December 2, 2022


Score: 8/10 | Value: £380


WIRED

Fashionable appears, waterproof, nice touchscreen

TIRED

Battery life not nice, no reminiscence enlargement

Greybeards within the UK cellular communications trade do not forget that there was as soon as a time when Panasonic was simply as a lot a participant within the handset market as Nokia or Ericsson. However, like Robbie Williams’ hits, that was a really very long time in the past, so it is a shock to see the Japanese agency again in black, particularly with such a slick, fashionable and erm, waterproof, providing because the Eluga.

Design

The entrance is a single slab of glass that reaches all the best way to the sharply curved edges of the plastic casing. On high is a brace of rubber-edged covers hiding microSIM and microUSB slots (the casing does not come off) together with a 3.5mm headphone jack. At simply 7.8mm deep it is exceptionally slim, and light-weight too at 103g — it is a telephone designed to go locations the place model counts.

The lengthy and skinny 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen presents a decision of 960×540 pixels — not unhealthy in any respect for a midrange good telephone, although it trails the likes of the HTC One X with its 1280×720 — and presents vibrant, vibrant colors and sharp edges, even on very small textual content. It is properly delicate too, simply distinguishing between brushes and presses with out the necessity for further prodding. The telephone’s slimness disguises a intelligent trick — regardless of the display screen providing extra acreage than the iPhone, it takes up significantly much less area within the hand.

Waterproofing

It is delicately lovely appears give the impression that it is perhaps a little bit of a fragile flower, however not a little bit of it. It is licensed water and dirt proof to the IP57 customary, which Panasonic says means it could possibly face up to a depth of 1 metre for as much as half-hour, and definitely, working it beneath our faucet and dipping it within the sink for a minute or two did not appear to do it any hurt.

Software program

It is working Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread — a superbly effective OS of some classic, although Panasonic has promised that it’ll obtain an improve to the up-to-the-minute 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich “in the summertime”. Our breath is already bated.

Panasonic has put an especially gentle pores and skin on the usual Android interface. It isn’t as wealthy as HTC’s Sense, and slightly gentle on funky widgets to fill the utmost 9 dwelling screens, but it surely’s practical and, like the remainder of the Eluga, appears fairly good. There are some good 3D results when opening apps and it is good to see the onscreen keyboard augmented with a genuinely helpful Swype-style enter perform. This being Panasonic in fact, you may obtain the Viera app and use your telephone as a distant management on your Panasonic Viera TV. It additionally has NFC and you should utilize it with programmable tags like the newest Sony Xperia telephones or for cellular funds.



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