LYF C451 

price₹ 3,499 onwards

launchAug, 2017

12.3

excellence score

49.8

value for money score

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Design

  • Compact and relatively light - might be a good choice for people who don't want a large phone
  • Very basic build and design - all plastic, with a fake metal band running around the sides
  • The edges around the front panel are sharp, which makes it somewhat uncomfortable to hold this phone up against an ear
  • The keyboard feels squashed, and it's harder than usual to target the right letters

Display

  • There's a lot of blank space on the front (bezels), especially above and below the screen
  • Small, low resolution display - makes everything looks dull and grainy - icons have fuzzy edges, text is jagged, and colour gradients are harsh

Software

  • Stock Android UI helps in keeping things basic and simple
  • Android doesn't seem to scale well to this low resolution, and the UI feels cramped
  • A lot of the English in the UI dialogue boxes and pop-ups is badly mangled, almost certainly because of poor translation from another language
  • There's also a ton of bloatware - including the obligatory My Jio app which generates multiple notifications per day and freezes constantly, plus JioChat, JioCinema, JioDrive, JioMags, JioMusic, JioNet, JioSecurity, JioTV, JioXpressNews, and Lyf Care - on top of that, there's a bunch of apps for Reliance's media subsidiaries, and some equally unnecessary browser, shopping, and travel apps - there are even the deprecated Android Browser and Gallery apps in addition to Chrome and Photos (thankfully majority of these can be uninstalled)

Performance

  • The hardware is low-end too and the phone only manages the most basic everyday tasks - there is general sluggishness all round

Camera

  • Mediocre rear and front cameras too - the camera can take forever to lock focus, and has tendency to crash too - photos generally come out looking patchy and grainy

Audio

  • Sound from the single speaker is loud but harsh, and not really enjoyable

Battery

  • Good battery life - easily lasts the day with basic use (which is all the phone can realistically be used for anyway)

More

  • 2 dedicated Micro-SIM slots and a separate microSD card slot - which is always nice to see

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LYF C451 Specifications

Operating System
Smartphone OSAndroid 6.0 MarshmallowNo updates expected
Display
TouchscreenYes (Capacitive)
Screen Size4.5 inches
Screen Resolution480x854 pixels (~ 218 pixels per inch)
Display TypeIPS LCD
Display Features
  • IPS
Scratch Resistant DisplayYes, Asahi Dragontrail Glass
Sensors
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity Sensor
  • Ambient Light Sensor
Processor/RAM
Processor1.3 GHz, Quad Core, Qualcomm Snapdragon 210Ranked #120 in Mobile Processor Benchmarks
GPUAdreno 304
RAM1 GB
Memory
Internal Memory8 GB
Expandable Memory Slotup to 128 GB
Battery
Battery Capacity2800 mAh
Battery Standby240 hrs
Other Battery Parameters
  • Talktime (4G): upto 12.5 hrs
  • Video Playback Time: upto 6 hrs
  • Audio Playback Time: upto 45 hrs
Dimensions
Weight165 gm
Thickness9.8 mm
Camera
Primary Camera5.0MP
Camera Auto-FocusYes
Camera FlashYes
HD Video RecordingYes
Other Camera Features
  • Face Detection
  • Multi-shot
  • Panorama
  • Geo-tagging
  • Touch to Focus
  • Red Eye Detection
  • Smile Detection
  • Gaze Detection
  • Blink Detection
Secondary Camera2.0MP
Secondary Camera Features
  • Beauty Mode
Connectivity
BluetoothYes
Connecting PortUSB
USB On-The-GoYes
WiFiYes
4GYes
VoLTEYes
3GYes
2G Internet (GPRS/EDGE)Yes
GPSYes
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App StoreGoogle Play Store
Dual SIMGSM+GSM
FM RadioYes
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  • Gesture Control