Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro Review: Expanding Universe: Image Gallery, Music And Video Players, FM Radio, Audio Quality

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Gallery

The gallery of the Vibe Z2 Pro has been heavily customized from the stock Android experience. It can either show all of your photos organized by date or a list of your albums. Tapping on a photo shows it in full screen. Sadly, you can't resize thumbnails using the pinch zoom gesture.






The gallery is a bit limited

Another missing feature is any form of gallery sorting. Whereas many rivals allow you to sort by folders, favorites, people faces or location, that's no possible on the Vibe Z2 Pro.






You can edit photos on the fly

You can also go into a more capable editor with options for light and exposure adjustments (so you can bring out the shadows or the highlights), filters and beauty enhancements (which detects faces automatically).

Video player

The Vibe Z2 Pro packs a very capable video player that didn't mind most of the video codecs we threw at it. The solitary exceptions were videos with AC3 audio.

The interface is marginally better than the gallery as it offers a few ways to sort the videos. There's also an editor, which allows you to stitch together a couple of videos. However, there's no subtitle support, which is a pity.




The video player interface

The video player comes with a neat trick allowing you to play the video in a floating window. You can resize it by a pinch zoom gesture, too.

Google Play Music spins up the party

Believe it or not, Lenovo hasn't bothered making its own Music app and is using the stock Google Play Music one. Not that this is a poor thing. It features Listen Now feature, which tries to determine what you like and the sequence of your track-changing so that it can start offering you music you might like to play next.






Google Play Music

Google Play Music also gives you the option to upload music onto the Google-branded cloud and stream it on your device via Wireless Fidelity (Wi-Fi) or mobile data. There's also the nifty option of downloading the content onto the device if you want to have there for connection-less times.

From the Settings key you can acquire into the equalizer. It can be turned on and off and features several equalizer presets along with a custom user defined one. If you plug in a headset, you can also play around with the Bass boost and 3D effect sliders.

Flagship-grade audio quality

The Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro aced the first part of our test, where it had to show how it works with an active external amplifier. The phablet achieved excellent scores top to bottom and garnished them with nicely high volume levels - not HTC high, but fine enough to haged pace with the rest.

Plug in a pair of headphones and a minor amount of stereo crosstalk creeps in - it's still better tha most of the competition, making up for a very solid overall performance.

And here go the results so you can see for yourselves.

TestFrequency responseNoise levelDynamic

rangeTHDIMD + NoiseStereo crosstalk

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro+0.04, -0.05-94.393.30.0012

0.012-93.3

Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.06-94.291.20.011

0.041-78.1

Samsung Galaxy Note 4+0.01, -0.04-96.693.40.0015

0.0086-94.2

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 (headphones attached)+0.03, -0.02-96.893.50.011

0.035-55.2

Apple iPhone 6 Plus+0.04, -0.04-94.094.00.00130.0064-72.0

Apple iPhone 6 Plus (headphones attached)+0.10, -0.04-94.093.90.00160.087-64.1

HTC One Max+0.14, -0.14-93.893.80.0009

0.015-94.1

HTC One Max (headphones attached)+0.26, -0.02-93.693.60.026

0.080-80.4

LG G Pro 2+0.02, -0.23-93.894.20.0040

0.029-93.3

LG G Pro 2 (headphones attached)+0.07, -0.02-93.793.40.050

0.039-73.5




Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro frequency response

You can learn more about the tested parameters and the whole testing process here.


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