My Micromax Canvas 4 Review: Do NOT buy it

I’ve been using Micromax Canvas 4 and here is summary of my experiences with it:

  1. No Management Software – hard to export the contacts from Samsung Kies to Micromax devices
  2. Camera
    1. 13 MP camera is not even comparable to my older Samsung 5 MP and/or Motorola 3 MP
    2. Picture quality is good only when the Focused object is still (not moving)
    3. Picture if zoomed shows the sparks/dots…underlying picture quality is poor
    4. If you use Flash in light..you don’t see any picture..it all simply resulting in Sparkles
    5. very often hangs while taking pictures
  3. Flip Cover
    1. The default flip cover that comes with device causes more scratches on the screens due to it’s gum/glue traces after removing it’s cover
  4. High Radiation
    1. While doing net speed tests, noticed high radiations and device getting very hot
  5. Speaker/volume
    1. Not bad.  But still my Motorola/Samsung devices produces more sounds
    2. Would be an issue for folks who love to show/share multi-media in a group/friends
  6. Weight
    1. Is the only advantage I noticed with this device
  7. Android Apps
    1. Camera App is the worst/useless – Instagram making better quality photograph on the device
    2. FM Radio – switching between stations taking couple of 10 – 30 seconds
    3. No good games – You’ll get Fruit Devil, NFS Shift, The Darkman all are old and crappy
  8. Memory
    1. Internal memory 16 GB is split across
      1. 1 GB for Phone Storage
      2. 2.4 GB for Internal Storage
      3. 10 GB for External Storage
      4. You can insert upto 32GB SD card
  9. Network Speed
    1. Do NOT use Reliance 2G, none of the Google Play, Youtube, Facebook, etc will load
    2. Use Airtel/Vodafone 2G if you need to use 2G network
  10. Video/Media Players
    1. Default installed Music/Video players aren’t great in look and options
    2. I failed back to MX/VLC Player
  11. Security
    1. No good Security software – you’ll get “M! Security app” not much trustable or options to choose
    2. Face Racognization to unlock the Device – Worked fine
  12. SMS
    1. My Airtel SIM always been reported to be FULL despite I have Set SMS storage location setting to save messages to Phone.  Seems to be an Android bug
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Detailed hardware report generated by using “Hardware Info 3.0”  App:

 

Micromax A210

 

System (Android 4.2.1)

Model

A210

Manufacturer

Micromax

Device

A210

Product

A210

Brand

Micromax

Android Version

4.2.1 (Jelly Bean)

API Level

17

Build ID

JOP40D

Fingerprint

Micromax/s9111b/s9111b:4.2.1/JOP40D/:user/test-keys

Display (1280×720)

Size

1280×720

Refresh Rate

62.82 Hz

Default Orientation

Portrait

Physical Size

4.59" (11.66 cm)

Logical Size

Normal

Density

320 dpi (Extra High)

Pixels Per Inch

X: 320; Y: 320

Processor (ARMv7)

Processor

ARMv7 Processor rev 2 (v7l)

Cores

4

Max Frequency

1209 Mhz

Instruction Sets

armeabi-v7a, armeabi

SIMD Instructions

NEON

Memory (971 MB)  = (1GB + 2.4 GB + 10 GB ~= 16 GB)

System RAM

971 MB  (1 GB)

JVM Max Memory

128 MB

Internal Storage

2523 MB (2.4 GB)

External Storage

10261 MB (10 GB)

Back Camera (13 megapixel)

Afeng Max Focus Step

0

Afeng Min Focus Step

0

Aflamp Mode

Off

Aflamp Mode Values

Of
f, On, Auto

Antibanding

Off

Antibanding Values

Off, 50hz, 60hz, Auto

Auto Exposure Lock Supported

True

Auto Whitebalance Lock Supported

True

Brightness

Middle

Brightness Values

Low, Middle, High

Brightness_value

0

Burst Num

1

Cam Mode

0

Cap Mode

Normal

Cap Mode Values

Normal, Face_beauty, Continuousshot, Smileshot, Bestshot, Evbracketshot, Autorama

