The A7000 comes pre-loaded with Lenovo’s latest Vibe 3.0 UI running atop Android 5.0 Lollipop. Lenovo offers a variety of apps on this phone by default, such as Shareit, Sync it, Evernote and UC Browser. The Truecaller app, which has been integrated in the dialer, is useful but slows the phone during calls. When it comes to customizability, there’s a Theme Center through which you can alter the look and feel of your device, with Lenovo offering several free themes by default. Lenovo — as is the case with most Chinese vendors — has customized the UI heavily, and although Vibe UI 3.0 is cleaner and more modern-looking when seen against its predecessor, several features that are a mainstay on Android — such an an app drawer — are missing. Another point worth mentioning is that the icons themselves, which are sandboxed within a square and feature rounded corners, seem to be inspired from iOS.
While there is a considerable amount of bloatware on the device, Lenovo at least allows you to uninstall the bundled apps should you wish to do so. Dolby Atmos — implemented in the form of software on the device— is an equalizer that dynamically creates spatial and multi-directional audio effects for videos and movies.
Vibe UI also offers a couple of useful features - Quick Snap, which turns the volume down key into the camera button, and double tap to wake, through which you can take a quick glance at the notifications and time on the lock screen. Also included are lock screen gestures, which automatically launch a predefined app upon drawing a gesture when the screen is switched off. Only two apps are supported by the lock screen gestures, so make sure you set two of your most widely used apps to work with the feature. While Lenovo’s Vibe UI 3.0 aims at recreating the smoothness of Android’s Lollipop, it lags at several instances. Most of these are minor niggles, but they still deter from the overall user experience of the device.