The Len­ovo PHAB Plus should be your first choice, if you are look­ing for an An­droid phone where size mat­ters.

HWM (Malaysia) - - TELEPORT-UNLOCKED - By Az­izul Rah­man Ismail


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.len­ 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.


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