Tuesday, Sep 23, 2014

Lenovo Vibe Z quick read review: Worth the price, but you have to like the interface

The Vibe Z K910 is Lenovo's new flagship. The Vibe Z K910 is Lenovo's new flagship.
Written by Mihir Patkar | Posted: February 23, 2014 11:29 am | Updated: March 13, 2014 9:16 pm

Lenovo is renowned for its fantastic laptops, but it’s slowly making a mark in the world of smartphones too. The Vibe Z K910 is its new flagship, packed with top-of-the-line hardware. But is it worth Rs. 36,000?

Quick Tech Specs: 5.5-inch display (1920×1080 pixels, 401 ppi) | 2.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor | 2GB RAM | 16GB storage + no microSD slot | 13MP rear camera (1080p FullHD video), 5MP front camera (1080p FullHD video) | 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n/ac, Wi-Di, Bluetooth 4.0 | GPS with A-GPS | 3000mAh battery | Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with custom UI

Design: The last Lenovo flagship and the Vibe Z’s predecessor was the K900, which looked great with its sleek metallic design but didn’t feel that good when you held it. This time, Lenovo has traded in the sharp edges and metal body for high-quality plastic and rounded corners. The result? It doesn’t look as premium as the K900, but it feels far better to hold in your hand. It’s a big phone, so rounded edges make it a tad easier to grip. Plus, the Vibe Z is deceptively light for its size, much more so than the K900. And I’m glad the Vibe Z has capacitive touch buttons on the bezel rather than them taking up screen space. If you’re going to have a bezel, it only makes sense that it’s used when screen space is limited real estate. That said, at 15 cms in total height, this is a gargantuan handset and won’t fit most people’s hand properly.

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Screen: Speaking of the screen, the 5.5-incher here reproduces colours well and is sharp, thanks to its FullHD resolution. The viewing angles aren’t the best I have seen on a phone, but they aren’t bad enough to be a deal-breaker either. The only issue is with sunlight legibility. Even on full brightness, it wasn’t easy to read things on it while walking around under Mumbai’s harsh sun.

Performance: With a Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM, it’s no surprise that the Vibe Z can handle anything you throw at it. Much like any other smartphone running this combination, there are zero performance issues.

Memory: The advertised 16GB translates to only 12GB once the OS and preinstalled apps have had their share. With no expandable microSD slot, 12GB is going to prove to be very little if you shoot videos with 1080p, take photos at 13MP, load up some songs and download a few FullHD games. Case in point, if you install HD versions of FIFA 14, Call of Duty: Strike Team and Asphalt 8, that’s 5GB of space right there.

Connectivity: The Lenovo Vibe Z has an average antenna, on par with the likes of the LG Nexus 5 and Sony Xperia Z1.

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