Lenovo S660 review: pocket friendly with good specs

Lenovo S660 was launched at Mobile World Congress 2014, India becomes the first country to sell the smartphone. The company has produced smartphones across different price segments.

The Lenovo S660 is a budget smartphone with some good features to offer. The device has a good battery life. The device is a good contender among the smartphones that fall into the 10K-15K price bracket.

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Is the device worth buying? Will it give tough competition to its contemporaries? Let’s find out in our review of the product.

PROS

  • Good built quality
  • Good battery life
  • Quad-core processor
  • Good specs for the price

CONS

  • Low resolution display
  • Custom UI is not good
  • Uses Android’s outdated version

DESIGN

The Lenovo S660 has a normal design and doesn’t try to be fancy. The S660 is very comfortable in the hand and it’s easy to use with one hand.

The phone has a brushed metal rear cover which gives it a premium look and makes the back resistant to scratches and smudges.

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There is a camera lens with a small LED flash, Lenovo logo, and a speaker grille placed down the centre. The microphone is smartly placed at the bottom of the top bezel panel.

There is a plastic frame around the edges which also has a metallic finish.

The power and volume rocker keys are placed at the right edge. The micro-USB port is at the bottom and the headphone jack is at the top.

On the front, there is 4.7 inch screen and three capacitive touch keys at the bottom. The phone has a good built quality and seems durable.

DISPLAY

The device sports a 4.7 inch qHD IPS display with 540 x 960 pixel resolution. The display is provides good viewing angles but is not as sharp as 720p displays and the color tone could be a little more vivid.

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The display is bright and is good enough for casual gaming and watching movies. Considering its price, the display is a good offering. The colours are vibrant and sunlight legibility is also decent.

The company said that the screen will be fingerprint proof, which is very disappointing as you can clearly see the fingerprints on the screen.

USER INTERFACE

The device runs the outdated Android 4.2 OS and is designed around the older Android button layout which is very disappointing.

However, Lenovo has started seeding the Android 4.4 KitKat update to the phone, which means that the phone now runs the latest version of Android. Other phones in the same price segment also offer Android 4.4 OS.

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All the applications now show on the home screen and there is app drawer. The app offers you a wide range of options for desktop wallpapers, lock screen, system UI, boot animation, notification UI, contact manager and call.

Apps such as Lenovo SHAREit, SECUREit, CLONEit and SYNCit apps, and Evernote, Facebook, Kingsoft Office, Route 66 Navi + Maps, Skype, Twitter and UC browser are pre-embedded in the device.

CAMERA

Lenovo S660 boasts an 8MP rear camera with LED flash. It also has a VGA front camera. The rear camera is capable of capturing 1080p videos.

The daylight shots taken from the camera are pretty decent. The pictures had good amount of detail and had good contrast, especially in HDR mode. The camera reproduced colour accurately.

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The pictures taken in low light were not satisfying. There are also modes for panorama shots, auto scene detection, best shot, EV Bracket mode, and multi-angle shots.

The camera is definitely not the best for phones in this price range. The Video capture is good but the 0.3 MP front camera is disappointing and can barely be used for video calling.

UNDER THE HOOD

The phone is powered by a 1.3 GHz MediaTek MT6582 quad core processor paired with 1GB RAM.

The device comes with 8GB internal storage which is expandable up to 32GB via microSD card.

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The Lenovo S660 has dual SIM functionalities and connectivity options include WiFi, Bluetooth and USB. The device also offers excellent call quality and signal reception.

The smartphone is fuelled by a 3000mAh Lithium-polymer battery that claims to provide 35 days of standby time and 36 hours of talktime on 2G and 20 hours on 3G.

Casual end games run without any lag and hiccups whereas there is some lagging while playing high end games on the device.

WRAP UP

The Lenovo S660 was launched at a price of Rs 13,999, but is now selling for a price of Rs 9,999 through a e-commerce channel.

The phone is a good choice for a person who is looking for a phone with essential features and good battery life.

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The phone has a solid built and offers more than its price. However the front camera and low resolution screen is a letdown.

Overall the Lenovo S660 is a good choice as it offers great performance, thanks to its quad core processor.

 

Vishal Kawadkar

editor@gizmolead.com

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