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Micromax Canvas Spark with Android Lollipop and USB OTG

Micromax Canvas Spark Q380 Review and Specifications

In last one month, Indian Smartphone brands are getting aggressive in adaptation of Android Lollipop operating system. Micromax is an entry in this process. Its recent launches are an indication that Micromax is serious for a battle of century in low budget category.

Today, we are reviewing the Canvas Spark, which is aimed to shake up the low budget segment with a pocket friendly price of 5000 rupees. We believe, the smartphone will create buzz for some time, but negative rating from users will push it back. At this website, we always give priority to battery capacity and processor strength to handle multitasking. These two are primary objective in a smartphone while the rest features follow the suite.

Promo: Before we begin a depth review of the Canvas Spark, I would like to offer you article summary. We divide this review in three parts.

  1. Look, feel, design and built
  2. Performance
  3. Worth on selling price

The Canvas Spark earns full mark for design and built. However, its performance is terrible and loaded with lag. Gorgeous design is on a price of poor performance. If we do sum total of this, we get a confusing answer, which has to be decided by personal decision and believe in the brand.

If you ask me, will I buy this smartphone at the current market price of 4999 rupees? My clear answer will be NO. For me, performance matters the most.

Magic Box: Micromax packs the Canvas Spark with a 2000 mAh battery, travel adaptor, earphone, and USB cable with warranty card.

Disappointing Performance

Quad core MediaTek processor is responsible for multitasking. 1GB RAM and Mali 400 MP2 is a part of CPU, which performs poorly. After the first boot, 490 MB is available for the end user for apps installation. We are giving negative mark for performance. Try to open any application or navigation browser or multimedia gallery; user needs to wait for few second. Micromax has made a big mistake in performance optimization. Although we believe Micromax will release a patch to correct performance lag after getting backlash from buyers.

In benchmark testing, performance of this smartphone does not impress. The Geekbench 3 gives 362 point for single core and 1147 for multi-core.

Storage: The Canvas Spark packs an 8 GB internal storage and 32 GB expandable storage. After the first boot, user will get a share of 3.5 GB to create multimedia gallery. Good news is Micromax’s low budget smartphone supports USB OTG. In total, user gets three storage options for creating multimedia gallery. A real twist is user can opt for one of the three storage option as a default location to store content.

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Display: The Spark sports a 4.7 inches screen where displays carry a resolution of 540 by 960 pixels. This is an IPS LCD panel wherein pixel distribution stands at 234 PPI under protection of corning gorilla glass three.

On paper display looks cool, but in reality it does not electrify much. You will notice blur around edges. Color is accurate and brightness level is good, but sunlight legibility is a problem. You will find hard to read text in bright sunlight. In our opinion, slightly higher brightness optimization could have been appreciated. In display, saturation is good and viewing angle is great. Yes, we can say that it is a somewhat good display at a price of 5000 rupees.

8MP 2MP Camera

The Micromax Canvas Spark lists an 8 MP auto focus primary camera and a 2 MP front facing selfie shooter. You can record HD video at 30 frames per second. Camera performs well in day light with support from digital ZOOM and LED flash.

With 8 MP primary camera, user can do better photography. Shots register in ample light gets sufficient details and pure colour. No noise while lighting condition is easy. However, shots captures in low light gets noise and blur output.

Battery: Two thousand mAh battery is not acceptable. A deadly combination of 243 PPI pixel density and 540P resolution sucks battery juice in just 24 to 30 hours against medium usages. In my opinion, Micromax should have increased battery power or decrease pixel density.

Connectivity: Micromax 5000 rupees phone features 1G, 2G and 3G along with Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and USB connectivity. OTG supports making this phone a hot choice for fans. You need micro size of two SIM cards wherein one SIM port will work with HSPA network.

Design: Its grand design is a recall of Apple iPhone 3GS. This is a lite craft weighs only 134 gram. A metallic band runs around all sides, which adds more to beatification of look. Right profile supports volume rocker and power button. And, the left side has rested without any control keys. The Spark rear looks premium because of sand stone finish, which resembles it with OnePlus One.

Micromax Canvas Spark Q380 Review and Specifications

Pro Features:-

  1. Total Design
  2. OTG Support
  3. Primary Camera
  4. Stock Android Experience
  5. Pocket friendly pricing

Cons:-

  1. Extremely poor performance
  2. Non-removable sealed battery

Verdict: I won’t recommend the Micromax Canvas Spark because of its poor performance.

