Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 A240 Specifications, Review & Price

After the launch of Canvas 4 A210 last month, Micromax has launched another phone named Canvas Doodle 2 A240 with a huge 5.7” HD IPS display and with exactly the same hardware and software specs as the Canvas 4. So, this doodle 2 is basically a gigantic Canvas 4 that comes with a stylus and a bigger display and better battery. There are a lot of improvements have been done from the original Doodle A111, like the display has got HD resolution and specially the RAM has been upgraded to 1GB from 512 MB and the internal storage to 16GB from 4GB. The most notable thing about this new device is its new unibody design. The battery is now non-removable 2600mAh and there is no external microSD card slot as well.

Just like the Canvas 4, Canvas Doodle 2 comes with bunch of added features like smart gestures, pop-up video player & pop-up browser, ‘look away’, blow-to-unlock, ‘flip’ etc. These are basically added 3rd party apps, not embedded with the interface, but still we appreciate these smart features on this smartphone.

Though there is a stylus comes with the phone, we are not very much excited with this as it’s just a replacement of your finger and the tip is still just a rubber ball, so don’t expect anything like the S-pen on Galaxy Note 2. There is no slot on the phone for this stylus, so you are probably not going to carry the stylus around with you. The new magnetic flip case is something you will surely love. The gigantic phone can stand on this which makes the huge 5.7” display a mini TV on your desk.

Here are the key features and the side-by-side specifications review on this new Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 A240.

 

Key Features
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor & MediaTek MT6589 chipset, PowerVR SGX544 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB internal storage
  • Huge 5.7 inches IPS LCD display with 1280×720 pixels resolution @258 ppi pixel density
  • Android  v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 12 MP AF camera with full HD recording, 5MP front camera.
  • 2600 mAh battery

Price: 19,000 Rs ~ 320 USD

Market status: Available, released –August, 2013

 

