Lenovo A316i review : why we chose it over other phones for my mom

A Lenovo A316i package contains the basic standard items like : Manual and warranty booklet, wall charger and cable, earphone and the handset

We are looking for the perfect phone to replace my mom's Nokia Asha 210. Our requirements? Should be :
- Dual SIM (well not really required but a great feature for her)
- Wifi
- Facebook
- Responsive interface
- can run some games
- and most importantly will not go over around P8000 ($200)

Lenovo A316i seems to fit all of our requirements above and the best of all, the price range is around P4000 ($100) only. But why did we chose it over other phones like Samsung Galaxy Y, LG Optimus L3 II, Nokia Asha 501 when all of them run on the same price range?

Vs Samsung Galaxy Young 
- based on the test phone's we tried, A316i is quicker or more responsive to use

Vs LG Optimus L3 II
- Optimus L3 II is more expensive than A316i by around P1.5k or $30 but the price difference doesnt offer that much feature that can be effectively used by my mother. What feature is that? an IPS LCD screen. Another is camera.

Vs Nokia Nokia Asha 501
- reliability wise, Asha 501 is the clear winner. but if we are talking about experience, android is of course better than an Asha phone from Nokia. From the number of quality + free applications and games, to upgradability and more.

Additionally, Lenovo uses what they call Lenovo Launcher which is very useful because I was able to hide apps that will not be used. This is to avoid my mom from accessing this apps specially the settings menu, minimizing the risk of her accidentally changing settings.


  • Dual SIM (normal size)
  • 800 x 480px 4.0" Capacitive touchscreen with 18million colors
  • 4gb Internal Storage
  • 512mb Internal memory
  • 3G, Wifi, Bluetooth
  • 2mp Camera
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
  • 1.3ghz Dual Core cpu from Mediatek MT6572
  • GPS
  • 1300mah battery

SRP is P4,450. We checked some prices at Trinoma and few stores offer it in P3,990 and one store even gave it for P3,850.

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