When Reliance Jio announced that they would be venturing in telecommunications business, no one had idea that they would bring a revolution with them too. Their free offers such as Happy New Year and Welcome Offer have completely destroyed the set models followed by the other telecommunications companies. They singlehandedly put the entire telecom industry and Indian smartphones industry out of gear. To counter Jio’s lucrative offers, rival operators seem to be constantly announcing new schemes and tariff cuts so that their existing mobile subscribers do not go away. Jio became India’s first company to launch VoLTE support for its users, which further intensified the competition. Jio has also persevered with several smartphone manufacturers to provide bundled offers with the set. Lava is one such company, they launched their first phone with Jio’s new 4G VoLTE-enabled technology and names the phone as Connect M1. So, let’s see what this smartphone offers and how it works in real life.
The phone has a very basic design and looks quite similar to other phones present in its price segment. The polycarbonate body provided in the phone gives a decent appeal to the phone. The phone comes with numeric keypad and has a universal home button. The phone is available in black color variants. The phone comes with a 2.4-inches TFT display that provides screen resolution of 240x320 pixels and roughly corresponds to 167 ppi. The display is pretty basic and serves its purpose. For an entry level phone, the screen gets bright enough and looks okay. The sunlight legibility and viewing angles do suffer a little and we did observed that the images, text and videos did not look that sharp at times. Overall, the display is basic and is the set standard at its price segment.
The phone is a more of a utility phone and doesn't feature with top of the line processor and advanced chipset. The phone comes with Quad core, 1.2 GHz processor that provides a decent, but still very basic performance. Overall the phone works pretty smoothly and gets things done. There is nothing like heavy multi-tasking as the phone can only play one app at time. It phone runs on Mocordroid version 6.0 OS and also comes preloaded with several apps like Facebook Lite and few other social media apps. The phone comes preloaded with basic games that keeps its user’s entertained. The phone comes with 4GB of internal storage and it can be increased up to 32GB using a microSD card. Talking about the best part of the phone, it supports reliance 4G VoLTE networks and offers dual SIM compatibility too.
The phone doesn’t have with a front camera and instead a VGA rear camera has been provided in the phone. There seems to be no option for video calling facility in the phone. Being a feature phone primarily intended for very basic functions such as calling and social media, there is not much to be expected from it. The phone features a loudspeaker which is quite loud and also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack. The phone also features with an image viewer, a video player and a music player. The basic features backed by the phone include Calendar, Organiser, Clock, Alarm Clock and SNS Integration. In the messaging section, the phone is backed by T9 Dictionary and supports SMS, MMS, Email and IM.
Talking about the battery provided in the phone, the phone is powered by a 1,750mAh battery. The battery provided in the phone is user replaceable, which again is a common trend observed in entry level utility phones. The battery promises 2G talk time for up to 17 hours and 4G talk time for up to 6 hours. In real life conditions, the battery can run up for days with moderate usage. Talking about the connectivity options, the phone offers basic connectivity options, such as Bluetooth, GPS, 4G VoLTE, GPRS and EDGE. The SIM 1 supports 4G Bands: TD-LTE 2300(band 40), FD-LTE 1800(band 3), 3G Bands: UMTS 2100 MHz and 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 900 MHz. The SIM 2 supports 2G Bands: GSM 1800 / 900 MHz. Special features of the phone include Torch Light and wireless FM.