One more Phablet to the list - Micromax Canvas II A110
At a superficial flash, the Canvas II A110 resembles a Samsung Galaxy phone. But on a deeper analysis, the differences are evident. The Canvas II A110 is not as thin as Nexus. It is more shining and larger than Nexus. It has 5 inch IPS LCD display. Just below the large display, you will see the buttons for Menu, Home and Back. Above the display, there is the earpiece at the centre, on the right to which there is the front facing camera.
The rear of Micromax Canvas II A110 has a textured finish, build on plastic, still giving a posh feel. The rear includes a camera with two LCD flash lights. The volume panel is on the left and the headphones jack is on the top with the USB port near to it.
The 5-inch IPS LCD display has 480×854 resolution. As it uses an IPS Panel, it can provide improved visible angles and outdoor visibility. The overall design is impressive with curved edges and textured rear panel. As it is big, one will require both hands' operation for a smoother running.
CPU and Performance
The phablet is powered by 1GHz dual-core CPU. Performance from this Phablet is rated as average. In spite of its dual core processor, the 512MB RAM makes the phone feel lethargic if more applications are running in the background.
The Micromax Canvas II A 110 is ran by Android 4.0.4 ICS. The operating system gives a different experience with its flashy Micromax wall paper and Micromax app store pre-installed.
Canvas II A110 has arrived with its dual cameras. The rear camera has 8MP units and the front camera has 0.3 MP units. Though the primary camera has 8 MP units' claim, it is reported to have quality only up to that of a 5 MP camera. The dual flash lights allow you to zoom in with clarity even in the dim light. But the video, both recorded and downloaded, plays on poor quality as per first hand reports. As the camera stick out bulging, there are possibilities for it to get scratches soon.
Internet and Connectivity
The phablet has Wi-Fi connectivity with hotspot functionality. It has blue tooth, 3 mm jack, GPS with A-GPS and micro USB port.
Canvas II A110 has 512 MB RAM, with only 2 GB internal memory. It facilitates an expandable memory up to 32 GB.
Taking in to consideration its larger display, one can't blame Canvas II A110 for its fast dying battery. It can claim only 5 hours talk time on 2G networks with its 2000mAh battery.
If you are looking for a phablet around at 10,000/- Indian rupees, this is the best choice you can consider. It has a larger display and astonishing features as far as any other smartphone of the same price is concerned.
If you can keep aside your brand consciousness, this device is worth a try. Taking to account its larger display and inbuilt applications, the phablet can provide you altogether a different experience. If the Micromax is not to come forth with its upgraded version, rectifying all drawbacks of the current Canvas II A110, chances are there that it might fall down more speedily than it arouse.
Large display with more colours and improved viewing angles.
Very good build and form factor.
MStore in addition to the Google Play store.
Low resolution display.
Camera's performance hasn't reached the expected level.
Camera lens prone to scratches.
Slower with multiple applications open.