Micromax Canvas 5 Review

The Canvas 5 is Micromax’s new flagship phone and it aims to bring stellar camera results. Let’s see if it can really strike a chord.

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Look and feel

With a distinct 2.5D curved arc display armed with Gorilla Glass 3, Canvas 5 will stand out in the pool of look-alike smartphones. You will get a good grip because of the metal frame it has on the sides and the buttons are well placed within the reach of your thumb. There’s Micro-USB port at the bottom and a 3.5mm headphone socket at the top.

The back panel has a textured plastic cover. You get a microSD card and a SIM slot. The battery is however non-removable. The 5.2-inch display works really well in all lighting conditions and the touch response is also great.

Camera

Canvas 5 houses a 13MP primary camera with a single LED flash and a 5 MP camera with a LED flash in the front, which is good for your selfies. The primary camera performs surprisingly well during daytime but falters a bit in low-light situations. The front camera uses a fixed-focus lens but does a straight job of getting selfies, both indoors and outdoors. You get a few shooting modes such as Wide Selfie and Face Beauty. The quality of video recording at 1080p for the rear camera is also decent enough.

It can also effortlessly play full-HD videos which are a joy to watch. Thanks to the crisp display. The mono rear speaker is civilly loud but feels stifled at times. The ‘Speaker Enhancer’ mode in the settings app slightly helps to improve the volume level but not much.

Specifications and software

The phone runs on octa-core MediaTek MT6753 SoC clocked at 1.3GHz and is packed with 16GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. Other features include Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and USB OTG, FM radio and an expandable storage capacity upto 32 GB. You also get dual LTE SIM slots.

The phone comes out of the box with Android Lollipop 5.1 and has a single-layered home which means there is no app drawer. Micromax has also changed all the stock icons for its default apps.

Micromax canvas features a ‘Smart awake’ gesture that can be managed through Settings app. It lets you draw letters on the screen when it’s off in order to carry out a function such as direct launching of the camera app. There’s also MiraVision, which lets you optimise the display’s contrast, colour temperature, sharpness and saturation.

Performance 
The Canvas 5 carries out daily duties commendably. There is no lag in multitasking and general app performance. You can even get away with some exhaustive 3D games such as Dead Trigger 2. The phone gets a little warmer around the Micromax logo but that is very common with nearly all the android phones.

Battery

The 2900mAh battery will back you up for upto 7 hours and 12 minutes which is fine upon normal usage. You may notice that the battery level drops very quickly while using the camera. Also the phone takes long hours to fully charge.

Verdict 
The Micromax Canvas 5 is an upright candidate in its price category since the company has assured to bring out an Android 6.0 update in the future.  The phone earns attention for its detailed macros in daylight, display quality good build and good all-round app performance.

Picture courtesy – indiatimes.com


by techtalks @TechTalks January 18, 2016 9:49 AM UTC

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