BY | February 2, 2013

Micromax is increasingly becoming a serious player in the Indian smart-phone market. It has been launching good quality handsets with great specs and rock bottom prices that no top of the line smart-phone manufacturer can manage. The company is making the life of top tier handset manufacturers difficult by launching handsets of all size that come in fraction of the price that top companies charge.

So there is no surprise when it starts affecting the market of bigger and world class companies in the fast expanding Indian market. The company seems to have realised fully that most Indian consumers cannot manage to buy a handset that costs Rs 30000 or Rs 40000 as it is an astronomical sum for an overwhelmingly large number of people. Though there are many people with huge income, but they are still a rarity. Generally people in India want good specs that can fulfil their needs and don’t want either Retina display of a full HD handsets. But it knows that they will also not settle for bad products either. So it recently showcased a very enticing product that is set to hit the competitors including the ones from big corporations real hard.

Micromax Canvas HD comes with very impressive specs and features that make it a huge threat to Samsung’s recently introduced Galaxy Grand. Micromax Canvas HD 5 inch display packs a 1,280 x 720 resolution, and inside you’ll find a MediaTek MT6589 1.2 GHz quad-core processor and a 2100mAh battery. The handset also attacks it opponents hard as it also comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera and expandable storage up to 32GB. All of that’s powered by Android 4.1. The A116 Canvas HD promises superior quality graphics, multi-tasking and improved application performance. The phone sports an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and multiple camera settings such as night mode, 4X zoom – to further enhance the superiority of the memorable moments. 3G enabled A116 will help users in faster browsing, downloading attachments and watching streaming videos with excellent quality. The users can download HD quality videos and watch them on their phone without compromising with the quality. Users now can get to keep all their downloaded music by storing them in the phone’s external memory which is expandable up to 32GB. For a handset that packs so much power and promises everything that comes with high priced handset, sub Rs 15000 price is something that is very attractive.

The Micromax Canvas HD has immediate competition from none other than Samsung’s recently introduced Galaxy Grand. The handset comes with Android Jelly Bean. Galaxy Grand Duos or Galaxy Grand I9082 has a 5 inch WVGA TFT screen which has a resolution of 480×800, which is quite low considering the large screen size. The phablet device is powered by a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor with 1GB of RAM. Compare to other high end handsets, one thing that will disappoint a quality conscious user is the fact that the handset seems very bulky at 162 grams. It has 8GB memory in-built which is expandable to 64GB with the support of a microSD card. Samsung’s camera quality has always been impressive and this phablet too is designed to impress with a 8MP rear camera, and a 2MP camera in the front. The video recording can be done in full HD at 1080p resolution.  It also has the other regular features like Bluetooth 4.0, 3G and WiFi. The Galaxy series of devices have often been credited among the best battery backup gadgets. To feed all the requirements of so many functions and applications Samsung has fit in a 2100mAh battery in Grand Duos which will comfortably last long. But notwithstanding its drawbacks, the handset has many attribute that will force people to go for it and actually love it. So allow the users the privilege to decide for them and let them tell the word if they liked it.

Micromax has been claiming that its phablets are the highest selling device. But the ultimate phablet is none other than Samsung Galaxy Note 2 that comes with top innards. It is powered by 1.6GHz quad-core Exynos processor paired with 2GB of RAM for optimal performance. The phablet runs on the latest Android Jelly Bean and the combo makes it better than the top-grade smartphones in the market today. The phablet will come in 16/32/64GB options and there’s a microSD storage option to add another 64GB. Connectivity-wise, the Note II offers 4G LTE support in addition to Wi-Fi and NFC. There are other home-grown Samsung sharing options in the device that makes it even more enticing. With all these features, Samsung has packed in a matching a 3,100mAh battery that is more than capable of handling the multi-tasking capability of the device.

There are not really any handsets in the market that come with better specs and features than this phablet. One important aspect of the new Galaxy Note 2 is its stylus S Pen. The S Pen is bigger and thicker than a normal stylus, but works just like a pen with much more intelligent features. The S Pen also works as a sketching tool for artists, but there is something that this accessory does that normal stylus wouldn’t. Hover it over the screen a few millimetres apart and the device instantly recognises the gestures. The functions extend to emails as well. The button of the S Pen also works efficiently to crop a portion of the screen and so on. There’s an entire page of list for S Pen applications. Leave your S Pen behind on the desk or anywhere away from the device, the alarm starts beeping. But it is more than twice costly compared to Micromax Canvas HD. And Canvas HD is a good option for people who cannot spare Rs 36000 to buy Galaxy’s Note 2.

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