Published on September 11th, 2012 | by admin0
Panasonic Eluga Review
Another Japanese electronics giant, Panasonic, is trying to get a little spot in the highly competitive world of android phones by releasing the Panasonic Eluga a few months ago. For a new comer, the specs may not satisfactory but there are several respectable features that should be considered such as a very solid finish, dual-core processor, 4.3-inch AMOLED display, and waterproof feature.
Panasonic Eluga review – design and build
The design of Panasonic Eluga is quite appealing. As we know, the HTC One X is one of the thinnest android phones out there, but the Eluga breaks the limit with its super-slim 7.8mm body. Weighing just 103g, the slightly-textured matt plastic makes this phone feels solid and very comfortable in the hands.
Panasonic Eluga review – screen
In terms of screen, the Eluga is already on the right track to get attention with its 4.3-inch AMOLED screen. The AMOLED technology makes it able to produce bright colors and deep black for those blacks. Unfortunately, for a phone at this price, the resolution of this phone (960 x 540) is quite low, especially if we compare it to the high display resolution of the iPhone 4S and HTC One X.
Panasonic Eluga review – waterproof
Water is indeed the enemy for most Smartphone, but the Eluga is an exception. This phone is fully waterproof and Panasonic claims that this phone will still work normally for 30 minutes though it is submerged up to 1m in the water. Though we did not submerge it up to 1 meter, but it handled our “tap” with no problems. For those who live in rainy area, this feature is definitely beneficial, but for most android users, this feature may have no significant impact.
Camera performance is the downside of this phone. It only comes with a standard 8MP camera, and the bad thing is it does not have a flash. It can produce good photos in good lighting conditions, but when the lighting is low then this phone’s camera is definitely useless, even some budget android handsets can easily defeat the Eluga in a camera battle.
Panasonic Eluga review – performance and battery life
The Eluga is equipped with a 1GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor and 1GB of RAM. Although the processor is pretty dated and it can handle most tasks, its’ performance is far behind the latest quad-core processors from Qualcomm and NVIDIA. It runs quite smooth when it is used for web browsing via Wi-Fi although shutter occurs occasionally. If compared to those budget android handsets, you’ll definitely get better browsing experience with this one.
Another downside of this handset comes from the battery. Coming with a 1,150mAh battery, a fully charged battery is only enough to power up this phone for less than 8 hours with 50-percent brightness, Wi-Fi on and moderate use. Whether you are a heavy or normal user, preparing a replaceable battery is highly recommended if you are interested with this handset.
In terms of storage, the Eluga offers an 8GB of storage, but the usable space is just around 4GB. Unfortunately, Panasonic does not provide a memory slot so you won’t be able to expand the memory of this phone.
At this price range we actually expect a little more, but the Eluga is quite good with its classy design, AMOLED screen, and waterproof feature. Unfortunately, it is missing some basic elements like a camera flash, a memory slot, and a tougher processor. Hopefully, Panasonic can show better handsets for the next efforts.