Micromax Canvas Hue AQ5000 review: The iPhone 4 doppelganger

first_imgBack in 2010, Apple’s iPhone 4 did wonders for smartphone design. It was a Rolls-Royce in a sea of me-too Hyundai’s. Even today, the design of the iPhone 4 can be considered the nicest seen on a phone. However, what happens after 5 years? Of course, Apple moved on. But it did “inspire” a legion of manufacturers. A latest example is Indian smartphone vendor Micromax, which admittedly is not known for its design finesse, but has come up with a phone that looks almost like an iPhone, has decent specifications, and costs under Rs 15,000.This phone is the Canvas Hue AQ5000. While it undoubtedly has good looks and decent hardware, at least in terms of specification sheet, it also faces formidable competition. So is it any good? Let’s find out.Design and build qualityAs we have already mentioned, the Canvas Hue is going to remind you a lot of the iPhone 4 or 4S. It sports a similar design, which combines glass on two sides, a metal frame subtly curved on edges and a classic candy-bar shape. Even the camera is placed on the top left corner with an LED flash almost exactly like the iPhone 4. The only major difference between the iPhone 4 and the Canvas Hue in terms of design is the presence of Android capacitive buttons instead of the usual Home button found in the iPhone. There is no doubt that the Canvas Hue is a looker. But the design is not original. Moreover, the fit and finish of the product cannot be compared to an iPhone 4. They are just not in the same league. For instance, the metal frame is painted in gold. Finish of the paint is not great and it looks cheap.advertisementFor the price segment, the Canvas Hue offers acceptable build quality. But then it is not something that you can’t get in other phones in the same price range. For example, phones like the Mi 3 (which unfortunately is not available for sale anymore) and the Moto G offer better build quality.The phone also appears to be thicker than most phones in the segment, though cleverly Micromax has not revealed its dimensions and weight.As was the case with the iPhone 4, ergonomics are not exactly great with Canvas Hue. If anything, they are poorer thanks to the larger 5-inch screen on it as compared to the 3.5-inch display of the iPhone.  As the phone has straight lines on the sides and is flat on the back, holding the phone over long periods can be cumbersome.  One-handed use is possible, but it is not without risk, as the glass back on the phone makes for a slippery grip and chances are you will drop the phone. We dropped it once; thankfully, the glass on the back did not shatter. It was merely scratched.We had a bone to pick with the volume and power rockers, which we found to be flush against the body of the phone, and were a little difficult to use. Lastly, the process of adding the SIM card is convoluted and we feel most people will struggle installing a SIM card on their own. You have to pry open the back of the phone in an awkward way. This also means the phone gives out the illusion of having an unibody design, but in reality its back cover can be removed. DisplayThe 5-inch AMOLED display is the star of the show on the Canvas Hue. It has a decent 720p resolution, which converts to 293 pixels per inch, but the real story is the quality of the panel itself.The colour and contrast reproduction of the display is superb. Of course, as it is an AMOLED display, the colours are very punchy and vibrant. They do not look true to life, but they do please the eye.Even the brightness levels and viewing angles of the display are good. Even outdoors, the display is usable for getting work done. Typically AMOLED displays struggle under direct sunlight, however, the Canvas Hue fares better.CameraOf late, Micromax has been putting an extra effort in the imaging capabilities of its smartphones. The 8-megapixel camera on the Canvas Hue is by no means a prop. In proper lightning, the phone can take nice photos with decent amount of detail. But by no means, the image quality rival that of the now defunct Xiaomi Mi 3. In fact, it even trails what the Asus ZenFone, the Xiaomi RedMi Note 4G or the Yu Yureka are capable of.The big problem is in day light as the phone struggles to deal with strong sunlight. It totally blows out areas of the frame that have lots of sunlight.advertisementAs for colour reproduction and contrast, the phone does a good job of keeping things natural. The phone also does well at macro shots.The bigger problem is the slow focusing. This means that there will be many times you will be trying to capture a moving object and you will fail to get a decent photo.In low-light the performance is poor. That being true, sometimes we managed usable shots that were decently lit, not blurred and had good colour and contrast ratios.The phone’s software offers a lot of control to