I was Looking for a low-mid ranged budget tab, as all of are aware Micromax produces great low-budget smart phones and i started looking for the tab series of Micromax. There were many tabs under my list for consideration like samsung, iball, intex, Mi and other manufacturers. Considering my budget limits i waited for offers and one fine day under a special discount i bought this good looking 7 Inch Micromax Canvas Tab p290. After using the device for almost 3+ months i wanted to write a review of this products so others could know and have a better understanding before buying it.
In Detail Review
Display & Grip
Micromax Canvas Tab P290 comes with a 7 inch Capacitive touch screen with a support of 16M colors. The dimension 189 X 111 X 9.5mm. The 7 inch device cant be operated with single hand, you cant reach many options and apps with single hand. You need handle it with two hands, the tab offers solid grip. The patterned finish on back gives you a good grip. The device completely fits into one hand to hold it firmly. There is no protective glass such gorilla glass but it offers strong plastic finish on screen. 1024 X 600 is the screen resolution with ~170ppi screen depth.
Touch & View
This device offers pretty smooth touch experience. If you turn of the vibrate on touch option, you dont feel anything while operating on screen. Resolution and ppi is decent enough on this IPS LCD Capcitive touch screen and responsiveness on touch is fine, the viewing angles are pretty -ve for this device. Display doesnt come out as you expect in changing the view angle. We need to hold the device in front always for perfect view , looking from slight angle change will make you look into the reflection of the surroundings on the screen. Reflections on the screen are very bad that every time the users can see their face on the screen, to avoid such we need increase the screen brightness which helps to reduce reflections partially. Biggest negativity i found is the same on this device.
Build Quality & Speed
Considering the budget limit device gives a decent build quality and smooth operation performance. It comes with 1GB RAM with 8GB internal memory and runs on 1.3Ghz Quadcore processor. The material used for the tab is strong enough to save the tab from minor accidents. The device material offers strong grip to hold even with single hand.
Game Play & Performance
With 1GB RAM and 1.3Ghz Processor the tab offers decent gaming performance. I played Alto’s Adventure, Asphalt 8, GTA Sanandreas and Mortal Combat games without any issues. Though device heats up little bit while playing heavy games, its not big issue (under the budget its more than enough for gaming).
OS & Battery Performance
P290 bundled with recent Android 5.0 lollipop version which offers plenty good features. Some sites suggested it is up-gradable to marshmallow but till now i didnt find any such choice. It has 2820mAh battery which become a biggest positive thing on this device. The battery runs almost 15-30hours for me (on irregular usage) and i will always lay it connected to wifi. It offers more battery time when operate it offline mode. I strongly feel gamers will enjoy this battery performance.
Camera & Video Calling
Another big disadvantage in this device is the camera specifications. Considering the budget limit we cant expect more. The device comes with 2MP rear camera and 0.3mp front camera. Do not expect flash, auto focus or any other high end camera features. If you want to take selfi with this tab, be ready to get disappointed. However, you can make video calls using skype, facebook and hangouts.
- No voice calling means you cant insert the SIM
- Expandable up to 32GB with MicroSD
- 3.5MM jack and good loud speker
- OTG Cable/Pin Supported
- It may Support Dongles
- WiFi Connectivity is Fine and catches wifi signals from range
- HotSpot supported
- Screen Rotation
- Stereo FM and FM recording
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The review of the product purely a personal opinion of the reviewer,
after using the product for several days. It may differ from your opinions.