|Launch Date||January 30, 2017 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v6.0 (Marshmallow)|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|Network||4G: Not Available, 3G: Available, 2G: Available|
|Screen Size||4.0 inches (10.16 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 854 pixels|
|Pixel Density||245 ppi|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||56.43 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.2 GHz, Cortex A7|
|Internal Memory||8 GB|
|Resolution||0.3 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||2592 x 1944 Pixels|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom|
|TalkTime||Up to 4.5 Hours(3G) / Up to 9 Hours(2G)|
|Standby time||Up to 385 Hours(2G)|
|Network & Connectivity|
|Network Support||3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
Firstly, we need to understand the target audience of a smartphone from the perspective of the manufacturer and then choose the yardsticks for reviewing a particular product. Thus, a low-end smartphone's target audience is completely different from a flagship smartphone's target audience. The Lava A55 is an extremely affordable smartphone, which is very compact and offers good software and UI in the form of Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The overall performance of the phone is quite decent. The camera and battery life are good as well. It lacks 4G connectivity and offers a tiny display. So, you can purchase the Lava A55 if you're moving on from a feature phone to your first smartphone or gift it to your parents or grandparents. If you want to check out some other options in this price point, do have a look at the Karbonn Titanium Vista 4G, LYF Flame 7 and Micromax Canvas Spark 3.
The Lava A55, launched in January 2017, is an extremely low-end budget smartphone, that comes with basic features. It is being targeted at first-time smartphone users, specially from Tier II and Tier III cities in India. The A55 will enable a user to browse the Internet, listen to music, watch or stream videos, call, text and much more. It does not support 4G VoLTE but the targeted demographic won't need it either. So have a look at our Lava A55 review to find out if its worthy of being your first smartphone or you should look at some other options. Although, take a glance at the specifications of the phone first.
The Lava A55 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS. The phone comes with 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB) and sports a 4-inch FWVGA display. In the camera department, there is a 5 megapixel rear camera along with a 0.3 megapixel (VGA) selfie shooter. We get Dual SIM connectivity along with 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS. In the sensor section, we get an accelerometer, ambient light and proximity sensors but miss out on gyroscope. Under the hood, the A55 packs in a 1550mAh non-removable battery.
The Lava A55 is a low-end budget phone, which is made up of plastic and the quality is surprisingly good. As this smartphone is meant for first-time smartphone users transitioning from feature phones, they will have a smooth transition because of its very compact size and form factor. It feels very light in hands yet sturdy and not flimsy. The design is ergonomic and you can hold the phone for long duration without hurting your hands. The back cover has a matte finish which offers great grip.
Kicking off with the front side, there is a 4-inch display panel along with the selfie camera, couple of sensors and earpiece. Just below the display, there are three capacitive buttons for navigation. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are placed on the right side, while there is nothing on the left side. The microUSB port is found on the right side and the 3.5mm audio jack sits on the top. There is nothing at the bottom except the primary microphone. Turning towards the back, we get the primary camera with LED flash and loudspeaker. Upon opening the removable plastic back cover, we get a 1550mAh battery (non-removable) along with SIM card (regular) slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. Overall, the Lava A55 is a very compact smartphone with good build quality.
There is a tiny 4-inch TN display with a resolution of 854 x 400 pixels (HD) in the Lava A55 budget phone. The display feels very small in this world of phablets but it is an above average panel for this price range. It looks pixellated as the pixel density and resolution is on the lower side. The color saturation and brightness levels are quite good and we also get an ambient light sensor. Thus, we have auto brightness and there is no need to adjust the brightness manually. It has good viewing angles and sunlight legibility is also decent. We do not get any protection on top of the display and that is extremely okay for this segment of phones. This display is neither meant for media consumption nor gaming. It is meant for carrying out basic tasks and it is able to do it just fine.
When it comes to the touch response, it is not flawless and stutter free as we did face some occasional lags but due to near stock Android experience, it felt quite good. Overall, the display of the Lava A55 smartphone is able to serve its purpose completely in spite of being tiny and that's a good sign.
The Lava A55 is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz but we do not know the make of the chipset but according to us, it must be from the house of Spreadtrum or MediaTek. The device can easily perform day-to-day tasks without any lagging or frame drops. For multitasking, we get 1GB RAM and it is able to multitask a bit but hardcore multitasking is not possible. The processor and RAM combination cannot handle serious gaming or multitasking and the good news is that a first time smartphone user buying this phone will not need them as well. However, you can play basic games on this smartphones and keep yourself entertained. The Lava A55 boasts of 8GB of internal storage, out of which we got around 4GB of free space. You can bump up the storage externally by up to 32GB if you need extra space and you'll most likely need it since 4GB storage is too less in today's time.
Now coming to the connectivity department, we do not get 4G LTE support but do get 3G HSPA+ support on both SIM cards. As you can see it is a Dual SIM phone and you can use cellular data without any issue. We get only a 1550mAh battery under the hood of the A55 but it performs decently since the size of the display and other hardware consumers less power. We got about one day of battery life with basic usage. If you push it a lot, you'll get about half a day of usage. It takes some time to charge the phone, so we would suggest you to charge it overnight to keep it ready for the next day.
Overall, the Lava A55 is able to perform all the basic day-to-day tasks with minimal lagging.
We get a 5 megapixel primary camera in the Lava A55 smartphone. It is an extremely basic camera, which is also available on similarly priced smartphones in the market. The color accuracy and detailing were above average when we clicked under natural bright lighting. However, in poor lighting, the images looked shabby with a lot of noise and grain. The sensor was quite slow in focusing on subjects but when it got it right, there were no hiccups. The HDR mode was undoubtedly the best for taking images since it made them more dynamic and lively. Macro shots were not too good because of focusing issues. The VGA selfie camera is okay for occasional selfies.
The Lava A55's camera app has a simple UI and hence it is very easy to use. First time smartphone users buying this phone will not have any problem in clicking pictures because of its easy to use UI. There are various shooting modes but we would suggest you to use a good third-party app for clicking best possible photos. The primary camera can shoot 720p (HD) videos but the quality was just about average. Overall, the cameras of the A55 are good for its segment since photography enthusiasts won't be purchasing this phone to pursue their hobby.
The Lava A55's mono speaker is located beside the primary camera on the backside. It is not so loud and the quality is pretty average as well. The sound gets muffled when the phone is kept on a flat surface as the speaker is located at the back. We get a default music player app but it is not too good and thus we would suggest the consumers to download a third-party music player to get the best possible music experience.
You can play HD videos smoothly but do not try to play Full HD videos as you'll end up facing a lot of frame drops and stuttering. Again, the default video player is not the best you can get and thus you should download a third-party player like MX Player for the best possible movie watching experience. Overall, the Lava A55's loudspeaker quality is average at best and we would suggest your to use a good pair of headphones while listening to songs or watching videos.
Out of the box, the Lava A55 runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS and we got near stock Android experience. The UI is smooth and looks very clean. There were some pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can choose to uninstall them if you want to save up on your precious internal memory. We would like to praise Lava International for skipping Android 5.1 Lollipop and choosing to go with Marshmallow here, since most smartphone manufacturers take software for granted, whereas software forms a major part of the overall smartphone experience. Lastly, you can also use a third-party theme pack for changing the look of your phone. Also, do not expect the A55 to get upgraded to Android 7.0 Nougat OS or later as it does not make any sense for smartphone makers monetarily to update the OS of low-end budget phones.
Overall, the User Interface (UI) of the Lava A55 feels fluidic because of the near stock Android experience and getting Marshmallow OS is an added advantage.