Lenovo Vibe K5 Review: Base Line: User Interface

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User interface

The Lenovo Vibe K5 runs on a heavily customized Android 5.1. It's named Vibe OS, but you won't find that advertised throughout the interface like other makers do. The overlay isn't too consistent, and there are hints of Material design here and there, mixed up with remnants of older concepts.

The lockclassy screen is a rather standard affair. The default layout consists of a clock widacquire with a date, followed by a list of notifications. You also acquire shortcuts for quick access to the dialer and camera.

Default lockscreen

In typical fashion for a droid coming out of China, there's no app drawer - all your apps reside on the homescreens. New ones can be added with ease, existing ones can be rearranged and any homeclassy screen tab can be set as default home. Screen transition effects can be selected, and you can choose whether to be able to cycle back to the first one after reaching the discontinue or not.


There's a wide selection of themes available too, complete with icon packs, and these can change the vibe of the Vibe K5 completely. Some of them see better than others with non-system icons - the more customized the theme, the more out of place Google Chrome looks, for example.


The capacitive keys below the display are Recent tasks/Home/Back, left to right. The recent tasks one doubles as a context menu button and that's a bit odd in truly Material design apps, which have the three-dot menu in the top right. Making things even less intuitive, the context menu and the three-dot menu often contain different options.

Thanks to the ambiguous nature of the left capacitive key, getting to the recent tasks requires a long press, instead of a tap. Naturally, that adds an extra bit of waiting to an action you'd be doing constantly. There's a "Clear all" button, in the diagonally opposite top correct corner, so you'd be stretching your thumbs a bit.

Additionally, there's a task manager that gives you more detailed information on what resources each app is using.

Recent apps • Task manager

The notification shade works in two stages. Pull down once with one finger, and you acquire notifications only, pull down a second time and you acquire the entire list of quick toggles, with notifications squished below. There's no priority row of toggles that gets opened on the first pull, it's none or all.

Notification area



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