Moto E Contender, The Lava Iris X1: Full Review

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Moto E Contender, The Lava Iris X1: Full Review

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The Moto E is one tough nut to crack. Other Android phone brands despise it. Companies like Micromax and Lava and others were taken aback by the spectacular performance of the Moto E and the huge appreciation it has received in India.
Lava X1 is Lava’s challenger to the Moto E, and we’ve already had a hands on with the device. Now we take a detailed look into the phone to see how it scores up against its competing low budget KitKat devices.

Design, Hardware and Build:

Design though "inspired", is good to the eyes

Design though “inspired”, is good to the eyes. Especially the touch panel

The phone is another Lava phone with iPhone-esqe design features, using a lot of plastic. The device is light to hold in comparison to the Moto E, which is heavy on weight and features. The back cover looks extremely flimsy, but Lava provides a flip cover in-box and that is one good point about the Iris X1.

The screen goes to sleep when the flip cover is closed. The volume rocker buttons are marked on the cover and can be easily pressed, so they’re quick to access when traveling. The only issue with the flip cover is its affinity to attract dirt. Lava has provided three microphone openings for active noise cancellation.

Unlike the Moto E, the X1 can be appreciated as it has the power button and the volume rockers on right and left side respectively, which is much simpler to use.

Another attractive feature is the capacitive touch buttons at the bottom of the screen. These buttons are invisible in the bezel and light up when you need them.

Display and Multimedia:

The text is good to read on X1

The text is good to read on X1 even at 281 pixel density.

The 4.5 inch screen on the device is an IPS display. The resolution of the screen is 854 x 480 pixels. The display is capable of good color reproduction. The blacks are predominant on the display, and that gives a pretty saturated color. The viewing angles are a bit of a disappointment as the screen tends to dim down when viewed from the side.

2 finger multi touch is disappointing.

2 finger multi touch is disappointing.

The display only supports two finger multi-touch. This flaw makes gaming on the device no fun. The display also has a matte feel which doesn’t feel all that smooth.

The videos and images look good on the display. Though sometimes, the videos tend to get choppy. Even games like Candy Crush Saga and Subway Surfers had a jerky performance.


The X1 holds a 8 mega pixel auto focus camera with LED Flash. The image is captured using a BSI sensor. The secondary camera is a 2 megapixel shooter. The camera is decent for the price point. It is definitely better than the five megapixel shooters that are dominant at this specifications range.

The camera shoots videos at a maximum of 480p which maybe a downer for many.

Phone and Battery:

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The X1 is powered by 1800 mAh battery. Lava claims it gives a standard talk time of about 9 hours 45 minutes. The phone would last you a whole day on regular use.

The phone keypad is pleasing to the eyes and easy to use.

Android and UI:

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Simplistic KitKat is the best thing LAVA did.

The operating system running on the Iris X1 is a fairly unhampered Android KitKat OS with minimum bloat-ware. The only add-ons are an FM radio, a torch and the Office suite. This basic look gives full customizable options in the hands of the users.

Performance and Gaming:

The phone has a 1.2 GHz Broadcom quad core processor. It is supported by a 1 GB RAM and 4 GB ROM. Even with a quad core processor, the phone has several lags and might get annoying after a while. The phones normal functions are decent, but the multimedia performance needs a performance boost.


The Phone is a decent try but Lava needs to buck up on the performance issue.

Lava seems to have come out with the device in a haste, and they could have worked more on it. Of course, the company lacks the innovation capability and years of experience that Motorola Mobility has. The phone has a good look, and the untampered Android KitKat is its strength. Lava does have to learn some lessons from the X1 and hopefully the X2 (if it ever comes out,) will have fewer of X1’s flaws and more of its fortes.

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  • Capacitive Touch Buttons
  • Active Noise Cancellation
  • Good Design
  • No Bloatware Android KitKat
  • Flip Cover


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  • Two Finger Multi Touch
  • Low Processing Powers For Gaming
  • Plasticity Feel
  • Price High for Segment


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  • Sanjeev Singh

    I love the lava X1. It’s such a pretty baby phone! The while body is really funky and if I put my phone along with my friends’ phones, this one always stands out because it is so different. The operating system is android 4.4 which is one of the reasons why I bought this phone in the first place you know. Its so funky. I love using the clean and cool interface and display.

  • amit001

    Lava Iris x1 don’t work fine in low to middle signal strength. It leave the connection and get disconnected at low to fair wifi signal range and do same with 3g network of Sim no 2. If 3g network is at middle or low level it turns to 2g network. If Lava really do so then this is not fair because it is not possible to have constant signal level at any place of India.

