Lava Iris X1 quick-read review: Only the camera is better than Moto E

If the camera matters more to you than anything else, then the Iris X1 is a better buy than the Moto E

Written by Mihir Patkar | Updated: June 12, 2014 2:17 pm
Lava Iris X1 is priced at Rs 7,999 Lava Iris X1 is priced at Rs 7,999

The Moto E is currently our pick for the best low-cost Android around, and it is now being challenged by several Indian manufacturers. The Lava Iris X1 is among the top contenders, with a similar price tag and offering better features on paper. Can it topple the king?

Specs: 4.5-inch IPS touchscreen (854×480 pixels, 217 ppi) | 1.2GHz quad-core Broadcom 23550 processor | 1GB RAM | 4GB internal memory, microSD card up to 32GB | Dual-SIM (SIM + micro SIM) | 8-megapixel rear camera, 2-megapixel front camera, WVGA video recording | 3G (only on regular SIM), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, GPS | 1800mAh battery | Android 4.4 KitKat

Price: Rs 7,999

Design: Imagine the iPhone 4S made with low-cost materials and you have the Lava Iris X1 on your hands. The front and back are completely flat, while the sides have a chrome band going all around. Unlike the Moto E, it uses capacitive touch buttons so you get full use of the screen space and the bezel is used well too. The buttons are responsive, the phone doesn’t heat up, and there is nothing to dislike about the Iris X1—it seems like a handset that should be more expensive than what it is.

Screen: To its credit, the 4.5-inch screen has decent colour reproduction and viewing angles. But it has a few big problems. First, it does not have Gorilla Glass or any scratch protection, which is not something worth compromising on. Second, the screen has major issues with colour banding—basically, a colour does not smoothly transition between shades, you see clear bands of different shades. Perhaps most damagingly, the screen’s response is weak. Often when tapping keys or other things around the edges of the screen, the taps aren’t registered. Also, if you tap quickly—like speed typing on a keyboard—the screen misses some input.

Performance: Despite a quad-core processor, the performance of the Iris X1 is inferior to the Moto E’s dual-core processor. It often lags or slows down, and quick multi-tasking between several heavy apps caused it to hang twice in a week of usage.

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Camera: The camera is perhaps the highlight of the Iris X1—but that is only in the context of its price. It’s better than the Moto E in low-light shots and it captures better details during the day. However, it’s still slow to focus so you will struggle with candid shots. It also lacks depth and the zoom is atrocious. The good thing is that Lava’s handset also has a front-facing camera for your selfies and video calls—overall, in the camera department, it outscores the Moto E.

Software: Google Android is now good enough not to need customisation by manufacturers, and Lava does not make any attempt to do that. It’s the latest Android 4.4 KitKat and it works great!

Storage: With just 4GB of internal memory, of which only 2.45GB is available to the user, the Iris X1 is severely limited in its usage. Even the microSD card slot is not going to help since you can’t install most apps on it, it’s just for your media storage.

Battery: The 1800mAh battery is disappointing, lasting for 8 hours of continuous video or 4.5 hours of Internet browsing on Wi-Fi. You won’t be able to go a full day with the Iris X1 without charging it midway because its weak antenna. But hey, unlike the Moto E, at least the battery can be swapped easily.

Special Mention: How good is a smartphone if you’re going to have trouble using it as a phone or for its smart features? The weak antenna of the Iris X1 meant that we often faced dropped calls, bad network, and unstable 3G internet connectivity.

Verdict: The Lava Iris X1 is not a bad phone at all, but it’s just not good enough to take out the competition, especially the new Motorola Moto E. If the camera matters more to you than anything else, then the Iris X1 is a better buy than the Moto E. But for my money, I’d rather buy the Moto E for a better screen, better battery, and far better connectivity which actually makes it a “mobile” phone.

