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Micromax Canvas 4 A210 Review – The Best Canvas till date!

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Micromax has forever been associated with cheap and budget phones, earlier with feature phones now with budget Android phones. With the Micromax Canvas 4 A210 the company tries to find a balance between the desires of the market and a stable ecosystem. The Micromax Canvas 4 A210 has been perceived a big negative mark on the company’s ever tarnished reputation, So is the Micromax Canvas 4 A210 the marvel of innovation Micromax claims it to be? or is it just another attempt at making more money, lets find out.

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Build Quality and Hardware

The Micromax Canvas 4 A210 is exceptionally well built, it uses the two elements found in the worlds most popular handsets, the steel bezel and frame of the iPhone and the plastic back panel of the Samsung Galaxy series. The end result is a beautiful looking device that fits well in the hand and feels great to use. The plastics on the Micromax Canvas 4 A210 are cleverly used and remain at a minimal, whereas no serious strengthening has been utilized to the glass. 

On the inside of this phone is a Mediatek 6589 chipset that offers up 1.2 GHz on Quad cores and a sufficient Power VR SGX GPU. On the inside is 16 GB of Storage and 1 GB of RAM, whereas the cameras are fitted with a 13 MP BSI Sony Sensor with full HD capabilities and a front facing 5 MP shooter also with 1080p capabilities. The display is a 1280 x 720p 5 inch display and the overall device offers quite a balanced mix of hardware and build quality. Although many companies are offering higher specs with similar handsets, the build quality on the Micromax Canvas 4 comes out on top. 

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Display

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The Micromax Canvas 4 A210 uses a new type of display, unseen on any of the company’s earlier devices, the display has a serious blue hue imbalance, but is exceptionally visible outdoors compared to the previous Gen display. The 1280 x 720p resolution was a major let down for many a buyers because of many rumors that pitted the phone equipped with a 1080p display. All “unethical journalism” aside the display is great for almost all requirements including gaming and multimedia, however it never hurts to get more resolution even if you don’t need it. 

The touchscreen is very responsive and the display is perfectly fused into the body of the device, a lower resolution display also ensures better battery life considering that this device only has a 2000 mAh battery which you can read more about in the battery section below. 

Multimedia, Gaming and OS

The Micromax Canvas 4 A210 is based on Android 4.2 and is mostly a vanilla interface, some basic customizations have been added to give additional UI features. “Blow to Unlock” for one is and example of a feature that has been added which may actually be liked by some, we personally feel that it is a waste of battery and a serious red flag to safe mobile phone usage. 

Micromax has also added some features like smart pause on Samsung devices, a software feature which uses the sensors and front camera to detect when a user looks away, while watching a video , and pauses the video. Some fun UI elements like bouncing notifications and alerts in the lock screen add to the user experience.

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We feel that Micromax now needs to work on a proprietary UI for Android on their devices, much like TouchWiz or Sense, they need to develop a UI which will truly make their devices unique. For now the Micromax Canvas 4 is based on vanilla android and mostly third party modifications which may or may not be activated.

If you aim to do some gaming on the Canvas 4, you will be happy to know that most games work out of the box and work well. On the occasion some heavy spec’d games will hang or crash, which can only be expected. 

Watching videos and movies is great especially thanks to the great display and loud speaker, but you do start to miss a full HD experience if you have had one. 

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Camera

One thing which really changes the perception of the Micromax Canvas 4 A210 is the camera with its f2.2 lens equipped Sony BSI 13 MP sensor. The camera is the same unit used in the Xperia Z and performs exceptionally well. The camera also works great in low light conditions and captures great videos. The front facing camera is a bit of overkill, unless you do a lot of self portraits. The front camera is great but only if you have ample lighting, and honestly we don’t deny that sometime soon in the future front cameras may also start to get a dedicated flash diode. 

The camera module is far too advanced for the software that has been included in the Canvas 4, and if you manage to root your device using our method, you can easily install the camera app ported from other devices. Any camera app that will give you additional manual controls is the app you are looking for. 

A word to the wise, if you plan on doing macro photography with this camera, Autofocus will not be your friend. An add on lens might also be helpful.

The camera has great image composition ensuring great color reproduction and great crisp focus. If you intend to use auto mode the included app works fairly well and will not disappoint. Wait for our detailed camera review.

