Design - The Lava Pixel V1 sports the regular looks with nothing spectacular. It comes with a combination of metal like finish on the rear and plastic. The corners are rounded with very thin bezels. The V1 is in fact very slim for a phablet. It measures at 8.5 mm and weighs just 135 grams. The rear has a slight curve towards the edges but the front is completely flat except for a raised ridge in front which is used to protect the screen when the phone is lying face down.
The earpiece, sensor and the front camera are sported on the front. The V1 has the on-screen Android buttons which makes handling the device much easier but even then we feel that you may not be comfortable enough to hold the device single handed. The power and volume buttons are on the right with the Micro-USB port and the 3.5mm audio socket on the top. Therefore the left side and the bottom are completely blank.
The rear sports the camera and the LED flash right under it, coming down we can see the Lava logo in the center and an Android One logo right above the speaker grille. Underneath the plastic panel houses in the 2,650mAh battery, SIM card slots and micro SD card slot as well.
Display - The display comes with a 5.5 inch IPS screen which is protected with Asahi Dragon Trail glass which is similar to Corning Gorilla Glass. The colors seem accurate and clear with good viewing angles. Though the screen comes with an ideal size for watching movies and playing games the resolution is not much impressive. The screen is not that sharp as well. The Yu Yureka Plus and Lenovo K3 Note has better pixel resolutions even while sporting a 5.5 inch HD screen.
Viewing under direct sunlight is quite easy as the screen is bright enough even when the phone seems smudgy and reflective. Even after the device receiving an upgrade from the FWVGA(480x854p)IPS display that was seen in the Android One smartphones, it is still not good enough in today's competitive budget smartphone market.
Software and Performance - The device runs on Android Lollipop 5.1 just like how it was to the previous Android One phones. So as per the Android One functionality the Pixel V1 will be receiving updates from Google directly which also means that they will be one of the first devices to receive the software update. The device comes with two preloaded apps -FlipKart and Myntra, both of which cannot be uninstalled.
In terms of hardware the V1 packs a 1.3GHz quad-core Mediatek MT6582 processor backed by 2GB RAM. We wished that Google had used a newer chipset. The internal storage comes up to 32 GB and an external memory of 32 GB can be availed using micro SD card.
On the performance front there are no major lag while we are navigating through the phone's menu and even switching between apps. The video gaming experience is thrilling with the huge screen and the powerful processor. No major sluggishness or heating issues were encountered.
The device offers Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS connectivity options. An important feature which is lacking is 4G connectivity, which is now available in all major smartphones. here's an ambient light sensor and a proximity sensor
The call quality was found good with good signal reception. The V1 also comes equipped with an FM Radio as well.
Camera - A lot has been talked about the camera of V1. The phone sporta a 13 MP rear camera with f/2.0 aperture. As far as the image quality is considered the camera is good but the issue comes when you are trying to zero in on a focus especially when the subject is moving. You will miss many shots during this focusing process.
Since the default camera app is the Google camera it does not feature a lot of options. The user dont have much control on aspects such as exposure, sharpness and contrast. A software update should do the trick to improve the shutter speed, but then again Google's camera app has been slow for a couple of years. It still hasn't figured out a way of overcoming this problem, which is sad and the Pixel V1 is struggling because of this issue.
The shutter speed is normal when the lighting is bright the white balance seems to go haywire resulting in unreal image colors. While in the low light mode the images are not clear as well.
The 5 MP selfie camera helps you to take decent selfies when the light is at its best. The problem of focus is seen on the front camera as well. You can record videos at 1080p but the quality of the videos are nothing exceptional.
Battery - The phone is powered by a 2,600mAh battery that will provide you with power enough for a day. About 2-3 hours of talk time and 3-4 hours of video-playing is possible with this battery capacity. However the count may vary depending on individual usage patterns.
Display - 5.5 inches screen size with 720p resolution,
Processor - 1.3GHz Qualcomm quad-core CPU with 2 GB RAM,
Storage - 32 GB internal memory, expandable upto more 32GB with micro sd card,
OS - Android Lollipop 5.1
SIM - Dual Sim with Dual Stand by,
Camera - 8 MP Auto Focus rear facing camera with LED Flash, and 5 MP of front facing camera,
Connectivity - 3G, WIFI, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, USB OTG,
The Lava Pixel V1 is a solid phone sporting a conventional build and design with which Google has attempted to revolutionize the budget smartphone world. The Android One status is definitely the highlight as the device will be the first among the others to receive a software update.
The absence of 4G might be a deal-breaker for some. The camera quality is not up to the mark and the hardware housed in is not just enough to spice up some competition.Priced at Rs. 11,350 the device falls short of the Lenovo K3 Note which comes with a price tag of Rs. 9,999 and offers greater specs in contrast to the V1.
But we must definitely say that the Pixel V1 is certainly an improvement for Google's Android One devices.