Lava P7 Smartphone
In the recent months, many smartphone manufacturers have started focusing on the sub-5000-rupee market. This is because the cost of making smartphones is going down year by year and at the same time the competition in the market is going up month by month.
Lava is also trying to earn some profit in this segment. Few months ago, it launched its P7 smartphone that is currently selling with a price tag of 4,999 rupees. At first, I was skeptical about this device but after using it for a couple of days my view has totally changed. The Lava P7 has a great potential and can become your daily driver.
Under the hood, the P7 smartphone flaunts a 1.2 GHz processor that has four cores. Its one GB RAM offers enough memory for all the apps to run.
This smartphone performs significantly higher than other devices available in the same price segment. While other sub-5000-rupee phones struggle while rendering average games like Leo’s fortune and Smash Hit, the Lava P7 runs intensive games like Asphalt 8 with minimal glitches. I would like to admit though you will have to play the games at low settings.
It offers 8GB of onboard storage but you can expand the storage up to 32 GB by using a microSD card.
Lava is infamous for its design policy and it is taking no measures to change that. The P7 smartphone does not feel great in the hand. The metallic paint of the rim will erode over time and make the phone look ugly.
If Lava really wants to secure a place in the smartphone market, it will have to use quality materials while making devices.
The P7 smartphone comes with two cameras, one five MP shooter on the rear and other two MP on the front.
Lava has disappointed me on this front also because other brands are offering better cameras on their smartphones priced lower than this device.
Interestingly, this smartphone features an LED flash on the front.
On this smartphone, you get a big 5-inch display, though its screen resolution of just 480 X 854 is disappointing. Individual pixels are easily visible, which means this phone is not good for media consumption. Moreover, the viewing angles of the screen are limited, as Lava has used a twisted nematic panel.
Other Important Things to Note before Making a Purchase Decision
The phone features 2000 mAh battery.
You will not get 4G Support
The phone runs on Android Lollipop although Lava has promised for the Marshmallow update soon.
- Performance is good
- MicroSD card slot
- Dual SIM
- Promised Marshmallow update
- Bad display quality
- Build quality is not impressive
- Average cameras
For people who use phones just for basic purposes like making calls, doing occasional gaming, and occasional photography, the Lava P7 seems to be a good option. The most important thing to underline here is, its CPU is capable of running games like Asphalt 8 although in the low graphic settings.
XOLO Era 4G
XOLO is child brand of Lava and it started selling smartphones in the year 2012. During the first two years of its operation, the brand reached great heights and many budget smartphone lovers started using its phones. However, due to the arrival of brands like Xiaomi, Gionee, and OnePlus, XOLO lost its place in the market.
The Desi manufacturer has not lost its hope just yet. Since January, it has launched several new smartphones especially focused towards budget customers.
The XOLO Era 4G is a device that will catch your eyes with its design and features. You can purchase this smartphone for an amount of 4,777 rupees.
Great Looks but Bad Build Quality
You cannot tell if it is a budget phone or a premium one by just looking at it. Both front and back panels offer a flat profile. Metallic rim takes the beauty of the phone to a much higher level. The smartphone is thin and all its corners are easily reachable.
I would also like to point out though the Era 4G is not a durable device. XOLO has used cheap quality materials in the making.
Build quality is one of the few fronts where XOLO has always failed to perform. In fact, the main reason why the brand lost its fight against competitors is it was too resistant to use good quality build materials.
XOLO has installed a big 5-inch screen on the Era 4G. It is an IPS panel and offers an HD resolution of 720 X 1280 pixels. You cannot get a display better than this for under 5000 rupees. The phone is best for consuming media.
The Era 4G also offers Corning Gorilla Glass protection.
Two Cameras, Two Flashes
This smartphone features LED flash not only on the back but on the front also.
Unfortunately, the Era 4G is not good at taking quality shots. The rear 5 MP shooter fails to capture details even in bright light, though you can record full HD videos with it. Its two MP Selfie camera is too mediocre and I will not recommend you to use it for capturing important moments of your life.
The manufacturer has equipped this phone with a quad-core 1.5 GHz processor based on an age-old Cortex-A7 architecture. The Era 4G struggles even while rendering the UI. Its 1 GB of RAM should have helped in enhancing the performance but it looks like XOLO has not optimized the OS properly.
Unreliable Touch Response
I do not see a single reason for why you should use this smartphone as a daily driver. Besides poor performance, its touch response is also unreliable. Many times the phone fails to register a tap.
