Gionee Elife E7 Review : Specifications, Features and Comparison
Its time for Gionee Elife E7 Review. Many of you might have heard this brand for the first time but actually, it is a very well-known smartphone brand in China. It made its entry in India in 2012. The Elife E7 is their first high end smartphone. It comes with all the high end features yet its price is Rs 10,000 cheaper than its main competitors such as Xperia Z1 and LG G2.
The build quality of the device is good and gives a solid feel. It uses the same glossy plastic material which was used in the Nokia Lumia 1520 which we reviewed recently. The sides are quite sharp and just like all the phablets, the device isn’t comfortable to hold and use with one hand. The power button is placed at the top and is very hard to reach when using the device with a single hand. The camera lens is slightly bulged out of the rest of the body and can be easily scratched if you are careless in handling the device. There is no microSD card slot. Since it features a unibody design, the back isn’t removable so it might be a disadvantage for people who would like to replace batteries often. Call quality is okay but not that great. I noticed some disturbances during the calls. Signal reception was good though.
The large 5.5 inch full HD screen on the front uses an IPS LCD panel. It is a great screen which is bright and has wide viewing angles. Even the contrast and black levels are good but not as great as the the Lumia 1520. Even while using it outdoors, you won’t have any problem using the screen. The quality of stereo speakers good too but the volume level isn’t that high. Audio through headphones is loud and it comes with a variety of 3D sound effects.
The 16MP camera uses one of the largest sensors around. There is an 8MP front-facing camera with autofocus, which is the first of its kind. The end results from both, the front as well as the rear camera are great and second only to the Lumia 1020 and the Lumia 1520. The camera offers a lot of options in a very easy to use interface which can be accessed by swiping from the right side of the screen. Panorama images come out clear and without any stitching errors. Even the Full HD video recording is smooth. There is an option where the image will be automatically captured while you show the V-Sign. It not only clicks the image automatically, it also beautifies faces. Girls might go crazy over this feature alone.
The device uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and 2GB of RAM which is also used in all the high end devices like Nexus 5, Xperia Z1 and LG G2. Gaming experience was good and every heavy game that we tested ran smoothly without an issue. The user interface still doesn’t feel as smooth as them. The custom UI based on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean but looks a lot like iPhone. In fact, it even behaves a lot like iOS. There is no application launcher so all the app icons are present on the home screen itself. Although one feature that I found very useful is the Guest Mode. Activating this mode protects your messages, call logs and images from gallery while some other person is using your phone. A lock screen widget allows shortcuts for accessing the camera, voice recorder, torch or fake call. You can set up a fake call if you want to get away from an unwanted person or conversation.
The 2500 mAh battery last a day and a half in general but the applications aren’t open in the background all the times. This might a bit problematic as there may be delays in receiving important notifications. Overall, the Elife E7 has great hardware but the software lets it down. The least they could have done was to avoid grammatical mistakes in the UI. It could be a much better phone than it is now. Don’t get us wrong, the Elife E7 is great value for money when it comes to hardware and if your only concern is to get high end hardware at lowest price, this is the phone to get. However, we still prefer the Nexus 5 above the Elife E7 due to its seamless and clean UI.