Lava 4G Connect M1

price Rs. 3,299 onwards | launch Mar, 2017
magic score ?
51.8
average value for money
our verdict: avoid
ranked
#155
of 646 phones in under Rs. 5,000

PhoneCurry Editor's Note

summarizing opinion across 1 expert review

What We Liked

  • Decent build quality for the price (although it looks pretty average and is a bit bulky)
  • India’s first 4G VoLTE feature phone - while there are a lot of 4G VoLTE smartphones with full touch screen, this one is unique with a keyboard and maybe useful for elders who don’t want to go for a touch screen phone
  • Decent display quality, with good sunlight legibility
  • The phone runs on MocorDroid 6.0, which is the stripped down version of Android 6.0 (Marshmallow), and has support for OTA updates
  • Comes preloaded with apps such as Calendar, Clock, Calculator, File Explorer and Tools that has SOS, CallFireWall, and Note along with Facebook Lite, YouTube and a web browser
  • Supports side-loading some Android apps - apps like WhatsApp can be side-loaded and work fine without any issue
  • The phone is powered by a Quad-core Spreadtrum SP9820A Processor with ARM Cortex A7 cores, along with 512MB RAM is more than enough for this phone - performance is smooth without any lags
  • Thanks to the Box speaker and K class amplifier, audio is loud and clear
  • Good call quality
  • Good battery life - lasts for more than a day - and without much internet use, it will last easily for over 2 days

What We Didn't

  • The display is of course too small to offer anything more than a very basic browsing, or video watching experience - far off from what even a basic touchscreen smartphone can offer
  • Lava could have provided a rubberized keyboard since the plastic keyboard doesn’t give enough tactile feedback when pressed - sometimes you need to press the keys hard to register input - overall its not the most comfortable keyboard to use
  • There is a set of shortcut keys crammed into a small space, which might be hard to press for people who have large fingers
  • Even though the base is a stripped down version of Android, the lack of touch screen is an obvious disadvantage, and the experience is no match for a smartphone
  • Doesn’t come pre-loaded with app store, so any apps will need to be side-loaded
  • The browser is very basic
  • Doesn’t have WiFi, so you have to rely on 4G for downloading something from the internet
  • You can’t expect anything from the 1.3-megapixel fixed-focus camera - most shots end up blurry
  • Video recording quality is poor too
  • The Lava Connect M1 is mainly targeted at entry-level mobile phone users like elders who want to try out Reliance Jio’s service and VoLTE - for any other users it makes no sense today to not go for a proper entry level smartphone instead

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Display
Screen Size2.4 inches
Screen Resolution240x320 pixels (~ 167 pixels per inch)
Processor/RAM
Processor1.2 GHz, Quad Core
RAM512 MB
Memory
Internal Memory4 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 32 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity1750 mAh
Dimensions
Thickness14.5 mm
Camera
Camera1.3 MP
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
USBYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
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Dual SIMGSM+GSM
Torch/FlashlightYes
FM RadioYes (with internal antenna)
FM RecordingYes
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  • Box Speaker
  • K-Class Amplifier
  • Facebook Lite
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average brand rating
2.83/5
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brand perception
Average
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service quality rating
Very Good
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