Going with the selfie trend, Micromax has dedicated a smartphone for selfie-holics in the Canvas Selfie. Most selfie smartphones in India only focus on adding more megapixels to the front camera along with a Flash but Micromax has paid attention to the entire device and has come up with a stunning design. I have used this device for over three weeks and even took it with me during weekend getaways as a dedicated selfie smartphone. Here’s my take.
Specs: 4.7-inch 720p HD display | Android 4.4.2 OS | 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6592 processor | 2GB RAM | 16GB internal storage, expandable up to 32GB | 13MP front and rear camera with LED flash | 2,300 mAh battery
Price: Rs 15,999
Design: Right from the box to the handset, Micromax has not spared any attempt to woo buyers. The handset looks unique. Full marks to Micromax for the design of Canvas Selfie. At first glance, you may either like it or hate it. But after spending a few minutes with the device you will surely start liking it.
Micromax has designed this for “image-conscious women”. The device is available in Mystic Blue and Angelic White colour options.The phone might look a bit girly to many but the design is well-balanced for both.
The metal and faux leather finish is impressive. The phone is quite compact and light-weight. As far as design goes, this might be the best Micromax has ever delivered. The front flash is so well camouflaged that you won’t be able to spot it unless you click a selfie with it turned on.
On the downside, I did not like the unified microSD and dual SIM card slots. It comes with a common slot for nano SIM card and memory card. Inserting two tiny cards together into one slot is not an easy affair. Micromax could have simplified it.
The dedicated camera button is located on the middle of the right side of the smartphone, which makes it difficult to click selfies when the phone is held horizontally.
The home button (located at the bottom bezels) keeps on glowing for no reasons which creates a bit of a distraction.
Display: The Micromax Canvas Selfie sports a 4.7-inch 720p HD display at 312ppi with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection. Overall, the display quality is sharp, bright and buyers shouldn’t have any complains. The viewing angles and outdoor visibility are decent. Another aspect of the touch display is that it doesn’t attract smudges and fingerprints much.
Performance: This selfie smartphone has not compromised on the hardware aspect at all. The device runs on a 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6592 processor with 2GB GB RAM and 16GB ROM which can be expanded up to 32GB. The device scored around 31,000 on AnTuTu Benchmark. Overall, performance will not be issue at all.
On the software front, the device runs Android 4.4.2 but the interface is heavily tweaked. There is no app drawer and icons are similar to iOS. Overall, the device is made to look good and it does. On the flip side, Micromax has included many bloatwares which is frustrating.
Camera: The Canvas Selfie smartphone offers 13MP front and rear cameras with a Sony Sensor. Both the cameras offer inbuilt beautification features (Eye enhancement, Face Slimming, Skin smoothening, Remove Oil, fade dark circle, make-up and teeth whitening) which literally changes your look. While clicking selfies, if you put all these beautification features to 100 per cent then you will look completely different and anyone can easily recognise that the selfie has been edited a bit to much. But if you can hit the right combination (of beautification features) then the Canvas Selfie will click stunning selfies. At this price point, this is one of the best selfie smartphones you can buy. The selfie camera ensures that you look the best always, a feature that will interest a lot of girls.
The image quality of both the cameras are good. You can expect some grains in low-lighting conditions but that’s doable. The rear camera comes with dual LED Flash. Overall, you will love this phone for its camera.
Storage & connectivity: The device offers around 12GB of usable memory. The storage can be further expanded up to 32GB. It supports USB OTG and users can connect their pen drives to access content. It offers two SIM card slots- micro and nano- along with other regular connectivity options. There are no issues on the connectivity front.
Battery: The device is powered by a 2,300 mAh battery. On mixed usage, the device lasts a full working day easily.
Verdict: Micromax Canvas Selfie is good buy at a price of Rs 15,999, especially for selfie-holics.