Lenovo Phab 2 Pro Review
Making calls on the Phab 2 Pro is like taking pictures with a tablet
Ergonomically, using the Phab 2 Pro as a phone for voice calls is a disaster. It's just preposterously large, and depending on how you're attempting to hold it, can be especially uncomfortable on your ear. But while the physicality of using the Phab 2 Pro for voice call may not be great, call quality is actually pretty decent, and while callers remarked that they occasionally had trouble hearing us, we could always hear them without a hitch.
A big battery and smart mix of components add up to some decent, if less than stellar battery life
Sure, if you use Tango-enabled apps a lot, you're likely to see that figure dip (as all that sensor hardware no doubt eats up a fair amount of juice), but there's still a solid amount of power to work with here. And even if you do run things down, the phone's fast charger is able to restore things from 0 to 100 in just over an hour-and-a-half.
The Phab 2 Pro is a hugely ambitious handset, and while it gives us a one-of-a-kind smartphone experience thanks to its Tango hardware, we just can't shake the feeling that a phone like this isn't quite ready for prime time.
Tango just isn't there, and the software needs to do more, do it quicker, and do it with greatly improved stability before Tango alone becomes a compelling reason to pick up a smartphone. We also need to see big improvements in miniaturizing the Tango hardware package, because the Phab 2 Pro's raw size is going to be deal-breaker for many users.
Still, we have to start somewhere, and it's hard to fault Lenovo for taking the initiative with the first commercial Tango phone. We even approve of many of the hardware decisions made here, giving the Phab 2 Pro some solid processing power while keeping costs in line – and let's face it, it's a lot easier to drop $500 on an experimental concept phone than it is to spend $800 on the same thing.
The next Tango phone could easily be a big improvement over this model, but it might not happen at all had the Phab 2 Pro not blazed that trail first. If you absolutely have to see what Tango can do right now, the Phab 2 Pro is happy to be your ticket of admission. But if you demand a little more refinement from your smartphone features, maybe hold off for the next generation of this technology.