Indian smartphone market is flooded with budget smartphones in low-mid range segment. Smartphones that belong to this segment are compact, offer a small screen less than 4.5-inches, and offer specifications usually seen in mid-range smartphones that are priced over Rs. 10,000. We recently compared the Obi Alligator S454 with the Lava Iris X1, here we have a comparison between the Obi Alligator S454 and Micromax Canvas Fire A104. The Obi Alligator S454 was launched last month for Rs. 6,450 and the Micromax Canvas Fire A104 was launched back in July for Rs. 6,999.
The Obi Alligator S454 has a 960×540 IPS screen at 4.5 inches, while the Micromax Canvas Fire A104 has a similar 4.5 inches IPS screen, but at FWVGA 850×480 resolution. So the pixels density of the Obi Alligator smartphone is better at 245 PPI, compared to 217 PPI on the Canvas Fire A104. The viewing angles, brightness, contrast, sharpness and color reproduction are better in the Obi Alligator. So we find the Obi Alligator better than the Canvas Fire A104 since the display is way better in all aspects.
Both the smartphones have a 2-megapixel fixed-focus front-facing camera and have a proximity sensor.The Micromax Canvas Fire A104 lacks the ambient light sensor that adjusts the display brightness automatically, while the Obi Alligator S454 has an ambient light sensor next to the earpiece.
Both these have the usual set of capacitive touch buttons below the display. The Canvas Fire has dual front-facing speakers.
The Canvas Fire A104 has shiny gold finish on the sides, while the Obi’s textured back cover extends to the sides and it has a shiny rim running on the sides. The Obi Alligator is just 8.2mm thick, thinner than the Canvas Fire A104 that is 9.55mm thick. There is a slight change in the placement of buttons. The power button and the volume rockers are present on the right side on the Canvas Fire A104. Only the power button is present on the right side on the Obi Alligator, while the volume rockers are present on the left side. Placement of micro USB slot, 3.5mm audio jack and the microphone are similar in both the devices.
The back cover on the Obi Alligator S454 smooth finish and has a unique pattern, while the Canvas Fire A104’s removable back cover has a glossy finish. Coming to the build quality, both the smartphones have a solid build quality and feels premium. The Obi smartphone has sharp edges, while the Micromax Canvas Fire has curved edges. Even though the Obi Alligator looks huge, it weighs just 120 grams, compared to the Canvas Fire A104 that weighs 135 grams.
Coming to the camera, the Obi Alligator has a 8-megapixel rear camera, which the Canvas Fire A104 comes with a 5-megapixel rear camera. Both these have single LED flash. When it comes to the camera, the Canvas Fire A104 is slightly better compared to the Obi Alligator low-light performance. Daylight and macro shots are almost similar. Both these smartphones can record videos at 1080p at 30fps.
Both the smartphones have Dual SIM support, microSD expansion slot and a removable battery, which is commonly seen on smartphones in this price range. The Obi Alligator has a 1600mAh battery and Canvas Fire A104 has a 1900mAh battery.
Both these run on Android 4.4.2 (KitKat). The Obi Alligator has a mild skin on top of Android and has a custom skin on notification area, while the Canvas Fire A104 is almost stock.
Coming to the performance, both these smartphones are powered by a Quad-Core MediaTek MT6582 processor which has four ARM Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.3 GHz per core and have 1GB of RAM. The performance is good in both the smartphones, and the UI is smooth without any lags.
These have a Mali 400 MP2 GPU, which offers better performance and graphics in gaming. Obi Alligator is slightly better in gaming, while the Canvas Fire A104 comes close.
Even though both the smartphones have 1GB of RAM, the Obi Alligator S454 has 964MB of usable RAM, out of which 478MB of RAM is free when the phone is idle. In the Canvas Fire A104 963MB of RAM is usable, out of which about 523MB of RAM is free when it is idle. These are equally good in multitasking since these have lag-free UI.
Coming to the internal storage, the Obi Alligator has 8GB of internal storage, out of which 1.59GB of storage is available for apps and 4.1GB for mass storage. The Canvas Fire A104 has only 4GB of internal storage, out of which 456MB is available for apps and 1.49GB for mass storage. Both the smartphones have option to move compatible apps from the internal storage to the SD card and these lack USB OTG support.
Concluding, the advantages of the Obi Alligator are the price, display, presence of ambient light sensor and overall decent package. Advantages of the Micromax Canvas Fire A104 over the Obi Alligator include design and dual front-facing speakers.