As the phablet wave continues to hit the Indian market, Micromax has
launched the Canvas Doodle 2, the successor to the Canvas Doodle. The
new Doodle smartphone-tablet hybrid from Micromax features an upgraded
5.7-inch HD display, a quad-core processor and a 12-megapixel rear
At Rs. 19,990, Micromax's latest phablet has been priced
steeply and is now the costliest handset in Micromax's smartphone
portfolio, leaving behind company's flagship, the Canvas 4. But, does it
do enough to stand out in the premium phablet crowd? We take a closer
look in our review.
It is impossible to talk
about the appearance of the Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 and not mention
the resemblance it bears to company's flagship, the Canvas 4. Micromax seems to be
following a consistent design strategy across the Canvas range - the
newly launched Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 looks and feels like a bigger
and heavier version of the Canvas 4. We got a Silver variant of the
Canvas Doodle 2 for the review.
Compared to the Canvas 4 and
Canvas Doodle, the Doodle 2 is sturdier and more compact, despite being a
little heavy. However, it is a trifle too wide for single-hand
operation, and those blessed with smaller palms will find it tiring to
carry the device around.When you hold the Canvas Doodle 2 up to your ear
to make or receive calls, it was hard not to feel like you have been
sent back to those early days of cellular phones, when the devices used
to dwarf the complete face.
The Doodle 2's build quality is good,
and it features curved edges that give a smooth look. The flagship
smartphone, Micromax Canvas 4 came with an aluminium frame on the sides,
but the Canvas Doodle 2 features an aluminium rear body.The back panel
of the device is divided in three segments by two white-coloured
bands.The top portion is made of plastic and is removable with access to
SIM slots. Removing this can be a little unnerving, for the fear one
might break it.The same portion also houses the 12-megapixel rear camera
on the top right side, and protrudes out a bit, surrounded by a chrome
ring and sitting alongside an LED flash.The camera placement looks good,
but could be counterproductive, as the phone rests on it when lying on a
surface,potentially scratching the lens protective screen.
middle rear part of the Doodle 2is made of aluminium and is not
removable. It includes Micromax branding at the lower part while there
is an m! logo above. The bottom part is again a bit plasticky and houses
the speaker grill. The Canvas Doodle 2 is also the first phone from the
company that does not come with a user-removable battery.The build
quality of the phablet can be considered amongst the best in the price
The 5.7-inch HD display takes up most of the space in the
front with a thin bezel on either side, and much like the other Canvas
smartphones the sensors (ambient light and proximity) are lined up on
top alongside the chrome earpiece and the 5-megapixel front-facing
camera.Beneath the display one can find the Settings, Home and Back
capacitive buttons,not relying on Jelly Bean's interface buttons.
Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 features a power button on the right panel,
while the left has the volume rocker, the bottom comes with the
Micro-USB/charging port, and the top features the 3.5mm audio jack.
Micromax has supplied a stylus with the device, but there is no slot on
the phone to put it in and has to be carried separately, which is a bit
Yes, the Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 follows a tried and
tested design rather than a radically new one, but the phone's solid
build quality and familiar form factor will still make an impression on
The display of a smartphone is a critical
aspect one considers when making a purchase decision, and of late,
companies have launched smartphones like Spice Pinnacle FHD and Wicked Leak Wammy
Passion Z Plus with
full-HD displays under sub Rs. 20,000.
However, the Micromax
Canvas Doodle 2 disappoints in this department as despite coming at a
price point of about Rs. 20,000, the device still features a HD display.
We at least expected the company to ship the device with a full-HD
display. For many this may not be noticeable, but when you hold it up
next to a full-HD display device, you can see the difference.
Canvas Doodle 2 features a 5.7-inch IPS HD (720x1280 pixel) display with
pixel density of 258ppi. The display attracts lot of smudges, but
nothing that cannot be wiped away quickly.The display has decent viewing
angles and though colour reproduction is not the best, it gets the job
Since the phablet is equipped with IPS display, we found
that it was quite nice to read text on. Browsing the Web and prolonged
reading on the device was also a relatively comfortable experience,
thanks to the large display. The touch response of the Canvas Doodle 2
At full brightness under indoor conditions, the
device performs decently. Under direct sunlight, we found it hard to
read the Canvas Doodle 2's display even at full brightness, and we had
to use palms to cover the screen and attempt to see what's on it.
Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 sports a 12-megapixel autofocus rear camera
which seems to have a different sensor from what we have seen on the Canvas 4 [Canvas 4
Review]. Outdoor shots in daylight are crisp with almost
accurate colours, although we did get some noise on the edges. Images
clicked in artificial light (without using the LED flash) are not very
impressive as background noise does tend to creep in. We would have liked
a hardware key for camera as one has to rely on the soft key on the
screen to click images.
Software-wise, the Micromax Canvas Doodle 2
offers an array of camera options as seen already on the Micromax
Canvas 4. Users can choose from a host of camera settings like normal,
HDR, face beauty, smile detection, exposure compensation, panorama, and
photosphere (multi-angle view) modes. It also offers a burst mode,
letting users click 40 to 99 shots at once; users just need to
long-press the camera soft key on the display to take a burst shot.
Canvas Doodle 2 is capable of full-HD video recording and the preloaded
camera app also has the option of adding filters to the clicked images
as well. The recorded-video quality is about average and relatively
smooth, however, with slightly washed out colours.
5-megapixel camera is amongst the best in the price category, with
decent clarity and sharpness, however, suffers from the same minor flaw
as the rear camera, delivering slightly washed out colours.
Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 runs Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean, which is a very
recent version of the OS and comes with some skinned elements of the UI
like the app icons. The company claims that the phablet comes with the
FOTA (firmware over the air) feature, which allows users to wirelessly
download firmware updates directly to the device.
on the Doodle 2 is not as radical as HTC's Sense UI or Samsung's
TouchWiz UI, but adds a few neat touches to the OS without intruding too
much on its essence. You get five customizable homescreens, and lots of
widgets and apps which classified in terms of those that came preloaded
with the device and those that can be downloaded.There are shortcuts
for Dialler, Contacts, Menu, Messages and native browser on the
homescreen. Similar to other Android 4.2 Jelly Bean based devices, the
notifications tray on Canvas Doodle 2 features a settings shortcut and a
clear all button. On expanding the notification's settings button one
can find options for quick access to airplane mode, battery status,
Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, data connectivity, data usage status, audio
profiles (for alerts and other notifications), brightness, display
timeout and auto rotation.
The Canvas Doodle 2 comes with some
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean features like the lock-screen widgets. One can
choose from Calendar, Digital Clock, Gmail, Google Now, Google+ posts
and Messaging along with any third-party app downloaded on the phablet.
The widget offers details from the apps and help in performing certain
actions even without unlocking the phablet. Users can also launch the
camera direct from the lock screen by pressing the power button and then
swiping screen on the right.
Micromax has also preloaded a new
lock screen feature dubbed the M! Unlock something that we saw in the
Canvas 4. The feature allows the phablet to be unlocked with a blow of
air or even by shaking the device. However, unlocking the device when
using M! Unlock is not at all easy initially and we had to struggle a bit
before we got it right.
The Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 is no slouch
in the app department. A number of apps come preloaded on the device
including the likes of Foneclay that helps in customizing the phablet
the way user likes, Game Hub gives access to games, Spuul can stream
movies and television shows. For creating and editing MS Office files,
there is Kingsoft office suit. Also on board is M!Live that gives access
to download music, videos, games and apps from M! Live store.
company has also preloaded the M! Security which is powered by NQ
Mobile for warding off virus and malware attacks. However, this feature
is not completely free and users will have to pay for all the features.
Other apps preloaded include Hike, Opera Mini, Evernote and Skitch.
device also features gesture support like upside silent, upside
speaker, ability to receive calls automatically by bringing the device
near the ear via proximity answer phone.
