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Build Quality And Design

In a segment that is adding devices by the minute, it is imperative to pay attention to the design of your device to make it stand out. With the Lava Iris 504Q, Lava went for a simple and sleek design. No big bezel or funky colours hogwash. 

At first glance, the Lava Iris 504Q is really similar to the HTC Butterfly. At the front there is a 5″ display with a HTC Butterfly like speaker grill at the top, and the proximity sensor, front-facing camera next to it. There are three touch-capacitive buttons under the screen, which are backlit and provide haptic feedback.

Lava Iris 504Q

Towards the right of the device you have a power button, volume rockers towards the left, a microphone at the bottom and your 3.5mm headphone jack along with a micro-USB port at the top.

The slightly-curved back- cover of the device has a soft rubber like finish, even though it’s made of plastic, which gives it a really premium feel. It also makes it less prone to finger prints and scratches.

Lava Iris 504Q

An 8 MP camera + flash, and a secondary noise-cancelling microphone grace the back of the device, which has its speaker grill towards the bottom left side. A small LAVA logo sits right in the middle of the device. Lava has managed to get a good balance of subtle branding and design to ensure the phone does not look overly flash and cheap.

With its dimensions of 140 x 73 x 8 mm and 140 Gms weight, it is really comfortable to operate.

The build quality is splendid as well, no squeaking noise, no loose parts. Everything about the Lava Iris 504Q feels downright solid. So a big thumbs up to Lava as far as build quality and design are concerned.

Specifications And Hardware

The hardware list on the Lava iris 504Q is pretty common on the market, a 5 inch 1280 x 720p screen, 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 processor, a mix of 8 MP and 2 MP cameras, 1 Gig of RAM and a 4 GB storage. Lava is trying various software tweaks to appeal to the market like gestures for the image gallery and clicking pictures. It is essentially a Dual-SIM GSM + CDMA smartphone.

You also get a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G, and 2000 mAh battery. Detailed tech specs are given at the top.

Display And Multimedia

The display on the Lava Iris 504Q is definitely one of the most impressive in this segment. It employs OGS (One Glass Solution) technology which basically means that there is zero gap between the screen and the glass on top of it.

Lava Iris 504Q

With it being an iPS display, viewing angles were bound to be decent, but what impressed us most was the colour reproduction of the panel. Bright, vivid colours and deep blacks make the Lava Iris 504Q feel like a device from a segment higher than the one it is aimed for. Outdoor visibility is decent as well but the one thing that left us slightly disappointed was that Lava didn’t opt for a scratch resistant display.

Moving on to the mutli-media experience of the device, the Lava Iris 504Q has a custom Lava music player bundled along with it. The app, called Fusion, basically is a replacement for your stock music app, and provides a radio streaming option as well. If we talk about the audio quality, it is sufficiently loud and clear, but due the placement of the speakers, more often than not one tends to muffle the speaker while holding the phone. 

Video playback on the Lava Iris 504Q was bound to be a joy, given its excellent display. Again, colours were rich and the phone can handle most formats including MP4, AVI, MKV and MOV. The screen size aids the multimedia experience by providing more screen real estate.

Lava Iris 504Q

The stock browser on the Lava Iris 504Q is really impressive. Apart from smooth scrolling and zooming, it provides a host of options like offline reading and searching, which are found in Google Chrome. Text is sharp and easy to read, so overall the browsing experience is quite satisfying.

The Lava Iris 504Q’s benchmarks scores were decent. It scored above the Canvas HD in our tests. You can watch the benchmarks video below.

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Gaming on the Lava Iris 504Q was again made better thanks to its screen. It handled games like FIFA 12 and the pre-loaded Modern Combat 2 with ease.

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The Lava Iris 504Q has an 8MP camera with a BSI sensor. The camera app itself is well laid out and provides a bunch of settings and modes including HDR, Panorama, ISO settings, Exposure settings etc.  

Lava Iris 504Q

Starting with outdoor shots, the colours seemed slightly unnatural and overly saturated. The camera tends to over-expose images, and we were expecting slightly more from the Iris 504Q. Macro-shots though seemed much better. Good background blur and sharp detailing. The gesture feature, which we will talk about below, can be used to capture images as well. 

Indoor shots were a big disappointment however. Even when there was a decent amount of lighting in the room, the Lava Iris 504Q clicked completely unusable images. The flash seemed too weak to aid the process of indoor imaging. So if low-light camera performance is one of your main requirements, you might want to give this one a miss. 

Video recording is done at 1080p in mp4 format. While we did not find any major flaws with the quality of the video, the Lava Iris 504Q again over-exposed the shots a bit. 

