Micromax devices usually get a lot more footage on the media than other domestic devices, so it is likely that you already know of the Micromax Canvas Fun A74 that was launched yesterday. The deivce, priced 7,749 INR, comes with a 4.5 inch touchscreen and specifications that make the mid-range category it’s home. The device finds it’s launch just days after the elder sibling, Canvas Fun A76 (click to read quick review) was launched.
The mid-range segment in the budget category, by far, seems to be the favourite for manufacturers and consumers alike. It can safely be said that the mid-range segment is the most populous out of the three segments when it comes to budget devices.
Let us proceed with the quick review of the Canvas Fun A74 and discuss what’s good and what’s not.
Camera and Internal Storage
The Canvas Fun A74 comes with an expected 5MP main sensor at the rear of the device. Most other devices in the range come with a 5MP camera as well, so there’s nothing new here. The front of this device features a VGA camera that would aid in video calling. However, it would be wise to lower your expectations with this one, especially when tasks like self portraits are concerned.
The 5MP main unit should serve you good if you know what to expect. If you’ve used a Micromax or any other domestic brand device prior to this, you probably would know the difference between a 5MP camera from, say, Sony and one from a domestic manufacturer. However, the phone probably will more than suffice as far as casual photography is the aim.
The device comes with a 4GB ROM chip and a microSD expansion slot which can be used to expand the storage by up to 32GB.
Processor and Battery
The phone comes with a nice set of underlying components, that include a 1.3 GHz dual core processor of unknown make. This dual core processor is accompanied by 512MB of RAM which does make for quite a decent setup. You can expect the phone to run most of today’s apps, albeit not flawlessly.
Productivity and utility apps should run just fine, however, the device might show a lack in processing strength when it’s the latest games we’re talking about.
The phone will pack a 1500mAh battery, which can, to some extent, be seen as a conservative move from Micromax, since most other brands offer 2000mAh. One full day of battery backup might be tough to achieve on this device if you’re a heavy user. Conservative usage should see o24hrs of backup without hassles.
Display and Features
The phone comes with a 4.5 inch touchscreen, which according to us is one of the most usable form factors mobile devices offer. If you own a tablet (or plan to buy one), even better; you can use the phone for tasks that require lesser screen real estate and the tablet for the one’s which don’t.
This 4.5 inch display packs a FWVGA resolution of 854×480 pixels, which is about the average for a mid-range domestic phone, or probably a little better than that since many manufacturers offer WVGA.
The device will come preinstalled with Android v4.2 which is a good sign. We would hope Micromax releases an update to v4.3 in the coming weeks for their devices.
Looks and Connectivity
As far as most domestic devices are concerned, they usually carry the same, tried and tested bar form factor. Not only do the devices look good and premium up to an extent, but a lot of money on design is saved, and the device is made fairly mobile as well. You can look at the pictures above and decide for yourself.
On the connectivity front, the device comes with dual SIM support like most other budget phones, and sports the regular set of connectivity features including 3G, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, etc.
The market, of late, saw a bunch of dual core devices being launched, all of which can give the Canvas Fun A74 a run for it’s money.
|Model||Micromax Canvas Fun A74|
|Display||4.5 inch FWVGA|
|Processor||1.3 GHz dual core|
|RAM, ROM||512BM RAM, 4GB ROM expandable up to 32GB|
|Cameras||5MP rear, VGA front|
The device comes with decent enough specs, and at 7,749 INR, it does look like it has enough to offer for the money. However, due to the immense number of competing device (with some being priced lower), the device might just get lost in the huge ocean of budget dual core phones.
Nonetheless, the device looks like it can sell well in the Indian market.