Telecom Lead India: The Micromax Bolt A35 is an attractive, sturdy touch bar phone.
It has a textured back panel for better grip. The user interface is bright, neat and uncluttered. Its 4 inch display is quite appealing.
This dual SIM phone has a quick processor that delivers decent performance. The 256 MB RAM, though, limits the number of apps that can be used.
The 2 MP rear camera loads slowly. One misses the presence of flash. Pictures taken with the camera were dark and dull even after adjusting settings for picture quality and exposure.
The loud shutter sound can be annoying. The lesser said about the secondary VGA camera of 0.3 MP, the better. Although the phone supports video recording and supports multiple formats, the results are quite disappointing.
Micromax Bolt A35 offers only 160MB of internal memory. Without an SD card, the phone kept flashing a notification about being low on memory even when it had only a few messages and contacts stored in the phone memory. It supports microSD memory up to 16GB.
The phone took almost 2 hours for the battery to be fully charged. Battery drains quite quickly if one were to use internet often. On standby the battery lasted around 9 hours. We found that the phone offers talk time of just over 4 hours.
For connectivity the phone supports GPRS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi. The Flash transfer feature makes it easy to share apps, games, images, videos and songs.
Sound quality is quite good on this phone. Listening to FM and songs was quite enjoyable because of the crisp sound quality enhanced by the speaker outlets at the back of the phone.
This phone doesn’t seem to be built for gaming. Despite the quick processor, it lags a bit while playing graphic rich games.
Overall, the phone is a good bet for people looking for a budget Android phone. The price, dual SIM capability and the looks of this phone are its USP. Performance wise, those who are big on gaming and expect good quality pictures from the camera on their phones should give the Micromax Bolt A 35 a miss.
TelecomLead.com’s rating: 6/10
SIM Dual SIM, GSM + GSM
Touch Screen Yes, Capacitive
Call Features Loudspeaker
Handset Color Black
Operating Freq GSM – 900, 1800
OS Android v2.3.5 Gingerbread
Processor 1 GHz Cortex-A5
Size 4 Inches
Resolution WVGA, 480 x 800 Pixels
Color 65 K
Primary Camera Yes, 2 Megapixel
Secondary Camera Yes, 0.3 Megapixel
Video Recording Yes
Other Camera Features Zoom Level – 8, Brightness Level – 6, Multi-shot, Night Mode
Size 64x124x11.6 mm
Weight 89 g
Type Li-Ion, 1500 mAh
Talk Time 4 hrs (2G)
Standby Time 175 hrs (2G)
Internal 160 MB
Expandable Memory microSD, upto 16 GB
Memory 256 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM
Internet & Connectivity features:-
Internet Features Email
Preinstalled Browser Android
GPRS Yes, Class 12
Wifi Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
USB Connectivity Yes, micro USB, v2
Tethering Wi-fi Hotspot
Bluetooth Yes, v2.1, Supported Profiles (A2DP, HSP, HFP)
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
Music Player Yes, Supports WAV, MP3, MIDI
Video Player Yes, Supports MP4, 3GP