LYF C459 low-priced 4G Android smartphone and its setup

I ordered a (Jio owned) LYF C459 4G smartphone for Rs. 3899 from Jio Website on 28th Jan. 2018.

Key specs of the LYF C459 device are: 4.5 inch touchscreen display, Quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor, Dual SIM (4G + 2G), 1 GB RAM, 8 GB Internal storage expandable via micro SD Card to 128 GB, 5 MP and 2 MP cameras, Android 6.0.1 and 2000 mAH Li-Ion battery.

I received the phone by courier on 31st Jan. 2018 morning. After tripping up once, I inserted the SIM in my JioFi3 router (9xxx) into the phone using a microSIM holder to hold the NanoSIM, which was recognized by the device software.

Specified my regular gmail id in the initial setup process. That got completed smoothly.

Some apps including MyJio app were preloaded on the device. Had to update MyJio app which went through smoothly. MyJio app picked up 9xxx number of the SIM as main account. Linked my 8xxx number (used on Huawei 4G USB dongle) to it. Then I was able to view the vouchers associated with 8xxx number! That was good as these vouchers are shown and can be used only via MyJio app (and NOT on jio.com website).

As the device is the rock-bottom price device in LYF phones, it has only 1 GB RAM and ran the software rather sluggishly. So I deleted some preloaded apps which I felt I don’t need, which freed up some RAM as well as storage space.

Preloaded Chrome browser ran well showing fast.com speed test website properly. Decided to delete preloaded OperaMini.

But I could not remove my regular gmail id from the phone! That was upsetting as I do not want to use my regular gmail id (and other ids like Facebook id) on this phone due to security concerns.

Factory reset promised to remove all setup info. that I had provided and so did factory reset. Restart and setup after factory reset seemed to be slower than setup that I did in the first attempt. Created a new gmail id for the Android phone and completed the initial setup with that gmail id.

I repeated some of the earlier setup steps but with more confidence and knowledge. I tripped up on the Hotspot feature but that was due to Automatic Windows Update download getting used on the WiFi connection to the Hotspot. Once I figured the issue out and resolved it, the Hotspot feature worked well.

Overall the phone meets my limited needs for it – primarily as an Internet access device and usage of MyJio app related freebies/cashback vouchers. I also may use its free phone calls facility but the health issue that I have given below may hold me back from using that. So far I have not tested the phone call facility of this LYF C459 device. I use an old Nokia E-52 3G phone as my primary phone device.

Important health note: I suffer from breathing related allergies which includes an allergy to even small amount of chemical gas released by rechargeable batteries in devices like smartphones and laptops. In my short usage of this LYF C459 phone (uses 2000 mAH Chinese company manufactured Lithium ion battery), I think that its battery does release small amount of chemical gas which triggers my allergy. So I need to use it in a manner in which I do not get exposed too much to any chemical gas it releases. But that’s my individual health issue which may not be an issue for most people.

Detailed Log

Readers who do not want to know the details may please skip reading the rest of this post.

Key specs from https://www.jio.com/shop/en-in/c459-black/p/581109213

C459 BLACK

• 11.43 cm (4.5) IPS display
• 1.3 GHz Quad Core Processor with 1GB RAM
• USB OTG support | 8GB internal memory with expandable memory up to 128GB—
PEN DRIVE COMPATIBLE
Access and share media files on the go. With the USB On-the-go (OTG) support one can easily access and share photos, movies and music without compromising the speed of the phone.

PIXEL MOMENTS
5MP rear and 2MP front cameras to capture the colourful moments of life. The 5MP rear camera with face detection is apt to capture vibrant images. The 2MP front camera with Beauty mode is perfect for those special selfies.

IMPRESSIVE DISPLAY
LYF C459 comes with IPS display for wide angle views. The 11.43 cm (4.5) screen is perfect to watch movies, enjoy games and set up video calls.

