The Lenovo Vibe Shot was launched during MWC back in March 2015. It wasn’t until October 2015 that the phone actually became available. I recently purchased the device and wanted to give a brief comparison on it’s camera quality.
Since the Vibe Shot is being marketed as a camera-centric smartphone (rather than a camera-phone such as a Lumia 1020 or Galaxy K zoom) the camera quality is likely one of the main deciding factors for selecting the device over the competition. The Vibe Shot is actually an upper mid-range device with very common specs for 2015:
3GB Ram, 32GB Memory, SD card support
5″, 1080p display
3000 mAh battery
metal frame with Gorilla Glass 3 front and back covers
16 Mpx main camera in 16:9 format with OIS
8 Mpx front facing camera
However, since Lenovo is marketing the device primarily for it’s camera I decided to test it against one of the best in the in the industry, the Samsung Galaxy S6.
The below samples were taken within seconds from each other in full automatic mode.
Samsung Galaxy S6
Lenovo Vibe Shot
The colours of the S6 come out punchier but the Vibe Shot produces true-to-live colours. The white balance on the Vibe Shot is much more accurate whereas the S6 favours a blueish white balance. Overall there isn’t much difference when looking at the photos in full size.
Only when looking at a 100% crop of the image can you see that the S6 images retain more detail than the Lenovo Vibe Shot.
Samsung Galaxy S6
Lenovo Vibe Shot
Overall the images from the Lenovo Vibe Shot are very good and only upon closer inspection does the Galaxy S6 pull ahead. But in most viewing scenarios which will be either on the phone screen itself or shared on Social Media there is hardly any difference to be noticed.
Given that the Lenovo Vibe Shot is over 120 Euros cheaper than the Galaxy S6 this is quite a remarkable camera performance. Add to that the premium design and build quality, 3GB Ram and overall performance, you have yourself a pretty good buy.
Let me know what you think in the comments below.
Here are some more photos taken with the Lenovo Vibe Shot
The Android world seems to have all the niches covered. From high-end phones in glass, metal, wood, to low-budget phone in all shapes and sizes. But why is there no Android phone with a physical QWERTY keyboard? That’s an obvious niche that no one seems to have covered.
Granted, most people wouldn’t be faster on a physical QWERTY than on a virtual one and yes, the screen will inevitably be smaller and less comfortable to view. But there is a reason why people are still buying Blackberry’s and it’s not only because of loyalty to the company or the perceived security or enterprise mobility advantage. For me there is just something really enjoyable about typing on a real keyboard rather than swyping or tapping on a screen only.
So why hasn’t any manufacturer gotten this niche covered? I hope rumors are true and Blackberry is indeed building a phone with Android OS.
Let me know if you agree that the Android world is in need of a physical QWERTY phone by voting below.
Andy Yen has captured the crux of the issue so succinctly:
1. Banning encryption would stifle democratic movements. I would add that this is already the case even in the “most” democratic countries like the US and Western Europe.
2. Why do we need encryption if we are apparently have “nothing to hide”. Giving government the means and authority to snoop in on anyone at any time (regardless of judicial oversight or not) opens up the doors to abuse which it has so clearly already been happening. Just think of the Snowden revelations.
3. Privacy is private for a purpose
Thanks to Andy Yen for his article and setting up an encrypted public email provider. I hope that this will be adopted by the Outlook.com, Gmail and others in the future.
Back in summer 2013, the Edward Snowden revelations got me thinking. How much of our lives are compromised when security agencies — or hackers, or anyone else — can read our emails?
Emails paint an intimate narrative of ourselves — the people we talk to, the books we read, the politics we practice. This information is powerful. When we lose control over it, it can do great harm to ourselves and our loved ones.
I realized that I wasn’t comfortable with the power contained within this information, nor with my lack of control over it.
Banning encryption won’t stop terror attacks or end religious extremism. But such a ban would stifle democratic movements, scuttle online security, and undermine our open society.
In fact, no one I talk to is comfortable with this information or with its power. But too often, they seem to prefer not to think about these things. Perhaps…
Let me make a disclaimer. I am writing this after having watched the live-stream of the Samsung event, read tens of articles and watched any hands-on and first impression video on Youtube that I could find. After that virtual experience once thing has become very clear. Samsung has launched a highly desirable phone with the Galaxy S6 Edge. If it wasn’t for the Edge stealing the show, even the S6 in itself would be a phone to lust for.
I am a smartphone-geek, not loyal to any brand or ecosystem. I have owned phones from pretty much any manufacturer from the main stream like HTC, Apple, Samsung to the lesser well known Chinese manufacturers. My current daily drivers are a Lumia 930 while also switching between a couple of Android phones (Moto X, Galaxy Alpha and Ascend P7).
During all those years there haven’t been many phones that I really needed to have. And I am talking about that illogical desire and need to just own a gadget. With the Galaxy S6 Edge Samsung has definitely achieved this feat. This really is a very desirable piece of technology. From the edged screen to the glass back and front and the sheer raw power of the device. This phone seems to have it all.
During the presentation the statement “design with a purpose” was mentioned multiple times. Actually, the S6 Edge is the complete opposite. There isn’t really any functionality that makes the edge version worthwhile functionally. But what it does is to create a really cool phone. So not design with a purpose but rather the complete opposite. And that’s a good thing.
Following on from the previous post to determine which phone has the smallest bezel overall. The screen-to-size (or bezel size) ratio expresses the percentage of a phone’s front size is taken up by the display.
With CES-15 out of the way I have update the list with the latest releases and announced phones. Some of the key findings:
The incredible bezel-less Sharp Aquos Crystal remains the leader and there are no changes to the Top 10. One would hope that Sharp releases the phone unolocked for all carriers and internationally.
Lenovo seems to be getting their designs sorted out with the highest new entry, the Vibe X2 Pro (74.55% @ no. 13). This is the 3rd highest ratio of any sub 5.5” device. Lenovo also has the top 2 phone with the Vibe Z2 Pro.
Thanks for everyone’s comments, corrections and feedback. Keep it coming.