Gionee Marathon M4 @ 14000 Rupees
An amazing feature of The Gionee Marathon M4 is its superb battery life. It houses a smashing 5000 mAh juicy battery providing users with over 500 hours of talk time and browsing sessions without worrying about charging outlets.
The device also features a rear-facing camera with an 8MP capability while the front facing shooter possesses a mega-pixel capability of 5. Its screen is about 5 inches and uses AMOLED so as to save power. The screen is also sensitive to hand gestures. It comes with Android Operating System 5.0 (Lollipop) and a super fast 1.3Hz quad core processor power inside. The RAM is a large 2GB with 16 GB of hardware storage.
Enough about specifications let’s jump to content transfer, which has also been made easier by the Gionee Marathon M4. A HotKnot content sharing feature exists within the device that allows two users of the phone to exchange photos by simply touching their screens together. Insane Internet surfing speed is also made possible with the 4G LTE connectivity it possesses. The Gionee Marathon M4 is a phone you definitely want if you wish for longer lasting battery life.Gionee Marathon M4 with 4G USB OTG and 5000 mAh Battery
USB OTG 4G Panasonic Eluga Icon @ 12400 Rupees
Panasonic had great hope with Eluga Icon smartphone, launched exclusively at Amazon India last month. However, within a short period of time this phone has attracted controversy and bewilderment among potential buyers. Customers were getting confused because the product page at Amazon is full of fake reviews. Therefore, about a week earlier my team decided to present a simple review of this smartphone to save smartphone lovers from misguided facts more rightly fiction.
One of the main highlights of the Panasonic Eluga Icon is 3500 mAh lithium-ion battery. Because of the huge 5.5 inch display, advantage of the extra leverage gets evened out. However, you will still be able to make more than 24 hours with this phone on a single charge (on heavy usage of course).
OGS Display Panel
As far as the display is concerned, there is not much to discuss about except the OGS panel that makes graphics appears much closer. HD resolution of 1280 X 720 with a low pixel density of 267 PPI do not help in terms of viewing experience, but plays great role in reducing battery draining because of 5.5 inches HD IPS Panel. When it comes to colour reproduction and viewing angles, we appreciate Panasonic competence in display technology evident here clearly.
The phone features a uni-body design, which have helped limit the thickness to just 8 mm. Slots are located on both sides. In spite of big screen, you will find this phone much more comfortable in the hand. Panasonic has borrowed the best design aspects of flagship phones from all popular electronics manufacturers to render the best possible trendy look on this phone. For a price of 12000 rupees, Panasonic effort to bring a premium design that will attract your friend is a bad thing any way.
The Panasonic Eluga Icon supports Indian 4G bands, which means you can enjoy web browsing, YouTube video and online gaming without buffering at premium internet speeds of approx 20 to 45 MBPS.
Useless 64-bit Processor
It is true that the Panasonic Eluga Icon packs a 64-bit processor, but that will not do good because Android Kitkat is not designed to take advantage of 64-bit chipset. You do not have to worry about the performance as there are still eight cores on the given MediaTek processor chip. Another important spec to mention here is 2GB RAM that opens up a whole new world for multitasking.
If you are a camera guy, who trusts Panasonic smartphone for better photography, I am sorry this smartphone will be a great disappointment. Quality of images that I took from both front and rear cameras was disgusting. Most of the time, the phone struggled to focus on the subject. Also, there are some issues in exposure setting of the rear camera.
Ugly User Interface
Panasonic has tried to copy the interface of iOS and I must say that it has considerably failed in doing that. Color schemes and icon designs are annoying. Users will also get confused while browsing through the menu.
The only thing that you will like here is gestures that can be configured from the settings panel.
- Cool design
- 4G LTE
- OTG support
- Octa-core processor
- OGS Panel
- 3500 mAh battery
- Tap To Wake is supported
- Camera is the biggest disappointment
- Low pixel density
- Runs on a dated version of Android
- Unattractive and confusing user interface
A great phone is not the one, which features one or two eye-catching features. Rather, paisa Vasool smartphone offers a complete package according to market standard. That being said, the Panasonic Eluga Icon fails in providing a nice user experience.
Motorola Moto G (2015) @ 12000 Rupees
The first generation Moto G was the best selling smartphone in India. In last two years, Indian smartphone market has changed a lot. Last year’s Moto G (version two) was a big downer compared to other smartphones launched to curtail its market share in the same price range.
Last month, Motorola had introduced the third generation Moto G hoping to regain lost glory in Indian market. This time around, Motorola has done everything in its hand to make this phone a perfect solution for the budget customers.
Great Battery Life
This year’s Moto G has got a bigger 2470 mAh battery, which is really promising. You can expect at least 5-6 hours of screen-on time on a heavy usage. One of the main reasons behind the long battery life of this phone is the clean Android interface.
