Expert Review of Micromax Canvas Duet II EG111
Micromax has been breaking new grounds and slowly but steadily becoming the ‘Bajaj’ of the Indian smartphone industry. The company ran away with the ball last season with thunderous performances of increase in its overall sales to an extent that made it end up behind Samsung in the overall second spot. The Canvas series has been a major contributing factor in the rise of Micromax and the company is looking to carry forward the franchise with more appealing additions. Canvas series has not had a dual SIM GSM and CDMA support version but things are going to change with Micromax Canvas Duet 2. This device comes with a beefy 5.27 inches IPS touchscreen display running on a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels. The device, as mentioned above, is dual SIM in nature and has slots for two kinds of SIMs wherein, one could be GSM and the other, CDMA.
Android Jelly Bean 4.1 is the weapon of choice in the software department but it baffles us as to why Micromax did not opt for Android KitKat 4.4 operating system. We are pretty much satisfied with the hardware of the device though that includes a 1.2GHz quad core processor and 1GB of RAM. The user therefore, should be able to run multiple tasks and play high-end games without any complication. The gadget, Micromax Canvas Duet 2 supports 3G technology and offers fast web connectivity, where the means to achieve the same include Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HTML5 browser. USB port and Bluetooth are the other additional features of the connectivity department to ensure that the user can exchange songs, games, images and videos with other compatible gadgets. To store such data on the gadget, the user gets 4GB of internal memory but chances are that the given space may run out sooner than desired. The microSD card slot would come in handy in that situation that can swell the external memory of the device up to 32GB.
For photography, Micromax Canvas Duet 2 has an 8 megapixels primary camera that snaps images at a resolution of 3264 by 2448 pixels. There is LED flash and auto focus features with the shutter that remain absent for the secondary camera, which has one fourth of the pixel strength of primary shutter at 2 megapixels. The front camera allows for video calling over Wi-Fi and clicking self-images that are also popularly called as "selfies.” There is no information on how much talk time or standby time the phablet could provide, though one can expect lavish numbers from a 2300mAh standard lithium-ion battery that powers the device.
User Interface and UI functionality
Micromax Canvas Duet 2 comes with a 5.27 inches IPS touchscreen with a resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels that seem formidable for better image quality.
Micromax Canvas Duet 2 would be equipped with a music player, video player and FM Radio for entertainment purpose with regard to songs and videos. There is a 3.5mm jack for connecting an earphone to the device while loudspeakers are also provided for listening to the music.
Pictures and Video quality
There is enough spunk in the primary camera of Micromax Canvas Duet 2 with 8 megapixels strength to click clear and concise images at a resolution of 3264 by 2448 pixels. Another camera at the front comes with a 2 megapixels support and resolution of 1600 by 1200 pixels. Online web calls can be made via the secondary front camera for communicating with friends and family.
Exploring the Internet options of Micromax Canvas Duet 2 reveals the usual suspects like Wi-Fi, GPRS and EDGE along with HTML5 browser. Since 3G compatibility is provided for the phablet, the user can expect fast pace for the device when it comes to Internet surfing and downloading of data like songs, games, images and videos.
Internal and External Memory
The combo of 4GB internal memory and 32GB microSD card slot is used with Micromax Canvas Duet 2 for providing a larger collection of data without worrying about the memory space running out. The RAM offered by the gadget is also respectable with 1GB that should help just fine with the overall pace of the gadget.
Applications and Gaming
Android Jelly Bea 4.1, though is not the latest software platform, Android is still higher up in the food chain to deliver access to some excellent games and applications. Micromax Canvas Duet 2 can be used to download games and applications like Temple Run, Angry Birds and Viber and WhatsApp.
Micromax Canvas Duet 2 comes with some serious power in the form of a 2300mAh standard lithium-ion battery. The information on tangible numbers when it comes to talk time and standby time is bleak, but healthy amount can be expected.
Shedding some light on the connectivity department of Micromax Canvas Duet 2, the phablet has Wi-Fi, GPRS and EDGE for Internet access and USB port, Bluetooth for data exchange. The user can expect NFC as well but there is no confirmation on it at present.
Micromax Canvas Duet 2, when compared to Samsung Galaxy Note 2, has a smaller display of 5.5 inches for the latter and 5.27 inches for the former. For processor, Micromax Canvas Duet 2 sports a quad core processor as opposed to the 1.3GHz processor for Samsung Galaxy Note 2. RAM is 2GB for Samsung Galaxy Note 2, which is double of the 1GB RAM present in Micromax Canvas Duet 2. Primary camera is 8 megapixels for both the phablets whereas the secondary camera is slightly better with Micromax Canvas Duet 2, for it comes with a 2 megapixels secondary camera as compared to the 1.9 megapixels secondary camera of the Samsung device.
Android Jelly Bean 4.1 operating system comes with Micromax Canvas Duet 2 while Android Jelly Bean 4.3 operating system is used for Samsung Galaxy Note2. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is upgradable to Android Kitkat 4.4 operating system but Micromax Canvas Duet 2 is not. Micromax Canvas Duet 2 is dual SIM, which is a facility that is absent in Samsung Galaxy Note2. Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is powered by a 3100mAh standard lithium-ion battery, which is far superior to the 2300mAh standard lithium-ion battery of Micromax Canvas Duet 2.