The Micromax Canvas Nitro 4G is its fourth offering in the Nitro series, and is positioned as a budget 4G smartphone. On paper, Micromax has a very compelling offering whose closest competition currently is the Lava Iris X5 4G. Off late, the company has been churning out new handsets at a very rapid pace and positioning them depending on the need of the hour. So, has Micromax finally created a budget 4G smartphone worthy of your attention or is it just another quick iterative pit-stop in their rapid-fire launch race? Let’s take a look.
Look and Feel
The Canvas Nitro 4G is pretty good looking handset. The design is simple without being boring, and Micromax has used a mix of interesting textures to make the smartphone comfortable for everyday use. The body is made of plastic but it doesn’t feel cheap or tacky. On the side, we have two chrome strips that run along the entire length of the phone. The volume rocker and power buttons are both placed on the right. They feel a bit too recessed for our liking but it’s something that you’ll get used to. The headphone socket goes on the top while the speaker grille and Micro-USB port are placed at the bottom.
The back cover is removable and has a sandstone texture, similar to the OnePlus One. This offers good grip and doesn’t slide easily when you hold it. The cover itself is a bit tough to open and re-fitting all the plastic nubs in place requires some effort. The 13-megapixel camera and dual-LED flash unit sit flush with the rest of the phone so there’s no ugly bulge.
The 5-inch HD IPS display comes with Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3, which should fare well against scratches. Brightness levels are very good and the screen is very legible under sunlight. However, colour reproduction is not the most accurate as whites are often overblown which is noticeable with the default wallpapers. Viewing angles are better though, thanks to the IPS panel.