Lava V5 review: Quite a snapper

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Updated: March 31, 2016 11:13:30 AM

Lava International has been expanding its mid-budget offerings, which is what most smartphone makers are targeting in India.

Lava V5 comes with a great design, a 5.5-inch HD display and with thin bezels on top and bottom, which I really appreciate.Lava V5 comes with a great design, a 5.5-inch HD display and with thin bezels on top and bottom, which I really appreciate.

Lava International has been expanding its mid-budget offerings, which is what most smartphone makers are targeting in India. While Lava’s X10 smartphone was a bit disappointing primarily due to its not-so-great specs, the company is trying to cover up with V5. The Lava V5 is a 4G smartphone and comes with 13 MP rear camera with Samsung ISOCELL image sensor. But does the V5 deliver on the performance front? We put it to the test.

What is good?

The camera is the Lava V5’s real strength. The 13 MP Samsung ISOCELL image sensor shows its prowess on this one and I was impressed. Lava V5’s ability to reproduce almost exact colour of the subject is really noteworthy. It manages to do a decent job in low light settings, but this aspect could have been better.

The focus is pretty fast and that should be one of the key reasons to buy this one. Plus, it gives you various modes like GIF, HDR, Sound Picture, Intelligent Focus etc to try your hands on. It also comes with a QR Code scanner. Lava has managed a great camera smartphone at last.

Lava V5 packs an equally good selfie camera. It may not perform well in low-light but it is not what we expect in this price range. The front camera too brings out close to real life pictures except for the Beauty-Fi Mode, which I personally didn’t like.

Lava V5 comes with a great design, a 5.5-inch HD display and with thin bezels on top and bottom, which I really appreciate. Lava V5 is a stunner with rounded edges, metal frames on the side and an Icy White plastic back. The rear camera unit is small and just like Lava X10, it is neatly placed on one side. The best part is that the smartphone is extremely lightweight and gives a good grip, thanks to the metal frames.

The HD display in Lava V5 is sharp and vivid. Playing games on the smartphone is a delight, mainly because of the large screen, and an almost bezel-less design with a crisp display. Lava V5 has a display that works well in sunlight.

The phone does not give you reasons to complain when it comes to multitasking. It can handle multiple tabs pretty well without lags or crashes. The smartphone will not heat up easily, nor will it whimper while shifting between tabs.

Battery optimisation in the 4G-enabled Lava V5 is really good. It packs a 3,000 mAh battery that will easily last a day on moderate to heavy use.

What is not good?

There isn’t particularly wrong with the Lava V5 given the price bracket. While it promises a decent package at R11,499, there are other smartphones like Le 1s and Lenovo K4 Note, which also come with a fingerprint scanner and even a Full HD screen.

Verdict

The competition for Lava V5 is tough, especially with companies offering same or higher specs at low price-point. However, Lava V5 makes for a good option if you want a stylish, good-looking smartphone that sports a good camera and comes with a battery that can last for more than a day.

SPECIFICATIONS
Display: 5.5-inch HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Processor: 64-bit quad-core processor
Operating system: Android 5.1 Lollipop
Memory & storage: 3 GB RAM, 16 GB storage
Camera: 13 MP Samsung ISOCELL image sensor + 8 MP front camera
Battery: 3000 mAh battery
Estimated street price: Rs 11,499

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