Micromax Superfone A100 Canvas or Micromax A100 Canvas is a 5.5 inch phablet running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform. Powered by single core 1 GHz processor it’s the first wide display smartphone from Micromax and the response from Indian customers was amazing. In very little time the phablet made huge amount of sells. Now Micromax is planning to re-release the phone with a dual core MediaTek MT6577 processor. It’s a dual sim smartphone that features dual standby features. Well, other features are also decent especially when you consider the price of the handset, just Rs. 9999. Currently, A100 is out of stock in all major online retailers.Take a look at the Features & specs-
Micromax A100 Canvas Features & Specifications
- OS: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
- Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm, Aderno 200 GPU
- Memory: 4 GB on board, micro SD card slot, 512 MB RAM
- Camera: 5 MP AF rear with LED flash + VGA front
- Dual SIM: Dual Standby
- Form Factor: Full Tocuh
- Display: 5 inch TFT Capacitive
- Battery: 2000 mAh Li-Ion
- Data: 2G GPRS/EDGE Class 12 and 3G HSDPA speed up to 7.2 Mbps
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, micro USB, GPS
Micromax A100 Canvas Review
1. Operating System & Processor
Micromax A100 Canvas is built on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich platform. Single core 1 GHz Qualcomm processor runs this phone along with Aderno 200 GPU. Other smartphone models in it’s segment either do not run Android ICS or features less than 1 GHz CPU. Karbonn A9 is a close competitor of A100. Unfortunately, it still runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Therefore, you have nothing to complain here. Supplied amount of RAM is just 512 MB. More amount of RAM would have been ideal. Anyway, hardware is good enough to run plenty of HD games downloadable from Google Play store. Overall, the hardware supplied with this handset is decent if not brilliant.
2. Built in Quality
A100 looks brilliant and boasts sturdy built in quality. The phone is extremely glossy and subject to scratches if not handled properly. Micromax tried it’s best to make the panel panel rough with matt finishing but to be honest it does not give that feeling. Since the phone features giant 5.0 inch display naturally, the size of the phone is big. Dimension of 142.2×76.6×11.9 mm is not too easy to hold in one hand unless you have a big palm. Also 168 gm of weight is too high. Keeping giant display and whooping 2000 mAh battery these have to be tolerated. However, Micromax removed physical or Capacitive button from the panel and included the same buttons in display. Therefore, the phone is completely touch sensitive. On the right hand side, power key is there while in the left handset volume rocker key is present. No dedicated key for camera can be considered as a major disadvantage of Micromax A100 Canvas. However, on the top micro USB port and 3.5 mm audio jack are there.
Micromax A100 Canvas features 5.0 inch TFT Capacitive touch screen display with resolution support. With this display size higher resolution would have been more appreciable. With mere 185 ppi pixel per inch density A100 does not look too brilliant. Screen brightness and sun light visibility are moderate. No scratch resistant coating is used in the display surface which means it can easily be affected by scratches.
It sports 5 MP rear camera and VGA front facing camera. Rear camera shoots good quality images in day light. Though LED flash is there but low light shooting is poor. Also camera records 480p video. At least 720p HD video would have been ideal. front facing VGA camera is standard for video calling.
Micromax A100 Canvas comes with all connectivity options that you normally find in any Android phone. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, micro USB are there for local area connectivity. It support GPRS/EDGE protocols in GSM network while in 3G network it can hit up to 7.2 Mbps HSDPA and up to 5.76 Mbps HSUPA speed. Connect the phone to PC using the micro USB port. 3.5 mm audio jack is there for external audio connectivity. A-GPS navigation support with Google Maps can be used for location tracking.
Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery is supplied with this handset. Battery delivers up to 6.5 hrs and 5 hrs of talk time in GSM and 3G network respectively. You can play music or watch video for 8.5 hrs without worrying too much about the battery life. Remember if you turn on data networks, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth always battery life will be reduced significantly. Quite surprisingly Micromax removed the battery indicator from display. You can’t see how much it’s charged when you plug it on for charging. Occasional usage can give up to 3 days of back up.
A100 boasts 4 GB on board storage that is shared between the ROM. Therefore, you will get somewhere close to 2 GB free space for storing files in it. Do not worry! Micro SD card slot expandable up to 32 GB is there. Also the micro SD card is hot swapable which means you do not need to turn off the phone and take the battery out to replace the micro SD card.
Micromax A100 Canvas features built in music, video player and FM radio. Powerful battery ensures 8.5 hrs of music play and video play time. Audio and video codec support is quite brilliant. In case your A100 fails to run flash documents download the apk from outside and install it. Stock browser is there for internet surfing. You can download other browsers from app market as well.
Micromax A100 canvas Disadvantages
Though Micromax A100 looks brilliant and boasts some quality features it’s not free from cons. Take a look at the cons-
- Phone hangs up every now and then
- Display resolution poor
- Average camera quality poor
Micromax A100 Canvas Availability & Price
Currently A100 is out of stock in all major online retail houses. You may try offline stores. MRP of the handset is Rs. 9999/-