This is my new Android phone – Lenovo A390!! I know, I’ve joined the Android club rather late, but the blame goes to my old HTC Windows mobile. That mobile has been with me for more than 5 years and it just doesn’t break or hang! How can the investment for a new phone be justified, then?
Even now nothing happened to it – that’s one reason why I can recommend HTC mobile to anyone who wants a rugged phone that doesn’t break 🙂 – but I went ahead and bought this Lenovo phone, anyway. I searched for the perfect phone at the perfect price for maybe 4-5 weeks. Whoever said buying a phone is easy?
At last I zeroed in on this Lenovo A390 phone which costs just 5.6k INR (Amazon.in) and comes with the following specs:
- Dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM (same as my laptop!).
- 5 MP Camera, Dual SIM, 4″ Screen, 4 GB internal memory; 2 GB for apps.
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich something (Yes, it’s old when compared to the latest Android 4.4 Kit Kat, but this in itself is too much for my limited use!).
- GPS, FM Radio, Some sensors, USB, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, 3G, 1500 mAh battery, etc.
- Excellent value for money.
It comes with many inbuilt apps – yet to explore what they do. I like the user interface (that you see above). This phone has excellent speakers, which was a very important criterion for me. Earphone quality is average – need to buy some good earphones. Right now my laptop earphone fits into it and is good. The touch screen quality is also good.
The built-in games are pathetic. I need to download some good games. I also need to download new apps, but right now clueless. Any suggestions welcome 🙂 This Android seems to be more complex than the Windows 6.2 OS that occupied my previous phone. I do miss the simplicity (and familiarity) of Windows! But I hope I’ll get used to this, soon.
As soon as I put my SIM from my old phone to this, none of my contacts – except one – got transferred! I guess it’s time to do some manual re-entry, while taking the opportunity to delete many old contacts by not copying them here 🙂
The power button seems to be the only problem – the way they have placed it makes it very difficult to operate. Since the phone goes to sleep mode pretty quickly, I need to use it often and it’s somewhat difficult. I don’t want to return it for this small reason, so I am keeping it. Also, a LED indicator to indicate charging status when it’s put on charge, would have been very helpful.
For a new phone, I can recommend it to anyone. Not sure how sturdy and reliable it is going to be, with usage. Since I am not going to put any big games or apps, I think I should not find any lag/performance issues. I will update this space in the future, if I find anything abnormal.
For now, I am a happy Android phone owner. You can no longer intimidate me by telling things like, ‘WhatsApp’, ‘TempleRun’, ‘Evernote’ and other such mobile lingo 🙂
Price (INR)/Buy From: Amazon product page for,
PS: Just curious – what do you guys use your smart phone for? Any useful/interesting things for me to try? I was using my old phone for making and receiving calls. Yes, I know – it’s a terrible waste of Windows 6.2 OS!