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Alcatel OneTouch Fire C With Firefox

Alcatel OneTouch Fire

Alcatel on Wednesday launched its first Firefox OS smartphone in India, the OneTouch Fire C, priced at Rs. 1,990.

Notably, the Alcatel OneTouch Fire C, initially announced at MWC, is the third Firefox OS smartphone launched in India in the span of 2 months – the other 2 are the Intex Cloud FX and Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1.

Considering the price tag of the Alcatel OneTouch Fire C, it is arguably India’s cheapest smartphone – leaving behind Intex’s Cloud FX (Review | Pictures) that was launched in August at Rs. 1,999. Alcatel has announced that its Firefox OS smartphone will be available exclusively via Flipkart. Notably, the company had also launched the OneTouch Idol X+ earlier this year via Flipkart.

Running Firefox OS, the OneTouch Fire C comes preloaded with Marketplace, an app store for the platform. The Alcatel smartphone also supports 4 regional languages – Bangla, English, Hindi, and Tamil.

Much like the Intex Cloud FX and Spice Fire One Mi-FX 1, the OneTouch Fire C also comes with a 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480 pixel) display; 1GHz Spreadtrum 6821 processor, and a 1.3-megapixel rear camera (while no word in the front-facing camera). It supports dual-SIM (GSM+GSM); however, only 2G (EDGE) connectivity is available. The smartphone is backed by a 1000mAh battery.

Other specifications include 128MB of RAM and 256MB inbuilt storage that’s expandable via microSD card (up to 32GB). The Alcatel OneTouch Fire C will be available in Blueish Black and Dark Chocolate colours.

Commenting on the launch, Praveen Valecha, Regional Director, APAC, Alcatel One Touch said, “As a launch partner for Firefox OS, we know that our customers love its simple user interface and smooth navigation. We see a great deal of opportunity to bring these benefits to more consumers on a greater variety of devices at most affordable price and we are sure of success as it’s an innovative product selling on Flipkart, India’s largest e-commerce perfumes platform.”

Alcatel OneTouch Fire


Honor Holly 2 Plus Review

Honor recently added two new smartphones to its roster, the Honor 5X (Review | Pictures) and the Holly 2 Plus, to counter aggressive moves by Lenovo and new entrants like Coolpad and LeEco. The Holly 2 Plus will replace the older Honor Holly (Review), which launched in 2014 and will compete with offerings such as the Coopad Note 3 (Review | Pictures) and Intex Cloud Flash (Review | Pictures), which are some of the better options in this price segment.=””>

Honor will open the retail gates from February 15, when the phone will go on sale at Rs. 8,499. Let’s find out if the features and performance are aggressive enough to rival the competition.

Look and feel
The Holly 2 Plus has gotten tiny bit fatter and heavier compared to its predecessor but other than that, it is pretty similar in terms of proportions. The rounded top and bottom of the older model have given way to a more traditional candy bar design. The plastic body has undergone a special treatment to give it a metallic look, which it pulls off well. The overall look is quite understated and yet, the phone feels well put together.

The front bears a 5-inch HD IPS display which has decent colour reproduction and viewing angles. Fingerprints are a real nightmare though, due to the lack of an oleophobic coating. The display gets washed out a bit under direct sunlight. Also, there’s no scratch protection for the glass, which is a shame. To compensate a bit, the company is offering a one-month screen replacement warranty.

There’s good amount of space at the top and bottom to comfortably grip the phone when using it in landscape mode. On the top, we have the notification LED, earpiece, and the 5-megapixel front camera.


We like the placement and tactile feedback of the power and volume buttons on the right side. There are grilles on either side of the Micro-USB port at the bottom, but the actual speaker is a mono one, to the left of the port. The headphones socket is on the top of the phone.

The back cover is textured which lends to the aesthetics and grip. Underneath, you’ll find the non-removable 4000mAh battery, two Micro-SIM slots, and a microSD card slot. The rear camera has been bumped up to a 13-megapixel sensor from the previous model and we also have the mandatory LED flash.


Our review unit came devoid of any retail packaging or accessories, but you can expect a charger and a manual inside the box. The phone does support Qualcomm’s Quick Charge and will ship with a 5V/2A adapter.

Specifications and software
Coming to the specifications, we have a quad-core MediaTek MT6735P SoC and 2GB of RAM. This SoC packs in the same ARM Cortex-A53 CPU cores and Mali-T720 GPU as the regular MT6735, just a bit slower.

Rounding off the specs list, we have 16GB of storage which can be expanded by 128GB, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n/, FM radio and GPS. The phone also supports reverse charging, which lets you charge other phones via an OTG cable. You need to toggle this option in the battery settings, and it works just fine Having said that, the phone doesn’t support USB-OTG pen drives, which is a bit odd considering most Android smartphones do these days.


