Micromax A100 Review – Superfone Canvas, Spice Mi-425 or Karbonn A9?

There are two things that will attract more users towards the Micromax A100 Superfone Canvas, the 5 inch screen and the price of under Rs. 10,000. The A100 seems to be the best option as compared with Spice Mi-425 and Karbonn A9.

A big screen of 5 inches gives you more work space and is more comfortable to work, especially if you spend a lot of time surfing, playing games, on social networking or watching videos. The Micromax A100 runs on the ICS OS (Android 4.0) with life like clarity (16.8 million colours).

Inside the hood
Its a 1GHz (single core) Qualcomm Scorpion chipset ARM V7 processor with Adreno 200 GPU. A 512MB RAM, 512MB ROM, internal storage is 1.5GB, dual SIM support with dual Standby, so far these features seems similar to the Spice and Karbonn models which are slightly cheaper than the Micromax A100. But once you look at the A100 specifications the extra price really does not matter.

Display Screen / Looks
Micromax A100 is not only super slim but also has got that display advantage. The screen is at 5 inches (4.92 inches to be precise) multi-touch capacitive with amazing 16.8 million colours for life like clarity. This is too good when compared with 4 inch screen on Spice Mi-425 (read the full spice Stellar Mi-425 review) and 3.8 inches on Karbonn A9.

The screen resolution is similar as on the other two models at 800×480 pixels resolution (728×480). However it’s with 16m colour support.  Advantage MM A100.

Micromax A100 review

Operating System
The MM A100 comes with ICS OS (no word if it can be upgraded to Jelly Bean – though the hardware is capable). As for the Karbonn A9 it runs on 2.3 and probably will not get an upgraded to ICS. The Spice handset on the other hand also comes with Android 2.3 with ICS upgradable – ‘mentioned’ but it’s been a long time and there haven’t been any updates.  Clearly the A100 wins again.

Memory, internal storage, Connectivity
Already mentioned before the RAM is 512 similar to what Spice and Karbonn A9 handsets house. Internal storage on Spice is 203MB, Karbonn is 1GB and on A100 its 1.5GB. All the 3 handsets support dual SIM and microSD card up to 32GB. As far as connectivity is concerned the A100 supports 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and micro USB port.  The Bluetooth on A9 and Mi-425 is version 2.1 – advantage A100.

5MP auto focus camera with LED on Micromax A100

Micromax Superfone canvas Camera
Again the camera is of similar resolution found on Spice / Karbonn i.e. of 5 megapixel resolution auto focus camera with LED flash. The 0.3MP front camera is also included. Homeshop18 first listed this handset few days before the official launch with some incorrect specifications. But yes it does have a front camera. The quality is similar to as seen on A9 / Mi-425 models.

The A100 can play the popular Angry birds, Agneepath and Temple Run games flawlessly and even many HD games.

Micromax A100 Benchmark / Performance
The Quadrant Benchmark tool gave it a score of 2075 and on Antutu it scored 2733. This when compared with Spice Mi-425’s Quadrant score of around 1414 is just too good. The loudspeaker and in call speaker quality is really good. It has G-Sensors, proximity and light sensors.

ICS OS (Android 4.0) runs pretty smooth. You can play HD videos at 720p – full HD at 1080p is not supported – you will need to convert the videos to supported format. The back side has got the soft satin finish which gives a solid grip and comfortable to hold in spite of it’s big size. Noise cancellation is supported via dual microphones.

Micromax A100 superfone canvas

A battery of similar capacity as on the Spice Mi-425 (2000 mAh li-ion) powers the Micromax A100 with up to 5 hours of talktime and about a week in standby mode. The handset should easily last for more than a day for heavy users.

Micromax A100 review (Superfone canvas)
If you have gone though the comparison between Micromax A100 v/s Spice mi-425 v/s Karbonn A9, you will agree that the A100 is the winner. The A100 is priced at Rs. 9,999 and you get a little more that what the other two models are offering.

The best model of the three?  A100 > Spice Mi-425 = Karbonn A9.

The Micromax A100 is big, good performance, fantastic screen with 480 x 782 pixel resolution 189.62 ppi and refresh rate of 60. It may not be as good as the Samsung Galaxy Note but it will definitely turn heads. And for a price of under Rs. 10K it will not hurt much even if you accidentally drop it.

