Feature phones still have a place in a market dominated by smartphones. More often than not, they are used as the secondary device primarily used for calling.
In this Review, The Lava ARC Blue is one such phone which stands out with a bigger display and dedicated media keys with an excellent sound output. It performs all the tasks expected from it and more. The phone price around Rs. 1,500/- in online stores.
· 2.8 inch TFT display (320 X 240 pixels), 143 PPI.
· Dimensions of 56 x 133 x 11 mm (W x H x D) weighing 95 gms.
· 1200 mAh removable Li-ion battery.
· 256 MB RAM + 32 MB storage Micro SD card slot (expandable up to 32 GB).
· Dual SIM.
· 1.3 MP primary camera (No front camera).
· Built-in torch light.
ü Big 1200mAh removable battery.
ü Big 2.8 inch display.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Built-in FM radio.
ü Expandable storage up to 32 GB.
û No front camera.
û Limited phone book.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Lava ARC Blue Handset
· User Manual
The Lava ARC Blue sports a classic candy bar form factor. It is available in two colors white and black. The build is all plastic. The removable back is textured on the top and bottom quarters of the back cover, while the middle part is smooth. These textured parts are framed by blue colored accents on the phone’s edges. These give the phone a very attractive look. The camera, the LED flash and the loudspeaker grill are all arranged in one line at the boundary of the top-most textured part of the cover. The edge of the camera is also bordered in blue.
On the front is the big 2.8 inch LCD color display. Underneath it is three media control keys; skip back, stop and skip forward. Under that are the two action keys, call answer and hang up keys, 4-direction navigation button bordered in blue and an Ok button. The right action key also acts a shortcut to the built-in torch light. Below these keys is the alpha-numeric keypad with support for English and Devanagari characters. The keys are well spaced and are easy to press.
The Lava ARC Blue has a big 2.8 inch non-touch LCD display with a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels. The colors look good and the display is crisp. The display performs well in day-to-day tasks without putting too much strain on the eyes.
The Lava ARC Blue has a 1.3 megapixels primary camera with an image resolution of 1280 x 1024 pixels. It also features a LED flash for low-light situations. The camera is sufficient for casual photo clicking. There is no front camera for clicking selfies or making video calls.
The Lava ARC Blue is able to handle daily operations and tasks with ease. The phone can easily play video and MP3 files and the available storage can be increased up to 32 GB via the dedicated microSD card slot. That can store a lot of music or videos. FM radio and torch light are built into the phone providing additional utility.
Dual SIMs are supported and both work on GSM network with regular-sized SIM cards. There is no support for 3G and 4G networks. The 1200mAh removable battery powers the phone to 9 hours of talk-time. An easily swappable battery is highly appreciated in these times of sealed and inaccessible batteries.
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The Lava ARC Blue is exactly what it claims to be, a feature phone. It gives the user a great value for money with its big colourful display, expandable memory and the ability to play MP3 and videos. Additionally, the phone is also good-looking thanks to the unique blue accents in all the right places. This is a reliable hard-working phone.
· Performance: 3 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.