Lava Iris X1 quick-read review: Just not good enough to take out the competition

Jun 12 2014, 08:23 IST
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Lava Iris X1 is priced at Rs 7,999. Lava Iris X1 is priced at Rs 7,999.
SummaryIf the camera matters more to you than anything else, then Iris X1 is a better buy than Moto E.

It also lacks depth and the zoom is atrocious. The good thing is that Lava’s handset also has a front-facing camera for your selfies and video calls—overall, in the camera department, it outscores the Moto E.

Software: Google Android is now good enough not to need customisation by manufacturers, and Lava does not make any attempt to do that. It’s the latest Android 4.4 KitKat and it works great!

Storage: With just 4GB of internal memory, of which only 2.45GB is available to the user, the Iris X1 is severely limited in its usage. Even the microSD card slot is not going to help since you can’t install most apps on it, it’s just for your media storage.

Battery: The 1800mAh battery is disappointing, lasting for 8 hours of continuous video or 4.5 hours of Internet browsing on Wi-Fi. You won’t be able to go a full day with the Iris X1 without charging it midway because its weak antenna. But hey, unlike the Moto E, at least the battery can be swapped easily.

Special Mention: How good is a smartphone if you’re going to have trouble using it as a phone or for its smart features? The weak antenna of the Iris X1 meant that we often faced dropped calls, bad network, and unstable 3G internet connectivity.

Verdict: The Lava Iris X1 is not a bad phone at all, but it’s just not good enough to take out the competition, especially the new Motorola Moto E. If the camera matters more to you than anything else, then the Iris X1 is a better buy than the Moto E. But for my money, I’d rather buy the Moto E for a better screen, better battery, and far better connectivity which actually makes it a “mobile” phone.

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