The big-time Indian smartphone brand – Micromax, has now moved in to the Windows Phone arena with it’s new, Micromax Canvas Win w092 and Micromax Canvas Win w121 which certainly have features beyond most smartphone’s reach. Both the devices are cheap and affordable, whilst giving features that tell the competition to bite the dust!
Sleek into the Hands:
Micromax Canvas Win w092 features a plastic mono-block body with the entire back panel and all four edges of the handset encased in a transparent material, thus giving a crystallized effect which resembles the Nokia Asha range (Asha 502 for instance).
Micromax Canvas Win w121 on the other hand is a tiny bit more polished, with a faux leather back panel. It is compact, slim, elegant, and certainly better than most other Canvas smartphones. If it’s all about style, Win w121 is better than w092.
The best part is that the Micromax branding on the phones is minimal on the back and absolutely nil on the front, which sort of gives an elite feel to the phone.
One of the most noticeable difference in these two phones and other Windows Phones in the market is that the power button is located on the right hand side whereas the volume rockers are on the left hand side. This is quite different from what most phones in the market – but it’s not the only difference. The phone’s 3.5mm Headphone Jack is located alongside the Micro-USB Jack on the top of the phone and the phone has absolutely nothing on the bottom. The back panel is detachable and the 2*SIM card slots are located beside the battery.
Canvas Win w092 comes with a 4-inch WVGA (480×800) display which we believe is quite outdated. Yet, the display does seem crisp and clear and easy to use.
On the other hand, Canvas Win w121 comes with a 5-inch HD (720×1280) IPS display which gives absolutely stunning video clarity and text clarity while watching movies or reading a book.
Both phone had great touch response, just as expected from a Windows Phone.
Both the phones run on the same processor, which is Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 which comes along with 1 GB of RAM. Windows Phone 8.1, being a lightweight Operating System does not show any problem with these specifications and runs smooth as silk when tested. The phones come with an inbuilt memory of 8GB which can be expanded to 32GB using Micro-SD cards.
Canvas Win w092 comes with a 5MP rear camera coupled with an LED flash. The front facing camera is 0.3MP which is quite less, even for a secondary camera.
Micromax Canvas Win w121 comes with an 8MP rear camera, also with an LED flash whereas the front camera is 2MP which is decent enough for a secondary camera and is quite common.
The camera app has more than enough settings to tinker with and also has a burst shot mode. Micromax has not made many changes to the inbuilt camera app, yet the app does its job quite well.
Personally speaking, the camera of both the phones were not quite up to the mark. The phones did not perform well in low-light conditions and also the images sometimes turned out grainy which is not really what one would expect from a 5MP camera or 8MP camera. XOLO’s Q600s has a 5MP camera which has a lot better picture clarity than these two’s.
Both the phones were good, yet there were many disappointments. Many people would go for these two because for a change, something apart from Lumia series might just be good. But well, according to us, either stick to the Lumia series or go for the XOLO Win Q900s which might just be better than these two. But again, considering the price of these devices, we think that they will give quite a good competition to the Lumia series for providing more than sufficient features in less than 10k.