Canvas series of smartphones have played a major role in the success of Micomax and have also forced other players to come out with handsets with similar specification and pricing.
Micromax Canvas HD A116 was a blockbuster smartphone when it was launched. I guess even Micromax had not anticipated that it will become such a hit otherwise there wouldn’t be a supply and demand mismatch for the smartphone in the market.
Even now the demand for Micromax Canvas HD has not slowed down and as per The Mobile Indian’s Survey It is one of the most searched phone in India.
To challenge supremacy of Canvas HD, Lava has recently launched Iris 504q for Rs 13,499. It has a 5 inch high definition display, 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek processor, 1 GB RAM, 8 megapixel rear camera, 2megapixel front camera, 2000 mAh battery, gesture control and a lot more.
But the question is whether you should go for the Micromax Canvas HD or the Lava Iris 504q as the phone have a price difference of just Rs1,000. We have already reviewed the Canvas HD so we are in a good position to talk about its performance, and we expect to review the Lava Iris 504q soon.
Here we present to you a comparison of both the handsets based on specification and our user experience that will help you choose the right smartphone for yourself.
Micromax Canvas HD A116 with 10.7 mm thickness is a slim smartphone but Lava Iris 504q is slimmer with 8.4 mm waist line.
In terms of looks Canvas HD has a shiny yet non-slippery body on the other hand Iris 504q has a rubberized back panel along with a metal strip encasing the phone body. Both the smartphones don’t look cheap but Iris 504q look much better.
In terms of display both Micromax canvas HD and Lava Iris 504q have a 5 inch IPS screen with1280 x 720 pixel resolution. The only difference in Lava has used One Glass Solution (OGS) technology, which promises a wider viewing angle, sunlight readability and touch response.
Both the smartphones have a 294 ppi pixel density and come with Gorilla Glass.
Micromax Canvas HD comes with an 8 megapixel rear camera with dual LED flash and auto focus. There is a 2 megapixel camera in the front.
Lava Iris 504 q, on the other hand, has a 8 megapixel auto focus rear camera with single LED flash and 2 megapixel front camera. The only difference between the two is of LED flash – Micromax has two while Lava has one.
As far as storage is concerned Micromax Canvas HD and LavaIris 504q both have a decent 4 GB of internal memory of which 1.77 GB is available for the user. In both the smartphones one can also expand the memory up to 32 GB using a micro SD card.
Even in terms of battery both the smartphones are evenly matched. Canvas HD and Iris 504q are powered by 2,000mAm battery.
Canvas HD gives around five hours of talktime with one full recharge and Lava claims that because of their battery booster application Lava iris 504q will be able to give around 7 hours of talktime in one full recharge.
Processor, OS, RAM
Both the handsets come with the same MediaTek processor which has four cores and 1.2 GHz clock speed.
In terms of operating system Lava Iris 504q comes with Android 4.2 and Micromax Canvas HD A116 has Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
As far as RAM is concerned both the smartphones have 1 GB RAM.
Micromax Canvas HD comes with a free flip cover inside the box and on other hand Iris 504q also come with a Flip cover and USB on the go cable( one can attach pen drive using this cable).
Lava Iris 504q also has gesture controls for taking pictures or browsing the picture gallery and changing the music or radio station by just hovering a hand over the device. Apart from that Lava Iris 504q has also support for Over The Air update.
Most of the times there is a mismatch between what is claimed by the company and how the device works in real time. We have done a thorough review of Micromax Canvas HD and fond some issues with the camera output.
On the other hand we had spent just a few minutes with Lava Iris 504q so we will reserve our final verdict. But if we look the spec sheet of both the smartphones they are almost identical and the major difference is that Lava Iris 504q is priced Rs 1,000 cheaper as compared to canvas HD.