The Canvas Turbo is the best Micromax can do at the moment. And that best is keeping in mind the holy demarcation line of Rs. 20,000 that it refuses to cross. So is this the best phone you can buy without spending an exorbitant amount? Or it is an Indian manufacturer’s delusional attempt at taking on the big boys in the phone arena? Let’s find out.
From a distance, the Turbo A250 looks just like any other Micromax smartphone. It’s a big black slab, nothing more, nothing less. But hold it in your hand and you will be astounded by how light it is. Indeed, among all the 5-inch phones I have used, the Canvas Turbo is definitely the lightest. You can easily use it with one hand.
The big seller in the Canvas Turbo is the 5-inch display by Sharp with the new Continuous Grain Silicon (CGS) technology, which is meant to make it more receptive to touch. It’s a FullHD (1920×1080 pixels, 441 ppi) screen, and among the very few ones available for less than ₹20,000. And boy, it’s gorgeous! All the jargon aside, the screen is vibrant, bright and displays colours very well. Whether you are watching a movie, reading a book or playing a game, you won’t be disappointed
Speaking of playing a game, it is tasks like that where the Canvas Turbo’s FullHD screen works against it. The 1.5GHz quad-core Mediatek MTK6589 processor might sound impressive on paper, but in real-world usage, it can’t keep up with the demands of the screen’s pixels. Whether you are playing FIFA 14 or Dead Trigger 2, you will find that the experience isn’t smooth, with occasional drops in frames. It’s not what you pay this price for.
Running on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, Micromax has actually done a decent job of not experimenting too much while adding new features. For example, the iFloat app to quickly launch your favourite apps from any screen is quite cool. And the pop-up message floater to check and reply to SMSes is a godsend. However, these are features you would have gotten through third-party apps too, so it’s not a big win. Still, it’s good to have them preloaded.
The 13-megapixel camera on the back of the phone is very disappointing. It’s probably the same as the one used in the Canvas 4, and you should know that the big numbers don’t translate into good real-world performance. Shots taken outdoors during the day are the only ones you can use later; all others have too many flaws, like lack of detailing or a bad flash, to be worth showing to anyone else.
Since it’s a unibody phone, you can’t remove the battery from the back cover. So one would hope that Micromax has included a great battery to keep you going through the day. Unfortunately, the 2000mAh can’t handle the demands of this phone and barely lasts 10 hours in a day. You will be charging this phone twice a day at the minimum.
It makes little sense to purchase the Micromax Canvas Turbo A250 at its asking price of Rs. 20,000. There are too many things wrong with it—the substandard battery life, the poor camera, the weak processor.
Written By : Clark Wayne