Lenovo A6000 review : Beauty in Austerity

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The Lenovo A6000 is one phone that hasn’t been publicized much. Maybe because there’s no stand out feature to hold on to, or because it’s not a flagship phone. This phone has been around since January 2015, and as it stands, this was cheapest phone with 4G LTE support until just recently it was ousted by Gionee M3 mini. Is this phone worth your money? These and more we hope to find out, meanwhile here are it’s key features:

Lenovo A6000 in hand

  • 5.0 – inch IPS Capacitive display, with 720 ×1280 pixels (294 PPI).
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat upgradeable to Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.
  • Snapdragon 410 chipset with quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, Adreno 306 GPU and 1 GB of RAM.
  • 8 MP Autofocus camera with LED flash, pixel count 3264 x 2448 pixels and Video recording of 720p.
  • 2 MP front-facing camera, with pixel count 1600 x 1200 pixels and 720p video recording.
  • 8 GB internal storage (4.7 GB usable)
  • Dual SIM support, Both Micro-SIM, 4G/3G SIM1 only.
  • Li-Po 2300 mAh battery,

Main Disadvantages

  • Average camera.
  • No USB OTG.
  • SIM 2 slot is 2G only

Read the full detailed specifications HERE, as well as our Hands on/Unboxing experience HERE.

Hardware/Design
The Lenovo A6000 is a regular rectangular slab with smoothly curved edges. Its one beautiful piece to hold. At just 8.2 mm thick, the phone is slim and yet very light weight. It’s made of plastic all round. The back side is an impressive matte finish. Camera and LED flash is on the top left side, while the dual Dolby speaker grills are found in the lower side.

Lenovo A6000 side

For the front we have the front camera on the upper side. The bezels aren’t so big here. The lower side carries the navigation buttons. Sadly there’s no back light for this. On the top, you see the 3.5 mm earphone jack, right beside it is the USB v2.0 charging port. On the bottom, you only find a small dot for the mic.

The left hand side of this phone is free of buttons, but on the right hand side, you find the volume rockers and power button.

Software:
The Lenovo A6000 naturally came with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. After first boot, an update notification appeared. Lo and behold!! after downloading and installing, it was Lollipop – all done over-the-air. Nice work Lenovo!! The Lenovo Vibe UI is beautiful with nice looking wallpapers and theme feature. The app drawer is like that of iOS. Scroll to the left to see your apps.

Lenovo A6000-software

The phone came pre-installed with some useful apps from Lenovo which includes: Share It (Another kind of Xender/FlashShare), Sync It (for backup/restore of contacts), and Lenovo Companion (a kind of PC suite for Diagnostics). I was awarded 60 points on Evernote immediately I signed into my account. That amounts to 6 months of premium usage courtesy of Lenovo. Bliss!!

Lenovo A6000-software2

Display:

This phone comes with a 5-inch display of 1280 x 720 pixels with 294 ppi. Just like we observed in the hands-on review, the colors are very sharp and vibrant. But on a closer inspection, you notice the colors are somehow washed, especially in white interfaces. This phone doesn’t have any form of glass protection, so you may have to use a screen protector with it. The screen is also prone to smudges. Viewing angles here are really good – no matter how you tilt it, one can still see clearly. Sunlight legibility is poor here. Though it gets better after cranking up the brightness level.

Camera:

The Lenovo A6000 comes with 8 MP lens at the back and 2 MP at the front for selfies. The output won’t wow you neither will it make you hide your face in shame. It’s average. For the back camera, the lens doesn’t take in so much detail, and it smoothens the pictures even without editing. Objects end up losing their natural colors. For the selfie camera, It doesn’t cover a wide angle, the selfies taken are ok.

To really highlight the quality of the camera, we pit it against the Infinix Hot 2 with same 8 MP lens. The one at the top is the Lenovo while the ones under is the Infinix Hot 2.

Outdoor shot.

Lenovo A6000 vs Infinix Hot2 (2)

Indoor shot.

Lenovo A6000 vs Infinix Hot2 (1)

Multimedia:

This phone comes with Dolby Digital so we expected the sound quality of be good. It didn’t disappoint. Though the volume wasn’t so loud. Music playback is OK, both with external speakers and with a good pair of earphones. The Dolby also affected video playback. Overall the experience was good on this Lenovo. Installing a 3rd party video player also helps to improve video watching here.

Multitasking /Performance:

This phone came with 1 GB of RAM, running on a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor. While we were on KitKat, apps ran smoothly, but things changed with the Lollipop update. There’s a considerable lag when you open and minimize more than 3 apps. For instance, if you were chatting, you had to wait for up to 5 seconds for the keyboard to pop-up. This is mostly to be blamed on the memory leaks associated with Lollipop. We hope the lags are fixed in a subsequent update. Here are the screenshots of the performance ratings on Antuntu and Quadrant benchmarks.

Lenovo A6000-performance

Battery life:
The 2300 mAh battery on this phone is good. It can take you through a whole day of use with extra charge left. On heavy and constant usage, you can churn out close to 8 hours which is really impressive. Being on steady Wifi, 5 hours of movies, few minutes of calls, 2 hours of gaming, and steady chat and emails. Below was the screen shot of my usage.

Lenovo A6000-battery

Miscellaneous:
The Lenovo A6000 doesn’t heat up under heavy usage. The navigation buttons on this phone has no back light- quite tacky for use at night. It doesn’t support USB OTG, we plugged the cable and it didn’t work. Sadly only the SIM 1 slot supports 4G/3G. The second slot offers only 2G. The phone has good call clarity- loud and audible. The inbuilt storage has just 4.7 GB available for use, so you might need an micro SD card to go along with this phone.


Final Words

The Lenovo A6000 is a beautiful device. Judging from the specs vs price angle, there are many better offers from competition. But then everyone will not use a TECNO or Infinix. This phone won’t wow you on many fronts, neither will it totally disappoint you on any. It comfortably takes the seat in between simplicity and complexity. This Lenovo phone is a no go area for techies or power users. It perfectly replicates beauty in simplicity. If you don’t demand much from your phone, then this device will be a perfect fit for you.

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2 comments

  1. for the last time, it doesn’t make sense that the benchmark charts have 2/3/4 year old devices as reference. it would be much more informative if you had say the Infinix Zero 2 & Hot Note, InnJoo One HD and other devices in the same price/specs range

  2. Judging from the camera output, it is very poor even compared to not that good 8mp camera from hot 2. It can’t even stand the camera on the infinix hot note not to talk of the Tecno boom J7. Lenovo should do more at cheaper price

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