MULTI-TASKING MADE EASY
Powered by 1.3GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ quad-core processor and 1GB RAM, C459 is the preferred phone for seamless multitasking. The phone is supported by an internal memory of 8GB expandable up to 128 GB and 2000mAh battery.

SMART GESTURE CONTROL
Use gesture control for easy handling of your phone. Flip to mute, double click to wake screen, slide up to unlock and slide down to launch camera. Assign gesture characters C, E, O, W to launch apps. Write ‘m’ on locked screen to play and pause music or slide right/left to navigate songs

TRUE 4G
High definition voice, video calling over LTE network. Switch anytime between audio and video call. Instant call connect. *TRUE 4G features/benefits are network dependent. T&C apply.———–

2G Yes

2G Bands GSM 900/1800/1900

3G Yes

3G Bands UMTS WCDMA BAND1 (2100)/ BAN00448(900)

4G Yes-LTE

4G Bands LTE-FDD BAND3(1800)/ BAND5(850) LTE-TDD BAND40(2300)

Audio Formats MP3,   MIDI,   WAV,   AMR,   AAC,   AAC+  Audio Jack 3.5mm

Battery Capacity 2000 mAh  Battery Type Lithium Ion(Li-Ion)

Bluetooth Yes  Bluetooth Version v4.0

Colour Black

Display Type LCD

EDGE Yes

Email Yes

Expandable Memory Up to 128 GB

Flash Type Rear LED Flash

FM Radio Yes

GPRS Yes

In The Box Handset,   Removable Battery,   Earphone,   Charger Adaptor,   Micro USB Cable,   User Manual, Warranty Card

Internal Storage 8 GB

Loud Speaker Yes  Memory (RAM) 1 GB

Operating System Android Marshmallow 6.0.1

Primary Camera 5 MP

Processor Quad-Core 1.3GHz

Screen Resolution 480×854 pixels  Screen Size (Diagonal) 11.43 cm

Secondary Camera 2 MP

Sensors GyroSensor,   Ambient Light,   Accelerometer,   Proximity

SIM Type Dual SIM

Standby Time Up to 160 hours

Talk Time Up to 8 hours (4G)

USB USB 2.0,   USB OTG support,   Micro USB 2.0

Video Formats MP4,   AVI,   MKV,   WMV

Web Browser Yes

Wi-Fi Yes

SAR Information Head 0.365W/Kg  SAR Information Body 0.462W/Kg

—- end extracts from jio.com webpage ——————————

Extracts from https://www.amazon.in/gp/product/B074HZVPZ6/ref=ask_ql_qh_dp_hza, LYF Amazon India page selling this model.
LYF C459 (Black, 1GB RAM, 8GB ROM
Price:    5,079.00Sale:    3,849.00 [Ravi: With Free Delivery, so Rs. 50 cheaper than jio.com sale price. I preferred jio.com website and was willing to pay Rs. 50 extra for that website based purchase. end-Ravi]

Product description
The phone comes with a 4.50-inch touchscreen display with a resolution of 480 pixels by 854 pixels at a PPI of 218 pixels per inch. The Lyf C459 is powered by 1.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor and it comes with 1GB of RAM. The phone packs 8GB of internal storage that can be expanded up to 128GB via a microSD card. As far as the cameras are concerned, the Lyf C459 packs a 5-megapixel primary camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel front shooter for selfies. The Lyf C459 runs Android 6.0.1 and is powered by a 2000mAh non removable battery. It measures 132.00 x 66.00 x 9.30 (height x width x thickness) and weigh 139.00 grams. The Lyf C459 is a dual SIM (GSM + CDMA and GSM + CDMA) smartphone that accepts Micro-SIM and Micro-SIM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth, USB OTG and 4G (with support for Band 40 used by some LTE networks in India). Sensors on the phone include Compass Magnetometer, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient light sensor and Gyroscope.
—- end extracts from amazon.in webpage ——————————

1st Feb. 2018, 00:05
Yesterday (31st Jan. 2018) morning I received the Jio LYF C459 device via courier. Given below are some key points about the setup I tried out so far.
1. The nano SIM (I believe it is called Nano SIM) in the JioFi3 router, 9xxx, was inserted as is in the LYF C459 device SIM1 slot and failed to be recognized. After some frustration, I tried out using the micro SIM holder template that was there in the Jio SIM sachet to hold the nano SIM and inserted the micro SIM holder + Nano SIM in SIM1 slot of C459. This time it picked up the SIM properly.

