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Big-screen phones are popular with users. But, to get one that is reliable, a buyer will have to spend in the vicinity of 10,000. Micromax’s latest budget smartphone Canvas Spark 3 bucks the trend by offering a big screen at a price of 4,999. The device is exclusively available on Snapdeal. Micromax also offers a 6-inch screen smartphone—the Canvas Mega 2—for 7,999. It is a 4G phone with a 3,000mAH battery, but a low-resolution (960x540p) display.

What works

In terms of the design, display, performance, battery life and Android software, the Canvas Spark 3 is doing well.

Design: Handy and well-built

The phone’s build quality matches its looks. The plastic cover feels more like velvet, and makes handling the phone a comfortable experience. Micromax has used a solid metal frame which curves slightly at the back. This makes the edges smooth and also imparts a sleek appearance to the phone. The camera module doesn’t stick out as in a number of phones these days. The bezels around the display could have been sleeker. The navigation keys have been integrated within the user interface.

Display: Big and bright canvas

The sheer size of the display makes it a treat for movie buffs or users who find a 5-inch screen too small for typing or reading articles. The 5.5-inch display has a screen resolution of 1280x720p. Given the screen size, it isn’t much but then most of the phones in the similar range offer either 960x540p or 800x480p at most. It handles colour reproduction very well, which makes watching movies enjoyable. Visibility from odd angles is good but due to the reflective nature of the screen, legibility in bright sunlight is low.

Software: Runs old Android with plain interface

The phone runs an older version of Android (Lollipop) with a minimalistic Android interface which allows few customisations. However, you can use the device in up to 10 Indian languages, including Hindi, Marathi, Bengali, Gujarati, Urdu and Oriya. There is also a keyboard app called Indus which allows users to chat or translate text in any of the 10 regional languages. The phone also comes with a built-in Clean Master tool that offers features such as anti-virus, app manger and phone booster.

Performance: Good for casual users

The Canvas Spark 3 is powered by a Spreadtrum SC7731 quad core processor which has been paired with 1GB RAM. Though we have not come across this processor type before, we didn’t notice any performance issues while handling individual tasks or video playback. The sluggishness starts showing up as one opens multiple apps. It is not very good with games either and a number of games such as Smash Hit are not even available for download. It offers 8GB of internal storage which is better than the 4GB that you would get at this price point.

Battery: It’s dependable

The phone is powered by a 2,500mAh battery which may not be much on paper but can provide a full day’s backup comfortably with modest usage.

No 4G connectivity

Though the phone supports dual SIM, none of the SIM slots supports 4G networks, which means users will miss out on faster broadband speed that 4G LTE networks offer. The lack of future-proofing makes the phone obsolete for heavy Internet users.

Camera: Slow and inconsistent

The phone’s 8-megapixel camera comes with LED flash and touch to focus, but takes time to process images. You also need steady hands to get good shots out of it. Even then it can muster up photos that can, at best, be used on social media. Colours look oversaturated and the slightest bit of zoom-in shows a lot of noise. The 5-megapixel camera on the front is adequate for social media posts.

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