Google has tried many things, but most of its experiments have failed in the past. It’s good to see that ‘Tango’ has emerged as a full-blown quality project raising a lot of expectations in the Android world. The goal is to help our gadgets to examine the world around them, along the way, Google choose Lenovo to come out with consumer-ready Tango device which is a big slab of a phone named Phab 2 Pro.
The Tango based Lenovo-branded smartphone is the first phone in the United States. However, this is not a great phone and not ready to be launched, at least now. It has decent concept, the Phab 2 Pro can’t be considered as a serious consumer product. This does not use the matured technology.
The Tango is very impressive tech individually and it has incredible tour guide for museums, installed on the International Space Station in the NASA’s SPHERES satellite. The use of the computer vision tech has been a revolutionary concept and a useful one as one.
The Lenovo’s Phab 2 Pro is a big phone which is very much similar to Sony Xperia Ultra, the only difference is it is thicker and has massive screens and batteries. The Aluminium body is bit solid, a tactile volume rocker and a well-textured volume rocker. There is a headphone jack at the bottom of the phone and a single Dolby Atmos speaker firing down the line.
It has a single sheet of 2.5d curved Gorilla Glass which is not curved like the Galaxy S7 edge , this is a little easier phone to pick by grip. The Phab 2 Pro ($500) has a lot of things from phone’s 6.4-inch IPS LCD screen to capacitive buttons to 4,050mAh battery.
The Google and Lenovo has tried to put a lot of features in pocket phone and it is feat in itself, but it suffers from the problem of plenty. There are a lot of unrequired features. For example, it has a 16 Megapixel camera between two more cameras and one of them emits infrared waves. Another is a Tango’s motion-tracking system camera.
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Device has 6.4-inch screen but is does not look impressive. It has an “assertive” IPS LCD screen, that can optimize colors and contrast which is excellent under sunlight but otherwise you would not like it.
Another thing to note that Lenovo’s Android has never been appreciated and it has been unimpressive in the past. It includes bloatware, but it seems Leno has been finally been able to put its act together.
So should you buy it? Though the Tango will improve with time, but at the cost of $499 this does not solve any purpose and neither adds value in the real life. Augmented reality is ok thing, but it does not make sense to spend this sum just for this feature. The performance of the phone is not at par despite the Snapdragon 625 and it will be difficult to imagine that it will be able to handle day to day issues with ease.