Build Quality and Design:
Lenovo have played it safe and simple with the design of the Lenovo A6000. As soon as you look at the phone you realize the simple design where nothing is over the top. I actually liked the design cues of the phone. The phone is incredibly light weighing in at only 128 grams! The phone uses capacitive touch buttons to my dismay they were not backlit and instead stayed dark, even though you would know which one is which in the dark it would be nice to see them as well. The back panel is a nice matte plastic which is quite grippy and does not slip away. Speaking about the back panel it is removable and is where you will find the battery, sim slots and micro SD slot.
Overall the build quality seems to be solid and I don't think Lenovo has skimmed on any of the materials.
One thing about budget phones these days is that they come with some pretty decent specs. The Lenovo is no exception, although it could do better in some areas. The A6000 is powered by a quad-core 1.2 Ghz CPU and a Snapdragon 410 chipset. We all know that Snapdragon is the best at what they do and even though I would have expected maybe a Snapdragon 615 in this phone I'm not really that disappointed. Memory wise you'll get 1Gb of RAM and 8Gb of ROM which I'm sure will not be sufficient, but that's okay because you can extend the memory upto 32Gb.
Now the screen is 5 inch IPS display with a pixel density of 294, so not the best pixel density. But while using the phone I noticed that there were no noticeable pixels. The colours were nice and bright. The screen can be seen as a budget screen but at least it's better than the Yureka screen.
Overall good hardware that will perform well.
Maybe the only thing wrong with this phone would be the camera. The images taken with the rear camera lack good clarity and seem to lack any depth in colour.
The front camera is only 2 megapixels and the photos taken are very pixelated and the colours again are not upto the mark.
The phone can take only 720p videos as well.
The camera app on the other hand is quite simple and nice with a good amount of settings that can be tinkered with.
Overall the camera could much better.
The A6000 has a 2300 mah battery and even though that isn't that much, the phone fairs pretty well and manages to last for most of a full working day.
Playback of videos and games do take a hit on the battery, so if you have only a little battery it would not be wise to watch a movie.
A decent battery performance overall but gets smothered by the Xiaomi battery performance.
Lenovo uses its Vibe UI skin on top of Android 4.4.4 (KitKat). Vibe UI is similar to skins used by other Chinese manufacturers and one of the major features is the absence of an app drawer. All the icons for apps are lined up on the home screen just like in Apple's iOS. Vibe UI has rather colourful icons and we still think that it looks cartoonish. Kiddish would be another word used to describe the UI, but is that a bad thing?
One can change the theme, but it really doesn't make too much of a difference.
The homescreen wallpapers can be cycled by swiping left or right on the top of the screen. It works well most of the time but there were occasions when we ended up opening an app instead of changing the wallpaper. The notification shade has a lot of quick settings available for easy access. Lenovo bundles a Dolby app which allows users to play around with the sound settings according to their preference. Dolby is the king of sound and this certainly makes the phone more sttractive.
Lenovo's own apps such as SYNCit and SHAREit do a decent job of backing up data to the cloud and sharing files with other Lenovo users without worrying about connectivity protocols. Unfortunately, the apps cannot be uninstalled if one has no use for them.
Lots of third party apps come pre-installed which saves us the gastle of downloading those apps you know you have to download.
Software is one thing that can easily change and that's why I won't be too harsh in calling the software not up to the level it should be. MiUI is certainly taking the best software award for budget phones well except for cyanogenmod on the Yureka.
The Lenovo A6000 is certainly a pleasant addition to the budget phone line up. The major problem would be the buying process, as this phone is sold only on Flipkart through Flash sales. We all know how fun flash sales are "Sarcastic Smirk". The phone cost Rs.6999 which is a great price for this phone. Lenovo has swung the bat and hit the ball right on with the A6000 and except for the camera I liked using the phone.