Micromax A111 review and Unboxing – Canvas Doodle with QUALCOMM processor

The Micromax A111 also called the Micromax Canvas Doodle sports a 5.3 inch screen running Android 4.1 over a 1.2GHz quad core processor. This handset is priced at Rs. 10,900 – is it worth it? Read the full review to find out.

Micromax A111 box pack
Inside the box there is the handset (it’s a big handset cause of the bigger screen size), standard MMX earphone, data cable, 2100 mAh battery, power adapter, warranty / user guide, screen guard, flip cover and a capacitive pen.  The capacitive pen though looks really good but with it comes to usage it is as good as your finger.

Design, Display and OS
The built quality is very good. The A111 is 9.9mm thick and is a bit bulkier at 168 grams. The micro USB port and the 3.5mm jack is placed on the top side, power button on the right and volume rockers on the left.

The display screen though big is equally disappointing with an 854×480 pixel resolution. The pixels are clearly visible and fonts are not that sharp. If you have used a qHD or higher resolution handset before then you are not going to like this handset. Moreover the viewing angle is not that good.

There are proximity, accelerometer and light sensors. The Micromax A111 runs on the Android 4.1.2 OS.

Micromax A111 Box Pack

Memory and Storage
Dual SIM A111 Canvas Doodle is with 512MB RAM complemented with 4Gigs of internal storage. The Micro SD card slot supports 32GB cards.

Of the 512MB RAM you get around 145MB free and of the 4GB internal storage 1.3GB free. The internal phone storage is around 1.7GB. You can move / install apps on external storage.

Micromax A111 review

Performance
Usually we find Micromax handsets using the MediaTek processors, but on the A111 it with the qualcomm MSM8625Q chipset (1.2GHz) coupled with Adreno 203 GPU, the same that we have seen on the Karbonn Titanium S1. Unfortunately this CPU + GPU combination it is not as powerful when compared with the MediaTek chipsets.

Benchmark scores

  • Quadrant Benchmark : 4178.
  • Anututu Benchmark : 9761.
  • Nenamark2 : 35.6fps.
  • Vellamo : HTML5 = 1187, Metal = 389.
  • Multi Touch : 5 point.

8MP Camera
The still picture quality is good. The dual LED flash does help a little bit more in low light conditions. The 720p videos however are not that good. You can check the sample images and videos at the end of this article. Also you cannot record videos in full HD resolution. There is a 2MP front camera.

Micromax A111 8mp AF camera

Entertainment
As with other qualcomm MSM8625Q powered handsets the Micromax Canvas Doodle cannot play or record full HD videos. 720p videos are lag free.

Others
I had no issues with 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. The speaker volume / in call volume is good, sound is clear. There is no A-GPS option in the GPS settings but you can get a lock under 30 seconds.

Games on Micromax A111
I tried the Nova 3 game you can check the review video. The game play is smooth but most of the time you will strange graphic image showing up. I have seen this issue on Nova 3 running on Qualcomm with Adreno 203 GPU, probably you will not find this on other games.

Battery
The 2100 mAh battery seems good with talktime of over 5 hours on 2G networks. I used the handset for some time and it should last for 1 day with ease.

Micromax Canvas Doodle A111 review
It’s a big handset with good built quality. There are 3 things that disappointed me. The screen resolution, qualcomm chipset and the price. We have already discussed the resolution and the chipset as for the price it is Rs. 10k approx.. I mean canvas HD is around 13K why not go for the HD instead?

Image Gallery

Sample Images

Micromax A111 unboxing and review video

Sample 720p video shot using the Micromax Doodle handset

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