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Review: Micromax Canvas Turbo A250

The Canvas Turbo A250 Is Extremely Light-Weight

The Canvas Turbo A250 is extremely light-weight

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.

Look and Feel
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 back of the phone has an aluminium plate in the middle, flanked on both sides by plastic. The matte finish feels really nice. But Micromax hasn’t paid much attention to the details. The edges between the aluminium and plastic jut out and scrape against your fingers.
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
But there is one big miss: scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass. The phone’s screen isn’t protected by any sort of scratch-proof glass, which means it can get damaged easily. And putting an ugly screen guard on such a phone is just going to ruin it.
The 5-inch Display Screen Is Absolutely Gorgeous

The 5-inch display screen is absolutely gorgeous

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.

That said, the multi-tasking performance is excellent. The games may not play well, but switching between the two isn’t an issue with the 2GB of RAM in the Turbo.
While the RAM has been increased, the internal memory is a major bottleneck. The unibody phone restricts users to the 16GB of built-in memory, of which 12.5GB is available; and there’s no way to increase it with a microSD card. For a FullHD phone with games that go into gigabytes, 12.5GB is going to run out very quickly.
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.
The verdict
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

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