Micromax Canvas Engage – New rival for Moto E
The people at Motorola recently launched the Moto E and it has stirred things up again in the budget segment. There are a number of new devices coming out to compete with it and the value for money it offers. Recently Micromax came up with Unite 2 and now they are coming up with another device called Micromax Canvas Engage. This new device is listed on eBay at 6150 INR and runs a quad core processor. It comes with a decent 4 inch display housed in a small form factor. It is going to be one of the most affordable devices running android Kit Kat.
The device has got a simple design which is rounded on the edges. It is quite small and can easily fit in one’s hands. There is nothing very impressive about the design that would stand out. It has got three capacitive keys on the front face. The display has got a fat bezel around it but then you can’t expect more from a low end device. The keys are a bit rubbery but operating them isn’t an issue. They are easily accessible without the use of your other hand. The material used here is plastic obviously and the build quality isn’t impressive. It is what you would expect on a device of this price. The Moto E definitely betters it here. It has a much better design and built quality.
The device has got a 4 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 800. While this is not something high end, it isn’t very bad either. This is acceptable on a low end device and would give you a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. If we talk about its main rival, the Moto E, this device loses badly. The E has got a 4.3 inch display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels which gives it a better pixel density. The E has got a better display quality as well. It can replicate colours better and would give you good contrast ratio. It also comes protected with gorilla glass 3 protection which is missing on the Canvas Engage.
The device runs a quad core processor at a clock speed of 1.2 GHz. They haven’t specified the make and model of the chipset and we are assuming it is a Mediatek chipset. While the processor is decent for a low end device, it comes with just 512 MB of RAM. The amount of RAM will turn into a huge trouble once you have been living with the phone for a while. As you keep installing new apps, it will start to clog up the RAM. You will end up with a device that has barely got any free RAM and would have to kill the processes every time you want to run anything that is resource hungry. You will also have trouble with too many start up apps.
It has got a 5 megapixel camera which isn’t really something worth talking about. It might give you some occasional good shots in daylight and that is like it. Don’t expect anything more from this camera. There is a VGA front camera as well which would do the job for your video calls and vanity check. The camera app here is stock but some options are missing because this camera won’t support them.
The GPU of this device is still unspecified and we aren’t really expecting any surprises here. Just like most other low end devices, you get 4 GB of on-board storage and a support for external storage up to 32 GB. For connectivity you get the usual options like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G and GPS. It is a dual SIM device so you can keep two SIM cards running at a time. The device is powered by a small battery of just 1500 mAh capacity but as the hardware isn’t very resource hungry, it would be able to provide enough juice for a day of normal usage easily. They are claiming a standby life of around 200 hours which is quite good considering the battery capacity.
The device comes with android 4.4.2 Kit Kat. The android you get on this device is very much stock except for some apps you get on most Micromax devices. Even if you find them annoying, you can disable them from the settings so that they don’t show up in your launcher. The launcher is stock android. The interface is pretty smooth on a fresh device but we guess it won’t be the same story once you start installing apps on it. Even with some of the basic apps, there is hardly any free memory and this affects the launch time of apps. There are some occasional lags and we can blame them all on the low memory.
The stock kit Kat is very fast as compared to the previous versions of android like the Ice Cream Sandwich. You can access the quick settings if you use two fingers to pull down the notifications drawer. You can customise the notifications for individual apps and select which apps can send you notifications. You also get the Google now feature which has improved a lot after the last update.
This is a device targeted at the Moto E and other budget devices. While it has got a quad core display against the Moto E’s dual core, this device isn’t even half as good. The built quality lags behind by miles. The display and memory aren’t any good either. Even if you want a quad core device only, there are some other options offered by manufacturers like Lava that would give you a quad core processor and 1 GB of RAM for just a few hundred extra. We don’t see any reason why would someone pick this over those devices. If gives the choice, we would pick Moto E for its built quality, reliability, customisations options and features that it offers.
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