THE EX­TRA DI­MEN­SION

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - MOBILES -

3D smart­phones are not re­ally new. In fact, even some fea­tures phones used to tout this fea­ture a cou­ple of years back. Though they of­fered a glass-free 3D in­ter­face, the ex­pe­ri­ence was hor­ri­ble to put it mildly. The Mi­cro­max Can­vas 3D too of­fers a glass-free 3D, but with a much su­pe­rior ex­pe­ri­ence when com­pared to its pre­de­ces­sors. At first look the Can­vas 3D is a nor­mal An­droid smart­phone, but the 3D Space icon in the app launcher lit­er­ally gives it a new di­men­sion. This space is the 3D hub and com­prises a 3D gallery, 3D guide, 3D YouTube, 3D cam­era, 3D games and 3D videos. All th­ese op­tions have a pop-out 3D ef­fect. Strangely, the game does not come pre-loaded with any 3D game ex­cept a trial ver­sion of Fruit Devil. But there is a list of games that can be pur­chased from Google Play Store.

The Can­vas 3D has got a 5-inch 3D dis­play on a de­sign that in noth­ing to write home about. Af­ter look­ing at some good hard­ware from Mi­cro­max in re­cent times, the Can­vas 3D feels too broad and heavy to hold. The power key and head­phone jack have been placed at the top with the vol­ume con­trols on the left and power key on the right panel. Be­low the dis­play are three touch keys for op­tions, home and back. But the 3D ef­fect on the Mi­cro­max Can­vas 3D is far more im­pres­sive than what we ex­pe­ri­ence a cou­ple of years back on the HTC EVO 3D and LG Op­ti­mus VU. It is hard to watch this con­tent for a longer du­ra­tion with­out strain­ing your eyes. Though the de­vice doesn’t come with a 3D glass, we re­alised that us­ing even a pas­sive 3D glass re­duces the strain con­sid­er­ably. Usu­ally a 3D cam­era has two sets of lenses for cap­tur­ing stereo­scopic im­ages, but the Can­vas 3D tries to do this with a sin­gle lens and that shows in the im­ages which are noth­ing great. Run­ning An­droid Jelly Bean op­er­at­ing sys­tem, the Can­vas 3D has got a 1.2Ghz dual-core pro­ces­sor with 512MB RAM. It has got an in­ter­nal stor­age of 4 GB with an ex­pand­able mem­ory card slot sup­port­ing up to 32GB of ex­pand­able mem­ory. The 2000 mAh bat­tery on­board lasted us a day and half while watch­ing 3D con­tent.

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