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Performance

if you are looking for extreme performance on this smartphone you are actually looking in the wrong place, you are better off buying a Nexus or HTC One if that is your objective. The Micromax Canvas 4 A210 aims to achieve a few things and extreme performance is not one of them. The phone is pretty good for what its worth, gaming is decent, day to day usage is excellent, multitasking works great and for once the OS is quite stable. 

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The Micromax Canvas 4 A210 will get you through most of the tasks you can put it through and then some, but it will not satisfy the tweak hungry junkies. The chipset has its limitations and they can’t be witnessed in the day to day usage of an average user. 

Micromax as a Company

We take off from the regular review process to point out a couple of things to our readers, The Micromax Canvas 4 is very identical to the Blu Life One, in fact it may as well be the same phone. Both companies Micromax and Blu have many things in common, they are both young companies and they both have the same vendors. But, Blu handsets will never come to India, because the company is presently focused in the Americas, just like Micromax’s main focus is in India. Even though we got many requests to compare the two handsets we feel it is unnecessary at the least. 

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Micromax has taken a bold step and tried to take care of the biggest concern of users with the improved build of their handset, in doing so the cost of their handset has gone up considerably . That tied with the inflated cost of the US $ made it a pricing fail for the company, and we feel Micromax is a bit premature to be entering the sub 20k market with handsets based on Mediatek chipsets in fact the same chipset that goes in sub 10k handsets. But, what most people are neglecting is the use of quality materials and components is bound to raise costs, the Sony 13 MP sensor itself justifies such a bump in pricing. 

Micromax is no Samsung when it comes to customer satisfaction, hell even Samsung are not that great. The company aims to become a big mobile brand, but it is presently far from that goal simply because of their dependence on readily available products and components. 

Battery Life

The Canvas 4 has slightly low battery life and the constant use of included apps does not help. On average you will get 3-4 hours of continuos talk time. Features like smart pause and blow to unlock will really mould your battery life usage and are best avoided. Real Life Tests:

    • Talk Time : 4 Hours on 3G / 6 Hours on 2G
    • Internet : 3 Hours on 3G / 5 hours on Wifi
    • Music : Upto 12 Hours 
    • Video : 3 Hours

 

 

The Good

Micromax has for once tried to focus on the user experience more than the specs, the Micromax Canvas 4 A210 is extremely well built when compared to competition and even their own previous phones. The warranty for the Canvas 4 ensures that if your phone is damaged or defective (within warranty guidelines) you instantly get a replacement phone. Software elements like smart stay and smart pause that usually require expensive devices to begin with. 

The cameras are also an advantage on the Canvas 4 and those with a taste for mobile photography will truly come to appreciate the device for that. The phone achieves what most phones by sector 2 manufacturers dont, premium feel. 

The Bad

The price for one is a little off the mark, a 15k price point would appear to be a more worthy option for the Canvas 4. The OS is still mostly stock and with the added bloatware and software gimmicks, we are not impressed.  

Conclusion 

There is no doubt that the Micromax Canvas 4 A210 is the best Canvas / Micromax phone till date, but with the impending release of iBerry Nuclea N1 and a series of devices already in the market. The decision is truly in the hands of the buyer, the company is attempting to change its ranks in the smartphone market and the Micromax Canvas 4 A210 may be that very device. Once Micromax realizes the market status and drops the price by 1500- 2000 this very well may be the best smartphone in the market in the Rs. 15000 price bracket, but until then this seems like an investment which may not yield a return worth of value. 

With Root already achieved by iGyaan those looking to get more bang for their buck will also be satiated. 

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Bharat Nagpal
Founder and Chief Editor of iGyaan. Bharat likes to keep on top of technology ! Follow Him on Google Plus : Google+
50 comments
Dharmendra Singh
Dharmendra Singh

Hi Guys, I bought this phone 10 month back. After 5 month Wifi giving issue. 1. Wifi did not connect even in 1 meter reach from wifi router. 2. Wifi has lot off issue. It did not search available wifi routers most of time. Bluetooth is not connecting with laptop bluetooth while other phone connecting properly with same laptop. Now Sim is giving issue. All other phone working properly at same place but this phone does not detect network and most of time, it shows no network connectivity. Other issue with App. We installed facebook on this and whenever we try to play any facebook vedio then facebook app becomes closed. If you reset the phone to factory default then facbook video plays for some days. Again same issue. All other phones at home working properly. Some other minor issue coming now.... in short this phone does not worth of price paid to this. Going to service center again .... hope problems will fix.... you can mail me dharmendra105833@gmail.com or 8971855993 for any more query regarding this phone. Regards Dharmendra

KrishnaKantTiwari
KrishnaKantTiwari

Go to any micromax service centre before buying its product. See the "Mela" of people visitng these centres with their complaints. Yesterday I met a person who had just bought a mobile one day before and was at the doors of service centre. If you have not cursed yourself before, BUY micromax and curse yourself daily.

