Wiko Lenny 3 Review – The Basic Mark 3 (With Improvements!)
Say hello to the Wiko Lenny 3, one of the drops from Wiko into the country, having dropped a number of models since the start of the year. Wiko is slowly becoming a household name for entry level smartphones, and priced at RM (price), this is one phone that will give it a level ground plus a variety of Wiko models out there along with it. The phone comes in 2 colors: Space Grey and Silver. There are other choices for entry-level phones as well, but let’s have the scope on this guy here, shall we?
- 5.0” (720×1280) HD IPS, ~294 ppi pixel density
- 8 MP Full HD
- 1.3 GHz Cortex-A7 MT6580
- 1GB RAM 16GB Memory
- 2000 mAh battery
Design and Build Quality
One thing I’m sure users would love about the phone is the size of the phone. With a 5” screen, it also means that the phone fits nicely into their hands. An added plus is the slightly curved back the phone, which helps with grip on a phone with no significant feature that helps a user hold the phone properly without slipping, a problem evident with the Samsung Galaxy S7 Edge.
The feature I’m talking about here is the felt back of the Wiko Ufeel, but once again, the phone compensates with the designed curved back. The phone comes with 2 SIM slots, one nano-SIM and one micro-SIM. One difference that it has with other phones from Wiko is that it has a dedicated Micro-SD slot, which can house up to a 64GB expansion.
The phone comes with a 5.0” IPS LCD screen, which is relatively small, but will make do. Once again, I’d like to reiterate the fact that the phone is as basic as it gets. It produces decent screen content quality with 294 ppi pixel density. The Lenny 3 is unable to play Full HD videos, but hey, as long as the video can be played at HD, what’s there to whine about?
The Wiko Lenny 3 continues Wiko’s reputation of really responsive adaptive screen brightness. An added advantage that it has with the other models, is the fact that Wiko improved on that aspect of the hardware, and it does not have the issues with accuracy with responsiveness as its other predecessors.
As a starter model just like its predecessors, the battery is the only one that maintained its reputation: on being decent. The phone comes with a 2000 mAh battery, but it holds its own pretty well. It can go a good 2 days on standby, at least a day and a half on light usage, but only an approximate of half a day on heavy usage. Charging of the phone takes a while, which is about an hour or a little more to full charge, and with phones at entry and average builds moving towards quick charging, this could be seen as a huge disadvantage for the Lenny 3
This, however, should not deter anyone from buying the phone, and the phone, with that battery specification, helps, once again, starters, and those who use their phone for the basis of communications only (or as a spare phone).
The speaker of the phone is located at the back of the phone, following the framework that has been laid out for a lot of phones in the market, to which Wiko seem to follow rather religiously. Regardless, the phone has superb audio qualities. Imagine this: You’re in your toilet, and unfortunately left your Lenny 3 outside. It’s not near the toiler door so you can’t get it easily. You start to sweat on whether your crush has replied you or not. Now in this case, should you use other phones, you may not be able to hear it. Lo and behold, the Lenny 3’s notification is so loud and clear, it gives you peace in your “business”. Jokes aside, the Lenny 3’s audio is of a superb quality, and this is one phone that users won’t have to worry about cupping their hands over just to get their optimal volume.
The camera on the Lenny 3 has to be one of the most basic that a smartphone of this generation can get. The phone comes with an 8MP rear camera and a 5MP front camera, which is a common build for Wiko’s recent drops. The camera produces decent quality pictures, though the color of the pictures may seem a little desaturated.
Apart from that, the phone has trouble with its autofocus, especially when it comes to places where lights constantly change, or in low-light conditions. The low-light shots via the rear camera doesn’t have any to shout about as well, as it produces a rather grainy finish. Selfie addicts would love the phone, with a 5MP front, which assures a decent finish, although the phone does not come with an LED flash, like the other starter phones which drop from the model.
The phone is rather slow, since it holds a 1GB RAM, but it is commendable as it is still able to house the Android v6.0.1 (Marshmallow) OS.
The Wiko UI has not seen much change, sticking to its stock Android feel and a drawered/drawer-less app layout, thought it can be taken for a phone with a primarily drawer-less app layout. Sticking to its “user first” policy that they have been pushing out, the phone comes with a smart guide, which will help users navigate through the phone.
One word to sum up the phone: basic. However, Wiko seems to want to throw its name out more, which explains the constant push of phones out to get the exposure it needs in what is already a very condensed smartphone market. The Lenny 3 is a good phone for starters, but I really hope that this is just a show for Wiko, where they throw out phones, in hopes of building up to a phone of a better quality in the coming months or years.