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Canvas 4 Review: Super Phone For A Super Price

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Micromax today has 18% market share (IDC) in the Indian phone market, only second after Samsung. One of the primary reasons of it scaling fast has been its Canvas series of smart phones. The gadget has everything that best smartphones have in the country, good hardware, great screen size and resolution and the pricing is just suitable to a country like India.

Now they have brought another one out from their cupboard as an extension of the series. Canvas 4 aka A210 looks a superphone at first glance. Let’s look at some of its primary features and gauge the capability better.

Screen: The use of Gorilla glass puts the phone a notch above others in the mainstream. Despite its large 5-inch screen, the phone settles smoothly in your hands and gives an uber cool feel. For an 18k phone, the screen is awesome. The resolution could had been improved (still 1280*720) but the quality of picture is better. The phone’s ability to show saturated colors is better than Canvas HD. Good resolution means better clarity in text. Touch is also better and phone’s refresh rate is refreshing for the user.

Built: A notch above Canvas 4, the glossy plastic with a bit of Aluminium is definitely adding to the look value of the phone. The back cover which is removable looks good too and overall the phone looks premium and polished which was needed as this is the highest priced phone from Micromax till date. The aluminium strip adds to the sturdiness of the phone. The power button is also done with aluminium which is a good change from most of the other phones, even expensive ones.

To sum up the built and looks, at the price tag of 18k no mainstream phone has better stuff than this one. No doubt there is scope for improvement but as mentioned this is the best at the point of entry i.e. the price.

Camera: 13MP camera in an 18k phone? Yeah you heard it right. Before you get excited hear this though. The quality of pixels ain’t great so although the news of 13MP makes good hearing, the feature ain’t upto the mark by the standards. The pictures captured lack depth and detail. Bad light is further bad news and close-ups are not good either. There are focus issues too especially during close-ups. Videos are marginally better although recording in MP4 format would had been better than the 3GP it uses.

Android 4.2.1 or Jelly Bean: Smooth functioning like all Canvas series phones highlight the Android in this one. The default user interface works well as compared to customized interfaces that other makers have put on their devices. The phone’s speed is good too and while switching between tasks also the lag is not much. Games perform well and browsing is smooth.

The speaker is good and sound is good as well. Voice quality is good and signal strength at first usage also looked decent.

Differentiation Indexes: To differentiate and to showcase innovation the phone makers have come out with a few features like blow to unlock and video pause. The features are not very user-friendly though and it would had been better had testing would had been good before throwing these into the open. Thankfully the makers have given ways to turn off these features.

Battery life of the phone is decent. With 3G, the battery lasts around 12 hours.

Verdict: A good phone overall sans the camera features. Good speed, brilliant screen and fantastic performance make it a good buy at 18k. If you are looking for a great smartphone sans brand image of big phone makers like Samsung and Apple, this is the phone to go for. 

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Blackberry Q10: A Phone For The Old-Schoolers

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The keyboard Blackberry is back and Q10, RIM’s latest entrant with its new OS looks like a good phone. The Q10 meshes up Blackberry’s brand new OS alongside features of Z10 and is the perfect solution for die-hard fans of Blackberry. Whether there is a need for a phone like this is something only time can tell. 

Looks: The front is modern and classy but the back hampers the feel. The company says that the back is made out of weaved glass, giving it a carbon fiber look and comparable durability. Not bad a material to use but what it does to the experience is what makes it unworthy.

Hardware: Though different in looks, Q10 copies its predecessor Z10 as far as processor, storage and camera is concerned. The 1.5GHz dualcore Snapdragon S4 processor paired with 2GB RAM and 16GB of storage is ditto that of Z10. The phone also is aided by Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi and NFC. It also studs a microHDMI port. Screen Size though is where it differentiates from Z10. While Z10 sports a 4.2-inch 1280*768 display, this one has a smaller 3.1-inch display with a 720 x 720 resolution.

Camera: The BlackBerry Q10 flashes similar camera as that of Z10. The rear facing is 8MP with single LED flash and front facing lens is 2MP. An awesome feature which the camera of Q10 boasts is the HDR mode. HDR can enhance photos – especially the ones taken in variable lighting or large areas of shadow.

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Battery Life: The Q10 stocks a 2,100 mAH pack which looks like enough especially because of the small screen size. The company quotes 13.5 hours of 3g talk time or up to 14.8 hours of 3G standby and upto 60hrs of music playback. Overall the battery life looks like quite impressive.

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Querty Keyboard: Finally Blackberry gets back to what it does best and delivers an awesome type pad again. It’s a winner on the phone. One hand is more than enough and the fear of typing gibberish on touch phones is non-existent. Use two-hands and the experience turns even better, making you remember the Bold days, and taking the accuracy to an even higher level.

Verdict: The phone is good but the bigger question is whether there is a need for a phone like this in the very infatuated touch phone market. What works in its favor though is that there is very little choice when it comes to having a phone with a touch and a physical keyboard. Overall looks like this one is for the old schoolers and the modern ones would still prefer their android or iOS devices and if one is a blackberry fanatic, would go for the Z10. 

 

4 Reasons Why Blackberry Beats iPhone Hands Down

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Now before you bring out the knives to kill me, at least listen to my reasons for beating down your iPhone. If the two C’s Convenience and Comfort were all that you needed from a smart phone, don’t even look beyond the Blackberry

All of my friends want me to buy an iPhone. They think it will change my life. Really, a phone can change your life? I thought the only game changers were what you successfully do in office at home. Anyways, that is the last thing this topic demands so let’s get back to it. Not only friends, even people I meet for like 3 minutes, tell why should I change my Blackberry to Steve Job’s latest gadget and then I get a good dosage on latest additions to the gadget.

But I have always had my reasons for not changing my blackberry for any other smartphone. Here are four of them.

  1. A real keyboard: Even Eric Schmidt uses a Blackberry for this. Yeah, you heard it right. Eric Schmidt does not use an Android smartphone, even though he sits on the board for Android. And if you still don’t believe the efficiency of this, try getting in a race with me over typing with your iPhone. I bet that not only I will be twice as quicker but also twice as correct (because of the gibberish you will end up writing on that phone of yours).
  2. BBM: This was one of the reasons I picked this phone. I was always attracted by this feature since I first saw a Blackberry. It is this app which tells me when my messages are delivered and then read and is also free regardless of how much I send. Yes, I know you would debate of the watsapp available on the iPhone but the last I heard was that it was going to become a paid app soon.
  3. The Indicator Light: So you want to tell me that I take a phone which does not show me if I have an unread message. Not I then, find another customer. I am someone who does not keep peeping inside my phone every 5 minutes so unless an indicator shows me I have unread messages I will preferably not touch my phone for a while. My Blackberry has a red light which keeps blinking till I actually end up reading the message or the mail. For example I leave my phone for a while, my red light will then tell whether there’s something new without having to look for myself.
  4. Lack of Bluetooth: No really, I want a Bluetooth to share music, videos and a lot of other things with friends who have any other phone. Now who has it, my Blackberry does, where as an iPhone does not. Why, they think it will increase piracy of iTunes, nonsense; there are enough download sites available for free in the market, to just go and download.

The reasons above might sound simple yet make a phone efficient enough for me to hold on to it, at least till Research In Motion is still in existence (a friend recently predicted it’s end soon).