Micromax is one of the premier smartphone manufacturing companies in India. It holds 12th rank in the world in the manufacturing and shipping of mobile handsets. The quality and affordability is the most important strategy of the company in selling its mobile phones. The Canvas series of the affordable quality mobile phones manufactured by Micromax has given the company a lot of popularity. So much so that the name Canvas has almost become synonymous with the name of the company. The company has been continually bringing into the market some or the other Canvas smartphone in the market. The company's flagship smartphone Micromax A116 Canvas HD created ripples in the phone market as soon as it was released on Valentine's Day in February 2013. The company made arrangements with the online shopper Snapdeal to sell this phone online. Such was the demand for the phone that about 9000 handsets of this phone were sold out within 24 hours and the phone went out of stock temporarily. Now the company has started manufacturing the Canvas series directing the sales to the particular needs of some of the users. With this, the company has brought out Micromax A88 Canvas Music to satisfy the needs of music lovers. Taking a clue from Samsung Galaxy Note, Micromax has launched its own budget phone Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle with stylus for the art lovers with an in-built EVERNOTE app for doodling. Let us make a comparative study of the features of Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle and Micromax A116 Canvas HD. You may also quickly glance through the comparative specifications of the two smartphones from the accompanying tabular information.
Release date and price
Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle has been announced and released in the market in May 2013 at a price of Rs. 12,999/-. On the other hand, Micromax A116 Canvas HD was announced in January 2013. This smartphone was released on Valentine's Day in February 2013 at a price of Rs. 14,499/-. About 9000 units of this phone were sold at Snapdeal on the day of its release, and it went out of stock temporarily.
Networks support, SIM and body
Both the smartphones support 2G GSM and 3G HSDPA networks. Both have dual-SIM. The dimensions of A111 are 147 x 76.5 x 9.7 mm, whereas A116 admeasures 144 x 74 x 10.7 mm. This indicates that the former is slimmer than the latter. When we look at the weight of the two, A111 is heavier having a weight of 168 g than A116, which weighs 156 g.
The size of display of A111 is 5.3 inches. It is 0.3 inches larger than that of Micromax A116, which has a display size of 5.0 inches. The display type in Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle is capacitive multi touchscreen with16M colours, whereas it is IPS LCD Capacitive multi touchscreen with16M colours, and with screen protection in the case of Micromax A116. Micromax A116 Canvas HD has a better display resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, compared to 480 x 854 pixels of Micromax A111. Similarly, the pixel density of A116 is 294 ppi is better than the pixel density of 185 ppi in Micromax A111.
Sound and Memory features of two phones
Both the smartphones have the same sound features like Vibration and MP3 ringtones, a loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack. However A116 has additional WAV ringtone facilities. The memory of both the smartphones is the same 4 GB. But the user available memory out of 4 GB is less in A111 (1.22 GB) compared to user available memory of 1.77 GB in Micromax A116. The external memory in both the phones is expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card. The RAM in Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle is only 512 MB. On the other hand, Micromax A116 Canvas HD sports RAM of 1 GB, which is double than that of the former.
Connectivity and data speed
The connectivity features GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth and MicroUSB 2.0 of both the smartphones are similar. However, the Bluetooth in Micromax A116 is version 4.0 as compared to the version 2.1 in Micromax A111. In addition to this, A116 has the USB On-the-go, which is not available in A111. The data speed features in Micromax A116 are with more speeds like HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 11 Mbps, as compared to HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps of Micromax A111.
Camera and video recording
The camera resolutions of both the smartphones are similar. Both have 8 MP cameras at the rear and front facing 2 MP cameras. The primary cameras of 8 MP of both the phones support image resolution of up to 3264 x 2448 pixels. The rear 8 MP cameras of both the smartphones have features like autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection. The video resolution in Micromax A111 is 640 x 480 pixels @30 fps. The video recording capabilities of Micromax A116 are at 720p @30fps.
OS, Chipset, CPU, GPU and Sensors
Both the smartphones run the same OS Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). However the OS in Micromax A116 Canvas HD is upgradable Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean). The chipset used in Micromax A111 is Qualcomm MSM8225Q Snapdragon, whereas it is MTK MT6589 in A116. Both the smartphones are powered by the same 1.2 GHz quad core processors. The GPU in Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle is Mali-400MP. On the other hand, the graphics processor in Micromax A116 Canvas HD is PowerVR SGX544. Micromax A116 has a gyro sensor in addition to the accelerometer and proximity provided in Micromax A111.
Messaging, browser, radio, GPS, Java and colours
The messaging in both the smartphones is through SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email and IM. Similarly, both the phones supports HTML5 browser. For entertainment, both Micromax A111 and A116 are equipped with an FM radio. Both have the A-GPS support and Java support via MIDP emulator. Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle comes only in white colour. But, Micromax A116 is available in both the white and the black colours.
Other features and battery
Both the phones have almost the same additional features like SNS integration, Organizer, Document viewer, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Google Talk, Voice memo/dial and Predictive text input. Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle has an additional feature of in-built EVERNOTE app for doodling.
Micromax A111 is equipped with a little more powerful battery of Li-Ion 2100 mAh with a stand-by time of up to 220 hours and a talk time of up to 6 hours and 30 minutes. On the hand, Micromax A116 Canvas HD has a battery of Li-Ion 2000 mAh with a stand-by time of up to 174 hours and a talk-time of up to 5 hours.
Price and availability
Comparing the price of two smartphones, the MRP of Micromax A111 is Rs.12999. However, the discounted price of this smartphone is Rs.12219 at Sulekha, Rs.12564 at Shopclues, Rs.12590 at Maniacstore and Rs.12739 at Snapdeal. The others sell at the MRP of Rs.12999 or even more. On the other hand the MRP of Micromax A116 Canvas HD is Rs. 14499. The discounted price of A116 is Rs.13670 at Mirchimart, Rs.13690 at Kaunsa.com, Rs.13750 at Sulekha, Rs.13990 at Maniacstore and Rs.14299 at Tradus. The other online sellers like Naaptol, Next, Indiatimesshopping, Infibeam etc. sell it at Rs.14499 or even more.
In my opinion, unless you are of an artistic bent of mind and are not worried about a price difference of about Rs.1500, Micromax A116 Canvas HD beats Micromax A111 Canvas Doodle in all departments. The battery is little more powerful in A111 and same is the case with the display size which is about 0.3 inches larger than A116. But that should not make much of a difference when we consider the superior 1 GB RAM and superb display resolution and pixel density of Micromax A116 Canvas HD.
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