Micromax Canvas Evok review: When options are what you need

Micromax Canvas Evok, a 4G LTE smartphone, is the latest device from the company at Rs 8,499 but is it any good? Read our review to find out

Written by Hansa Verma | Updated: June 5, 2016 3:52 pm
micromax, micromax canvas evok, micromax canvas evok review, micromax canvas evok specs, micromax canvas evok price, reviews, smartphones, android, tech news, technology The affordable Evok looks just like any other Micromax smartphone in terms of design and comes with a plastic back

Micromax seems to be on an overdrive. Ever since the Indian smartphone maker announced a revamp along with a new logo, we have been witnesses to a series of budget devices by the company. Micromax, which is the second largest smartphone player in India, recently announced its flagship devices — Canvas 6 and Canvas 6 Pro — at Rs 13,990.

Micromax Canvas Evok, a 4G LTE smartphone, is the latest device from the company at Rs 8,499. The affordable Evok looks just like any other Micromax smartphone in terms of design and comes with a plastic back.

Micromax Canvas Evok

Micromax Canvas Evok features a 5.5-inch HD display and an ergonomic design. The smartphone packs a 13MP primary camera with 5P Largan Lens for enhanced performance in low light. Micromax says the camera is targeted towards young professionals. Canvas Evok is exclusively available on Flipkart.

Packing a big 3,000 mAh battery, the smartphone comes with 3GB RAM on-board. It seems to offer good enough specs for its price on paper. However, when we Canvas Evok to real test, here’s how it performed.

Specs: 5.5-inch HD display (1280×720) | 1.4 GHz Quad Core processor | 3GB RAM | 16GB ROM | 13 MP rear camera + 5 MP front camera | 3,000 mAh battery | Android Lollipop 5.0.2

Price: Rs 8,499

What’s good?

The stylish 2.5D front panel in Canvas Evok will turn heads, but the cheap plastic back won’t The stylish 2.5D front panel in Canvas Evok will turn heads, but the cheap plastic back won’t

The stylish 2.5D front panel in Canvas Evok will turn heads, but the cheap plastic back won’t. The jet black front panel merges into the bezel at top and bottom. The smartphone is almost bezel-less from the sides, making for a wider screen — something I like. The bottom line here – make sure you put the phone up front on the table to make an impression.

The display is good to look at, with great viewing angles. However I struggled while using the phone in sunlight. Looking at the screen or clicking pictures in bright outdoors with Evok is a pain. Hell-bent on clicking pictures on a sunny day, I set the brightness level to maximum; which finally put an end to my struggle.

I was actually quite impressed with the primary camera. It doesn’t oversaturate colours and reproduces pinks and greens, almost exactly. The results are sharp and I can’t complain of the picture quality either.

micromax, micromax canvas evok, micromax canvas evok review, micromax canvas evok specs, micromax canvas evok price, reviews, smartphones, android, tech news, technology Micromax Canvas Evok can handle low-light better than many other phones in this price range

Now, Evok 13 MP rear camera comes with 5P largan lens; and the phone can definitely handle low-light situations well. In fact, this is one of the better low-light cameras I have come across in this price range. Given the price, Canvas Evok has quite a few things going in its favour and camera is just a big plus.

Sample shot (Click to see in full resolution) Sample shot (Click to see in full resolution) Sample Shot (Click to see in full resolution) Sample Shot (Click to see in full resolution)

The battery in the Evok is pretty decent. With heavy usage, Canvas Evok will easily last for a day. In fact, you can push the smartphone to a day and a half on moderate usage, which is great.

What’s not good?

If you are into multi-tasking or aggressively playing games on your smartphone; my advise would be to look for options. Micromax Canvas Evok just can’t handle multi-tasking. While heating is not such a big issue with this smartphone, extensively using it is. Forget graphic heavy games; you wouldn’t want to perform even basic tasks on it, fearing lags and crashes.

Micromax has failed to get the most important feature in the smartphone right – multitasking – and we’re not happy. The screen simply froze multiple times during our review. I had to restart the phone to keep working, countless number of times.

Micromax Canvas Evok is a half-baked design, a smartphone that can’t handle multitasking and takes forever to charge Micromax Canvas Evok is a half-baked design, a smartphone that can’t handle multitasking and takes forever to charge

Micromax Canvas Evok took me almost six hours to get fully charged. So, basically, you either need to put the smartphone to charge for half the day, or half the night; and I can’t afford either.

Verdict

Agreed the camera is good and 2.5D front panel looks stylish. But, what Micromax is offering with Canvas Evok is a half-baked design, a smartphone that can’t handle multitasking and takes forever to charge. And it doesn’t even come with a fingerprint scanner.

If Micromax is what you want, then go ahead and buy the phone. If not, then options is what we suggest. Coolpad Note 3 Lite is a great deal at Rs 6,999. As we noted in our review, the smartphone redefines budget benchmark, and should easily please any buyer. Or you could look at slightly higher priced smartphones like Xiaomi’s Redmi Note 3, LeEco Le 1s or Moto G3.

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