Tuesday, 21 August 2012

Micromax A100 superfone canvas review with video. Gives 9999 Rs a worth to spend.






I am doing a 3 part full review. Part 1 of which i have uploaded below. Part 2 and part 3 are also live now. Cheers.







5 inch screen.
Micromax A100 


Micromax A100 Superfone canvas- Budget smartphone rediscovered, other smartphones hammered.
As you can see from the line above, this phone is excellent for its price. I will get into more detail in the review below.

Design
Back Micromax A100
Back Micromax A100 Superfone canvas

This phone is just 11.9 mm thin. It is not the slimmest thing out there, but it feels very light in hand.
The body is completely plastic with a matte finish back cover. It is bigger then average but is good to hold. Scratches stay away from the back. There are no buttons on the front of the screen that gets and the design looks somewhat like galaxy s3. There is 0.3 ml front facing camera on the top left and a speaker grill on the top and a big 4.95 inch screen, that is all for the front. On the left side is volume rocker and on the right power button which are a little raised but looks a part of the frame. On top lies 3.5 mm jack and on bottom lies micro usb port.

Screen
Good colors on Micromax A100
A100 screen

The best part of this phone is its screen, a 4.95 inch FWVGA (854*480) resolution screen. The resolution might not be greatest but colors on this display look stunning. Videos on this display look really good. I did not see any pixelation. The touch is very responsive on this screen, no lag whatsoever in clicking buttons.
Outdoor viewing on this is good. i tried with brightness kept full and it worked well. On minimum brightness you wont be able to see much. It is a very user focused review because i am using this as my primary phone and i am sharing all the good and bad. I will compare the screen with xperia play which has super AMOLED screen 16m color lcd screen and then you can judge for yourself.
http://androidintech.blogspot.com/2012/08/xperia-play-vs-micromax-a100-superphone.html
(Noe- this is only screen comparison)
OS
Using this phone gives you a feeling that you are holding a nexus device. Onscreen buttons, quality screen, nice build quality and above all Stock Android 4 ICS(Ice cream sandwich). The only thing that is customized is the notification panel and it is done for good to give you access to quick settings. All applications are stock. and it provides for a very rich experience.

Performance
The 1Ghz processor is snappy and moving through the UI is buttery smooth. the processor does not let down when doing processor intensive tasks. I only felt a lag when i was using any background process. for eg. when i was downloading applications or games, the phone slowed down a bit. This is temporary. Wifi is b/g/n and it performs slick. I never felt lag in watching videos. You would want to look on to this screen when you look it in person. There is pre installed file manager app for your convenience. Launching apps, multitasking, closing apps, unlocking phone, setting wallpaper, reading books etc are tasks which need quick processor response and this phone delivers that.

Game performance 

very nice colors on screen
Game performance review

A100 did not come with any preloaded games. Games look really awesome on this display and perform the same. I played some games including Avatar HD which performed seamlessly. Multitouch on the screen does not dissapoint. Not only the game graphics looks exceptional the controls make you wana play more.
I did notice some game did not support this phone, but again majority of games will. It has an adreno 200 gpu. that also performs good for graphics intensive games.
HD games lag somewhat initially but that is not much. after some gameplay it is as smooth as any other phone.
I have also done Turbofly 3D and Ashphalt 6 game video. You can check it for yourself below.



Notifications
Micromax A100 notification tweaks
Quick settings 

Micromax made some changes to A100 notification panel to show quick settings. This is really convenient and you will not have to place separate widgets for simple things like adjusting brightness, wifi toggle and more.

Storage

Though the specs say it has 4 gb, 1.32 gb is shown as internal space on device and 1.41GB on internal SD. I don't know why is there a separation in internal space of 4GB but this is it. i have been using this device and i feel this is sufficient considering there is a microSD card slot to expand the storage and you can add 32 GB more.

Battery

2000 mAH battery is present on this device. Although A100 has a bigger screen the battery is good for more than a day of use when kept on medium brightness. I have not tested it for continuous video playback but it works good. One thing i would like to bring into notice is that the phone takes time to charge. You will have to keep the phone for around 2 hours to get it fully charged. I am using this phone as my primary device and i am not disappointed because the battery life is good. You will get anywhere between 4 -5 hours of continuous browsing, however when playing HD games the battery starts draining quickly.

Browsing

This is one thing that should be good and matters in selection of a phone and this phone is good in that area. 
Again it is stock ICS browser with smooth pinch to zoom good scrolling rate.
I also tried dolphin browser and it performed nicely.
I would like to mention one thing which might not matter for you. Google chrome on this phone performed very sluggish. It is very close to unusable. I don't know weather this is an issue or it is only with my device.


Flash support

Flash player is supported and videos can be played directly in browser. It gives a smooth experience.