the user and combines a multitude of modes like exposure, colour effect, scenes, and white balance. Users can also enable zero shutter lag and there’s a decent HDR mode to boot.The front facing 2-megapixel camera is useful for selfies and the odd video call. However, the image quality is very disappointing. It also struggles to lock focus consistently.The phone shoots only 720p video. Generally, the quality of videos is inconsistent and it struggles to automatically adjust focus with movement. On many occasions we found the audio captured along with video was garbled.Check the following image samples to get an idea of Micromax Canvas Hue Camera performance: Sample 1, Sample 2, Sample 3, Sample 4, Sample 5, Sample 6, Sample 7, Sample 8. SoftwareOne of the most unique things about the Canvas Hue is the fact that it is a vessel for Micromax’s new user interface. The new UI is similar to Android skins we have seen on phones by Chinese manufacturers as there is no dedicated app drawer, but just an iPhone like springboard that is home of apps and widgets.  Like most phones, it runs on Android 4.4 KitKat; however, the heavy customization to Android may result in slow OS updates.Like the MiUI on Xiaomi phones, Micromax’s UI has provisions for themes. At the time of testing there were a handful of themes.In use, this UI is simple to use, however it feels slow in operation. When replaced with something like the Google Now launcher, the phone felt vastly more responsive. So dear Micromax, “Thanks, but no thanks”.The phone also comes with a number of preloaded apps. Some apps like a SwiftKey keyboard, TrueCaller and Skype are regular stables on any Android phone. However, things like Where’s My Perry, Dr Safety, Hitout Hero’s, Grow Away and a bunch of M! branded apps just ruin the experience by being wasteful and non-removable additions.PerformanceIn terms of hardware, the Canvas Hue is a rather ‘run of the mill’ Android smartphone. It is powered by quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor. It runs at 1.3GHz SoC. The phone has 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, and a microSD card slot.  For basic tasks like messaging, making calls, emails, and a bit of productivity, the phone is fine. It is just not a fast phone by any metric. In fact, cheaper Android One phones feel faster than it. Installing Google Now launcher improves the performance. But even with a new launcher the Hue can’t match the Moto G (2nd gen), the Asus ZenFone 5 or the Xiaomi Mi 3. Compared to these devices, the Canvas Hue feels inferior.advertisementThe story is the same while gaming. When we tested graphically intensive games like the Dead Trigger 2, and Asphalt 8, the phone showed signs of frame rate drops. Not that other phones do not suffer from frame rates issues, but the Canvas Hue suffered from these problems more often.  The call quality of the phone was not outstanding, but it got the job done. Rarely did we face dropped calls. We tested the phone on a Vodafone network in Delhi NCR. In addition to this, the quality of the loudspeaker was average at best, and at times when we pumped metal music at max levels, the sound quality degraded and was distorted.Battery life While the display of the Canvas Hue impresses a lot, its biggest calling card is its mammoth 3,000mAh battery. In the week we tested the phone, on an average, the phone lasted between 20-22 hours. This is solid performance for something that costs below Rs 15,000. At times, the phone lasted a day and a half on a single charge with frugal usage and the super power mode enabled.The phone lasted 4 hours and 55 minutes on the PC Mark’s battery benchmark, which is not stellar, but in regular usage, the performance of the phone was certainly better. Perhaps, this is one area where the lack of a powerful processor helps the Canvas Hue over phones like the Asus ZenFone, the Xiaomi Mi 3, and the Moto G.Our usage consisted of 2 hours of calls, 45 minutes of music streaming, two social media accounts, two email accounts, a bit of gaming, 15-20 photos shot on a daily basis and streaming videos from YouTube.Should you buy it?There are multiple ways to look at the Canvas Hue. It can be seen either as an attractive low-cost phone or an iPhone doppelganger or perhaps as an underpowered phone for its price. The underpowered bit is the most pertinent of the lot.While, the Canvas Hue is a handsome, yet unoriginal phone, there is no escaping from its limitations as a smartphone. Micromax’s software customizations make matters worse and it certainly feels inferior to phones like the discontinued Mi 3, the cheaper ZenFones and the Moto G.If you are going to spend Rs 10,999 on your next smartphone, you can do a lot better than the Canvas Hue. In fact, if you want to buy a Micromax phone, get the company’s Yureka. It is cheaper and much better.last_img read more

