With drastic changes in the Smartphone market over the last few years, one of the main aspects for a Smartphone to be considered really ‘Smart’ is the quality of pictures its Camera churns out. Gone are the days when you needed to carry a digicam with you to capture all that you want. While carrying forward the legacy of the segment that Nokia first created with its smartphones paying heed to the Camera setup, in today’s Smartphone market, manufacturers are looking to lure customers to smartphones that are bound to outperform not only on the performance front but also have a distinctive feature that sets them apart from the competition, with the Camera setup being one of the main USPs now-a-days. Thus, with the Smartphone cameras being bumped up like crazy to one up on its contenders with special attention being paid to the front Selfie-bound cameras and an array of Camera-centric phones coming to the fore from various different manufacturers, we today bring to you a face-off between the Lenovo Vibe Shot vs Moto X Play vs OnePlus 2 vs Asus Zenfone Selfie. Take a look!
Lenovo Vibe Shot vs Moto X Play vs OnePlus 2 vs Asus Zenfone Selfie : Camera Centric Phone Face-Off
Look, Design and Feel
Lenovo Vibe Shot : 7.3mm thick, weighs 145g
With a design inspired by a point-and-shoot camera with a dedicated shutter camera button, a switch to toggle between a ‘auto’ and ‘pro’ Camera modes, a metallic strip along one side of the back which in-cooperates the lens and the flash and a slim, sleek profile that makes it easier to hold onto, Lenovo has really made inroads to let go of the uninspiring design language as that on its lesser priced Lenovo K3 Note. Also, the mix of glass and mettle adds a lot of character to the otherwise boxy dimensional phone.
Moto X Play : 10.9mm thick, weighs 169g
A textured back, a M moniker in silver/grey accent and sturdy finish makes this Moto device a great one to hold onto. Also, with the prospect of Moto Maker customisation options waiting in the wings for you to set up your phone according to your liking, Moto X Play is sure to fit into everyone’s mold. Additionally, a water-repellent IP52 certification makes up for the added safety option on board.
OnePlus 2 : 9.85mm thick, weighs 175g
The aluminium/magnesium alloyframe with stainless steel accents with the classic sandstone back-cover makes this phone no less than a stellar, capable of making even the high-end flagships go weak in their knees. For those who feel bored of the classic sandstone finish, you can choose from multiple cover options including actual wood built Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood and Kevlar.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : 10.8mm thick, weighs 170g
Asus seems to have settled for the look and feel it offered on Asus ZenFone 2 with the same volume rocker on the back of the phone and the concentric circle pattern on the chin, making it one of the most distinctive looking mid-rangers. But with no backlit feature on the 3 soft-touch Home, Back & Tasks buttons and a bulky weight proportions with awkwardly placed buttons, Zenfone Selfie doesn’t inspire craft.
Winner : For those who feel they can handle a 5.5′ screen comfortably enough, OnePlus 2 is the clear winner. For those who rather look for a compact, light and easy-to-handle smartphone should look out for Lenovo Vibe Shot.
Lenovo Vibe Shot : 5-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 441 PPI
The 5inch screen from Lenovo comes with oozing color reproduction and image accuracy that are beyond doubt. The screen seems to be flooded with loads of pixels, making it a pleasure to the eyes. Also, the viewing angles and the under-sunlight legibility seems to be just in order to make it a smartphone display that’s sure to impress buyers and consumers.
Moto X Play : 5.5-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 403 PPI
The huge 5.5 inches HD screen on Moto X offers a crisp, vibrant display along with the sturdiness of a Corning Glass 3 protection. Along with this comes a great body-to-screen ratio of ~74.4% which helps Moto X incooperate a large 5.5 inch display into a comparatively smaller body frame, thus making the phone lot more easy to grip and use.
OnePlus 2 : 5.5-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 401 PPI
One of the biggest let-downs that came across the launch of OnePlus 2 for which OnePlus faced a lot of flak was this display setup. Carrying forward the same display from OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 offers a better damage protection with Corning Glass 4 and a body-to-screen ratio of ~73.3%. What further enhances the experience is the fact that OnePlus 2 offer 178 degrees of viewing angles and better sunlight legibility.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : 5.5-inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels, ~ 403 PPI
A Corning Glass 4 protection is the only saving grace here to a display with poor viewing angles. Also, an over-saturated color reproduction further dampens the overall feel of the display, thus making it the least competitive of the lot.
Winner : OnePlus 2 for those who would like to have a 5.5′ screen. Otherwise, Lenovo Vibe Shot.
