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Gionee Elife E6 brings the best of all worlds

The Gionee E6 is no iPhone or Samsung S4, but is nothing less as far as performance and looks are concerned.

twitter-logo Nidhi Singal        Last Updated: October 26, 2013  | 11:08 IST
Gionee Elife E6
Gionee Elife E6

Nidhi Singal
Nidhi Singal
Gionee Elife E6
Specs: 5inch display; 13 MP camera, Android v4.2, 1.5GHz quad core processor; 2GB RAM; 32GB internal storage; Wi-Fi, 3G, Bluetooth; 128 grams; 2020 mAh battery
Price: Rs 21,300
Rating: 4/5
Bag it or Junk it: A great device, but will face competition

Gionee 'Elife' series of handsets, from E3 to E5, have been quite impressive. Despite being a new entrant in the Indian market, the company and its devices seems to have the potential to catch up with players like Micromax, if not Samsung and Sony.

Their latest, the Gionee E6 is no iPhone or Samsung S4, but is nothing less as far as performance and looks are concerned. With a candy bar shape and a unibody design, the E6 is built with the similar soft touch polycarbonate material as the Nokia Lumia series. At just 7.9mm, the sleek E6 weighs only 128 grams. Housing a 5-inch touchscreen with Full HD resolution, the phone has a crisp display, visible even under the sun. Thanks to its IPS technology, the viewing angles too are superior to other devices in this price category.

Gionee Elife E6
On the performance front, the E6 is armed with 1.5GHz processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The smartphone runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and has 32GB built-in storage with no expandability options. The E6 has a unique UI overlaying the Android OS with all the apps listed on the home screen itself. The multitasking menu on the E6 seems to be borrowed from iOS 7. The E6 also comes with preloaded apps like the UC Browser, as well as the GioneeXender for transferring content, GameZone to download new games, Kingsoft Office and usual apps like Facebook, WeChat and more.

Other interesting features on the handset include the 'smart gestures' and 'air gestures', voice calls record option and a sleep timer to turn the phone off/on or in airplane mode. The smart gestures can be customised to answer the phone automatically when you bring the phone close to your ear or snooze the alarm with a simple flip. By waving your hand, you can browse through the songs playlist well as the picture and video gallery. Also, a glance away from the screen could pause the video playing on the device but you will have to play it back by touching the screen.

The 13MP rear camera and the 5MP front camera have standard quality that is not very impressive if you seen what the Nokia Lumia 1020 and Sony Xperia Z1 are capable of. While the images clicked during the day were sharp enough, the low-light images has noise when viewed on a computer.

With its 2020 mAh non-removable battery, the handset lasted us more than a day on a single charge. Which is praiseworthy as my usage included 3-3.5 hours of talk time, 8 hours Wi-Fi connectivity, two e-mail accounts with push notifications, screen at maximum brightness, WhatsApp chats and a few camera shots.

In the end, the E6 may seem to imitate many features of high end handsets, but that's a good thing. The company has fused the best of all the handsets and features in one device. However, at a retail price of over Rs 21,000, there may not be many takers for the handset. Many better known handset brands have launched new products like the Nokia Lumia 625, Nexus 4, BlackBerry Q5 and the sub-20K Micromax Turbo that might take the action away from the Elife E6.

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