Review: Micromax Bolt A35

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.’s rating: 6/10


Phone specifications



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

Graphics     Mali-300


Type  TFT

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

FM    Yes


Apoorv Sonane
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