As 4G starts rolling out across the country, manufacturers are making it affordable to buy handsets that support the new network standard. If you’re in the market for a 4G smartphone (Read: Do you need a 4G phone?), then the Lenovo A6000 is the cheapest you can get. But is it value for money?
Specs: 5-inch capacitive touchscreen (1280×720 pixels) | 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor | 1GB RAM | 8GB internal memory, microSD up to 32GB | 4G, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, GPS | 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, HD video recording | 2300mAh Li-ion battery | Android 4.4 Kit Kat, Vibe UI 2.0 | Lenovo A6000 full specs
Price: Rs. 6,999
Does the phone live up to its specifications?
Not in all aspects. The screen is what you can expect with a 5-inch HD screen at this price, but you’ll need to put a screen protector since there is no Gorilla Glass. With the protector on, the viewing angles aren’t good and the colours distort.
The processor might be a quad-core, but the actual performance of the device is atrocious. Apps crash, the keyboard doesn’t start up smoothly, and there is persistent lag. It’s an unpleasant experience.
The camera isn’t that good either, outclassed by the snappers you get in competitors like the Moto E and the Xiaomi Redmi 1S.
And the lesser said about Lenovo’s custom Vibe UI 2.0 interface, the better. If you get the phone, also get rid of customizations for a simple look.
Is there anything good about it?
Yes, the design and the battery life. While using on 3G, the phone easily lasts a day. On 4G, you’ll get through a 9-10 hour work shift without issues.
In terms of design, the Lenovo A6000 is far better than its direct competitors: the Xiaomi Redmi 1s, Micromax A1 and the Motorola Moto E. It is sleeker, it doesn’t heat up as easily, and the back panel has a rubber-like feel that gives a nice grip.
The only design flaw is the lack of backlighting for the capacitive touch keys. You’ll have no idea what you’re pressing in the dark.
Does 4G make this phone worth it?
In my opinion, no. The real benefit of 4G connectivity is in high-speed data usage, which translates to faster browsing, faster YouTube videos, and so on. However, the A6000’s poor performance as a phone negates the benefits of 4G connectivity. What’s the point of faster internet if your browser is going to crash? What’s the point of loading pages fast if the keyboard doesn’t pop up quickly enough to type what you want?
Add to this, the A6000 is available only through Flipkart in the annoying flash sale model introduced by Xiaomi, where you have to register in advance and be super-fast in buying it. Lenovo has only released the phone in batches of 20,000, while accepting far more registrations. This phone isn’t worth jumping through all those hoops for.
The A6000, while promising on paper, simply does not live up to its potential. We’d give this one a miss.