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Micromax A80: A Cheaper Alternative to Siri?


Micromax recently launched a new Android-based smart phone from its latest Superfone series – the A80 Infinity. The A80 Infinity is a dual-SIM phone, and the biggest (literally) feature in this phone is the powerful 2,500 mAh battery that gives it a life of up to 7 hours of talktime and 288 hours of standby time. Giving direct competition to new phones like the Karbonn A7, iBall Andi and Spice Stellar Android phones, the Superfone A80 Infinity comes with a price tag of Rs 8,490.

The pros: The biggest pro of the Superfone A80 Infinity, hands down, is its awesome battery. In an age where every company is making touchscreen phones, its long battery life is sure to  render a huge advantage over many other Android phones in the market. Another really cool feature of this phone is Micromax’s voice recognition tool AISHA, or Artificial Intelligence Speech Handset Assistant, which is pre-loaded into the A80. Especially for those who have drooled over the iPhone 4S’s Siri voice assistant, but couldn’t obviously afford it due to its insanely high cost, Micromax with AISHA can be considered a formidable alternative.

Other features: The all-black Superfone A80 can hold two SIM cards with a 3.8 inch touchscreen. It features a 5MP camera with flash in the rear and even has a 0.3MP front facing camera which you can use to make video calls. The 800MHz processor provides decent power to the phone and the 512MB RAM lets you run apps without too much effort. The A80 Infinity comes with an inbuilt gravity sensor so that you can enjoy a powerful gaming experience on the phone.

Connectivity options include 3G, Bluetooth 3.0 and WiFi, and you can expand the A80’s memory up to 32GB using a microSD card. You can run Google Maps, Facebook, Twitter and all popular Android apps on this phone easily and even geo-tag photos that you click using the camera.

The cons: While it is too soon to list out the cons, given that this phone is yet to hit the streets, we do wish it came with Android 4.0 instead of the Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread version. Especially now when Google is set to launch Android 4.1 into the market, it would have been great to see new models launching with the ICS version of Android.