Micromax A115 Canvas 3D Review

  • price

    ₹9,999.00

  • tech2 rating

    2.7/5

  • user rating

    3.9/5

Micromax seems to have taken a cue from Samsung by steadily launching a stream of new phones for different market segments and prices. One of the recent additions to their rapidly growing portfolio is the Canvas 3D. Micromax is not the first company to dabble in 3D smartphones. HTC and LG have already tried their hands at it but the high price and the lack of 3D content was what killed them. The Canvas 3D on the other hand aims to offer similar features but at less than half the price. Will the A115 manage to popularise 3D phones or has Micromax compromised too much for a bargain basement price tag? Let’s find out.

Design and Build
The Canvas 3D looks and feels ginormous and not in a good way. The handset reminds us of the Canvas 2 A110, which had shoddy aesthetics and the A115 feels similar. The handset is quite thick at 11mm and heavy too at 188g. The only positive remark about the design is the matt finish for the back and new chrome logo, which looks a lot more presentable compared to their older handsets. The buttons fall in place along either side of the phone but lack a very good fit. The tactile feel could have been better too. Upfront, we have a 5-inch TFT display with Naked Eye 3D technology. Basically, it functions using the parallax barrier method for creating an effect of depth without the need for special glasses. The problem is that the clarity of neither the display nor the viewing angles are very good, for both 2D and 3D viewing. The HTC Evo 3D for instance had a 4.3-inch display with a 540 x 960 resolution (256ppi) so 3D content still appeared crisp and relatively pixel-free. The A115 has a measly 480 x 800 (188ppi) resolution on an even larger display so you can imagine the reduction in sharpness.

Micromax Canvas 3D

Very bulky in size

 

The A115 is a dual-SIM phone along with a microSD card slot for expansion. The card slot does not support hot-swap however. Despite the gigantic proportions of the phone, we only have a 2000mAh battery, which feels too little.

Features
The Canvas 3D is powered by a MediaTek MT6577 SoC, the same chipset used in the Canvas 2 A110. The CPU runs at 1GHz and is accompanied by 512MB of RAM. The OS of choice is Android Jelly Bean 4.1.2, which runs smoothly without any hiccups. You get the same light skinning we’ve seen on all Micromax handsets along with some of their own apps like M!Live, MZone+, etc. Onboard storage is very less. Despite having a 4GB ROM, the actual usable memory is only 930MB.

Micromax Canvas 3D

Familiar interface

 

Micromax has a special gallery app called 3D Space which lets you access photos, games, YouTube and videos in 3D. The gallery is heavily ‘inspired’ by LG’s implementation on the Optimus 3D. Native 3D content looks good but the sweet-spot for viewing it properly without ruining your eyesight is very limited so two people cannot comfortably watch a 3D video together. The screen also darkens quite a bit when the parallax barrier kicks in to create a 3D effect.  Unlike active shutter glasses, where both eyes see a complete frame, here one eye only sees half the horizontal pixel count which cause loss in detail. The chipset can easily handle a 3D 1080p movie though and with very minor stutter, the video plays just fine. You also have the option of converting existing images to 3D with the press of a button. The depth can be adjusted too. The display is unable to produce a crisp 3D image due to the low pixel count, which is a shame; given this is the main selling point for the A115.  

Media
The music player gets a slight facelift but underneath, it’s the same Jelly Bean music player. The quality of audio is strictly average even with a good pair of earphones. The rear speaker is quite loud so you won’t miss any of the alerts even in a noisy place. Video playback leaves a lot to be desired. First of all, the Canvas 3D can only handle up to 720p video playback smoothly. MP4 files play well in the stock player but AVI, MKV, etc. have trouble playing back even in MX Player. The colours aren’t too vibrant even in 2D mode and the viewing angles are not great either.

Micromax Canvas 3D

Media playback is strictly average

 


Connectivity
The Micromax Canvas 3D only supports two bands for 2G and just one for 3G, which means you won’t be able to use this on all networks around the world. Other connectivity features include Wi-Fi ‘n’, Bluetooth v4.0 and USB plug-and-play support. Other than the Play Store, Micromax also bundles their M! Store and M!Zone for added content. The bundled apps include some games like TheDarkMan, Fruit Devil along with some productivity apps like File Manager, M! Buddy and HookUp.

Micromax Canvas 3D

Decent connectivity

 

Camera
The Canvas 3D gets a measly 5MP sensor on the back and just a VGA sensor upfront. We also have just a single camera sensor which means in order to shoot in 3D, you need to capture once and then move the camera towards the side for the second image for the final 3D image. The software automatically fixes the depth as long as you don’t move too much while shooting. You can’t record 3D videos since there’s only one camera lens. Image quality is strictly average for outdoor photography but not so good indoors. Video recording maxes out at 720p. Our unit had some focusing issues in macro shots which is why most of the images are blurred. We hope this is an isolated case and if not, Micromax should issue an update to fix this. 

