Humble specs however sensible experience- Tech Opinions, Firstpost


Android One is Google’s huge hope to get hundreds of thousands of unconnected Indians hooked to its ecosystem and to begin off, now we have three Android One units, which have similar specs and software program (with a couple of unique apps), however differ on design. That’s the one distinction apart from the small reductions being supplied on the Rs 6,499 value. We have been significantly concerned about seeing the Micromax Canvas A1 and right here’s what we discovered after we received our arms on it.


Design and construct

I’ve no qualms in claiming that that is one of the best cellphone Micromax has put collectively. It’s not a high-end specs monster, or branded as a gold cellphone, however the Canvas A1 feels leagues forward of some other Micromax cellphone now we have seen. The rubberised detachable again feels easy to the contact and provides to the strong really feel. The darkish chrome trim across the entrance is suitably reserved however shines in the proper mild, whereas the minimalist entrance evokes the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the primary Nexus cellphone to eschew bodily buttons. The Canvas A1 has a pleasant heft although it’s not heavy or chunky by any means.


The again of the cellphone encompasses a metallic bump on the highest, much like the Nokia PureView bump, however that doesn’t imply the digital camera is comparable (extra on that later). We actually just like the brushed aluminium look of the digital camera bump, and it provides some reserved aptitude to the in any other case plain black handset. So plain in truth that the one branding is the chrome Micromax brand and a lowercase Android One emblazoned on the underside beneath the round cut-out for the audio system. The Canvas A1 can be accessible within the comparatively extra garish white and gold colors. We want the black one by rather a lot.


 Micromax Canvas A1 Android One review: Humble specs but brilliant experience

A really understated look


The entrance has an identical cut-out for the cellphone receiver and a digital camera subsequent to it. The {hardware} buttons are bunched on the proper facet. The gloss black buttons are slightly flat, however provide good tactile suggestions. The quantity rocker encompasses a dimple within the centre to point the + and – sides. The three.5mm jack is up prime, with the USB port and a noise-cancellation mic on the underside.



With a 4.5-inch WVGA show, we had low expectations concerning the Android One sequence, but when the opposite two telephones are something just like the Canvas A1, there’s no cause to be apprehensive. Sure, one may complain that it’s not a qHD or 720p panel, however that’s not the intention of this primary batch of Android One units. The show on the Canvas A1 is greater than serviceable. It appears vivid, colors pack a punch with out going overboard, with good viewing angles. It’s not the crispest on the earth, however we don’t thoughts it.


Display picks up smudges easily

Show picks up smudges simply


The glass on the show although is one thing of a ache to maintain clear. Maybe Micromax ought to provide a micro-fibre material with the unit. It’s fairly dangerous.



As funds handsets go, the A1 units a excessive benchmark for efficiency, surpassing the Moto E fairly comfortably. We predict this is likely one of the largest advantages of Android One and it actually shines on the Canvas A1. HD video games weren’t a problem and we hardly ever discovered the cellphone staggering. At occasions we discovered the latest apps display screen can be sluggish to return up, nevertheless it solely occurred a couple of times. There have been no huge stumbles.


Micromax branding is restricted to the logo

Micromax branding is restricted to the brand

The Canvas A1 has surprisingly good audio chops although there’s simply the one speaker on the again. The speaker is spherical in form just like the Nexus 5 earpiece, and will get loud sufficient to replenish a room. It does get barely muffled when the cellphone is face up.



As that is inventory Android, it comes with all of the bells and whistles from Google’s core ecosystem for the OS. Chrome is the default browser; Preserve is pre-installed, as is the Google Play suite of apps. Nevertheless, it could appear Google has allowed the seller so as to add some extra apps apart from the inventory Google apps. The Canvas A1 comes with Amazon, Askme, Hike and MLive functions pre-installed. They have been the primary apps we disabled, they usually disappeared from the app drawer. We received’t go into an excessive amount of element about inventory Android. You possibly can examine that in our Nexus 5 evaluate.


Not so slim, but very good to hold

Not so slim, however superb to carry


The most important downside with the Android One units proper now’s that you just can not use the digital camera with out an exterior microSD card. Whereas Micromax and Karbonn are bundling 8GB playing cards with their Android One cellphone, Spice doesn’t and it could be additional expense for the consumer. This limitation is crippling, if you’re not concerned about shopping for a card, and type of forces the consumer to purchase one. We predict it is a horrible transfer, and one we hope is sorted out by way of in a future replace, presumably Android L.


Digital camera

This could possibly be the most important letdown within the cellphone that has all the proper components. Don’t get us mistaken, the digital camera is sort of good for the worth tag, however we simply want it have been higher. The app is the Google Digital camera app so that you get all of the bells and whistles equivalent to Lens Blur, Photospheres, Panoramas, together with HDR mode, publicity adjustment, WB adjustment and extra. It is a lot of settings in a cellphone that retails for beneath Rs 6,500.

5-Megapixel camera under the metallic insert

5-Megapixel digital camera beneath the metallic insert


The digital camera captures pictures quick, however wants the proper mild for crisp photographs. Most photographs confirmed noise even if you zoom in on the handset, so they’ll look worse on the PC. To our thoughts although, most individuals utilizing the Canvas A1 received’t be printing their photos, however solely sharing them on Instagram or Fb. For which it’s greater than adequate. Listed here are a couple of samples.


Captures good colours despite fading light

Captures good colors regardless of the fading mild


But not so great in shadows

However not so nice in shadows


With HDR mode off

With HDR mode off


With HDR on

With HDR on


Great detail in macro mode

Nice element in macro mode



Battery life

The Canvas A1 lasted us 18 hours from one hundred pc to 2 p.c, earlier than we needed to discover the plug. This included over 4 hours of display screen on time due to a mixture of gaming, cellphone calls, textual content and IMs, and a protracted session of Reddit looking and browsing. The cellphone was additionally syncing to revive apps from the Play Retailer throughout the first hour of operation. The nice half concerning the battery life was the cellphone solely dropped three share factors throughout 8 in a single day hours in deep sleep. So all in all we’re more than happy with what the Canvas A1 supplied us.





We predict the Micromax Canvas A1 is one of the best smartphone made by the corporate. It’s dwarfed by the specs of the Canvas Knight or the Canvas Nitro, however is definitely a means higher general expertise by way of usability, stability, and longevity. In reality, it appears far more costly and complex than its value suggests. It’s additionally nice worth due to the worth, whereas the promised updates from Google are the cherry on prime. The one drawbacks are the digital camera, which isn’t horrible, however could possibly be higher, whereas the smudges


It’s additionally a vindication of the notion that inventory Android is one of the best type of Android. Customisations are nice however not at the price of consumer expertise. It’s a certain advice within the funds class over the likes of the Moto E and the Xiaomi Redmi 1s, and if you’re in search of a funds smartphone this winter, look no additional.

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