Lava has been able to manufacture some decent entry level smartphones. They seem to focus on capturing the budget segment of the smartphone market. Most of the smartphones launched by Lava are entry-level phones that offer high utility. Adding to its long list of entry-level smartphones, Lava, recently launched it's “Lava Flair E1” smartphone. The smartphone aims to attract users looking to transition from their old java phones to the new smartphones. The phone offers a unique design and comes at a very affordable price tag. So, let’s see how this smartphone works in real life and if it's worth the price tag.
The phone feature a rectangular design, sharp edges and distinct features. Lava has tried to innovate the design as there are lots of smartphones in the entry-level segment that have almost similar design. The phone does turn to have a unique design and stands out in a group of smartphones. The phone comes with three soft-touch capacitive buttons which are not backlit. The phone has a decent form factor that makes this phone extra handy. The external dimensions of the phone are 116 (H) x 62.8 (W) x 10.7 (T) mm, which makes the phone super handy. The phone is available in two colour variants i.e. White-Gold and Black-Gold. The biggest problem with this phone is it's weight, the phone weighs a whopping 320 g, which automatically makes it unappealing for a broad range of audience. Talking about the display of the phone, the phone features a 3.5 inches HVGA TFT LCD that provides a screen resolution of 480X320 pixels and corresponds to roughly 165 ppi. The display turns out to be okay and fine at its price tag. However, the display doesn't get bright enough, and sunlight legibility might suffer at times.
This phone also like many other previous Lava smartphone comes with a 1GHz single core processor. The processor seems to be able to provide a lag free experience. One cannot expect to play heavy apps or games on this phone, as it won’t simply support them. The phone is made just to offer a decent Android experience. The phone works on Android version 4.4.2 i.e. The phone offers dual SIM support, however, do not support 3G or 4G networks. The internal memory provided in the phone is 512MB and could be expanded up to 32GB using the microSD card slot provided in the phone.
The phone features a 2MP primary camera that is supported by a LED flashlight and digital zoom. The image resolution of the camera turns out to be 1600x1200 Pixels which again is a standard in entry level phones. A VGA camera has been provided in the front. The images captured by the camera are not that great and lack huge amount of details. The front shooter can only be used for video calling, as the images captured by it are not workable at all. The phone features a loudspeaker which can get really loud, and a 3.5 mm audio jack has also been provided in the phone. About multimedia, the phone has FM Radio with recording options, and Video player has also been provided in the phone that can play video formats like 3GP and MP4. The music player can play MP3, AMR, MiDi, WAVE songs and ringtones include polyphonic.
Talking about the battery provided in the phone, the phone comes with a 1300mAh Li-Ion battery and is user replaceable. The battery promises talk time up to 3 Hours on 2G networks and standby time up to 150 Hours on 2G networks. When the battery was tested in real time, we found that the battery did not last for a complete day with heavy usage. The connectivity options include Wi-Fi 802.11, b/g/n, Bluetooth version 2.1 and microUSB 2.0.