Project to clean San Diego River continues

first_img Steve Bosh, July 11, 2018 Categories: Local San Diego News FacebookTwitter Posted: July 11, 2018 Steve Bosh Project to clean San Diego River continues 00:00 00:00 spaceplay / pause qunload | stop ffullscreenshift + ←→slower / faster ↑↓volume mmute ←→seek  . seek to previous 12… 6 seek to 10%, 20% … 60% XColor SettingsAaAaAaAaTextBackgroundOpacity SettingsTextOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundSemi-TransparentOpaqueTransparentFont SettingsSize||TypeSerif MonospaceSerifSans Serif MonospaceSans SerifCasualCursiveSmallCapsResetSave SettingsSAN DIEGO (KUSI) — The city of San Diego is continuing to aggressively remove trash and debris from 17 miles of the San Diego river that flows within the city limits.Since October, over 130-tons of of trash has been removed, and the number of homeless encampments has been cut in half.A third of the land along the river is owned by the city, a third is owned by other government agencies, and a third is owned privately, and under a deal with property owners the city will clean up the trash, and the property owners will be responsible for maintenance under penalty of fines. last_img read more

Maruti Suzuki YL1 Sedan to Be Named Ciaz in India Likely to

first_imgMaruti Suzuki’s all new sedan codenamed YL1 is likely to be called Ciaz in India.The YL1 sedan which has been spied testing in the country for quite some time now is expected to make its debut in the sub-continent at the upcoming Auto Expo 2014. Maruti, the frontrunner in the small car segment seems to be working hard to capture the big car segment in the country in coming years.Maruti is likely to replace its underperforming SX4 sedan in the country with the upcoming Ciaz aka YL1 sedan, reported the financial Times. The Ciaz is likely to take on Verna Fluidic and Vento in the country and is believed to fall in the sub ₹10 lakh price bracket.”The Ciaz is expected to be launched around the festive season this year. The company is targeting initial volumes of about 50,000 a year with exports,” FE quoted an industry source.Earlier reports had suggested that YL1 sedan would be based on a new platform and the design of the car would resemble Suzuki Authentics concept car, which was shown at the 2013 Shanghai Motor Show.The Ciaz is likely to pack the same 1.3 liter Multijet diesel or 1.4 liter K Series petrol engine of Ertiga. Under the hood, it is expected to carry over some of the features of SX4 and Ertiga. Other stipulated features of the car include, 16-inch alloy wheels, keyless entry, push button start, puddle lamps and leather seats. The YL1 is also expected to host a number of safety features, like Anti-lock Braking System (ABS) with Electronic Brake-force Distribution (EBD).Apart from YL1 sedan, Maruti’s long speculated Sports Utility Vehicle (SUV) XA Alpha is also expected to join the arena of 2014 Auto Expo. The vehicle which first made its appearance at Auto Expo 2012 as a concept model, is expected to make its debut at the same show this year. Other attractions of the company will include Maruti Celerio, India’s first car with Automated Manual Transmission (AMT).last_img read more

Kapil Sharma Show Why Bharti Singhs mother wanted to kill her

first_imgBharti Singh on The Kapil Sharma ShowSony TVOne of the most popular and most loved female comedians of our times, Bharti Singh, might light up our TV screens every time she comes into the frame. However, life hasn’t always been a shining affair for her. Bharti Singh may be enjoying a luxurious life now but during her childhood days, she had to face many battles for survival.On Rajeev Khandelwal’s chat show, Juzz Baat, Bharti had revealed many dark secrets of her life. Bharti had revealed that when her mother was pregnant with her, she wanted to abort her, owing to financial pressures. However, her mother is now quite proud of her. She also recalled how once her mother was not well and she was reluctant to go to the show and perform, but her mother motivated her to go ahead saying her performance makes her proud.Bharti Singh was recently seen on Khatron Ke Khiladi, where her funny antics with Rohit Shetty and the contestants, tickled everyone’s funny bones. Talking about Navjot Singh Sidhu being replaced from the show, Bharti had told Pinkvilla, “Regarding Sidhu ji, I had gotten a lot of call even then [when he was asked to leave the show] and I was like what can I say? I am myself not there in two episodes. So, I am not aware if he will be making a comeback on the show. For us, Sidhu ji and Archana ji are no different. Archana ji has at many levels filled the space of Sidhu ji. She also laughs a lot. I have immense respect for both. I started my career with Sidhu ji and Archana ji encouraged me thereon. So for me if both are there in the show, nothing better.”last_img read more

Dame Helen Mirren Calls On Senate To Pass Holocaust Art Recovery Bill

first_img X To embed this piece of audio in your site, please use this code: Image captured from video of hearingDame Helen Mirren speaks during the Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittees on the Constitution and Oversight, Agency Action, Federal Rights and Federal Courts hearing entitled: “S. 2763, the Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery Act – Reuniting Victims with Their Lost Heritage.”The Senate Judiciary Committee held a hearing Tuesday on a bill to help the families of Holocaust victims to recover art and artifacts looted by the Nazis. Texas Sen. John Cornyn sponsored the bill, while Sen. Ted Cruz is a co-sponsor.Many of the artworks or artifacts stolen from Jewish families wound up in state museums or private collections after World War II. When the survivors of Holocaust victims have sought to recover the pieces, the new owners have often been able to convince courts to treat such items as any other stolen artwork. Since the thefts occurred more than 70 years ago, the statute of limitations to come forward to claim their property has long since expired.Sen. Cruz heads one of the subcommittees with jurisdiction over the bill and co-chaired the hearing.“The quest to reunite families of Holocaust victims with their stolen heritage is ultimately a quest to help them reclaim a tangible link to a happier time in their families’ history, a time before the darkness of the Holocaust. That’s far more valuable than whatever economic value the works of art or cultural artifacts might have today,” Cruz said.The issue gained attention last year with the release of Woman In Gold, a film about Maria Altmann’s legal fight to recover her family’s paintings from the Austrian government. Dame Helen Mirren, who portrayed Altmann in the film, testified at the hearing.“Art is a reflection of memories that are shared across familial and cultural lines,” Mirren said. “When the Jewish people were dispossessed of their art, they lost, they lost their heritage. Memories were taken along with the art, and to have no memories is like having no family. And that is why art restitution is so imperative.”The Holocaust Expropriated Art Recovery (HEAR) Act would reset the clock for victims’ families seeking to recover art or artifacts. Those family members would have until six years after they’ve discovered the location and identity of the property to file a claim.Click here to view video from the Senate Judiciary Committee. 00:00 /01:48 Listen Sharelast_img read more