Capfname

/sdcard/DCIM/cap00

Contrast

Middle

Contrast Values

Low, Middle, High

Edge

Middle

Edge Values

Low, Middle, High

Effect

None

Effect Values

None, Mono, Negative, Sepia, Aqua, Whiteboard, Blackboard

Exposure Compensation

0

Exposure Compensation Step

1.0

Fb Sharp

0

Fb Sharp Max

4

Fb Sharp Min

4

Fb Skin Color

0

Fb Skin Color Max

4

Fb Skin Color Min

4

Fb Smooth Level

0

Fb Smooth Level Max

4

Fb Smooth Level Min

4

Flash Mode

Off

Flash Mode Values

Off, On, Auto, Red Eye, Torch

Focal Length

3.5

Focus Distances

0.95, 1.9, Infinity

Focus Mode

Auto

Focus Mode Values

Auto, Macro, Infinity, Continuous Picture, Continuous Video, Manual, Fullscan

Horizontal View Angle

63

Hue

Middle

Hue Values

Low, Middle, High

Iso Speed

Auto

Iso Speed Values

Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

Jpeg Quality

100

Jpeg Thumbnail Height

128

Jpeg Thumbnail Quality

100

Jpeg Thumbnail Size Values

0x0, 160×128, 320×240

Jpeg Thumbnail Width

160

Max Exposure Compensation

3

Max Num Detected Faces Hw

15

Max Num Detected Faces Sw

0

Max Num Focus Areas

1

Max Num Metering Areas

9

Max Zoom

10

Min Exposure Compensation

3

Orientation

90

Picture Format

Jpeg

Picture Format Values

Jpeg

Picture Size< /p>

2560×1920

Picture Size Values

320×240, 640×480, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×768, 1280×960, 1600×1200, 2048×1536, 2560×1440, 2560×1920, 3264×2448, 3328×1872, 2880×1728, 3600×2160, 4096×3072, 4160×3120, 3840×2160, 4096×2304

Preferred Preview Size For Video

1920×1080

Preview Format

Yuv420sp

Preview Format Values

Yuv420sp, Yuv420p, Yuv420i Yyuvyy 3plane

Preview Fps Range

5000, 60000

Preview Fps Range Values

(5000, 60000)

Preview Frame Rate

30

Preview Frame Rate Values

15, 24, 30

Preview Size

640×480

Preview Size Values

176×144, 320×240, 352×288, 480×320, 480×368, 640×480, 720×480, 800×480, 800×600, 864×480, 960×540, 1280×720, 1920×1080

Rotation

0

Saturation

Middle

Saturation Values

Low, Middle, High

Scene Mode

Auto

Scene Mode Values

Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Night, Night Portrait, Theatre, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Steadyphoto, Fireworks, Sports, Party, Candlelight, Hdr

Smooth Zoom Supported

True

Vertical View Angle

49

Video Size

640×480

Video Size Values

176×144, 480×320, 640×480, 864×480, 1280×720, 1920×1080

Video Snapshot Supported

True

Video Stabilization

False

Video Stabilization Supported

True

Whitebalance

Auto

Whitebalance Values

Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Warm Fluorescent, Daylight, Cloudy Daylight, Twilight, Shade

Zoom

0

Zoom Ratios

100, 114, 132, 151, 174, 200, 229, 263, 303, 348, 400

Zoom Supported

True

Zsd Mode

Off

Zsd Mode Values

Off, On

Front Camera (4.9 megapixel)

Afeng Max Focus Step

0

Afeng Min Focus Step

0

Antibanding

Off

Antibanding Values

Off, 50hz, 60hz, Auto

Auto Exposure Lock Supported

True

Auto Whitebalance Lock Supported

True

Brightness

Middle

Brightness Values

Low, Middle, High

Brightness_value

0

Burst Num

1

Cam Mode

0

Cap Mode

Normal

Cap Mode Values

Normal, Face_beauty, Continuousshot, Smileshot, Bestshot, Evbracketshot, Autorama

