THE SU­PER PHONE

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

Mi­cro­max has been tak­ing on its larger com­peti­tors by in­tro­duc­ing some very in­no­va­tive prod­ucts over the years. How­ever, the hard­ware al­ways felt a bit cheap. This time, how­ever, Mi­cro­max has man­aged to strike a per­fect bal­ance be­tween per­for­mance, looks and price with the A90, its new An­droid smart­phone.

1

DE­SIGN

There is some­thing spe­cial about the A90’s de­sign. The front is all clear with a 4.3-inch dis­play with the three ca­pac­i­tive touch keys in­te­grated. The Mi­cro­max brand­ing is neatly placed on the lower half of the tex­tured back. The hard­ware is so good that even some of our tech-tuned col­leagues could not recog­nise the brand when we cov­ered the logo. Some said it was a ‘Sam­sung’, maybe be­cause this looks a lot like the Sam­sung Galaxy SII. The Gorilla Glass is a good ad­di­tion, es­pe­cially for In­dian users.

2

USER IN­TER­FACE & TOUCH IN­PUT

The touch in­put and user in­ter­face com­ple­ment the hard­ware. The touch in­put was so re­spon­sive that we could eas­ily type long mails, with­out the ex­tra ef­fort needed while us­ing ca­pac­i­tive dis­plays. This user in­ter­face, mean­while, is the stock An­droid Ice-Cream Sand­wich’s. Since there is no ded­i­cated key for the cam­era, we could use the locked screen for un­lock­ing the phone and launch­ing the cam­era. The home­screen had three ca­pac­i­tive touch keys—back, home and mul­ti­task­ing. Just above these was the set of five keys with ap­pli­ca­tion tray in the mid­dle and four short­cuts. The main menu was di­vided into apps and wid­gets with a Play Store icon on the top left.

3

POWER & PLAT­FORM

When Mi­cro­max an­nounced the A90, it was sup­posed to have a dual-core pro­ces­sor. But our re­view unit was a test­ing sam­ple that runs on a 1GHz sin­gle-core pro­ces­sor com­bined with 512MB RAM. Even then the phone did fairly well. We used it for brows­ing the Web, down­load­ing apps and even oper­at­ing our email ac­counts. There wasn’t a sin­gle mo­ment where we thought the phone was slow. It scored de­cently in the bench­mark tests we ran.

4

CAM­ERA

The A90 has an 8MP cam­era with LED Flash. But don’t nur­ture high ex­pec­ta­tions —though the im­ages cap­tured in day­light were crisp with­out much noise, the re­sults in low lights were not im­pres­sive. We are not com­plain­ing be­cause at this price ev­ery­thing can’t be the best.

5

OTH­ERS

Dual-SIM phones have al­ways been Mi­cro­max’s forte. So even the A90 has two SIM card slots be­hind the back cover. The phone has 4GB on­board mem­ory of which only 2GB is avail­able to users. With a 1600 mAh bat­tery, it man­aged to squeeze in over a day and a half of use.

—TEXT BY NIDHI SIN­GAL AND PIC­TURE BY RA­JWANT RAWAT

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