Micromax revolutionized the concept of affordable android phones with the launch of A70. Micromax A70 is a android 2.2 (froyo) handset with a 3.2 inch capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 320x480 pixels. The 5MP Camera is a good bargain at this price-point. In addition it has all connectivity options including 3G, WiFi, GPS and more importantly MiFi capability. A70 is probably the cheapest android smartphone with capacitive touchscreen and complete feature set that you can find in the market.
I bought this phone and been using for last week. I have done various experiments on this phone.nnFirst of all Micromax would be able to loose the tag of being a cheap phone maker after this phone. The phone's build quality is excellent and it feels good when you handle it. I don't know why micromax is not publicizing this phone, bcos when it launched A60 there were ads everywhere newspapers, radio, tv, etc.nnInitially I was confused about buying this phone but after iGyaan review I ordered it and am very happy with this phone. I use this phone mainly for browsing net and playing audio video files.nnThe display has amazing clarity and the touch screen is smooth. The hardware button in the center is of no use as we already have a capacitive home button above it. They should have allowed to customize it. The volume rocker is well placed, the camera button is a bit hard when you press it half way it auto focuses the frame and when you press further down it clicks a photo. I prefer using the on screen button. The headphone jack is place on top which makes it convenient when you carry phone in pocket.nnThe processor is only 600MHz but still capable of performing tasks, I have almost 20 apps installed on my phone and still the phone is not slow. The pre loaded Mobile Guard app is good to optimize the memory use and kill tasks. There are 5 home screens which are enough to hold you widgets and shortcuts.nnIt plays 360p video's crisply without any frame loss but 480p onwards the audio remains continuous but there is noticeable frame loss. The preloaded video player is no good. I had to install MX Video Player and Codec in order to play Xvid and DiVX files on this device. You can play a 700MB movie rip smoothly on this. The volume is bit on lower side, it is ok if you are in a silent environment, but if you are traveling by a bus or a train sometimes it becomes difficult to hear.nnIt has an internal memory of 155MB so you will have to move apps to SD card. The phone sometimes, you have to keep tab of the open tasks and close them periodically. Default music player is good but i prefer using Winamp.nnThe GPS is ok but sometimes takes time to detect location. WiFi is excellent and also WiFi hotspot works perfectly. I was not able to test 3G capabilities as I don't have a 3G connection. nnCamera quality is also good but it takes a bit longer to auto focus, front camera is useless as there is no video calling and obviously no one will use a VGA cam to click pics. No pictures in dark due to absence of flash.nnLoudspeaker is good. nnThe only downside of this phone is the battery life. Although battery life is the problem of all smartphones, this phones battery life is very very poor. If you have apps using your internet connection and mail in in sync I doubt that battery can sustain a 10 hour day. In morning while going to office I generally have radio on and I constantly use internet for reading newspaper for about 45 minutes and 20% of the battery drains out. You need to carry your charger with you. A 20 minute video clip with headphones on at medium brightness would consume 10% of the battery, at full brightness this can even double. nnThough the downside the phone is worth its money. All android phones are 10k and this is only sub 10k phone. Battery life is issue for all other well known brands too.nnYou will not regret your decision if you buy this.
I am not sure whether the admin will approve this post. But I will do my part. I have read in many forums and my geek friends have told that brands like micromax and karbon have high radiation phones. The radiation of brands like nokia and samsung is 0.5 SAR while micromax is 1.5 SAR.I really dont know why indian government is not strict of health standards on using this kinds of phones. So if you are health conscious , decide for yourself.
|Operating System||Android v2.2 (Froyo)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Single SIM, GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Mini|
|Network||3G: Available, 2G: Available|
|Screen Size||3.2 inches (8.13 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||320 x 480 pixels|
|Pixel Density||180 ppi|
|Touch Screen||Capacitive Touchscreen, Multi-touch|
|Screen to Body Ratio||47.36 %|
|Internal Memory||160 MB|
|Expandable Memory||Up to 32 GB|
|Resolution||5 MP Primary Camera|
|Image Resolution||2592 x 1944 Pixels|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom|
|Resolution||0.3 MP Front Camera|
|TalkTime||Up to 4 Hours(2G)|
|Standby time||Up to 168 Hours(2G)|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Mini|
|Network Support||3G, 2G|
UMTS 2100 MHz
GSM 1800 / 1900 / 850 / 900 MHz
HSDPA 7.2 Mbit/s ↓
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass|
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