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Lava Iris 458Q, another well designed Iris device that will hold you with surprise. The device belongs to Price Segment III, available at Rs. 8,000. The phone has amazing features at this price point.
Iris 458Q comes up with an 8MP camera & 1.2GHz quad-core processor running Android 4.2 JellyBean. Other devices in this segment would be Galaxy Young, Music, Karbonn A26, A27+, Xperia E, Tipo & many more. Let us find out if this Iris device outstands amongst all.
Lava Iris 458Q Specifications
Lava Iris 458Q
|Processor (CPU)||1.2GHz Quad-Core|
|GPU||PowerVR SGX 544MP|
|Display Type||TFT LCD|
|Size & Resolution||4.5 inch FWVGA display (ppi- 217.7)|
|Camera PrimarySecondary||8MP AF, Stills- 3264×2448 pxVGA, Stills- 768×432 px|
|Android OS||Android v4.2 (JellyBean)|
|Battery||2000 mAh Li-Ion|
|Memory||User Available: Internal- 0.98GB Phone- 1.80GB|
|Connectivity USB||Yes (v2.0)|
|Wi-Fi||Wi-Fi (with Hotspot)|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Light, Orientation, Proximity, Magnetic|
|Colors||Black, Grey (that looks Blue)|
|Online Price||INR 8000|
Pros and Cons
What does the Retail Package come with?
- The Handset & a 2000mAh Li-Ion battery.
- USB Cable, USB charger, Headphones.
- Scratch Guard, Quick Start Guide, Warranty Card
Design: Say NO to Galaxy
The back panel of the phone is different than other Iris devices. It covers the sides & the hardware buttons resides on it. The back is made up of rubber matte finish which gives a good grip.
Camera & the LED flash are covered with plastic surface. The device comes in black & grey colors; but grey colour looks like glossy blue colour.
Edges are covered with the rubber back panel that will likely save you from deep impacts. The speakers are very large, located at the bottom half of the back panel.
Memory card is hot-swappable & SIM slots are one over the other. The phone weighs 144g & has thickness of 11.9mm.
One major difference than other JellyBean devices is that the Notification Bar & Volume Rockers are accessible even when the device is locked. This could be a big problem when the volume button is pressed unknowingly in your pocket or while removing it from the pockets.
Iris 458Q has a stock Android 4.2 JellyBean UI. Transitions are very smooth & the phone doesn’t lag at all. The capacitive buttons are very responsive.
The Home screen has default wallpaper that shows bunch of Yellow Lamborghinis on the street.
Screen and Display
The display of Iris 458Q would not disappoint you at all. The LCD display is 4.5 inch giving resolution of 480×854 pixels (FWVGA) with 217.7 ppi. The screen has no protections so at the max you can use the scratch guards out of the box.
The phone produced good colour & sharpness at majority viewing angles. At the horizons, the colours tend to black out.
Sunlight Legibility of the phone is very good even though the screen is reflective. Phone has light sensor so no need of manually adjusting the screen brightness.
4.5 inch display of the Lava Iris 458Q makes it easy to reach all the corners using single hand.
Sound and Multimedia
I really liked the large speakers of this phone. The only problem is with its location at the back. It can get occluded while using the phone or when kept inside your pocket pants.
The audio level is better than Samsung’s 15k device Galaxy Core (link); sufficient enough to be heard while commuting.
It has stock music player with all those features of shuffle, party shuffle, repeat & many equaliser options. It supports mp3 & aac formats but not wma format.
The manufacturer gives MX player along with the stock Video Player. The stock player worked flawless. It was able to seek-on-tap & plays the video from last left out.
The device plays videos well upto 720p; but the1080p videos are not supported in the MX as well as the stock player. The stock video player supported mp4, avi, mkv & flv formats.
Texting in portrait mode (using single hand) is hectic due to the screen size. Also, the phone did not have Swype feature; so you’ll need lot of practice to get fluent in portrait mode typing.
Landscape mode typing is very good & you can add words to dictionary easily. It has good prediction options & you can also use voice dictation.
Browsing: The missing IPS bites
Iris 458Q comes with Opera Mini browser along with the stock android browser. The browsing experience is good with fast pinch to zoom & flawless scrolling.
