Lenovo Phab 2 detailed review
My first touch screen phone was the LG KP500 cookie, and I remember seeing its 3-inch display, I was amazed at how big it was. I have the Lenovo Phab 2 right now, whose 6.4-inch display absolutely dwarfs my old cookie. The Phab 2 is the cheapest of the three new phablets launched by Lenovo, and at the same time the price is much higher than my LG cookie.
At Rs 11,999, the two biggest competitors of the phone are its big brother, Phab 2 Plus, and Xiaomi Mi Max. However, these two phones cost more than Phab 2. So, does this price difference make it the best phablet to buy? Find out.
Where the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus had a 1080p display, the Phab 2 has a 720p panel. Wide across the 6.4-inch, resulting in a pixel density of around 230ppi. It is not very crisp and some icons appear blurred, while text jagged may appear. However, the on-screen responsiveness is good.
Color reproduction and contrast averages. However, the viewing angles are not very nice, with a noticeable color change in the slightest angle. The phone’s luminance rating is 363 lux, which is really low, and the display will be considered as dim. Also, there are noticeable light leaks around the corners, which affects the color reproduction near the edges. You will notice it with darker colors. However, sunlight is sufficient to work with clarity, but not ideal.
Construction and design
Lenovo Phab 2 is big, but not what you call ugly. It resembles a large rectangle, and features a slightly curved back and chamfered edges. For what you might expect from its size, the Phab 2 actually fits comfortably in one hand. However, the angles are not very round. So when you hold the phone in landscape mode, they dig into the palm of your hand. Also, most of the time you will need both hands to operate the phone.
Unlike other smartphones in this price range, Lenovo has chosen to go with a plastic build instead of metal. However, this does not mean that it is not well built. Phab 2 is quite strong and looks really nice to use the physical buttons. Note that Phab 2 does not have a fingerprint scanner.
The phone is quite large and weighs 227 grams. This is something you should consider if you prefer to wear tights. Also, along with the iPhone 7 Plus, MI Max and many more, it is one of the heaviest smartphones you can buy right now.
Phones of this size are not designed for one-handed use. Although there is a one-handed mode in the settings, it only works for dialer and lock screen passcodes. So you really have no choice but to use the device with both hands.
While the Lenovo Phab 2 may be one of the biggest phones you can buy right now, it’s not the fastest. The quad-core MediaTek MT8735 processor clocked at four Cortex A53 cores clocked at 1.3Ghz. You will also get 3GB RAM. It’s relatively slow with little framing problems when playing performance intensive games like Injustice or Asphalt 8.
Synthetic benchmark tests paint a pretty accurate picture of the MediaTek MT8735, in contrast to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 650’s choice found in the Mi Max. They are often not the perfect representation of real world performance, but in this case, the differences are well represented. The phone is especially slow in single core performance, which is probably why apps take longer to load than usual.
Lenovo Phab 2 does not come with Google Tango like Phab 2 Pro or with dual-rear camera like Phab 2 Plus. All you get is a single 13MP rear camera with a dual-tone flash The front has a 5MP unit.
Pictures taken with the phone, regardless of the state of the light, appear to be consistently dull. In daylight, the colors seem dull with hints of imperfection. In most cases the details are less and the phone loses the details in the shadows even when it is illuminated like the outside. In low light, even if you click on illuminated streets, restaurants, etc., the picture quality is quite poor with noticeable sound and bad colors.
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Also you won’t get a manual mode for taking pictures, a feature of Phab 2 Plus. However, AR mode is present and it allows you to place and interact with a fairy, dragon, dog or cat in the photo. While this is a bit pretty (especially dog), the novelty ends really quickly. It remains a strategy of the best.
The phone has a 4050mAh battery just like the big brother. In our benchmark test, it performed quite well with scores of 8 hours and 30 minutes. However, in my 12-hour workday, which included about an hour of music playback, 30 minutes of gaming, and some browsing and texting, I had about 55-60 percent battery left. The display was kept at 100% brightness everywhere. The phone may last you a day, but it may not be enough for a device of this size.
Considering that Xiaomi has been able to stuff a 4850mAh battery into the same size Mi Max, I personally can’t help but think Lenovo could do something similar and add a bigger battery to the phone. Size doesn’t matter, but Mi Max can last a long time.
The last row
Excluding the build quality, I seldom like the Lenovo Phab 2. For a display phone, it would be nice for Lenovo to offer a full HD display instead of a 720p panel. Even with the extra price, if you are in the market for a phablet, Xiaomi Mi Max is a much better purchase. Your Phab 2 should be considered only if you are adamant on a phablet and cannot afford to spend a penny. 11,999.