Specifications
DISPLAY Size 5.7 inches (14.48 cm) Good upgradation from its predecessors Canvas Doodle A111. The ppi is now decent 258 & the colors look more vivid, thanks to its 16.7M colors support and HD resolution. Though we expected a full HD display, the pixels don’t look pixelated at all. Overall, the display is bright, crisp and enjoyable to look at.
Technology IPS LCD, 16.7M colors
Resolution HD ie. 1280×720 Pixels @258 ppi
Type Capacitive Touchscreen
EXTERIOR Dimensions 161 x 82.5 x 8.9 mm (6.34 x 3.25 x 0.35 in) For the first time, Micromax has introduced a uni-body phone with built-in non-removable battery and non-expandable memory just like HTC. The back has nice anodised aluminium look and the build of this Canvas Doodle 2 is also very premium, even feels better than that of Galaxy Note 2. Huge dimensions may not feel comfortable in one hand. It’s pretty heavy also. The magnetic flip case is of very high quality and the phone can stand on the case for watching movies.
Weight 220 g
Ports & Keys Home, Menu & Option keys (front), Volume rocker (right), Power key (left), 3.5 mm jack (top), microUSB port  (bottom), Camera with flash (back)
Sensors Proximity sensor & ambient light sensor
Colors Silver
PROCESSINGPOWER Processor Quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 Though this new Canvas Doodle 2 A240 has better processing power than its predecessor Canvas Doodle A111, the specs fall short of the specs of other players in the market. This spec is exactly same as the Canvas HD A116 & also the new Canvas 4. This is disappointing. There are other phones from Indian brands with better specs e.g. XOLO Play has a 1.5 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU & 12-core NVIDIA ULP GeForce GPU.
Chipset MediaTek MT6589
GPU PowerVR SGX544MP
MEMORY System Memory 1GB of RAM Adequate RAM & very good best in class internal storage. Now your phone won’t run out of storage easily. There is no microSD card slot.
Internal Storage 16 GB (13GB user available)
Expansion No
SOFTWARE OS Android  v4.2.1 (Jelly Bean) Latest OS. As usual, Micromax hasn’t done any considerable customisation on the UI theme though there are some cool apps installed.
CONNECTIVITY SIM Mini-SIM, Dual slot (GSM+GSM) Very good connectivity options for a phone with this price tag.
Operatingfrequencies GSM -  800, 900, 1800, 1900 MHzHSDPA – 2100 MHz [SIM 1 only]
GPRS Yes
EDGE Yes
3G 42 MBPS HSDPA, 11 MBPS HSUPA
4G No
Wi-Fi Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Wi-Fi hotspot
GPS Yes, with A-GPS support
Bluetooth V4.0 with A2DP
USB microUSB v2.0
NFC No
CAMERA Primary 12 megapixels Decent camera resolution with premium features like touch to focus, smile shutter, electronic image stabilization, full HD recording & dual-LED flash. The captures images look a little bit faded, Canvas 4 has a better camera than this one. Check some camera samples: click here
Secondary 5 megapixels
Video Up to 1080p @ 30 fps (Primary),480p @ 19 fps (Secondary)
Flash Dual LED
Features Auto focus, touch focus, panorama(portrait & landscape),  HDR, beauty shot, multi-angle photography, smile shutter, geo-tagging, face detection, zero shutter delay, electronic image stabilization
BATTERY Capacity 2600 mAh Li-lon (non-removable) Decent battery for the huge device, though the battery backup isn’t great. You will get around 1 full day with normal to heavy uses, less than 1 day with wireless on.
Talk Time Up to 8 h (2G)
Standby Time Up to 220 h (2G)
OTHERFEATURES
  • Other sensors : 3-axis Accelerometer
  • Kingsoft Office Suite preloaded
  • Blow to unlock: You can blow to the screen to unlock the phone
  • Take panorama shots in portrait mode ie by holding the phone straight
  • Pin video player or browser [true multi-tasking]: You can play videos or browse the internet on a pop-up window and do other things on the screen. This is a feature of Galaxy Note 2 & Galaxy S4.
  • Look away: The phone will detect your eyes when you play a video and the video will pause if you look away from the display. This feature is also directly borrowed from Galaxy S4.
  • Preview another video: You can preview another video without interrupting the video being watched.
  • Swipe to control: You can increase or decrease the brightness and the volume of Canvas 4 just by swiping your hand over the phone.
  • Auto answer/call: You can answer any call just by bringing the phone to your ear and also call any contact by opening the contact and then bring the phone to your ear.
  • Flip: While you are in an active call, you can turn on the loudspeaker by turning over the phone. You can silent a call by doing the same.
  • Play safe: Now block your SIM card, wipe phone memory, take automated data-backup & even get a temporary handset in case of mobile theft – free for 1 year. – See more at: http://gadgetsportal.in/micromax-canvas-4-launch-specifications-price-review/#sthash.87003wRx.dpuf
  • Micromax’s Hookup , Mi zone , Mi store , Mi buddy, Mi Security  services
There are lots of added features on this phone which are making this device look much smarte.. Micromax is following Samsung step-by-step and we really appreciate this initiative.
SAR INFO 0.25 W/Kg @ 1 gm (head)0.43 W/Kg @ 1 gm (body) Far below the limit.
PRICE 19,000 INR ~320 USD Aggressive pricing for the features & specs. Value for money rating 3.5/5

 

Strong points: The most attractive thing on this phone is its look & feel. The uni-body design, aluminium finish, nice magnetic flip-cover and premium quality accessories make this phone feel like a premium phone like HTC one or Galaxy S4.  You can show-off the amazing software features & added apps to your friends and the huge display will also attract a lot of people’s attention.

Weak point: This huge phone isn’t easy to handle with one hand and also it’s bulky. The CPU & GPU are below par considering the price. The interface isn’t custom Micromax and sometimes you may face software glitches. The camera is also not that good. Micromax should have priced this device below 15,000 Rs.

Suitable for those people looking for a huge display phone, the large 5.7” colourful display will be great for gaming, watching movies, browsing the internet, reading e-books etc.

Other choices: You can also try Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 or Galaxy Grand duos with better software features but lower display quality and hardware specs. LG Optimus L9  is another phone with great looks, features & price. Sony Xperia L is a full-fledged smartphone with premium features like NFC etc.

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