look and design
The build quality of the Canvas Selfie 2 is quite good and the plastic used in it does not look cheap. Micromax has used its U series design in this handset. The handset has a 5-inch HD IPS display. The selfie camera has a 5-megapixel sensor and is located at the center above the display.
Capacitive buttons are provided for navigation which are backlit. The power button and volume rocker are on the right. The Micro-USB port and headphone socket are present at the bottom. Its primary camera is also 5 megapixels. Perhaps the company has adopted this strategy to keep the price of the handset.
2000 mAh removable battery is present in the handset. There are two 3G SIM slots and a microSD card slot at the back.
The Canvas Selfie 2 smartphone measures 9mm in thickness and is quite lightweight. There is nothing spectacular in the look of the phone, but its build quality is quite good considering the price. We were surprised that why the company did not provide an LED flash with the selfie camera.
Specifications and software
The smartphone is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582M chipset paired with 1GB of RAM. Its inbuilt storage is 8 GB, out of which 4.74 GB is available for the user. The handset does not support 4G, but you will get 3G support in both the SIM slots. Canvas Selfie 2 comes with Android 5.0 Lollipop. The company has also given many third-party apps with it, whose usefulness is questionable. You will also get an option to switch to Hindi language. Most of the third-party apps present in the handset can be uninstalled.
Even though the device has 1 GB of RAM, the performance of the Canvas Selfie 2 cannot be called weak. However, heavy games like Dead Trigger 2 and many apps take time to load. Overall Lollipop runs smoothly. Despite watching videos for a long time, the phone or its display does not get very hot.
The touch response of the display and capacitive buttons is not great. We found that the handset was not responding properly to OneTouch input at times. The viewing angles of the screen are decent, but its brightness level is quite low. For this reason it was not easy to use the handset in sunlight. However, the color reproductions are satisfactory.
We didn’t even have a network problem. The handset worked well on 3G networks. Call quality was good. Appropriate sound came from the mono speaker present in the handset.
The Canvas Selfie 2 played our full-HD videos smoothly. The headset that came with the handset was comfortable to use, but its audio quality is not very good. We suggest you buy a new headset.
The performance of the front camera of Canvas Selfie can not be called satisfactory at all. We believe that Micromax could have worked more on the selfie feature of this device. There is no autofocus in the front camera of 5 megapixels and flash is also not provided. For these reasons, it becomes very difficult to use it in low light. However, the performance of the camera is good in suitable light.
The rear camera also comes with a 5-megapixel sensor, but it has autofocus. With this you will get modes like Night and Live Photo. You can also use HDR mode. The interface of the camera is very basic and it is also very easy to use.
The 2000 mAh battery capacity seems a bit low in terms of numbers, but due to the low resolution display it will easily last for a day. In our video loop test, the phone lasted for 9 hours and 7 minutes before completely switching off.
Micromax Canvas Selfie is not the worst option in the Rs 6,000 price range. We believe that the company could have done a better job with the selfie camera of the handset, especially when it is trying to sell it in the name of Selfie. According to us, a selfie handset must have an autofocus sensor and flash. Without these features, the handset becomes like any other entry-level smartphone.
The build quality of the Canvas Selfie 2 is good. It supports 3G on both the SIMs. The handset runs on Android Lollipop and plays full-HD videos smoothly. And its price is also not very high. However, the resolution of the display is low. Some third-party apps cannot be removed by the user. Battery life is also average and the performance of the selfie camera is not satisfactory.
If you can spend a little more money, we’ll give you Meizu M2 Would recommend to buy. This is a much better handset. Along with having a 5 megapixel front camera, it also supports 4G LTE. And it has many such features which are not present in Micromax handset.