October 6, 2022


(Pocket-lint) – Panasonic goals to crack the European smartphone market and the Eluga dL1 is the primary system to reach with that in thoughts. It finds itself touchdown in a fiercely aggressive market, pitching itself in opposition to the likes of acquainted rivals Samsung and LG, a brand new Sony and the returned-to-form HTC.

Can Panasonic strike it fortunate with its oddly named Eluga, and may the Japanese firm carry something to a market already saturated with subtle and stylish units?

Our fast take

Panasonic is an organization that has an amazing vary of merchandise from televisions to cameras. Maybe that raised our expectations of what the Eluga would provide, but it surely does not really feel fairly as mature as among the firm’s different merchandise.

Actually there are some highlights. The slim design is eye-catching and a few may love that it’s not an enormous lump in your pocket. The waterproofing takes away the concern of whipping it out on the street in a downpour and there’s sufficient energy to do the issues that you simply count on a smartphone to do.

That is set within the context of a person expertise that lacks the refinement of HTC Sense or Samsung’s TouchWiz, or simply plain outdated Android 4. This is not an insurmountable drawback as a result of a lot of this may be addressed by updates, altering the launcher or cautious number of apps.

As it’s, the out-of-the-box expertise is not compelling sufficient for us to set Panasonic above its rivals.

Panasonic Eluga dL1

For

  • Slim
  • Waterproof
  • Digital camera and video work properly
In opposition to

  • Crashes in Panasonic’s tweaked UI
  • Tweaks do not actually add a lot to the person expertise
  • No reminiscence enlargement
  • Poor battery life
  • Quiet ear speaker

Design

Design is among the Eluga’s sturdy factors and definitely it is an space you may’t afford to neglect ,given the variety of great-looking units on the market. The Panasonic Eluga dL1 is actually compact. The slim physique is elegant and easy in its design, which has been rising on us as we have been utilizing the telephone.

There are some oddities, nonetheless. On the edges of the display screen, the again curves away however the edges really feel a bit of sharp. It does make it simple to grip and given the scale of the telephone it is not an enormous drawback, however sharp edges appear to be the Eluga’s factor.

The physique is completed in plastics, the matte black rear staying mercifully freed from fingerprints and mud, but it surely does really feel barely abrasive. It is a little odd at first, however after every week of use it not bothered us.

One factor that did stay irritating was the position of the buttons. On the right-hand facet of the system is the quantity rocker and the standby button. Due to that sharp edge and the best way the again curves away, these controls are moved across the again, making them considerably awkward to press.

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The standby button is particularly difficult, until gripping the telephone in your left hand. Should you’re a type of individuals who at all times makes use of a telephone two-handed, this is likely to be tremendous, however for a fast look on the telephone when hanging on to a busy practice or when strolling the canine, it does not really feel proper.

To realize the slim and waterproof design, Panasonic has opted for a sealed unit with the Eluga dL1. There are two flaps on the highest, one reveals the slot in your micro SIM card, the opposite the Micro-USB slot. Having to take away the flap each day to vary the telephone is irritating. There isn’t a choice for reminiscence enlargement, with no microSD card slot current.

However in return you will have a physique that’s 7.8mm thick (123 x 62 x 7.8mm). It is impressively light-weight for a tool with a 4.3-inch show, at solely 103g. Set it subsequent to a telephone just like the Sony Xperia S or the HTC Sensation XE and it is positively tiny, which these with smaller pockets will respect.

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Particularly if these pockets generally tend to get moist, as a result of the Eluga is a water-resistant telephone. It has a sealed physique and makes use of gaskets and O rings to maintain the water out, fairly than the nano-level safety you get on the Motorola RAZR. We used the Eluga within the rain on many events and it did not appear to endure.

{Hardware}, show

The show presents you 4.3-inches of AMOLED show. Whereas the blacks are good and deep and the colors vibrant, AMOLED shows aren’t probably the most pure trying by fashionable requirements, with the colors overly saturated. The opposite draw back is that because the display screen dims it might look a bit of grubby, with whites trying untidy if you scroll pages up and down.

Nonetheless, the decision at 960 x 540 pixels is ample. It does not match the newest 1080 x 720 shows on units just like the Xperia S or the HTC One X, so whichever manner you slice it, this is not an Android telephone on the high of the specs pile.

The identical rings true of the rest of the specs. The TI 1GHz twin core processor has loads of energy and the 1GB of RAM is welcomed, however the 8GB of inner reminiscence is probably on the small facet and the 1150mAh battery actually is.

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NFC is included, with a begin card within the field. We discovered that NFC refused to work after numerous exams, so ultimately we had to surrender on it.

So studying from the spec sheet, the Panasonic Eluga dL1 is sub-flagship. It may need been high of the charts in 2011, however cannot compete with the newest and best. That is not essentially the coup de grâce of the Eluga, because it nonetheless has the ability to carry out just about all duties with relative ease.

Software program downfall

So the design has its good factors and the {hardware} is cheap. Nonetheless, as a brand new entry into the Android world, the Eluga does not actually impress relating to the software program.


