Thursday, October 31, 2013

Canvas Turbo A250 – Micromax launches its latest Canvas 4 Turbo

Micromax has been a boon to the low budget touch phone aspirants in India. It has brought to life the dreams of owning a touch phone with pretty decent  features for many. Despite the market share being not significant when compared to Apple, Samsung and Nokia, Micromax has never stopped coming up with newer and better versions of their touch phone. The new Canvas Turbo A250 is the new feather in its cap. Here is how the canvas turbo review goes:

Micromax Canvas Turbo A250

Canvas Turbo Specifications:

The canvas Turbo specifications are:



  • 5 inch FULL HD(1920x1080p)
    Continuous Grain Silicon (CGS)
    True IPS
    441PPI pixel density
          • MediaTek 6589T (Turbo) 1.5 GHz processor
            Quad core


  • 2 GB RAM
    16 GB Internal memory
    External memory expansion not available (No SD Slot)
OS Version
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 2000mAh
    Promises 105 hrs standby time
Rear Camera


  • 13 MP rear camera
    BSI Sensor
    LED Flash
    Auto focus camera
Front Camera
  • 5 MP
Bluetooth & Wi-Fi
  • 802.11 b/g/n
    WiFi 4.0
  • 8.6 mm
Other Features
    Canvas Turbo Mobile sports some exciting features like
  • Gesture Controls
    Pop up Video


Canvas Turbo 250 – Feature that WOW!

Smart Gesture Control – To compete with the likes of Samsung, Micromax Turbo is loaded with intuitive gesture control. Forget tapping and touching, the Micromax responds to mere wave of the hand. So why is this exciting? – It saves battery life!! With a comparatively lesser battery standards than its competitors, this is a much required saving.

Here is what you have to do to operate the canvas turbo mobile without even touching the screen

Lift the mobile to the ear to answer a call

Tilt the phone over to make the mobile silent during an incoming call

Flip the phone over to activate speaker for the currently active call

Select a contact and move the phone to ear to place a call to that contact

Blowing / shaking unlocks the canvas turbo mobile (though security freaks might not like the idea)

The proximity sensor switches the phone screen off automatically

When in proximity mode, wave the hand in front of the screen to take a pic.

Camera – The camera also comes with some exciting feature such as Cinema graph and Object Eraser.

Now vertical panoramic capture is also possible in addition to horizontal panorama.

Take up to 99 images with the burst mode

360 degree Panorama capture – like Nexus 4

Object eraser allows removing objects giving you the perfect shot you always longed for

iFloat – Similar to the quick launch in Samsung Note 10.1, the Micromax canvas turbo has the iFloat which allows launching frequently used apps without having to go back to the home screen every once.

Dual SIM – GSM + GSM


Video PopOut – Multi video view. Watch 2 videos at once!

Canvas Turbo 250 – Feature that OUCH!

1. The Battery – 2000mAh is way down than what other mobiles have to offer. Especially this being a touch sensitive smart phone, one would expect it to have long battery life. Whereas, with this battery specification, one might have to carry a portable charges if they want to use it for its smart features (like browsing net, downloading) apart from talking. I mean 7 hours talk time is like WTF?

2. No SD Slot: You may go what? But yes, sadly this phone does not support external SD. This can make life a hell for these days people like to communicate more with photos than with words. With a rear camera of capacity to record HD Videos, it simply does not make any sense that there is no place for an external memory card.

3. No HDMI: Though this feature is not really critical like battery, the canvas turbo mobile could at least have had a mini HDMI slot

4. Battery not replaceable: Though the Aluminium casing looks sleek and elegant, it comes with the disadvantage of not being able to replace the battery.

The Micromax canvas Turbo price is set as Rs 19,999 and comes in 2 color options: Midnight Blue & Pristine White color. With a smart pricing under 20K, this Micromax canvas turbo smart mobile would be a great gift for the festive season without hurting the pocket!!

Flipkart has the mobile with some great combo offers. Do check out the link – Flipkart link

Have you tried the Micromax Canvas Turbo? Have I missed any feature that you liked? Do share in the comments!

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Copy Paste bug in Samsung device -How to fix the clipboard issue

I was introduced to smartphones in 2010 by my husband. He had bought an Apple iPhone. The fascination was beyond words and I could just not keep my hands off that toy! Later, in 2011 I got a Samsung galaxy S phone as a surprise gift on my birthday. I have never once thought if only it were some other Smartphone. Samsung was just perfect. This year as an addition to the smart gadgets, I got a Samsung galaxy Note 10.1 - yup, the note with the stylus. Even though I could not spare much time to explore this wonderful gadget, I have loved what I have seen so far. Much to my bewilderment, all of a sudden, the copy paste feature started giving problems.

The problems that I faced were:

1. I could cut or copy, but I could not paste anything anywhere
                    It was not specific to an app or a particular task.I could just not paste the stuff that I just had copied. when I searched for this problem on the net, many people had mentioned that the paste option was not working on some apps while it worked in someother.
2. Unlike most commonly reported,  the device did not crash upon paste. Instead nothing happens when I click on clipboard.
3. I tried to force stop and clear data of the clipboard from the app manager. But, I could not find Clipboard either under the running apps or under the All apps tab.
4. I tried connecting the note to Computer  in an effort to clear the old data on the clipboard. I could not see a folder called "Data"

The Solution:

I had two options (from what I could gather on the net)
1. Upgrade the tab to the latest firmware version - many sites were not optimistic about this solution
2. Rooting the device. Eventhough this was the widely suggested solution,I did not want to try it.
So I tried updating the firmware. I did the firmware upgrade using Kies. It did take a lot of time (close to 3 hours). Now the issue is gone!!

What Should I do to avoid this bug?

The only way seems to be clearing your clipboard once in a while. Don't just keep adding stuff to the chipboard without clearing it.