Price 5000 Rupees
Magic Box Handset with Battery, Charger, Earphone, USB Cable
SIM Dual, GSM,Micro, 3G+2G
OS Android v5.0 (Lollipop)
Screen 4.7 inches, qHD, IPS LCD, 234 PPI
Processor Quad core, 1.3 GHz, Mediatek MT6582M
GPU Mali-400 MP2
Memory 1GB RAM, 8GB Memory, 32GB SDcard Support
Camera 8MP[P], 2MP[F], LED, HDR
Battery 2000 mAH, Li-ion, Non-removable
Connectivity OTG, 3G, BT, Wi-Fi, GPS, USB, FM
Sensors Accelerometer, Light, Proximity sensor
Body 134 gram [W]
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7 thoughts on “Micromax Canvas Spark with Android Lollipop and USB OTG

  1. I’ve to buy 2 smartphones for my business purpose. I’ve very fixed budget (Rs 4000 + Rs 5000). I was really interested in MMX Canvas Spark. But going by your review its not recommended. Though I’ve some minimum requirements (like minimum 1gb ram,minimum 4.5 inch screen with decent ppi and decent enough cameras),Can you recommend 2 such smartphones in my budget range(+/-500). By the way the phones will be used for day to day performance( not for games).

    1. Hi Saswati,

      We give a verdict to address large audience. However, if your requirement is limited to basic usages (forget camera and gaming) then the Canvas Spark is not a bad choice either.
      The main problem with Micromax is it misuses customer’s phone for self gain. Every new update released by the brand carries unwanted bloatware (nonsense apps). Those apps run in the background and take hostage of RAM space thereby hampering the performance also increases unnecessary draining of battery power.

      Currently, I am using the Micromax Doodle 3. Trust me; I am annoyed with poor delivery in terms of the customer service. A customer does not buy a device to be used by the Micromax Marketing team. Whenever I activate 3G network, my god the notification list gets filled with app installation request. Some of apps that got wrongly installed are now part of the phone. I mean uninstall is really tedious.

      Coming to your requirement – besides the Micromax spark, I would recommend XOLO Era, InFocus M2 and Huawei Honor Bee. All these phones are available under 5000 rupees. The Infocus M2 is my personal choice. If you are not satisfied with my recommendation, choose anything besides Micromax. I do not complain product rather the brand for poor service delivery.

      You have not given information on 3G usages. I would like to add here, most of the phones will give poor battery backup on 3G network.

      1. Hi
        Thank you for the reply. The point made by you is common for all brands(major/minor). My Samsung duos was very bad to start with(went 3 times to the service center). What i want is stability and decent camera performance. I know you get what you pay, but sometimes you pay more and don’t get anything extraordinary.

        In today’s smartphones i believe you do get decent product without spending much. Well i guess 3g is common in today’s smartphones,so did’t mention about it…and for battery its a known fact what ever you do charging the phone every 12 hours is the order of the day(according to my experience).

        I don’t no why people make so much fuss about battery…that can not be a major criteria to purchase or deal breaker.Well once again i’ll go through your recommendation. But if at all considering my fixed budget for the 2 phones i need to buy(4k and 5k),which 2 will you suggest.

        1. Infocus M2 comes with impressive camera and smooth performance. Huawei Honor Bee has quad core processor, 1GB RAM for lag-free performance. In terms of camera, the Honor Bee is much better (because of CMOS image Sensor) than Micromax Spark and XOLO Era.

          My suggestion is Infocus M2 and Huawei Honor Bee. Both are good with Camera and delivers easy stable performance.

  2. tanaji pekhale

    Hi
    Thank you for the reply. The point made by you is common for all brands(major/minor). My Samsung duos was very bad to start with(went 3 times to the service center). What i want is stability and decent camera performance. I know you get what you pay, but sometimes you pay more and don’t get anything extraordinary.

    In today’s smartphones i believe you do get decent product without spending much. Well i guess 3g is common in today’s smartphones,so did’t mention about it…and for battery its a known fact what ever you do charging the phone every 12 hours is the order of the day(according to my experience).

    I don’t no why people make so much fuss about battery…that can not be a major criteria to purchase or deal breaker.Well once again i’ll go through your recommendation. But if at all considering my fixed budget for the 2 phones i need to buy(4k and 5k),which 2 will you suggest.

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