MAKINGTHESHOTCOUNT

Len­ovo VIBE Shot

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT - By Ian Chee

To­day, smart­phones can do pretty much any­thing. They're ba­si­cally all-in-one de­vices that we can use for ab­so­lutely any­thing, but be­cause of this, they are a master of none. Nat­u­rally, among the sea of jack-of-all­trades, some man­u­fac­tur­ers have at­tempted to make phones that stand out among the crowd in terms of func­tion­al­ity. One of them is the Len­ovo VIBE Shot.

As its name would sug­gest, Len­ovo has made this phone with its cam­era tak­ing prece­dence. Touted as a phone with what Len­ovo calls “pro-style” cam­era, it's even de­signed to look the part, with the two-tone back very much rem­i­nis­cent of older point-and-shoot film cam­eras. It feels solid with­out be­ing heavy too, and while it's a bit thick by to­day's stan­dards, it fits nicely in your hand and doesn't eat up as much space as you'd ex­pect when it's in your pocket.

Run­ning on An­droid 5.1 Lol­lipop, the UI looks fa­mil­iar im­me­di­ately. The im­me­di­ately no­tice­able dif­fer­ence, how­ever, is the lack of an app drawer. All your in­stalled apps go straight to your home screen, and re­mov­ing an app from there re­moves it from your phone. Aside from Google's usual set of apps, there are some built-in apps for you to use, such as WPS Of­fice, Gu­vera Mu­sic, and Len­ovo's own Com­pan­ion App. For­tu­nately, the pre-loaded app count isn't too many to be con­sid­ered an­noy­ing.

When it comes to the imag­ing cap­tur­ing ca­pa­bil­i­ties of this phone, there's a lot to talk about. Aside from a phys­i­cal shut­ter but­ton, you also get a switch right be­side it for you to easily switch be­tween au­to­matic point-and­shoot set­tings and the “Pro” mode, which is es­sen­tially a man­ual mode that puts set­tings like ISO, shut­ter speed, aper­ture, white bal­ance and the like at your dis­posal. How­ever, it is us­ing it in this mode that you see the VIBE Shot's great­est flaw. As soon as you de­cide to change shoot­ing modes like panorama or HDR, the en­tire in­ter­face slows down sig­nif­i­cantly. View­ing a land­scape shot im­me­di­ately af­ter tak­ing it will also re­sult in a 3-sec­ond freeze, be­fore you get to see the shot you took. We're cer­tain though, that Len­ovo can rem­edy this through soft­ware up­dates.

Out­side of its key fea­ture, the per­for­mance of the Len­ovo VIBE Shot is within ex­pec­ta­tions for its spec sheet. We put it through our usual list of bench­mark apps: AnTuTu, Quad­rant, PCMark, 3DMark and Epic Ci­tadel. The VIBE Shot scored 39,950; 3,307; 3,752; 8,109; and 30.7 FPS re­spec­tively. Bat­tery life is also rated at eight hours and 4 min­utes of do­ing work re­lated tasks, as tested us­ing PCMark's bat­tery life test.

As this a cam­era-cen­tric phone, you get a Pro mode that al­lows you to man­u­ally tune the ex­po­sure set­tings.

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