You can be forgiven for thinking that the Canvas Doodle 2 is a premium device thanks to the build. The front is the same as any other Micromax smartphone with the standard three capacitive buttons housed below the display. The rear of the smartphone is a different story. Essentially, it’s divided into three parts -- the top which houses the 12MP camera, the bottom which can be removed to access the SIM card slots, and the middle, which has an aluminum finish to it making it look really sturdy. You don’t have access to the battery of the phablet.
The rear has a matte finish to it and we really liked it. The rest of the port and button placement is fairly standard power button on the right, volume rocker on the left, micro USB port at the bottom and the headphones jack up top.
The Doodle 2 also comes with a stylus but you won’t be using that for very long, as there is no place on the phablet to house it. It also has Micromax specific preloaded apps that includes Games Hub, M!Doodle, M!Live, M!Unlock, M!Secure and Mi!Zone.
The display of the Canvas Doodle 2 at full brightness is quite vibrant. We saw the standard array of videos on the device ranging from MKV to MP4 and AVI. With the MKV files, only the video was recognised and the audio isn’t. The other files supported the audio as well as the video. Surprisingly, the native video player crashed when we ran AVI files on it and that’s a bummer.
The native video player is the same that we have seen on the Canvas 4 and boasts of the ‘Smart Pause’ feature. Here, the video playing will pause once you look away. On the Canvas 4 this worked very well but on the Doodle 2 however, it seems a bit gimmicky.
The camera on the rear of the Canvas Doodle 2 is 13MP and its performance can be described as average at best. In well-lit conditions, especially outdoors, the camera performed well. In low-lit situations, there was a lot of noise and loss of detail.
If you want a large screen device for browsing the web, playing games and reading, you can consider this device. If pure performance is what you are looking for, then there are other devices out there for you to consider.
PROCESSOR: Quad-core 1.2GHz processor
RAM: 1GB RAM
DISPLAY: 5.7-inch IPS LCD display (1280 x 720 pixels)
OS: Android 4.2
CONNECTIVITY: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
CAMERA: 12.0MP rear camera and 5MP video call camera
In-BUILT MEMORY: 16GB
Price: Rs 17,999
>> Aluminum build
>> Good suite of preloaded apps with local content
>> Smooth interface
>> Good for browsing the Internet and reading books
>> Videos looked washed out on the phone
>> AVI files aren’t natively recognized
>> You can’t house the stylus on the device
>> Lackluster camera