Capfname

/sdcard/DCIM/cap00

Contrast

Middle

Contrast Values

Low, Middle, High

Edge

Middle

Edge Values

Low, Middle, High

Effect

None

Effect Values

None, Mono, Negative, Sepia, Aqua, Whiteboard, Blackboard

Exposure Compensation

0

Exposure Compensation Step

1.0

Fb Sharp

0

Fb Sharp Max

4

Fb Sharp Min

4

Fb Skin Color

0

Fb Skin Color Max

4

Fb Skin Color Min

4

Fb Smooth Level

0

Fb Smooth Level Max

4

Fb Smooth Level Min

4

Flash Mode

Off

Flash Mode Values

Off

Focal Length

3.5

Focus Distances

0.95, 1.9, Infinity

Focus Mode

Infinity

Focus Mode Values

Infinity

Horizontal View Angle

60

Hue

Middle

Hue Values

Low, Middle, High

Iso Speed

Auto

Iso Speed Values

Auto, 100, 200, 400, 800, 1600

Jpeg Quality

100

Jpeg Thumbnail Height

128

Jpeg Thumbnail Quality

100

Jpeg Thumbnail Size Values

0x0, 160×128, 320×240

Jpeg Thumbnail Width

160

Max Exposure Compensation

3

Max Num Detected Faces Hw

15

Max Num Detected Faces Sw

0

Max Num Focus Areas

1

Max Num Metering Areas

9

Max Zoom

10

Min Exposure Compensation

3

Orientation

270

Picture Format

Jpeg

Picture Format Values

Jpeg

Picture Size

2560×1920

Picture Size Values

320×240, 640×480, 1024×768, 1280×720, 1280×768, 1280×960, 1600×1200, 2048×1536, 2560×1440, 2560×1920

Preferred Preview Size For Video

1280×720

Preview Format

Yuv420sp

Preview Format Values

Yuv420sp, Yuv420p, Yuv420i Yyuvyy 3plane

Preview Fps Range

5000, 60000

Preview Fps Range Values

(5000, 60000)

Preview Frame Rate

30

Preview Frame Rate Values

15, 24, 30

Preview Size

640×480

Preview Size Values

176×144, 320×240, 352×288, 480×320, 480×368, 640×480, 720×480, 800×480, 800×600, 864×480, 960×540, 1280×720

Rotation

0

Saturation

Middle

Saturation Values

Low, Middle, High

Scene Mode

Auto

Scene Mode Values

Auto, Portrait, Landscape, Night, Night Portrait, Theatre, Beach, Snow, Sunset, Steadyphoto, Fireworks, Sports, Party, Candlelight, Hdr

Smooth Zoom Supported

True

Vertical View Angle

40

Video Size

640×480

Video Size Values

176×144, 480×320, 640×480, 864×480, 1280×720, 1920×1080

Video Snapshot Supported

True

Video Stabilization

False

Video Stabilization Supported

True

Whitebalance

Auto

Whitebalance Values

Auto, Incandescent, Fluorescent, Warm Fluorescent, Daylight, Cloudy Daylight, Twilight, Shade

Zoom

0

Zoom Ratios

100, 114, 132, 151, 174, 200, 229, 263, 303, 348, 400

Zoom Supported

True

Zsd Mode

Off

Zsd Mode Values

Off

OpenGL 1.1 (PowerVR SGX 544MP)

 

General

Renderer

PowerVR SGX 544MP

Version

OpenGL ES-CM 1.1

Vendor

Imagination Technologies

Limits

Texture Size

4096×4096

Texture Units

4

Viewport Size

4096×4096

Modelview Stack Depth

16

Projection Stack Depth

2

Texture Stack Depth

4

Lights

8

Compressed Texture Formats

ETC1, Paletted

Extensions

GL_EXT_debug_marker GL_OES_byte_coordinates GL_OES_fixed_point GL_OES_single_precision GL_OES_matrix_get GL_OES_read_format GL_OES_compressed_paletted_texture GL_OES_point_sprite GL_OES_point_size_array GL_OES_matrix_palette GL_OES_draw_texture GL_OES_query_matrix GL_OES_texture_env_crossbar GL_OES_texture_mirrored_repeat GL_OES_texture_cube_map GL_OES_blend_subtract GL_OES_blend_func_separate GL_OES_blend_equation_separate GL_OES_stencil_wrap GL_OES_extended_matrix_palette GL_OES_framebuffer_object GL_OES_rgb8_rgba8 GL_OES_depth24 GL_OES_stencil8 GL_OES_compressed_ETC1_RGB8_texture GL_OES_mapbuffer GL_OES_EGL_image GL_OES_EGL_image_external GL_EXT_multi_draw_arrays GL_OES_required_internalformat GL_IMG_read_format GL_IMG_texture_compression_pvrtc GL_IMG_texture_format_BGRA8888 GL_EXT_texture_format_BGRA8888 GL_OES_egl_sync GL_IMG_vertex_array_object GL_APPLE_texture_2D_limited_npot

OpenGL 2.0 (PowerVR SGX 544MP)

 

