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Wednesday, 12 June 2013
Gionee eLife E3-Slim Beauty-Review
Gionee has launched the Gionee
Elife E3 smartphone in the Indian Market.The Elife E3 is the new flagship
Android smartphone from Gionee. It has a sleek body along with the latest processor
and Android OS. Device is really great in terms of specs, looks, build, design
and performance. Here I am going to evaluate in the light of hands on
experience .So here we go:
Form and Feel Factor
Its quite slim, mere 7.9 mm thick
and weight 110 grams appx.It comes in evergreen Black, Metallic Blue and Pink
color options giving it a unisex label. Gionee is focusing a lot on the color
factor to the extent that the company has bundled a transparent protective
cover with the device which strengthens the device in order to keep the color
quotient untouched. Bonus point is this that even the protective cover is also
sleek. Even with the protective cover on, the phone doesn't feel bulky or
thick.It has a very neat and clean finish which can be attributed to absence of
hardware keys on the front. The It has three capacitive touch sensitive keys.
The back panel of the device is having a glossy finish but the color options
will make sure that minor scratches get ignored very easily. The placement of
the power/standby key on the same side makes it easy to use and user
friendly.Build quality of the device is superb. It's sturdy bundled
snap-on-covers add a lot of additional protection as well.
Its possesses 4.7 inch True HD,
720p display with IPS technology. The display works great and has great
contrast. Color vibrancy is also so good. The native resolution supported is
1280 x 720 pixels at 4.7 inches which makes it a great for viewing HD movies
and playing HD games. No pixelation effect was seen as such.
Processor and hardware
Performance of Gionee Elife E3 is
rocking. It has Mediatek MT6589 chipset that includes a 1.2GHz quad core
processor. GPU is Ultra low power PowerVR SGX 544MP graphic processor. The
optimisation has been done nicely which makes it for heavy games to work freely
on the device.
It features a 1GB of RAM along
with 16GB of internal storage. Micro SD card slot is also there to enhance the
storage upto 32 GB.
Experiencing multitasking on this
smart phone is like a breeze. Credit goes to its 1 GB RAM and a quad core
It comes preloaded with latest
Google Android Jelly Bean 4.2.1 operating system. Along with 1GB RAM, it
performs tasksat awesome speeds with superb fluidity.It uses Gionee's own
developed user interface which is really very user friendly and easy to use.
Home screens can be added and reduced in number to accommodate more stuff. Lock
screens get a multi windows interface that provides a quick access to apps and
Its compatible with most of
applications and work easily and flawlessly on this smartphone.
In nut shell, I can say that
experience of device is very good. OTA updates capability adds more to the charm
of this sleek and robust beauty.
Performance and usage
I have tested a lot of
applications and tried to stress it beyond limits, but no hanging or freezing
problem or jerky behavior was encountered. The 4.7 inch display is a major plus
point of this device even the touch sensitivity of the device is very accurate
and all the gestures are very accurately registered and translated by the
In terms of Antutu benchmark the
Gionee Elife E3 offered 13247 marks putting it above the Google Nexus 7 which
is a quad core device as well and the Samsung galaxy Note N7000. While in
comparison with the Micromax Canvas HD that has almost similar hardware
specifications the Gionee Elife E3 has marginal but a certain edge as it offers
better overall scores but with a somewhat smaller display at same resolution.
The call performance of this
device is also another major plus point for the device. The calls are received
and made without any issue. The earpiece and loudspeaker volume is good and the
microphone also makes sure the receiver gets to hear every world loud and
clear. The loudspeaker here needs a special mention as in a slim device the
loudspeakers generally go faint but not on the Gionee Elife E3.
Camera and multimedia
It is having 8 MP rear camera
(Auto Focus) along with 2MP front HD camera (Fixed Focus). Results are really
better than other phones in simillar segment. The camera has zero lag shutter
and a BIS (Backside illuminated sensor). BIS Sensor boosts up the colors and
details in low light conditions. Full HD 1080p video recording @ 30 FPS is more
Both outdoor and indoor image
performance rocks. LED flash comes in to play wherever needed and performs far
better than other phones in same segment..
On multimedia front this device
features support for all generic android formats. There is also stereo FM
included which also supports HD recording and automatic signal boost feature
for low signal areas.
In the above pic at right hand
side is the headphone provided with this phone. Looks stylish and unique like
the phone. This pic itself is clicked by E3 in low light w/o flash.
1800 mAh Battery may sound low at
first instance but backup is one of the major plus points for the Gionee Elife E3.
1850 mAh is quiet good for 4.7 inch display. It lasts for 1 to 2 full days of
usage between charges.
The device manages power usage
quite brilliantly and offers superior performance on demand. So it offers a
decent battery life.
The handset seems to be well
built and in looks and build quality follows Nokia style. The handset comes
with a rather very good 4.7-inch IPS HD display. When it comes to internal
storage the handset comes with an impressive 16 GB on board memory. The handset
comes with an impressive 8 mega pixel rear camera with auto focus besides a
front facing 2 megapixel camera for video chatting.
The handset is going to be a big
threat to not just Samsung’s Galaxy Grand that comes with lower specifications
than Gionee’s E3. But the main victim may be an Indian company Micromax whose
highest selling A116 Canvas HD comes for almost the same price. With better
specs, E3 will beat other handsets from other Indian smartphone vendors with
rather ease besides Micromax’s A116.
Gionee Elife E3 with the price of
Rs 14,999 offers features and functionality in a sleek and slim profile. the
only problem one may think is that of Gionee being a new brand in India.
At present, as per me, Gionee
Elife E3 offers a very good package. The price is also lucrative. Performance
is good beyond any doubt and the battery life is also very impressive (even
though I didn't expect the same) . I personally love this phone and think that
its a best available "Money + Performance" preposition right now.
(Sorry here friends for not
posting pictures as my digital camera has gone out of order. I'll try to upload
the same if I am able to arrange the camera)
Elife E3 Specifications
Dimensions137.5 x 68.4 x 7.9 mm
Display4.7", True HD IPS
LCD Retina Display1280 x 720
Processor1.2 GHz, Quad core
Memory1 GB RAM 16GB internal
MultimediaMultiformat audio Video
Camera8MP BIS rear (AF),2 FF
MP front (FF)
featuresFree transparent case+ Two free scratch guards
PriceRs 14,999( Best Bargain price is 13500 INR)
UPDATE (GOOD NEWS)
Gionee has released first OTA
update for E3 eLife dt 19.06.13
Its 165.25MB in size. This blog
is first to disseminate this info :)
In this update Android version
remains the same but some apps and games has been added. They are:
Du Battery SAVER
Little Big City
One more theme added
This is what is included in the
update. But there may be some other performance enhancers included as the size
of update is 165.25 MB. I'll post them as soon as I come across them. You guys
also comment here the differences after this update. Cheers :)
ScreenshotsRemoved to reduce the bandwidth usage for users on 2G
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