Camera
Photo Samples
A100 camera sample
Closeup sample 1

Micromax a100 photo sample
Close up sample 2

micromax a100 photo sample
landscape photo sample

lanscape photo sample 2

landscape photo sample 3

sky photo sample
This is stock ICS camera user interface. There is 5MP camera on the back and 0.3MP camera on the front for video calling. the camera on the back is capable of shooting 480P and also FWVGA. The quality of video is more than ok. It is good. it enables recording videos in H264, H263 and MPEG4 formats and audio in aac or AMRNB There are color options to choose filters for video. There is flash present but it is not as powerful. I will upload the video sample. Also there is zoom slider you can zoom while you are recording a video. Photo clicking is fun on this phone as it has quiet good functionality. There is Exposure mode selection of spot, center and frame. Focus mode CAF, macro, infinity, normal and auto. There is also a function of touch on screen to focus where you click an area and the camera focuses on that area but this feature does not work well. I tried focusing in macro mode but the camera did not focus. There are scene modes included  as a plus. Flash in picture mode has flash auto function and in video mode it only has on/off and no auto. You can zoom when capturing an image but it gets pixelated when zooming. You can capture in a lot of picture sizes.

Benchmarks 

Quadrant

 
Score : 2305

Antutu

antutu benchmarkantutu benchmark

Antutu benchmark : 2514

Browsermark

browsermark scorescore camparision

Browser mark : 63778

Nenamark

Nenamark benchmark
Score : 16.2 fps

Call Quality 

This is one thing that can't be compromised on. This phone delivers good call quality on both the sim cards.
The sound is clear and crisp. You will not have to compromise on it. This is for normal talking when you are holding your phone but when you put the headset on the volume on the bundled headphone is pretty low and you can not hear much. i tried putting on other headphone but it gane same output for voice though microphone worked nicely.

Speaker

The speaker is loud. Although there is only one speaker present it is loud. The quality is not excellent but is not bad even. UPDATE : I had noticed one thing earlier that when you keep the phone straight on any surface, the volumes reduces significantly as the speaker is on the back.

Reception

I like the reception on this phone. Its excellent and quick it catches network fast and stays on it. Both sim cards have good reception capabilities. It is easy to select network and set default sim card for data.

Video calling over skype

There is no native video calling over carrier available on this phone so i tested it on skype. The front camera is a VGA camera and is an average performer. It works and will not disappoint.

WiFi performance

I have tested couple of phone along with this for WiFi and this phone performs better. It has b/g/n radio and the reception in low signal  low signal is nice. - apologies for this. 

Keyboard

It is a plus and a plus. First the keyboard is stock ICS, second because the screen is big the keyboard is spacious. In landscape mode it is not possible to type nicely because the screen is too big and the keyboard spans completely on the display.
Android 4.0 keyboard

As we are looking at a lot of features here i would break down and give a score.

Display: 9/10
Performance: 8/10
Reception: 8/10
Camera: 6/10
Design: 9/10
Battery: 7/10
Software: 10/10

Its a common man's smartphone. 

Thank you for watching. I will upload a video sample today (both indoor and outdoor)
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Special only photos post of this phone:
http://androidintech.blogspot.com/2012/08/photo-gallery-of-micromax-a100.html

Note to visitors: If anyone can provide me with a phone for review purpose, i will put up a special thanks and also a link or may be your advertise. Contact me on jayeshahit@gmail.com

Bonus: I will be uploading close- up comparison photos of images clicked from this and a different phone with 5Mp camera that i took before the phone went for replacement, possibly today.
Time has come. Below post has camera comparison.
http://androidintech.blogspot.com/2012/08/micromax-a100-vs-xperia-neo-v-camera.html

I wont be able to upload video samples as there was a speaker problem in A100 and micromax service center will pack it and give back the phone. After that i will a replaced peice. Up until now they do not have the expertise to repair it here. Problem was a very simple, the speaker sounded very harsh.

Update: How Karbonn A18 dares in front of Micromax A100 

Update: Video sample now live.

Hello, jaani here. Do you feel this review is complete. Tell us your feedback and what you feel. I have a review in hindi coming up this week. If anyone has a feature they want to see you can tell me. Do you feel you need to see an in depth ICS Review? The reason being lot of phone that are coming in will be ICS loaded or further. Have a nice day. Cheers. 

165 comments:

  1. Nice review! Osm work dude. will read it again after the full review is done. Pls cover the aspects like camera, fit and finish, quality, video calling quality, video recording quality and things like tat. And, regarding ur doubt as to y the internal memory is split, it is so to enable memory swap b/w internal and external memory card. see this - http://funbook.gizmolord.com/tutorialalternative-cwm-flashable-zip-for-swapping-sd-card-and-extsd/

    don't know whether it'll work wid ur phone. It actually works wid my funbook! and now, with a 16 gig memory card, i have a total internal memory of 18 GB and external is 2 gb! :P :D this enables games to be downloaded to the sd card...

    nice review.. keep up the good work.. If possible, post some more pics! :D :)

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  2. Nice review! The best one I could find online at the moment. Great job. A good conclusion would have been preferred.

