Thursday, 20 March 2014

The Elife E6

The Elife E6 was a large hit for Gionee and marked the company’s official entry into the premium smartphones category in India. in addition to a glitzy launch affair, India finally took notice of an otherwise unknown smartphone maker attempting to create a reputation for itself. The launch of the Elife E7 was an excellent grander affair and truly thus since this is often Gionee’s answer to high-end droids from star firms however with a really reasonable tag.

Gionee is talking up the camera capabilities of the E7, because it happens to be the second android phone in India with a 16MP primary sensor (the initial being the Samsung Galaxy S4 zoom).

Design and Build
The E7 follows a totally new style philosophy compared to the E6. The monolithic style consists of a unibody, polycarbonate shell that’s out there during a style of colors. We’re not very keen on the shiny end as it’s a nightmare to keep clean. Thankfully, it doesn’t attract fingerprints the maximum amount as you’d expect.

The phone is unbelievably slim and lightweight tho' and it won’t weigh you down in your pocket.

We have capacitive buttons within the front along with an 8MP front-facing camera. There are 2 symmetrical grills at rock bottom for the speaker and mike. round the back, is the current 16MP camera sensor from OmniVision. There isn’t a xenon flash but, that may be a sad considering a you’d expect the simplest flash technology in an exceedingly phone designed for photography.

The Elife E7 options a five.5-inch, Full HD show. The IPS panel will an excellent job at delivering spirited colors and sharp text. Viewing angles and daylight legibility are pretty sensible.

Like the E6, the E7 additionally options Gionee’s heavily custom-made version of android four.2.2, which, in an exceedingly shell, could be a complete nightmare to use. It’s exhausting to use it for quite a few of days while not risking losing your mental health. All apps are displayed on the home screen and also the redesigned, outsized icons mean it’s exhausting to identify the app you’re searching for. There’s no choice to have homescreen widgets here, that is absolutely annoying. The experience could be a bit smoother than it absolutely was on the E6, I’ll provides it that a lot of. however it’s terrible nonetheless.

The E7 conjointly comes with some ‘Smart Gestures’ like tap-to-wake, sensible answer, etc. These work well however we wouldn’t advocate turning on the tap-to-wake as this feature periodically awakened the phone whereas still within the pocket. i'd take away the phone from my pocket, solely to search out that I had accidentally sent gibberish text to a friend on Whatsapp. Adding a pattern lock helps however we didn’t face such a problem on the G2.

The E7 options Gionee’s custom audio and video player. The music player has restricted support for codecs because it doesn't support FLAC files. However, you may still wish to use it because it supports DTs audio enhancements that build a large impact on the audio. you'll be able to select the built-in presets of tweak the setting yourself. Audio quality is sweet via headphones, however the speaker system isn’t nice. At high volumes, there’s severe distortion.

The video player supports a wider choice of formats as well as MKV and handles 1080p alright. The DTs enhancements don’t touch the video player, sadly. you'll be able to grab a screenshot of the video and even switch to mini mode, that helps you to perform alternative functions whereas you continue watching.

Out of the 16GB, you simply get seven.8GB for media files whereas five.2GB is reserved for apps. There’s no way to expand the memory either. Thankfully, Gionee offers a 32GB version similarly for not way more, thus it doesn’t build much sense shopping for the 16GB version, unless you're on a very tight budget.

The E7 supports quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G frequencies. You also get Wi-Fi ‘n’, Bluetooth v4.0, GPS and NFC. There’s no mention of GLONASS support anywhere, so we assume it’s not present. There is USB Host support however so one can plug in a pen drive to access files. This worked just fine with a SanDisk 16GB dual drive.

The Elife E7 uses OmniVision’s OV16825 camera sensor. This 16MP module is packs in larger 1.34µm pixels as compared to standard camera modules. The backlighting technology is also based on the BSI-2 standard. This particular module is capable of handling 2K and 4K video up to 60fps, however, Gionee hasn’t enabled support for it in the current firmware. The interface is pretty simple and you can switch between a more general layout and a professional one for the settings. The features offered aren’t any different from what we’ve already seen. You have burst mode, HDR, Panorama and night. ‘V-sign’ mode lets you capture a still automatically when someone puts up the ‘peace’ sign. The focus speed is pretty quick but if you or your subject move even slightly, you end up with a blurry shot.

 The trouble with the interface is that it’s not very intuitive. For instance, even in Auto mode, you can’t access burst mode by simply holding down the shutter. You have to manually switch to ‘Sports’ mode. Also missing are live filters. Video mode is is pretty basic as well. You can shoot up to 1080p but there’s no option for slow-motion video.

 The front facing camera offers very good picture quality but sadly video recording is restricted to 720p only. Overall, the camera manages to capture incredible details and excels at macros and landscape shots. Low-light and indoor shots are also pretty good.

Gionee also throws in a CharmCam app which adds more features like beauty shot, frames, etc.

We managed to get pretty good backup time on the E7 despite its seemingly small 2500mAh battery. The phone breezed through the loop test with great ease with 20 percent battery to spare.

Battery Life

We managed to get pretty good backup time on the E7 despite its seemingly small 2500mAh battery. The phone breezed through the loop test with great ease with 20 percent battery to spare.

Verdict and Price 

The Gionee Elife E7 is on the market for $ 417, on-line for the 16B model and about $ 443 for the 32GB model. With such a minor value gap, it is smart to choose the 32GB version considering you can’t expand the storage. What’s a lot of, the 32GB version additionally comes with 3GB of RAM rather than 2GB. As way as camera-centric phones are involved, the E7 is your best bet at this worth purpose. you furthermore mght have the Sony Xperia metallic element, that remains a awfully sensible camera phone for the worth.

Gionee ticks most of the correct boxes with the E7. You get powerful hardware and a awfully capable camera. The 16MP shooter is obscurity pretty much as good as Sony’s Z1 however remains higher than most 13MP shooters out there. However, there’s still plenty of labor to be done once it involves the code. It simply feels unpolished and approach too sophisticated for the common user. If Gionee will type this out by protruding to stock android the maximum amount as potential, then the E7 gets our recommendation

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