Lenovo A516 Review

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Lenovo might just be pushing too hard. They did not sell as much as they would have liked it. Though they have better quality on board than Micromax or Karbonn it just does not get good with the customers. We understand they wanted to make a mark in the most growing areas of tech but it just isn’t happening. Their new Lenovo A516 plays a hand in the making it part or the breaking it, read on and find out.
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Design

Lenovo A516 is not as good in terms of built quality like the other Lenovo devices that we saw earlier. It seems like a really fragile and thin plastic body but actually it is pretty tough. It just does not look very appealing. It might also be because of the price, this is their lowest ever offering, so that might compensate for this. The okay-okay curves and design is enough to make you like this phone as a primary device. It comes in jet black.

Display

I am just going to say it. I did not like the display, it is just too pixelated. The 4.5 inch display with 480p resolution just does not fit right on this one. They could have gone with a 4.0 inch with the same resolution but then the trend is for the largest possible display somehow, surprised people have not made foldable 55 inch displays yet for phones. The display also has poor colour distribution and bad viewing angles. Lenovo A516 is not too good for the display job. Its is just pretty average I would say, not great.

Camera

Lenovo A516 has a 5MP primary camera. This one for a change is not a disappointment. They have taken care of the lens pretty good. It takes really nice photographs. Not compared to the high end shooters of course utu res pretty clean. There is not much pixilation but it is not as greatly detailed as well. The UI is nice, easy to use and nothing fancy. Most people just want to share on facebook so yeah for that purpose this one rules. The front camera is also good enough for self portraits and video calling. Lenovo A516 has done good in this department.

Software

Android’s v4.2 Jelly Bean features on this phone as the mobile operating system. It does bring you loads of apps from the Android ecosystem but not the widgets you get from Samsung’s TouchWiz or HTC’s Sense. So that is kind of a setback for most people. But you would not have a hard time searching for an app, and the quality is just getting better.

Performance

Lenovo A516 is pretty average in terms of CPU clocking. It is a dual core 1.2GHz processor ideal for the light social media apps and moderate gaming. It cannot handle the heavy likes of FL Commando or Real Racing and stuff. It gives your Bluetooth for sharing and that is about it. 4GB of interal storage and 512MB of RAM works just fine for you.

Final Thoughts

It again fails to impress. The Lenovo A516 does not want me to put that little amount of money and go get that phone. It can serve anyone well but for a new product and a tech enthusiast it just does not wow me. What would wow you is a Moto G, same price and much powerful and well MOTOROLA. So Lenovo needs to step it up too. Lenovo A516 is not the deal here.

Lenovo A516 comes for Rs. 8950

Lenovo A516
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GENERAL FEATURES
In Sales Package Manual, Handset, Battery, Charger
Brand Lenovo
Model ID A516
Form Bar
SIM Type Dual SIM, GSM + GSM
Touch Screen Yes
Call Features Loudspeaker
Handset Color Grey
PLATFORM
OS Android v4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Processor 1.3 GHz MT6572, Dual Core
DISPLAY
Size 4.5 Inches
Resolution FWVGA, 480 x 854 Pixels
Other Display Features IPS Display, Multi-touch, 178 Deg Wide Viewing Angle
CAMERA
Primary Camera Yes, 5 Megapixel
Secondary Camera Yes, 0.3 Megapixel
Other Camera Features Fixed Focus
DIMENSIONS
Size 66.7x132x9.9 mm
BATTERY
Type Li-Ion, 2000 mAh
Talk Time 23 hrs (2G), 14 hrs (3G)
Standby Time 696 hrs (2G)
MEMORY AND STORAGE
Internal 4
Memory 512 MB RAM
INTERNET & CONNECTIVITY
Preinstalled Browser Android
3G 21 Mbps HSDPA; 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
Wifi Yes, 802.11 b/g/n
USB Connectivity Yes, micro USB
Navigation Technology with Google Maps
Bluetooth Yes, v4
Audio Jack 3.5 mm
MULTIMEDIA
Music Player Supports MP3
OTHER FEATURES
Call Memory Yes
SMS Memory Yes
Phone Book Memory Yes
Sensors G-Sensor, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Additional Features Micro USB OTG

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Review Overview
  • Design6
  • Software6
  • Features6
  • Camera7
  • Performance6
  • Value for money6
Total Score6.2

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Sinha

Passion and Inspiration drives my life and I get them both from technology. Getting to write about it is an absolute bliss. The bliss comes from people reading what you want to convey. There is nothing better for a person than his views to be heard. I am a music, tv shows, movies and technological enthusiast.

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