Lenovo Phab 2 Plus gets the entertainment bit right, in terms of display as well as audio quality
For Lenovo India, 2016 has been a great year. Along with the popular K series, Lenovo seems to be concentrating on the 6-inch and above display phablet phones. The Lenovo Phab 2 Plus is one such offering with pricing and specifications making it a direct competitor to the Xiaomi Mi Max.
Lenovo is pitching the Phab 2 Plus as an entertainment device, and this is evident from the fact that NetFlix was pre-loaded on this phone. Plus, the phone comes with a Dolby Atmos mode.
The phone has a metal unibody design with curved 2.5 D glass on the front, on-screen buttons that are backlit, dual speakers at the bottom, a dual-rear camera at the back and a fingerprint scanner below that. From a design perspective, it looks good, but the trouble is when you’re trying to hold it for daily use. Sure, there’s a one-handed mode in the settings under the L Assist Tab, where the dialer pad will be placed to make typing in numbers easier. However, I feel that a weight of 218 g for a phone is a lot to handle. This is a phone you’ll use when you have settled down in your bed for that night-time surfing session. It certainly doesn’t fit in any jeans pocket that I know of, unless you are a giant.
So what’s good?
Lenovo Phab 2 Plus scores on the entertainment quotient. I watched mostly Netflix on this phone, and the Full HD display is quite good. It has nice viewing angles; the colours look good and for this price band, it is more than adequate.
From a performance perspective, the Lenovo Phab 2 Plus can handle your daily browsing tasks, gaming, etc., although it doesn’t come out with flying colours in Antutu.
Coming to user interface (UI), Lenovo has kept things simple and as close to pure Android as possible. The clean interface is an advantage; this one doesn’t face issues with app permissions, etc., as it happens on other phones with their own heavily customised UI.
What’s not good?
The dual camera is slow though the AR mode seems fun, but in a pointless kind of way. Also, the dual-camera mode doesn’t quite deliver the bokeh that it should; there is a tendency for the software to blur out much of the actual object, rather than just the background. Let’s hope Lenovo can improve all of this with a software update. Lenovo Phab 2 Plus has 4G VoLTE support, but that Jio SIM didn’t work on this; not for data or voice calls.
Should you buy?
People in India are still okay with phablets it seems, for what else can explain these 6-inch-plus phones in the market. But a giant phablet by definition is not for everyone. Lenovo Phab 2 Plus, though, gets the entertainment bit right, both from display and audio perspective.
The company has also discovered that the right UI is the one that looks closest to pure Android. But overall, the battery and camera are not exciting; the latter particularly feels gimmicky. However, I do feel this device is geared for entertainment, and does that job well. If that’s your only need, then you can consider it, because this Phab is huge.
*Estimated street price: R14,999