With the return of styli-driven devices comes the resurgence of extra-large smartphones, and we’re not talking about the run-of-the-mill 6-inchers. A couple of recent releases feature screen sizes that border the realm of tablets, and the Lenovo Phab Plus is one of them.
6.8-inch 326ppi Full HD IPS capacitive
Android 5.0 Lollipop
Quad-core 1.5GHz & quadcore 1.0GHz Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615
32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM
13MP rear, 5MP front
LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, microUSB, 3.5mm jack
It. Is. Huge. There’s no doubt about it. The size is bordering on ridiculous, but with several other smartphone models sporting the same screen size, the big brands probably know something that I don’t. As expected, the size needs getting used to, but it has grown on me. My fingers don’t get tired as much because they contract less, making the device seem to
just rest on them.
Despite its size, the Phab Plus is surprisingly easy to handle. It is light and slim enough to promote convenient usage, and I like the texture of the metal chassis. The design, however, is pretty popular nowadays and doesn’t offer any unique elements.
I enjoy watching videos and looking at photos, primarily on my Instagram and Facebook feeds, because of the extra-large screen. Reading is also a treat. In essence, doing anything on the device feels less stressful because of the roomy surface. I appreciate that nothing feels cramped and my fingers need not be too precise when tapping. However, readability suffers outdoors during the day.
The 2GB RAM proves powerful enough for t usual apps. Playing videos and music is no problem, but graphics-intensive games may prove difficult after running for some time. This is not a high-end device, but the midrange performance is reliable.
The camera isn’t stellar, but it does the job, at the very least. Photo quality makes images good enough for social media posts, but don’t expect highly detailed photos with vivid and true-to-life colors.
The speakers blast loud sound and are capable of managing it. The Phab Plus is outfitted
with Dolby Atmos technology, and this software boost definitely performs, so whether you watch videos with earphones or speakers, it would still be enjoyable.
The specs may seem average, but because of the generous screen real estate and the budget-friendly price, the Lenovo Phab Plus delivers great value for money. The unusually large size may limit its appeal, but the Phab Plus gives the option of leaving the larger, heavier tablet at home and makes the most out of the popular second mobile phone (sometimes even a feature phone) used for efficient texting and calling.
Review by Aritha Zel Zalamea
First published in Speed January 2016