The capacitive keys below the screen are not backlit, because of which it becomes hard to operate the phone in dark situations.
4G Support on Both SIM Cards
The XOLO Era 4G is one of the few devices to offer 4G support on both SIM card slots. Both the slots work on bands 3, 5, and 40 of the 4G spectrum.
Other Important Features of the Phone
Massive 2500 mAh battery is necessary for a 4G smartphone but having it in 4800 rupees smartphone making XOLO Era 4G more attractive.
Out of 8G onboard storage, 4.4 GB is user available.
- High-resolution display
- Good design
- Dual SIM with 4G
- Cheap build
- Capacitive keys are not backlit
- Touch sensor of the screen is unreliable
- Mediocre cameras
Although this smartphone offers some great features, I cannot recommend you to purchase it. The phone comes with many serious cons. Unresponsive touch is the biggest disappointment in my opinion.
Swipe ELITE 2
4G LTE technology is not new anymore. Telecom brands in countries like the United States and the UK have already fully rolled out the next generation 4G network. The rollout speed of this technology in India though is a little slow. One of many reasons behind this slow rollout is lacking 4G devices (no 4G devices-no 4G demand).
Thanks to budget smartphone manufacturers, who are creating a completely new market of 4G devices, this situation is destined to change in coming years.
Electronic product manufacturer Swipe had launched its ELITE 2 smartphone in the month of December 2015. Currently, it is one of the cheapest smartphones in the market to support 4G network. You can purchase it for as low as 4,660 rupees.
Great Unboxing Experience
No doubt, the Swipe ELITE 2 is an ultra-low budget smartphone. Still, the manufacturer was able to pack some extra goodies with it. The phone comes with a screen protector pre-installed. You are also getting a fully transparent silicon cover. In the box, you can find a flat/tangle-free USB cable.
The packaging box does not feature any headphone but that should not stop you from purchasing this amazing smartphone.
Impressive Form Factor
Where there is will, there is a way. The manufacturer Swipe has tried everything in its hand to give the customers a great smartphone experience.
The build quality of the phone is impressive considering the price segment to which it belongs. Its black finish gives an appealing feel to the eyes. Its Soft-touch back panel offers a good grip but at the same time attracts fingerprints and smudges.
Curved corners and rounded edges will remind you of the Google’s Android One series that was launched a couple of years back.
The Swipe ELITE 2 features a 4.5-inch IPS panel, which is really a surprise. Its screen resolution of 540X 960 pixels may sound a little low but is actually a bonus at this price point. The quality of the display is beyond expression. It offers wide viewing angles and generates accurate colors.
A layer of thick polished glass on the screen enhances the beauty of the smartphone.
Offers Decent Performance
Generally, budget smartphones come with mediocre specs and fail to deliver fluid performance. In contrast, this Swipe device sports a quad-core 1.3 GHz processor coupled with 1 GB RAM.
In AnTuTu, the ELITE 2 easily crosses the 21,000 market. This score is not that high if you want to play graphic intensive games. As a budget phone, though its performance is quite impressive.
It runs on Android Lollipop right out of the box. Swipe had made some changes in the interface but the UI does not suffer from even a single frame drop. Out of 8 GB onboard storage, around 5GB remains user available on the first boot.
The phone is good for playing casual games like Temple Run, Subway Surfer, and Smash Hit.
Truly speaking, I have not seen any sub-5000-rupee smartphone with so great cameras before. The ELITE 2 flaunts an 8MP shooter on the back and a 5MP sensor on the front. Both these cameras capture well-detailed images and offer a decent low-light performance.
Camera interface is simple and all the settings are easily accessible. You can record HD videos at 30 frames per second. Extra features like Digital Zoom, Digital Image Stabilization, and Face Detection enhance the photography experience of the users.
Supports Indian 4G Network
This smartphone features two SIM card slots on the back and yes, its back panel is removable. The first SIM slot of the phone is 4G compatible while the second one works with 2G networks only. The phone works with two 4G bands i.e. TD-LTE 2300 and FD-LTE 1800.
Other Important Features of the Phone
Comes with a 1900mAh battery.
MicroSD card slot.
Has a 64-bit architecture.
- Full day battery backup
- Removable back panel
- Great camera performance
- Camera bump at the back
- Cannot play graphic intensive games
The Swipe ELITE 2 is a perfect budget phone. It is great for people who are looking for an affordable solution for their 4G needs. The phone is also good for doing photography.