Micromax is an Indian company managed to establish itself on the Russian market in the segment of budget and middle price range. Especially popular is the range of Juice, in which the emphasis is on bulk battery and long time of Autonomous work. We have to review Canvas Juice 2 — one of the most inexpensive and current smartphone brand. The device has a few tricks up my sleeve, including low cost, powerful speaker and, as befits a truly “justu”, a capacious battery.
Micromax Canvas Juice 2 packaged in a cute black and grey cardboard box, which depicts the smartphone and given its brief specifications.
Inside you can find long and dense micro-USB cable, power adapter 1.5 A, instruction in Russian language and a good headset with a vacuum “plugs” and lapsevanem cable. Recently all rarely found gadgets with headphones included, so it’s nice that the manufacturer did not save it. And another bonus — a simple transparent protective film.
Canvas Juice 2 looks monolithic and without unnecessary details. The device is made in pleasant colours: a combination of deep black and steel colors, coupled with simple forms make the smartphone very presentable. With nonactivated display screen device similar to black mirror and, by the way, copes with this sudden role.
The front part of the smartphone is fully covered by tempered glass, which protects the edge a little prominent above the surface of the plastic frame. It does not look so impressive, as a fashion now a 2.5 D curves, but significantly safer. First, when falling on the front part of the plastic collar can take the hit and thereby save costly display from damage. And secondly, on a flat screen is easier to put an additional protective glass. And finally, the edges will not be exact neprokleennye places with air, as often happens on curved displays.
Above the screen are front facing camera, round loudspeaker grille, light sensors and proximity, and a bright led indicator notifications. The space under the screen is empty and the arrow keys on-screen.
Back cover comes on the side, “hugging” the whole smartphone. Most of it is made of metal, top and bottom are plastic panels that provide antennas and wireless modules, the throughput of the signal. There are camera, led flash, company logo, and shiny grille is the main speaker.
The lid is removable, under it there is a removable battery capacity of 4000 mAh, two separate micro-SIM slot and one microSD. I am glad that to choose between the memory card and the second “I” is not necessary
At the top there is a connector under earphones, on the bottom the micro-USB port and microphone. The right edge is occupied by the power button and the rocker volume control.
Ergonomics is no major problems. Canvas Juice 2 securely fits in the hand and operate it with one hand no problem — the effect of small dimensions of the device.
The only thing you can complain about — the lack of settings the location of the virtual control keys. This is a standard problem of Android — manufacturers in this issue are unable to reach a unanimous option. Some (including Google) put the “Back” button on the left, others to the right. Doing the right thing third, enabling the user to select the order of the keys. Micromax can be attributed to the first category. So those who are accustomed to pressing “Back” on the right side, will have to reach to the opposite edge. Nothing terrible, but a couple of hours will have to get used to it.
Micromax Canvas Juice 2 is equipped with a five-inch IPS-matrix with a resolution of 1280×720 pixels (HD). Density of 294 pixels per inch — not the most outstanding by today’s standards, but the picture quality on the screen is quite decent. The small text reads well, but the pixelation you can see is that on the small graphic elements.
Otherwise, everything is on a different level: quality colour reproduction, good contrast and maximum viewing angles. The smartphone supports adaptive brightness, and the maximum backlight level allows you to use the gadget outdoors and even in direct sunlight.
In addition, the display is protected by Corning Gorilla glass 3 with good oleophobic coating. Thanks to him, the finger glides over the surface, leaving fingerprints on the display. And it is very rare for budget gadgets.
For those who are not satisfied with the default calibration of the display, in the settings there is a function MiraVision. It is possible to configure the settings images manually adjusting contrast, saturation, sharpness and some other properties.
The device works under the operating system Android 5.1 Lollipop. The manufacturer did not seriously intervene in the system is so “experienced” version, leaving the standard Android virtually unchanged. Useful additions worth noting is the power-saving mode.
“Garbage” software is also almost there, except for two irrelevant to Russia’s application for Dating. Greetings from romantic Hindus can be easily removed from the system.