“With inputs from Deepak Navangule”

Micromax A100 Key features and Specifications

  • Qualcomm Scorpion chipset with ARM V7 1GHz + Adreno 200 GPU.
  • Android ICS – 4.0.
  • 5 inch (4.92”) 800×480 pixels with 16M colours (189.62 ppi).
  • 512MB RAM, 1.5GB internal storage free of 2GB 4GB total space and microSD support (32GB max).
  • Sensors: Proximity, G-Sensor and light.
  • 3G (HSDPA 7.2Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps), GPRS, EDGE, Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi, microUSB and 3.5mm jack.
  • Wi-Fi tethering and Hotspot supported.
  • Rear 5.0 MP camera (Auto focus) with LED flash and front VGA camera.
  • 2000 mAh Li-ion battery with 180 hours standby and up to 5 hours of talktime.

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  1. Rohit kumar says

    hello sir..
    I’ve micromax a100 smart phone. I want to use mouse & key bord on my micromax a100. it ia possible.?

  2. SriSurya says

    I am going abroad with this mobile,my doubt is,this mobile can work in netherland or not?

  3. madhukar says

    Dear Gogo I want compass app in my mmxA100.There is no magnetic sensor in it.Please guide me which app i have to download.iam waiting for your kind reply.

  4. faizan says

    hi gogi….i used my otg cable for first time in canvs2 but its not working….nothing is showing…what to do…does it requires special method to use it or unlocked it….? plz tell me anyone asap…

  5. Rajiv says

    I am using Micromax A100 for the past 4 months but recently when i restarted the phone, it is showing the message as “Encryption Unsuccessfull”. Can you please tell me what might be the problem in my phone?

  6. shyam says

    dear gogi,

    i have lost my MMX A110 Canvas 2 on Dec 20. is there any possibility or way to track and locate my lost phone? it was hardly 5 days old and was gifted on my b’day. i’m seriously missing that phone and moreover i bought a new phone Karbonn A30 which is waste of money, i am not satisfied with the performance. please do help me out to track my lost MMX Canvas 2 mobile.

  7. Manish says

    Dear Gogi…
    My MMX A100 is starting from the side key on the right side..
    Its terrible as the set was working absolutely fine for the past five moths now.
    can you suggest any solution..

  8. vishal says

    I just started using Micromax a110 it seems that the Bluetooth
    Device jabra cannot be coonectedi tried some apps drum play store
    But it doesn’t work plzz help

  9. peeyoosh says

    I am unable to install nfs as my a110 offers limited memory. Can’t we use external memory for any application.

  10. AkashArora says

    Hey Guys now go with latest micromax version A116 canvas 3.. and beat all samsung guys 😉

  11. SriSurya says

    I am using Since 4 month finally its good product..
    1. Covers are not avail like A110, If anywhere avail please suggest me guys…
    2. Can we update android in this mobile,if yes how to do?
    3. In galaxy 3,we can drag video while playing,what is that application name?how can we install in our mobiles?

  12. elam says

    Often when I siwtch on my wifi the phone got hang and it off and on after fifteen mins any help from experts.

  13. KUNAL says

    I have micromax A110 model.When i am trying to click photos,it is showing a message.

    It is showing the message : “Your storage does not have enough Space.Please trelease some storage.”
    But when i am checking my phone’s memory ,a lot of space is there.
    So please suggest me how to tackle this problem??

  14. ak says

    When I receive calls in my a110 sometimes it goes mute have to use headphone for receiving calls what to do gogi?

  15. Jayesh Rathod says

    Hi Gogi,

    Please confirm if there is micromax has released ROM update for A100 like if has for A110.

    If yes, please share the features added in new ROM update.

  16. Hussain says

    I have micromaxx A110, even after setting the vibration on off mode my phone vibrates whenever i type any message. can you please help me how to turn off this vibration mode

  17. Ooday says

    Hi Gogi,
    Wish you a very happy new year!

    I am planning to purchase A110 but after getting some review of it. I hope you have something to share about it. Could you please share some information regarding it?

    Thanks !

    • sandesh says

      Don’t purchase 110 at all if u still not purchased it on 5th february micromax a116 will available in mumbai with jelly bean and 1.2 quad core for 10-12k hold on that

  18. Viswanatha Yarasi says

    Micromax A-100 does not have 512 MB RAM. It has only 388. The screen is big, battery life is good and I am very happy about these two.

    But the response for touch is too slow. I feel like throwing the phone down.
    I talked to the service center guy. The receiver is not good. Too much of unwanted noise.
    Hopefully A-110 will be better

  19. Jayesh Rathod says

    Hi Gogi,

    Is there a way/app to turn off Shutter sound (camera) in mmx A100 and A110

    Also let me know if there is a app to get a self timer for camera

  20. Manish says

    Hi Gogi,
    MMX A100 is a super phone..
    i was recently trying to play some videos but there was a little drag and sluggishness..
    Is there any problem with high resolution videos?
    Any solutions you can suggest…