Even though smartphones are completely ruling the mobile phone markets, there remains a constant demand for low-cost phones that have physical buttons and have a sturdy build. The reason for the constant demand for such phones is that they are sturdy in their built, generally work for days without asking for charge and offer a reliable stand-by when the smartphone stops working. Lava has been consistently producing such useful phones for a long time, and their smartphones are perceived in the markets too. Lava launched its “Lava Spark i7” phone to capture the low-cost utility phone market. So, let’s see what how this phone works in real life and if it’s got the zing to survive in the cutthroat market competition.
The phone boasts a rectangular design with slightly curved edges. The phone has got smooth front and back panels and looks appealing. The best part about the phone is its form factor which makes this phone super handy. The phone has physical buttons and a useful joystick button that serves multiple purposes. The external dimensions of the phone are 130 (H) x 56.8 (W) x 10.7 (T) mm that makes the phone exceptionally handy. The phone has feather-like weight and carrying this phone is an enjoyable experience. The phone is available in three colour variants i.e. White + Champagne, White + Silver and Black+Grey. 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 143-ppi. The display feels apt for the phone, and the screen gets sufficiently bright, so viewing the phone in bright sunlight is not a problem.
The phone has a single core processor and works without any hiccups. The phone has a snappy performance and never lags. The phone offers dual SIM support, however, do not support 3G or 4G networks, while the support for 3G and 4G networks is not expected from such smartphones. The memory of the phone is expandable up to 32 GB.
The phone sports a 1.3-MP primary camera which 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 is a standard in its class of phone. One cannot expect to capture amazing images from the camera however the camera might come handy when you do not have access to your smartphone and need to take pics of some relevant documents or if you want to do some casual photography. No front shooter has been provided, which again makes sense, as there is no budget for having that add on. The phone comes with a loudspeaker which can get really loud; however, some noise distortion could be observed at high volume. However, for standard functions the speaker works fine. A 3.5 mm audio jack has also been provided in the phone. Talking about multimedia, the phone has FM Radio with recording options, which lets its user record its favourite tracks while listening to the radio. The 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 unique 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 its users surf the internet.
Talking about the battery provided in the phone, the phone comes with a 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery and is user replaceable. The battery could run for days on standby mode thus making it a perfect travel partner. 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.