Lenovo S660 Review: Lenovo’s Good Looking Budget Smartphone!

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Lenovo, as of now is not well-known for its smartphones in countries like India, but with its good-looking, decent specifications and economical smartphones, it is definitely making its space in the smartphones market. In the recent times we have seen brands like Micromax, Spice, Gionee and Karbonn gaining a lot of attention with their budget, yet amazing smartphones. Well, this time we see Lenovo following the same technique. Lenovo recently announced a smartphone, called Lenovo S660 at the Mobile World Congress 2014 which is currently priced somewhere around Rs. 11,000-11,500 in the Indian markets. The Lenovo S660 comes with all the premium features and looks, that you would like to have in a high-end smartphone, but yet comes with a very decent price. If you would like to know about this smartphone, following is our review on it.

Display

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To be honest, this is the factor that has impressed me the most about this smartphone. Lenovo S660 sports a 4.7-inch IPS display, with a resolution of 960×540. It might not be the correct resolution to offer to a user with a screen which measures 4.7-inch diagonally, but the display and the colors are really soothing to the eyes. It is scientifically proven that we cannot spot an isolated pixel with bare eyes, if the pixel density is above 300ppi. But, with this phone offering a pixel density of 234ppi, makes it equally difficult for a user to spot an isolated pixel. The Lenovo S660 offers its user great viewing angles too, so this makes it one of the best displays for this price! Thumbs up to Lenovo for not ignoring the screen just to drop the price of the smartphone.

Design

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It wouldn’t be right to call the Lenovo S660 the best looking smartphone at this price, but the design does not disappointing. They have done a great work with bringing a smartphone with great and simple looks. They have not done anything special, that makes the phone stylish, but the look of the phone – as a whole – is quite good. The phone has a metal running around the edges, which makes it quite easy to get hold of the phone. The back panel of the phone offers a premium look and feel, and is made of metal, and offers a brushed metal texture. There are three buttons all around the edges of the phone, all of them are present on the right side, namely, Volume Rocker (increase and decrease) and a power button. I really like the button placement on this particular smartphone, since all the three buttons are well within the reach of my thumb.

On removing the back cover of the device, we discover the MicroSD card slot and the two SIM card slots (one above the other), right above the place where the battery sits. Underneath the battery, sits the speakers. I consider speakers at the back of the device a bit odd, since the sound travels away from you when you are using the phone. But it’s a decent position, however. The 3.5mm  jack is placed on the upper edge, and the charging slot sits on the bottom end of the device.

Camera

Lenovo S660 comes with a 8MP rear camera, and is a great camera to be used for a casual photographer. The default camera application, comes with features like HDR Mode, Face Detection, Best Shot, Smile Detection, Face Beauty Mode, Panorama Mode and EV Bracket Shot Mode. The camera does a satisfactorily great job, with its color reproduction and focus. The shots taken in the daylight seems to come out pretty well, but the indoor shots are a little grainy, when looked closely. The camera is great for a casual photographer, and if you need a phone’s camera just to upload images on the web. Please Note: The phone’s camera application comes with 6MP and 720p (High) as defaults for images and videos, respectively. Make sure you change them to 8MP and 1080p (Fine) to get a better quality.

Here are a few camera samples taken with the Lenovo S660: bit.ly/S660-1bit.ly/S660-2bit.ly/S660-3, bit.ly/S660-4

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Performance

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The Lenovo S660 comes with a Mediatek MT6582M SoC and runs on 1.3GHz quad-core processor, coupled with a 1GB RAM. Having Mali-400 MP2 GPU to suffice your gaming needs, the phone does pretty well with a lot of games we tested it with. S660 comes with a 8GB built-in memory, which you can expand upto 32GB, with the help of a MicroSD card. The S660’s AnTuTu’s score is quite close to that of Samsung Galaxy S3, so you might get a better opinion of the phone’s performance in case you’ve ever used a Samsung Galaxy S3. The other phones that manage to score close to S660’s score of 17,745 are Micromax Canvas Turbo Mini (16,942) and the Oppo R1 (17,529). The quad-core processor enables us to multitask and use the phone to its best potential. The multitasking while watching HD videos and switching to games or applications was smooth, comparing it with other phones in this price segment.

Operating System and Features

This is one of the most-talked-about feature in the smartphones these days, with everyone hoping the latest update the release to their devices. The Lenovo S660, comes with Android Jellybean out of the box, but as soon as I booted the device, I received the Android KitKat update. Lenovo also provides its users with some extra applications, which comes pre-installed in the device – such as SECUREit (Antivirus), SYNCit (Cloud service to back up your necessary information) and SHAREit (Wireless media transmission). I, personally don’t expect anything more of a smartphone which is priced at Rs. 11,000! That’s seriously amazing.

Battery

This might be disappointing for you to know the problems I faced with this smartphone, for a few days of use. With all the features doing so well, the phone disappointed me when it comes to talking about phone’s battery. On paper, the 3000mAh battery should give a standby time of 840 hours, but it is no where to what I noticed. The phone’s battery drops quickly, just after the phone is disconnected from the charger, but after around 85% but phone does pretty well. I could manage to keep the phone running for a day, with 2G network on throughout the day. But, after a week – the smartphone ran easily for two heavy days. But in the early days, I was disappointed to a certain extent.

Verdict

It is a must-buy smartphone for all those teenagers who’re looking for a budget smartphone with a hell lot of features packed into the device. It has a decent screen-size of 4.7-inches, which allowed my thumb to every corner of the screen. This smartphone comes with Android Jellybean as default Operating System, but as soon as I booted the smartphone, received the Kitkat update. So, operating system shouldn’t be a problem. Of course, this smartphone is a tough competitor of the Moto G – but performs a lot better than it and is priced roughly Rs. 1,500 less than it. So why shouldn’t one go with the Lenovo S660?

Karan Uppal

Karan Uppal is the Editor-in-Chief for Virtuaniz. He is currently a bachelor student of Computer Science at Bangalore and is working with a few start-ups. Karan is a keen learner and loves to travel. He loves reviewing gadgets and claims them to hold an important part in his life. Follow him at @freezethinker to get his updates.

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