Expert Review of Lenovo A390
The Chinese manufacturer Lenovo has stormed the market with its slew of handset and smartphone series it has recently launched, which specifically targets the Indian smartphone consumer segment. Targeting the middle and high level of consumer base in the smartphone segment, Lenovo has launched some quality products both in tablets and smartphone segments and one model of its front league is Lenovo A390. Lenovo A390 is a dual-SIM smartphone with a dual standby feature and wideband 3G facility. It has a 4-inch HD IPS capacitive display to give a very bright and responsive interface to the users. Built on an impressive 1.0GHz Dual Core processor, Lenovo A390 runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system of Google Inc. It has 512MB RAM and 4GB eMMC internal storage capacity. In terms of optical capability, Lenovo A390 has a rear 5MP fixed focus camera that is as functional and rendering as it sounds. In terms of connectivity features, Lenovo A390 features 3G network support, A-GPS GLONASS navigation capability, Wi-FI (802.11 a/b/g/n) with Wi-Fi hotspot capability and a Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. It has an external memory, which is expandable up to 32GB via its micro-SD card slot. Pre-loaded with loads of applications, Lenovo A390 is backed up by a 1500 mAh battery that promises a good standby and backup time, considerable for its 4-inch display and heavy dual core processing capabilities.
User Interface and UI functionality
Lenovo A390 smartphone is designed with a curvy candy bar form factor. It is built in a polycarbonate casing that appears classy and premium. The build has a flair of caveats here and yonder, but holistically the design is pleasing to the eye. The front and back design interface are flatten at the top and bottom slopes but are fattened in the middle to accommodate the chipset and functional machinery. A curve at the right upper side for the 3.5mm audio jack is noticeable. This imparts it a curvy look and makes it easy to hold and grip at the same time. The non-noticeable horn at the top is made to accommodate the antenna receiver and the 5MP camera looks like a monster's eye, popping out of nowhere.
Lenovo A390 has good dimensions of 125.6mm x 64mm x 10.10mm with a weight of 131 grams that is just light. At the front, it has 4.0-inch HD LCD capacitive touch screen that offers a decent 800 x 480-pixel resolution with a 233 pixels per inch (PPI) pixel density. The display is covered and protected with a scratch resistant surface to prevent it from damages from daily use. Underneath the screen is a three capacitive touch button interface to provide users easy navigation through the interface of the Lenovo A390. It carries a glossy finish but with a polycarbonate body in matte finish for a better grip at the rear side. The polycarbonate body imparts it the lightweight, durability and drop-damage resistance. The chrome and metallic finish around the edges looks quite attractive and gives it a decent appeal.
Running on Google's Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich operating system, the Lenovo A390 features a host of customized apps and widget interface for better navigation and faster functionality. The home screen is customizable and better multitasking is twinned with resizable widgets and custom notifications for facilitating a deep interactivity.
In terms of multimedia features, a lot was expected when Lenovo announced its foray into the smartphone and tablet market. However, brushing the expectations with the stick of reality and concerning the price-segment, the Lenovo A390 in fact of the matter way does not compete with the top-end smartphone breeds of the time. Yet Lenovo A390 is supplied with a host of multimedia applications that any other good priced smartphone can boast of in the market today.
Lenovo A390 has a 5MP rear camera which gives it an astounding HD quality capture and video-making capability. The snapper is backed up by a smart camera app, alike Samsung's Smart Camera app, for auto tuning the camera exposure and preferences for picture capturing. Lenovo A390 does not have a front camera and hence video calling is not supported. Besides that, a lot of social networking applications, internet connectivity and navigation applications are included along with some famous Instant Messaging apps such as Google Search, Google Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Google Talk, Facebook, Whatsapp, etc. The 3G connectivity features lets you download n-number of applications from Google Play pretty fast and also the YouTube streaming facility augurs well on its 4-inch LCD screen. The HD playback is not very satisfying experience, but nonetheless, low-resolution videos and games are a delight to play on it. It supports a standard MP3 player along with a FM player with multi-station select capacity. The audio formats supported are MP3, WAV, WMA, and eAAC+. Also, along with movie and video playback, the device is supported in many formats, including MP4, WMV, H.264, and H.263 video formats.
