Lenovo A7000 Reviews






Design

                         Lenovo A7000 looks like an oversized A6000 (or A6000 Plus for that matter), and does not boast of much in terms of design flair. The phablet's body is dominated by plastic, with only the power and volume buttons being made of metal. The matte finish plastic on the back of the smartphone gets easily smudged. slightly curved edges and rounded edges of the device, which make it easy to hold in the hand. Though it is rather wide at 76.2mm, Lenovo A7000 is surprisingly light at 140 grams. The bezels above and below the display are not too wide compared to other handsets in the same segment, while those on the sides are pretty thin.

Three soft-touch keys: Task Switcher, Home and Back; unfortunately, the keys are not backlit, which may pose a problem when you operate the handset in the dark. Above the screen is the front camera and the regular set of sensors.
On the back is the primary camera and dual LED flash; the camera module is slightly recessed, so the lens cannot get scratched when placed on a flat surface. The loudspeaker is placed towards the top too. The Lenovo branding is located slightly above the middle of the back.

Display

                      One of the strong points of Lenovo A7000 is its 5.5-inch HD IPS display. It is among the few smartphones that have been able to get the right balance in terms of colours, delivering vibrant hues but not crossing the line of oversaturation. The brightness levels are quite nice, so much so that you can comfortably read text at just 50% brightness. However, the viewing angles of Lenovo A7000 are less than perfect, as the colours lose vigour when viewed at an angle; instead of displaying the natural colours, the display panel shows rather cold tones.

Unfortunately, Lenovo has not used Gorilla Glass to give the screen added protection against scratches.

Hardware

                   Lenovo is using MT6752m chipset, an entry-level Mediatek chip whose chief rival is Qualcomm's Snapdragon 410, in its A7000 phablet. The chip supports 64-bit apps and has eight cores running at 1.5GHz each. The company has coupled the chipset with 2GB of RAM in this handset. The A7000 phablet comes with 8GB of internal storage, of which you get 5GB to store apps and data; the rest goes to the software. You can use microSD cards of capacities up to 32GB to expand the available storage. Lenovo A7000 comes with 2G, 3G and 4G support (for India's 2300MHz band), but only on one sim; the second sim card can only access 2G internet networks. The smartphone comes with Dolby Atmos support, the first handset in the market to offer this feature. Battery capacity of Lenovo A7000 is rated at 2,900mAh.

Software

                    A7000 is the first Lenovo smartphone to hit the market with Android 5.0 (Lollipop)-based custom skin out of the box. The company's proprietary Vibe UI does not get a major makeover with a Lollipop in terms of user interface, but it has become a lot smoother than the iteration we have seen on Vibe X2, A6000 and most recently on A6000 Plus. On the new Vibe UI, you get the same interface, with no app drawer to keep your apps hidden away from sight. Therefore, we resorted to storing apps in folders to keep the home screens uncluttered. You also get Material Design animations, but those are very limited as Lenovo's own UI overshadows the stock Android features.

Lenovo has added a number of software features to this smartphone that add to the user experience. For example, you can restrict the apps others use when you hand over the handset to them; the software also ensures no accidental buttons are pressed while the phone is in your pocket. However, most of the features you can find in older Lenovo models, like A6000 and Vibe X2. One problem with Lenovo's Vibe UI 3.0 is that it comes preloaded with a rather large number of apps, which you probably will not use. Fortunately, most of the apps can be uninstalled, so you can still salvage some internal storage, especially considering you get just over 5.5GB of usable space.

Performance


                 Lenovo A7000 is a stellar performer, offering consistently good performance throughout our review period. The smartphone never felt overburdened by the number of apps we downloaded as well as the resources they consumed. The smartphone handled all of the tasks we subjected it to without any lag or freezing up even once. The MT6752m chipset and 2 gigs of RAM also proved up to task when it came to playing heavy games like Asphalt 8 and Injustice: Gods Among Us. Frankly, it was a pleasant surprise to see the smartphone hold up so well to these resource-guzzling games without even the slightest bit of hearing. Lenovo A7000 comes with dual sim support, but only sim can operate on 4G/3G network at a time, while the other sim is relegated to 2G speeds. The call quality we observed on the smartphone was good as well.  The A7000 is touted as the world's first smartphone with Dolby Atmos technology, but you need to invest on a good pair of headphones in order to enjoy the beats. The loudspeaker volume is way too low to notice the difference when Atmos kicks in, unless you put the loudspeaker right next to you ear. However, once you plug in the earphones, you will be amazed at the audio enhancement Atmos offers; in essence, Dolby Atmos is an equalizer app, but the equalizer settings have a resounding effect on the audio and the music becomes much more enjoyable on the mobile.

Another strong suite of Lenovo A7000 is its battery life. The 2,900mAh battery can run for a day and a half easily on one charge with moderate usage, and delivers a full day of battery life even with heavy usage.

Camera

                          Lenovo A7000 has been such a fantastic smartphone so far, with no chink in its armour. Sadly, the camera turned out to be its Achilees' heel. The 8MP rear camera is certainly outclassed by the much more capable shooters of Xiaomi Redmi Note 4G and YU Yureka.The photos we took using Lenovo A7000's camera lacked detail and were pretty noisy; the level of grains in lowlight images was pretty high too. Even the colours, in bright daylight, lacked punch.

The front camera was a little better at taking selfies and will be pretty good for taking Vine videos, making Skype calls, and creating Dubsmash videos. However, photos taken with the fromt camera seemed to offer under-saturated colours too, though the right lighting indoors could fix that.

ConcludedLenovo A7000 is a pretty good smartphone, perfect for reading, watching videos, performing productivity tasks, playing games, etc. However, it is still not perfect, as exhibited by the camera performance, lack of Gorilla Glass, and 8GB of internal storage. Nevertheless, you would not go wrong in choosing this smartphone, as it still figures among the best models you can buy under Rs 10,000 despite the launch of many new handsets in the same price range

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