The native Music player
and the Video player are the same as seen in Canvas 4. The Music player
UI is a complete revamp with access to company's online music store. The
Video player comes with the 'Pause on Look away' feature that detects
when you are looking at the screen and stops the video when it does not
detect user's face.Sounds very much similar to Samsung's Smart Stay that
does not turn off the screen if it detects you are looking at the
Micromax seems to have changed gears when it comes to
voice assistance apps, there was a time when the company preloaded its
own AISHA on its smartphones, even the budget ones. However, the
proprietary voice assistant app seems to have been replaced by Google
Now that now comes with the Jelly Bean OS.
The Micromax Canvas
Doodle 2 comes with a drawing app that one can use along with the
stylus. The M! Doodle app comes with a fair amount of options to take
care of basic drawing or note taking needs but is not quite as extensive
as the app seen on Samsung's Galaxy Note series.
Performance/ Battery Life
Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 is powered by a 1.2GHz MediaTek 6589 quad-core
processor. It has 1GB of RAM onboard, and PowerVR SGX544 for graphics
processing. There is 16GB of inbuilt storage, out of which only 12GB is
user-accessible and sadly does not support expandable storage.
there is a fairly respectable quad-core processor running under the
hood, the Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 manages to chug along just fine. In
day to day activities the phone feels smooth enough and you are not
really left wanting for more power. However, things get a bit choppy
when playing heavy graphic games like Shadow Gun, Dead Trigger and it did
lag occasionally while we played Temple Run 2 on the device. It is
unclear why this was happening as the device ships with the same
quad-core processor we saw in the Canvas 4 which managed to play the
same games fine.
On the sound front, the Canvas Doodle 2 comes
with a revamped music player with an easy to use interface and the sound
experience is decent both on supplied headphones and on speakers.
5.7-inch HD display is good for viewing movies and videos.The device
was able to play full-HD videos and supported popular video formats like
.AVI, .MOV and .MP4. The device also managed to play the .MKV video
with audio, a format that was not full-supportive on the Canvas 4.
Surprisingly, the native video player crashed every time when we tried
to play any video on it. However, this was fixed by downloading a third
party video player from the Play store.
Call quality on the device
was good. The Canvas Doodle 2 is a dual-SIM phone (GSM+GSM) with
support for 3G network. However, you use 3G on one SIM at a time and
other would support2G networks.
The Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 ships
with a 2600mAh battery that according to the company can deliver up to
220 hours of standby and up to 8 hours of talktime. However, based on
our user-experience the phablet delivers satisfying battery performance.
We were able to get more than a day with normal usage that includes
Wi-Fi turned on for all time,Web browsing, a few calls lasting for about
an hour, display set on auto-brightness and with the usual notifications
for messages, emails, Facebook, and WhatsApp. Though with heavy usage
of the device, that includes full screen brightness level, calls lasting
for about two hours,3G turned on all time, watching videos for around
two hours through YouTube and also on the device, three to four hours of
gaming,and with usual notifications for messages, emails, Facebook,
Twitter and WhatsApp, the device lasted for about 10-12 hours which was
impressive. However, adjusting these settings can help in increasing the
durability of the phone for longer period.
liked the solid form of the Micromax Canvas Doodle 2, we must admit
that we found it a little heavy as well. That said, it performed well
with its responsive touchscreen, HD display, average camera performance
and packaged apps. Battery life was decent when comparing it with some
counterparts in the same price segment. Overall, the Canvas Doodle 2 is
good performer, although the price is a bit on higher side. A few
thousand rupees lesser and it would have been tough to beat. Those
looking for alternatives can go for the Spice Pinnacle FHD featuring a full-HD
display and comes for Rs. 16,990. But if you can shell out more and want
an even bigger display, then can consider the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 which comes at a
higher price than the Canvas Doodle 2.
Micromax Canvas Doodle 2 in pictures
Price: Rs. 19,990
- Decent build quality
- Battery lasts for long
- A number of preloaded apps
- Non-expandable storage
- Stylus implementation not impressive
- Slightly overpriced
- A bit heavy
Ratings (Out of 5)
- Design: 3.5
- Display: 3
- Camera: 3
- Performance: 3
- Software: 3.5
- Battery Life: 3.5
- Value for Money: 3
- Overall: 3