Pictures and Video quality
Lenovo has answered the call for cheap smartphones with its top-product Lenovo A390. Lenovo A390 sports a 4-inch LCD HD IPS multi-touch capacitive touch screen with a maximum resolution of 800 x 480 pixels. Along with it, Lenovo A390 also sports a dashing 5MP rear camera with acute and accurate rendering capabilities that offers a maximum pixel resolution of 2592 x 1944 pixels and is able to shoot HD videos perfectly. The camera is supported by a smart camera app for the user interface allowing many modes for the user to select from and snap pictures. The Panorama mode allows capturing images in an amazing panorama. Apart from that, several other snap-modes such as burst mode, auto-bright control and auto-luminescence mode is included for night time photography. The dim-light photographs are not very appeasing though, yet the daytime photographs are something to recount with its camera. The camera supports a digital zoom capability and a Geo-tagging facility. The video playback quality is nowhere near that of the top-end smartphones such as Galaxy or Xperia Z. The HD video playback is clumsy. But the low-res video playback is very decent and its brightness control deservers a mention.
Lenovo A390 is a dual-SIM (GSM 900/1800 MHz) smartphone with 3G network capability on wideband WCDMA 21000 MHz frequency (HSDPA and HSUPA). It supports 2G and GPRS besides EDGE network connectivity for internet browsing. It also includes Wireless browsing via its support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n wireless network connectivity with Wireless Hotspot feature. Java support and internet browsers are pre-loaded in it.
Internal and External Memory
Lenovo A390 is very powerful against its competitors in memory (internal and external) segment. It has a 4GB internal memory with 512MB of RAM. The External memory can be increased up to 32GB via its expandable microSD card slot that is more than demanded by the Android Ice Cream Sandwich with many applications loaded into it.
Applications and Gaming
Lenovo A390 offers a very decent gaming experience. Though a MTK 6577 1.0GHz Dual Core processor backed up by just 512MB of RAM does sound like a practical joke, but the Lenovo A390 is not below the line in terms of processing capabilities. The application navigation and work platform ensures non-flicker flair and no hiccups are noticed even in heavy applications or while processing demanding games. Games like Temple Run and Speed 4 are a delight to play, but of course, it’s comparatively small screen does feel like a handicap when point-and-shoot militant games are being played.
The user interface navigation is smooth and for a normal or average user, there are no complaints against it. Over that, Lenovo A390 is pre-loaded with Norton Mobile Security that imparts it many security features including theft tracking. Pre-loaded applications include: SNS integration, MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player, MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player, Organizer, Image/video editor, Document viewer, Google Search, Maps, Gmail, YouTube, Calendar, Google Talk, Voice memo/dial, Predictive text input. Apart from all this, users can download as many applications as they like from Google Play store.
A 1500 mAh Lithium Polymer user replaceable battery that promises up to 9hours of 3G talk-time or 14hours of 2G talk-time powers Lenovo A390. Besides that, Lenovo A390 claims to give 220hours of active standby time. With that power efficiency, which is a feature of Lenovo as a manufacturer, the average day user can expect the one time charging to last for 2-3 days continuously.
Lenovo A390 comes with all essential connectivity features that a high-end Android smartphone demands. In terms of internet data connectivity, it features GPRS/EDGE and 2G network support besides 3G 2100 MHz wideband data connectivity support. For wireless networking, it features Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n wireless data connectivity with Wi-Fi Hotspot feature and a fast and efficient Bluetooth v3.0 wireless data transfer feature along with A2DP. Besides that, it includes A-GPS Geo-Navigation feature, which functions over European GLONASS constellation of sats for easy navigation. It also features a microUSB 2.0 port for data transfer with PC and/or other USB supporting devices.
With all that it has, Lenovo A390 seeks to compete with the best of middle-segment consumer smartphones that include the likes of Samsung Galaxy Grand, Lava Discover, and even a Nokia Asha. The idea of the game by Lenovo is to capture middle consumer segment before betting on the higher end manufacturing support for smartphones besides its laptops and smartphones