K.K Tiwari

KrishnaKantTiwari
KrishnaKantTiwari

Go to any micromax service centre before buying its product. See the "Mela" of people visitng these centres with their complaints. Yesterday I met a person who had just bought a mobile one day before and was at the doors of service centre. If you have not cursed yourself before, BUY micromax and curse yourself daily. K.K Tiwari

KrishnaKantTiwari
KrishnaKantTiwari

Most disgusting products. If u have enough leisure time to spend in chasing micromax service  centers and the company  go to buy micromax mobiles. After two months in service centre and later company, after number of calls, got replaced micromax canvas 4, yesterday. but the problem is still same with the replaced one. "battery not charging". I am totally fed up. K.K.Tiwari 

KrishnaKantTiwari
KrishnaKantTiwari

Most disgusting products. If u have enough leisure time to spend in chasing micromax service  centers and the company  go to buy micromax mobiles. After two months in service centre and later company, after number of calls, got replaced micromax canvas 4, yesterday. but the problem is still same with the replaced one. "battery not charging". I am totally fed up. K.K.Tiwari

jsinghal
jsinghal

@Mukesh Suthar M I m also facing the same issue. Did you get any solution?

Shaan
Shaan

What about THE Blueish TinT on the Display ... ? ? PhoNe seems tO be WORST with that blue tint Display :( hoW tO remove that blueish tint ? ? o.O

Mukesh Suthar M
Mukesh Suthar M

Plz plz plz Dont buy Canvas-4 Just in 2 months every two mintes restart / reboot .. Micromax serives center cant find solution.. Pending since 21 days.. Plz plz plz dont buy canvas 4

jsinghal
jsinghal

@Mukesh Suthar M I m also facing the same issue. Did you get any solution?

Aman
Aman

Build quality improved a lot as well, well other companies increase atleast 2K (not talking about iPhone, they do 3-4K increase) for just for just adding 8 GB(compare any 8GB and 16GB variants in any phone)

Amit Verma
Amit Verma

if u want to strrugle in ur life then buy micromax .......

Amit Verma
Amit Verma

plz dont compare micromax with samsung,htc,nokia,sony,etc.. becouse u r compairing maruti sujuki with BMW

dilharo
dilharo

u want to compare maruthi with bmw, compare samsung vs apple

Amit Verma
Amit Verma

is se accha samsung galaxy mega 5.8 hai jo maine kal hi kharida hai

Amit Verma
Amit Verma

micromax lena bekar hai kyuki main khud le le pachttaa raha hun mera 5 din ka canvas 4 20 din se service center main pada hua hai lakin abhi tak mujhe koi reply nahi mila

chetan
chetan

Do we have Call conferencing facility and Notification LED for message , call ... on the left top corner like other micromax phone ,,,, please reply asap????????????

chirag
chirag

@4fda5ab85e68739291425c18944aaed9:disqus is it good to upgrade galaxy s advance to micromax canvas 4? I am in confusion..... HELP.....

Dhairya
Dhairya

See ofcourse micromax now will plan to make their cmpany among cmpanies like htc and samsung and hence will increase their budget. If u talk abt the canvas 4 it is a superb phone even fr 20000 and at times better than nexus 4 which is something around 25000 if I m nt wrong. The camera is class apart and the build is superb. People seem to have a provlem with price. If u see iphone 4 (8gb) is priced around 21000 and iphone 4(16gb) is priced around 25000. Fr a difference of 8 gb apple charges 4000 more than why cant Micromax and that too fr 12 gb more as compared to previous ones. Comparing galaxy grand and canvas 4, canvas 4 is always better. Finally its hw u feel. These are my suggestions

karan oberoi
karan oberoi

I totally agree to what u've said above..

tammy
tammy

Which phone should I buy micromax canvas 4 or Samsung galaxy grand...

