Some time back, there was a virtual deluge of smartphones with dual core processors from leading names such as Samsung, LG and HTC. The latest to join this league is Micromax with its very affordable A85 Superfone, an Android smartphone with 1GHZ Tegra 2 dual core processor.
Considering the hardware on previous Micromax phones, we didn’t have high hopes from the A85. But this indigenous smartphone proved us wrong. Heavy to hold, it doesn’t have cheap plastic at the back. Instead, the slightly covered metal back makes it easy to hold.
The controls have been neatly tucked away on the sides of the 3.8-inch bright, capacitive display. Micromax has added a customized user interface on the device which failed to impress us. Replacing it with the Launcher + did the job.
Unlike the other Android smartphones, this one had a lot of pre-installed applications. These included Accuweather, BSE/NSE Stock, Android Booster, Teen Patti, Quikr Classifieds, Nimbuzz etc. Another application that caught our attention was Gesture Setting that allowed us to scroll through the gallery by waving our hand over the phone’s camera. However, this application is yet to be perfected as was obvious from the results. The overall speed of the device was impressive, though it did get stuck a few time. The overall performance was spoiled by the below average battery which could give hardly seven hours with a few calls, messages and little bit of web browsing.