TWO THINGS THAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THIS PHONE
- NOT A PHONE FOR LOVERS OF STOCK ANDROID
Moto phones have always been applauded for their use of a near-stock version of Android. No ugly skins, no huge number of useless apps, just Android as Google intended.
It doesn't seem like Lenovo is taking a similar approach with the K5. It's a heavily skinned phone, a bit like Huawei's P9, that ditches the app drawer completely for a more iOS look. Icons are almost universally different and there's a bunch a duplicate apps. It's quite a cartoonish UI, which isn't to my tastes.
2. THE DESIGN IS SIMPLE, YET SLEEK
I wasn’t completely blown away by the slightly large, plasticky look of the Moto G4 and in some ways the Lenovo is actually a better-looking device.
Picking it up it feels metallic and cool, but it’s really only got a thin layer of metal covering an otherwise plastic back. It’s not in the same league as, say the HTC 10 or iPhone SE, but the silver finish is nice enough. The back is removable too, giving you access to the replaceable 2,750mAh battery, Micro SIM slots and expandable storage.
The front is simple too, with just some glowing capacitive keys under the display. All in all it’s a phone that looks better than its price tag suggests.
The price of the phone: £129.99
Lenovo K5 release date: June 2016: June 2016