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Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - REVIEWS - —BY NIDHI SINGAL

Be­ing one of the most awaited phones this year, the Can­vas HD from Mi­cro­max sold over 9,000 units on­line within 24 hours of its launch. Th­ese amaz­ing num­bers were achieved not be­cause of any mar­ket­ing gim­mick, but the prom­ise of high-end specs at a mid-seg­ment price.

The third ph­ablet from Mi­cro­max, the Can­vas HD looks sim­i­lar to its pre­de­ces­sors. A black frame dom­i­nates the sides of the dis­play on the front with the back panel is white. The 5inch dis­play has a rich 1280x720p res­o­lu­tion. It pro­duced vi­brant colours while watch­ing videos and play­ing games. The touch re­sponse was im­pres­sive and we could quickly type over the on­screen QWERTY key­pad. There are three touch keys that il­lu­mi­nate when the screen is ac­tive. How­ever, this plas­tic phone is a fin­ger­print mag­net and of­ten slipped out of our hands.

The phone packs a punch as far as per­for­mance is con­cerned and is pow­ered by a Me­di­atek quad-core pro­ces­sor clocked at 1.2GHz and paired with 1GB RAM. We can say that the per­for­mance was at par with ph­ablets that cost twice as much as this one. We could eas­ily play heavy graphic games like

Shad­ow­gun and it ren­dered full HD videos smoothly. This An­droid Jelly Bean phone also had no trou­ble han­dling mul­ti­ple apps in the back­ground. Brows­ing and down­load­ing apps was easy too. Mi­cro­max has added some na­tive apps like M!Live, M!Store and M!Zone.

Mi­cro­max has packed in an 8MP rear cam­era. But this is a sore point as the im­ages were good but not up to the level of the high-end smart­phones. It can also cap­ture full HD videos, but again this isn’t one of the phone’s strong points. The sound out was loud and clear, en­hanc­ing the mul­ti­me­dia ex­pe­ri­ence.

The bat­tery out­put was sur­pris­ingly im­pres­sive and the 2000 mAh man­aged to last a day de­spite heavy us­age.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT?

At half the price of any other quad-core phone, this is a good buy.

MI­CRO­MAX CAN­VAS HD PACKS A LOT OF TOP-END SPECS FOR

A PHONE THAT IS PRICED REA­SON­ABLY AT ` 13,990

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