The standard dialer with the Cyrillic alphabet to search by notebook. As the primary input method using a keyboard Google Keyboard.
Canvas Juice 2 runs on a budget Quad-core MediaTek processor MT6580, graphics core supports Mali-400 MP2. Also the smartphone has 2 GB of RAM and 8 GB ROM. The user has only a little more than 4 GB of internal memory, since there is a connector for a memory card and you can add up to 32GB of space.
Despite the low performance in the benchmarks, the smartphone shows good results in everyday performance and copes well with the usual tasks: check email, browse social networks, play undemanding toys. Serious hang-UPS when it was not. A Web browser is stable and without microprism, HD videos also played without brakes.
With “heavy” games all the more difficult — built-in memory is not enough even for two toys, such as Asphalt 8, and World of Tanks. Additional memory card will fix the lack of “living space” in the case of photos, videos, music and other content, but set to the map app, unfortunately, will not work. And simple casual games and runners, there is no problem for them and the place, and CPU power is almost always enough.
Another feature Canvas Juice 2 is the sound. The smartphone is very loud, the speaker is capable of delivering up to 96 dB. You can listen to music or watch videos without plugging in external speakers, but to miss a call — only if sound is disabled.
The smartphone features a primary camera of 8 MP with autofocus and led flash. Camera, as expected from a budget device and budget: enough to photograph a landscape, a group of friends or an important document, but without any claims to artistic delights.
App for simple shooting with minimum customization. Mode — “Live photo”, “Tracking” and “Beautiful face”. HDR in smart phone no, but, as practice shows, cheap gadgets benefit from it anyway, to put it mildly, is not enough.
Detail shots are good, but the camera can make mistakes in the selection of white balance. When the photograph becomes clearly visible that the camera is too “sharpit” image.
It looks like the photo without the flash and with it:
The text is readable and legible.
Shooting at close range
The front camera is a simple module for 2 MP. A little, but honestly, because the manufacturer did not cheat interpolation. If you wish, and good lighting you can get acceptable picture, but still this camera designed for video calls.
The smartphone can record videos in HD resolution. When shooting noticeable sharp changes in exposure, and the recorded sound inaudible.
Immediately is to say that the Canvas Juice 2 does not work in LTE networks. However, for all basic tasks — surfing the Internet, social networking and watching online video is enough 3G speeds, so, perhaps, for many users the lack of 4G will not be a disadvantage.
The reception of 3G signal is steady, and Wi-Fi and Bluetooth on the smartphone to connect consistently. During testing with the wireless modules had no problem. The GPS module works perfectly — almost immediately after starting he saw a few satellites.
The battery capacity of 4000 mAh in tandem with energoeffektivnyimi MT6580 MediaTek processor and 5-inch display with HD resolution is enough for a whole day’s work in the “non-stop” – when a smartphone constantly in hand. If not load the gadget is “heavy” games, Canvas Juice 2 can work three days without charging in standard mode: calls, social networks, a little audio and video. At the same time the screen is about 7-8 hours. And that’s a lot.
The tests also confirm the outstanding autonomy. Smartphone cool HD video for 12 hours. The screen brightness was maximum. Hour games at medium brightness defused the device by only 12%.
In the settings you can turn battery saving mode — it will cut the functions of a smartphone to a purely communication: voice calls and SMS messenger. In this mode, a fully charged smartphone can work up to two weeks.
Micromax Canvas Juice 2 good impressive battery life and outstanding sound such loud machines are now almost there, especially in the budget segment. Juice 2 was a good example of what a good smartphone does not have to be the latest super-fancy novelty with a huge number of cores and terabytes of RAM. High performance in antuco and other functional bells and whistles to many users simply do not need. This smartphone copes well with basic functions: call, SMS, access to the network via Wi-Fi and 3G communication in instant messengers and social networks, games, popular apps, reading books, watching movies and of course mobile photography. Just recently, it seemed that all these tasks — from the category of fiction, but now they can perform a budget smartphone.
Lyricist: Daniil Bazdyrev
Picture device: Daria Nesterovskaya
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