Lava has just launched its newest smartphone in its ever-expanding Iris line-up—the Iris 504Q. Lava is targeting the mid-end segment with its price tag of Rs 13,499, and is looking to compete directly with the likes of Micromax’s Canvas line-up. Let’s see if it can compete, shall we?
Design and build
The Iris 504Q has a very minimalistic and almost elegant design. The handset measures at 140 x 73 x 8 mm. The front is completely featureless with just the screen and three capacitive buttons below it—Menu, Home and Back. Confusingly, though, the Menu button has the graphic of the Recent Apps button etched on to it, which confused us at first.
The front has no buttons on it
The back has a matte finish rubberised plastic cover, which feels pleasant to hold and gives the phone a more elegant look. However, this is undermined by the tacky shiny speaker grille near the bottom of the handset. Near the top on the back is an 8 megapixel shooter. Below it is an LED flash and the noise-cancellation mic.
On the right side of the phone is the lock button, which doubles as a power button, while the left side has the volume rockers. The top has all of the ports, including the 3.5 mm earphone jack and the microUSB port.
The back looks classy... except for that hideous speaker grille
The smartphone runs on Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean and, surprisingly, lacks any UI skinning by Lava. Under the hood, it’s powered by a quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 1GB of RAM. This makes it quite decent for your multitasking needs.
The phone comes bundled with apps, including the standard array of Google’s apps like the Play Store, which is your primary source for downloading new apps. It also comes bundled with some games, such as Gameloft’s Modern Combat 2. There is also the Fusion music player, which lets you stream and download any song, but the legality of this is questionable at best.
Runs on Android Jelly Bean
The Iris 504Q comes bundled with two music players—the stock Android one and a custom player named Fusion developed by Lava. The custom player has a Holo theme, going with the rest of the Jelly Bean phone. The unique thing about the media player is that not only does it run your own music library, but it also has a radio-esque feature which you can use to stream music. The streamed music can even be downloaded to the device itself. This feature, however, seems a bit dodgy at best, and that’s not just because of the legality of it. A couple of songs we searched for gave us blatantly wrong results.
The Fusion music player
The video player on the device is capable of handling a wide variety of file formats, including MP4, AVI, MKV and MOV. However, it failed to play FLV format files even in MX Player. The screen is pretty decent for watching videos. Colours, however, seem somewhat washed out.