Expert Review of Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 White
India's very own smartphone manufacturing firm Micromax is breaking grounds as the company prepares to expand itself globally and explore new opportunities. The company is slowly but surely enhancing its brand value, which some people may not agree with, but if Micromax continues at the path of progress it is in, the statement may become true sooner rather than later. There has been an array of smartphones released last season from Micromax, but this season has been slightly different - for the company has shown signs of slowing down as far as the release of the number of models are concerned. The Canvas series however, continues to make an impact with the current model looking formidable and titled Micromax Canvas Magnus A117. The smartphone looks premium in terms of feel and looks, and features a 5 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with 16 million color resolution and a pixel density of 294ppi. We would have expected more from the latter but the resolution has kept us interested with 720 by 1280 pixels.
The oval shape of Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 makes it easy for the user to hold the smartphone, while the material used for its construction also gives the user - a classier feel. The standby time provided by the smartphone is up to 180 hours, which is way below what we would have expected from a device of such scale. The 2000mAh standard lithium-ion battery does please us with the talk time it produces that stretches up to 7 hours that is, more than enough in most conditions. As far as the hardware of the gadget goes, nothing instills more confidence than a 1.5GHz quad core processor that is further boosted by 1GB of RAM. Therefore, there should be no worries when it comes to the working of the system and handling of multiple tasks. The gadget supports 2G and 3G technologies, for it comes embedded with dual SIMs.
The music and video players are healthy features of Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 wherein, they enable the saving of the desired set of songs and movies. In addition, plenty of songs, videos, games and images can be stored thanks to the 4GB internal memory of the gadget. One has to remember that only 2.6GB of the internal memory can be utilized for actual storage as the rest go out for application installation. The microSD card slot does help in giving the license to enhance the external memory up to 32GB. The Internet is as good as we have seen from a Micromax device and holds features like Wi-Fi hot spot, Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE and HML5 browser to enable the access of the same. Other data connectivity features of the smartphone are nothing more than the usual namely, USB port and Bluetooth. The download speed of the gadget is formidable at 42Mbps.
The smartphone is available in two alternative colors of Black and White and both of them look really good. The camera department is important for the success of any smartphone and Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 does not compromise on it by having a 12 megapixels primary camera and a 2 megapixels secondary camera respectively. The resolution for snapping images via the primary shutter stands wonderful at 4000 by 3000 pixels, giving enough substance for the clarity of the final images. Loads of applications can be downloaded from the web as the smartphone runs on Android Jelly Bean 4.2 OS, which is two sub-versions behind the latest Jelly Bean offering even as Android KitKat is already out in the market.
User Interface and UI functionality
Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 comes with a screen size of 5 inches and flaunts a resolution of 720 by 1280 pixels along with a pixel density of 294ppi. The IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen has the backup of accelerometer, pyro and proximity sensor as the sensors.
The earphones work better than the loudspeakers in Micromax Canvas Magnus A117, with the latter giving a crackling sound at higher volume. The music and video player applications form a part of the embedded features in the gadget whereas, FM Radio is also provided to access local radio stations.
Pictures and Video quality
The strength of 12 megapixels is a formidable force to work with as the powerful primary camera of Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 clicks images at a resolution of 4000 by 3000 pixels. Features such as Geo-tagging, LED flash and auto focus accompany the camera as well. The secondary camera is of 2 megapixels that can be used to for clicking pictures at a resolution of 1600 by 1200 pixels or making online video calls.
Internet is not sluggish with Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 although things can get sluggish in remote locations. The downloading speed with GPRS and EDGE is 42mbps while the uploading speed is 11mbps. Wi-Fi and Wi-Fi hot spot with HTML5 browser makes the users life easier for web access. There is SNS integration feature as well for Facebook and Twitter.
Internal and External Memory
An internal memory of 2.6GB is what Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 offers to the user however, 4GB is the memory that has been provided on paper. A 32GB microSD card slot can enlarge the external memory space for data collection that may include songs, games, images and videos. The hardware seems pleasing too with 1GB of RAM making the operations of the gadget all the more smooth.
Applications and Gaming
A number of games and applications are usable with the support of Android Jelly Bean 4.2 OS that acts as the software platform for Micromax Canvas Magnus A117. Games like Angry Birds, Temple Run and F1 Race can be downloaded from the Google play store.
The standby time of up to 180 hours is surely a disappointment in this gadget. However, the 2000mAh standard lithium-ion battery successfully gives away a lengthy talk time of up to 7 hours.
Wi-Fi tethering is probably not as diverse as we would have liked with Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 but the presence of Wi-Fi hot spot feature keeps thing moving. Wi-Fi, GPRS, EDGE are present too in addition to USB port and Bluetooth. The 3G network of the smartphone runs at 2100MHz whereas the 2G network operates at frequencies of 850, 900, 1800 and 1900MHz.
Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 when compared to Sony Xperia C has a similar screen size of 5 inches each but surprisingly, the former beats the latter in terms of pixel density that is, Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 has 294ppi as its pixel density whereas Sony Xperia C comes with 220ppi as its pixel density. The composition of the memory department is identical for both the smartphones whereas the hardware component differs only marginally. Both the gadgets have 1GB of RAM and feature quad core processors but Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 operates at 1.5GHz as opposed to the 1.3GHz clocking speed of Sony Xperia C. Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 runs on the Android Jelly Bean 4.2 operating system while Sony Xperia C runs on the Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 operating system.
Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 features a 12 megapixels primary camera thus comfortably beating the 8 megapixels primary camera of Sony Xperia C. The secondary camera of Micromax Canvas Magnus A117 is also ahead of the one offered by Sony Xperia C with 2 megapixels for the former and VGA for the latter. The battery department however, belongs to Sony Xperia C with 2390mAh standard lithium-ion power backup as compared to the 2000mAh standard lithium-ion battery of Micromax Canvas Magnus A117.