Micromax Canvas 5 review: A worthy challenger for Moto G3, Xiaomi phones

Micromax Canvas has been launched for Rs 11,999 in India. Canvas 5 is all set to offer good challenge to the Moto G3 and Xiaomi phones in the mid-range.

Written by Nandagopal Rajan | New Delhi | Updated: November 7, 2015 12:09 pm
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Micromax has been loyal to the Canvas series as the flagship it wants to be identified with. And this Diwali, it has launched the Micromax Canvas 5, the latest in the series, with 4G LTE. If you look at Micromax in the recent past, two things are becoming clear: the company is more than bullish on 4G across price ranges and it thinks design is something that can give it an edge in the price sensitive Indian market.

Micromax Canvas 5

While we are not sure how successful the phone was, the Micromax Sliver 5 was certainly the most stylish phone from the Indian manufacturer. However, that phone was a bit too upmarket in price and looks. The Micromax Canvas 5 is the kind of style that will find widespread acceptance in the Indian market. This is style that is functional. And what else but a bit of leather, though faux, to take style to the masses.

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Specs: 5.2-inch Full HD IPS (1920x1080p, ~423ppi) | 1.3GHz MT6753 octactore processor | 3GB RAM | 16GB internal memory | 13MP rear camera + 5MP front camera | Android Lollipop | 2900mAh battery | 4G LTE

Price: Rs 11,999

Watch video review below 

What is good?
As I said before, the design has to be the best feature of this phone. The faux leather rear panel adds a subtle sense of style to this phone. Anyway it is better than anything plastic can throw up. Plus, the curved metallic frame just adds to the style quotient. No issues with grip or smudges on this phone.

The phone has a very bright Full HD display that works well even in bright sunlight. However, the bezel has a curve that blends into a lip and seems a bit awkward.

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It is rare for a phone in this price range to have 3GB RAM and that makes the Canvas 5 very good for multi-tasking. However, the processor 1.3GHz processor might not really need the 3GB of RAM at all times. The phone handles multi-tasking pretty well and has no issues with heating.

The camera is good, but not great. You should be able to manage decent frames when the light is good. Indoors and in low light the camera feels a bit laggy with some ghosting on the screen when you move it around. However, the night mode can give the shots a new lease of life if you have a steady hand. Regular users should not have reason to complain with this clicker. And there are enough presets to keep the more serious camera users interested.

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What is not that good?

Some of the issues below are so trademark Micromax that I guess return customers should be used to these by now. For instance, once again there is a plethora of pre-loaded apps in the device; in the end there is just about 8GB of storage available for the user even in the brand new phone.

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Micromax has done a good thing by making Swiftkey the default keyboard. But not all the software tweaks are great. For instance, the default browser wastes too much precious real estate on the screen and you are advised to download Chrome as one of the first things you do with the phone.

Verdict

Micromax Canvas 5 appears all set to offer good challenge to the Moto G and Xiaomi phones in the mid-range. Micromax has certainly upped its game by offering a stylish look and premium features like FullHD screen and 3GB RAM in this budget phone.

Premium material and a sleek looks are no longer the preserve of the big international brands. A phone made for India can also look good and desirable. That is the biggest takeaway of this phone.

In Pictures: First look at the Micromax Canvas 5 smartphone

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First Published on: November 4, 2015 12:57 pm
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    dussa rajender
    Mar 15, 2016 at 11:12 am
    Do not purchase micromax mobile. Because It has very bad services and quality of devices. Please referrer other b
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      dussa rajender
      Mar 15, 2016 at 11:13 am
      Do not purchase micromax mobile. Because It has very bad services and quality of devices. Please referrer other b and any service one month takes
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        dussa rajender
        Mar 15, 2016 at 11:15 am
        delay services and poor and poor for service one month any problem
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          kumail
          Nov 14, 2016 at 6:57 am
          vry poor service......bht bekaar ghatiya service 2 kaudi ki
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            sudharson
            Nov 4, 2015 at 4:53 pm
            Please dont give a blunt first look like this......Its like local news chanel site ......
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              Nilesh
              Dec 7, 2015 at 7:19 am
              Do not purchase micromax mobile. Because It has very bad services and quality of devices. Please referrer other b
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                pawan kumar
                Nov 5, 2015 at 3:29 pm
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                  Plugin Caroo
                  Nov 5, 2015 at 6:50 pm
                  This 8CORE phone is anytime better than old 2core of iPhone6. iPhone6 has only single sim, 1.33MP front camera, smaller battery, no support for external media card, the 128GB iPhone6 cost double the entry level iPhone6. No wonder Micromax is now the 10th biggest b even ahead of Motorola, Blackberry & Nokia.
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                    ravi singla
                    Nov 7, 2015 at 5:40 pm
                    is it available in Amazone or anther online shopping site, if not when it will be.
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                      Vedic_Citizen
                      Nov 5, 2015 at 9:06 am
                      I replaced my micromax canvas 3 with HP slate 6 after seeing derpikas Padukon's Ad, now I am in trouble. HP slates's battery does not last for even 4 hours, volume is too low. Micromax canvas phones are much better- build quality, design & performance
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                        vaibhav khatri
                        Nov 8, 2015 at 9:20 pm
                        What is your opinion?dfxhx
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                          vaibhav khatri
                          Nov 8, 2015 at 9:20 pm
                          What is your opinion?dfxhx
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                            Vishal Vyas
                            Dec 14, 2015 at 4:36 am
                            I have purchased offline at rs.11000 My Experience is :- display - good design - good camera - good User Interface - Typical in comparison with Samsung, Sony and HTC Battery - worst, it took 8-10 hrs to charge and 2 hrs to discharge
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