One of the vital outstanding developments within the Indian pill trade over the previous yr has been the rise of the price range section of tablets. Micromax is without doubt one of the main gamers on this section, and may take credit score for kick-starting the demand with its Funbook pill, which claimed to mix leisure with training.
Micromax’s Canvas Tab P650 is a pill with Eight-inch show, a section which has been dominated by Apple and Samsung for fairly a while now. However can the Micromax Canvas Tab, the corporate’s first Eight-inch pill and likewise the primary flagship pill within the Canvas sequence, repeat the success of the primary Funbook, and get forward of the competitors? We attempt to discover out in our overview.
The Micromax Canvas Tab is constructed alongside the traces of Micromax’s high-end smartphones, just like the Canvas Doodle 2. On first look, the Canvas Tab appears to be like like a stretched out or greater model of the Funbook pill. Nonetheless, that’s solely the case for the entrance panel of the pill.
The entrance of the Canvas Tab contains a broad bezel across the display, just like Funbook tablets, though this makes the show look lots smaller than it really is. It comes with a shiny display and subsequently attracts greater than a justifiable share of fingerprints; we might suggest carrying a material to maintain cleansing it. Aside from the display, the pill’s entrance homes a 2-megapixel digicam positioned in a single nook alongside the earpiece that sits within the centre.
The again of the Canvas Tab has a brushed aluminium end which supplies it stylish appears to be like, with a bit on the high which appears to be like detachable (The again panel can’t be indifferent because it has been screwed on), although is just not. Micromax has removed a budget plastic physique and equips an aluminium physique on the again, which does really feel higher to carry than the Funbook tablets. Lodged within the again is a 5-megapixel autofocus digicam on the high left nook and the speaker grill.
The pill’s rear additionally homes Micromax brand branding embossed within the centre with the mannequin title – ‘Canvas Tab’ together with inbuilt storage capability printed on the backside, one thing we’ve got seen on Apple’s iPad fashions.
At barely over 10mm, the Canvas Tab is just not the thinnest pill we’ve got seen however is snug sufficient to carry with each arms. When it comes to weight, the pill stands on the heavier facet which is because of the aluminium again panel.
We tried to make use of the pill with one hand however failed due to the squarer form-factor of the Micromax Canvas Tab, whereas we expect utilizing the extra rectangular Samsung Galaxy Tab three 311 (Eight-inch mannequin) with one hand was a lot simpler job than the Canvas Tab.
The Micromax Canvas Tab is accessible in two color variants – Marine Blue and Pristine White, we acquired the previous one. Bodily keys on this tab comprise simply the amount and energy buttons – the remainder of the controls are on the Eight-inch pill.
We now have been utilizing the Canvas Tab for fairly a while now, however nonetheless haven’t been used to the odd positioning of the facility button on the highest, and the awkwardly small quantity toggle on the best facet. Typically, we ended up urgent the amount rocker keys to unlock the pill and at occasions whereas watching movies we struggled to regulate the volumes. The facility key’s on the highest panel of the pill virtually above the earpiece grill, which we really feel was very inconvenient for right-handed people. The Eight-inch kind issue typically feels too huge for reaching out to the facility button.
There’s three.5mm audio jack and Micro-USB port sitting on the high of the Canvas Tab, whereas the left facet is naked. Just under the amount rocker buttons is a flap which is detachable and divulges the SIM card and microSD card slot.
The flap overlaying the 2 slots is linked by a rubber materials which does not look sturdy to outlive in long term. The corporate has chosen common SIM for the Canvas Tab, as an alternative of the smaller kinds (micro-SIM / mini-SIM). We additionally felt the Canvas Tab to be a bit too heavy, with a weight of 425 grams on this kind issue, greater than 100 grams heavier than iPad mini and Galaxy Tab three 211.
The Micromax Canvas Tab comes with an Eight-inch IPS show with a decision of 1024×768 pixels, which interprets to a pixel density of 160ppi (pixels per inch). The show decision of the Canvas Tab is corresponding to Apple iPad mini (1024×768) however decrease than a number of the 7-inch tablets which can be found at decrease costs, such because the Nexus 7 (2012) and Kindle Fireplace HD, which have a decision of 1280×800 pixels.
The Micromax Canvas Tab’s show is crisp sufficient to make studying snug and we loved watching video on the brilliant show due to the correct color copy, and deep blacks.
The Canvas Tab helps wide-viewing angles which imply customers should not required to carry it in a precise candy spot for the very best viewing expertise. This additionally means taking part in video games that make the most of the accelerometer will not get spoiled by occluded views and distorted colors. Nonetheless, we seen that the display may be very reflective and this hampers visibility underneath the daylight.