Pure Android Experience?
At the event held in New Delhi, Motorola spokesperson said that the Moto G 3rd Gen offers a pure android experience, but that is not one hundred percent true. The interface looks more or less stock, but the company has done a few modifications to enhance experience of the end users.
Stunning Camera Performance
The reason that every photography enthusiast should buy the smartphone is Motorola has put the same 13 MP rear sensor, which was featured on the Google Nexus 6. You will get stunning daylight images packed with a great level of details. Full HD recording is possible on the new Moto G, but the lack of OIS can be a concern for some people. There is also some good news for selfie lovers. This smartphone has the same 5MP sensor on the front that the first gen Moto G had at the rear.
The Snapdragon 410 chipset offers snappy and lag free performance on the new Moto G. The benchmarking results were also quite impressive.
- AntuTu -24211
- Geek Bench Multicore- 1581
- Quadrant- 16130
- Neenamark 2- 55.9 fps
You can play graphic intensive games on Moto G 3rd Gen, but be sure to expect occasional frame drops and stuttering.
It is a dual SIM phone and supports 4G LTE networks. I did not suffer from any call drops while testing this phone, which was one of the major problems on the first generation Moto G.
- OTG is supported
- Great battery life
- Android Lollipop
- Snappy performance
- 13 MP rear and 5 MP front camera
- IPX7 rated, can resist rainfall
- Features like Double Chop and Double Twist
- Two versions i.e. 8 GB (1GB RAM) and 16 GB (2GB RAM) with price a tag of 11,999 rupees and 12,999 rupees respectively
- Display panel is the same
- Low light performance of camera is not that great
Of course it is not a 100% perfect phone and definitely there are rooms for improvement. However, the Moto G 3rd Gen is one of the few smartphones available in the market that offer premium user experience at an affordable price. Top 10 Smartphones Between 10000 to 15000 Rupees
Asus Zenfone 2 Laser @ 9999 Rupees
Asus has launched some great smartphones this year. Of late, we have reviewed the Asus Zenfone Selfie now on interest of dear readers we are presenting review of the Zenfone 2 Laser.
The smartphone is available in three variants varying RAM, processor and screen size. Starting at just 9990 rupees, the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser lists desirable features like 4G LTE, Snapdragon Chip-set and 13MP rear shooter with laser auto focus.
The brand’s approach to launch many variants of one model to suite section of buyers is facing tough competition from newly launched phones like Moto G 3rd Gen and Yu Yureka Plus.
Attractive but Not So User Friendly Design
The design strategy that Asus uses for Zenfone series devices is quite popular among tech followers. While the phone looks attractive and appealing, usages with one hand is still annoying for many. This is in spite of the brand follows ergonomics that suits one hand operation.
User will require some practice to get used to with power button, which is located at the top. Good news is the material used in making the body of the phone is of high quality. Both back panel and battery are removable, which is again a nice thing considering uni-body trend nowadays.
The version that I had tested features 2GB of RAM and Snapdragon 410 chipset. I was really impressed with performance of the quad core 1.2 GHz processor that the phone houses. There was no serious lag or stuttering. Browsing through the menu was as smooth as slicing butter with a hot knife.
The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser also succeeds in getting respectable scores in multiple benchmarking tests.
- AnTuTu- 23574
- Geekbench Single-core- 508
- Geekbench Multi-core- 1500
- Neenamark 2- 54.8 fps
Intensive gaming is possible on this smartphone without any heating issues. Games like Asphalt 8, Riptide GP2 and Real Racing 3 run smoothly in medium to low graphic settings.
3000 mAh Battery
The huge battery of this phone results in a really long screen-on time. On moderate to high usage, one can easily get a full day of power backup. This phone is a perfect solution for those who like to watch movies and TV serials on the go. But let me inform, you will have to use an earphone for clear audio. The Asus Zenfone 2 Laser produces low volume audio output.
App Data Is Movable
Only 16GB of on-board storage will not be enough if you are a heavy user like me. But do not worry as this smartphone allows movement of app data to the external storage. Another great thing is one can expand the storage up to a whopping 128GB using a micro SD card.
IPS Panel Protected By Corning Gorilla Glass 4
The 5.5 inch IPS panel of this phone results in great viewing angles and decent contrast ratio. Also, it is protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 4, the latest in the series. My experience was not that great with this phone as the display size reduces the pixel density to 267 PPI. Those who are buying the 5 inch variant will really be lucky this time around.
Zen User Interface
The Zen UI that this smartphone runs on top of Android 5.0.2 Lollipop comes with a Theme Engine that enables the user to choose color scheme, icon set and design for the running interface. One can also customize the notification toggle according to his preference.
