The Lenovo PHAB Plus should be your first choice, if you are looking for an Android phone where size matters.
Network 4G LTE (Dual nano SIM) // Color Gunmetal, Gray Titanium, Silver Honey // Sound 1.0cc Sound Chamber, Dolby ATMOS // Memory 2GB // Storage 23GB // Battery 3,500 mAh // Dimensions 186.6 x 96.6 x 7.6 mm // Weight 229g // Warranty 1-year // Contact Lenovo Technology Sdn Bhd // Telephone (03) 7681 8000 // URL www.lenovo.com/my Ever thought that a 5-inch display on a smartphone is too small? Lenovo did, and their answer is the PHAB Plus. Fitted with a 6.8-inch Full HD display, the PHAB Plus is quite a handful, literally. We made it our main driver for a week and here's our thought on this phone-tablet hybrid.
By no stretch of the thumb is the PHAB Plus a single-handed phone, and if single-handed operation is important to you, you might as well stop here. Although Lenovo does include single-handed navigation and input options, this addresses but not solve the issue of its sheer size.
Furthermore, although the phone's unibody feels good in the hand, it is also very slippery. This makes us feel that a grip-friendliy silicone sleeve cover or a ring handle is a must for this device, else you'll constantly feel like you are going to accidentally drop it.
The phone is not flattering in the pocket either. It juts out in the deepest of trouser pockets and is only at home in a jacket pocket or a purse. If you're carrying this phone with you, prepare for some “it's so big” jokes.
We also felt that the cameras were average at best, and the effects of the Dolby ATMOS virtual surround sound is lost in the fact that this phone does not have dual front-facing speakers.
On the upside, we can't deny that the large screen makes the PHAB Plus our go-to gadget for reading e-books and news feeds, and watching videos – preferably with headphones. We were also pleasantly surprised by the phone's battery life. Despite the large display, dualSIM support, and octa-core processor, the PHAB Plus never made us make a mad dash for the charger at the end of a full day.
We also like the Vibe UI, Lenovo's proprietary skin for Android 5.0 used on the phone. While it's nowhere perfect, it closely resembles the plain Android OS, which we appreciate.
When it comes to performance, we could not tell that the PHAB Plus only comes with 2GB of memory in our everyday use. The internal 32GB of memory is also more than sufficient, although it could be expanded at a sacrifice of the secondary SIM slot.
To us, the Lenovo PHAB Plus does have its place in the pantheon of smartphones, but its appeal is not as wide as others would be.
The phone may be huge, but the camera is a step down in performance.