As the 4G is in demand now, the phone makers are trying to bring new phones with 4G compatibility in the market. The new Panasonic Eluga Icon is not only a brilliant phone but it is also quite affordable. It is available on Amazon for just Rs.12, 399 but it is compared to smartphones like RedMi Note 4G, Motorola Moto G and Lenovo K3 Note.
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Panasonic Eluga Icon Design:
This phone weighs 147 g approximately and is 7.95mm in depth. The phone is available in two beautiful colours; slate and gold. It is scratch resistant due to its matte finish. The phone is quite comfortable while holding due to its smooth edges. The power button and volume rocker are very easy to access because of their placement at mid-way on the right.
It is a dual-SIM phone which supports Micro-SIMs. There is a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash. The headphone socket is present at the top and the Micro USB port is present at the bottom of the phone. The capacitive buttons on the front are not backlit, so it is not easy to type in the dark. It has a beautiful 5.5-inch OGS HD IPS panel. The pixel density is 267 ppi and the phone’s display is really bright. The phone does not show proper colors when used under sunlight. The phone comes with a charger, data cable, headset and a screen protector.
The Panasonic Eluga icon runs on 64-bit MediaTek MT6752 SoC with eight ARM Cortex A53 cores. It also offers 2GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage. You can also expand the storage up to 32GB. The other features include Wi-Fi b/g/n, FM Radio, USB OTG and Bluetooth 4.0. The phone also supports 4G connectivity as the LTE modem supports band 40. It has an excellent battery life of approximately 19 hours due to its huge 3500mAh battery. It still runs on Android KitKat 4.4.4 and we have no news of upgrading it to Lollipop. Panasonic used ICON UI which actually makes it difficult to use.
The apps are organized in folders. There are shortcuts available for dialer, messages and camera right on the lockscreen. You can place customizable toggle switches in the notification area. The phone also offers HotKnot which works like NFC transfer. You can even open apps when the screen is off by just tracing letters due to Gesture Play. It also offers Smart iSense which lets you answer your calls by just lifting the phone to your ear.
So what if you’re not a fan of the Eluga, are there any other phones to consider? We’d recommend the Moto G 3rd Gen, or the Redmi Note 4G. Samsung are set to release the J2 which is a 4G handset so could also be worth considering.
The interface is fast with no lags. The screen sometimes stops responding especially when capturing shots. Graphics are quite good especially in this price range. There is enough horsepower to play 3D games easily on the phone. The video and audio player both support the latest formats. It is a bit difficult to watch videos during the daylight on this phone. The phone does not get too warm even while playing powerful games.
The volume quality is impressive although it comes out of a mono speaker. The 13-megapixel camera shoots decent pictures. The landscape shots are not very detailed and they lack sharpness. Night shots are not good either as there is too much noise in the pictures.