax a little over saturates the image. Sometimes the camera overexposes the images. But if you have a separate camera or SLR and you carry that you shoot photos, this shouldn't be a matter. Manual touch focus is a plus point and the camera is better than the one used in Canvas 2.
Despite sporting a 5-inch screen, the phone looks compact compared to the Canvas 2. The phone's 5-inch HD IPS screen sports a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels and a colour depth of 16.7 million. Thanks to the higher resolution, text, icons and images look much sharper compared to the Canvas 2. The HD IPS display drains the battery very much when comparing to Samsung's Super AMOLED display. The battery backup could be better, but if you don't play games and watch movies all the time, it should be okay. The HD display makes it very pleasurable to watch HD movies and play HD games on the Micromax Canvas HD A116.
It has a quad core A7 Mediatek MT 6589 processor. This chipset is very capable but cannot be compared to S4, Grand or Xperia Z's processor. A dual core A9 processor is almost equivalent to A7 quad core processor. Gaming and UI works smoothly without any lags. The Micromax Canvas HD runs Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). Similar to most other Android devices, there are five customisable home screens that can be filled with app shortcuts and widgets.
Power On It:
Micromax Canvas HD A116 packs a 2000 mAh battery which has a standby time upto 174 hrs and talktime upto 5 hrs which is average for a smartphone. You will have to keep the charger along your side if you want to make the full use of HD gaming and watch movies on your Canvas HD.
Ultimately the Micromax Canvas HD A116 is a decent performer on all fronts and considering its low price is a good buy.