Micromax Canvas 3D

Camera is strictly average

 

Battery Life
The 2000mAh battery managed to last our full 8-hour loop test with about 20 per cent battery to spare. This was with a SIM card, brightness turned down to medium and Wi-Fi enabled.

Micromax Canvas 3D

Battery life is decent

 

Verdict and Price in India
The Canvas 3D A115 tries to be jack-of-all trades but ends up being a master of none. Everything about this handset feels half-baked and unpolished and for an asking price of Rs 9,999, feels very expensive. Today, you can buy Android phones with IPS displays and quad-core chipsets for this price. The 3D support is the only differentiating factor here but it’s honestly not worth it. Even if the price dips further, we wouldn’t recommend the Canvas 3D.


Specifications

Buckle up and brace yourselves to experience the awesomely amazing life-like 3D picture quality without the need of any 3D glasses! Here\\\'s the first look. Enter a whole new era of entertainment with the Canvas 3D! Now bring alive all your entertainment on a 12.7CM 3D screen that does not require 3D glasses for viewing! Capture all your favorite moments in supreme clarity with its 5MP camera & put a face to all your chats with its 0.3 MP front facing camera. Record videos, click images and do much more with your camera! You can also convert your regular pictures to 3D pictures. Light up the dull moments with its bright Dual LED flash light and click moments to relive in the times to come. Strap into your seat and get ready to experience 3D gaming. Discover amazing detail and let the 3D experience take over. Feel the rush of gaming immerse you in the most exciting way to experience your game, coming to life! Enter a whole new era of 3D entertainment with Micromax 3D Space that gives you access to 3D videos, 3D games and much more, all in life-like 3D! Get blazing fast application performance with the 1Ghz Dual Core processor! Power all your entertainment and experience a sound that can shake anything! Bite into the delicious new Android Jelly Bean OS and explore the tasty new world of apps, entertainment and more! Type faster and more accurately with the predictive keyboard and get all your notifications sorted neatly in an improved notification area. The OS is also equipped with touch and swipe gestures in combination with speech output. Android Jelly Bean also presents the improved sharing feature through Android Jelly Bean. Music, videos, Images, files & more! Now store all your files on its expandable memory up to 32 GB and carry all your entertainment with you. Never spend a dull moment again with all your entertainment in your phone. Connect to your world, anytime anywhere with the endless connectivity options on the Canvas 3D. Share files with friends or talk hands free, all through its Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Surf the web faster through its Wi-Fi connect that lets you connect to any router and transfer files easily with its USB 2.0! For some Fun-on-the-Go, Click Icon from your Canvas 3D A115 and Download Premium Games, Videos, Wallpapers, MP3 and more.. Get preloaded Free Apps with Micromax Canvas 3D. Get the best of Jokes, Astrology etc. on SMS through M!Zone+. Play exciting preloaded Games and get Hooked with Hookup Messenger.

Display

Form Factor Bar
Screen Type 3D Capacitive Touchscreen
Screen Size 5 inches
Screen Resolution 480 x 800
Number of Colours 16.7M

Processor

Processor Dual Core
Speed 1 GHz

Memory

Internal Memory 4GB, 512MB RAM
Extendable Memory microSD, up to 32GB

Camera Features

Sensor Resolution 5MP, 1920 x 2560 pixels
Features Flash, Autofocus
Video resolution / frame rate 640 x 480 / 30fps
Video Recording Yes
Front facing camera 0.3MP

General Features

OS Android
Version 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean)
FM Radio Yes
Bluetooth Features 4.0
Dual Sim Support Yes
GPS Yes
USB Connector Yes
Available Colours Black, White

Carrier Networks

2G GSM 900 / 1800 MHz
3G HSPA 2100 MHz

Data

GPRS Yes
EGPRS or EDGE EDGE
WiFi Yes

Sound

Media Player Music formats: MP3, MIDI, WAV|#|Video formats: 3GP, MP4, AVI (support 3D video)
Alert Tone Vibration, MP3, WAV
Speakerphone Yes
Audio connector 3.5mm

Battery

Type Li-Ion
Capacity 2000
Talk Time with Standard Battery 4.5 Hrs
Standby Time with Standard Battery 225 Hrs

Miscellaneous Features

Built in Applications Hookup|#|M!Zone+|#|3D Games|#|Google Search|#|Maps|#|Gmail|#|Youtube|#|Calendar|#|Google Talk
Other Features Proximity Sensor, Motion Sensor, Gravity Sensor

After Sales Service

Warranty Period 1 Year

Price

Warranty Period 1 Year

Published Date: May 25, 2013 03:36 pm | Updated Date: May 25, 2013 03:36 pm