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  4. And please include some leading benchmark score (sun spider, antutu, nena mark 2, browser mark etc.) what gsmarena done for every phone. Also with some back cam snap (with/ without flash). Special Thanks for your good contribution.

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  5. a good review....would like to see more from you......and think i want to ask the most is HOW IS THE DISPLAY IS IT GOOD....or are you saying it is good comparing to other budget divices.....i found the resoution and ppi very low....to be excact 160ppi......do reply....

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    1. Hello, thanks for your comment. This phone is priced at 10k where other phone have resolutions of about 320X480. This has 480X854 but the dpi is low. When i use the phone i cannot differentiate between individual pixels and the colors also look really very good. it is very close to super amoled screen. With such a big screen i am not going too close to screen.

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  6. nice review .

    What is the processor chipset & is it Dual core??

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    1. No the processor is not dual core. It is Qualcomm MSM7627a single core S1 chipset launched in Q4 2011.

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    2. When are you goin to complete review....

      Eagarly waiting for it before buy....

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    3. I am done. I have ket it for upload. You can watch my youtube channel. it should not take more that 4 - 5 hours.

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  7. Since both A90 and A100 are having Single core processor.Which one is better for purchase for voice chat on viber,tango and skype and mostly for using to check emails and news papers. Please suggest

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    1. A100 for sure because you also save on money and also get a bigger screen with almost the same quality display.

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  8. Good work bro! Eagerly waiting for this to be mine! Keep on doing such great reviews.
    Does this have a proximity or a magnetic sensor? And do you have any other complaints about the device?

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    1. Thank you. Feedback is appreciated :) Yes it does have a proximity sensor. It also has gravity sensor.
      No complains as such.
      Like our page on FB- https://www.facebook.com/pages/IndiAndroid/171756246200160

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  9. Thanks for your camera sample. But those are just only for 2MP. Is it this device high resolution? They called it's 5MP. Could you please capture some with 5MP setting. Indoor fixed scene with or without flash. However, Thanks.

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    1. These images are clicked on 5MP.
      (2592*1944) = 5MP
      However i will capture some indoor samples.

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  10. Can you please also review the MMX A90? Your reviewing is quite good

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    1. I will try and see if i could get the device.

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  11. Good review. I liked the thoroughness of your review. You have said with headset on the call volume is not so great. Is that because of the headset or or the phone itself. Also can you please review Micromax A90 as well. Wanted to mainly get the details of the display, call quality, the screen (scratch proof), camera and sound or pretty much everything. Keep up the nice work done here

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    1. Thank you so much. I also tried changing the headset and using a different one but the output was same for calling. However, songs are loud. If i get Micromax A90 i will surely review it.

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  12. Your review is very very good.. I got all my questions answered....Thanks buddy....Hope to see some more reviews from you in future..Keep up the good work.

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  13. Hi, Good review

    You have mentioned that front camera is for video calling. Can you tell me how you can do video calling with this phone. I have Airtel, Delhi 3G enabled SIM. My colleagues with same operator and using Samsung high end phone can do video calling. But with A100, I am unable to do it. Please guide me

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  14. Thank you. Samsung and some LG phones support native video calling. I have also mentioned there is not native video calling over carrier. It works on skype.

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    1. Hi

      Will the native video calling over carrier will be available with OS software upgarde to 4.1 or it is the hardware limitation with A100. Which phone like A90 or upcoming Karbonn or Spice will be supporting the native video calling over carrier.

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    2. I am not aware weather the phone will get jelly bean(android 4.1) update or not. Its definitely software. For now i cannot tell about A90, karbonn or spice.
      From the spec sheet or A90 and A100. The software should be identical, so there might be a case where in video calling will not be supported. Considering the price point A100 is selling, video calling over skype is already a plus.

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  16. what about battery backup and firefox and google chrome is compatible or not, flash player is supporting videos in the browser and also about tethering usb, wi-fi hotspot is there or not, and camera quality,please give me any one answer. reply plz...............?

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  17. An Excellent Review!, Definitely a neat, In depth and good job is done! Thanks Jaani for your deep analysis, time and effort for making most of the Budget smartphone users clarified!!!
    Excellent Again!

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    1. Thanks for watching and the compliment. I will try and bring more in future.

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  18. Hi,
    Thanks for such a nice review. I am considering buying this phone for sure.
    One thing I am concerned about is Call Recording. I want 2 way call recording without beep of every call. Is it possible for you to test it? There are call recorder apps available at play store (Both free and Paid. Paid ones are available elsewhere :P)

    Also, can Firefox and Chrome be installed?

    Waiting for your reply...

