Micromax IN Note 2 review: A solid performer at an affordable price

Micromax returned to the Indian smartphone market with the IN Note 1 in 2020. This phone was important for the brand because there was a lot to do and the IN Note 1 delivered on its promise. The people who bought the phone had good things to say, and I too was impressed with it. The IN Note 2 is a generation ahead and comes to carry this heritage forward. It comes across as a worthwhile upgrade for an introductory price of Rs 12,490.

IN Note 2’s AMOLED screen provides a good viewing experience, the glass back gives it a premium look, Android close to stock allows for easy navigation, fast charging battery which is very useful when the battery is low sold out and four cameras for different types of photography. Micromax has packed a lot of features into the IN Note 2 that somehow justify the Rs 12,490 price tag, but is it a phone worth that money and should you buy it? Find out the answer in this review.

Micromax IN Note 2 review: good looks and bright display

It is very rare that a sub-Rs 13,000 phone comes with a glass back. So when Micromax told me they used glass on the IN Note 2, I was a little surprised. And just to be sure, I confirmed with Micromax that the IN Note 2 has a glass back. Yes, the IN Note 2 has a glass back, making it one of the few phones. It’s a super glossy surface, which is aesthetically pleasing but, at the same time, a disaster if you tend to use phones without a protective case. The glass back does have Corning Gorilla Glass protection though, so it can survive minor scrapes. But you may still need the case because it may cause friction on the phone because its body is very slippery.

And if you haven’t noticed, you’ll find the design familiar. Indeed, Micromax has used the same design as the recent Samsung Galaxy S series phones. The recently launched Galaxy S21 FE also has a similar design. I don’t think it’s bad to go for a popular design, especially when it makes a budget phone look premium.

It looks great for the price, but that’s not where my appreciation for this phone ends. The IN Note 2 has a large 6.43-inch AMOLED display with Full-HD+ resolution, which is not only crisp but full of vivid colors that make watching movies enjoyable. The Doctor Strange in the Multiverse of Madness trailer looked amazing on the phone, while Titans in Full-HD on Netflix kept me hooked for hours. The single speaker at the bottom isn’t very loud so I had to use headphones. The screen of the phone became very bright on a sunny day, which allowed me to read the articles correctly.

As the screen is large, it is good for playing games. Speaking of gaming, there’s one thing I wish was there: 90Hz. I asked Micromax why they went with the standard 60Hz screen on the IN Note 2, and the company m humbly said the issues were with purchasing higher refresh rate panels, which I agree with.

While 90Hz would have been better, 60Hz isn’t bad. With almost stock Android’s smooth animations, navigating the IN Note 2 was easy and convenient. You get Android 11 on the phone so the latest features are available. There’s a dark mode, digital wellbeing, and advanced privacy controls on the phone. But the best thing is that Micromax has thought of incorporating nifty features such as anti-fake touch mode, mute toggle, three-finger skid, among others that enhance the experience. And most importantly, there is no bloatware.

Micromax IN Note 2 review: good performance and decent battery life

The IN Note 2 uses a MediaTek Helio G95 processor which I tested previously on several phones, such as Realme Narzo 30 and Realme 7. As before, it did not disappoint me at all. While day-to-day tasks like checking email periodically, scrolling through Instagram, and chatting with my WhatsApp friends went smoothly, loading heavy apps sometimes took a bit of time. But once the app is opened, the phone no longer shows stuttering at all. The 4GB of RAM makes multitasking easy, but only when there aren’t many background apps.

PUBG: New State and Battlegrounds Mobile India performed well without any lag in the default graphics settings. But after the first 15 minutes of my 20 minute session, the phone started to get a little warm. That’s when I noticed some frame drops. Either way, things didn’t go badly, so the overall gaming experience was still good, if not great. The processor also showed a bit of difficulty when I opened the camera app. The app takes a bit of time to open properly, and I found the same issue after clicking photos as the phone processes and stores them. In most cases, IN Note 2 has good performance.

I spent the day doing typical tasks. I checked email, played games, clicked random photos, watched an hour-long episode of The Silent Sea on Netflix, and used WhatsApp to chat throughout the day, and there was plenty of battery left. to last a day. The 5000mAh battery will last even longer if you are a light user. But even heavy users need not worry because with 30W fast charging, the phone is up and running with 50% battery in around 25 minutes.

Micromax IN Note 2 review: Consistent cameras

Micromax could have kept it simple, but opted to use four cameras. There’s a 48-megapixel main camera, a 5-megapixel ultra-wide-angle camera, a 2-megapixel portrait camera, and a 2-megapixel macro camera. The front camera uses a 16-megapixel sensor and sits inside the display’s punch-hole. I found the cameras consistent but very basic.

The 48-megapixel main camera can capture good details in daylight photos. Take this radish flower, for example. The whiteness of the flower is there, but the green is a bit warm. Indeed, the phone uses a Samsung sensor, infamous for its oversaturated colors. Not a bad thing, but very preferential. I found the camera app quick to lock focus, and clicking photos is an easy process. There are many options in the app, such as AI mode. Photos clicked with AI mode enabled look more or less the same, but this feature helps the camera understand the scene, the “plants”, in the above case.

Night mode is also one of these modes. I switched to night mode to click some photos at night, and was not impressed at all. There is negligible exposure in the photos and a lot of blur. I don’t know if I can use these photos anywhere. The ultra-wide-angle camera works similarly losing detail to click more areas of insight. I think you will neither like nor hate the wide angle camera because it does what it is supposed to do.

The macro camera, surprisingly, turned out better than expected. I loved clicking pictures of flowers and little things with this sensor. If you like to experiment with photography, you will love this macro camera. The portrait camera helps bring the bokeh effect into photos, but edge detection could have been better. The phone lets you adjust the strength of the bokeh, which is a good thing. These two cameras aren’t best in class but are consistent and reliable.

If you are planning to buy this phone for videos, you will appreciate that the IN Note 2 supports 4K recording. But wait. I found the videos rather average with no stabilization at all.

Micromax IN Note 2 review: should you buy it?

Despite some gripes, I would recommend the Micromax IN Note 2 to anyone who wants a clean Android interface, a stunning and vibrant screen, good battery, and reliable performance for daily tasks and games like PUBG New State. And these complaints will disappear if Micromax decides to solve them via a software update. But I don’t know when it will come but if you want to buy the phone right now, the IN Note 2 will not disappoint you for Rs 12,490. The price will reverse to Rs 13,490 after some time.


Micromax IN Note 2 review 8/10

Advantages

  • Premium look
  • Bright display
  • Clean Android interface
  • Good cameras
  • Quick charge support

The inconvenients

  • Bad night mode
  • Single speaker
  • Sliding
  • Frequency step 90 Hz