Phone Review #1 : Lava Iris Icon: A mid-range powerhouse camera phone

Lava aims to bring top smartphone experiences to the masses. It brings out low and mid-range smart phone packed with a lot of features. The Iris icon is no less.  It comes with amazing specifications when compared to the price. It houses an excellent camera, which seems to be of main focus. Running the Android KitKat OS and a high-resolution display this sure looks to win the hearts of the many. The previous experiences in selling mid-range phones have given LAVA the correct measure to price this phone and with that price, it is sure to last an impression among the mid-range phone buyers.

Features and Specifications

The Iris is a dual SIM smartphone with both SIMs having GSM support. It houses powerful 1.3 GHz Quad core processors. This brings about a pleasant experience in high-performance usage. The performance is also backed by the 2GB RAM which will help making multi-tasking and gaming a breeze. The Iris has an impressive 5-inch capacitive touch Display. This HD screen gives the user a vivid video watching experience. However the glass on the display is not of the stronger type, making it vulnerable to easy damage. The primary camera is the spotlight of this phone. It is a 13 Megapixel camera with LED flash. It capability to take High definition images increases its credibility significantly. It also has a 5MP secondary camera for taking selfies or for video chatting. The internal storage is 16 GB and provides support for external memory up to 32 GB. The Iris Icon houses a 2500 mAh battery providing a decent Standby time approximately 9 hours. It also provides a talk time of 20 hours approximately.

Design and quality

The Icon is a stylish 7.7 mm thick phone with high-end features. It has a metallic look and is mostly rectangular in shape. Its corners are rounded. Both the volume button and the power button are located near the centre of the right side frame. This phone has no hard buttons but 3 capacitive buttons at the bottom of the screen. These 3 buttons form the options, home and back buttons.  A single speaker is present at the back of the phone. The back side holds the Primary camera with dual flash.  The Iris Icon comes with a new LAVA logo at the bottom of the back side. The black finish of the phone provides the phone a great look.

OS and Tech

This phone runs the Android KitKat OS. This isn’t an old OS so it works very well with the high-end specifications and features. The KitKat is designed to support multitasking and handle processor intensive apps very well. Lava has also added a few of their own gesture control to the OS. These gestures involve creating a custom drawing to activate some of its features. It also allows the user to create a few gestures of their own to launch apps of their choice.  This phone aims to provide a lag free usage to its users.

Camera and Multimedia

The camera is the most attractive feature of this phone. It comes with a 13 MP primary camera. This is capable of capturing images with great detail. It also comes with an LED flash to help the users during low light conditions. Beautiful landscape pictures can be taken using the HDR and panorama modes. However the camera sensors are known to perform poorly in low light conditions and they tend to produce grains and sometimes noise in the images. The Icon also has a decent 5 MP front camera. This can be used for taking good quality selfies or for video chatting. The HD display gives the user a good experience in multimedia. This IPS display is capable of producing 294 pixels per inch that generates great quality videos and images.

Battery and Memory

The battery enclosed in it is a 2500 mAh battery. This is claimed to make the Icon a perfect phone to carry on the go as it provides long battery life. The Icon claims to deliver a talk time of around 9 hours with the use of 3G.  While compared to phones in the similar range such as the Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G or the Huawei Honor 4X which have batteries over 3000 mAh, the Icon seems to have lesser capability. The Icon also comes with an internal memory of 16 GB which is quite a lot and it also supports external memory up to 32 GB. It also has a 2GB RAM for handling multi tasking and other applications seamlessly.

Pros and cons

For pros:

  • High-quality primary camera for bright ambient light
  • High-performance quad core processors
  • Stylish designed
  • Dual SIM support
  • External memory support

For cons:

  • An average performance of camera in low-light
  • Not a very long lasting battery
  • OS is not the latest

Verdict

The Lava Iris Icon is a very good phone in the mid-price range series. It gives a tough competition to other phones like Huawei Honor 4X, Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and also the Moto G 2nd gen. The powerful processors, a good display and decent camera make it a suitable choice for many users. The battery might be a downfall for users who use the phone for intensive gaming or processor intensive apps. Users of this phone seem to be attracted by its stylish design.

For full details of specs and price reviews head over  here.

Image source: BGR.in

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