LAVA IRIS 406Q REVIEW

Quick Specs : 1.2 ghz quad core qualcomm processor, 1 gb ram, Adreno 305 gpu, Android 4.3, 4 inch tft display, Dual Sim (dual standby), 5 mp fixed focus rear camera.

Box Contents : Phone, Battery, Flip Cover, Earphones, Charger, Data Cable, Screen Guard, Warranty Card.

Design and Looks : Looks are not that great, as the phone is bulky (10.6 mm at width). Weight is 135 grams approx. But it is good for a budget phone. Build quality is average. A minor fall in my case, left 1/3rd of display ‘black’ on 2nd day of usage. Got it replaced for Rs 1800

Display : Tft Display has average viewing angles, brightness and color production. The display is of 480 x 800 resolution (233 ppi). Pixels are visible if you look close.

Storage : Out of 4 gb internal memory, 2.5 gb is available to the user. (1 gb of which is allocated to install apps). Out of the 1 gb ram only 924 mb ram is available. Free Ram on first boot is about 400 mb. Apps cannot be moved to external storage.

Performance : The interface of the phone is smooth. Navigating through menus is lag free. There is minor stutter sometimes while opening gallery etc. but its not a deal breaker. Lava has promised kitkat update for this one (mentioned on the box) which will make the phone a bit more fast.

Sound : The audio quality is good and loud.

Benchmarks : Running Antutu Benchmark gives a score of 16596 which is good score considering the budget.

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Camera : Camera Quality is good for a budget phone. The shots in daylight are good. But indoors the shots turns out to be grainy (as with most phones). The led flash isn’t that great when taking night shots. Phone supports HDR, Panorama, Continuous Shot etc.  Video recording is in 720p resolution and is of ok quality. Front camera is bad.

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Gaming : The phone is good at gaming. I played Temple Run Oz on high settings, the gameplay was smooth and lag free. The box mentions the gpu as ‘Adreno 302’, but actually it is ‘Adreno 305’

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Battery : Battery life of the phone is average (1700 mah). Specially if the screen brightness is set anywhere from mid level to high, the battery drains quite fast. You can expect 8-10 hours on medium usage. 

Other Features : USB On The Go is not supported. There are accelerometer, proximity and light sensors. It supports 2 normal sims. There is a microsd slot as well.

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Conclusion : Lava Iris 406q is a good phone performance wise. But i am not impressed with its looks and build quality. Phone with similar or better features are now available in this budget. Like Xolo Q600s, Moto E and Micromax Unite 2. Micromax Unite 2 definitely looks better bet then this.

 Any queries are welcome in comments below.

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