The sturdy one
It is raining phablets, but not all of them come cheap. Lenovo’s K689 costs almost double than its Indian rivals, but is still considerably cheaper than the Samsung Galaxy Note II.
But for the price you get a solid, sturdy built and a design that does not resemble Samsung Galaxy devices. Hide the branding above the display, and it does look a bit like a Motorola Android, which are soon becoming extinct. It has a straight line design that looks elegant, but not huge. Plus, this is among the few phablets that can be operated with a single hand. There are silver circular keys for power as well as volume controls placed on the top and the right panel, respectively. The textured back had the camera at the top followed by an engraved Lenovo branding.
The 720 x 1280p display is bright and vibrant. While watching videos was a delight, we noticed pixellation while playing some games. There are no ca- pacitive touch keys below the screen.
The K860 packs in a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and 1GB RAM. This one too runs Android Ice Cream Sandwich and the overall performance is just about average. From browsing the web to checking emails to downloading apps and playing games, the K860 did everything smoothly, without any lag. While it could easily multi-task with up to five apps running in the background, it did heat up with just 10 minutes of gaming.
Even the sound output wasn’t impressive. At full volume, there was a lot of distortion and we had to lower the volume for clarity.
The 8MP camera did a decent job in daylight, but we can’t think of using it indoors as even with the flash the results were not impressive. Plus, if often took ages to focus. The Lenovo K860 has a 2250 mAh battery onboard which is good for a day-and-ahalf of juice on a single charge.
Android ICS; 5-inch display; 8 MP camera; 8GB internal storage, 1GB RAM; up to 32GBstorage; Bluetooth, 3G, Wi-Fi; 1.4Ghz quadcore processor; 2250 mAh battery
SHOULD YOU BUY IT Decent device, but with some issues.