Lava, for quite a while, is desperately trying to make its name in the Indian phone market. Whether it is low build, poor quality or just not enough high end specs for its phone, Lava is not been able to do that. Lava has a long list of Smartphone in their kitty and the new Lava Iris 402 plus is just another phone in the hope to make some impact in the markets across the country. The Iris 402 is a sleek looking phone having dimensions of 125.5 x 64.5 x 11.4 mm and a weight of around 128 grams. The phone definitely looks very slim and is a lightweight in the hand. The phone is available in Metallic Brown, Metallic Grey and Metallic White colours.
The Iris 402 runs on Android v4.2 and comes with a quite powerful 1.3 GHz Dual Core Processor and 512 MB RAM. The RAM is a bit disappointing as it is very less to run high-end apps and games while multi tasking will be a problem due to excessive lagging. The screen is a 4 Inch Touch screen TFT Display with a resolution of 480×800 pixels.
The phone has a Dual-SIM support. Both the SIM’s can operate at the frequency band of GSM : 900/1800 MHz UMTS : 2100 MHz. The Iris 402 also houses two cameras – A 3 MP primary rear camera with Flash and the other a VGA front facing camera for video calling. The primary camera has a picture resolution of 2048×1536 pixels which is quite good enough. The phone can click decent photos without much blur but the primary camera is not quite still. It is very shaky. The front facing camera is used for video calling but due to it being only a VGA camera; the video quality is not at all good with distorted blur pictures.
Some of the connectivity options of the Iris 402 include Bluetooth, Wi-Fi/WLAN, Hotspot, GPRS, GPS, EDGE and 3G. The phone supports internet browsing through the Android browser. The phone also houses a Micro USB slot to connect it to the pc and has a 3.5 mm universal jack which is a very common feature nowadays. The phone comes with inbuilt memory storage of 1.25 GB but it can be extended with the help of a Micro SD card. The phone is able to support most of the audio formats such as MP3, MIDI, AMR, WAV and AAC while it also has an option for FM Stereo radio. Some of the other features of the phone include SMS messaging (threaded view), email and MMS. The phone also includes a decent enough Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery which can provide a standby charge of 240 hours and a talk time charge of about 20 hours.
The phone is quiet decent enough as an entry level phone but it won’t help Lava in establishing itself in the Indian phone market. For that to happen, lava will have to come up with something new and unique.