Motorola made a big splash in the budget smartphone segment by launching the Moto E last year. First time smartphone users took this product of Motorola by hand. Low price and great specification, both these features made this mobile phone the market leader. As soon as this product was launched, brands like Asus, Lenovo, and Xiaomi also focused on this price segment. Although Micromax products were already present in this price range, there was not much enthusiasm in the market regarding their performance.

Recently Micromax has launched Canvas Spark smartphone. The price of this phone is less than Rs 5,000 and it runs on the latest version of Android Lollipop. It also has a quad core processor. Should you buy this phone? We tell you.

look and design
Looking at the product, it seems that Micromax has tried hard to give it a premium look. We got the White/Gold unit for review but there is also a Grey/Silver option available in the market. The thickness of the phone is 8.5 mm and its edges are curved. The weight of this 135 grams phone is uniform in all parts, due to which it feels good when held in the hands. The gold trim on the sides of the phone is actually plastic. However, Micromax has given a metallic coating to make it real. A similar color scheme was also seen in the Micromax Canvas Gold A300.

The screen of the smartphone is 4.7 inches. The upper part houses the earpiece, front camera and light sensor. Touch sensitive buttons for navigation in the phone are made at the bottom. The outlines of these buttons are very thin and the lights in them are not pre-lit, due to which there is a problem in use.

The power and volume buttons are located on the right edge of the phone. The performance of these buttons is average. A space has been made for the speaker at the bottom of the back of the phone. As far as the rear camera is concerned, it protrudes slightly from the phone, which makes it prone to scratches. It can also be difficult to balance on flat surfaces. Below the camera is the metallic logo of the brand. The rear cover may come out, but you can only use the SIM card slot and the microSD card slot. The battery doesn’t come out.

Specifications and software
Micromax has relied on the tried-and-tested product MediaTek MT6582 SoC for the Canvas Spark. This SoC uses four 1.3GHz processor cores and has integrated Mali 400 graphics. The phone has 1 GB of RAM and its internal storage is 8 GB which can be expanded up to 32 GB via micro SD card.

The primary camera of Canvas Spark is 8 megapixels and it can also shoot videos in 720 pixels. The phone has a 2 megapixel front camera. This phone supports dual sim and at least one sim card can run on 3G network. As far as other connectivity is concerned, it also has the option of Wi-Fi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth v4.0. The device is backed by a 2000mAh battery, which provides talk time of 7 hours and standby time of 335 hours.

The 4.7-inch IPS screen has a resolution of 540×960 which is also the same in the Motorola Moto E (Gen 2). The screen of Canvas Spark is average and gives below average performance in sunlight. The good thing is that the display is not very saturated, due to which the warm colors give comfort to the eyes. And Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 has been used for the screen, which is good.

Micromax hasn’t tinkered much with the Android Lollipop version, just changed the background of the app drawer from white to transparent dark gray. The company has also provided third-party apps for its customers, most of which are not useful and cannot be removed.

Performance and Camera
There are many drawbacks to the performance of Canvas Spark. On many occasions, after touching the app icon, we had to wait for 15 seconds till it became active. There were times when the screen was not responsive during standby mode. Due to these shortcomings, the phone did not feel smooth. The shortcomings of the phone were clearly visible while playing high-end games. However, there was no drop in performance during casual games.

The phone got 19,499 and 5,494 points during the AnTuTu and Quadrant benchmark tests. These figures are at par with other smartphones with this type of hardware. The Canvas Spark scored 9.3fps in the GFXbench graphics test and 3,231 in the 3DMark Ice Storm test.

There were many problems in playing 1080 pixels video files, sometimes dropping frames. The sound of the speaker is good but it starts to break at high volumes. The sound in the headset given by the company is fine, but there is a lot of improvement in the sound in good earphones. The sound was good during the phone call and we did not face any problem of phone call drop.

Canvas Spark’s battery lasted for 7 hours and 16 minutes during the video loop test, with most phones in this range giving similar performance. However, during the processor intensive task, there was a tremendous drop in the battery life of the phone.

The camera disappointed me. Photos taken with the rear camera had shortcomings like underexposure and over saturation. The camera app hangs several times while shooting video at 720 pixels. However, the recorded video footage did not have as many flaws. By the way, the problem of underexposure was also seen in the video footage. There were a lot of grains in the shots taken in low light, the performance of the front camera was also not special.

our suggestion
We appreciate what Micromax has tried to achieve through Canvas Spark, but the performance lapse is clearly visible. This smartphone is the winner in terms of design and price. The Canvas Spark is priced at Rs 4,999, which is Rs 1,000 less than the rest of the budget range smartphones. If budget is an issue then this phone is for you. But, we would suggest you to buy Motorola Moto E (Gen 2) or Xiaomi Redmi 2 by spending a little more money, your smartphone experience will be better.

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