Feature phones are still hanging on in this smartphone-crazy mobile market of today. Most people nowadays carry two phones. One of the will be a smartphone and the other, more often than not, will be a feature phone which is primarily used for calling only.
The Lava ARC 12i in one such phone which stands taller than the rest of the phones with a bigger and denser display than most. It has all the features present in other mobiles and some more over them.
· 2.4 inch TFT display (320 X 240 pixels).
· 1000 mAh removable Li-ion battery.
· 32 MB RAM + 32 MB storage; Micro SD card slot (expandable up to 8 GB).
· Dual SIM.
· 0.3 MP primary camera (No front camera).
· Built-in torch light.
ü Relatively big 1000 mAh removable battery.
ü Dedicated memory expansion slot.
ü Built-in FM radio.
ü Built-in MP3 and video player.
û No front camera.
û 0.3 MP primary camera.
û Limited phone book.
INSIDE THE BOX:
· Lava ARC 12i Handset
· User Guide
The Lava ARC 12i is a typical feature phone with the classic candy bar design. The phone is built out of plastic and is available in a matte black finish. There is a glossy black strip running around the entire edge of the phone which gives it a distinctive look. Under the removable back reside the battery, the dual SIMs and the memory card slot. There is a dark black diagonal strip running across the back which houses the 0.3 megapixel camera and LED flash as well as the opening for the loudspeaker.
On the front is a big 2.4 inch colour display. Under that are the two action keys, call answer and hang up keys, 4-direction navigation button and an Ok button. The right action key also acts a shortcut to the built-in torch light. Below these keys is the alpha-numeric keypad with support for English and Devanagari characters.
The Lava ARC 12i has a bigger than the rest 2.4 inch non-touch TFT display. The resolution is 240 x 320 pixels, which is better than the most phones available at this price point. The saturation and the contrast ratio are both good.
This results in a punchy looking display which looks sharper than it actually is. The display performs well in day-to-day usage without putting too much strain on the eyes.
The primary camera on the Lava ARC 12i is a disappointing 0.3 megapixel only, which clicks photos at 640 x 480 pixels. With a bigger display, one would have expected at least a 1.3 megapixel camera which made use of that beautiful big display to compose and view photos. The camera is strictly ok for some casual photo shooting. There is no front camera for clicking selfies or making video calls.
The Lava ARC 12i runs on proprietary software and runs very smoothly. It handles daily tasks and operations with ease. The phone can play video and MP3 files and the available storage can be increased up to 8 GB via the microSD card slot. Additional utilities like the FM radio and torch light are built into the phone. Dual SIMs are supported and both the Sims work on GSM network with regular sized SIM cards. 3G and 4G networks are not supported by the phone.
The 1000 mAh removable battery powers the phone to 5 hours of talk-time and 250 hours of standby time. In today’s world of sealed mobile phones with non-removable batteries, an easily swappable battery is highly appreciable.
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The Lava ARC 12i is a feature phone and doesn’t pretend to be anything more than that. It brings great value to the table with a big colourful display, easily swappable battery, expandable memory and a sleek design. The FM radio and the ability to play MP3 and video files is just the cream on top. This is the phone for anybody looking for a dependable no-frills phone.