The contact sensitivity of the Micromax Canvas Tab is respectable and we didn’t encounter any points whereas utilizing the pill. However contemplating the worth of the brand new Micromax’s pill, we anticipated that firm may have gone for a greater show panel with increased decision.
The Micromax Canvas Tab comes with twin cameras – 5-megapixel rear autofocus digicam and a 2-megapixel front-facing digicam.
The rear digicam takes respectable photos in well-lit situations. We examined the Canvas Tab’s rear digicam in out of doors, dim and indoor environments and located that photos had been a bit washed out and grainy at edges. There’s a little little bit of lag between urgent the button and the precise shutter launch, making it arduous take photos in a pinch.
Nonetheless, we should confess that Canvas Tab’s rear digicam is a bit of above the common pill digicam and will get a big enhance from a superb digicam app, which is one other component that’s acquainted to Micromax’s Canvas sequence smartphones. The pill’s digicam app comes with similar structure and far of the identical performance as seen already on the Micromax Canvas four smartphone and Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 phablet. Notably, there is no flash on the Canvas Tab.
With the Micromax Canvas Tab’s digicam app, customers can select from a bunch of digicam settings like Regular, HDR, Face Magnificence, Smile detection, Publicity compensation, Panorama, Photosphere (multi-angle view) modes. It additionally gives a burst mode, letting customers click on 40 to 99 pictures directly; customers simply have to long-press the digicam gentle key on the show to take burst shot.
The Canvas Tab is able to recording video at 768×1024 pixels and the preloaded digicam app additionally has the choice of including filters to the clicked photographs as properly. The entrance dealing with 2-megapixel digicam is fairly common and can be utilized for video calls over Skype or self-portrait pictures.
Software program/ Interface
The Micromax Canvas Tab runs Android four.2.1 Jelly Bean, which is a really current model of the OS and comes with some minor software program tweaks just like the app icons.
Likewise, Micromax has skinned some UI components of the working system on the Canvas Tab and gives 4 themes that include totally different icon units. Even the default theme on the pill that gives inventory icons has undergone some minor tweaks with Micromax selecting a squared icon look as an alternative of the plain that’s being provided on inventory Android. Nonetheless, we should confess that the modifications should not as radical as HTC’s Sense UI or Samsung’s TouchWiz however provides just a few neat touches to the OS with out intruding an excessive amount of on its essence.
Some would possibly contemplate that with Android four.four KitKat across the nook, the truth that the Canvas Tab nonetheless runs Android four.2.1 is a let-down. Nonetheless, we actually don’t thoughts a easily operating Android four.2 pill and the Canvas Tab is that. One other truth is that in India it’d take some time for smartphones and tablets primarily based on Android platform begin operating on the most recent launched OS model, besides the Nexus vary of units. The OS replace will take a while to achieve home OEMs.
One can get lock-screen widgets on the Canvas Tab, which is an Android four.2 characteristic. For unlocking the system one can select from the clock, digicam, Gmail, Google Now, messaging and moreover widgets provided by third-party apps put in on the pill. This Android four.2 Jelly Bean characteristic allows customers to carry out sure app actions even when the system is locked. One may launch the digicam direct from the lock display by urgent the facility button after which swiping display on the best.
Very like Micromax’s Canvas four and Canvas Doodle 2, the Canvas Tab additionally comes with FOTA (firmware over the air ) characteristic that permits to wirelessly downloading firmware updates on to the system. There are 5 customizable homescreens – a really commonplace Android affair.
There are shortcuts for calculator, native browser, gallery, menu, dialler, messages and calendar on the homescreen of the Canvas Tab. Just like different Android four.2 Jelly Bean-based units, the notifications tray on the pill options settings shortcut and a transparent all button. Nonetheless, the Canvas Tab very like different Android four.2 tablets include two separate notification trays – one with Fast settings and different with e mail, messages, and different alerts.
On increasing the Fast Settings notification tray one can discover choices for fast entry to the profile, battery standing, settings shortcut, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, knowledge connectivity, knowledge utilization standing, airplane mode, brightness, display timeout, auto rotate and audio profiles (for alerts and different notifications).
The Micromax Canvas Tab additionally options Google Now, an Android four.2 characteristic which is a voice-based info assistant and an extension of Google search. It makes use of playing cards that are basically small containers that supply totally different units of knowledge like climate forecast, instructions, visitors info, scores, appointments and foreign money conversion and many others.
The Micromax Canvas Tab comes preloaded with quite a lot of apps akin to Spuul, which may stream motion pictures and tv exhibits; Kingsoft Workplace Suite, for creating and enhancing Workplace information, and M! Safety, which is powered by NQ Cellular for heading off virus and malware assaults. Nonetheless, the M! Safety app is just not utterly free and customers have to pay for utilizing the premium options of the app. Additionally on board within the pill is M! Dwell that provides entry to obtain music, movies, video games and apps from M! Dwell retailer GPS Personal Locator.
