NOT A CLEAN CAN­VAS

Mi­cro­max has a flag­ship model in the Can­vas 4. But does it live up to the hype and is it bet­ter than its pre­de­ces­sors? Nidhi Sin­gal checks out

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

Mi­cro­max has been suc­cess­ful in im­i­tat­ing the Samsung Galaxy de­sign ethos in its Can­vas range. But the cheap plas­tic used for craft­ing the phones was a dis­ap­point­ment. Thank­fully, with the Can­vas 4, things have changed for the bet­ter. The front is dom­i­nated by the 5-inch Go­rilla Glass 1280x720p dis­play and il­lu­mi­nated touch keys. The alu­minum frame, which is ac­tu­ally the an­tenna, is classy. The pla­s­ticky back, how­ever, kills this de­sign a bit.

WHAT’S NEW?

Mi­cro­max has taken a cue from Samsung and added fancy soft­ware add-ons. To start with, you can just blow at the phone from the bot­tom up or shake to un­lock it. It might seem a bit awkward, but the fea­ture works. The other Samsung-like fea­ture is the video that pauses when you look away. How­ever, this is a bit slow here in com­par­i­son with the S4. There is also pop-up video which lets you re­size the frame to over­lap on an­other screen. You can turn on the speaker dur­ing an ac­tive call by flip­ping the phone.

HARD­WARE AND PER­FOR­MANCE

The quad-core Me­di­atek chipset and An­droid v4.2 Jelly Bean to­gether make it a de­cent An­droid smart­phone with smooth per­for­mance. The browser loaded heavy web pages quickly and we did not feel the usual lag even when ac­cess­ing the Play Store. It han­dled gam­ing and heavy apps also with ease. So no com­plaints about the over­all per­for­mance.

CAM­ERA, SOUND AND BAT­TERY

The 13MP cam­era does not au­to­mat­i­cally put this cam­era at par with the S4 or the Sony Xpe­ria Z. The im­ages looked good on the phone, but grainy on a big­ger screen. While the low-light pho­tog­ra­phy was poor, we were im­pressed by the ver­ti­cal panorama mode. But video view­ing and gam­ing is spoiled by the loud­speaker that lacks vol­ume and clar­ity. The Can­vas 4 gave us a day of bat­tery backup with a cou­ple of hours of call­ing, ca­sual gam­ing and brows­ing.

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