Pros: Latest Android version, good performance wise, decent battery back-up, easy one-hand usage
Cons: Only 512 MB RAM, glossy finish, average camera, and lacklustre design, voice clarity
Bottomline: With pricing of Rs 8,499, the display and quad-core hardware is definitely a plus but camera and calling quality along with GPS is a letdown. Buy if the budget is limited.
Iris 458Q is Lava's first ever budget offering in the quad-core segment. The company has been in the market with its entry-level and affordable Android smartphones till date and now the company is looking to compete with the likes of Micromax and Karbonn. Unlike the previous Iris branded smartphones, the Iris 458Q is slightly different in terms of hardware but surprisingly Lava has managed to keep its price under Rs 10,000. The phone is up against Xolo Q700 and Intex Aqua Wonder Core in this segment.
Iris 458Q comes packed with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Mediatek 6589 processor and sports a 4.5-inch display that gets resolution of 854x480 pixels and powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS. The phone is in direct competition with Karbonn S1 Titanium which is also available at sub Rs 10,000 price point. It comes with a 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory expandable up to 32 GB via microSD. You also have an 8 MP back camera and a VGA front shooter for video calling. The phone supports dual-SIM with WCDMA/GSM on SIM 1 while SIM 2 is GSM only. The phone is loaded with a 2,000 mAh battery and offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS for connectivity.
So, what do you get for a phone priced at Rs 8,500? The body build of the phone is mixture of plastic and matte, which is not so good looking. The phone has a design style which is not revolutionary by any means. Iris 458Q has a sturdy body but not so appealing on the design and style front as there are no sleek edges that makes the phone look attractive. While using the phone we found the back body to be thicker than usual and with many slim phones available in the segment that was surely a letdown. Connectivity is integral to smartphone's worth and with options like Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth and even GPS, Iris 458Q needed to deliver effective performance. The most glaring issue with the phone is its voice calling, wherein you will find the voice of the speaker audible to you in an echo tone, which is not clear at all. Calling is the basic functionality of a phone and sadly, that is nowhere near the standards.
Other options like dual-SIM functionality worked well, Wi-Fi connected smoothly, so did 3G on data usage but we found the GPS system to be wanting as the device was retrieving data from the web server rather making use of the in-built GPS support. Talking about camera, the less said the better. The picture quality was average and even with flash the images looked dull and blackened, as for the VGA front camera, we found the quality to be quite mediocre and clearly that was not Lava's priority in first place. Sound quality is not very impressive and is only meant for listening with earphones that offer good sound experience. The earphones had no bass, the sound was hardly clear and did not impress us one bit. The battery lasted us for around 4 hours on full usage, so you would have to carry a charger all the time.
This is where the Lava Iris 45Q surprised us a bit. The AnTuTu testing gave us a score of 13,700 consistently, while on Quadrant it scored 3916 and lastly Vellamo score was 1377. To validate these scores, we played games like Temple Run, Fruit Ninja, NFS Speed and the experience was smooth with no major lags or heating up. With these scores, Iris 458Q is right amongst most of the phones in the bracket.