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    omprakash
    Feb 23, 2016 at 11:12 am
    Update software nahi ho rha he plz help me
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      akhil Rajpoot
      Feb 6, 2015 at 4:02 pm
      I have bought lava iris x1 about 4 month ago.Everything was good. But after 2 month later there are charging problem when I switch off my phone then then charging the phone but otherwise not. I will contact with service . but I love this phone model.
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        preethi
        Feb 11, 2015 at 3:55 pm
        I have bought lava iris x1 about 1month ago,this is 2nd time am facing problem with my phone is not working when am setting date & time its unfortunately android system is stopped working completely, it is showing on the screen...please solve my problm
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          Raunak Bhatt
          Jul 24, 2014 at 6:22 am
          1800mAh battery is useful for our daily use.
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            Raunak Bhatt
            Jul 24, 2014 at 6:20 am
            So many handsets don't support all the video formats. U can use MXPlayer app for all type of videos.
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              Chandan jha
              Jul 11, 2014 at 6:06 am
              I am also having this phone, what I face with X1 is problem of WiFi connectivity once a day n actually with 3g network it also show some issues. It's been just a week I purchased this phone, other things of this phone is good.
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                Bhavya
                Oct 17, 2014 at 11:34 am
                i like Very Lava iris X1 But I dont Hve Money...
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                  nishant
                  Aug 27, 2014 at 7:45 pm
                  check ebay
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                    Vipin Dev
                    Aug 4, 2014 at 10:12 am
                    It is not necessary that a mobile support all the video formats & this is not the problem of any mobile. For this issue You can install MX Player, it will play all the video formats with any resolution.
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                      Gaurav Kumar
                      Sep 10, 2014 at 11:53 am
                      Lava has done a good job with Iris X1, looks good and performance wise too it is great. The camera is so good 8 MP rear camera dual LED Flash along with 2 MP frontal camera which we seldom find in such budget friendly phones. It gives me great quality pictures be it indoors or outdoors. This phone is equipped with a decent processor 1.2 Ghz quad core processor with 1 GB RAM so no major lag issues till now except when I play high end games on the X1 like modern combat 4. I have installed all my favorite apps and my games run smoothly on this phone. You should try this phone.
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                        Omkar Cruiser
                        Aug 12, 2014 at 7:57 am
                        Where can I get the back case and screen guard to buyI can't find in any store or online shopping.......
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                          sruthi
                          Dec 20, 2014 at 12:04 pm
                          Just factory rest ur mobile bro everything wil be fineBecause am using the same mobile I got the same problem once I did everything is fine till now
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                            sruthi
                            Dec 20, 2014 at 12:07 pm
                            Sure u can dear
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                              jitesh
                              Jul 13, 2014 at 8:56 am
                              I am using from 2 days it has video play issue does not play all the formats
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                                chirag
                                Sep 25, 2014 at 4:30 pm
                                Give to service center
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                                  Manish
                                  Sep 7, 2014 at 7:09 am
                                  I have purchased lava Iris x1 on 31 st aug from Allahabad Indra bhawan market first it's camera quality is not good enough also when I tried to download Candy Crush Saga it not shows in google play , this is only when your ph. Not supported to google / Android version is jelly bean or before that now I can not understand what sud i do , I felt cheated ......
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                                    Mohit Rai
                                    Jun 18, 2014 at 10:58 am
                                    I have been using the phone for 2 days now and i haven't come across the hanging or antenna issues. I don't feel like i have bought a low priced phone and am missing out on some features. I think that the phone is a very good buy for people who want a complete smart phone experience.
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                                      mgb
                                      Aug 3, 2014 at 10:45 am
                                      Are there any phone which last for only a week or two?can anybody help me, this lava mobile would say 'unfortunately luncher has stopped' and would not work at all.....
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                                        mgb
                                        Aug 3, 2014 at 10:32 am
                                        there is always hang porblem, application would stop, luncher would stop, even gallary, google. purchasing lava iris x1 is really a great lost.
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                                          nik
                                          Dec 6, 2014 at 8:27 am
                                          have u still facing same problem ?Becoz my phone have also same problem.If u got fixed with problem then please tell me how could u managed to fix that issue? pls email me
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                                            sai
                                            Jul 12, 2014 at 1:23 am
                                            Wat about battery life?
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