Mobile phones are getting bigger and bigger, but what about those of us with smaller hands? Not everyone wants a smartphone that barely fits in their pocket or something that eclipses their face when held against the ear. Like the Sony Xperia Z1 Compact and the Moto G, the Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini asks the question: do good things still come in small packages?
Specs: 4.7-inch IPS touchscreen (1280×720 pixels) | 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MTK6582 processor | 1GB RAM | 4GB internal memory, microSD up to 32GB | Dual-SIM (microSIM + standard SIM) | 8-megapixel rear camera, 5-megapixel front camera, 720p HD video recording | 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, GPS | 1800mAh battery | Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Price: Rs 12,000 approximately
Design: With a unibody design, the Canvas Turbo Mini manages to look pretty good from a distance. It’s got a back that’s made to look like brushed aluminium, although it’s made out of plastic. And it’s light when you first hold it too. But that’s not what you notice. You notice the cheap quality of the materials. You notice the way the chrome trimming along the corners has started discolouring. You notice the innumerable scratches and blemishes on the back. And you notice how the flaps on the top and bottom of the back don’t sit flush with the plate in the middle. The Canvas Turbo Mini is that unit which is great when you take it out of the box, but quickly starts aging.
Screen: Not having a Gorilla Glass or other scratch-resistant surface is always bothersome for me and that earns the Turbo Mini some negatives. But what’s nice is that it makes full use of its 4.7-inch screen, unlike the Moto G and the Z1 Compact. There are capacitive touch buttons under the screen instead of virtual on-screen buttons. When screen space is already limited, it’s nice that a manufacturer gives you full use of it. Plus, the screen itself is pretty decent. Its failings lie in the colours being a little washed out and the fact that applying a screen guard distorts its legibility in sunlight. But apart from that, it’s everything you can want.
Performance: The Canvas Turbo struggled to have its processor keep up with the FullHD screen and a similar problem plagues the Turbo Mini. It’s simply not a smooth experience, unlike other phones priced in this range like the Moto G or even Micromax’s own Canvas 4. Multi-tasking, especially, is a nightmare as apps crashed and the phone hanged twice. And since it’s a non-removable battery, I had to wait till things resolved themselves. This inconsistent experience of the Turbo Mini makes it a deal-breaker for me.
Camera: The 8-megapixel camera on the back of the Turbo Mini matches up to the Moto G’s 5-megapixel camera, but that’s not saying much. Neither of continued…