I wasn’t really planning on buying a new phone since my current one is still alive and kicking, yet here I am, falling prey to the unparalleled marketing strategies the gadget merchants have especially concocted. And the one that caught my eye among all others is the Lenovo A60. Priced at 6,600PHP by Quality Cellular Phone, this phone is really worth looking into.
This is probably what you’re thinking: “The hell? I’ve never heard of a Lenovo-branded mobile phone before!” Well, they actually have a separate group for their mobile gadgets, but it’s still under Lenovo. Also, this is the first time they entered the Philippine smartphone market so maybe that’s why.
Inclusive: Phone, Earphones, Manual, Warranty, Charger, Battery, USB Cable, Screen Protector, Shell Case
Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread w/ Google Play
3.5″ HVGA Multi-touch Screen w/ 256K colors @ 320×480 pixels
MT6573 ARM11 650MHz Processor
Dual SIM, Dual Stand-by
256MB RAM, 512MB ROM
220MB internal storage, up to 16GB via microSD
3G/HSDPA, WiFi 802.11 b/g, WiFi hotspot
Bluetooth w/ A2DP, EDR
GPS with aGPS support
3.2MP rear camera
0.3MP front-facing camera
Li-Ion 1500mAh battery
Desktop User Interface
I’m not really a fan of anything Android, but after diving a couple of times in my siblings’ Droid-operated phones, I was astounded by the literally thousands of FREE and useful applications you can horde online. Well yeah, my old Nokia C3 can also have third-party apps installed in it, but I needed the bigger screen, more powerful processing and a smoother and more practical user interface to improve my overall work and social performance.
Android Keyboard Interface
However, there is a difference between this “affordable” phone compared to the hotshots from HTC, Samsung and Sony who are twice or even quadruple as expensive. There are five main things I find disappointing in this phone, but all are fair trade-offs when the price is considered:
1.) A bit thicker than the top-tier Android phones
2.) Screen is not as sharp and crystal-like (Its 256k colors vs. HTC Wildfire’s 16M colors)
3.) RAM is 256MB compared to Wildfire’s 384MB (you’ll only want this if you always have tons of apps running simultaneously)
4.) Processing power is 650Mhz, compared to the competing 800Mhz
5.) Because of number 3 and 4, it can’t play HD videos, even in 720p
Playing Final Fantasy III with SNESoid Emulator
Of course, we have the good sides despite its cheap price:
1.) Capacitive Touch, meaning it’s awesome smooth and responsive when navigating
2.) Can read up to a 16GB microSD card
3.) Thousands of free and useful downloadable apps via the pre-installed Google Play
4.) Front and back cameras
5.) Dual SIM, dual stand-by
6.) 2.3.5 Gingerbread Android OS! Need I say more?
Piano Perfect’s Piano Simulation (Multi-touch)
Here are some useful apps I downloaded that you might be interested in:
Alarm Clock, Stopwatch and Countdown Timer, Calculator, MX Player (MKV, MP4, FLAC etc.), 9GAG, Facebook, Foursquare, Google Maps, Opera Mini, SimSimi, Twitter, Viber, YouTube, Kingsoft Office (MS Office 2012 Files Compatible), Adobe PDF Reader, Astro File Browser, Anime Radio, Guitar Hero 5, Piano Perfect, Guitar Tuner, PlayStation Network, SNES Emulator, NES Emulator, Angry Birds and many more!
Watching To Aru Kagaku no Railgun OVA at 720×480 using MX Player
So overall, I find it a pretty good buy. For the super-techie person that feeds on technology’s latest, it’s processing power and RAM is sub-par. But for the average user on a budget of 8-10k PHP that would only run about 2-3 apps at the same time, this would be the top choice among its contenders. To know more about this phone, just search in it Google and YouTube. You won’t miss it!
UPDATE: Okay, then I see an upgraded version the Lenovo a65 here priced at 5,500 PHP, 1k PHP cheaper than the older version that I bought. Oh well. @_@ Haha.