These days the manufacturers of smartphones have been bringing in their new products one after the other. Not even a week or a month passes, when smartphone manufacturers like Samsung and Micromax introduce a new product in the market. These manufacturers bring in the new products carrying out some small additions and alterations in the new products. So, there are only a few changes which can be seen in the specifications of these new devices, whereas most of the features and specifications remain the same.
The buyers usually get confused, when there are several options of smartphones before them to buy. The best thing to do in these circumstances is to read the reviews about the smartphones. The buyers ought to make a comparative study of the features and specifications of the two or three smartphones which they are considering to buy before they arrive at a final decision to buy them. Compare the prices of the phones you are thinking to buy. In case, you are in a much hurry to buy the smartphones, you need to look at the availability of the two phones. So, hereunder I have given some of the details of Micromax Canvas HD and Micromax Canvas 2, in order to make the buying decision of the prospective buyers of these two phones easy.
Supported networks, SIM and release date
Both Canvas HD and Canvas 2 support the same 2G GSM 900/1800 MHz and 3G HSDPA 2100 MHz network bands. Both are dual SIM phones. AS such, there is no difference between the two with regard to these features. The mobile phone buyers will usually like to buy a phone, which is released later. In this respect, Canvas HD released on February 14, 2013 will be preferred more by the buyers than Canvas 2, which was released in November last year.
Body dimensions and weight
Wi-Fi hotspot, Bluetooth and microUSB v2.0 and USB On-the-go. However the version of Bluetooth differs in the two phones. Canvas HD has a 4.0 version of Bluetooth, whereas it is version 3.0 in Micromax Canvas 2.
Both smartphones has the same connectivity speed of HSDPA, 21 Mbps, but when it comes to HSUPA connectivity; it is 11 Mbps in Canvas HD as compared to 5.76 Mbps of Canvas 2.
Camera and video features
Camera and video recording features of the primary camera in Micromax Canvas HD and Micromax Canvas 2 are the same. There is an 8 MP camera at the rear in both the phones with image resolutions up to 3264 x 2448 pixels. Cameras of both the phones have features like autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection. The video recording capability is at 720p @30 fps. However, Canvas HD has a superior front facing camera of 2 MP, whereas it is the VGA (0.3 MP) secondary camera in Canvas 2.
Micromax Canvas HD has a better OS Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) with a provision to upgrade it to the Google's latest OS Android 4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) than Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS upgradable to Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) of Canvas 2.
Chipset, CPU, GPU and sensors
Micromax Canvas HD is powered by a better hardware. It is powered with MTK MT6589 chipset. The processor is 1.2 GHz quad core Cortex-A7 CPU. On the other hand, Micromax Canvas 2 is provided with a MediaTek MT6577 chipset. It is operated by a 1.0 GHz dual core Cortex-A9 processor. Thus, there is a very big difference in the power of the two smartphones, one running with a quad core processor and the other running with a dual core processor. Once again, Canvas HD has a better graphics processor PowerVR SGX544 than PowerVR SGX531 GPU of Canvas 2. The Canvas HD has sensors like accelerometer, gyro and proximity, when compared to accelerometer and proximity sensors of Canvas 2.
Messaging, browser and radio
The messaging in the two phones is carried out through SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email and IM. Both support the same HTML5 browsers. The two smartphones are also equipped with FM radios.
GPS, Java and colours
Canvas HD and Canvas 2 both support A-GPS support. Java is supported in the two phones via via MIDP emulator. Both smartphones are available in black and white colours.
Supported audio and video file formats and players
The supported audio and video file formats and players for Canvas HD and Canvas 2 are MP3/ AAC/ WMA/ WAV player and MP4/ WMV/ H.264/ H.263 player respectively.
Micromax Canvas HD and Micromax Canvas 2, both support additional features like SNS integration, Organizer, Document viewer, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, Youtube, Calendar, Google Talk
Voice memo/ dial and Predictive text input.
Both Canvas HD and Canvas 2 are equipped with the same Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery. Both provide talk time up to 5 hours. There is a very slight difference in the standby time of the two. Canvas HD has a standby time of 174 hours, as compared to 180 hours of Canvas 2.
Price and availability
Micromax Canvas HD A116 is presently available at Infibeam.com for Rs.12,244 at, at Kaunsa.com for Rs.12,684, at Tradus for Rs.12,709, at eBay for Rs12,816, at Mirchimart for Rs.12,910 and at several other online stores at around Rs.13,000 and more. Compared to this, Micromax Canvas 2 A110 is quite cheap. It sells at Kaunsa.com for Rs.9,711, at Snapdeal for Rs. 9,750, at Tradus for Rs.9,790, at Yebhi.com for Rs.9,899, at Infibeam for Rs.9,974, at Croma for Rs.9,999 and several other online shops for around Rs.10,000 and more.
Conclusion and review
You should buy a better smartphone Micromax Canvas HD A116 even if you have to pay about Rs 3,000 more for its better features and specifications, especially the better power and the front 2 MP camera. The other smartphone which can be considered by you at a price around Rs 11,500 is Micromax Canvas 2 Plus Q110A. This phone has features like 5 inches IP LCD display, 1.2 GHz quad core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, 1 GB RAM, 8 MP primary camera and 2 MP secondary camera. This would compare well with Micromax Canvas HD.
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