Micromax Canvas Selfie 2 Q340
For the marketing of this smartphone model, Micromax and Vodafone have come together to offer a free data plan for two months in 2G/3G network mode with a cap limit of 500 MB. As it is clear from the model name, the Canvas Selfie 2 is aimed to be a good low budget solution for taking a selfie.
In the Box
- 1 amp charger
- In-ear stereo headset with mic and button to accept and recent calls
- Standard USB 2.0 data cable
- 2000 mAh lithium –ion battery
- Free screen protector
- User guide and warranty card with TC
Soft leather finishes at rear
The phone comes in one colour design has fake leather finish at its back. Both front and back camera bags 5MP sensor placed at identical locations. The rear shooter gets the support of an LED flash for low light photography. Overall built, which is 71.8 mm of width is a perfect size for single hand operation. Basically, this is a lightweight phone weighs only 136 gram and offers perfect fit because of 9 mm of a slip profile.
A feel of Sony trend in the power button as there is circular metallic cap goes well in the grand blackish design of this phone. Audio Jack on the top and USB 2.0 port for data and power booting is placed on the bottom in Micromax Canvas Selfie 2.
Operating system and UI
On the boot, the user is welcomed with the first touch launcher – a micro-customization in Android user interface loaded over Lollipop 5.0 OS (not the latest). The user interface offers easily usability in Hindi and English languages. Although the end user has an option to switch back to Android user interface from Micromax’s FIRST TOUCH on this phone.
IPS LCD 480P 5 inch Display
The display is good in nature consumes less power in day to day usages that results in extra hours of active screen on a mediocre battery. Viewing angles are not that fine though manageable. Colour fades badly on extreme angles, however, the same cannot be said about brightness. Pleasant experience while using this phone in harsh sunlight as everything appears clear in the highest brightness setting. Auto brightness also works fine on this phone.
Decent Memory Management
Approximately odd 4GB of free internal storage is left after the first boot of this phone. Good care by the brand as the phone offers more than 500 MB free RAM out of installed 1GB. With on-board storage of 8GB, the user can enhance media memory size up to 32GB using a micro SD card. Indeed, we miss the support of USB OTG on this Micromax gadget.
5MP selfie Camera and FHD recording
Micromax has put forth a basic concept of perfect selfie to marketize the phone in the low price segment. To achieve the selfie goal, the brand has not been prudent much. Relying on the default application, 5MP front facing camera lacks LED flash and wide angle lens for the best selfie even in the low light background. The selfie quality is good, but not the excellent as expected from a predominated selfie smartphone.
The rear camera responds slowly adds quality though brings some noise and blurriness in output snaps. Even though its 5MP primary camera can record FHD video, quality and usability do not seem to be coming even close to a benchmark set in the market in the same price segment by other devices.
- Leather finish at the rear
- Elegant look, light weight and slim profile
- Almost Stock Android Lollipop
- Close to 600 MB free RAM from 1GB installed
- Good battery life on the regular usages
- Absolutely no enhancement for the betterment of selfie experience
- Poor viewing angles
As it turns out to be the Micromax Selfie 2 does not offer much in terms of selfie or photography or video recording. I would still recommend the phone just because of the great built, leather finish at the back and stylish grand look. Consider this Micromax device for attractive design and decent multitasking performance at the much lower price point.
Karbonn Aura 9 with 4000 mAh Battery
The new Karbonn smartphone has a stylish looks and multilayered premium design line. Its 5-inch IPS LCD screen sports a capacitive touch display bare with 480×854 pixels resolution and 220 PPI pixel density. Viewing pictures and videos is a real life experience with this phone. User can buy it in two color concepts – Navy Blue and White.
Mammoth 4000 mAh Power
In today’s world, a smartphone takes up most of our leisure time. Besides calling, a smartphone is an all-in-one gadget, which can be used for playing games, listening to music, accessing internet and watching videos. Messaging or chatting, social media activity, checking emails – a smartphone is the best companion in our day to day life. However, a phone is worthy until it is alive burning battery fuel.
With a 4000mAh Li-Polymer massive battery power inside, the Karbonn Aura 9 remains usable for a day against continuous hard usages. The phone has positioned itself a good choice for a big battery smartphone searcher.
Operating System, OS and Processor
Much against today’s trend, the Karbonn phone runs on Android’s outdated operating system KitKat 4.4.2. The combination of a powerful MediaTek 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM ensures fast and smooth running of Apps and lag-free multitasking. The Phone has an 8GB preinstalled internal memory that can be further expanded up to 32GB with a micro SD.
