A new addition to the ’Great Android Phone Collection’ is the new Micromax Canvas Turbo A250. Packed with a bunch of cool new ideas, Micromax, which is most renowned for making great phones that won’t cost you an arm and a leg, gives other Smartphone manufacturers a run for their money.
Design, Hardware and Specs
This particular model has an aluminum chassis with plastic covering on the top and bottom, which is a definite plus considering radio wave reception and durability. The edges are nice and round, and small thing that really makes a difference is that the headphones go in at the bottom of the device. Might be a little strange at first, but makes it more comfortable when listening to your favorite tunes on the way.
It provides slots for two micro-SIM cards, but on the downside it lacks the possibility of memory expansion, so you’re stuck with 16 gigs of internal memory, of which you only have control over 12.47 GBs. To make things worse there is no way to remove the battery.
It still shouldn’t be a deal breaker, considering that it has a beautiful 5” Full HD screen with a resolution of 1080×1920, and Continuous Grain Silicon technology, which provides fantastic viewing angles, and the 1.5 GHz MediaTek MT 6589T Quad Core processor takes care of all your seamless multitasking needs. The device flashes a primary (13Mp) and a secondary (5Mp) camera. The primary camera makes sharp and crispy images, can take panorama pictures, create gifs, has a great performance when using flash, but tends to focus slowly, which is really annoying when you try to shoot anything other than portrait photos.
Media, Apps and OS
The Canvas Turbo comes with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, a cool ’Blow-to-Unlock’ feature, and with apps that use it to it’s fullest extent. A document viewer and an Excel application is a ’must-have’ these days, while the ’ifloat’ app lets you take control of the phone’s multitasking capabilities, splitting the screen for when you want to browse without stopping the work flow. When it comes to video, the developers kept almost everything that worked in Canvas 4. Simple and beautiful layout, great speaker sound, lagless playback, and the Intuitive Gesture Control provides the video player with the ’Look Away’ function, which pauses the video you are watching when you are not paying attention. Not to mention that all the most popular and widespread video formats are supported.
What really turns your smile into a frown when we talk about video is the battery life. It might last more than a day with wifi or bluetooth off, but with these turned on, it barely lasts 6 hours. Video drains the battery, and call time is only 2 hours.
All in all
Considering price and performance, the Micromax Canvas Turbo is a great buy for anyone who wishes to take advantages of all of it’s features. True, you will not watch a full season of Breaking Bad on it while taking photos of Usian Bolt on the track with a single charge, but it is perfect for those workaholic multitaskers and for the average users, who only use a little bit of this, and a little bit of that.