General

Renderer

PowerVR SGX 544MP

Version

OpenGL ES 2.0 build 1.9@2204701

Vendor

Imagination Technologies

GLSL Version

OpenGL ES GLSL ES 1.00 build 1.9@2204701

Limits

Texture Size

4096×4096

Texture Units

8

Vertex Textures

8

Combined Textures

8

Viewport Size

4096×4096

Renderbuffer Size

4096×4096

Cubemap Size

4096×4096

Vertex Attributes

16

Vertex Uniforms

128

Varying Vectors

8

Fragment Uniforms

64

Vertex Numeric Precision

Low Int

[-2^8, 2^8]

Medium Int

[-2^11, 2^11]

High Int

[-2^24, 2^24]

Low Float

[-2^1, 2^1], 2^-8

Medium Float

[-2^14, 2^14], 2^-
10

High Float

[-2^126, 2^126], 2^-23

Fragment Numeric Precision

Low Int

[-2^8, 2^8]

Medium Int

[-2^11, 2^11]

High Int

[-2^24, 2^24]

Low Float

[-2^1, 2^1], 2^-8

Medium Float

[-2^14, 2^14], 2^-10

High Float

[-2^126, 2^126], 2^-23

Compressed Texture Formats

ETC1

Extensions

GL_EXT_debug_marker GL_OES_rgb8_rgba8 GL_OES_depth24 GL_OES_vertex_half_float GL_OES_texture_float GL_OES_texture_half_float GL_OES_element_index_uint GL_OES_mapbuffer GL_OES_fragment_precision_high GL_OES_compressed_ETC1_RGB8_texture GL_OES_EGL_image GL_OES_EGL_image_external GL_OES_required_internalformat GL_OES_depth_texture GL_OES_get_program_binary GL_OES_packed_depth_stencil GL_OES_standard_derivatives GL_OES_vertex_array_object GL_OES_egl_sync GL_OES_texture_npot GL_EXT_multi_draw_arrays GL_EXT_texture_format_BGRA8888 GL_EXT_discard_framebuffer GL_EXT_shader_texture_lod GL_IMG_shader_binary GL_IMG_texture_compression_pvrtc GL_IMG_texture_compression_pvrtc2 GL_IMG_texture_npot GL_IMG_texture_format_BGRA8888 GL_IMG_read_format GL_IMG_program_binary GL_IMG_uniform_buffer_object GL_IMG_multisampled_render_to_texture

Graphic Modes (RGBA 32bit)

RGB 16bit (565)

RGB 16bit (565), Depth 24bit, Stencil 8bit

RGB 16bit (565), Depth 24bit, Stencil 8bit, Samples x4

RGB 32bit (888)

RGB 32bit (888), Depth 24bit, Stencil 8bit

RGB 32bit (888), Depth 24bit, Stencil 8bit, Samples x4

RGBA 32bit (8888)

RGBA 32bit (8888), Depth 24bit, Stencil 8bit

RGBA 32bit (8888), Depth 24bit, Stencil 8bit, Samples x4

Sensors (3)

 

BMA050 3-axis Accelerometer

Vendor

Bosch

Range

32.0 m/s²

Resolution

0.00390625 m/s²

Power

0.13 mA

cm36283 Proximity Sensor

Vendor

Capella

Range

1.0 cm

Resolution

1.0 cm

Power

0.13 mA

cm36283 Light Sensor

Vendor

Capella

Range

10240.0 lx

Resolution

1.0 lx

Power

0.13 mA

Codecs (33)

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.MP3

 

Media type: audio/mpeg

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.AMR.NB

 

Media type: audio/3gpp

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.AMR.WB

 

Media type: audio/amr-wb

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.ADPCM

 

Media type: audio/x-adpcm-ms

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.ADPCM

 

Media type: audio/x-adpcm-dvi-ima

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.AAC

 

Media type: audio/mp4a-latm

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.G711

 

Media type: audio/g711-alaw

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.G711

 

Media type: audio/g711-mlaw

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.VORBIS

 

Media type: audio/vorbis

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.FLAC

 

Media type: audio/flac

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.DECODER.APE

 

Media type: audio/ape

 

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.DECODER.MPEG4

 

Media type: video/mp4v-es

Color Formats:

0x7f000001

Profiles:

Simple (0), Simple (0b), Simple (1), Simple (2), Simple (3), Simple (4), Simple (4a), Simple (5), AdvancedSimple (0), AdvancedSimple (0b), AdvancedSimple (1), AdvancedSimple (2), AdvancedSimple (3), AdvancedSimple (4), AdvancedSimple (4a), AdvancedSimple (5), Main (0), Main (0b), Main (1), Main (2), Main (3), Main (4)

