The sturdy one

Gadgets and Gizmos (India) - - COVER STORY -

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.

Len­ovo K860

` 28,500

Specs:

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.

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