Lava V5 review: Could have been so much better

Indian handset maker Lava launched yet another budget smartphone V5 in India. Priced at Rs 11,499, Lava V5 is the company’s latest flagship smartphone. Lava V5 comes with a 5.5-inch display, 3GB RAM, 13MP camera and quad-core processor, which are pretty standard for any other budget smartphone available in India, in this bracket.

We reviewed the device to see where it stands in the over-crowded budget smartphone market. This is our review of the Lava V5 smartphone. Design and Display

Lava V5 is a sleek smartphone, which flaunts a 5.5-inch HD display. The smartphone features curved edges and is surrounded by a metal rim, which gives it a premium look. The front of the device (besides the large display) houses an 8MP selfie camera and an LED flash for low light photography. There are also three capacitive keys on the screen to jog through options, home and return functions. The rear panel of the handset sports a 13MP rear camera accompanied with dual LED flash and a speaker grille at the bottom. The volume rockers and power button are placed on the right side, whereas the audio 3.5mm headset jack and micro-USB port are placed at the top and bottom edges, respectively. The back cover of the device is made of plastic. This can be removed to insert the sim and microSD cards.

The Lava V5 features a 5.5-inch HD display with 1280×720 pixels resolution. The display offers decent pixel density and the colour reproduction is also sharp. The touch screen is responsive and provides good visibility under bright sunlight. The display is big enough to offer a great gaming experience to the users. Moreover, the viewing angles are also fine and you will not have any complaint about the display of the handset. The screen is also protected with a coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 3, which protects it from getting damaged.

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Performance and Camera

TheLava V5 runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop operating system and it will also get an upgrade to Android 6.0 Marshmallow. The interface is clean and easy to use. There is an app drawer where you can place all your apps. Our software experience was quite nice and we did not face any issues.

On the hardware front, the Lava V5 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor paired with 3GB of RAM. The internal storage of the device accounts to 16GB out of which only 11.23GB is available for the user. The storage can also be expanded up to 32GB using a microSD card. The handset also delivers lag-free performance. Over that, the large display makes the gaming experience a complete delight. Moving on to the voice and sound, the quality was fine on headphones, but not that great on loudspeakers. The call quality was good even in low signal reception area.

Skipping to the camera, the Lava V5 comes equipped with a 13MP rear camera with dual LED flash and an 8MP front snapper with LED flash for selfies. The company claims that the camera is the main USP of this smartphone, but we were not happy with its performance. The images captured using the 13MP camera during the day was pretty decent; the colour reproduction was also sharp. However, the images taken in indoor and low light conditions failed to impress us. There was too much noise and blur. The camera app is simple and it offers various modes such as HDR, GIF mode, multi-angle view and others. 

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