Lenovo Vibe Z review: Big phone with a few extra tricks

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Recently we reviewed Lenovo Vibe X. We found it had a nice design and a very good screen. But we also saw performance issues on it. Overall, we found it to be a step back from K900, Lenovo’s flagship phone last year.

Now, we know the reason. Despite its relatively high price, Vibe X is not meant to be a replacement of K900 in the market. This replacement is Vibe Z, a phablet that packs in a screen size of 5.5 inches, similar to that of K900. Unlike Vibe X, Vibe Z comes with top of the line hardware. This is the flagship phone — or rather phablet — from Lenovo. It looks, feels and is priced like a flagship.

But is it worth getting it over some of the other high-end smartphones sold by companies like Samsung and LG? We tell you …

Slim, sleek but almost all plastic
Unlike K900, which had a steel body, Vibe Z uses a shell made of plastic. But it is not as bad as it sounds.

Vibe Z looks good, though some may find it a bit too flashy. The back cover, which cannot be removed by a

Gionee Elife E7 review: Premium experience, mid-range price

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Chinese device maker Gionee recently launched its latest flagship smartphone, the Gionee Elife E7, in the Indian market. Unlike its previous launches, Elife E7 is a premium smartphone and the first one to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. The hardware specifications of the phone match some high-end phones available in the market even though the pricing is comparatively much lower. Is the Gionee Elife E7 the most economical premium Android phone available in the market? We try to find out.

Build
At first glance, Gionee Elife E7 looks like a taller version of the Elife E6. However, on closer inspection, you’ll notice that it looks more rectangular, largely due to the lack of rounded corners. The phone’s top and bottom edges, however, are rounded, just like the ones seen in Huawei Ascend P6.

The phone is made of good quality plastic, but sports a glossy finish curved back that makes it prone to smudges, particularly in black. It is available in 7 colours. The front of the phone is dominated by 5.5-inch Full-HD (JDI) display.
The three capacitive physical buttons for Menu, Home and Back are placed just below the display. The

Xperia Z1 Compact: An iPhone sized top-end Android phone

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LAS VEGAS: Finally! The high-end Android phones are kind of awesome. But most of them are also quite large. In fact for many users, devices like Galaxy Note, Xperia Z1 are uncomfortably large.

Many companies have tried to address this problem by releasing ‘mini’ versions of their flagship phones. Example: Galaxy S4 Mini. But Galaxy S4 Mini is not Galaxy S4. The large screen is not the only thing it lacks. It also lacks the powerful hardware, a fantastic camera and a great screen find in Galaxy S4.

Sony’s Xperia Z1 Compact looks like a phone for all those people who want a smaller device but without sacrificing the functionality and power that bigger devices offer.

As the name suggests, this new phone from Sony is a ‘compact’ Xperia Z1. We checked out the device at Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas and found there is very little difference between Z1 and Compact other than the size.

To start with, the design is same. However, for some reason it has slightly chunkier body. May be this is to accommodate a decent size battery. Compared