WAVE IT AWAY

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - TEST BENCH -

The new breed of af­ford­able An­droid smart­phones is all the same. And this is why you will see more man­u­fac­tur­ers try to add dif­fer­en­tia­tors to their prod­ucts.

Lava's lat­est Iris 504Q has specs that are very com­mon th­ese days in ph­ablets. So it tries to stay ahead by adding a unique ges­ture con­trol fea­ture. You can cap­ture an im­age, flip through the gallery or change the sound track by just wav­ing your hand on front of the phone. While Samsung's Galaxy S4 has sim­i­lar fea­tures, on Sony Er­cis­son's 2008 model Z555 you could mute a call or put the alarm on snooze mode with a wave.

The phone also has a 1280x700p IPS dis­play with great view­ing an­gles. The hard­ware qual­ity has im­proved as the 504Q doesn't feel too broad or heavy to hold. The Iris 504Q of­fers the stock An­droid in­ter­face and we found it to be very fast. How­ever, it comes with only 4GB in­ter­nal stor­age, of which only 1.7GB is avail­able for use. Even with fancy fea­tures turned off, the 504Q failed to last us a day and that too with only one SIM slot in use.

BAG IT OR JUNK IT: An aver­age smart­phone with fancy ges­ture con­trol

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