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Micromax Canvas 2 2017

Colours:
Yellow
Features:
  • Supports Indian bands
  • 16 GB + 64 GB Expandable
  • Dual SIM: Micro + Micro
  • Fingerprint sensor
  • FM Radio

Specifications

General
Launch DateMay 11, 2017 (Official)
BrandMicromax
ModelCanvas 2 2017
Operating SystemAndroid v7.0 (Nougat)
SIM Slot(s)Dual SIM, GSM+GSM
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro
Network4G: Available (supports Indian bands)
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Quick Charging
Design
Height144.2 mm
Width70.8 mm
Thickness8.5 mm
Weight160 grams
ColoursChrome Black, Champagne
Display
Screen Size5.0 inches (12.7 cm)
Screen ResolutionHD (720 x 1280 pixels)
Pixel Density294 ppi
Display TypeIPS LCD
Screen Protectionyes
Touch Screenyes
Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)67.35 %
Performance
ChipsetMediaTek MT6737
ProcessorQuad core, 1.25 GHz, Cortex A53
Architecture64 bit
GraphicsMali-T720 MP2
RAM3 GB
Storage
Internal Memory16 GB
Expandable Memoryyes
Camera
Resolution5 MP Front Camera
Autofocus
Optical Image Stabilisation
Flash
Image Resolution4128 x 3096 Pixels
SettingsExposure compensation, ISO control
Shooting ModesContinuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)
Camera FeaturesDigital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus
Video Recording1920x1080 @ 28 fps
Battery
Capacity3050 mAh
TypeLi-ion
User Replaceable
TalkTimeUp to 12 Hours(3G)
Standby timeUp to 500 Hours(2G)
Network & Connectivity
SIM SizeSIM1: Micro, SIM2: Micro
Network Support4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G
SIM 1
SIM 2
Wi-Fiyes
Wi-Fi FeaturesMobile Hotspot
Bluetoothyes
GPSyes
NFC
USB ConnectivitymicroUSB 2.0
Multimedia
FM Radioyes
Loudspeakeryes
Audio Jack3.5 mm
Special Features
Fingerprint Sensoryes
Fingerprint Sensor PositionFront
Other SensorsLight sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer
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Expert Review

Conclusion:

The Micromax Canvas 2 just doesn’t feel like it felt back in the day where the original Canvas 2 launched. The device has some serious shortcomings with the general performance department and the camera department. At current price of Rs. 9,000, the Canvas 2 just doesn’t feel like a right choice with competing phones from Lenovo, Xiaomi performing better and offering better user experience. The Micromax Canvas 2’s biggest flaw is its software which sends unwanted spammy advertisement notifications and shoving apps on our face to install which is the last thing we and you would want when you spending the money. Though the build quality, fast Fingerprint sensor are good things, they simply can’t outshine the drawbacks of the Canvas 2.

So, if you are in the market looking for a device to purchase, we would advise the Moto G5 Plus, Huawei Honor 6X or the Redmi Note 4 over the Micromax’s much hyped Canvas 2.

Introduction:

Micromax after a brief break of over a year is now back and active in the game again. If you are the one who is aware of what happens in and around tech, you must be well aware of the Micromax Canvas 2 that was launched almost four years ago and the sensation it created. Following the nostalgia set by Nokia 3310, Micromax too seems to be going the same way as the company decided to resuscitate the Canvas 2 with regards to naming. The new Micromax Canvas 2 carries forward nothing except for the naming from its namesake.

Four years is a lot, things, especially in the Indian market, have changed a lot since the Chinese brand’s takeover. Though the Canvas 2 was popular back in the day, it isn’t iconic as the Nokia 3310, so it takes a lot for Micromax to sell the phone to the mass markets in India. In our today’s review, let’s find answers on how well the new Canvas 2 (2017) fares in real keeping aside the not so popular nostalgia.

The device sports a 5-inches HD (1280 x 720 pixels) display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection, 400 nits brightness. It is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz Quad-core Processor with Mali T720 MP1 GPU. It packs 3GB RAM and 16GB internal memory that is further expandable up to 64GB via microSD. It runs on Android 7.0 Nougat OS.

In the camera department, there is a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and a 5-megapixel front camera. It also has a Fingerprint sensor for security. Connectivity features include 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. A 3050mAh battery is on board for all battery requirements.

Design & Display:

First thing that we felt the second we hold the device in hands in that it doesn’t feel cheap in any way though being plastic. The device looks pretty slick meaning it is slippery and thanks to the glossy back panel, it attracts fingerprints at a rapid pace. Coming to design, the Canvas 2 (2017) in no way has design cues from the original Canvas 2, the new Canvas 2 is just a rectangular bar with rounded edges that perfectly fits in hands and smallest of pockets. While the device doesn’t have much in terms of visuals, it still is a pretty looking phone with the front fingerprint sensor that we don’t see much in this budget segment. Though the company says that it has 2.5D curved glass display, we found the screen to be mostly flat with a slight bent that too disappearing into a plastic frame. Micromax has also included a transparent back case which you can use to prevent fingerprints and smudges.

Moving to placements, there is a 5-megapixel camera, main earpiece, the usual set of sensors, and down below the screen, there is a physical button that has the Fingerprint sensor embedded into it. The capacitive buttons are placed within the display. The power and the volume rockers are present on the right, while there is nothing on the left. The 3.5mm audio jack along with the microUSB port is present on the top, and the speaker grills are placed on the bottom. Flipping the device to the rear is where you find the 13MP rear camera, Micromax logo, LED flash. The back panel is removable, so is the 3050mAh battery. Overall, great build and design, except for the glossy rear panel which attracts more fingerprints.

