We have been waiting to review this Android One device and here it is. The Micromax Canvas A1 which has been making news along with Karbonn and Spice. Also, Intex and Lava are supposed to launch Android One device sometime next year. We have been lucky enough to get out hands on the Canvas A1.
As far as aesthetics and looks, the Canvas A1 resembles various other Micromax devices which fall under the same price (Micromax Bolt Series). There is a big difference in terms of detailing on the primary camera with a brushed metal sort of casing that looks really neat. Just like most brands put their model number of model type behind the device, Micromax has displayed the Android One logo below the back cover. The A1 is slim compared to other Micromax devices and a bit heavy. What we noticed is that it is thinner than the Moto G. Everything else seems to be in place like the power button, volume rockers and the 3.5 mm audio jack.
We were a bit disappointed when we heard that the A1 has a FWVGA resolution. The 854 x 480 pixels IPS display screen is anything but disappointing considering the price. If Xiaomi can design and offer a better screen at approximately the same price, then why can’t Micromax ?? The colours on the are vibrant and the icons sharp. No complaints about the user interface. The screen sort of blends into the black bezel at the top and bottom and this seems like a good way to hide the hard edges that dominate many screens of affordable smartphones. Viewing angles are pretty neat and does not glare when used in the sun. All on all, the display is not a full turn off because after decreasing the price, what can you expect ??
We have used the phone for approximately two days and would not make any strong recommendations. It is just a 48 hour experience. We can say that the software and hardware vibe very well in terms of this phone. There is no lag or stop when you make a switch from one screen to anther or directly to the home-screen. It is all smooth and feels good that the device is seemingly fast. Games like Temple Run, Jetpack Joyride, Subway Surfers among many other light games work well on the A1.
The Canvas A1 is based on the purest form of Android. All the Google apps come pre-loaded. Using Google Now and Google Maps will truly be an experience because the locations load really quickly on the maps (maybe because we were using a 3G network). The native clicker on the Google Camera has been replaced. Overall, it is quite a stable software for the phone and works really fine.
The Micromax Canvas A1 has a 4GB internal storage which is a bit low (2GB is usable) .We would advise you to invest on a 8GB card to start with, but then Amazon is offering it (Strontium 8GB MicroSDHC) for free with the Canvas A1 at the moment. The storage should have at least been 8GB internal storage.
In terms of camera, the native Google Camera app has set the phone apart. The camera results are good, though far from being great. Everything that can be done on a regular camera application can be carried out on the Canvas A1. The camera does not store images on the internal storage of the phone so you will 100% need a microSD card to be inserted into the device.
Battery and Battery Life :
The Canvas A1 has a 1700 mAh battery that would sail through the day with approximately 6 hours of talk-time. It takes approximately 1.5 to 2 hours to charge it from 3%.
The Micromax Canvas A1 exclusively offers the Android One experience. There would be other device which you could go for in the price range or even lower but this being an Android One device cannot be ignored as it has got potential.
Key Features of the Micromax Canvas A1 :
- Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS
- 4.5 inch FWVGA IPS Display Screen
- 480 x 854 pixels Screen Resolution
- 1.3 GHz Quad-Core MediaTek MT 6582 Processor
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB Internal Storage (expandable up to 32GB via microSD card)
- 5MP Primary Camera with LED Flash
- 2MP Secondary Camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
- Proximity Sensor
- Light Sensor
- 3.5 mm Audio Jack
- 1700 mAh Battery