After the manufacturer’s previous two releases, the Micromax Canvas 2 A110 and the Micromax Canvas HD, the release of the Canvas 4 has created quite a buzz. In a nutshell, the Canvas 4 is the Micromax Canvas HD with a better camera and a host of added features; let’s take a closer look at the device.
The Micromax Canvas 4 is a dual SIM smartphone that operates on a standard Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. The device has a 13MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front camera, sports a 5 inch 720p display, has a MediaTek quad-core processor, a 2000mAH battery, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, a 1GB RAM, and 16GB of memory space expandable up to 32GB via a microSD card. In terms of build, the device has the standard three capacitive keys below the display, along with volume rockers along the left edge, a power button to the right, a headphone jack along the top and a microUSB port at the bottom of the device. Micromax has added aluminium edges, that provide a degree of sturdiness to the build, which is otherwise plastic.
What the phone does give you, over its predecessors, is a host of added features. With the device running the Android Jellybean, you’ll have access to the Android appstore; in addition to which, you’ll be able to access Micromax specific apps such as M Security, an app that protects your device from viruses and theft and also gives you the ability to back up your contacts. In keeping with Micromax’s mantra of beefing up its devices with features, the model comes with a host of additional features that weren’t present in previous phones from the manufacturer. The ability to unlock your phone by blowing on it, or shaking it (enabling this automatically disables standard swipe-to-unlock), a touchscreen that can be used while wearing gloves, Smart Pause, that pauses a video when you look away from the screen, other gesture controls, such as the ability to silence a call simply by flipping the phone over, or answering a call or dialling a contact by simply putting the phone to your ear when it rings or when you have the contact open on your screen, are a subset of the features the device brings to the table. While many of these have previously been implemented by other manufacturers, they still add value.
Additionally, the device’s 13MP primary camera is complemented by its own set of features. The phone’s camera has a burst mode that can capture 99 photos in less than 15 seconds. It also lets you take vertical, along with horizontal, panoramic shots, which is definitely a nifty addition.