Should you buy Panasonic Eluga Icon smartphone with long battery life for Rs 12,990?

Panasonic’s Eluga Icon is a compact and sleek smartphone with a long battery life and decent camera

If you ask smartphone users what is the one biggest complaint that they have about their device? Majority of them are likely to say that they wish for a better battery life. In fact, last year,, a US-based marketplace for selling used gadgets, in a survey of more than 1,000 smartphone users found that users crave for more battery life than any thing else. The new offering of Panasonic, Eluga Icon, seems to address this challenge. The phone comes with a 3500 mAh Lithium-ion battery that the company claims to provide a talk time of 19 hours and standby time of 900 hours. But the question is, can the battery alone take the Eluga Icon to the shore? Let us look into what else it has to offer?

Exclusively available on the e-commerce website in gold and slate colours, the phone has 5.5-inch display. However due to its compact and sleek design and thin bezels on the side of the screen, flat back panel and  light weight, it gives you the feel of your normal 5-inch phone. The thickness of 8.55 mm, weight of 147 grams and curved spines not only makes it a perfect fit into the hand but unibody design also gives a premium look.

The front is dominated by a 5.5-inch HD IPS screen with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. The display quality is decent.

It is sharp with rich and bright colours. The users have also been given an option to adjust the colour temperature and use the night mode with three colour filters—red, black and yellow. The front also houses 3.5 mm headset jack and a front camera on the top while micro-USB port and three capacitive touch keys are in the bottom. The back is home to Panasonic branding in the centre along with rear camera and LED flash on the top and a speaker grille at the bottom. The power, volume rocker keys and a slot for additional SIM card are placed at the right edge while the left has space for a microSD card and the primary SIM card.

Probing the innards, the Eluga Icon runs on a slightly older version of Android KitKat 4.4.4. And, it seems to be a big miss at a time when the latest Android Lollipop are even now coming with a budget smartphone under the range of Rs 6,000. The phone entrails are powered by  64-bit 1.5Ghz octa core Mediatek MT6752 processor and 2 GB RAM, which ensure smooth performance. While doing multitasking, switching between the apps and playing graphic intensive games neither there was any substantial lag or over heating. The phone comes with a 16 GB internal storage which can further be expanded to 32 GB with the help of microSD card.

On the camera front, the Eluga Icon comes with a  13-megapixel auto focus rear camera and has 8-megapixel front camera. Both the cameras produce pictures with decent quality and clarity. Few of the test pictures that I clicked in daylight, the camera was able to capture fine details with good colour reproduction. In fact, the front camera is one of the best in this price range. The camera department has lot to more to offer. From face detection to continuous shot mode, it has an option to control the camera with voice and also user can manually manage the  exposure, contrast, brightness, white balance and ISO. You can also use HDR, face beauty, panorama and a PIP mode to click the picture.

In sum total, the Eluga Icon has lot to offer. Even with the display size of 5.5-inch, it is compact and sleek, has more features in camera department and battery life is incomparable with any of its nearest rivals in this price range but the old Android operating system is a big downside.

* Display: 5.5 inch, 720 x 1280 pixels
* Processor: 1.5 GHz 64-bit Octa Core processor
* Operating system: Android 4.4.4 KitKat
* Memory & storage: 2 GB RAM + 16 GB internal storage (expandable upto 32 GB with microSD)
* Camera: 8 MP front; 13 MP rear
* SIM type: Dual SIM (4G LTE enabled)
* Battery: 3500mAh, non-replaceable
** Estimated street price: Rs 12,990

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