The Honor Holly 2 Plus ships with Android 5.1 and the EMUI 3.1 custom skin running on top. The customisations affect much of the stock functionality of Android, which can take some getting used to. The default lockscreen is a magazine-style layout with wallpapers that change each time you unlock the screen. You can opt for a standard lockscreen from the settings app. Recent apps are shown as individual cards instead of being vertically stacked.


The launcher is single-layered with a bunch of transition effects to choose from. The dropdown shade is split into notifications and settings shortcuts. The Settings app gets some new additions too including Protected apps, which lets you select which apps can run when the screen is off; Emergency Services for sending your coordinates to selected contacts in case of an emergency; Motion control actions which lets you flip the phone to mute an incoming call, and an option to change the navigation button layout.

Honor also bundles some first-party and third-party apps, most of which can be uninstalled if you want. HiCare lists out the nearest service centre; Themes lets you change the look of the phone; Phone Manager lets you free up resources, clean junk files and manage data traffic; and AppGallery is another app store. You also get apps like UC Browser, Facebook, Instagram, Clean Master, and WPS Office pre-installed.


Despite the heavy skinning, general performance is smooth. On average, you have about 1.2GB of free RAM available, which shows good optimisation on Honor’s part. The phone works well with 4G on Band 40 and barely heats up during regular usage. We did face an annoying issue while using the MTP mode for transferring files. Windows simply refused to detect the phone at first and only worked after we tried several times.


The Honor Holly 2 Plus performed as expected in benchmarks. In AnTuTu, we got a score of 33,586, while 3DMark Ice Storm returned 5,634 points. These aren’t great numbers compared to what some other low-cost phones can put out, but they’re enough to mean you can comfortably play demanding games like Real Racing 3. Multitasking can get a bit sluggish, even if you don’t have heavy apps running in the background.

Coming to multimedia performance, the default music player app is well designed but lacks any form of equalizer settings. It can display lyrics provided the song has thtem embedded. The video player has the ability to run as a small floating window, and supports up to 1080p resolutions. The bottom speaker is quite loud for outdoor use but its clarity isn’t great. Things are better with headphones but then that’s almost always the case.

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The rear 13-megapixel camera manages some pretty good-looking landscapes in daylight, however, the picture appears very grainy once you zoom in. Also, we found the colours to be very muted and dull. Close-up shots fare a little better but not by much. It’s the same story for indoor and low-light shots. The quality of recorded video is decent and there’s software stabilisation too. However, the maximum resolution supported is only 720p, which is once again, a bit of a letdown. You do get tap-to-focus while recording.


The camera app has all the basic functions you’d expect. There aren’t many shooting modes other than standard ones like HDR, Panorama, Watermark (adds a date and location at the bottom) and Audio note. You do get burst mode and the ability to snap a picture by saying ‘Cheese’. Beauty mode is present for both cameras and you can set the app to automatically snap a picture once it detects the preset number of faces. All of this works quite well. The front camera manages decent selfies under daylight conditions, but gets the picture gets noisy indoors.

Battery life
The battery lasted us 11 hours and 43 minutes in our video loop test, which is quite good. During regular usage, we easily managed to go more than a day before having to charge. Fast charging is supported and even though we didn’t have the bundled adapter to test this, we managed to get up to 40 percent charge in half an hour with a similar 5V/2A charger. You also get an Ultra Power Saving mode which shuts off all background process and leaves you with only basic functions like calling and SMS, if you’re really low on battery.


The Honor Holly 2 Plus ends up being a bigger compromise that we had expected. Its good build and decently long battery life aside, everything else feels a bit amiss. We don’t expect the world at Rs. 8,499 but little things that we should take for granted like a scratch resistant layer for the display, USB OTG, or even full-HD video recording, are sadly lacking and are features which phones such as the Coolpad Note 3 and even the Intex Cloud Flash offer.

The Holly 2 Plus fails to impress us as we currently have better offerings, both, in terms specifications and real-world performance, at the same price or lower.


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Sticko Tiny Sticky Phone Mount

The Sticko is a versatile phone mount designed to offer you an easy way to mount your smartphone on any smooth surface. As we can see from the images, the phone mount features ultra portable design, and consists of two same tiny units put together using a flexible connector, each one comes with a pair of powerful suction cups in order to steadily grip your smartphone and fix it on any smooth surface such as windscreen, wall, mirror and etc, moreover, using multiple Sticko phone mount you even can mount your iPad on the wall, apart from that, the phone mount comes with a plastic 3.5mm connector for easy to carry.



Sticko is a versatile mounting solution for your Phones. The Tiny Sticky Phone Mounts are simply composed of two suction cups to help you place the phone on an elevated level to have better views or listening. You can adjust Sticko to use it as a stand or just align a couple of them to show them off to friends. Furthermore, it will have an inbuilt lobster clamp for easy of access and an earphone prendas jack so that it remains tied up with your phone at all times.