2. On setup I provided my regular Gmail Id. It needed a PIN code verification which I was able to do. I had thought that I will first provide my regular gmail id to get things going, but later delete the account (for safety purposes). However, later deletion/removal of the account always tripped up saying that administrator is preventing the removal. More on that later.

3. MyJio app. had to first be updated. On running it (after update), it automatically picked up the first SIM details and plan (perhaps I also logged in with my Jio Id). Later I added the other SIM 8xxx (used in Huawei 4G USB dongle). It needed a PIN verification – I was able to get the PIN from SMS sent to 8xxx number via MobileParter program on PC.
My Vouchers for the 8xxx number lists the 50*8 vouchers (got from purchase of Rs. 399 plan sometime in Jan 2018) as well as another 5 GB or something like that add on voucher. It was good to see that MyJio app. showed this voucher credits properly (note that the website jio.com does NOT show the vouchers and that these vouchers can be redeemed only through MyJio app on mobile device).

4. Hotspot was very slow in my initial attempts. Later it showed better speed. Perhaps there was some setup issue that tripped it up.

5. The C459 device is a rock-bottom price LYF device and so its RAM of 1 GB was almost full. Further the device seems to have a poor response speed. So I deleted the following apps to free up memory and storage: JioCinema, Yatra, Opera Mini, JioMags, …

6. Net Velocity app forced an update on running it but after the update was downloaded, failed to run it claiming that some security setting needs to be changed. I solved the issue by updating from Google Play store where this security issue did not crop up.

7. Fast.com on Chrome shows up properly. Opera Mini has some issues with fast.com display. Decided to delete Opera mini and use only Chrome.

8. Downloaded and installed Ookla Speedtest app. But after factory reset, I have not downloaded it again as I think Net Velocity and fast.com on Chrome may be enough as speed tests.

9. Simply could not remove my regular gmail account from the phone. So went in for factory reset. Restart and setup after factory reset seemed to be slower than setup that I did in the morning. Created a new gmail id for the Android phone. I do not want to have my regular gmail, Facebook and other accounts on this mobile device as of now due to security concerns that I have, of the phone being misplaced or lost at which time my main accounts could be vulnerable to hacking or worse.


4th Feb. 2018

After above-mentioned factory reset (point 9), I repeated some of the earlier steps but with more confidence and knowledge. Barring the Hotspot feature, other essential features that I needed worked. The Hotspot feature did work but I got blindsided by a large automatic Windows Update from my PC over the WiFi connection to the Hotspot, leading to poor speed test results on desktop PC. Once I figured that out and resolved the issue by making the WiFi connection to the Hotspot a metered one (which then does not get used automatically by Windows Update), the speed test results on desktop PC WiFi connection to C459 phone’s Hotspot gave healthy Mbps speeds.

Overall the phone meets my limited needs for it – primarily as an Internet access device with small usage of its free phone calls facility as well as MyJio app related freebies/cashback vouchers.

P.S. Dual SIM on this phone (and other low priced Dual SIM phones) means that one SIM can be 4G but the other SIM will operate only as 2G. In other words, in these low-priced phones the Dual SIM feature does not allow for dual 4G SIMs to be used at the same time. But I think one can change which SIM of two 4G SIMs should be used as primary (4G) with the other becoming 2G. But I have not tried that out.

 

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