Lava has made a name for itself in the already crowded world of affordable smart phones and feature phones. It mainly produces low-cost Android smart phones, but it is also one of the few home-grown OEMs who make affordable feature phones on a regular basis and manage to sell a good number of them. Lava’s feature phones are very popular among the masses.
The Lava Spark One was launched in January 2016. It is sports a big colour-saturated display and is available in two colours. It is available for a price of Rs. 1,429/- in online stores. There is no 3G here. So there are no distractions of social media and constant barrage of notifications requiring attention. It does best in what it was built for; calling. Let us take a look at this device in detail.
· 2.4 inch non-touch TFT LCD screen (240 X 320 pixels); 167 PPI.
· Dimensions: (W) 51.4 x (H) 122.8 x (D) 13.2 mm; Weight 101 gm.
· 1750 mAh removable battery.
· Storage expandable up to 32 GB via microSD card.
· Dual SIM, GSM + GSM.
· 0.3 MP primary camera; no LED flash.
· Wireless FM with recording supported.
ü Relatively big 2.4 inch pixel-dense screen.
ü Big 1750 mAh removable Li-Ion battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Wireless FM radio with recording.
ü Auto call recording.
û No flash for the primary camera.
û Limited phone book.
û Glossy finish is a fingerprint magnet.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Lava Spark One Handset
· Warranty Card and User Manuals
The Lava Spark One is a beautifully made device fully made of plastic and finished with a high gloss attractive paint scheme. The phone is available in two colours; Black and White. Both the variants have Gold coloured accents all over the phone. The removable back panel hides the battery, the dual SIMs and the microSD card slot. The back panel is a big expanse of glossy finish carrying Lava branding on the bottom and circular camera cut-out on the top beside the speaker grill which is a rectangular grid of drilled holes. The camera is flush with the body and is surrounded by a golden ring. There are two raised nubs flanking the loudspeaker grill ensuring that the speaker does not touch the surface on which it is lying flat. This ensures that the sound does not get muffled. The edges of the phone are framed with a plastic band painted to look golden.
On the front of Lava Spark One mobile is a 2.8 inch display. Below that are the two action buttons, the call receive and call end buttons, the four-way navigation key, the OK button and the alpha-numeric keypad. The four-way navigation button is a golden ring which surrounds the big OK button. This vastly improves the look of the phone. The right action key also acts as a shortcut for the LED torch situated on the top of the phone. The keypad bears Devnagri characters along with English alphabet which makes typing in Devnagri quite easy. There is no front camera.
The 2.8 inch QVGA display is bright and quite pixel-dense and looks beautiful with ample colour saturation. Fonts are rendered beautifully without any sort of pixilation. The display is bright enough to be viewed outdoors without any issues.
The primary camera of the Lava Spark One is a 0.3 megapixels shooter which clicks pictures with a 640 x 480 resolution. There is no LED flash here. The pictures clicked outdoors in ample light and under ideal lighting conditions come out nice and clear.
But low-light photos suffer due to the absence of a flash. Overall, this camera is useful for shooting casual photos. But then there aren’t a lot of expectations from this camera in the first place.
The Lava Spark One is a feature phone unburdened by a big touch-screen display or a processor-intensive OS. This phone performs its main duty quite well, that of calling. The phone zips through everyday usage.
The battery has a large 1800 mAh capacity. The relatively small display paired with a big battery results in good battery stamina. The built-in storage can be increased up to 32 GB via a microSD card and this is a good thing.
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The Lava Spark One is made for people looking to carry a second phone to be used exclusively for calls, has a long battery life and is generally reliable. This device ticks all those boxes and has the potential to become the reliable calling companion many people are looking out for.
· Performance: 4 Stars.
· Value for Money: 4 Stars.