Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Vs Micromax A116 Canvas HD: Which is better to Buy?

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Nowadays, 5-inch phablets have become the most popular choice among the gadget lovers. Almost all mobile manufacturing companies are constantly launching some really interesting devices in this genre to get the customer’s attention. No doubt, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos I9082 and the Micromax Canvas HD A116 are currently the two most popular handsets in this segment. Considering its budget-friendly price and highly advanced specs, the Micromax Canvas HD got an unbelievably huge response from consumers. In fact, it was out of stock on the first day itself. At the same time, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos is a great device from the Korean manufacturer. This next-gen phablet impressively offers a number of Samsung premium features at an affordable price tag. Hence, it’s quite obvious that a person who intends to buy a new 5-inch phablet gets confused between these two devices. Now, if you are also facing the same situation then don’t worry. Just go through the detailed comparison given below to see which one of the two is a better option to buy.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos Vs Micromax A116 Canvas HD: Which is better to Buy?

Build/Design

Lookwise, both Galaxy Grand Duos and Micromax Canvas HD, appears almost the same. Both the devices sport rounded corners and they feel quite similar on the front, except for the color. Unlike Galaxy Grand handset, the Micromax phablet features a dual-color scheme as it comes with a black front and a white back. When it comes to rear side, the two devices are somewhat different. The Galaxy Grand Duos has flat sides like the Galaxy Note, whereas the Canvas HD comes with sides curved inward (towards the front) like the Galaxy S3 handset.

Now coming to the build quality of these devices, both are made from plastic material. However, Samsung has beautifully incorporated a textured pattern on the glossy back of the Grand Duos device. This makes the phablet look as well as feel better than the Canvas HD, which features just a cheap glossy back. Plus, the Canvas HD phablet’s display is a finger-print magnet and thus it further decreases the appeal of the device in terms of build. Last but not least, with 10.7mm of thickness and just 156g of weight, the Micromax Canvas HD device is somewhat easier to hold compared to Galaxy Grand handset which measures 9.6mm of thickness and 162g of weight.

Hence, it can be said that it’s very close between two when it comes to design and build. But Samsung’s Galaxy Grand offers a more sophisticated look & feel, making it a bit better than the Canvas HD device.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos

Display

Both the devices offer 5-inch display but they differ significantly when it comes to screen resolution and pixel density. The Canvas HD phablet boasts an IPS screen having 720 x 1280 pixels of resolution as opposed to the Grand Duos’ TFT LCD display that has a resolution of just 480 x 800 pixels. Now, screen resolution and pixel density are directly proportional to each other. That is why, the Canvas HD device has 294 ppi of pixel density and conversely the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos has a mere 186 ppi of pixel density.

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The Canvas HD phablet, with such an impressive screen resolution and pixel density, indeed offers much sharper images, text and videos compared to Galaxy Grand Duos. Moreover, in spite of having a reflective screen, viewing angles and the under-sun visibility for the Canvas HD is far better than the Galaxy Grand device. For sure, display of the Galaxy Grand is quite decent but when it comes to comparison with the Canvas HD, then without any doubt we can say that Canvas HD’s display is better in all aspects.

Winner: Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Performance

The Micromax Canvas HD is powered by a powerful 1.2GHz MediaTek MT6589 quad-core processor coupled with 1GB RAM and a PowerVR SGX544MP GPU. In contrast, Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos features a 1.2GHz dual core processor along with 1GB of RAM and VideoCore IV GPU. You can definitely play HD games like NFS, Asphalt, Nova, GTA, Modern Combat 3/4, etc. in Galaxy Grand Duos. However, when compared to VideoCore IV GPU, the PowerVR SGX544 GPU seems much better. In addition, more number of CPU cores certainly boost the performance of Micromax Canvas HD. Multi-tasking is handled very well by Canvas HD. In short, Canvas HD is definitely a better choice.

Winner: Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Operating System/UI

When talking about the operating system, both devices come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean Operating System. But the Galaxy Grand handset is layered with a refined TouchWiz User Interface offering a smooth experience. A combination of such powerful OS and UI helps the device in offering deeper social integration and several other interesting options compared to the stock Android applications.

Samsung has even added some exclusive features like S Voice, S Planner, Smart Stay, S Suggest, S Memo, Games Hub, Chat On, myServices, and a wide range of motion based gestures in this budget-friendly phablet. In addition to these exciting features, the Galaxy Grand Duos model is also equipped with some Premium Suite features such as Facebook Lock Ticker, Multi Window, Page Buddy, Contextual Menu, Sound Balance, etc. Above all, besides providing access to the Google Play Store, the device features Samsung’s Apps store which will offer additional assortment of apps for users.

Micromax Canvas HD has a powerful user interface too, which ensures quite a good overall experience for the handset owners. Micromax has also added some of its exclusive apps like content stores – M! Store and M! Live and service store – M! Zone. Plus, the Canvas HD device offers its own messaging app (HookUp), locator app (M! Buddy), and a few interesting ‘try and buy’ games (Cricket Fever, Fruit Devil, etc.). And of course, users can always access the Google Play Store for more apps.

In general, we can say that both devices feature quite impressive user-interface, but amongst the two, the Galaxy Grand Duos device with wide variety of advanced features from Samsung is absolutely better than the Canvas HD device.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos

Camera

Both our contenders are equipped with an 8MP rear facing camera along with LED flash and autofocus capabilities, but still the results achieved are quite different. The Galaxy Grand Duos features the very same sensor as seen in the Galaxy S2 device, and this sensor helps the device in delivering bright, accurate color reproduction and sharp, remarkably detailed images. Plus, users experiences a near zero shutter lag when clicking pictures with Galaxy Grand Duos device. However, the only drawback of this device’s camera is that the image quality of the indoor shots are only average.

Conversely, the Micromax Canvas HD device has the tendency to overexpose the pictures with greater whites and make them appear dull as well. The camera does provide burst mode, but again you’ll experience a lag between consecutive shots. Both, Canvas HD and Galaxy Grand Duos, supports 1080p full HD video recording. Moreover, these handsets have a 2MP front facing camera too. No doubt, both devices have their own set of impressive software features, but when it comes to comparison, it is absolutely clear that the Galaxy Grand Duos has much better overall performance compared to the Canvas HD.

Winner: Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos

Battery

Both phablets uses a huge 2100 mAh battery for power. However, it seems that Canvas HD is much better than the Galaxy Grand Duos device in battery backup. The 2100 mAh battery of the Galaxy Grand Duos device will get exhausted in six hours, particularly while watching movies. On the other hand, the same battery in Canvas HD device will last for 24 hours with heavy device usage.

Winner: Micromax A116 Canvas HD

Verdict:

After going through this comparison, you might find that both the phablets are quite impressive in their own set of domains. The Galaxy Grand Duos is better in certain areas like camera, design and software features, whereas the A116 Canvas HD is better than its competitor in some other important sections such as performance and display. One of the biggest drawbacks for the Galaxy Grand Duos phablet is its poor battery life and not-so-impressive display.

Coming to the price tag, the Canvas HD device is currently available at a very affordable price of just Rs 13990, while the Galaxy Grand Duos phablet is a bit expensive at Rs 21500. So, if you are a budget conscious gadget lover looking for a budget device loaded with high end specs & features, then the A116 Canvas HD is perfect choice for you. And if you want all those advanced Samsung features and you are willing to pay around Rs 20000 then you should consider the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos device.

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