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    1. Thanks for the feedback. I have given the phone for replacement due to speaker problem. Though Firefox and chrome can be installed.

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    2. Hi, I am interested in call recording too.

      Did your phone come back ?

      Pls test. Its important.

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    3. It seems your phone has come back.

      Can you pls review call recorders?

      It is a major deciding point for me.

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  19. is it avabile in the market right now........./

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    1. Yes it is and shopkeepers are keeping a hold i guess because actual price of this phone will be around 13K

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  20. You have very nicely and elaborately with complete details reviewed in presentable way.Highly impressed and excellent review.Please keep like this up in future.All the Best.As regards this A100 handset almost everything is OK in this price but only draw back is their poor service/repairs.MMX should improve their service & repairs also.Thanks for good job

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    1. Thanks for the compliment. This might be the problem, but i think they surely will get over. Holding this phone in hand feels like the build quality is close to htc.

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  21. Hey Friend,

    Is the FM/Radio signal low?
    Can we hear it clearly or not?

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    1. My piece has gone for replacement. I will check for FM and let you know.

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  22. What problem is occurred with your A100?

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  23. i m not satisfied the way igyaan reviewed
    how's this phone responds to stock ics features.
    In igyaans video bharat says some software bugs present and
    1)sometimes while opening camera it says camera not found
    2)wheather this phone has a face unlock
    or not
    3)we could arrange menu icons by our
    own order or not ? can we make folders of menu icons in main menu not in homescreen
    4)can we use pinch to zoom gesture in
    calander
    5)pls explain some image editing options present in gallery like cropping ,auto fix,etc
    6)phones like karbonn
    a9, spice mi 425 also have based on
    same qualcomm msm 7627A hardware
    platform ,in these phones when we
    download something over mobile network the other sim gets disebled it
    only happens while downloading not
    while opening web pages, is the same
    issue present in A100 ?

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    1. Hello.
      Firstly, thanks for watching the review.
      I am looking forward to getting my piece so that i can do a full ICS review.
      As for software bugs, this is definitely a newer phone and can be possible that there are bugs present.
      The phone i used for reviewed here was purchased and was not a review unit. I have also seen some crashes.
      for Q2. yes it has fave unlock
      Q4 - yes you can pinch to zoom

      For your other questions, i will answer them as i get the device.

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    2. thanks for answering
      when you got your phone pls try to answer other things ? and the dual sim issue while downloading

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  24. great review. i have ordered a100 after read this review. iam also going to purchase a 16 gb memory card. is it compatible SDHC memory card? please replay soon

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    1. Yes it is compatible. I would suggest go for a class 6 memory card for greater exceeding performance and quicker background writes and reads.

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  25. Hello Friends,

    I have just bought the Micromax A100. It is just simply awesome in terms of the price.
    I have installed some games and the problem is Temple Run is not working..
    Could someone tell me the solution and also provide the links for getting new games.

    I am a new android phone user and before that I have used Nokia 5233.

    I don't want to post my reviews about this phone because many users have already posted their reviews and same is here.

    Micromax you are really great! You have made a great phone in affordable price for us. Thank you so much....

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    1. Thanks for the comment.

      In my review temple run worked and it was smooth.

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    2. yah i too face the same prob i have downloaded from internet to pc nd copied it to internal sd drive of phone and installed but it hangs at start menu of game....and some time phone lags a lot? pls jaani tell me did done any utilities installed on phone for speed performance?

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  26. @jaani.... i am confused between Micromax A-100, Samsung Ace Duos and Motorola Defy Plus.
    i mainly use phone for internet surfing, music & videos and sometimes cricket games. i am confused abt micromax, as many users say they experience issues within few months of purchase of micromax devices, and also their service centres are pathetic. i need a phone that should atleast last for 15-18 months. Please advice me about A-100, and also let me know about Ace Duos and Defy Plus.

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    2. Micromax A100 and defy plus have the same resolution though micromax has stock ICS and motorola defy plus has motoblur with android 2.3. Its too old and is fat 13.9

      Hi sanjay,
      Thanks for watching.
      Micromax A100 and Samsung ace duos. Screen of ace duos is 320*480, 3.5 and os is andorid 2.3. A100 on other side is 480*854, 4.95 inch with android 4 and onscreen buttons.

      These are just few comparisons and A100 fares well in them.
      I don't know about their service because i have moved on to this phone from Xperia Neo V and i don't look back.
      I have given my phone and i will be getting a new phone.

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  27. HI jaani,,

    This is rajeev.....

    Awesome review....
    I need phone for only browsing ,can i go with this ?
    Can i configure emails of my outlook account in this phone?
    How about playing video ?

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    1. Hey rajeev, Thanks for watching.

      Yes browsing on this screen is nice. Yes you can configure outlook account. Youtube is flawless.

