Lenovo Vibe P1 Review
Display and Multimedia
The Vibe P1 enters the phablet category at 5.5 inches with Full HD resolution or equal to 401ppi. It has an IPS panel for good viewing angles and Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3 for protection.
Display is sharp with accurate colors which are good for viewing photos and watching movies. When it comes to brightness, we noticed that it uses a dimmer setting when indoors and could use some boost.
It comes with a few features as well, like Color Balance modes which adjust tone and saturation, Brightness protection for night time browsing, and Smart Brightness to improve visibility in hard light environments like outdoors.
As for sound quality, the down-firing loudspeakers is capable of producing really loud sounds with an acceptable amount of bass. It’s very crisp and capable of filling up a small room.
The Vibe P1 boasts a 13-megapixel rear camera with phase detection autofocus and dual-tone LED flash. Autofocus is fast, even in dim environments, shoots quick, while the resulting images are sharp with rich yet accurate colors.
It doesn’t have a lot of in-camera features though, as you’re limited to Panorama, HDR, and filter effects. There’s no Manual mode, but you can adjust in Settings the White Balance and ISO.
The 5 megapixel front camera, on the other hand, takes care of Selfies. It has a wide-angle lens with face tracking but doesn’t have built-in effects. Not really a downer as you can download photo editing apps at the Play Store.
As for video recording prowess, the rear camera can shoot full HD clips at 30fps in MP4 format. Video quality is similar to stills and has good dynamic range, however, the autofocus is slow to adjust which often forces us to “tap-to-focus” to make sure the subject is sharp. Watch the sample video below:
OS, UI, and Apps
Running the software department is Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with VIBE UI. Layout is straightforward as it doesn’t feature an app drawer. Like most Lenovo smartphones, it comes with its own Theme Center if you wish to change its looks. Still, we prefer the customization options and looks offered by select launchers in the Play Store.
The Vibe P1 comes with a lot of pre-installed apps. Aside from the usual Google apps, there’s Guvera Music, LateRooms, a few games, WeChat, Evernote, Navigate, CamScanner, CamCard, UC Browser, and WPS Office, Facebook and Twitter. All of these can be uninstalled though, which is a good thing, however, it’s a cumbersome task removing them one by one.
As for storage, the Vibe P1 has 32GB of internal storage with 24.32GB as usable which is still good. For the multimedia heavy users, the memory can be expanded via microSD card up to 128GB and supports USB OTG as well for quick file transfers.
Take a look at other notable software features below:
* Secure Zone – allows you to set-up a “secure zone” on your phone to protect your apps and data from unwanted access.
* Permission control
* Quick Snap – double press volume keys while screen is off to snap a picture.
* Knock to light – double tap to wake screen.
* Micro Screen – make the screen smaller for one hand usage.
* Smart scene – allows you to configure settings (WiFi, sounds, notifications, etc.) depending on your schedule.
* Wide touch – shows a floating button for shortcut access.
* Flip to sleep
Another notable feature of the Vibe P1 is the fingerprint scanner which is also uncommon for a phone of its class. It’s very responsive and sensitive, however its accuracy is easily affected if you have sweaty fingertips. Another downside is it is only limited to storing two fingerprints. In comparison, the iPhone can store up to five.