The Canvas Tab’s native music participant and the video participant are the identical as seen on the Canvas four and Canvas Doodle 2. The music participant UI is a whole revamp with entry to firm’s on-line music retailer, whereas the video participant comes with the ‘Pause on Look away’ characteristic that detects when you find yourself trying on the display and stops the video when it doesn’t detect person’s face.
The Canvas Tab additionally comes preloaded with host of Google apps akin to Gmail, Google Search, Google+, Hangouts, Google Maps, Play Books, Play Films and TV, Play Retailer and YouTube. There’s FM radio help on the pill as properly.
Efficiency/ Battery Life
The Micromax Canvas Tab is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek 8389 processor. It has 1GB of RAM onboard, and comes with 16GB of inbuilt storage, out of which solely 11.07GB is user-accessible and likewise helps expandable storage as much as 32GB through microSD card.
Contemplating there’s a pretty respectable quad-core processor operating underneath the hood, the Micromax Canvas Tab manages to chug alongside simply nice. In day-to-day actions the pill feels easy sufficient and you aren’t actually left wanting for extra energy. Nonetheless, we did discover some minor lag particularly whereas switching from portrait to panorama mode however apart from that we had been capable of play tablet-optimised video games and HD video clips, with out barely any hiccups.
The Eight-inch IPS show is sweet for viewing motion pictures and movies. The Canvas Tab was capable of play full-HD movies and supported common video codecs like .AVI, .MOV, .MKV and .MP4. The audio system on the Canvas Tab ship common sound that distorts a bit at excessive quantity ranges and general the output by means of the speaker grill was not very loud as properly.
The Micromax Canvas Tab comes with single-SIM help (as we talked about earlier, utilizing the common SIM measurement) and likewise gives voice-calling skills, aside from 3G knowledge connectivity. Nonetheless, we felt that the Canvas Tab was too huge to make cellphone calls with and was virtually unattainable to make use of as a smartphone whereas making calls. We most popular to not put the pill subsequent to our face, however as an alternative used provided earphones. We confess that the calling skills within the pill do give it a bonus in comparison with different tablets in the identical worth section with out the characteristic.
The Canvas Tab is easy and speedy when opening apps, swiping across the interface, and taking part in video games like Temple Run 2 with wealthy graphics high quality. The onscreen keyboard’s keys should not cramped and customers can hit them simply.
The Micromax Canvas Tab ships with a 4800mAh battery that in line with the corporate can ship as much as 10 hours of talktime and as much as 400 hours of standby time. Based mostly on our utilization, we see the pill does delivers satisfying battery efficiency.
With medium to heavy utilization (leaving brightness on Auto) on the Micromax Canvas Tab, we had been capable of get greater than a day earlier than needing to cost the system. The 4800mAh battery lasted round 6 hours watching HD movies earlier than getting down underneath 20 % with the brightness set to auto.
With Wi-Fi turned on all the time and utilizing the pill for Net searching for an hour, just a few calls lasting for no more than an hour, show set on auto-brightness and with the standard notifications for messages, emails, Fb, and WhatsApp, the system lasted for about 16 to 18 hours which is respectable time for a pill of this measurement. One would possibly get extra battery backup relying on the utilization, and likewise by adjusting settings (brightness, Wi-Fi, knowledge).
The Micromax Canvas Tab has been launched at Rs. 16,500 which is a bit dear. Nonetheless, we admit that the Canvas Tab is certainly a step up when it comes to construct high quality, efficiency and connectivity, if in comparison with Funbook pill fashions.
At this worth, the 3G-enabled Canvas Tab squares off in opposition to the Samsung Galaxy tablets – the Galaxy Tab three 211 priced at Rs. 17,100, which comes with 7-inch show and voice-calling options, and the Galaxy Tab three 310 priced at Rs. 21,000, which is a Wi-Fi variant and comes with Eight-inch show, and misses out on the calling skills.
The bigger show would not actually give the Canvas Tab a lot of a bonus over the Galaxy Tab three 211, and single-handed working is just not too simple with the sq. kind issue. There sadly aren’t too many choices accessible so that you can select from available in the market, with older-generation choices just like the iberry Auxus Core X4 3G, which options dated Android model, or lower-specced units like Galaxy Tab three 211.
If you’re snug with the load and the shape issue, and need the quad-core efficiency and up to date OS iteration, the Canvas Tab P650 is just not a nasty possibility.
- Stable construct
- Good show
- Respectable battery backup
- A bit heavy for each day use
- Audio system not very loud
- Just a little dear