Lenovo VIBE Shot
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.