|Launch Date||March 8, 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||5.0 inches (12.7 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||480 x 800 pixels|
|Pixel Density||187 ppi|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||67.18 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.2 GHz, Cortex A7|
|Internal Memory||8 GB|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Optical Image Stabilisation|
|Image Resolution||2592 x 1944 Pixels|
|Shooting Modes||High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash|
|Network & Connectivity|
|Network Support||3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
Lava International had launched the Lava A73 in India back in February 2017. It is a very basic entry-level smartphone but excels in the selfie department. The main USP of the A73 is its 5 megapixel selfie camera as most smartphones in this range come with VGA or 2 megapixel selfie shooters. So let us find out in our Lava A73 review if it is worth the purchase or not as it does not come with 4G support. However, do check out the specifications of the mobile first.
The Lava A73 is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, coupled with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal memory (expandable up to 32GB). The phone sports a 5-inch FWVGA display and runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box. In the camera department, we get a 5 megapixel primary rear camera and a 5 megapixel selfie shooter. There is Dual SIM connectivity along with 3G support. Others include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and GPS. In the sensor department, we get an accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors. Under the hood, there is a 2200mAh non-removable battery.
The Lava A73, like any other low-end budget smartphones, comes with a polycarbonate body. Although, the build quality is pretty decent and it feels sturdy in hands. The A73 is compact and the weight (153 grams) is decent as well. We have to credit Lava for maintaining a good build quality of an extremely affordable low-end budget smartphone. Since the A73 is compact, you can use it with one hand without facing any trouble. The mobile has slight round edges and hence you can use it for long durations without causing any stress to your fingers. The back cover has a metallic finish and thus it looks quite premium.
On the front, there is a 5-inch display along with the selfie camera, LED flash, earpiece and couple of sensors. There are three capacitive buttons below the display for navigation but there are not backlit. The volume rocker and power/lock buttons are placed on the right side of the phone, while the left side remains empty. The microUSB port and the 3.5mm audio jack sits at the top. There is nothing at the bottom except the primary microphone. Turning towards the back side, we get the primary camera in the middle along with the LED flash on its left. The Lava branding is found in the middle followed by the loudspeaker at the bottom. Upon opening the removable plastic back cover, we get a 2200mAh battery (non-removable) along with SIM card slots and a dedicated microSD card slot. Overall, the Lava A73 has an ergonomic design, compact body along with decent hardware.
The Lava A73 rocks a 5-inch TFT display, which comes with a resolution of 854 x 480 pixels (FWVGA). This is a good display and FWVGA resolution is the highest resolution available in this price segment. The display size is compact but you are getting a decent real estate for content consumption besides basic usage. The color saturation and color accuracy is moderately good. The brightness and contrast levels are decent as well. We get an ambient light sensor and hence you do not have to manually adjust the brightness when you go outdoors. The sunlight legibility is quite good and viewing angles are also decent. There is protection on top of the display as expected but we did not face any scratch marks due to daily wear and tear.
The touch response of the A73 is quite smooth because of the good quality display and almost lag-free interface. Overall, the Lava A73 has a good, compact display which is ideal for content consumption.
The Lava A73 is powered by a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz along with 1GB RAM. We do not know the maker of the chipset but it is most likely from the house of Spreadtrum. It is a very basic processor but it can easily handle most of the day-to-day processes. When it comes to multitasking, you can do some light multitasking courtesy of the 1GB RAM onboard. The interface of the phone is mostly smooth but there is some lag while running heavy apps and games. In terms of gaming, you can play very basic games but do not think of playing high graphics intensive games. The Lava A73 comes with 8GB of internal storage, out of which you will get around 4GB of free space. You can even expand it up to 32GB by inserting a microSD card.
Talking about connectivity, the A73 does not support 4G LTE. It is a Dual SIM phone where the first SIM supports 3G and the second SIM supports 2G. The battery capacity of the A73 is 2200mAh and it is non-removable. You will get above one day of battery life with moderate usage and there is no fast charging support.
Overall, the Lava A73 is a good performer but not having 4G support is a big disappointment.
In the camera department, the Lava A73 rocks a 5 megapixel primary rear camera. In terms of picture quality, it is quite good and we get a lot of details when the images are clicked in good outdoor lighting. The color saturation is on the neutral side. In poor lighting conditions, the photos looked very average and we got a lot of noise and grains. So we would suggest you to use the LED flash in low light conditions or just shoot in optimal lighting. The focusing mechanism is on the slower side but it is accurate most of the time when it focuses. Macro shots had some depth of field effect while HDR images also had a lot of dynamic range. Now coming to the selfie camera, we get a 5 megapixel shooter and it can click very good selfies in comparison to other devices in this segment. We also get a front LED flash for taking well-lit selfies in poor lighting conditions. You can even use filters and beauty mode to enhance your images.
The camera app of the A73 has an intuitive interface but it is very easy to use and even first time users can click photographs easily. There are a couple of shooting modes in the stock camera app but for better performance you can certainly install a third-party camera app. Both the shooters can shoot HD videos and they are above average good in terms of quality. Overall, the Lava A73 has a good set of cameras.
The machine drilled speaker holes of the Lava A73 is located at the bottom of the back side. The sound quality is moderately good and the volume is also on the higher end of the spectrum. However, there is some audio distortion at the highest volume levels and hence you should keep the volume around 70-80%. Since the speaker is located on the back side, the audio gets muffled when the phone is kept on a flat surface. It comes with a native music app but it does not come with a lot of features and hence for the best audio experience, you can download a third-party app. You should also use a good earphone in order to get a good experience.
The Lava A73 can play both HD and Full HD videos but it cannot play 4K videos as the processor is low-end and the display resolution is also on the lower side. For the best video watching experience, you can download a third-party app like MX Player. Overall, the Lava A73 provides a good audio and video experience.
The Lava A73 smartphone runs on Android 6.0 Marshmallow OS out of the box. The OS feels relatively old as we get Nougat OS on many budget smartphones launched in 2017 but the interface is quite smooth and we did not face any noticeable lag or frame drops in our normal day-to-day usage. Also, you will never get any major OS update ever. Being a low-end smartphone, it showed little lag while playing games or running high-end apps but the basic functioning of the UI was moderately good. The interface felt like stock Android as Lava did not add any extra layer of custom UI on top of Android Marshmallow. We got a couple of pre-installed apps (bloatware) but you can easily uninstall them if you do not want to use them. If you want to give the interface a much-needed makeover, you can download any third-party theme such as Pixel Launcher or Nova Launcher.
Overall, the UI of the Lava A73 is quite smooth and responsive with no major lag.