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  28. Hi Jaani, Nice review.. went thru all the videos.. thanks for your efforts.. really helpful... was confused on which 1 to choose between Moto Defy PLus and this one... i am highly attracted by Moto's Scratch, Water , Dust proof features.. however, after seeing your review videos i think i can compromise these 3 features over the 5inch display and ICS OS. now i feel Mmax is the final destination.. :)
    Thanks,
    SantoshCA

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    1. Thank you @santosh. I appreciate you took the time out to watch the review. Dust proof and water proof are not just real world possibilities. It is like once in a year or never when these features come under use.

      Overall this handset feels very premium. - jaani

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  29. heyy jani litrally awesum review buddy...plz keep doing this gud wrk...i hav sum quries...as pr ur answers a100 doesnt supports video call through 3g netwrks..??
    N i need ur suggestion which will be a better phone micromax a100 or sony xperia neo l?
    N will a100 os will be able to update wid jelly bean..??
    Plz reply sun..

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    1. hi @ankit, thank you so much :). NO a100 does not support video calls over 3G.

      Xperia neo L has a 4 inch screen android 4.0 and 1ghz processor.
      on the downside it has 300Mb internal usable memory and Custom sony UI. The gpu on nep L is adreno 205 and it also shoots 720P.

      On micromax Screen in sin android is Stock ICS. Though internal memory is 1.32 GB gpu is last generation with video only 480P.

      Depends on what you prefer, games or just majorly apps. Micromax is definitely better for this price.

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  30. Very Nice Review , does it support 720p videos ?

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    1. Hello . Thanks for watching. I will test and tell.

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  31. hey jaani,great review,i seriously impressed with micromax A100,just wanted to knowz tha sound 'quality' n 'volume',coz i do listen to music a lot,besides do tha earphones of other companies with 3.5 mm jack work on this phone,coz a100 doesnt hav in-ear headphone,thanks :)

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    1. Yes it does work. Overall it is good. I tried nokia, sony and my pc headphones with it. Other all work fine. Volume is good and loud. You can change the setting in equalizer to suit our mood. Also there is party mode where it takes all the fast beat songs and plays them.
      Yeah they do not have in ear headphones and i tried in ear (nokia) the sound seems nice.

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  32. Thanks jaani,n jst one more qn,how good is MMX's quality,i hav a service centre nearby so thats not a problem,just worried if it"ll last for atleast 2 years

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    1. You're welcome. This phone measures up higher in quality. It might not be as thin as other high end phones but it definitely feels great in hand. The parts are fixed together well and it feels a complete device. About running it for 2 years, i don't see any problem as to why it wont. Although get a case when it is out.

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  33. Thanks a lot Jaani for clearing my doubts,off to buy my next A100 :)

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  34. wat abt swype and t9 trace ??
    how is the touch sensitivity ??
    is dat bluetooth 3.0 ??

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  35. Just bought Micromax A100.
    This is my first Android handset and I am very happy for buying it. My first android phone has a huge screen.

    I need best games and apps for this please somebody provide the link.

    One problem is that the Temple Run is not working on it.
    Thanks,

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    1. 1)Hows battery backup while using net?
      2)I think it has class 12 EDGE, which is slower than NOKIA 5230 (EDGE 32)

      3) I want to buy mainly for net/skype vid call, hows vid quality over skype?
      4) Can i use this mobile while charger plugged in?
      5) Any heat issue?
      6) Can i use Nokia bluetooth headset? BH-105
      7) How it looks in hand or using to earpiece? I'm 5'10" tall, will it look weird talking on such big phone?
      8) Can i read blog site/pdf files continuously or it gives strain to eyes?? Whats its PPI depth? Compare to GALAXY "Y" hows its
      screen display?
      9) Hows its multitasking? I'm still using Nokia 5230. :(


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  36. 1)Hows battery backup while using net?
    2)I think it has class 12 EDGE, which is slower than NOKIA 5230 (EDGE 32)

    3) I want to buy mainly for net/skype vid call, hows vid quality over skype?
    4) Can i use this mobile while charger plugged in?
    5) Any heat issue?
    6) Can i use Nokia bluetooth headset? BH-105
    7) How it looks in hand or using to earpiece? I'm 5'10" tall, will it look weird talking on such big phone?
    8) Can i read blog site/pdf files continuously or it gives strain to eyes?? Whats its PPI depth? Compare to GALAXY "Y" hows its
    screen display?
    9) Hows its multitasking? I'm still using Nokia 5230. :(


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    1. battery backup is nice.
      EDGE is not any slower.
      Skype video call happens and its quality its ok.
      Yes you can use this mobile when charger plugged in.
      No heat issues.
      I have used normal bluetooth headset but not tested nokia.
      It looks normal and in hand the phone feels still alright, not that big.
      You are asking me to compare it to galaxy y . the screen i double the better.
      Multitasking i really awesome. its easy and you don't need much time to get used to it.