Network, Phone Call And Messaging

Phone call quality was very good and we have no complaints with the way the Lava Iris 504Q handles networks. The network holds good throughout the day and you will seldom find the need to wait for a network flash to get over. 

The keyboard on the Lava Iris 504Q is quite similar to the stock Android keyboard. It is well laid out and can be customized according to your needs via the Google Play store.

The Lava Iris 504Q provides support for a GSM and a WCDMA SIM card. Network on both was strong throughout our tests.

Gesture Support

The Lava Iris 504Q packs in gesture support to separate itself from the herd of devices in this segment.  While it may sound good on paper, we personally feel that it’s more of a gimmick than a useful addition. It does not work with all applications and when tried with the camera app, we were left searching for the option to turn it off. The Lava Iris 504Q kept clicking pictures even when we weren’t ‘swiping’ our hands in front of the display. 


Overall, the Lava Iris 504Q is a smartphone that hopes to distinguish itself from the crowded budget smartphone market with its excellent display and simplistic design. While it may not lag behind the others as far as performance is concerned, we feel that Lava could have done a better job with the camera on the device. If you can overlook that, then the price of Rs. 13,499 seems right for the device. 

Video Review

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  • sam
    October 24, 2013 at 7:15 pm

    Does this phone has problem in receiving SMS

  • arka
    September 26, 2013 at 9:07 am

    But i am competely confused between iris504q,videoon a55hd,geonee elife e3,alacatel 6030a interms of looks,slim,buildquality,crisp and bright display,responsive touch response,good music quality over my standard headphones.please help me find one……i dnt prefer cameras or high end gaming on phones……kindly help me….and i dnt want micromaxhd because i know its poor build quality….anyone can have an idea about its cheap look…

  • arka
    September 26, 2013 at 8:57 am

    Hi igyaan…..very nice review as always

  • Sarat Chandra
    September 15, 2013 at 1:21 am

    does reliance cdma sim work on this phone ???
    Plz clarify guys ???

  • Arup Dey
    September 10, 2013 at 6:20 am


  • Shubham Yadav
    September 9, 2013 at 2:20 pm

    Yes, it can take GSM+GSM or CDMA+GSM

  • Shubham Yadav
    September 9, 2013 at 2:19 pm

    Its a grey color, but partially looks like pure black

  • Anand
    September 6, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Does it support Hindi language and fonts ?….
    Please tell me fast I want to buy it….

  • Anand
    September 6, 2013 at 11:41 pm

    Does it support Hindi language and fonts ?….
    Please tell me fast I want to buy it…

  • Anand
    September 6, 2013 at 11:37 pm

    Does it support Hindi language and fonts ?….
    Please tell me fast I want to buy it…..

    • Shubham Yadav
      September 9, 2013 at 2:06 pm

      Yes, it supports Hindi and Marathi language because from android version 4.0 (Ice-Cream Sandwich), android has native support for Indian Languages.

  • Sushil Kumar
    August 24, 2013 at 8:56 pm

    is there call recording option in LAVA iris 504q….

  • Rajesh
    August 22, 2013 at 4:37 pm

    I am using reliance CDMA sim. Is it work with Lava Iris 504Q. Please confirm.

  • Abid Hasan
    August 21, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    want to by a android smartphone 4.7 or 5 inch between 12000 to 15000,
    display and camera like samsung note,processor dualcore or quad core, so
    plz suggest me

  • Jiaul Hoque
    August 13, 2013 at 8:26 pm

    lava iris 504q is better

    August 13, 2013 at 2:15 am

    Kindly provide comparison between LAVA 504 Q, Karbonn Titanium S5 & Micromax Canvas HD

    • Shubham Yadav
      September 9, 2013 at 2:13 pm

      Well, you can get it on Google, but Lava 504q is the best among Karbonn Titanium S5 & Micromax Canvas HD. I am saying this because I myself use Karbonn Titanium S5 and my friend use Micromax Canvas HD and I think Lava 504q is the best. In fact, I am now going to buy Lava 504q smartphone.

  • Anand M
    August 8, 2013 at 11:27 am

    Iris 504q is the only best phone from LAVA.

  • Pankaj Kumar
    August 6, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    which one should i choose….
    Lava Iris 504Q or Micromax Canvas HD…
    Please tell me

  • Mohit meena
    August 4, 2013 at 2:46 pm

    What about Batman dark knight…

  • Bikash Mukherjee
    August 3, 2013 at 4:26 pm

    My budget is near about 13-14K, Which mobile I should I buy Lava Iris 504Q, Gionee E5, Canvas HD. I want to play mkv movie format.

  • Anbu Sivaram
    August 1, 2013 at 1:14 pm

    This must be annoying but i am caught up at tight spot. Both Canvas HD and Lava iris 504 have same specs and features(even performance). What do u reckon on buying. Please add in any other good product u that prefer !

