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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

It has hap­pened to us be­fore so it was no sur­prise when peo­ple started con­fus­ing the new Mi­cro­max ‘ph­ablet’ with the Sam­sung Galaxy SIII. But we can­not blame them, for like some other five-inch­ers in the mar­ket, the Mi­cro­max A110 Can­vas 2 too re­sem­bles the Sam­sung flag­ship phone and is al­most a car­bon copy of Sam­sung’s Galaxy Nexus which is not eas­ily avail­able in the mar­ket.

The front of the Can­vas II is dom­i­nated by a 5-inch IPS LCD dis­play; be­low which are three ca­pac­i­tive but­tons for back, home and menu. The tex­tured fin­ish on the rear helps give it a good grip de­spite the size. There is also an 8MP cam­era at the rear.

Mi­cro­max has also packed in some se­ri­ous pro­cess­ing power into the Can­vas 2. The An­droid Ice-Cream Sand­wich ph­ablet runs on a 1GHz dual-core pro­ces­sor with 512MB RAM. The new An­droid op­er­at­ing sys­tem makes it easy to use. While brows­ing the web was very easy on the 5-inch dis­play, un­like other low-cost An­droids it was a plea­sure watch­ing videos on the big dis­play. We would have loved some ex­tra RAM in the de­vice though.

Still, the Can­vas 2 A110 of­fers a full package and comes with a bunch of pre-loaded apps like M!Buddy, Crick­etFever, HookUp, etc. More apps can also be down­loaded from the Mi­cro­max MStore and the Google Play Store.

The other value ad­di­tion with the de­vice is the dual SIM card slots, where the sec­ond SIM is con­nected on standby mode. At its price-point, the 8MP cam­era, de­spite its iffy re­sults, is good value for money. While the im­ages cap­tured in day­light were de­cent, the low-light shots had a lot of noise. The 2000 mAh bat­tery gave a day-and-a-half on av­er­age, which isn’t bad con­sid­er­ing that most smart­phones and ph­ablets die within a day of us­age.

Mi­cro­max A110 Can­vas 2

` 9,999

Specs:

An­droid v4.0; 5-inch dis­play; 8 MP cam­era; 1GHz dual-core pro­ces­sor; 512MB RAM; 4GB on­board stor­age, 32GB ex­pand­able; Blue­tooth,

3GB, Wi-Fi; 2000 mAh bat­tery

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