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Gionee is one of the most consistant brands in the offline smartphone industry for several years. And this year they have launched its all new A-Series of smartphones. Announced at MWC (Mobile World Congress) the Gionee A1 and the A1 Plus combine a large battery and a powerful selfie camera. The A1 has officially entered India and Gionee even has a whole ‘Selfiestan’ campaign around the smartphone. The smartphone costs Rs 19,000. targets the offline market and stands against the likes of Vivo V5 and Oppo F1. Should you buy the Gionee A1 at this price point? Lets checkout in the review.
The A1 comes with a metal back and a glass finish at the front. The metal casing at the back curves at the edges and while the finish is matte, it does get a bit slippery. Thankfully Gionee offers a case as well as a screen protector in the box.
The finish is premium and Gionee usually takes care of its smartphone design. The speaker and microUSB port at the bottom, the headphone jack is on the top, the right side has the volume and power keys which offer a good feedback and has a good metallic finish. the hybrid SIM tray sits on the left edge which gives an option to expand the memory by using microSD card upto 128 GB. At the back you can see the rear camera, the dual LED flash and the round dimple with the Gionee logo which always feels like the fingerprint scanner. You can also see the antenna bands which are chromed up On to the edges. Its a 13 MP rear camera with an f/2.0 aperture, phase detection autofocus and a dual LED flash. Since this is a selfie focused smartphone, the front camera has a 16 MP resolution camera with an f/2.0 aperture and an LED flash.
The quick toggles slide from bottom (rather than sitting in the notification shade) as you would see on an Apple device. Even some icons seem to be ‘highly inspired’. The UI is smooth even though it is heavily customized. Apps open quickly and multitasking was a breeze.
It has features like Smart Gesture that let you fasten up your tasks using gestures. These gestures include, smart dial, double tap to wake, glove mode, smart vibration reminders, auto answer when picked up and some more. If you love customising your smartphone, then this UI can be pretty suitable for your needs.
There is one special feature called edge bar. This is just similar to the edge screen functionality in Samsung. You can add frequently used apps or quick links to this and this feature can be accessed by swiping right or left on the fingerprint sensor/home button. Its easy to add or remove the app or link in the features as just by going the administration settings and removing the existing one and replacing with a new one. You can add upto 7 apps to the edge bar, not more than that. Its definitely commendable Gionee trying all possible features on one phone and maintained its perfection on whatever is being delivered.
Lets move on test the fingerprint sensor of the phone. Adding fingerprint sensor is pretty simple and easy to set it up. It might not be the fastest out there in the market but doesn’t lack behind in any ways. Its accurate, and does not have any issues in detecting the fingerprint in 360 degrees. it makes you to hold the finger on the sensor or 2 sec to recognize. Its fine until its detecting all the times when placed on it. Gionee A1 Video reivew.
Lets see the camera unit of the phone.
This is one of the USPs of the smartphone, specifically the front camera. The resolution on the front camera is 16 MP and there is an f/2.0 aperture lens as well as a soft LED flash. At the back there is a 13 MP camera with similar aperture size, a dual LED flash, phase detection autofocus and other basic camera features. As for the rear camera, you can get some decent looking pictures. Low light does tend to kill some detailing and colours go a bit neutral. Other than that, focusing is really quick and shutter speeds are also good. In well lit environments, you can get some sharp pictures with natural looking colours. Even the macro mode is really good and gets nice sharp images. Gionee A1 Video reivew.
The camera app is fairly simple to use. You have various filter options to capture the photos in different moods or color shades and different mode options like face beauty, video, panorama, card scanner by swiping left or right on the screen. Camera settings will provide you loads of customization options and there are various other modes like time-lapse, barcode scanning, a manual mode, slow-motion, GIF mode, card scanning, and even a translation feature where you can scan a word and translate it, just like Google Translate.
Gionee A1 Video reivew