Swadeshi mobile phone brand Micromax even though started with Android Lollipop much later, but its speedy roll-out with new smartphone launches will make it ahead among Indian smartphone companies. Recently, Micromax launched an budget smartphone under 7000 Rupees with the latest Android operating system. In this smartphone review article, you will read all about them. Read also Top 6 Innovative Micromax Smartphones Below 15000 Rupees.
The Canvas Play is one smartphone under 6000 Rupees, which has earned enough curiosity because of the use of “PLAY” name. Micromax teases this smartphone for providing an immersive gaming experience. It is currently available for a price of 6888 rupees.
Design: The canvas play is a little different from the rest of Micromax smartphones. It comes with a nice form factor and the bezels around the display are much narrow. Its back panel has a soft touch feel and glossy look, but the brand logo present right below the camera module looks annoying. With 9.9 mm of thickness, it is not a slim device, but it does feel good in hand.
Features of this Micromax Play Smartphone
You will not like the 5.5 inch display of this phone that comes with a low resolution of 854 X 480 pixels. A pixel resolution of just 178 ppi is good for nothing in the present world. Users will not enjoy gaming or movie watching on this smartphone. However, it has an IPS panel that means you will not find any kind of distortion of colors.
Camera: The Micromax Canvas Play performs poorly on the optical front. There is a 5 MP camera on the back that captures really bad images. You can record HD videos at 30 frames per second, but the output will definitely not satisfy you.
The 0.3 MP front facing camera is the worst performing specifications of this phone. It looks Micromax has put all money in putting a huge IPS panel on this phone.
Performance: This smartphone runs on a quad-core 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582M SoC. It also comes with a decent 1 GB RAM that enables it to run most of the apps and games available on the Play Store. For the gaming lovers, Micromax has featured a Mali-400 GPU on this phone. Its 8GB of internal storage is expandable up to 32 GB via a micro SD card. Considering the price point this much processing power seems to be a good deal.
Connectivity Options and Battery life of this Budget smartphone
The Micromax Canvas Play features dual SIM card slots with the first slot supporting 3G networks. It also comes with the other connectivity features like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, FM Radio, GPS and micro USB.
Sensors: The sensors like Accelerometer, Proximity and Ambient Light Sensor make this phone a decent budget device with right smart intelligence. However, it could have been better for gaming if this phone had featured Gyroscope also.
Battery: You will easily make it to the end of the day on this phone as it features a huge 2820 mAh battery on the back. On a normal condition you can expect 10 hours of talk time.
User Interface: Almost all smartphones manufactured by Micromax come with a little or no customization of the OS and this phone is no different. You get a near stock taste of Android 5.0 Lollipop with many unwanted bloatware.
- A decent flip-cover in the magic box
- Android Lollipop with little customizations
- Decent design. Feels good in the hand
- IPS panel
- Mali-400 GPU
- Long battery life
- Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor with 1 GB of RAM
- Dual SIM
- Low pixel density of just 178 ppi
- Worst camera experience
Should you buy this Micromax smartphone?
The Micromax Canvas Play considerably fails to give a decent smartphone experience to the end user. It does come with few great features, but the drawback that it flaunts is much more disappointing. Micromax should learn from other manufacturers like Xiaomi and Lenovo.
Verdict (Editor): There are two ways of looking this phone. If we consider this a gaming gadget, then the justification comes from huge battery power, which is further improved because of low resolution of display. Take another scenario wherein we consider the Canvas Play a viable gadget for daily use. I am a big supporter of battery power and ready to sacrifice all other features for that. In the second consideration this device does better because of low PPI and mouth watering battery backup.
In my opinion, this is a good smartphone for day to day usages. Yes, I agree Micromax makes lots of money by pre-installing unwanted applications, but we cannot defer from the fact that it offers a deadly combination of 1 GB RAM + Quad core processor + 2820 mAh battery + low PPI display. This smartphone will bring peace of mind. Share your thoughts here. Let’s see who wins.
|Magic Box||Flip-cover, Handset, Battery, Charger, Earphone, USB Cable|
|OS||Android v5.0 (Lollipop)|
|Screen||5.5 inches, 480 × 854 Pixels, IPS LCD, 178 PPI|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Mediatek MT6582M|
|Memory||1GB RAM, 8GB Memory, 32GB SDcard Support|
|Camera||5MP[P], 0.3MP[F], LED, HDR|
|Battery||2820 mAh, Li-ion|
|Connectivity||3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB, FM|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Light, Proximity sensor|