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Micromax Canvas A100 vs iBall Andi 5c: Low Cost Phablet Shootout in India

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Updated: Wednesday, March 13, 2013, 16:13 [IST]

Micromax Canvas A100 vs iBall Andi 5c: Low Cost Phablet Shootout in India

As the budget-friendly smartphones, tablets and phablets are gaining significant market share in the price conscious Indian consumer market more manufacturers are offering low priced devices in order to attract the consumers.

The crave for the large size phablet devices is increasing everyday among the consumers since the evolution of the original Samsung Galaxy Note. Especially, in India, consumers are preferring to buy these devices, in place of a smartphone or a tablet.

Observing the current market analytics, more and more local consumers are coming up with numerous range of phablet boasting high-end features. To keep up with the stiff competition from the international market, these national vendor are challenging the major manufacturers on the basis on price points.

Following the same strategy, Indian manufacturers including Micromax and iBall recently launched their budget-friendly phablets, namely, Canvas A100 and Andi 5c in the country in August. Both are dual SIM Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich based devices, enthrusted with commendable features.

If you are a phablet lover, and going for a phone upgrade this Sunday, and confused on the buying decision between the two phablets, have a look at the detailed spec comparison of Micromax Canvas A100 and iBall Andi 5c below and decide.

Dimensions & Weight: While the dimensions and weight of Andi 5c have not been disclosed by the manufacturer, Micromax Canvas A100 carries a dimension of 72.6 x 142.2 x 11.9 mm and weighs around 168 grams.

Display: When it comes to the display, both the phablets have a 5 inch capacitive touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels.

Processor: In this segment, Canvas is equipped with a 1GHz Qualcomm Scorpion while Andi 5c has a 1GHz Cortex A9 processor.

Operating System:Both are flavored with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system. Hence, they will come packed with similar software features and UI skin.

Camera: On the camera optics front, both Canvas A100 and Andi 5c have a 5MP rear camera with autofocus and LED flash and a 0.3MP front camera for video calling.

Storage: Canvas A100 has 2GB internal storage and 512MB RAM, on the other hand, Andi 5c has a better 4GB internal memory and 512MB RAM. At the same time, both the phablets have a micro SD card slot supporting up to 32GB expandable memory.

Connectivity: In terms of connectivity, both the handsets have features like 3G with HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps, Bluetooth with A2DP, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and micro USB 2.0.

Battery: The Micromax Canvas A100 will come loaded with a 2,000 mAh Li-ion battery offering 5 hours talk time and 180 hours standby, whereas, Andi 5c has a 2,300 mAh Li-ion battery of undisclosed battery backup.

Price: Being budget devices, Canvas A100 is priced at Rs 9,999 and Andi 5c flaunts a little higher price tag of Rs 12,999.

Verdict

Flavored by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS, both the phablets will have similar user experience. However, iBall Andi 5c comes preloaded with a plethora of other software features including face unlock, control over network data, a gallery app with photo editor, red-eye remover, redefined notification panel and multitasking functions.

Detailing on the Micromax offering, the Aisha voice assistant feature, which is preinstalled even in the entry-level smartphones of the company – Smarty A25 is missing in the Canvas A100. Besides that consumers who are looking to buy a relatively cheaper phablet with a good touch response, the Micromax A100 should be the better one.

On the other hand, those who would require more memory capacity, additional software features and a better battery backup, the iBall Andi 5c could be a right choice for you.

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Story first published:  Sunday, September 23, 2012, 8:00 [IST]
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