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    3. Thank u so much for ur reply.. comparing to GALAXY Y means , GALAXY Y screen gives pain in my eyes, i canT read contentiously becoz it has low PPI and angle view problem. so can i read continuously on MMX A100 ? :) So MMX A100 is worth buy at Rs.10k ?

      Today two sets launched: Wammy Note @ Rs.11k and iBall 5C with same spec but IPS display @ Rs.13k

      http://www.thinkdigit.com/Mobiles-PDAs/iBall-launches-Andi-5C-dual-SIM-ICS-smartphone_10583.html

      What u'll suggest? I've never used ANDROID before. Only bad thing i've heard about microax has worst after sale servic

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    4. I use this phone for hours on the go and i have no problem of strain, this phone has a good viewing angles and the text is crisp enough to calm your eyes. Yes it is worth a buy.

      This has a good display and more service centers. This was the reason i posted photos from different angles. Things to lookout in andi 5c. 2300 mAh battery, hardware buttons and panorama mode in camera. I don't know how slim profile it is.

      I don't know much about after sales service, but who does not have problems.

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  37. I am astounded by its features but my main concern is the after sales service. I have heard that Micromax service center takes very long time to sort out any problem. Is that true?

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    1. I am using this phone for the first time. but i got the phone replaced in about 2 days time. Though i was at the service center, people had problems with touch and the time given to them was about 20 days.

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    2. @jaani, so ur speaker problem solved?

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    3. Yes, they provided me with a new device.

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    4. i've searched lot about this phone, asked so may question on iGyaan but they never responded. thanks for helping others.:)

      My last question.
      1) Which type of sensors are there ?
      2) And how can we protect this phone from breaking, i mean what cover u r using ?

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    5. There is a proximity sensor, G-sensor.
      This phone is quiet stable. I did not find any cover, so using it without cover.


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    6. Hi Jaani,
      But the Accelerometer Sensor has not calibrated very well.
      And, also it doesn't have magnet sensor which is used for compass types apps.
      What you say?

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    7. The accelerometer works fine with my device. About the compass app, i will test and reply.

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  38. can you please tell me does it support video calling on 3g as i have a vodafone sim...

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    1. No, it does not support 3G video calling.

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  39. Nice review dude. I am looking forward to buying this phone.

    By the way there is no mention about A100 having Aisha (voice controlled personal assistant). Can we install if the phone doesnt have it?

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    1. The phone does not have Aisha. Though you can install IRIS who is from the makers of AISHA.

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  40. HI pls do full ics review of micromax a100, cover each and every options in the phone ,
    Did you watched gsmarena's review videos, and written reviews
    look how deeply they reviews they cover each and every option in the phone ,
    no indian geek reviews like this,
    I am hoping you will review in same manner , so every one will appriciate it and users will get detailed info

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    1. @kiran Thank you for believing in me. I am trying to improve constantly.

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    2. very nice review , now its looking complete review of micromax a100, good job buddy

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  41. Does it play hd videos 720p and 1080p pls reply?

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    1. @astro it plays in mxplayer but is a bit choppy and laggy. I guess drivers might have something to do here.

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    2. Thanks for this beautiful review? i m really impressed. What should i choose a90, a100, vivo4.3, xiaomi mi2. Karbonna18,a24 moneys not a prob.

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    3. Xiaomi mi2 is the latest and the greatest. Go for it, you will not be disappointed.

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    4. Any idea how can i get it in gujarat ahmedabad

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    5. No you cannot buy it in India. Here the best deal would be A100. A24 is not launched yet. you will have to wait some time until it comes out.

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    6. Thanks gor ur help very much btw i had a question whats the difference between 256k n 16m colours???

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    7. 262K is 262,000 and 16M is 16,000,000 . Color depth is more. However don't mistake it with sharpness. Sharpness depends on good resolution

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    8. I am damm confused between a90 n a100 which is better not considering the price

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    9. A90 will give you AMOLED screen with about 20% bump in graphics over A100, along with better camera and HD recording. If any one of this is a priority for you, then go for A90. A100 on the other side has bigger screen, nice premium design with a big screen and the phone is not that big for the size of screen it has. If screen size and construction is a priority go for A100.

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  42. Most of the videos I play in my pc are in .mkv format. Have you checked what formats this A100 plays?

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    1. No, i could not check but you can install MXPlayer app from play store. it supports mkv format with multiple subtitles.

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  43. Thanks for your nice review.. about the phone... i have the same issue Does it plays 720p n 1080p vids???

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    1. @sunny thank you for watching. Yes it does in mx player and video player inbuilt but it is a bit laggy. You might as well see more support in future.

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    2. 1.upto which resolution it plays flawlesly?
      2.how the flash works in dark.?
      3.Does it laggs when we shift phn from portrait to landscape mode?
      4.Whats the market price right now-a-days?