Overall crispness of the content on the browser is not very sharp. You’ll surely feel the missing IPS display here.
Camera: A Surprise
Lava has never disappointed us with their cameras. Iris 458Q has an 8MP rear camera with a very good auto-focus & LED Flash. But we are not so happy with this camera. A ‘small’ surprise that this camera does not truly represent an 8MP sensor.
It has all standard modes available like HDR, multi-angle, panaroma, smile shot, magic face, EV bracket, etc. Out of these, HDR, EV bracket & multi-angle shots are very good. Panaroma won’t be able to freeze moving objects.
Low-light imaging with flash is good. It gives you the details that are necessary but will not give you image of 8MP quality.
It has 4x zoom which performs its function well upto 2x; 3x & 4x images are sharp but they lack richness. Colour reproduction fades its way in the glory of 4x.
The front camera is a ‘big’ surprise. It is a VGA camera that is not even close to Nokia 6600’s camera (remember that first, obsessed, multimedia phone).
The video is good on this phone. Pinch to zoom works flawless & auto-focus is very responsive even if you don’t give your inputs. The video quality is respectable upto 2x; beyond that you should not expect any eyes, nose or tongue to be seen clearly.
Here are some camera benchmarks which might come in handy:
|Camera Start-up time||1.13 s|
|Shutter lag||0 s (zero shutter lag)|
Hardware Performance: The super Benchmark Performance
Lava Iris 458Q runs on MT6589 chipset sporting a 1.2GHz quad-core ARMv7 processor. It has 512MB RAM along with 0.98GB internal & 1.80GB phone memory which are available for users.
The phone works fluently with some handful of games & apps open at a time (even though it has 512MB RAM). The UI becomes sluggish at Level 3 Multi-tasking test & the phone gets heated up.
The benchmark scores of Iris 458Q caught us with surprise. It was better than Karbonn’s Flagship device- Titanium S5, Xolo’s Flagship Play T1000 & the 15k Samsung Galaxy Core. (LINKS)
|Nenamark 2||46.7 fps|
|Sunspider 0.91||1369.9 ms|
|Shut-down Time||6.6 sec|
|Start-up Time||14.9 sec|
There is no option to restart the phone but the phone started & shut down very quickly. Adding the two, the phone could be restarted in 25 seconds (including the time to press & hold the power key). These timings are fastest I’ve seen in the moderate range Android phones.
Pre-installed Apps & Games
Bloatwares (FALTU Apps)- Cosmopolitan India, India Today English, Saavan, Paytm & WeChat.
Useful Apps- Backup & Restore, Movie Studio, Opera Mini, MX Player, NoteBook, ToDo & Wireless Input Device.
Games- Fly Boy, Cricket Fever, Ninja Rush Deluxe, NFS Shift
The above games given by the manufacturer are useless. They are installed only for 4 trials; you’ll have to buy the full game for playing further. Also, these games will unnecessary hold your memory as they could not be uninstalled.
Games like Temple Run Oz, Subway Surfer worked spotless. One game that caused problem was Stunt Car Challenge. This problem could be game specific as well as device specific. The game was tearing the screen apart. Check out the following gallery for the corrupted screenshots.
Features Available: GPS, Bluetooth, 3G, Wifi with hotspot.
Missing Features: USB OTG, NFC, HDMI, Wifi Direct.
Iris 458Q has 2000mAh Li-Ion battery that can supply juice upto 6 hours. Lava did not follow any software optimizations in the device which could have saved your juice for a day long.
The device doesn’t heap up quickly. We had it plugged to an AC wall charger and ran the benchmarks and to our surprise it remained cool. Only while running multiple games made the temperature go up.
Final VerdictJust Buy It!!
Lava Iris 458Q is a wonder phone with latest Jelly Bean & a quad core processor at the price point of Rs. 8,000. The benchmark scores surprised our team.
The design & display of the device is upto the mark considering the price segment. The only disappointment was the 8MP promised rear camera & front camera.
Just buy this phone if you’re budget is upto 7k or even upto 10k. This device proved its stand against its competitors & even the ones with double the price tag.
Competitors- Karbonn A26, Karbonn A27+, Galaxy Young, Galaxy Music, Xperia E, Xperia Tipo, etc.