Marked as a ‘Superfone’, Micromax’s A85 has been causing rather a stir in the mobile space, not due to its name, evidently but it’s because of the fact that this is the first dual-core phone in the sub-20K cost bracket. That in itself is extremely alluring proposition for many, but we were not hence certain. Remember the Spice Mi-410, it appeared as a solid performer on paper, but in world, the implementation was rather poor, which didn’t create it a very good phone. Let us wish that Micromax has not come down into the similar trap.
The first thing you will notice is that it does not appear as a Micromax smart phone. I experience that’s not telling much, as it’s constructed by few other OEM, but it seems as it could be a Motorola or an LG smart phone. Micromax have left over their label on the mobile, but it’s tastily made at the rear. Gracing the front is a 3.8-inch capacitive touch display with a 480x800 pixel result. Around the display, we have the front-facing camera, ambient light sensor and proximity sensor. There is a row of touch sensitive buttons at the bottom, which sadly isn’t rear lit making it next to impossible to use in the dark.
The battery cover is created by stainless steel and the rest of the chassis appears well built as well. The micro SD card is hot-swappable, but not the SIM. It is a small heavy and not very slim, but it’s realizable for a guy. Women may detect it a bit bulky.
The micro USB port is covered and located on the top only alongside the 3.5mm head phone jack. Overall, we felt Micromax have moved with a good plan and made for the A85. Some matters as no rear light for the shortcut keys is a bit of a downer.
For some unknown reason, Micromax have determined to apply Froyo, rather than Gingerbread, which means you’re fairly much stuck with it, since they seldom release updates and you would be tough pressed to detect a custom ROM for a Micromax. They have added some nice touches, while, as the lock display for instance. Rather than a easy ‘slide to unlock’, we have a pulsing blue ring, which you can draw in 4 different corners to either unlock the phone, messages, dialer and contacts, and it doesn't stop here.
Micromax has also supplied toggle switches in the notification bar for Wi-Fi, Data, Blue-tooth, etc, which is extremely thoughtful. The interface is not lag-free, unlukily and we can blame Froyo or Micromax for this, but the bottom line is, it’s rather jerky, which is not something you want from a mobile on 2 cores.