Mobile phone screen size is increasing day by day. Just a few years ago 3.5 inch screen was considered big enough for a touch screen mobile phone. But after the popularity of Samsung Galaxy Note like devices all phone manufacturers are releasing mobile phones with large screen. Micromax, the popular Indian mobile manufacturer has recently released Android Smartphone Micromax A100 Superfone Canvas with large 5″ display. It is not just another Android Smartphone, it has some great features like 1GHz processor, 5MP autofocus camera, Dual SIM, 2000 mAh battery and comes at a very attractive price Rs 9,990 ($182). In this Micromax A100 Superfone Canvas review I’m going to find out if it is the best Android Ice Cream Sandwich mobile phone under Rs 10,000.
Micromax A100 Superfone Canvas Specifications:
- 5” LCD display with 800×480 resolution
- 1 GHz Qualcomm single core processor
- Adreno 200 GPU
- 512MB RAM
- 2GB internal memory
- MicoSD card supporting up to 32GB
- 5MP Autofocus camera with LED flash, VGA front Camera
- Wi-Fi b/g/n
- Bluetooth 3.0
- Dual SIM (GSM+GSM)
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4
- 2000 mAh Battery
Hardware and Design:
Micromax A100 Superfone Canvas has 1Ghz Qualcomm MSM7627A single core processor with Adreno 200 GPU and 512 MB RAM. The large 5″ LCD screen protected by scratch resistant glass. There are no physical or capacitive buttons below the display as Ice Cream Sandwich uses on screen buttons. The power button is located at the right side, which also works as screen lock and unlock key. On the left side it has volume rocker keys and two microphones are present at the top and bottom for noise cancellation. Micro USB port is present at the bottom, which is used for PC connection and charging the device. Micromax A100 has 3.5 mm standard headphone connector at the top. The build quality of A100 is good and it’s doesn’t feel like a cheap mobile phone. The rubberized finish at the backside gives premium feeling. Micromax A100 is a large mobile phone due to the huge screen size. It is 11.9 mm thick and weights 168 gm.
The large 5 inch screen is undoubtedly the key selling feature of Micromax A100. You will not get a phone with this kind of screen size below Rs 25,000. Samsung Galaxy SIII and Galaxy Note or HTC One X comes close to it but all of them are more expensive. The screen has 800×480 resolution and can show 16.8 million colors. The display looks good and offers vivid colors with crisp details. It is very touch responsive, thanks to the capacitive technology. Sunlight visibility is average, display tends to wash out under direct sunlight. Overall I’m really happy with the screen performance of Micromax A100.
User Interface and Software:
Micromax A100 Superfone Canvas is one of the first Micromax Smartphones to come with Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4 pre-installed. It is running stock Android with very little customizations. Micromax has added some shortcuts in the notification bar to quickly access Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc. There are some pre installed apps from Micromax like M! Store, M! Zone, MiVoice, M! Sms, etc.
The overall performance of the mobile is good. I’ve noticed little slowdown while switching between home screens or opening apps. But that’s ok for a 1GHz single core processor with 512 MB RAM. Almost all apps which I installed run without any problem. It has 2GB internal memory so you will not run out of space easily. Additionally you can insert a MicroSD card to increase storage space.
Gaming performance of Micromax A100 is not so good. Simple games like Angry Birds, Temple Run, Fruit Ninja runs fine but latest HD games like Asphalt 7, Dead Trigger will not run smoothly due to the old Adreno 200 GPU. This mobile phone is good for casual gaming don’t expect to play HD games on it.
Micromax A100 Superfone Canvas has 1 GHz single core Qualcomm MSM 7627A processor with Adreno 200 GPU. It has total 512 MB RAM though the actual amount of free RAM is just 387 MB. I run some popular benchmarks like Quadrant, Antutu and Nenamark 2 to see how well it performs.
- Quadrant Standard: 2324
- Antutu Benchmark: 2763
- Nenamark 2: 16.4
- BenchmarkPI: 830 miliseconds
- Linpack: 36 MFLOPS
The large 5″ screen is great for watching videos on Micromax A100. The default video player can handle some 720p and 1080p video files. If you need more codec support use 3rd party players like Dice Player or Mx Player. Using these players you can play most of the HD videos without any problem. Still there are some issues with mkv 720p and Full HD files, so it’s batter to convert them to compatible format. Micromax A100 has a 2000 mAh battery so you can enjoy a couple of movies on a single charge.
Micromax A100 packs 5 MP auto focus camera with LED flash. It has a VGA front camera for video calling over 3G or Skype. The rear camera has touch focus feature and has some basic settings to tweak photos. A100 can record videos as well but the maximum resolution is just 480p, at least 720p HD video recording would have been a killer feature. Photo and video quality is average and usually have noise when lighting is poor. The LED flash is not powerful and can be used during video recording.
Internet other connectivity:
Micromax A100 supports 7.2 Mbps 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. You can use any one of the dual SIM for accessing 3G data while the other one can be used for 2G data connection. It has the stock Android browser with Adobe Flash support. The browser is not snappy and sometimes lags when trying to use the pinch to zoom. However you can install Chrome browser from Google Play to solve this problem. It has dedicated YouTube app for watching YouTube videos up to 480p resolution. It has built in A-GPS for navigation and maps.
- Large 5″ display
- Good build quality
- Android Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0.4
- Dual SIM support
- 1GHz CPU and 512 MB RAM
- Good overall performance
- 2000 mAh battery
- Average Camera
- No HD video recording
- Not so good gaming performance
- Low speaker volume during video playback
If you have any queries regarding Micromax A100 Superfone Canvas Review, please feel free to ask us.
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