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Micromax Canvas 5 First Impressions

Micromax Canvas 5 First Impressions

As expected, Micromax on Wednesday took the wraps off its much-awaited “Canvas flagship” smartphone, the Canvas 5. The company has this time priced its premium new smartphone at Rs. 11,999, which is interestingly Rs. 6,000 less than the price its predecessor, the Canvas 4, was launched at. Buyers will also receive free double data on 4G for six months from Airtel on the purchase of the handset.

Arriving more than two years after the launch of its predecessor in 2013, the Canvas 5 is a definite upgrade. However, the specifications are not that ground-breaking by today’s standards. The device is likely to appeal to media users more than power users, or those who wish for a superior smartphone camera at this budget level.


The Canvas 5 has its own pros and cons in each department, most of which we will discuss here. The 4G LTE-enabled Micromax Canvas 5 sports a 5.2-inch display. Above the screen, you have a speaker grille along with the front-facing camera on one side and the front-facing flash on the other. The volume buttons and the power button sit on the right side of the handset, while the headphone jack and the micro-USB port are placed the at top and bottom respectively. In our short time with the Slate Gray version of this phone, we found the volume and power buttons a bit uncomfortable to use as they are stiff and don’t have much travel. We found ourselves looking at the display each time to confirm if the phone was locked or not.

The Canvas 5 has a removable textured plastic rear panel, which gives a good grip but doesn’t feel premium in hand. It hides the two Micro-SIM slots and the MicroSD card slot. The 2900mAh battery however, stays in place and is non-removable.


The Micromax Canvas 5 runs near-stock Android 5.1 Lollipop out-of-the-box with minor changes to the native apps and interface, none of which should be a problem for most users. The lack of a custom UI skin on top of Android makes the handset interface clean and bloat-free. The company has also promised to bring out an Android 6.0 Marshmallow update for this phone.

As compared to the 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) resolution display of the Canvas 4, the Canvas 5 has a slightly larger 5.2-inch full-HD (1080×1920 pixels) display with a 2.5D curve and Gorilla Glass 3 coating. The display is crisp and bright and we were able to reach most parts of it with one thumb without changing our hand position. Typing with one hand is also possible. Since the screen delivers a pixel density of 423ppi, it was crisp even when looked at from different angles. Smart Wake gestures worked just about right.


Firing up several apps and switching between them was lag-free and quick. However, there was some stuttering in minor tasks such as changing the homepage scrolling effect. Under the hood, the Canvas 5 features an octa-core Mediatek MT6753 processor clocked at 1.3GHz with integrated Mali-T720 MP2 graphics, clubbed with 3GB of DDR3 RAM. Out of 3GB RAM, we noted around 1.8GB free, while the system and the pre-loaded apps used the rest. Our review unit had 16GB of inbuilt storage, of which roughly 9.5GB was available to use. However, this shouldn’t be an issue as you have the option to add up to 32GB of space using a microSD card.

The Micromax Canvas 5 features a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera; common features for smartphones nowadays. While the cameras managed to capture decent images in daylight, they failed to impress us when used in a low-light environment. The camera not only relied on high ISO levels but sometimes even struggled to focus a subject for almost 2 seconds after pressing the shutter button before the shot was actually captured. HDR mode also took a couple of seconds to capture and process shots. While the colours were not that accurate in daylight images, the Canvas 5’s camera is likely to satisfy most users at this price level.


A feature called ‘Zero Shutter Delay’ can be used to lock focus on subjects and take photos without wasting much time. However, there was a minor downgrade in image quality, which the majority of the users might not notice. The feature is deactivated by default. Other modes included are Panorama, Night, Professional, Dual View, Face Beauty and Sports. The interface is like that of many other handsets we’ve seen. The screen has controls for all the modes including the flash and front-facing camera on one side, while the video mode, shutter button and a shortcut to gallery are on the other. The front-facing 5-megapixel camera was satisfying except it has fewer available modes and settings. The Canvas 5 can capture videos in HD resolution at the most.

We were not able to test the life of the Micromax Canvas 5’s 2900mAh battery during our limited time with it, but we will do so when we get our hands on a sample to conduct our full review.


The successor to the Micromax Canvas 4 seems like a fair deal at Rs. 11,999. However, it will be competing against some of the most popular devices in market, including the Moto G (Gen 3), Xiaomi Mi 4i, and Samsung Galaxy J5. Our initial impression of the Canvas 5 is a mix of both good and bad. On one hand you have the near-stock Android experience, octa-core processor and 3GB of RAM to handle multi-tasking, but on the other the camera is not up to the mark and the build is not very impressive either. So should you buy this phone? We will reserve that decision until the review is out. Stay tuned.

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Micromax Canvas 5

Micromax Canvas 5

R 11999 3.5

  • Review
  • Key Specs
  • News
  • Design
  • Display
  • Software
  • Performance
  • Battery life
  • Camera
  • Value for money
  • Good
  • Crisp full-HD display
  • Captures detailed close-ups
  • Good overall performance
  • Bad
  • Weak low-light camera performance
  • Battery life could have been better
  • Takes a long time to charge fully

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2900mAh See full Micromax Canvas 5 specifications

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