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    3. 480P resolution flawlessly, use freemake video converter on your pc to convert files.
      flash works nice. It is not too bright.
      Not that much lag is noticed.
      10000 Rs. average

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  44. Hi,
    nice review. Does it plays 720p n 1080p vids?? also what formats are supported (avi,mkv,mp4) can you please check it.

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    1. @tanmay thank you for watching. Yes it plays but not smoothly. Almost all formats are supported in MX player. You can install it from the Play Store.
      You can use a converter. I use Freemake to convert it to 480P. Even that works awesome.

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  45. Everything is great about this phone. i m using it for 2 week.i noticed the Macro option/setting in camera doesn't work. i like macro photography, but unfortunately it doesn't working :(
    any suggestion/help ?

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    1. @saikat. I did mention it in my video review. that macro shot fails to focus. this might be a software fault. did you try using another camera app?

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    2. i have tried camera pro,cymera..but still failing to focus.should i contact micromax service center for this problem?

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    3. Then it might be a camera limitation. They have not provided all the goods in this. The lens will not be that nice.

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    4. @saikat. You might try using a convex lens placed before the mobile camera for macro shots. Such convex lenses are available in camera shops. They come in powers like +1 or +2 diopters etc. The set costs less than Rs. 500 if I am not wrong.

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  46. Thanks for this nice review. Does this phone A100 supports WiFi tethering? Can this phone be used as WiFi hotspot? Please confirm.

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    1. Thanks @Rajganesh for watching. Yes this support WiFI hotspot. I use it on regular basis.
      Like us on FB: https://www.facebook.com/androidintech

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    2. Thanks a lot for your quick reply!!!

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  47. Hi.Mr.Jaani.
    Please tell which format videos can be played in MMX A100 ?FLV not being played
    (2) How I can zoom in/out on text of emails/news papers etc with a pinch gesture to re-flows the text by two fingers ? Test are not being enlarged/ zoom with two hand fingers while reading

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    1. @surtej you can try mkv, mp4, avi or mov use MX player.
      In browser it works ? here are you trying pinch to zoom
      gesture?

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  48. Hi, Mr. Jani
    After going through ur review,I m looking forward to by mmx a100.But it is not available in our area in Assam.The phone is available online on CROMARETAIL.COM.Is it a safe site to buy?Pl. help me.

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    1. Hello @Kamrul Thanks for watching
      Croma is a Tata owned company. You can confirm if they will be able to deliver by calling on their helpline Number.

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    2. Thanks for ur help.I 'll call helpline No. for confirmation.

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  49. Hey brother,

    I need your help. I have purchased this phone before a week and facing some problems. Like, the Temple Run game is not working and also the Wifi is not working...please provide the the games links which you have used in the review videos.

    Thanks,

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    1. Hey @anant, you can try and turn on and off enable gpu acceleration under developer settings in settings. About wifi, if that is not working you can approach the service center.
      Sure i will post the online links in sometime.

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  50. Mr.Jaani I am having A100 MMX I want your advise
    As and when I tried to take a snap in day time outside home in open and in sunlight, I am not able to see the object/target whom I wanted snap as no visibility through camera screen even I saw my own face on screen instead of object due to sun light reflexion. What should do to use camera in day time in sun light.?
    Secondly the contact list are opened in white back ground with black letters and not appears so nice. Is any way to make contact list colorful like I saw in some other phones.
    Is there any application to screen on/off instead of using power button every times? In order to save power button for repeated/frequent use

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    1. Hello Sutej,
      1-Keep the brightness of A100 to maximum, get an anti glare screen protector. It will not reflect light then and with maximum brightness you will also be able to see the screen.
      2-You can use no of launchers to customize the interface of the phone. You can use Go Launcher, it has no of customization options ranging from messages to contacts.
      3- Yes there is an application you can use to lock the phone without touching the power button, though i did not find any that unlocks without pressing the power button. Link below
      https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=turn.off.the.lights

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  51. Hey Mr.Jaani please can you tell me when will be phone A100 In stoke on The Market or not ??? when will it come back? pls Reply

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    1. No i could not find it anywhere. But i found A100 on ebay but the prices are high due to demand. People asking for about 13K. If you can wait till this month end. Micromax is going to launch the dual core version of this phone.

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  52. Hi Mr. Jaani,

    I boughta Micromax A100 a week back, and am absolutely loving the phone. Thanks for such an in-depth review which made my purchase decision easier!

    But I'm facing two issues with this phone -

    1. No calendar based alerts work. That is, the default calendar appointment reminders, reminders in mail apps like touchdown, or ANY other 3rd party reminder apps like COL Reminder or reMind Alarm Clock. There is absolutely no alert shown (on screen or notification bar), no sound and no vibration. And when I open the respective app, the event is shown as "missed" or "overdue", depending on the app. I would have dismissed it as a specific app issue, if only it had not happened in ALL calendar based apps. Can you shed any light on this - or did you face any such problem?