The Micromax Canvas 2 sports a 5-inches HD (1280 X 720) IPS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection. The company says that it has partnered with Corning to bring hardened glass even in budget phones. Though the display resolution falls short when compared to Full HD panel, it still fairs well. The colours are good, and being an IPS panel, the viewing angles are good. However, the brightness levels are less which clearly affects the outdoor visibility. We had a hard time accessing the display under direct sunlight. To make things even worse, quality of the panel doesn’t feel smooth either; it is a bit slow in responding for some reason.

The Corning Gorilla Glass 5 is a great addition at this price; it easily prevents the screen from cracking and scratches to some extent. If you are not satisfied with that, the company is also offering 1-year free display replacement and a screen guard with in the box as well. Overall, the display is pretty average with poor viewing angles and slightly slow response rate.

Performance:

The device is powered by the MediaTek MT6737 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz Quad-Core processor with 3GB RAM. The performance for general day-to-day usage is decent with apps running smoothly as they should. We had most social media apps running for us in the background pushing notifications, yet it barely slowed down. Apps open up quite fast, but the loading time is slower than what we would like.  However, on continuous to heavy usage it will lag and consistently drop frames. The interface is also to be blamed here, it is quite buggy like we mentioned above and still needs to be polished. It even gets warm quite a bit as we kept using the device for some time, though it isn’t something that is uncomfortable, it still gets annoying when you feel warmness while using the phone.

Moving to gaming, we tried out games ranging from Asphalt 8, Nova 3, Modern Combat 5, Subway Surfers, Temple Run 2 and few others. One thing that is commonly noticed while gaming is that, normal games had no issues handling the graphics and textures, while the device fails on so many levels with the intense and high-end titles like the Asphalt 8 and Nova 3. Though they were playable in lowest graphical settings, we didn’t find the gameplay to be decent. The fingerprint sensor is fast, but 3/10 it fails to recognise our fingers making us reply on the pattern. Overall, the performance is average at best and we feel like Micromax has missed out on a great chance here.

Cameras:

The Micromax Canvas 2 packs a 13MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera. As with most budget phones, the Canvas 2 also suffers the same fate in low-light. In bright outdoor conditions, the rear camera is capable of clicking images that are rich in details and colours. The pictures are very much good to even share them on Social media. However, focusing is very slow and the camera app also lag to shift the viewfinder even after moving the camera angle. The focusing issue is real annoying when you want to click images right in the moment.

In the low-light conditions, the camera fails terribly with washed out colours and pale output. Though the amount of detail that one would expect in the low-light conditions is still preserved, we are not satisfied with what we are getting. There is LED flash to brighten the images, but the output only results in over exposed images and artificial output. The camera app is fairly simple with controls for everything right in the front on the main display. The front 5MP selfie shooter is good and is suitable for individual selfies, as the sensor is not a wide-angle lens. Overall, a pretty decent camera if you can ignore the average low-light performance.

Battery:

The device packs a 3050mAh battery that doesn’t support any fast charge. For general to moderate users, the battery capacity is enough to pull you through until the end of the day. With mixed usage like using the phone for calls, social media updates, streaming videos, clicking, editing photos, game for some time, the battery couldn’t last until the end of the day which is not a good thing. On the other hand, with heavy usage, it died around evening leaving you behind with a lot to desire.

The phone drains the battery quite fast even with slightest of usage, and the standby drain too is on the heavier side. The device takes close to 3 hours of time to charge completely from 5% to 100% which is a lot considering fast charge technologies we have been seeing. Overall, you can still manage to pull the device till the end of the day if you keep the usage in check, but with heavy usage it gives up pretty fast

Audio & Video:

The Speaker grills are present on the bottom and the sound quality via the speaker grill is very loud that it can easily cover an entire room. The company is bundling basic earphones and they aren’t in ear style type. We used the earphones we had with us for testing and the quality is pretty good. The default music player can handle most audio formats with ease. There is support for equalizer which you can use to tweak the audio profiles for better output.

In the video department, the device was able to stream even a 1080p video in any format via the default video player. We didn’t face any issues like freezing or heating. The chipset supports 1080p video playback so we had no issues streaming or playing videos stored locally.  

Software & Ui:

The Micromax Canvas 2 runs on Android 7.0 Nougat out of the box with Micromax own Steroid launcher on top. Though we are getting a latest software, the interface on top is very buggy and feels like spam more often than not. The quick toggles which are generally found in the notification area is now being shifted bottom and can be accessed by swiping up much like the iOS style. Though it will take time to get used to it, we did find a weird issue with this as it for some reason dims the display even after closing it. For the screen to come back to life, we had to launch and exited an app. To the left of the main home screen you find the Around You service which basically is a service that integrates services from Ola, Uber, Oyo, Zomato, Swiggy and more under one roof without having to install an app for it. However, the interface isn’t polished and still feels buggy most of the time.

Another biggest disappointment with the software is the spammy notifications that we keep getting from system updater app which we thought was meant for software updates when we enabled it. These notifications are nothing but spam ads from shopping sites and various other apps. This goes on to say how Micromax values user’s privacy and security and adding to the irony, Micromax constantly spammed us by asking if these ads were annoying us. Tapping on that led to Micromax M! Account app which asked us to create an account in order to perform any actions. Apart from Google apps, few preloaded apps like Eros Now, Mobile Assistant, OYO, and Udio Wallet, and two game trials came pre-installed and there is no way you can uninstall them. Out of the 3GB RAM, around 1.2GB is available for user. The available RAM is enough to perform multitasking smoothly to certain extent, however, on heavy usage or running too many apps in the background led to some jerkiness and sluggishness in the U.I Overall, software wise, the Micromax Canvas 2 is a big disappointment.

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