There’s a war brewing in the budget category smartphone segment these days, with the Asus Zenfone, Xiaomi Redmi 2, Micromax Yureka and Lenovo (A6000 Plus and the A7000 phablet) all vying aggressively for the customer’s attention. So when Micromax enters the ring with the spanking new YUphoria, the first question that crops to mind is: Does it have the mettle to stand apart? Here's a candid review of newest kid on the block.
Nothing original about its design.
Made of a metal rim and plastic with rounded edges, weighing 143 grams and with a 5-inch IPS LCD panel (shielded by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3), the YUphoria is very wieldy in the fist, and certainly has the built and bod. And the 720p HD IPS resolutions makes for good display too (though the less-than-perfect brightness affects readability under sunlight, and the viewing angles will have their own share of detractors). But the look, uncannily similar to the Nokia Lumia 925, isn’t original. Some users may also have reservations about the power button being positioned between the two volume rockers on the right side, where the possibility of a mix-up can’t be ruled out. There may also be those who feel that the rings circling the camera lens (the ‘Saturn rings’, as the company likes to call them) gimmicky.
Micromax YU Yuphoria’s design review: 3.5/5
When it comes to the heart of the matter, the YUphoria is quite the winner.
The CyanogenMod 12 OS takes the bow here. Nimble and snafu-free, it lands the stock Android experience with additional customizations (and looks akin to the Lollipop). On the app front, it brings a host of interesting choices like a feature-heavy email client that’s driven by Boxer, Baton and Audio FX (for content sharing and hi-fidelity audio), without filling up your space with an army of un-removable apps. That apart, in the YUniverse, your get a browser experience that’s based on Opera Mini and faster than the Chrome. You get a choice between hardware capacitive keys and software virtual keys. You get to enjoy easy customization by manually adding shortcuts for actions in the notifications shade quick action bar. You get to toggle between interesting app themes, navigation layout and custom apps on the lockscreen, for instance. And overall, you get a software experience that’s faster than competitors in the same range.
Micromax YU Yuphoria’s Operating System review: 5/5
As for processor performance, the YUphoria packs a punch.
The Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 quad-core 64-bit processor (armed with 2GB of DDR3 RAM and a 16 GB internal memory which can be expanded by upto 32GB by a micro SD card) is a delight, and one suspects that the CyanogenMod has a good deal to do with it, too. What that means is amazing multi-tasking abilities (run several apps at once, or watch videos). To boot, graphics (the phone is paired with Adreno 306 GPU) and gaming (with little frame drops) are both great at the price range.
There’s some caveat, though. Despite a velvety, lag-less performance on the whole, there can be those rare instances when the YUphoria might hang or videos on MX Player may not ‘return’ after restarting the app. These aren’t, of course, anything that a software update won’t solve.
Micromax YU Yuphoria’s Processor review: 4.5/5
Play music on your phone? You'll like the crisp sound.
When it comes to video and acoustics, Pure Wolfson Sound and AAC speakers mean that the sound quality is crisp, although not too loud. However, you may want to give the bundled earphones a miss.
Micromax YU Yuphoria’s Sound review: 4.5/5
Great front camera; not-so-great back camera.
For starters, it’s an 8 megapixel camera, and arrests a fair bit of detail in daylight. Sure, it gives way to the Redmi 2 in this department, but makes up by clicking some very cool selfies with its 5MP front camera that comes with 4P lens capture. So go figure.
Micromax YU Yuphoria’s Camera review: 4/5
Other reasons to buy the YUphoria?
The 2,230 mAh battery (compatible with Quick Charge technology) lasts long enough – nearly 15 hours – so you won’t run out of company during the day. The decent call quality, without drops. The Dual SIM (which will latch onto 4G LTE network even on the 2,300MHz frequency band). The Wi-Fi (a/b/g/n) and Bluetooth. The gyroscope sensor. The fetching colours it comes in : Champagne Gold and Buffed Steel. And, of course, the unbeatable price tag of Rs 6,999.
Micromax YU Yuphoria’s overall review: 4.5/5
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