Processor and Performance
Lenovo Vibe Shot : Octa-core (quad-core 1.7 GHz & quad-core 1.0 GHz) Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615, Adreno 405 GPU
This is where the smartphone ethics of the Lenovo Vibe Shot get tested. Well with a Snapdragon 615 SoC, the performance seems to be stable enough to let you surf through without any hiccups or stutters. But what lets this otherwise impressive performer down is a set of pre-installed apps that not only adds to the bin of bloatware pushed out compulsorily, but also tend to crash in between out of no where, leaving users with a compromised user experience.
Moto X Play : Octa-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615, Adreno 405 GPU
Even as Moto X Play, Asus Zenfone Selfie and Lenovo Vibe Shot sharing the same processor, Moto X Play offers better real world performance than its competitor largely due to pure stock Android OS that comes loaded alongside. While it doesn’t offer the performance that a Snapdragon 810 delivers, Snapdragon 615 looks to focus more on the overall user experience. Also, an on-board 16/32GB of space alongside option to further expand storage upto 128GB makes this phone ready to fit in everything that you make like.
OnePlus 2 : Quad-core 1.5 GHz Qualcomm MSM8994 Snapdragon 810 v2.1, Adreno 430 GPU
Touted “Flagship killer” for a cause, OnePlus 2 is a specs monger with the best-in-class Snapdragon 810 processor alongside 4GB of RAM powering the device. What this translates into is the most flawless user experience, surpassing what a phone of this range is expected to deliver. What then curtails the flagship-feel is the restriction laid on the external storage with a fixed 64GB of on-board storage.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : Octa-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615, Adreno 405 GPU
Again a Snapdragon, again a flawless performance churner. Well, it has become quite a norm for the past few years wherein we have seen manufacturers making a shift to Snapdragon processors, letting go of the cheap alternatives such as MediaTek processors. So then, a well configured internal setup results in a phone that deals with all day-to-day tasks easily, until you start multitasking. That is when the phone starts to stutter hopelessly, taking a toll on the overall user experience.
Winner : OnePlus 2! Nothing even comes close.
Lenovo Vibe Shot : Android OS, v5.0.2 (Lollipop) with Vibe UI
Well, just as the Lenovo K3 Note, Lenovo Vibe Shot also comes layered with the Vibe UI on top of Android 5, promised to be upgraded soon to Android 6. As is the case with all other layering softwares, Vibe UI takes away from the lag-free and intuitive feel of the stock Android with the addition of excessive bloatware even after Lenovo has made several changes to the Vibe UI to be in line with the Android 5. What then needs to be appreciated is the Camera app that Lenovo has developed more on the lines of Lumia series, making even beginners feel at ease even when they are using the ‘pro’ mode on the app.
Moto X Play : Android OS, v5.1.1 (Lollipop)
This is where Moto X Play scores largely. With the least bloatware to take care of, stock Android lets the processor work in close tandem with the OS without having to interface with any software layering/tweaks that various other manufacturers offer on their home-grown versions of Android, Moto X Play offer a user experience that’s sure to leave you spell-bound.
OnePlus 2 : Android OS, v5.1 (Lollipop) with OxygenOS
Boasting the first version of OnePlus’ home-grown Oxygen OS layering on top of the Stock Android, OnePlus 2 looks to offer pure Android experience with powerful enhancements such as an enhanced keyboard, multiple themes to choose from and personalizing everything from apps to icons according to one’s needs.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : Android, v5.0 (Lollipop) with ZenUI
The Asus’ homegrown software layering called the ZenUI comes alongside the Android 5.0. Just like other layering software topped on stock Android from various manufacturers damper the flawlessness of the stock Android OS, ZenUI is no different. The performance on the phone takes a serious dip due to the excessive bloatware and bunch of useless apps that come preinstalled.
Winner : Nothing comes even close to the stock Android as that on Moto X Play!
Lenovo Vibe Shot : 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, autofocus, triple-LED (dual-tone) flash, 8 MP front camera
This is where Lenovo brings its A game to the fore. With a rear camera that features a Optical image stabilization, a Infrared autofocus that claims to offer upto 2x speed to the competition and a tricolour flash module that claims to offer optimal low-light photography, Lenovo has sure done justice to this smartphone-camera crossover. What impresses more than these specs is the fact that all of this comes incooperated into a Camera app that’s easy to operate and nippy enough to help you click pictures in a jiffy, more so with an Infrared AF.
