The first person calls it ‘blade’, the second person says ‘like a glass’, the third says ‘gracefully thin’, and the fourth exclaims ‘like a supermodel’! These are opinions from some executives whom I had met at a corporate dinner, when I showed them the Gionee ELife S5.5 that I had for review. The ELife S5.5, for the record, is not only the slimmest phone in the world, it actually redefines slimness. Consider this, the ELife S5.5 gets the world’s thinnest back cover (at 0.4 mm) and the thinnest front cover (0.55 mm). Both the back and front have Gorilla Glass protection to guard against scratches. Further, 98% of the S5.5 is built with metal and glass—the metal body, in fact, is durable magnesium alloy, a combination of hardness with softness to bring maximum protection to the phone. The edges are tapered and this adds to the grip.
The S5.5 sports a five-inch, full-HD, super AMOLED display (with 16 million colours). The brightness levels of the screen are high, viewing angles are quite good and colour reproduction is just right. So, watching videos, reading documents, and playing games is a joy on this display.
Next, the camera. While the rear primary camera is a 13-megapixel unit with auto focus that gets features such as face beauty, panorama (horizontal and vertical), eraser, face detection, geo-tagging, touch focus, 40 snaps in one click, smile shot and more, the front camera is a 5-megapixel ultra-wide angle lens. Both the cameras produce really good images—provided there is ample light—and the front one, especially, is great for video chatting. Here I must add that we made some really good videos with the phone’s rear camera and what added to the joy was the playback—the S5.5 gets DTS 3D Surround Sound that makes watching videos/movies on it an immersive experience. A very cute feature is the CharmCam, an app, that gives you various shooting mode options.
Coming to the operating software, the S5.5 gets Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, while its CPU is Octa-core 1.7 GHz Cortex A7. It gets 2 GB RAM and 16 GB storage but, unfortunately, the phone doesn’t come with a microSD card slot to increase storage. Although Gionee has been able to fit a lot of hardware in such a slim body, a slim body has its drawbacks. No, I am not indicating that the body is feeble, it is that the phone tends to get