To start with, this tablet is wider than the Galaxy Tab 3 because it has an 8-inch display. This is very uncomfortable to hold while making calls. It’s too wide to fit comfortably in a single handgrip. The aspect ratio of the display too is 4:3. It works fine for viewing websites, books or games but you will have two large black bars when you watch 720p or 1080p videos on the device, wasting a lot of space.
The front of the Micromax Canvas Tab doesn’t have any buttons. Above the display (when held in portrait mode) you have the earpiece accompanied by the front facing camera. Surrounding the display you have a chrome strip. The rear of the tablet has a design reminiscent of the Canvas Doodle 2. It has a grey finish, and it comes with a flap cover in the box. The biggest downside is that the plastic shell, which covers the back of the device also covers the microSD, and SIM card slots. So, if you need to remove these, you will have to remove the back panel.
The flap that covers the display is interesting too. This flap also folds into a stand, which helps the device rest. It’s quite sturdy and ideal for use on the inflight tables to prop up the device and enjoy a movie. To put things in perspective, the flap cover that doubles up as a stand on the Canvas Tab is sturdier to prop up the tablet than the iPad’s Smart Cover.
The Micromax Canvas Tab 2 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and there is slight customisation to the OS, but nothing too major. For the most part, the UI is stock Android. The device comes preloaded with the M!Live app. M!Live gives you access to local Indian content such as ringtones, wallpapers
The day-to-day performance of the Canvas Tab is quite smooth. The device is wide and heavy to hold but if you place it on a table, typing on the device is a breeze. The keyboard is responsive and so is the touchscreen. Heavy-duty apps and games take some time to load on the tablet and if you multitask on the device a lot, you will notice some stutter. The 8-inch display has a 1024x768 pixel resolution giving it 160ppi pixel density. Content on the display lack details and the display itself is reflective. The viewing angles are good but we wish the resolution was better. At full brightness, the display performs well and you’d be advised to keep the brightness on the higher side to enjoy working on the tablet.
Overall, this is an interesting two-in-one device, a tablet with voice-calling features. It’s worth considering if activities such as gaming, reading books, browsing the web, etc. are your requirements.
>> Good touchscreen response
>> Runs all the apps from the Play store
>> Strong build
>> Very uncomfortable to use as a phone
>> Display resolution is low
Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A7
Display: 8.0-inch IPS display, (1024 x 768 pixels)
Battery: 4800 mAh
OS: Android 4.2.1
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, 3G and Bluetooth
Camera: 5MP rear, 2MP front
Price: Rs 16,199