Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

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.

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