Friday, June 13, 2014

Hands on Review: Lenovo S660 – The Art of Being Underrated!

Pros: Exceptional battery life, value for money, build quality
Cons: Unconventional menu styling, slightly inferior display quality.



The Lenovo S660 was launched in India in April 2014 with a price tag of Rs. 12,000. The smartphone is powered by a Mediatek MT6582M Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, Mali-400MP2 GPU, 8 GB internal memory with microSD support up to 32 GB, 8 MP primary camera, VGA secondary camera, 4.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen and Android OS v4.2 Jelly Bean.



Ever since the launch of Moto G, the 10k category is pretty much ruled by Motorola only. No other phone comes to mind when someone asks for a suggestion to buy a phone with budget of 10-12 thousands. However there are couple of more devices in the market which are capable and worth considering. We have one such phone with us and that is Lenovo S660. It was first introduced in February 2014 during Mobile World Congress event and it went on sale from April this year. With Lenovo’s poor marketing most people are not even aware about the existence of this phone. Let’s have a closer look at it.

Screen & Build Quality

The build quality of S660 is quite good. Made of brushed aluminium surface panels, the phone resembles unibody style. However the back panel is removable. The phone is premium to hold and being a little heavier (mostly because of the large capacity battery), it remain noticeable in your pockets. The company claims that the back panel is scratch resistant and does not require a case as such.




Lenovo S660 sports a 4.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and 234 ppi pixel density. It is multi touch up to 5 fingers. The display quality is fine as such but when compared to Moto G, it is slightly inferior considering Moto G’s 336 ppi pixel density screen. Day time visibility is fine and being a notch larger than Moto G’s screen it is much convenient to watch movies, reading stuff and playing games on it. There is a VGA camera above the screen along the earpiece. On the back we have a brushed surface back with an 8MP primary camera with LED flash and dedicated voice recording microphone.

Camera, Buttons & Call/Audio Quality

Lenovo S660 is equipped with an 8 MP primary camera along LED flash offering maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels. It has necessary features like autofocus, Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection and HDR. The front camera is VGA. The image quality of S660 is quite good with impressive macro photography. The lens can sharply focus to very close objects. Front camera is pretty average for video calling purpose, Lenovo should have provided at least a 1.3MP lens for secondary camera. Camera app has oodles of options to play with while clicking pictures.




Lenovo S660 has both volume rocker and sleep button on right hand side. A USB cum charging port is on the bottom left side of the phone. 3.5mm audio jack is on the top of the phone.  All buttons are nice and soft to operate. It doesn’t have a dedicated camera button. Audio quality of ear phones and speaker phone is impressive. Call quality is also loud and clear. No complaints whatsoever in this regard.

OS/Performance and Battery

Lenovo S660 has a decent hardware for a 12k smartphone. A Mediatek MT6582M Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor, 1 GB RAM, Mali-400MP2 GPU, 8 GB internal memory with microSD support up to 32 GB, 8 MP primary camera, VGA secondary camera, Android OS v4.2 Jelly Bean makes it a nice entry level mid-range smartphone. All basic tasks like calling, texting, clicking pictures, listening to music etc are very easy on the processor. Light to moderate gaming is well handled by a Mali-400 GPU. It does not get heated up upon prolong use, gaming or watching movies.




Lenovo S660 has Android 4.2 Jellybean on board with slight modification by Lenovo. They have modified some icon styles and the main menu style is scraped which is a bit inconvenient for someone who is accustomed to android phones. All apps and options are on front screen only! Basic apps like dialer, call logs etc are user friendly and displays crisp, neat & clean information.





Lenovo S660 is equipped with a gigantic removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery which claims to offer Talk Time of 36 hrs on 2G and 20 hrs on 3G. Standby Time is claimed to be around 840 hrs on 2G and 660 hrs on 3G. Overall battery will outlast a day easily. Lenovo provides 1 year manufacturer warranty for Phone and 6 months warranty for in the box accessories.

Conclusion

What if I say this phone is underrated? Well actually it is if I talk about and compare the marketing strategies of Lenovo with Motorola/Flipkart. If someone is not comfortable with Moto G’s smaller screen, limited storage space, battery life and availability issues then Lenovo S660 is a very capable phone worth considering in 10k smartphone segment.

Ratings (out of 5 stars)

Build Quality ****
Screen ***
Performance ****
Value for Money ****


Overall ****

Specs at a glance

Screen
4.7 inches IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with resolution of 540 x 960 pixels and 234 ppi pixel density.
Processor

GPU
Mediatek MT6582M Quad-core 1.3 GHz processor
Mali-400MP2 GPU
RAM
1 GB RAM
Storage
8 GB internal memory with microSD support up to 32 GB
Camera
8 MP Primary camera + VGA front camera
Network Type
Dual SIM, Wi-Fi Hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0 GPS, GPRS/EDGE, 3G, FM Radio
Battery
Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
OS
Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Dimensions
68.8x137x9.95 mm
Weight
151 grams


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