Aman
Aman

If you are looking for build quality after sales and brand(though canvas 4 is a very good phone, best canvas till date by MMX) go for HTC, Sony, samsung is too bad in services, at least sony people listens you.

Aman
Aman

You should go for Canvas 4, I have HTC One X+ and Canvas 4 both, just wanted to let you kow that I hold a very good phone already, Canvas 4 is not near One X+ but its not so far as well. Canvas 4 is a nice phone if you get it in less than 17K, ignore if you have already purchased the phone. :)

Pankaj Pawar
Pankaj Pawar

Both are Really Nice.....Just have a look At Their Specs & Price At Clickpeth, Gsmarena, 91Mobiles......

Harsh862
Harsh862

I think you should definitely go for the canvas 4... The reason is simple, compare the specifcations, built quality, camera, gaming etc in everything canvas 4 will come out in top. And if you think micromax is not a good company, then let me clear one thing, samsung too is neither. My dad gave his s3 to the service center for a manufacturing defect(problem in battery) and they just kept the phone for 3 weeks and then returned without doing anything. Micromax is giving a warranty in which it will replace your phones with a new phone if a manufacturing defect is found. So if you want one, go for micromax.....

Amit Verma
Amit Verma

GALAXY GRAND IS BETTER BUT IF U HAVE BUDGET AROUND 20 TO 25 K SEE SONY XPERIA SP AND GALAXY MEGA 5.8

Utsav
Utsav

Any idea on when could we get hands on MOTO X in india??

madhup jain
madhup jain

plzz sujjest me bst phone under 14000 rs.....................which one is better canvas hd or canvas 2 plus?????

Aman
Aman

Buy Sony, HTC(see for battery in the model you chose), even LG dnt go for samsung if you want build quality and after sale service(samsung is not less then MMX in services)

Amit Verma
Amit Verma

DON,T BUY MICROMAX BUY SONY XPERIA M OR SAMSUNG CORE

ankit
ankit

lava iris 504q

Aman
Aman

canvas 2 Plus is a very nice phone, you can go for it, forget Lava, karbon etc. they are not good in build, they are just good in specifications, MMX durability is better among these brands.

ankit
ankit

canvas 2 has a ear piece problem , its better to go for lava iris 504 q

@bhi
@bhi

google play edition of canvas 4 !!!!!!!!!!!!

ashutosh
ashutosh

should i get lumia 520 or s duos?

Aman
Aman

both have different platform, decide for platform first, and stick with that (android or windows) then look for phone, Sony, HTC (if you see good battery in particular model) is good, I found samsung after sale service pathetic, samsung is just hyped, see two models(HTC/Sony and samsung) together then you will understand + after sale services is poor as MMX ( buy MMX instead of samsung atleast you will save money :)

Amit Verma
Amit Verma

buy s duos if ur budget is around 13 k see galaxy core

jaivik
jaivik

please help with the color of canvas 4. Should i buy white or black ??

Aman
Aman

White looks cool. well let me tell you after sales service of MMX and Samsung(i experienced these two brands) is very bad, HTC is good in that, but MMX is a better choice as you save money, I have HTC One X+ and Canvas 4, X+ is better but I love my canvas 4 as well :)

Harsh862
Harsh862

Actually, its not black its grey. I think you should go for white.

Amit Verma
Amit Verma

if u want to strrugle in ur life then buy micromax

Harry
Harry

My suggestion to Micromax - It should manufacture a device Canvas 4 mini Specs Should be - 1)4.3" inch hd screen 2)Mediatek quad core processor 3)1gb Ram 4)8gb internal memory 5)Should have a led indicator 6)8MP Main camera @30Fps & Front 3.2 MP 7)The back cover should be matt finish . It should be dual sim .The battery should be of 2000mah 8)When the smartphone is placed on a flat surface the main camera should not touch surface 9)Micromax logo should be written on the front of the phone as well as on back of phone. 10)The phone should be white in colour because white colour looks great and the main thing it should be handy. 11)OH! i forgot one thing that it should have a hard home button not soft keys Soft keys only for settings and back button AND ABOUT THE PRICE - Market dd and ss

ram
ram

can u review micromax canvas 2 plus

Gurjyot
Gurjyot

its surely one of the best budget phone i have ever seen with such a spec list....

Arp
Arp

Is this better than XOLO Play T1000??