Panasonic Eluga Review


Panasonic is the first phone released by the Japanese company after its official statement that the company will re-enter the European market

Design
The Panasonic Eluga is relatively tiny for a 4.3” smartphone. It has roughly the same waistline with the HTC One S and at 7.8mm thin, the phone is only slightly thicker than the Motorola RAZR. Also, at a slender 103 grams, the Panasonic Eluga is definitely the lightest 4.3” smartphone in the market. The Japanese firm is keen to push Eluga’s dust- and water-proofing features; and the phone should handle up to a 30-minute dip in 1 meter of water, which certifies it for the IP57 standard. Although, it is quite unlikely that you will take the Eluga during a snorkeling session, the phone should easily survive an accidental plunge into a bucket or sink.

Display
The 4.3” qHD display won’t be quite up to par to 720p standards used by high-end handsets. The AMOLED display offers adequate viewing angles and vibrant colors, although objects on the display look oversaturated at times.

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Software
The Panasonic Eluga is released with Gingerbread (Android 2.3) with a 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core processor running underneath. Panasonic slightly tweaked the app tray and all apps are sorted alphabetically. The interface may not come with a wealth of widgets like those offered by HTC Sense UI, but everything still looks adequately usable.

Camera
The rear-facing camera has a maximum resolution of 8Mp and includes a variety of resolution options. There are effects such as sepia, chic and mono as well as a self-timer.

Verdict
It quite unfortunate that the phone has poor battery life and the whole system seems in desperate need of an Android 4.0 infusion. To many of us, the lack of front-facing camera and LED flash can make the Eluga feel a bit incomplete. Nevertheless, the Panasonic Eluga is an overall solid smartphone with great design, including a nearly bezel-less 4.3” display.

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Author: Mike

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