A complete and economical phablet
Lava Iris N501 is a DUAL SIM phablet that sports a 5.0 inch, 800 x 480p capacitive touch screen. It runs on Ice Cream Sandwich OS. The phablet is powered by 1.0 GHz Dual core processor. The strong powerful processor enhances the productivity of this device and ensures faster performance and strong back up for multimedia features.
The phablet has a 5.0MP rear camera with LED flash for shutterbugs as well as a 0.3MP VGA front camera for video calling. It has internal storage capacity of 4.0 GB that is expandable upto 32GB via micro SD card.
Large screen size with great looks makes Lava Iris N501 a great value for money device. Recommended if you are looking for a complete phablet at an affordable price.
Overall User Rating (4.2 Out of 5 based on 320 ratings)
Overall: Yesterday I purchased this phone at great price of Rs. 8600 (without memory card). Phone is very good. I am finding it a bit bulky. May be because i shifted from a phone with 3.6'' screen to 5''. Every thing is working fine. I found a bug in the very first day. The bug was with the installation of Google Play Services. Once u will try to install it u will receive an error that "Incompatible with other applications(s) using the same shared user ID." Without Play Service its not possible to log-in to YouTube account. There are also many trail version installed on the phone. Being system app its not possible to remove those apps. Lava is also not providing any device driver for any of its Android phone. Though its possible to transfer data to memory card but no ADB device driver is there. Hike app is installed but its not possible to update as its not supported by the device. Most of the apps on Play Store are compatible. But few are still missing (Cant install my college app), i don't know why? Another thing i noticed is that the keyboard installed does not give suggestions. No dictionary is present. Moreover there is no option in the phone from where we can update the device s/w. So its very clear that LAVA is not going to provide any update for this phone. It will stay like this for ever.
But i finally got rid of Play Services installation problem and few trail apps. I made ADB work using my DELL phone driver and pulled all apk and odex files using adb command. I replaced the buggy Google apps with Cyanogenmod 9 Gapps. And also replaced LatinIME with the one which have dictionary included. Then pushed those apps in system/app folder and removed all the trail apps. After doing all this i did a factory reset. And everything worked great. Now my phone have a dictionary, no trail apps and all included apps can be updated without any problem. Best part is that by removing unnecessary apps my phone got more responsive as there is more free RAM.
Finally i am satisfied with the phone. All the games the running fine. With no lags. Did all the benchmark tests and found result to be slightly higher than what Gogi posted in his review. Though i miss LED notification (for new messages and missed calls) which was present in my last phone.