We all know that Micromax is an Indian company, which is fast coming up and making up its niche among the smartphone manufacturers of the world. Although, it has not reached the stage of manufacturing very high-end feature phones like Samsung, Apple, HTC, LG and Sony; but it is definitely giving a tough competition to the international brands with regard to the low cost budget smartphones. We remember that Samsung had introduced its two low cost smartphones to attract music lovers at the end of the last year. These were Samsung Galaxy Music S6010 with single SIM and Samsung Galaxy Music Duos S6012 with dual SIM. Micromax has announced and released its Micromax Canvas Music A88, a dual SIM smartphone, which has more advanced features than Samsung Galaxy Music Duos S6012 dual SIM smartphone. As per the news published in the last week of April 2013, Micromax has sold over one million units of its canvas range of smartphones. The company achieved a phenomenal and instant success when 9000 units of its A116 Canvas HD were sold in less than 24 hours. Let us compare the features, specifications and price of Micromax A88 Canvas Music dual SIM smartphone with Samsung Galaxy Music Duos S6012 for the benefit of buyers who are thinking of buying a smartphone to satisfy their musical needs.
Networks supported, SIM, release date and price
Both Micromax A88 Canvas Music and Samsung Galaxy Music Duos S6012 support 2G GSM and 3G HSDPA networks. Both the smartphones have provision for dual SIM. The Micromax Music has been released in the market in May 2013, whereas Samsung Galaxy Music was released for sale in December 2012. The price of the Micromax smartphone is Rs 8,499 and that of the Samsung Music smartphone is Rs 6,499, which is the discounted price of this phone at Flipkart. Samsung's official website is still quoting the price of this smartphone at Rs 9,199. In the following paragraphs, we will observe that Rs 2,000 price difference, which the buyers of Micromax phone have to pay, is fully justified by the advanced features introduced in the phone released by Micromax. Of course, this difference of price is applicable only if we take the discounted price of Samsung Galaxy Music into consideration. Otherwise, the latter is costlier than the former.
Micromax A88 Canvas Music has a great advantage in providing the display size of 4.5 inches against a very small display size of 3.0 inches of Samsung Galaxy Music smartphone. Although both the smartphones has similar display type of TFT capacitive multi touch screen, but the former is the winner in providing 16.7 million colours against the mere 256K colours in the latter. Once again the 480 x 854 pixels display resolution of Micromax smartphone is quite higher than the 240 x 320 display resolution of Samsung Galaxy Music.
Sound and memory features
Both the smartphones support the same sound features like Vibration and MP3 ringtones, a loudspeaker with stereo speakers and a 3.5 mm jack. The onboard memory of both the phones is the same 4 GB. The expandable memory in the two phones is up to 32 GB via microSD card. Both the smartphones are aslo provided with the same 512 MB RAM.
Both the smartphones support almost similar connectivity features like 3G, GPRS, EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, MicroUSB 2.0 and A-GPS. However the Bluetooth version provided in Micromax Canvas Music is 4.0, whereas it is Bluetooth version 3.0 in Samsung Galaxy Music.
Cameras and video recording
Micromax A88 Canvas Music is equipped with a 5 MP primary camera at the rear supporting image resolutions up to 1280 x 720 pixels with features like autofocus and dual LED flash. The video recording is supported at 640 x 480p @ 30fps. It also has a front facing secondary camera of 0.3 MP. On the other hand Samsung Galaxy Music Duos has a primary camera of 3.15 MP at the rear supporting image resolutions up to 2048 x 1536 pixels with video recording capabilities. The camera features include geo-tagging and touch focus. There is no secondary camera available in Samsung Galaxy Music. So, this reveals that the cameras and video recording features are better in Micromax Canvas Music than Samsung Galaxy Music.
OS, CPU and sensors
Micromax A88 Canvas Music runs on Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) OS. On the other hand, Samsung Galaxy Music runs on Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich), which is upgradable to Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean). A few days back, Samsung has released an update for Samsung Galaxy Music S6010 Single SIM in the US, but it has still to release it in other countries. Samsung has not yet announced updating the software of Samsung Galaxy Music Duos S6212 even after six months of its release. Micromax Canvas Music enjoys a great advantage in power since it is powered by a 1.0 GHz dual core Media Tek MT6577 processor. As compared to this, Samsung Galaxy Music Duos is powered by the weak 850 MHz single core Cortex A-9 processor. The former has sensors like proximity and gravity, while the latter has accelerometer, proximity and compass sensors. From the foregoing, it is quite evident that Micromax Canvas Music is the clear winner over Samsung Galaxy music in the operating system and the processing.
Radio, GPS, colours, Video and video files format support
Both the smartphones have FM radio, but Samsung Galaxy Music has it with RDS and built-in arena. Both phones are supported by A-GPS. Micromax phone is available in black and white colours, whereas the Samsung phone is available in blue, orange and gray colours. The video and audio file formats supported by the Micromax Canvas Music are 3GP, MP4, AVI (MJPEG) and MP3, Midi, AAC, Amr, Wav respectively. On the other hand, the video file formats supported by Samsung Galaxy Music are MP4/H.263 player and there is an audio file formats support for MP3/WAV/eAAC+ player.
Some additional features in Micromax Canvas Music
Micromax A88 Canvas Music has built-in apps like Fruit Devil, The Darkman, Hook up and M! Live. The users can download over 3 lakh songs from M-Live. In addition, the buyers of Micromax music smartphone get JBL Tempo headsets free of cost.
The Micromax smartphone comes with a more powerful battery of 1800 mAh as compared to the 1300 mAh battery of Samsung smartphone. The former gives the talk time of up to 5 hours and a standby time of up to 260 hours. On the other hand, the latter gives a talk-time of up to 15 hours (2G) / Up to 6 hours (3G) and a stand-by time of up to 570 hours (2G) / up to 370 hours (3G).
The discussion about the comparative features and specifications of Micromax A88 Canvas Music and Samsung Galaxy Music Duos has clearly revealed that the former is bundled with advanced features and specifications as against the latter. The difference in price of Rs 2,000 will not pinch the buyers when they are going to buy much superior Micromax Canvas Music A88 smartphone instead of the less featured Samsung Galaxy Music Duos S6012.
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