Expert Review of Micromax Bolt A67 Black
Risk taking ability along with a sense of innovation are rare traits that can be identified even in a top notch brand. These characteristics and abilities become even rarer in the so-called tier2 brand. It takes huge amount of flair and flamboyance to pull off certain innovative ideas and Micromax is certainly one brand that has made the most of its resources, whether it is marketing the device or implementation of technology. Micromax Bolt A67 is another example of how the company has been able to produce smartphones that are high on specs but low on prices. But that does not mean that the devices do not have their weak points. Micromax Bolt A67 comes with a 4.5-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, which is supported by 262k colors and a respectable 480 by 854 pixels resolution. The smartphone has a length of 137.7mm, height of 67.6mm and thickness of 10.5mm thus making it nice and comfortable to hold and use. Memory department is a little complicated in terms of what is available for actual use and what is available on paper. But we will simplify the same for the user as he or she gets 1.25GB for actual use while another 885MB is available for application installation. Storage of 4GB ROM is available too while the microSD card slot for external memory expansion up to 32GB is present if need arises.
The camera department is a little weak for our liking with the presence of a 2-megapixel primary camera that should have been at least 3.2-megapixel. Digital zoom and LED flash are features that may help the user in providing better results. Secondary camera is VGA in strength which although is low, is pretty okay for a front shutter enabling video calls and other online camera related activities. Micromax has always provided a decent internet support even in their mid carter devices and this gadget is no different with the user getting Wi-Fi hot spot as an additional support which is one of the new exciting technologies. Apart from that there is always the usual web connectivity features like Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and WAP browser. For further data connectivity options, there is the Bluetooth and USB port.
One of the disappointing features of the gadget is its software platform, which is Android Ice Cream Sandwich and not Android Jelly Bean. This one spec may not augur well with the potential user who may opt for the latest operating system in its place. So there would be certain applications and games that would remain out of reach for the user. A 1GHz dual core processor is never a bad bargain for the gadget that can run loads of multimedia applications like music player, video player, and other stuff. The device supports dual SIM facility and offer loads of applications like World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Auto Power On and Off, M! Live, M! Zone, Document Viewer, Kingsoft Office, eBook, and Text Reader. For running all these applications, the user would need a sturdy battery but the 1850mAh standard lithium-ion power backup does not exactly deliver the same. The talk time received is up to 4 hours while the standby time is up to 215 hours.
User Interface and UI functionality
Micromax Bolt A67 comes with a 4.5-inch TFT capacitive IPS FWVGA screen that runs on 262k colors along with a resolution of 480 by 854 pixels. There is some lag time especially when the user starts to use multiple applications which can be frustrating. For medium sized usage, the device works fine with smooth swiping speed.
Micromax Bolt A67 has lots of songs to cater to courtesy the music player that runs in the formats of MP3, MIDI, and WAV while the video player stands supported by MP4 and 3GP formats. The user can thus watch videos as well with decent quality. A 3.5mm audio pin has been provided for connecting an earphone to the smartphone that delivers great quality sound but the same kind of drops with the loudspeakers. FM radio is another musical tool for the user to enjoy.
Pictures and Video quality
Micromax Bolt A67 comes with a 2-megapixel primary camera, which is a little weak in terms of strength and snaps pictures at a resolution of 1600 by 1200 pixels. There is LED flash though that helps to provide better lighting in darker surroundings whereas digital zoom lets the user close in on farther objects. Secondary VGA camera is satisfactory for making video calls and having web chats.
Micromax Bolt A67 uses the WAP browser and the GPRS facility to download data, or surf desired web sites like Facebook and Yahoo. Wi-Fi can also be used to access the same through remote connections available outside the device. Wi-Fi hot spot is an exciting feature that makes sure that the user can enable other compatible devices to use its internet connection for accessing the web.
Internal and External Memory
Micromax Bolt A67 comes with an average 512MB RAM that does not exactly deliver agility but makes the device responsive enough to provide normal day-to-day smartphone operations. Internal memory of the device that can be used by the user directly for storing data is up to 1.25GB while another 884MB is provided for keeping applications. A microSD card slot can be useful if the user runs out of internal memory space and wants more. External memory in that case can be expanded up to 32GB.
Applications and Gaming
Micromax Bolt A67 does not have too many preinstalled games although applications are a handful including World Clock, Alarm, Calculator, Calendar, Auto Power On and Off, M! Live, M! Zone, Document Viewer, Kingsoft Office, eBook, Text Reader. More games and applications can be downloaded from the online Google play Store but since the operating system is Android Ice Cream Sandwich, there would be certain games and apps that are only compatible with Jelly Bean thus would not be available to the user.
Micromax Bolt A67 is bolstered by the standard lithium-ion battery of 1850mAh that gives away a standby time of up to 215 hours while the talk time goes up to 4 hours. Both the figures are not impressive at all with the talk time being lower than ideal.
Micromax Bolt A67 supports various connectivity features for the purpose of data exchange and internet connections. For the former there is USB port and Bluetooth while for the latter there is Wi-Fi, GPRS, and EDGE. Wi-Fi Hot spot is another connectivity option that the user can use to his or her advantage by spreading the internet connection across realms.
Micromax Bolt A67 when compared to Karbonn Smart A12 has an identical screen size of 4.5 inches but the latter has a qHD display as compared to the FWVGA display offered by the former. The primary camera is of 5-megapixel with Karbonn Smart A12 which is much stronger than Micromax Bolt A67's 2-megapixel primary shutter camera. Micromax Bolt A67 runs on the standard lithium-ion battery of 1850mAh, a tad higher than the 1800mAh standard lithium-ion battery offered by Karbonn Smart A12. Both the smartphones have Android Ice Cream Sandwich as their operating systems.