Lenovo P780: Bold on looks

Published: Oct 27, 2013, 09:29 IST | Sameer Mitha |

Lenovo P780 smartphone comes with a good build and great battery life

Heavy and well-built are the first thoughts that will come to the mind when one holds the Lenovo P780 smartphone for the first time. It has a rectangular form factor keeping the design traditional and simple. The rear of the device has a slight curve to it making it comfortable to hold. 

Coming to the rear of the P780, it sports metal, chrome and plastic making it sturdy and well built. The chrome strip goes around the device; the rear removable panel is metal and the rest, plastic. Rip out the rear panel and you have access to the two SIM card slots and the microSD card slot. The 4000 mAh battery is there in front of you but isn’t user replaceable. The rear metal panel is a fingerprint magnet.

Overall, the design of the smartphone is very good, much better than other devices in its price range. The only other smartphone with comparable build quality is the Xolo Q1000S.

The Lenovo P780 runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is skinned with Lenovo’s own UI. The icons as well as the drop down notification are customised.
Coming to the suite of preloaded apps, you have access to a ‘super gallery’ (which is nothing more than a well laid out gallery for your images and videos), AccuWeather, CamCard (take a photo of a business card and the information is saved on the phone), CamScanner (the ability to scan a document with the phone), Route 66 maps + navigation, and games such as Asphalt 7, Block Breaker and Little Big City.

One interesting app that comes preloaded with the device is Lenovo Power. The app shows you the power consumption of the smartphone and also has a bunch of modes in which you can use it — extreme, long, best and customised. Each mode has its own unique feature of saving battery and if you want to customise, then use the customised profile.

The display of the smartphone, at full brightness is vibrant. The viewing angles are good too. Watching videos is a treat on the device. The keyboard on the P780 is stock Android and interacting with the device, browsing the web, downloading apps, etc. was a good experience. Games such as Angry Birds, Temple Run 2 and more ran quite well.

The 8MP camera can be described as an average performer at best. In well-lit conditions, especially outdoors, the camera performed well. In low-lit situations, there was a lot of noise and loss of detail.

In terms of its battery life, the Lenovo P780 is one smartphone that has the potential to last for two days of average use and that’s saying a lot considering most smartphones don’t even manage a day. If you use the power management tools at your disposal, you will get the device to last for really long.

If a great build and long battery life is what you desire, then the Lenovo P780 is the smartphone for you. 

Processor: 1.2 GHz dual core processor
DISPLAY: 5.0-inch IPS LCD display
(1280 x 720 pixels)
Storage: 4 GB storage (expandable)
OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
Connectivity: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi
Battery: 4,000 mAh battery
Camera: 8.0-megapixel camera with 10X optical zoom
Price: Rs 17,790 

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