Lava has been one of the Indian smartphone manufacturing brands which always comes out with a new value for money device. Lava may not have a bigger market in comparison to Micromax, Samsung and Intex in the smartphone market, but it does get a quite good response and plenty of attention from customers. The competitively priced phones and new launches now and then keep Lava on the run. This year, Lava has launched another entry level phone, Metal 24. It is a budget friendly device which is targeting the people who like to use just the basic functions. The Lave Metal 24 features a 2.4-inch screen, which is a QVGA display. This device runs on Operating Freq GSM900 / DCS1800 MHz. The device is Internet ready. In other words, you can browse the internet using the pre-installed browser. This phone features a rear camera and none at the front. The flash has been provided on the back. Also, you can listen to songs and watch videos of mp4 format. The phones internal memory is quite low, and to cope up with that, Lava has provided a memory card slot. You are at liberty to expand the memory using a microSD card with up to 32 GB space. Let us see what else this entry level phone from Lava can do –
The phone has a nice shiny exterior, and the back panel is made of plastic. The dimensions of the phone are 122 mm x 51 mm x 11 mm, and it weighs only 80 gm. The phone has curved edges and has a sleek design. Below the display, there’s the keypad with Call key, Power/End key, Options key and Back key. There’s also a four-way navigational key at the centre. Above the display, there is the earpiece. There are no sensors, and the front camera is also missing. The right and left-hand sides of the phone are completely blank. There is no dedicated camera button either. The micro SIM slot is located under the back panel, along with SIM card slots. At the back, there is a small black strip above the removable panel. This black strip accommodates the rear camera, a single LED flash and speaker. The micro USB is placed at the bottom, where the 3.5 mm audio jack is also located. The device is available in gunmetal and black colour. The display is 2.4 inches in size, which is a QVGA display. The screen carries a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, which offers 65k colours and has a pixel density of 167ppi. The screen to body ratio is 28.67%. The screen looks sharp and does its job pretty well.
The phone runs on Lava’s unnamed operating system, and the RAM used in the device is 16 MB. The phone also has a memory card slot. The microSD card slot can be used to expand the memory up to 32 GB. There’s very less internal memory. So, using a memory card is a must.
Lava Metal 24 is one of the best entry level phone available in the market in every other aspect than the camera. Just when Nokia has launched a similar range device Nokia 216 with both front and rear cameras, with flash for each of them, the Lava’s new release falls behind it only for the reason of its low rear camera. The primary camera on this phone is just a 1.3-megapixel snapper. It is accompanied by a single LED flash alongside it. You can record videos through this camera as well. The camera also comes with digital zoom.
For the multimedia purpose, this phone can play songs and videos. A 3.5 mm jack is provided at the bottom and the speaker is located at the back. The phone also features auto call recording.
The battery used in this device is a Li-ion 1000 mAh battery, which is removable. It gives up to 16 hours of talk time and up to 42 hours of music play. This phone is a dual SIM phone and has 2G connectivity. Remaining connectivity options are GPRS, FM Radio, Bluetooth 3.0; and microUSB for data transfer and charging. There’s no Wi-Fi in this phone.