Lava iris 405+ Unboxing and Review

IMG_2039Lava iris 405+ is a budget Android phone from Lava brand and is one of those models which have 512mb of RAM. This set is as of now available for Rs.6119 at FlipKart and is available in black and white colors. We are reviewing the white model which looks pretty classy and design is somewhat taken from HTC and iPhone. Here are the full specifications of the set:

Display: 4 inch WVGA Capacitive touch display (800×480 pixel)
Battery: 1400 mAh
Dual SIM:  Yes (both GSM)
Processor: 1.3GHz Dual Core
OS: Android JellyBean 4.2.2
RAM: 512mb
ROM: 4GB (usable 2.2 GB)
MicroSD Card slot: Yes, upto 32GB supported)
Connectivity: GPRS / 3G / WiFi / Bluetooth / USB  / Tethering
Camera: Rear: 5MP fixed focus, Front: 0.3 MP
Sensors: Proximity Sensor, G-Sensor, Motion Sensor
Other features: EDGE, GPS, FM radio
SAR: < 1.6 W/Kg avg over 1 gram tissue
In the box: Phone, battery, charger, earphone, USB cable, Screen Protector, silicon cover, user manual.

 

We will agree that this phone does not have a high configuration but at the price of around 6k we cannot expect any better right now. Within certain limitations, this phone performs well and for those users who are not “that much” into android and just want a good smart phone, it will serve the purpose. Lava iris 405+ has stock android with almost no customization which is a good thing and what’s even better is that Lava did not include many bloat-ware which are found in their other sets.

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In the box we get two protection gear like screen protector and a silicon case as well! The phone in the box come wrapped in a unique plastic. Lava indeed care that set arrives safely in your hands and remain safe for long time. Other regular accessories include earphone, charger and data cable. Earphones are in-ear type and looks good in design and sound quality is decent.

The handset is very appealing to look and gives a confident grip in hand, thanks to textured back panel and slim design. However this textured back will attract dust particles and will be a trouble to clean. Just out of the box, the back panel had two or three dust particles attached to it already. Display is bright and vivid but since it’s a non IPS display, we found that viewing angles are not great and colours change when we look from certain angles. Here is a picture which proves the same, look at the color of chrome icon.

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This is a dual SIM phone and interestingly none of the SIM slots are marked 3G in particular. This means both the slots can take 3G SIM which is good. Build quality of the set looks decent and hardware buttons give good tactile feel when pressed.

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Camera, the less you say the better. Front is 5MP but since it’s a fixed focus, you cannot touch to focus objects. Also taking macro shots is not possible with this set, it will come out blurry. In good lighting and objects kept at some distance, the camera will take fine pictures. Front is 0.3MP which is just about ok for video calls. For the records, the camera can record movies in 720P.

Overall, for the price the phone seems a good value for money. It’s stylish and gives a premium feel. I wish LAVA could bump up the ram from 512 to 768 mb at least because the 512mb will almost be used by android OS and few default apps and there is very tiny amount of RAM left for other apps that user might want to install. If you are happy with what comes preinstalled bare necessity apps like Gmail, maps, Youtube, WatsApp, Chrome and Hangout then there should not be any performance issue on this set.

Mohd. Hashim Khan

I work as a freelance web designer and developer and enjoys fiddling with machines and electronics stuff. I am also working as a part time computer teacher at Aligarh Muslim University. I share my knowledge on various topics here so that others can make use of it and take benefit from my experiences.

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