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first_imgThis is a tough, very tough market. A year ago the Canvas 6, arguably the best-looking phone from  Micromax so far, would have been one of the best phones in the market. But in the middle of 2016 there are so many good phones, even at a price point of lower than Rs 15,000, that Canvas 6 seems lost in the crowd and not even its good looks can save it. Pity. And very tough on Micromax because the Canvas 6 is an honest, genuine effort from the company that is fighting more agile Chinese competitors.That is the story of the Canvas 6 in short. It just can’t compete with the likes of the Moto G4 Plus and Lenovo Z1. Although, the saving grace is that it reaches places, away from all the online hullabaloo, where other phones can’t. It can be found in offline stores where people, who don’t want to or can’t go online to buy their phones, can pick it up. But at the end of the day that is just a consolatory win for the Canvas 6.Market realities aside, how is the Canvas 6 as a phone? Decent, I say. It has got some good bits to it but also some that let it down. Design and build qualityA few weeks ago when Micromax launched the Canvas 6, it was part of the one-two punch that the company threw at its competitors. It was accompanied by the Canvas 6 Pro, which was a phone aimed at people who value, or demand more, performance. But the Canvas 6 is aimed at people who want their phone stylish and sexy. Now, I wouldn’t call this phone sexy and this is not a phone that can boast of the good looks that only high-end phones like the Galaxy S7 or the HTC 10 have. But it surely looks and feels better in hands than almost all of its peers, except the Lenovo Vibe S1 and Yu Yunicorn.advertisementThe reason why Canvas 6 looks better than its peers is its smooth and stylish aluminium body. This aluminium feels like metal, and is not as soft as what you get in so many other all-aluminium phones nowadays. The phone’s body also doesn’t have the little pieces of plastic, which you see on other aluminium-body phones in this price range. Instead of using plastic to shield antennas from metal, Micromax in Canvas 6 hides these delicate sensors behind a layer of glass. This glass part, which also houses the rear camera lens, is something that seems totally “inspired” by from the Huawei Nexus 6P. Although, unlike the Nexus 6P, which has this area slightly raised, the overall thickness of the Canvas 6, and possibly a smaller camera module, means there is no hump on its back cover.The black glass strip, a few rubber lines, chamfered edges and subtly curved back cover make the Canvas 6 a very good looking phone. On the back you also have the fingerprint scanner in mirror finish. The front of the device sports a 5.5-inch screen. The phone has on-screen buttons, something that again helps in making it look seamless. Overall, the build quality of the Canvas 6 is excellent. It looks every bit as premium as any other phone in the sub-Rs 20,000 category and has impeccable finish Overall, the build quality of the Canvas 6 is excellent. It looks every bit as premium as any other phone in the sub-Rs 20,000 category and has impeccable finish.ScreenThe 5.5-inch screen of the Canvas 6 has 1080p aka FullHD resolution. This is fairly standard in this price range. But what is not standard is the kind of display panel that Micromax has used in the phone. Corners have been cut here to keep the cost low, which is not nice for the Canvas 6 because its competitors sport really good quality screens. The Canvas 6 screens gets really bright. But it also lacks deep contrast that can make the colours come alive on it. In fact, the lack of the contrast affects everything, even the text legibility because the black doesn’t look as deep as it does on some other phones. The Canvas 6 screen is also very reflective and has average viewing angles — the contrast gets even lower when you look at it with changed angle. That affects the legibility of the phone during outdoor use.The kind of screen that the Canvas 6 has is more common to sub-Rs 10,000 phones nowadays. It looks out of place on a Rs 13,000 phone.SoftwareI remember the days when Micromax phones used to came with horrendous software. It gave out the impression that Micromax took Android and then haphazardly slapped ugly bits on it coded by amateurs to give the operating system unique looks. Thankfully, those days seem to be over. The company is fixing the software in its phones for quite some time and it seems to have decided that it needs to leave the Android largely untouched. At least, that is what the software in the Canvas 6 looks like.advertisementThe core software in the Canvas 6 more or less sports the same look that the stock Android has. It also has the animations similar to what we see in the stock Android and the same user interface for multitasking, notification shade, settings etc. Although there are a lot of changes, they are fairly minor. For example, the icons are different. Some of the options — changing wallpaper — sport different user interface compared