The first thought that struck me after hearing the name Micromax Canvas 3D (known as A115) was, does one need special 3D glasses to use it? One doesn't. Though Micromax is not a pioneer of 3D smartphones, it has an edge in this segment, it is priced at only Rs 9,999. HTC and LG, too, have 3D smartphone offerings, but these aren't very popular.
For a 3D-addict, the Canvas 3D is a treat, though one has to watch it from a particular angle. It looks similar to the LG Optimus 3D. At 12.7 cm, the screen is bigger than the LG and HTC 3D variants. The clarity in 3D display is much better. The phone has two keys - for power and volume - and gives it a clean look. The applications can be easily accessed by a touch on the screen. The phone is powered by a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, with 512 MB RAM and has 4GB onboard memory and a microSD card slot. The Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean makes things fast and smooth. The interface, too, is very responsive - one doesn't have to try too hard in shifting between apps and menus.
All the 3D-enabled applications are available on the same screen. The phone has only one 3D game; that, too, a trial version. But one can download more 3D content and games - the 3D display takes games to new heights. The phone can convert photos to 3D, though for videos, this isn't the case, unlike the case with the LG Optimus 3D.
The Canvas 3D has a five-megapixel auto-focus camera, with dual flash at the back. The front camera, at 0.3 megapixels, is just about good for video calls.
The audio volume is low, though the quality, through headphones, is decent. The battery back-up is superb. The call experience is decent. And the fact that one can use two SIM cards to take advantage of lower call rates on one and browsing charges on the other, is an added advantage.
The Micromax Canvas 3D is a good buy. I don't think any company, in the near future, would offer a 3D smartphone at this price. For 3D addicts and game lovers, the phone would be a huge draw, as these days, there's plenty of 3D content available on the internet. So, download, play and enjoy. And, if you have the time and passion, create your own 3D content and share. But you might get a stiff neck watching all the 3D stuff at an angle. Don't tell me then that I didn't warn you!
MICROMAX CANVAS 3D
Price: Rs 9,999
Screen: 5 inch
OS: Android Jelly Bean
RAM: 512 MB
Processor: 1GHz dual core
Memory: 4 GB onboard, expandable via microSD (up to 32 GB cards supported)
Camera (rear/front): 5MP/0.3MP
Battery: 2,000 mAh