The battle for mobile supremacy is on. The gutsy Indian mobile manufacturer Micromax is taking on Finnish mobile giant Nokia, and getting ahead. The launch of the Micromax A116 Canvas HD coinciding with the arrival of the Nokia Lumia 620 says it all. There’s a lot to compare, but the Micromax baby has the drop on the Nokia’s – well, offering.
Getting down to basics, both phones are reasonably priced, with the Android based A116 having a slight edge at INR 12,499 over the Windows 8 running Nokia 620, at INR 12,699. While both phones sport dual SIMs, the Nokia Lumia 620 at 127 gm (4.48 oz) is fractionally lighter than the A116, at 156 gm (5.50 oz), and carries double the amount of internal memory (8GB against 4GB), Battery Standby Time (330 hrs against 174 hrs) and almost triple Battery Talk Time (14 hrs against 5 hrs). Both support 2G and 3G networks, have microUSB v2.0 slots, feature Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band, and have GPRS, GPS and EDGE support. Accelerometer, proximity, compass are common to both. The 620 sports an Adreno 305 GPU, while the A116 features the PowerVR SGX544.
And then the Micromax takes over
First advantage: Android. There are millions of Android Equalizer apps: Windows 8 car apps are somewhere waiting to happen. Next, size matters. At 115.4 x 61.1 x 11 mm (4.54 x 2.41 x 0.43 in), the 620 is much smaller than the A116, whose dimensions are 144 x 74 x 10.7 mm (5.67 x 2.91 x 0.42 in). The comfort factor in the form of a much larger viewing area again goes to the Micromax, whose 5 in (12.7cms) IPS LCD capacitive touch screen is actually 31% larger than the 620’s 3.8 in ClearBlack touch screen display. At a resolution of 720 x 1,280 pixels, movies, videos and audio are a treat on the A116, whereas the 620’s 480 x 800 display barely suffices. With a 1.2 GHz Quad Core processor running a highly intuitive Android OS built on a 4.1.2 Java Jelly Bean platform working out of a MTK MT6589 chipset, it’s significantly faster than the 620’s Dual Core 1 GHz Krait running off a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset. The 620 loses on the camera front too, with a 5MP primary camera and a secondary VGA, while the A116 boasts an 8MP primary with a 2MP secondary VGA. Power source on the 620 is a Li-Ion 1300 mAh battery (BL-4J), while a Li-Ion 2000 mAh battery powers the A116. Widening the gap is the absence of a radio on the Lumia – while the A116 is almost good to be a mini home theater, the “sophisticated” 620, costing over INR 12.5k, does not have something as basic as a radio. So far, so good. But where the A116 really surges ahead is in its ability to double as a modem. Yes, this phone is really worth its weight in gold because it supports Wifi Tethering – if you ever forget your dongle back home, you never need to worry, the A116 will do the job.
So it’s really obvious: the A116 may not have too much finesse, but with all its Fin-ness, the Nokia Lumia 620 is no match for the Android-riding, smart, versatile, app-friendly, homegrown Micromax A116 Canvas HD.