    Thanks in advance for replying.

    • Shubham Yadav
      September 9, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Well, Lava Iris 504q is better than Canvas HD because Lava Iris 504q has a Gyroscope (sensor) by which you can take a Photosphere! In addition it also have Gravity and Magnetic sensor which Canvas HD dosen’t have!

  • meher
    July 25, 2013 at 5:55 pm

    can anyone suggest me.i m vry confused. my budget is 12k.
    which is better…,,
    Lava Iris 504 Q
    Karbonn S5 Titanium?

  • mallikbcm
    July 24, 2013 at 8:47 pm

    For this mobile SAR Value is 1.6w/kg, Is it acceptable or not. Please let me know i want to buy this mobile. I think Radiation will be more for this mobile for long time calls

  • ShubhamDehadray
    July 23, 2013 at 10:31 pm

    next flagship of samsun                     

  • ShubhamDehadray
    July 23, 2013 at 10:30 pm

    great video of android 4.3      ……………………….. :)

  • visu9012
    July 22, 2013 at 10:35 am

    A old neo l can give a canvas 2 a run for its money the Sony device here being old and a single core and the micromax being newer and dual core actually compared email both rooted

  • visu9012
    July 22, 2013 at 10:33 am

    Ppl before posting comments like Sony Samsung and others are fools u and stuff like that and saying stuff abt this is ur first phone and it’s better than all the rest
    Firstly for ur info in practical comparison according to gaming pe usage

  • MangoTech
    July 21, 2013 at 10:42 pm

    Dear sir,
    First of all I m very big Fan of yours. I have seen
    lots of videos on mobiles from you. But now I want to buy my first
    Android mobile and I m confused betn Iris 458q and xolo Q600. My budget
    is low upto Rs7500. so plz tell me for which should I go? and are we
    able to store apps and games on Sd card in Lava Iris 458q?

  • YrDearestFriend
    July 19, 2013 at 10:08 am

    Superb phone…..though its difficult to manage 5 inch phone single-handedly
    but this is a masterpiece its so slim that once you buy it ,you will never look
    back to 4.5 inch. 5-inch is perfect on this phone….
    *Nice watching full hd hollywood movies with subtitles without any lag..
    *awesome camera(greed never ends as camera should have been better..No man nice
    camera if you are professional go for sony cybershot:)
    *Nice battery back up
    *Gesture/Wave control works great
    *No lags at all
    *Smooth touch
    *Clear Call quality  and loud speaker are awesome
    *Super Slim and very light weight (biggest advantage 5-inches is just
    perfect on it )
    *notification light given at the top
    *Usb otg worked perfectly(1080p movies running smoothly )
    *Available at just 12400rs at 91mobiles
    I was also confused it with xolo q800 but the main problem is xolo service
    Have a look at comments
    This s5 titanium has snapdragon processor which is not as fast as 504q
    Much better and trusty than those karbon,intx,zen,celkon,gionee
    At least this lava has list of authorized service centers mentioned on its
    website …so be safe and in fact I’ve been using 2 other lava mobiles since
    1.8 years so no problem until now
    Thank you

  • HemangSharma4
    July 12, 2013 at 4:40 pm

    Guys , Thanks for the review , how is the touch response and customer support for this phone , 
    Should I go for it and batery backup

  • sudha200480
    July 11, 2013 at 7:37 pm

    This is my first Android mobile, after a long search i narrow down my
    mind for Lava Iris 504Q, u will not be sad at all in any usage of this
    phone. This is superb and looks very rich. Once after seeing this
    mobile, u will not go for any other brand like Samsung, Sony, HTC,
    Micro max, Celkon etc… other big brands are making fool of us. U get
    all in this phone for less price.
    Cons: Camera quality is low, thats ok. If u really interested in good
    pictures, buy digital camera separately. Camera is meant for taking pic
    and mobile for communication.
    After all any mobile can get problems or damage, all depends on our handling
    If u have a budget of 13K, pls go for this mobile. Awesome finish and Look
    We must thank to Lava R & D people,
    Finally u can go blindly for this mobile.

  • iqbal_puneet
    July 6, 2013 at 9:13 pm

    Hii bharat…which is better overall among Lava Iris 504q and xolo q1000…Thxx in advance…;)

  • Ramkrishna Mahanta
    July 6, 2013 at 10:30 am

    Bharat please review titanium s9

  • Abhishek Biranale
    July 5, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks…… comparison between xolo q800 and lava iris 504q is needed……

  • Omkar Pawaskar
    July 4, 2013 at 10:21 pm

    yes,it is a dual sim fone but can it take 2 gsm sims at a time? it is mentioned in the video it is gsm and cdma so!!!

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