By: Anil Satapathy, The Mobile Indian, New Delhi
Last updated : Monday, September 21, 2015 - 22:24
Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G is equipped with features that you can ask from a device costing about Rs 10,500 but it fails to impress in some crucial areas.
Comes with sandstone finish
Has Android Lollipop OS
Average battery back up
Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G was launched in India last month for Rs 10,999 and is currently retailing for Rs 10,590. Thus, it is up against few popular phones like Lenovo K3 Note, Asus Zenfone 5 and Asus Zenfone 2 Selfie.
Read on to find out the pros and cons of the Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G.
Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G will remind you of OnePlus One owing to its moondust finished back panel. Infact, I like Nitro's moondust finish more than that of OnePlus One owing to its smoothness. But the similarities ends here, which though doesn't mean anything bad or that it has no other design highlights.
Micromax Nitro 4G has a metal rim all around with two aluminium colour threads forming the edges. This adds the necessary spark to the phone. The circular rear camera unit also has an aluminum colour thread around it which along with the Micromax logo and two LED flash light combo looks stunning on the sandstone finished back panel.
The front panel though is pretty simple and unlike other Micromax devices, there are no off screen touch buttons; instead they have been accommodated in the screen itself, you will see them when you switch on the display.
On top of the display lies a camera towards the extreme right while a speaker grill is in the middle while an indicator is on the right-hand side.
The volume rocker and the power keys are in the right-hand side and seem quite sturdy. At the top lies the 3.5 mm audio jack along with a mic while two speaker grills and the micro USB charging port lies at the bottom.
The Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G comes with a 5-inch touchscreen with high definition resolution. The screen has good touch response, but the brightness levels are nothing to boast about.
The handset comes with the Android Lollipop operating system and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 415 MSM8929 processor. It has an impressive 2 GB RAM along with 16 GB of internal storage and 32 GB of expandable storage slot.
As expected, the handset managed to do multitasking without any fuss, even while playing high end games like Nova 3 Freedom Edition, it showed no lags.
Micromax has this time not tinkered much with the stock Android UI like it did in Canvas Xpress 2. Also though the Nitro 4G also has few bloatware (preinstalled apps) but many of those like Clean Master are quite useful. Anyway, it has plenty of internal storage.
The Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G, as is quite evident from its name itself, offers 4G-LTE connectivity. It has two SIM card slots, WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS too.
The Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G wasn't that inspiring when it comes to battery back up. The smartphone has a 2500 mAh battery which with low usage can last for about 10-12 hours with dual SIM but with medium to high-end usage, it needs the charger quite often.
But the worst thing about the Nitro 4G is its cameras. The Canvas Nitro 4G looks great on paper with its 13 megapixel auto focus rear camera and the 5 megapixel fixed focus front camera. However, the rear camera fails miserably in reality. The front camera though is quite decent. You can check its camera test here.
Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G is equipped with features that you can ask from a device costing about Rs 10,500 but it fails to impress in some crucial areas, namely battery and camera output. I do not expect any update coming soon to improve its battery life dramatically, but I still clung to the fact that the camera's output just doesn't add up. If Micromax manages to improve its camera output then it would definitely be in our top device's list but in present form, I would say skip it.