Laser auto-focus feature might be the main attraction of the Asus Zenfone 2 Laser, but that remains worthless because the camera is poor in the regular performance. Shutter speed is impressive and the rear 13MP shooter focuses on the subject really quick. However, the details that it captures are not that great.
The 5MP Selfie camera follows the same trend and shoots low quality images. In my opinion, the Moto G 3rd Gen is still a better option as far is rear and front camera is concerned.
The good thing here is that you get a number of extra features like Smart Brightness, Manual Mode, Beautification Mode, Super Resolution Mode and Low Light Mode.
- 4G LTE, great call quality
- Massive battery
- Equipped with bunch of sensors
- Customizable interface
- So many variants
- Android Lollipop
- Corning Gorilla Glass 4
- OTG support
- Dual SIM
- Multicolor LED notification
- Poor camera
- Heavy in the hand
Final opinion about the phone to buy or not depends on your preference. If I were in your place, then my choice would be either Yu Yureka Plus or Moto G 3rd Gen because both smartphones offer higher performance, handy design and great camera.
YU Yureka Plus @ 9000 Rupees
Impressed with the success of YU Yureka, Micromax has come up with an upgraded variant the YU Yureka Plus for a price of only 9000 rupees. The main attraction of this phone would be full HD display and improved camera.
In 9000 rupees price basket YU Yureka Plus competes with the best selling Lenovo K3 Note. But, is the phone a perfect gadget that can be used as a trusted daily driver? Let’s find out.
Full HD Display
Most of us can wrongly interpret addition of “Plus” to the model name as a sign of increased screen size. However, only enhancement the display has got is increased pixels density per inch. YU Yureka Plus’s 5.5 inch IPS LCD screen offers a resolution of 1920 X 1080 that result in a really high pixel density of 400 PPI. This is the best display for an affordable price to enjoy HD games and watch HQ movies.
Moreover, the scratch resistive coating of Corning Gorilla Glass 3 helps the screen to survive every day collisions.
To improve the camera quality, the manufacturer has used a 13MP Sony BSI sensor. Captured images pack great details and accurate colors that are even true when shooting in low lighted condition. I have become a fan of high shutter speed of the rear shooter.
Both front and rear camera supports full HD recording at 30 frames per second. Furthermore, the rear camera can record slow motion videos at 60 frames per second. This is indeed a great feature in a gadget costs really less to Indian pocket.
The camera interface is highly appealing and easy to browse through. Swiping from top to bottom changes color modes and access to extra options float on the right side.
High Performing CPU Exposed to Heating
The Yureka Plus houses the same Snapdragon 615 64bit chipset, which the predecessor had. Therefore, you can at least expect the same type of performance, multitasking and gaming experience with this phone.
The Octa-core 1.5 GHz processor generates a lot of heat and sometimes the phone gets uncomfortably warm. 2GB of RAM offers ample amount of memory for a great number of apps to run in the background.
Full HD display puts an extra pressure on both the processor and the Adreno 405 GPU. Fortunately, Yu Yureka Plus can easily handle all such resource demand. It has earned the following benchmark scores:
- AnTuTu- 36177
- Neenamark 2- 58.9 fps
- Quadrant- 24131
- Geekbench Single-core- 664
- Geekbench Multi-core- 2430
As far as gaming is concerned, users will be able to play most of intensive games on this phone. Yes, gaming, multitasking and multimedia experience all without worrying about lag or stuttering.
The looks of this phone might be similar to its predecessor, but the brand YU has reinforced many things here. Its chassis is now both stronger and durable. The back panel of both color variants (Moon dust Grey and Alabaster White) feels much more comfortable than earlier.
One of the reasons why a large number of heavy users will consider the device is CyanogenMod OS. Popular Android based ROM offers unlimited customization options to the end user. The theme engine concept feature allows modification of every element of the user interface. It also supports to gesture access and double taps to wake up feature.
Another great thing about the smartphone is zero bloatware, which translates into improved performance and better usability.
- 4G LTE support for internet speeds up to 150 MBPS
- Theme Engine
- Great build quality
- Sony sensor, slow motion video support
- Cyanogen mod OS
- Decent battery backup
- Equipped with all the needed sensors
- Performs great
- Full HD display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection
- USB OTG support
- Micro SD card slot
- Dual SIM
- Heating Issues
Even though the manufacturer has not changed anything inside, the Yureka Plus is still one of the most desirable budget smartphones in the market. You will be stunned by its performance, camera and display. As a daily driver, Yu Yureka Plus not only beats Lenovo K3 Note, but also stands out as a clear and cheap alternative to Moto G 3rdGeneration.