The Quick-Read Review: With Elife S5.5, Gionee seeks to inspire trust

Jul 15 2014, 14:23 IST
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An overall feel that makes you think you have got a great deal for your Rs. 22,000. An overall feel that makes you think you have got a great deal for your Rs. 22,000.
SummaryThe sum of parts is better than the quality of the parts alone, and that’s what the Gionee Elife S5.5 brings to the table.

Usually, it’s the brand that inspires trust in a product. It’s why a Samsung or Nokia phone is preferred by so many, irrespective of its merits as a good phone. But that trust was built on delivering great products over the years. With the Elife S5.5, Gionee is hoping the product is good enough to inspire trust in their brand.

Specs: 5-inch Super AMOLED Plus touchscreen (1920×1080 pixels, 441ppi) | 1.7GHz octa-core Mediatek MT6592 processor | 2GB RAM | 16GB internal memory, no microSD card | 13MP camera, 5MP front camera, FullHD video recording | 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4, GPS, microUSB | Single micro SIM | 2300mAh Li-po battery

Price: MRP – Rs. 22,900 | MOP – Rs. 22,000

Design: The Elife S5.5 claims to be the slimmest smartphone in the world—the “5.5” in the name indicates the width of the device: just 5.5mm. Almost everyone who saw this sleek handset asked how much it cost and were surprised by the price. Its slim profile and magnesium alloy construction makes the S5.5 great to hold and use.

Not everything is perfect, of course. The glass back looks good at first, but gets scratched easily and will soon turn into an eyesore. The front is also prone to attract fingerprints easily. But perhaps most importantly, it heats up quickly and can get uncomfortable to hold while travelling.

Screen: The 5-inch screen of the S5.5 is is sharp, the colours are accurate, and the viewing angles are good. In direct sunlight, it’s fine on full brightness. The only issue with the screen is the auto brightness mode, which isn’t smart enough to always adjust to the best setting for your environment. You’re better off leaving it at 60% brightness manually.

Performance: An octa-core processor and 2GB of RAM takes care of most needs. The phone doesn’t lag or hang, but it does have one problem. When you play games that require lots of swipes, the screen will often freeze for half a second — and that’s often the difference between winning and losing!.

Camera: The S5.5 excels at taking photos while in motion. The shutter is quick and the auto-focus is good enough to capture at least the centre of the image in good detail. The fringes, naturally, are a bit blurred—but not as much as what you’d expect from most other phones. Apart from shots taken while moving,

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