Expert Review of Micromax A70
Micromax A70 is an affordable piece of gadget by the home made company, Micromax, which has Android platform and has fully touch sensitive display. Unlike its older siblings, this droid is a single SIM phone. This smartphone will redefine the definition of being smart. This Android handset comes with Mi-Fi that is a pocket wireless Internet connection. The device has got elegant looks with simple design to suit your personality. This handset is the successor of Micromax Andro A60 but when comes to comparison, Micromax A70 comes with a better screen resolution, higher megapixels camera, powerful processor and upgraded operating system. The body of this handset will reminds you of HTC Desire, excluding the silver banding on the edges. There is a small navigational circular hardware button at the bottom of the capacitive touch sensitive screen. This smartphone runs on the very old and outdated Android v.2.2 Froyo operating system and brings in Wi-Fi tethering and easy notification bar access to wireless radios. A powerful processor that beats at the rate of 600 MHz powers Micromax A70, which allows it to handle much of the applications devoid of any noticeable lag. This handset has dual cameras, one at the back and the other one is in the front. The secondary camera allows you to have live video chats with your friends and family. Micromax A70 weighs 85 grams only that makes it one of the lightest handsets amongst all the available entry level Android droids in the market. It has a built-in Accelerometer that takes care of auto-orientation while the Proximity sensor is very sensitive to light and helps in saving the power of the device by switching off the display when the phone is held close to your face during a call. Micromax A70 comes with a compact size of 111mm x 58mm x 13.5mm and has a very light weight. This handset is 3G enabled and has built-in GPS device that guides you throughout your way and helps in reaching your set destination. With the expandable memory up to 32GB you can store a huge amount of data in your phone along with numerous multimedia files and lots of latest applications. The front of this device has fully touch capacitive screen along with Accelerometer and Proximity sensors on top of it. The earpiece grill and a VGA 0.3 megapixels secondary camera are also there on the top of the display whereas the bottom of it has a single hardware home and navigational button only. The right side of this device has a screen lock button and a volume rocker whereas the left side of this handset has no hardware key neither button. The top of this handset has 3.5mm universal headphone jack along with a microUSB port. The bottom of this smartphone has a mouthpiece only. The back panel hosts the very powerful 5 megapixels camera along with loudspeaker grill and the logo of Micromax.
User Interface and UI functionality
Micromax A70 comes with a 3.2 inches wide TFT display that has capacitive touchscreen and provides a screen resolution of 320 x 480 pixels with 256 thousand colors conspiring to make numerous color combinations to make the screen looks real and vibrant. The pixel density of 180 ppi gives you a rich, sharp and crystal clear display that provides minute details with clarity. This handset is running on Android v.2.2 Froyo operating system and has Micromax’s own user interface on top of the platform. This platform delivers you more than 1,00,000 applications that are available at the Android market.
Micromax A70 is full of multimedia features that will never let you down in terms of quality. The default music player provides support to MP3, AMR, AAC, AAC+ and EAAC+ audio formats so that you do not have to compromise in any condition. With multiple formats support you do not have to deal with the hassle of file conversions. The video player also gives back up to MPEG4, H.263 and H.264 video formats so that you can play the videos supported in these formats and the recording is also possible in such formats. The 3.5mm universal headphone jack permits you to attach speakers and woofers with this handset so that you can enjoy the music with a group. The headphone acts as an antenna for the FM radio connectivity. Since this phone has an expandable memory up to 32B, you can create your own music library with files of your choice and preference. FM radio is also there to give you entertainment and fun while you are on the go.
Pictures and Video quality
Micromax A70 has an astounding 5 megapixels primary camera that has features like auto focus, image editor, etc. and it captures images with a very good resolution of 2592 х 1944 pixels and this camera can also record 1080p videos that are very clear and unblurred. There is a secondary camera also that is there to help you in taking self portraits and also enables you to have live video chats with your friends and family. Now you are never away from your loved ones as the facility of video calling will never let you feel so.
Micromax A70 comes with an Internet connectivity options, such as EDGE, GPRS, 3G with an HSPA+ speed and Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g and Wi-Fi hotspot via WLAN. You have the option of Mi-Fi also with this handset, that is, the pocket wireless connection. The WAP browser also works pretty well and gives results within a fraction of a second. You have options like Bluetooth of v2.1 with A2DP and microUSB port of version 2.0 to sync your data with other compatible devices and also with your PC or Laptop. This handset comes pre-loaded with Opera Mini web browser that gives a quality service. This handset comes with Mi – Apps that is an application store launched by Micromax for its valued customers. This store allows you to select apps that are optimized for the device. The built-in A-GPS receiver in Micromax A70 gives you turn-by-turn walking and driving directions.
Internal and External Memory
Micromax A70 is blessed with an internal storage space of 160MB with 256MB space for RAM. This internal storage capacity is sufficient to run heavy applications and to store your contacts along with call records and SIS applications. You can extend the external memory of the device up to 32GB using a microSD card in the microSD memory card slot. With this amount of external memory you can keep a huge lot of data and information in your device.
Applications and Gaming
Micromax A70 is fully loaded with all the applications and features that are available in almost all the Android handsets. This droid has pre-loaded games also that will fill your free time with adventure. You can also download bundles of applications from the Android market as well as from Micromax’s Mi – Apps store. The Android operating system brings with it, the usual range of Google services like Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk and Picasa integration. You will also find Office Suite Viewer that permits you to have access to all your corporate documents while traveling. You can also access social sites like Facebook, Orkut, Twitter, etc., which is hassle free and is easy to operate, giving credit to one touch widgets on the homescreen.
Micromax A70 holds a very powerful standard Li-Ion 1,450 mAh that delivers a talk time of up to 4 hours and a standby time of up to 168 hours. You can also play multimedia files, do web browsing, run heavy applications and play games on this phone without eating up the power packed battery.
Micromax A70 offers connectivity to GSM networks only at a bandwidth of 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 MHz for 2G network and it offers a frequency of 2100 MHz for 3G network. The 3G network offers a downloading HSDPA speed of 7.2 Mbps that downloads data with an amazing fast speed and that too within seconds.
Micromax A70 is a nice featured handset with decent looks and elegant style. The phone has a good battery backup and has a very responsive touchscreen that reacts even to the slightest touch. The device is running on the old version of Android, that is, Android v.2.2 Froyo. The homescreens are also very amazing and will deliver you the best service. The other handsets that can give a neck in neck competition to Micromax A70 are Micromax A52, Micromax A73, Micromax A78, Micromax A100, Samsung Galaxy Y Pro, Samsung Galaxy Duos, Sony Xperia Sola, Sony Xperia P, Sony Ericsson Xperia X10, HTC One V, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Sony Xperia Mini, Samsung Galaxy Y, HTC Sensation XE, HTC Sensation XL, Nokia Lumia 800, Nokia Lumia 710, Nokia Lumia 610 NFC, Nokia Lumia 610, Nokia 500, Nokia Asha 303, Nokia Asha 300, Nokia Asha 306, Nokia Asha 311, Apple iPhone 4S and many more.