8 MP and 5MP camera
It is clearly evident that Karbonn has worked on a narrow concept wherein entire focus has been on the juicy battery size whereas other prominent features on this phone have taken back seat.
Selfie addicts will be happy to have this phone as it has a 5MP front camera, which also ensures good quality of video calls. The Karbonn Aura lists a pretty good 8MP rear firing shooter backed by digital zoom, auto focus and LED flash for better photography and HD recording. Both front and rear camera can capture photos and videos in decent clarity.
Only 3G Connectivity:
This is a dual SIM smartphone has only the 3G network support to experience high-speed mobile internet. In spite of the wide adaptation of Indian 4G LTE, Karbonn Aura 9 lacks connectivity to 4G network. Other connectivity options on this device is 1G, 2G, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0 and USB 2.0.
Hindi and Indian regional languages support
One good fact about the phone is the support to 21 Indian languages. You can change the user interface and send a message in Hindi, easily.
The Karbonn Aura 9 is a perfect solution for those wants a phone with nice built and huge battery power. The 4000 mAh battery fuel inside the Aura 9 delivers a full day of battery backup against hard usages. For an Amazon India MRP of 6100 rupees, the Karbonn Aura 9 – a battery dominated phone offers 4 to 5 hours of active screen, faster processing and high-resolution front camera. Also, its sleek and attractive design is an added advantage.
Karbonn Titanium MachFive
It is exclusively available at Amazon India. One of the good features of the MachFive is front camera, which with the support of a dedicated flash offers cool selfie anytime anywhere. Its 5 inch HD display is impressive though bit reflective but sports good colour reproduction. Because of good viewing angles in the display, watching good quality video on this phone in a friend’s group is an amazing experience.
The phone is rated a best selling at Amazon as the balance between features and price apparently gives more Weightage to performance thereby delivery for the end user. In terms of memory management, Karbonn gets credit to set a new benchmark with Titanium MachFive. The end user gets 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and external memory expansion up to 32GB.
The Smartphone is in the market in three different colours composition. Although the built is plastic but has slight texture on the back that renders nice grips and tough control.
The Phone packs 2200 mAh battery, looks slim and sorted as well as its camera is well-balanced. I have written a decent review article on Karbonn Titanium MachFive at Paisa Vasool Karbonn Titanium MachFive Below 6000 Rupees
ZTE Blade Q Lux 4G
Built quality and curvier shape of this ZTE’s 4G phone is really good. Glossy black front panel and matt finished body make the entire craft of the device appear stylish and stunning. A stiff bezel on the front while nicely polished sides and the rear renders good control and feel in user’s palm. Capacitive hardware control buttons do light up thanks to black-lit LED.
The ZTE QLUX 4G flaunts a 4.5 inches IPS LCD display brings 480P resolution based on a pixel density rate of 218 PPI only. In my opinion, the display can save lots of battery juice mostly consume during data consumption, which is a predominant feature of a 4G phone. I am bit baffled because of poor viewing angles that expose to the pixelation problem when tilted to one direction extremely. Remaining feature such as colour reproduction, screen clarity, icon sharpness seems to be decent.
64bit MediaTek Processor
With a solid architecture of CPU, which combines a quad-core processor, 1GB RAM and Mali T760 MP2 graphic processor delivers good smooth multitasking and high-end gaming with ease. When it comes to tough usages and top line gaming, yes, this phone can sustain the needed resource demand.
8MP and 5MP camera
Both camera 8MP rear and 5MP front facing camera fail to satisfy the end-user. In spite of features like auto focus, LED flash and digital zoom putting together does not bring the kind of result expected from a ZTE smartphone.
2200 mAh battery
The brand has not done anything unique to make the lithium-ion battery juicy yet it delivers approx 3 to 4 hours of active screen results in almost full day from medium to heavy usages. On 4G network, battery backup fails to bring expected result.