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Launching on Gingerbread – ie, not the newest model of Android that you’re going to discover on rival launch units – is one thing of an issue. What you actually discover is how dated the Eluga feels in on a regular basis use. With Android 4.0 launching greater than 6 months in the past, among the uncooked Gingerbread options lack shine, even when they’re useful.

However Panasonic is not simply pitching out a uncooked Android system, it has made some customisations. It has modified the house pages and the lock display screen, for instance, however neither is particularly participating.

The lock display screen presents a left or proper swipe in an arcing movement to unlock the telephone. That is tremendous, however there is a dearth of anything. The inventory music participant does not seem there, you miss the direct entry to notifications that Ice Cream Sandwich presents and there are not any unlock shortcuts.

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Land on the house display screen and Panasonic’s launcher appears fairly primary. You may select three shortcuts to drop into the launch bar, however you may’t pile up folders successfully like you may on the Sony Xperia S, additionally working on Gingerbread. Arguably, inventory Ice Cream Sandwich would make this extra dynamic, with higher dealing with of folders, as long as Panasonic sticks with the usual launch bar.

Panasonic has additionally included an “eco mode” app. This goals to delay the battery life by taking varied steps to scale back power-hungry options. It is not a brand new concept, HTC amongst others, has an identical set of choices. One factor to be careful for, in case you do use the eco settings, is the purpose at which a few of your connections flip off, for instance Wi-Fi.

When it comes to social networking, Panasonic hasn’t bundled within the kinds of SNS apps that others do, so that you’re left to common Android apps, which isn’t any unhealthy factor. One good app they’ve included known as Image Album. A lot of this duplicates the common gallery app, however press and maintain a photograph and you will get the choice to favorite or ship to Fb or Twitter, which is a pleasant contact.

Panasonic has additionally tweaked the inventory keyboard. This presents hint, a la Swype, in addition to predictive textual content entry. Hint will be switched off, though it is quick in case you grasp it. The keyboard is intuitive sufficient and we have been comfortable to make use of it, however as we are saying with most Android telephones, you may simply change it for a third-party keyboard in case you favor.

Total, the worrying factor is that Panasonic has gone to the hassle of fixing some issues, just like the apps tray, however none of those modifications actually provides to the expertise. We additionally discovered it felt sluggish in use and crashes have been comparatively frequent. Crashes are one thing that Android customers have needed to cope with, but it surely provides to the sensation that the Eluga is not fairly up there with the most effective.

Media

As an organization identified for AV, you may count on a tweaked music or video participant, however Panasonic has left each as inventory Android. There are a few additions that Panasonic has made nonetheless, together with a DLNA shopper. We discovered it to be lightening quick to search out content material on our Cisco dwelling media server, nonetheless the format assist appears restricted, refusing to play video or music. It additionally acts because the server for sharing content material to appropriate units. The inventory music participant is cheap and it is not too laborious to search out higher choices on Google Play. We discovered the Eluga to be a bit of on the quiet facet, always having to push the quantity up. The identical is true of the exterior speaker, which is not vastly loud.

As an Android system, the Eluga will deal with flash video you discover on-line or by way of apps, with companies like BBC iPlayer working properly. As we stated, the Eluga does not have the widest vary of file format assist out of the field, so that you may need to scrabble round and discover a higher app.

Cameras

In terms of the digital camera, the Eluga presents an 8-megapixel sensor across the again. There isn’t a flash and there’s no forward-facing digital camera, once more marking up a number of omissions on the spec sheet.

Panasonic has lavished some consideration on the digital camera interface and we really fairly prefer it. It is not so simple as the newest effort from HTC, but it surely packs in numerous helpful choices.

There is a vary of focusing modes, together with contact focusing, and varied results that may be utilized so as to add curiosity to your photographs.

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The digital camera isn’t the quickest in use and we discovered it persistently switched right down to 2MP, almost certainly a software program bug. The outcomes, nonetheless, are fairly good. Like all digital camera telephones, photographs get noisy as the sunshine dips and it rapidly blows out highlights in excessive distinction photographs.

Video is available in at 720p and the outcomes are spectacular. The video seize presents steady autofocus, which is easy and quick, so you do not actually discover it is doing it.

Calling, battery

We discovered that the ear speaker was fairly quiet on the Eluga, so we needed to flip it up all the best way and calling in busy locations, like a practice station, was tougher than it ought to be. Callers by no means reported an issue listening to us, nonetheless.

As we have mooted, the battery life is one thing of an issue for the Eluga. This is not probably the most highly effective telephone on the market, it does not have the biggest show, however the sacrifice for that slim design is among the smallest batteries.

In actuality, the trade-off is not price it. As Motorola has confirmed with the Motorola RAZR Maxx, Android customers will take successful on the thickness, if they will get higher battery life. Within the case of the Eluga, we needed to cost it earlier than the top of on a regular basis. That is the telephone that wanted to be plugged in early night if it was to outlive by way of use until bedtime.

To recap

The Panasonic Eluga dL1 presents a slim design and waterproof physique, however the person interface feels dated, missing the polish you will discover elsewhere

Writing by Chris Corridor.



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