The tagline of this phone is sensibly smart. This tagline suits this phone very well. For the price of just Rs.7799, this phone offers so many features that make it a really sweet deal and all rounder phone which can be used without any problem today and to quite an extent it’s a future proof device as well. Supporting the trusted MT6577 1GHz Cortex™-A9 dual core processor, qHD screen and jelly bean OS, this phone is a delight to use. MT6577 is a system on chip (SOC) which integrates CPU and GPU fused in one single chip which leads to good efficiency and performance. GPU on this phone is PowerVR™ Series5 SGX. Phone has 512mb RAM, 4GB ROM and expandable memory upto 32 GB via microSD card. Jelly bean OS works butter smooth on this phone without any lag. Temple Run 2 and subway surfer also shows no sign of slightest lag. Here is a video of iris 455 playing Asphalt 8, there is a slight lag at some point of game play but overall the game is playable.
Looks wise as well it’s a treat, phone is very well built and in no way it looks inferior to any major brand phone. Talking about the display, it’s a 4.5 inch TFT display with qHD 960×540 resolutions and pixel density of 244 ppi which is equal to what we have seen on HTC One VX and LG Optimus L9. Even when the display is non IPS, viewing angles are quite good. There are just two physical buttons on the left side of the phone, power button and volume rockers. Buttons give good feedback when pressed and give a long lasting feel. On the top there is headphone jack and micro USB charging and data syncing port.
On low budget phones we mostly find absence of most sensors like light sensor, accelerometer, g-sensor etc but on this phone you will find all five sensors namely: orientation sensor, magnetic field sensor, accelerometer, proximity sensor and light sensor. These sensors are very much necessary in any android phone. The light sensor will auto control the screen brightness which enables comfortable viewing in all light conditions and saving battery as well. Proximity sensor is also used in android to sense the position of phone and switch off the display completely when you are talking on phone and thus saving even more battery. These sensors are also needed for various apps. For example if you are in a train or bus and what to know the speed of the train, there are apps which makes use of accelerometer and GPS together to give you speed.
Battery on this phone is just 1500 mAH but its of good quality and gives decent talk time and standby. If you play games and use Wifi for few hours then you will need to charge this phone everyday. Otherwise you can stretch its backup for two days. We have tested it with just one SIM, since this phone is a dual SIM phone and using two SIM will consume slightly more battery. Charger provided with this phone pumps out 5 volts at 1000 mAh (common is 500-800 mAh) and it means you get your phone charged in lesser time. If you charge this phone with USB port on your laptop, it takes more time to charge. While charging the home button glows red and when fully charged, it turns green. This is a nice little feature added by Lava.
Phone has two camera, a front VGA camera for video calls and back 5MP auto focus camera for taking pictures and recording videos. This phone can record HD videos in 720P resolution. Quality of the camera is not very good but decent enough. You can say it can be compared to a very good quality 3.2MP.
In the box you will find some goodies like extra back panel in silver colour and a screen guard. I have applied screen guard and it fits perfect, although concern is finding screen guard for this phone in future. Also you will find regular stuff like headphone, USB data & charging cable. Charging cable is of very good quality and length of the cable is good.
All sounds very good for this phone however there are things in this phone which are left to be desired. Notification LED is one important thing that Lava missed on this phone. Also a textured back panel or silicone type material could have improved the grip of the phone. Headphone provided with this phone though in-ear type lacks bass and their design looks funny, not matching with the phone at all. Overall for the price, this phone is a great value for money and good performer.