The wannabe

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

Af­ter in­tro­duc­ing some de­cent An­droid smart­phones, Lava has now launched a 5-inch ph­ablet called the Iris 501.

The Iris 501 has a curved de­sign with the large ca­pac­i­tive touch dis­play dom­i­nat­ing the front above il­lu­mi­nated home, back and menu keys. A 3.5-mm head­phone jack and charg­ing port have been placed on the top, with vol­ume con­trols on the left panel and power and lock keys on the other side. Although the de­vice looks neat, it is com­par­a­tively heavy to hold.

The touch was re­spon­sive with no lag. Though this one too runs an An­droid Ice Cream Sand­wich op­er­at­ing sys­tem, the user-in­ter­face has been cus­tomised with curved icons and is very re­fresh­ing. The pre-loaded apps here in­clude Crick­etFever, Asphalt6, Fu­sion, Hike, Lit­tle Big City etc.

Lava’s tryst with In­tel is lim­ited to the Xolo range, so the Iris 501 runs on Me­di­atek’s chipset pow­ered by a 1GHz dual-core pro­ces­sor with 512MB RAM. The brows­ing ex­pe­ri­ence was really smooth and video too worked fine. But the ph­ablet failed to rise to ex­pec­ta­tions when we used a data in­ten­sive app with some oth­ers run­ning in the back­ground.

This de­vice comes with a 5MP rear cam­era which cap­tures good im­ages and videos. The 0.3MP front cam­era is just about okay for video call­ing.

The IRIS 501 has some short­com­ings too. For in­stance, the screen has a poor view­ing an­gle and there is just 1GB stor­age on­board for sav­ing ap­pli­ca­tions. Thank­fully, this sup­ports up to 32GB of ex­pand­able me­mory -- there is a 4GB me­mory card in the box. The Lava Iris 501 packs in a 2300 mAh bat­tery that lasts a day-and-a-half be­tween the charges.

Lava IRIS 501

` 9,450


An­droid ICS; 5-inch ca­pac­i­tive dis­play; 5MP cam­era; 1GHz du­al­core pro­ces­sor; 512MB RAM; 1GB in­ter­nal stor­age, 32GB ex­pand­able; dual-SIM, 3G, Wi-Fi, Blue­tooth; 2300

mAh bat­tery; 185 grams

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