- Micro-USB port on the bottom
- SIM 1 supports 4G/3G/2G/1G and SIM2 works with 2G/1G network frequency
- Operating system Android KitKat 4.4.2 will be upgraded to Android Lollipop 5.1
- 8 GB is free from 8GB internal storage
- 480 MB free RAM from 1GB of installation
- Use hard key setting to correct the capacitive buttons operational functions
- AnTuTU Score is 29390
- Support to only two point multitouch
- Supports Indian 4G LTE – works with Airtel 4G
- Good quality earphone
- Matt finish rear
- Touch is really responsive
- User can remove unwanted bloatware
- LED notifications
- GPS locking is really fast
- Hindi Languages is supported
- Asphalt 8 game is playable
- Very good battery backup from 2200 mAh battery
- Lots of bloatware installed on this phone
- Native video calling is not supported
- Camera is poorer than competitor in this price segment
The ZTE Blade QLU 4G had a free run until the launch of Phicomm 653 in the Indian market. However, ZTE operates with a large service center network In India so the phone buyer can expect good service support in case of any unholy incident.
Since 4G Smartphone is a right solution now it should be a preferred choice for new smartphone buyers. So far, quality Indian 4G phones have been in the above 7000 rupees price basket. Certainly most Indian smartphone user cannot afford to consider this price segment. However, for the first time, with the launch of Yu Yunique, Micromax has offered an opportunity to low income class to own a quality 4G device at an affordable price tag of 5300 rupees only. Good for 4G phone buyer as Lenovo has also launched the A2010 model – a 4G smartphone with solid built and performance below 5000 rupees.
Built and Design
In terms of design, the phone sports smooth finish on rear panel, curvier edges that do not dig up user’s palm and nice clickable plastic buttons for power on/off and volume up/down operations. Both Micro USB 2.0 and audio Jack 3.5 are placed on the top of this device.
Customized operating system
I endorse purity in Android. Lenovo boots the smartphone model A2010 with the latest Android lollipop operating system therein the Vibe UI is mounted perfectly on top. Eventually, the openness of Android with the freshness of VIBE user interface offers good usability in day-to-day usages.
Recently, Lenovo had re-coded Vibe UI lowering of some unwanted features. Changes made in the core reflect flexibility of the UI while using phone’s hardware resources. The end user won’t experience delay in application opening or switching between running apps. Yes, we can assure, the Lenovo A2010 responds well to user’s multitasking requirement, basic gaming and multimedia usages.
The TFT display, which is 4.5 inches in size based on 218 PPI pixel density appear to be vibrant and natural. You won’t feel pixels even you have deep close look while reading email or an SMS message on this phone.
The application, which controls Camera behavior, is quite similar to stock Android offers hassle –free photography experience with this phone. Its 5MP rear camera performance seems to be decent. Colour naturality can be questioned in output snaps though originality with lots background details is well maintained. With good amount of details and nice background coverage the rear shooter gets thumb up in our review.
Use 5MP camera to record HD video at 30 fps in bright sunny day. the quality of output video is questionable as we felt good amount of noise though when compared with its competitor, the final processed video seems to be excellent in quality.
4G Speed Test
Of course, the 4G network is much more efficient than 3G telephony, which is even true on the Airtel network. Our test result for 4G speed of Lenovo A2010 shows 12.5 MBPS in download and 7.8MB in upload. This is much better than Airtel’s 3G speed 3.5 MBPS in download and 1.2 MBPS in upload.
Lenovo has blessed the phone with quad core MediaTek processor, which does deliver lag-free multitasking and smooth low graphic gaming. Benefits of 1GB RAM and the latest Mali graphic unit T720 MP1 helps smoothen the process of delivery of multimedia contents. In terms of performance and basic gaming, the Lenovo A2010 is absolutely brilliant device.
- SIM One supports 4G/3G and SIM two supports 2G/1G
- Hardware capacitive buttons
- 8GB free on-board storage
- 600 MB free RAM from installation of 1GB RAM
- Earphone with accept/reject calls
- AnTuTU score is 19540
- Two points multitouch support
- Easy playing of HD video
- 10 to 12 hours of battery backup on hard usages
- Lots of RAM space for end users
- User can uninstall preinstalled promoted apps
- Really loud sound output
- Low and medium graphic games are easily playable
- No heating problem
- GPS locking is really fast
- Vibe UI eats lots internal storage
- Lots of bloatware preinstalled on this phone
- Auto brightness setting is not available
- FHD video playback is not supported
For a price of 4999 rupees, Phicomm Energy 653 is much better choice than the Lenovo A2010. However, we cannot ignore a basic fact the Phicomm is a new brand in India so the brand value and the product trust is almost zero. On the other hand, Lenovo has been In Indian market with good track record in laptop and smartphone segment. If you can take the rick choose Phicomm 4G device otherwise go ahead with Lenovo A2010 for the sake of trust and post-sales service support.