to what you get in the stock Android.Yet, there are issues with the software in the Canvas 6. First of all, the software is based on Android Lollipop that is almost two years old now. It should have been Android Marshmallow. Second, there is a lot of bloatware on the phone. For example, the phone has four browsers — Opera Max, Opera Mini, Chrome and Browser — pre-installed on it. You can delete some of these pre-installed apps but some you can’t.The Canvas 6 also has Around Yu, a feature first seen on Yu phones. Some people will find it nice, some will find it an annoyance that they can’t disable or remove. Personally, I would have liked to see the Google Now in the place where Micromax has put the Around Yu, which is on the left of the home screen.Performance & battery lifeThe Canvas 6 is not a fast phone. But it is good enough and has no noticeable lag. The core hardware inside it — MediaTek MT6753 processor, 3GB RAM and 32GB internal storage — is decent. In fact, it is more than decent to provide enough performance to make the almost stock Android smooth and lag free on the Canvas 6. The scrolling and animations are smooth. Apps install fast and photos open quickly. It’s only when you start pushing the phone — open a few tabs in Chrome — switch between a few open apps that you see it’s not a device that is butter smooth like some of the high-end phones. That said, the performance is comparable to the phones in its class, although in games like Implosion Canvas 6 is not a device that can main fluid frame rates at high graphics settings. Opt for medium settings, and even that looks great, and the gameplay is smooth.For GPS or radio performance during calls, I didn’t notice any anomaly while reviewing the phone. The fingerprint scanner in the phone is accurate and fast most of the time. Although the scanners in the Moto G4 Plus and the Yu Yunicorn are slightly better, most users would be hard-pressed to tell the difference.Another good bit about the Canvas 6 is that it doesn’t get too hot, even when you are playing a demanding game on it or browsing continuously. Of course, this is because the MediaTek MT6753 is not the kind of powerhouse that some other processors are but if you don’t need a lot of horsepower, the Canvas 6 might appeal to you because it runs cool. Talk about the silver lining!advertisementThe Canvas 6 has a 3000 mAh battery. It is also one of the brighter spots for the phone. Given the mid-range processor and a FullHD screen, the battery life of the phone is above average. In my use I consistently got battery life of around 13 to 14 hours with this phone when it was used with single 4G SIM.CameraThe camera in the Canvas 6 is a mixed bag. On some aspects – colour contrast and level of detail – it would be good enough for most people. At least in the good light, the 13-megapixel shooter in the Canvas 6 can click nice photos. In low light, the performance dips a little bit but even then the camera keeps the noise in images at minimum and the colours have enough contrast in them to make the images look good. The problem, however, is the white balance. In most conditions, and particularly in challenging scenes such as a cloudy afternoon, the Canvas 6 clicks images that have wonky white balance and a green tinge. That kills the images. XPreviousNext The front camera clicks 8-megapixel selfies. It is good enough until you stick to clicking selfies in day light. Overall, however, I find the camera in the Canvas 6 slightly better than what Yu, which is a Micromax brand, provided consumers in the Yunicorn. And that is surprising. It is also good enough to more or less match the camera performance of the Moto G4. However, phones like the Moto G4 Plus and the Lenovo Z1 have rear cameras that are significantly better than what Canvas 6 can manage. The Canvas 6 is a decent phone. Unfortunately, the decent is not good enough nowadays because some other phones out there are just so much more capable Should you buy itIf you can help it, then no. As noted earlier, the Moto G4 Plus, the Lenovo Z1 and – most likely – the LeEco Le 2 (we will have the full review out soon) are better phones than the Canvas 6. But what if you can’t help it or in other words don’t have option to buy these other phones because they are only available online? In that case, the Canvas 6 with its price of Rs 13,999 gets our recommendation, but barely. This is the same statement we also made about the Yu Yunicorn . These are not bad phones. They are also not great phones. But the Canvas 6 is definitely a capable phone. It looks good and compares favourably to so many phones that are out there. The screen could have been better but that is just one deal-breaking flaw. Everything else is decent. Unfortunately, the decent is not good enough nowadays because some other phones out there are just so much more capable.####Canvas 6####7/10########Good stuffGood design & build qualityGood battery lifeRuns cool####Bad stuffScreen looks washed outToo many unwanted appsAndroid Lollipop is oldlast_img

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