The Quick-Read Review: With Elife S5.5, Gionee seeks to inspire trust

Jul 15 2014, 14:23 IST
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An overall feel that makes you think you have got a great deal for your Rs. 22,000. An overall feel that makes you think you have got a great deal for your Rs. 22,000.
SummaryThe sum of parts is better than the quality of the parts alone, and thatís what the Gionee Elife S5.5 brings to the table.

the S5.5 is also good for still photography and videos, although itís not the best we have seen. Low-light shots naturally suffer with auto-focus, but they also have noise and lack details. Youíll need to apply an Instagram filter to be able to use them. The front camera is weak in dimly lit environments, so selfies in the club are going to be full of noise.

Memory: The S5.5 has 16GB of internal memory of which only 10.9GB is available to the user. Depending on how you use a smartphone, that might be too little. If you load up your phone with a lot of media (music or movies especially) or install many games, you will run out of storage quickly. But if you use streaming videos and are willing to swap old games for new ones, youíll be able to manage the memory. In a nutshell, power users should stay away while most regular users will be happy with this.

Interface: Gionee has customised the Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system with its Amigo OS user interface. While itís not an eyesore, it is unnecessary and takes away some of the best parts of Android. For starters, it does away with an app drawer and puts all your apps in an endless home screen, like the iPhone. There are also no widgets, which is terribly disappointing. And finally, searching for apps is hidden away in the menu settings. If you do get this phone, the first thing you should do is install something like Nova Launcher to get rid of unnecessary Android customisations.

Connectivity: In most cases, the Elife S5.5 just works. Its antenna isnít the best we have seen, but itís not bad either. At worst, you might get downgraded to EDGE when others are on 3G, but you wonít lose connectivity altogether.

Battery: The built-in power saving mode should help control the battery life but even without that, the S5.5 lasts a long time. It gave us 5.5 hours of pure video playback and will last about 13 hours on average usage. With power-saving mode activated, that hikes up to about 16 hours of average usage.

Special Mention: The price of making the Elife S5.5 so slim is that the speaker is on the back and flush with the body, which means that if your phone is face-up on your bed, you arenít going to hear it ring. In fact, you will

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