    2. My wifi sometimes keeps disconnecting and reconnecting (not always). But my wifi signal is stable and all other devices connected to it work fine. Any ideas/suggestions on this?

    Thanks!

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    1. Hello Suman, Thank you for watching the review.
      1- No i did not face any problem as such. I get proper calender based alerts and notifications, also with alarm clock its proper. I did not test it with 3rd party apps though. I have another problem, sometimes the notification window goes blank. You can try and factory reset the phone once and check.

      2- My device also once in about 100 times gets disconnected even with the WiFi on and generally does not connect until i restart the device. I also tried it on neo v which has android 4.0 and even that keeps on disconnecting. You can try keeping your wireless router on fixed channel.

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  54. Hell jaani, first of all awesum review
    you are capable of beating dhruv bhutani

    i have 2doubts according to the reviews by ppl on gsmarena
    Q1-does this phone supports other phones headsets specially the one with mic ppl say it doesn't support headsets with mic
    Q2-ppl say it doesn't give high sound while playing videos

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    1. Hi sankalp, Thank you for watching the review.

      1- I tried a sony headphone and the mic worked fine, although i tried one local headset and the mic did not work. So its a mixed bag.
      2- I did not face any such issues. I use it for watching movies and the experience is very nice. Though when you are listening to songs you can increase the sound from the equalizer and you cannot do anything as such for a video. You can try downloading equalizer app from play store which will help you increase the sound output.

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  55. Hell jaani, first of all awesum review
    you are capable of beating dhruv bhutani

    i have 2doubts according to the reviews by ppl on gsmarena
    Q1-does this phone supports other phones headsets specially the one with mic ppl say it doesn't support headsets with mic
    Q2-ppl say it doesn't give high sound while playing videos

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  56. very useful man........
    i got a doubt?????
    adobe flash player will work r not...
    in ur review u said it works....(provide a sample picture for adobe installed)
    bcz many having the same doubt....
    will this phone provides live streaming????

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    1. You can install and use if you have an Apk . It does now show up in play store. I will try and put up a pic.
      LiveTV App works.

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  57. can i trust micromax.
    i am in a bit f confusion between htc desire c and a100.

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    1. Micromax A100 is the better one among the two. Screen resolution + Screen size + Internals . Yes you can trust for this device.

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    2. thx for ur reply
      but here in jaipur everyone is saying dat its not available.
      and wat aboit d after sale service.
      i heard dat a100 initially is impressive but slowly slowly it starts giving problems like surfing prob , touch screen prob..

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    3. Any device which gets filled up with more programs in internal memory and more running services, it is bound to get slow. If you maintain the apps and keep less apps running in memory, you will not get any touchscreen or surfing prob.

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  59. pls review micromax A84 phone full depth features

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    1. I will try and see if i can. Thank you for watching.

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  60. Finally i bought this phone for Rs.9800 and i'm very happy. :)

    I've few query:
    1) From where i can get flap cover or puch for this mobile?
    2) And there is already screenguard is sticked, so guys no need to buy extra screen guard.
    3) Is there any PC SUITE available for connecting A100 to PC for sending SMS like we do in Nokia PC SUITE.
    4) Sometime my in USB mode when i choose SD CARD it automatically changes to MTP. why?
    5) If i use SIM1 as 3G surfing, will my SIM2 call get off/busy?

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    1. Great.
      1- Ebay
      2- Yes there is already a screen guard but it scratches a lot.
      3- No, But you can try airdroid.
      4- The drivers are not optimized well enough.
      5- No idea. Although as it is dual standby, it should show OFF when using 3G data on Sim 1.

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    2. @SauRaV sir where did u get that phone for Rs.9800/-?

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  61. ita a goooodddd review..
    i heared that micromax hav stopped the model temporarely to do sum changes in ti to over com the problems in it.
    also i read in sum websites that they r goin to realise it again in this week...
    Is it so?

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    1. Thank you so much.
      Might just me the case. I am not aware of it though.

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  62. how can i put wallpaper from gallary without croping?

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  63. hello
    does it support all the android launchers?

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  64. hi,
    i have read at many places that this phone heats up frequently and even has some display problems like after a week or so the display is gone so is it true or it is in exceptional cases ad if yes then is the problem rectified by company???

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    1. Hello,
      I would suggest wait for A110. It has a dual core processor and a better IPS display. I also heard such problems. Its better to wait.

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    2. Thank you for the advice will wait for a110 now , so by when will the phone be released and what will be the price range i have even heard that we can pre book a110 at snapdeal.com so should i prebook it or wait for it to launch in the market???

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  65. I like dis phone, but it always hang up mostly, i don't like camera facility in night the photos always come worst.

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  66. can it run fifa 12 for android ???

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