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Lava has continuously focussed on the manufacturing of budget segment smartphones, and it seems that this strategy is working out well for them. Not only Lava smartphones sell huge by the numbers, but the company is continuously launching a range of phones too. Lava recently launched another budget segment smartphone in the market with the name “Lava Arc Grand 2.” The phone is aimed to attract users searching for a phone that offers good utility and doesn’t make a huge hole in the savings. The Lava Arc Grand 2 is not a smartphone; instead, it has physical buttons and reminiscence of retro phones that we used. So, let’s see how this smartphone works in real life and if it’s the type of phone you were looking to buy for a long time.
The phone boasts a rectangular design with sharp edges and distinct features. Design wise the phone has a basic layout, and for many users, the design might appear classic too. The phone has an unusual form factor thus making this phone super handy. Just like retro phones, this phone has physical buttons and a unique centre key that serves multiple purposes. The external dimensions of the phone are 131.2 (H) x 56.8 (W) x 9.4 (T) mm, which makes the phone super handy. The phone is available in three colour variants i.e. Black, Coffee and Gold. The phone feels ultra light when held in hands and carrying this phone is not an issue. Talking about the display of the phone, the phone features a 2.8 inches QVGA TFT LCD display that provides a screen resolution of 240 X 320 pixels and corresponds to roughly 143ppi. The display turns out to be decent for the phone and there is no problem related to sunlight legibility of the phone.
Like many other Lava smartphones, Arc Grand 2 has a single core processor, which seems to work out for the Lava smartphones. When we tested the phone, we found that the phone had no lag and it worked smoothly. The phone offers dual SIM support, however, do not support 3G or 4G networks, however, the support for 3G and 4G networks is not expected from entry level phones. The memory of the phone is expandable up to 32GB.
The camera provided in the phone serves little purpose for taking beautiful pics, instead, focuses more on the utility part. Just like many entry level Lava phones, this phone also sports a 1.3-MP primary camera that is also supported by a LED flashlight and digital zoom. The image resolution of the camera turns out to be 1280 x 1024 Pixels which again is a standard in entry level phones. No front shooter has been provided, and even though if it had been provided, the picture quality would have been questionable. The phone features a loudspeaker which can get really loud, and a 3.5 mm audio jack has also been provided in the phone. Talking 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. The special features that come with the smartphone are Torch Light, Auto Call Recording, Mobile Tracker. Preloaded games are also installed on the phone and other applications installed include Calculator, Stopwatch, Calendar and Alarm. The phone also has a web browser installed that lets it's users surf the internet.
Talking about the battery provided in the phone, the phone comes with a 1200mAh Li-Ion battery and is user replaceable. The battery can easily run for days on stand-by mode. The connectivity options include Bluetooth and 2G network support. The phone also offers several features like Mobile Tracker, Speaker, Auto Call Recording, Mobile Tracker, Call Waiting and Call Forwarding. The warranty of this phone is 1 Year Manufacturer's warranty & 6 months warranty on accessories.
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