Review: Panasonic Eluga U

Let down by its price
twitter-logoNidhi Singal | Print Edition: September 2014
Panasonic Eluga U

PRICE: Rs 18,990
RATING: 3.5/5
SPECS: 5-inch IPS display (1280 x 720 pixels); 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor; 2 GB RAM; 16 GB storage; microSD slot (up to 32GB supported); 13 MP primary camera; 2 MP front camera; 3G; Wi-Fi; Bluetooth 4.0; Android 4.4; 2500 mAh battery; 141 grams

With the slab-like design, the Eluga U has rounded edges. It features a five-inch display with three capacitive keys. These are neither backlit, nor do they offer any haptic feedback. The back looks familiar as it has a complete glass panel, which has been inspired by the Nexus 4.

As the phone has a non removable back panel, there is a memory card slot on the panel covered with the flap. The same slot has the SIM tray with two SIM slots that has to be ejected using a pin.

Although an Android smartphone, Panasonic has loaded a custom UI on the phone that makes it intuitive to use with a single hand, especially while driving. This app panel uses only half the screen. For multitasking, I had to double tap the home key. Long pressing the home key launched Google Now.

Panasonic has loaded the Eluga U with the latest Android version, KitKat. Other than Google apps, it comes with three more apps: Hot N Trendy Space, Panasonic TV Remote, and Kingsoft Office.

The phone has got a 13 MP camera, which is impressive. The images and video both are bright, crisp and offers details. However, there is a slight lag while operating the camera. The audio is also loud and clear. It is packed with a 2500 mAh battery that lasted me a day and a half.

Bag it or junk it: Priced higher than the competitors.

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