  • Hey guys this is an honest review of this phone. I’ve used it for more than a month and then I sold it on olx and this is my experience:

    Lava is an indian company. And as a budget device manufacturing company, they keep in mind the average people while making their devices. The main flaw in the design of these devices is that, THE 4GB INTERNAL STORAGE IS DIVIDED INTO TWO SYSTEM PARTITIONS (1.1GB FOR APPS AND THE OTHER 1.36GB FOR OTHER MASS STORAGE OR AS WHAT THEY CALL “SD CARD”).

    This is totally un-cool. You buy a device to get more storage and what you get is a low space and a bunch of flaws in the UI. Yes you can insert a memory card. But… after you move your application to the sd card, it simply vanishes after you reboot your phone! AND IT ALWAYS HAPPENED NO MATTER WHAT YOU DO!!! You can check online, you can check on xda devlopers site. Everyone is complaining about this!

    Then I tried to use a different memory card. I thought that it may be my card that is causing this trouble. I was using samsung 2GB class 4 memory card. So I switched to a 16GB class 10 (samsung only) and I spent 1200 bucks for it! And you know what happened?? IT NEVER WORKED! I TRIED ROOTING BUT THE KITKAT MADE IT VERY DIFFICULT TO ROOT! SO I WAS UNABLE TO PERFORM THE ROOT! AND IT SHOWED THAT THE CARD IS CORRUPTED! I replaced the order from snapdeal (their service is just mindblowing. the guy never even asked me for a thing and replaced it without any disputes). But you know what??? SAME RESULT!! I TRIED IT WITH MY CARD READER ON MY LAPTOP. AND IT WORKED PERFECTLY FINE!

    I know that many people doesn’t have a concern about applications. You just love those iphone-ish looks don’t you. WELL, I DID TOO!! And you know what happened? One day my brother dropped it from even less than a meter’s height and bamm! The side silver bazzle got scrached and not even that! The back got a little damaged just by one blow! Now no matter what I fit there, back cover or the flip cover, it just won’t fit perfectly like before!!

    It’s a releife that I managed to sell the phone and the guy who bought it didn’t notice it. Otherwise my money was totally wasted you know!

    So please guys, think twice before buying this sort of “good looking” phones. They’re just good for photo shooting and for making and recieving calls. NOTHING ELSE!

  • Sattu88

    The Lava Iris x1 – first noticed
    it while watching the IIFA awards and was very impressed by the ‘belfie’ they
    all took at the awards!! KEVIN SPACEY AND JOHN TRAVOLTA MAN!!! Had to have the
    same phone after that because, lets face it, I am very star struck as a person
    in general. I don’t like the battery though but I am carrying a portable
    charger so that is not a problem at all. I am happy with the size of the 4.5
    inch screen as I think that it fits in the pocket easily.

  • RupaliPanchadhaye

    The Lava Iris x1 is a pretty
    funky phone and I have been using it for quite some time now. I am very happy
    with the 8 MP camera as I’ve been taking some cool shots of my friends and
    family every time we hang out. The front 2 MP camera is also quite cool and
    great for taking selfies as the images don’t become blurry when you post them
    to Instagram or FB. I’ve downloaded a few applications and games and so far the
    phone has not slowed down. It’s pretty cool and I’m happy with it.

  • komallamba25

    which one is bst under RS 10,000 CANVAS 2 colour A 120 OR Canvas Elanza 2 A121 !!!!!!!!!!!! or any other phone plz tell me !!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Ak8

    Love the new X1 model launched by
    lava. I’ve got a couple of friends who use Lava phones and they encouraged me
    to try out this brand. This particular phone is new in the market and one of
    the fewer models available that offer kitkat as the OS, which is the latest
    version of android that was also launched recently. I like the 8 MP camera a
    lot as I have been taking a lot of snaps using it and am quite happy with the
    way the pictures look. The quality is very good and the images don’t blur when
    put on social media. I hate blurred images. Have downloaded Instagram, Pixlr
    Express and Be Funky to edit pictures.

  • K Harsh Singh

    the stausbar doesn’t seems to be transparent ………according to my knowledge kitkat do have ……plz. tell me is it having or not……..

  • maqboolsheikh786123

    yes… you can move the apps to the SD Card!

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  • salma khan

    I think this phone is perfect as a secondary phone!

  • rohini khanna

    i number of features make up for its little faults i think

  • kapoorrimjhim004

    I found the default camera app to clunky for my liking. i installed
    camera 360 adn it is much better. as for the rest of the phone. I’m
    lovin’ it!!

  • aastha sharma

    Hmmm… i feel that the plastic body of the phone is given at this price range. However, its body is actually better looking that all the other plastic bodied phones in this price range and this gives it quite a edge in terms of looks.

  • sunilbajrai

    The phone is very interesting and compelling due to combination of interesting features and price. i think i will try this phone becuz i like the camera and style.

  • pradeep711991

    While the phone does have its fair share of flaws. I think it is still a very good buy for someone looking for a very well priced yet feature packed device.