Moto X Play : 21 MP rear, 5 MP front with auto-HDR, dual-LED flash
Number-for-number, Moto X Play wins hands-down against its competition. a 21MP shooter with dual LEDs, 1080p HD video recording capabilities at 30 fps and a front 5MP shooter with flash makes up for one of the most complete and compelling camera setup on a smartphone.
OnePlus 2 : 13 MP rear, 5 MP front with OIS, laser autofocus, dual-LED flash
Carrying forward the f/2.0 aperture and 6 lenses setup from OnePlus One, OnePlus 2 offer better autofocus time with an advanced OIS system along with rear-mounted laser technology but falls short on being compared side to side with its competitors.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : 13 MP rear with laser autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash, 13 MP front, 1080p, autofocus, dual-LED (dual tone) flash
The USP of the phone comes to the fore largely due to its front camera capabilities. A 13MP selfie camera with an f/2.2 aperture and 88-degree wide-angle field of view means you are always ready to capture the most personal moments with this hugely impressive front-camera setup. But what doesn’t impress is the rear camera that even after boasting a five-prism Largan lens and Toshiba sensors alongside laser autofocus and Dual-LED lacks the speed and the accuracy a phone of this capable hardware is expected to deliver.
Winner : Lenovo Vibe Shot for the best dynamic control over photography ethics. Otherwise, Moto X Play overall.
Lenovo Vibe Shot : Non-removable Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
With a battery hungry camera internals to take care of, Vibe Shot would sure not be able to make its way throughout a day on a single charge. Also, for such a large battery to recharge again taking a considerable amount of time, Vibe Shot misses out on a good overall battery performance very dearly.
Moto X Play : 3630 mAh battery
A big plus on OnePlus and other flagship killers, Moto X Play comes powered with a humongous 3630 mAh battery. If the company claims are anything to go by, you are to experience 30hours of battery life on a single charge. That’s extra-ordinarily awesome for a smartphone huge as this. Add to this a TurboPower charging capability and you have the best battery powering a smartphone in the current crop of smartphones.
OnePlus 2 : Non-removable Li-Po 3300 mAh battery
A 3300 mAh Non-removable battery takes a beating from the battery-hungry Snapdragon 810 processor, ending up in a compromise on the overall battery performance.
Asus Zenfone Selfie : Li-Po 3000 mAh battery
The 3000 mAh seems to be less than sufficient on a phone with such a large display and internals to take care of. Thus, it ends up dying within 9-10 hours on normal usage, a big minus.
Winner : Moto X Play. More so because of the Turbo Charging mode.
Lenovo Vibe Shot vs Moto X Play vs OnePlus 2 vs Asus Zenfone Selfie : VERDICT
While these phones are being pushed to this Smartphone market with the USP set to the Camera setups they incooperate, one must be clear about the fact that this doesn’t take away from the other smartphone ethics a smartphone needs to possess in order to prove its mettle against the competition. First up, on the camera front, all of these beasts produce the most amazing pictures a smartphone is capable of. So pleasing to the eyes they are that it seems insane to compare pictures from these phones. Only when we pit them together right against each other is when we get to see the minute differences in the quality of the pictures produced. For the overall camera performance, Moto X Play comes out the clear winner with the most balanced camera setup. Otherwise, Lenovo Vibe Shot comes in a close second thanks to the ultra fast Infrared AF and OIS on board. Now taking the other smartphone ethics into consideration, Asus Zenfone Selfie seemed to offer very limited capabilities as compared to the competition with just a selfie camera to look forward to on an otherwise sluggish smartphone. With OnePlus 2 being the most expensive of the lot, it brings a lot to the table with a stupendous design and a stellar performance. But where it lacks is where the Moto X Play gains. Be it the availability of option of expandable storage, or the bigger and longer lasting battery life or a camera setup what would be hard to compete with in this segment plus the most flawless UI with stock Android, Moto X Play offers a ton lot of features even though it costs lesser than OnePlus 2. What then Lenovo Vibe Shot brings to the table is the a super sleek and slim build profile that seems inspired from a digicam with a blusterous camera setup and lag-free overall performance, but lacks on some important aspects such as the UI and the back-cover which is a huge fingerprint magnet. Thus then, for all those who are looking to get their hands on stock Android with the most flawless performance, a prolific camera setup and easily one of the best batteries in the smartphone market, plus a water-repellent IP52 certification, Moto X Play is THE smartphone you should look forward to. For all those who are looking to flaunt a camera-centric phone that comes with a design language inspired by a digicam, Lenovo Vibe Shot scores really well. For all others who are looking for raw performance churner and the best looking smartphone in this segment, OnePlus 2 is what you should get your hands on.
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