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.DECODER.H263

 

Media type: video/3gpp

Color Formats:

0x7f000001

Profiles:

Baseline (10), Baseline (20), Baseline (30), Baseline (40), Baseline (45), Baseline (50), Baseline (60), Baseline (70)

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.DECODER.AVC

 

Media type: video/avc

Color Formats:

0x7f000001

Profiles:

Baseline (1), Baseline (1b), Baseline (11), Baseline (12), Baseline (13), Baseline (2), Baseline (21), Baseline (22), Baseline (3), Baseline (31), Baseline (32), Baseline (4), Baseline (41), Baseline (42), Baseline (5), Baseline (51), Main (1), Main (1b), Main (11), Main (12), Main (13), Main (2), Main (21), Main (22), Main (3), Main (31), Main (32), Main (4), Main (41), Main (42), Main (5), Main (51), High (1), High (1b), High (11), High (12), High (13), High (2), High (21), High (22), High (3), High (31), High (32), High (4), High (41), High (42), High (5), High (51)

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.DECODER.VPX

 

Media type: video/x-vnd.on2.vp8

Color Formats:

0x7f000001

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.DECODER.VC1

 

Media type: video/x-ms-wmv

Color Formats:

0x7f000001

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.DECODER.MPEG2

 

Media type: video/mpeg2

Color Formats:

0x7f000001

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.DECODER.DIVX

 

Media type: video/divx

Color Formats:

0x7f000001

Profiles:

0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.DECODER.DIVX3

 

Media type: video/divx3

Color Formats:

0x7f000001

Profiles:

0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.DECODER.XVID

 

Media type: video/xvid

Color Formats:

0x7f000001

Profiles:

0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x1, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8000, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8, 0x8

OMX.google.aac.decoder

 

Media type: audio/mp4a-latm

 

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.ENCODER.MPEG4

 

Media type: video/mp4v-es

Color Formats:

0x7f000200, Surface, 0x7f000200, YUV420Planar

Profiles:

Simple (0), Simple (0b), Simple (1), Simple (2), Simple (3)

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.ENCODER.H263

 

Media type: video/3gpp

Color Formats:

0x7f000200, Surface, 0x7f000200, YUV420Planar

Profiles:

Baseline (10)

OMX.MTK.VIDEO.ENCODER.AVC

 

Media type: video/avc

Color Formats:

0x7f000200, Surface, 0x7f000200, YUV420Planar

Profiles:

Baseline (1), Baseline (1b), Baseline (11), Baseline (12), Baseline (13), Baseline (2), Baseline (21), Baseline (22), Baseline (3), Baseline (31), High (1), High (1b), High (11), High (12), High (13), High (2), High (21), High (22), High (3), High (31), High (32), High (4), High (41)

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.ENCODER.AMR

 

Media type: audio/3gpp

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.ENCODER.AWB

 

Media type: audio/amr-wb

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.ENCODER.AAC

 

Media type: audio/mp4a-latm

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.ENCODER.VORBIS

 

Media type: audio/vorbis

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.ENCODER.ADPCM

 

Media type: audio/x-adpcm-ms

 

OMX.MTK.AUDIO.ENCODER.ADPCM

 

Media type: audio/x-adpcm-dvi-ima

 

OMX.google.flac.encoder

 

Media type: audio/flac

 

AACEncoder

 

Media type: audio/mp4a-latm

 

OMX.google.raw.decoder

 

Media type: audio/raw

 

Features (29)

 

Graphics

OpenGL 2.0

Android Hardware

android.hardware.bluetooth

android.hardware.camera

android.hardware.camera.any

android.hardware.camera.autofocus

android.hardware.camera.flash

android.hardware.camera.front

android.hardware.faketouch

android.hardware.location

android.hardware.location.gps

android.hardware.location.network

android.hardware.microphone

android.hardware.screen.landscape

android.hardware.screen.portrait

android.hardware.sensor.accelerometer

android.hardware.sensor.light

android.hardware.sensor.proximity

android.hardware.telephony

android.hardware.telephony.gsm

android.hardware.touchscreen

android.hardware.touchscreen.multitouch

android.hardware.touchscreen.multitouch.distinct

android.hardware.touchscreen.multitouch.jazzhand

android.hardware.usb.accessory

android.hardware.usb.host

android.hardware.wifi

android.hardware.wifi.direct

Android Software

android.software.live_wallpaper

Google

com.google.android.feature.GOOGLE_BUILD

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