Lenovo are slowly becoming a trusted smartphone brand. The main reason Lenovo Mobiles is able to capture its market share is due to the quality products it offers that too at a budget price. The Chinese manufacturer has kept their focus on producing budget smartphones only and have kept themselves distant from producing expensive flagship phones, this is the main reason they have excelled in producing high utility budget smartphones. Lenovo S660 was launched in February 2014 and featured as a low cost dual SIM enabled smartphone.
The phone’s design is kept simple and compact, and you can’t expect better design at this price tag. The phone has an ergonomic design and rests comfortably when held in hand. The front side display of the phone has three soft buttons located at the base, while the speakers are located at the rear side of the back panel. The phone comes with two SIM card slots that are sandwiched one over the other. The volume and power buttons are located on the right edge of the phone, while the left edge is kept blank. The camera is present in the top-middle location of the back panel under which is located the LED flashlight, while a stylish Lenovo logo is present under the flashlight.
The phone is handy as its dimensions are 5.39 x 2.71 x 0.39 inches, while it is not that heavy, having a total weight of 151 grams. The phone comes in Titanium color only.
The Lenovo S660 is provided with 4.7 inches IPS capacitive touchscreen with 16M colors providing screen resolution of 540 x 960 pixels. The phone is enabled with a multi-touch option which is up to 5 fingers and has approximately 234 pixels per inch, thus producing bright enough screen. The qHD screen seems to be a little disappointing, but then again at this price range, it works perfectly enough.
The Lenovo S660 comes with an 8GB of internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB using the MicroSD card slot provided in the phone. The phone also comes with a 1 GB of RAM.
The Lenovo S660 is powered by Mediatek MT6582M Chipset clocked to 1.3 GHz Quad-core Cortex-A7 processor. There are no issues with the working of the phone and there is no lag or delayed touch feedback when swiping through various screens on the phone. Having said that, you can’t expect to play heavy games or do heavy multitasking on the phone. You can watch encoded videos up to 720p on the phone, and after that, it becomes pointless to play higher resolution videos.
The Lenovo S660 is provided with an 8 MP primary camera which is assisted by autofocus and LED flashlight. The secondary camera is of 2 MP. The primary camera has features like Geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection. The primary camera produces decent images in daylight conditions, but then again the photos lack detail and depth. Even though the images are less detailed, they are good enough to be uploaded online to make the perfect Display Picture. The images clicked in dim lighting conditions are very noisy and lack depth and saturation. The front camera produces barely acceptable photos, as the images clicked by the front camera has a bluish tinge associated with it. The videos made with the phone proved to be just okay, as they had tear and noise. The camera has a room for improvement in this phone. Having said that the phone has a decent camera compared to the price tag of this phone.
Battery Backup Life:
The Lenovo S660 has 3000 mAh Li-Po battery that promises standby time up to 840 hours on 3G as well as 2G networks and talk time up to 20 hours on 3G and 36 hours on 2G network. The loop test performed on the battery gave very encouraging results and you can expect the battery to work for a day with medium to heavy usage.
The phone runs on an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean platform, but the thing to see is that its heavily customized by Lenovo. The UI skin present in the phone is developed by Lenovo’s software team. The UI doesn’t have an app drawer and so could take time to get used to by the users who have been using Android’s UI previously. All the widgets and icons are present in the home screen itself. The phone comes pre-installed with apps such as Lenovo’s own SECUREit, SYNCit and SHAREit, while other apps include Navigate 6, Kingsoft Office, Facebook, Twitter, Evernote, and Skype. The phone offers a range of connectivity options, such as Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth version 4.0, A2DP, and A-GPS. The loudspeaker provided in the phone produces harsh and tinny sound.
The Lenovo S660 is a balanced phone that provides an amazing smartphone experience. Being an entry level smartphone the utility offered by this set is really something to seek for. The phone has received a Features score of 70 on which gives it an above average outlook, while it has obtained 73 in the review score which gives it a favorable outlook. If you are looking for a decent smartphone that too in a short budget, then this phone is the one to go for.