Elephone has been busy releasing new devices like P7000 or P8000, but I’ve been using a bit older device as a daily driver for the past week or so. It is the Elephone G7 (full name is Precious G7). I know it is not the newest kid on the block but I thought why not make a video review of it… because that’s what I do nowadays.
It turns out that the Elephone G7, which costs just below $120, is pretty capable device and it also spots a great design with decent built quality. I’m not saying there are no better option out there, but I didn’t have any major issues with it. Honestly, it behaves like a device that costs around $200. Check out either video or written review to find out all the pros and cons!
We wanted to thank Pandawill.com for providing us with review unit. You can check out the product page of the Elephone G7 here.
Elephone G7 Review: VIDEO
ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW IN THE VIDEO REVIEW!
Elephone G7 Review: SPECIFICATIONS
|Display ||5.5″ 720p |
|Processor ||Octa-core MTK6592M, 1.4GHz (32-bit), Mali-450 MP4 GPU |
|RAM ||1GB |
|Camera ||8MP Front/13MP Back |
|Connectivity ||Bluetooth, Dual SIM card slots, 3G, GPS, WIFI, GSM,EDGE, GPRS, UMTS, HSPA, HSPA+, |
|Battery ||2.650 mAh Li-Ion (removable) |
|Dimensions ||152 x 76 x 5.5mm/5.98 x 2.99 x 0.22 inch/157g |
|OS ||Android 4.4.2 Kitkat |
|Storage ||8GB (expandable via microSD card slot up to 64GB) |
Elephone G7 Review: UNBOXING
A FAIRLY STANDARD PACKAGING WITH A USUAL SET OF ACCESSORIES
The browsing experience is also good. The webpages are loading fast and scrolling is without any lags.
Elephone G7 Review: CAMERA
The Elephone G7 comes with a stock Android camera app that we have already seen on many devices. There are a few settings and shooting modes to play with. As far as the shutter speed goes, it is not the fastest, but fast enough not to miss a moment you want to capture.
Elephone G7 Review: IMAGE QUALITY
a decent camera for the price of the device
The 13MP camera is quite good for a budget device. You can capture some decent looking daylight images. Most of them have plenty of detail, the colours look natural, but the dynamic range and exposure can be a hit or miss. In addition, you have to hold the camera steady to avoid blurriness.
Once you take the smartphone indoors, you can actually take some nice pictures, but, naturally, the shutter speed slows down.
The low-light shots have much more noise, but are still usable. Also, the nigh shots are possible with the dual LED flash, but it is quite weak and does not illuminate the scene that well.
Elephone G7 Review: FRONT FACING CAMERA IMAGE QUALITY
An 8MP selfie camera is quite decent outdoors as it takes pictures with a fair amount of details for social media uploads.
Elephone G7 Review: VIDEO QUALITY
the video quality is below average as it lacks in many aspects
PLEASE CHECK OUT THE VIDEO REVIEW TO SEE THE VIDEO SAMPLE.
The device is capable of shooting Full-HD videos, but the quality is below average. The footage looks dull as the sensor does not capture a lot of details and the colours look washed out. In addition, there is no continuous auto-focus on board.
Overall, the camera will not surprise you, but you can’t expect more from a budget device and it even performs at the same level as some sub-$200 smartphones out there.
Elephone G7 Review: CONNECTIVITY
all connectivity options work well but the wifi range could be better
I don’t have many complaints about Elephone G7’s connectivity options, which could be a deal breaker. The call quality is not the best, but it is fair enough and the 3G signal reception is great. Also, the GPS lock speed is not the fastest I’ve seen, but once you get a position lock, navigating through streets is good. However, the WIFI range could be a bit better as I couldn’t get full bars even being in the same room where the router is.
Elephone G7 Review: BATTERY LIFE
battery life is far from the best but better in reality than it looks on paper
The 2650mAh battery sounds uninspiring on paper. Surprisingly, it is not that bad in real life. It will get you through the day if you are an average user, meaning that you wouldn’t stare at your phone’s screen all the time. Speaking of screen on time, I could get almost 5 hours, which involved a lot of Youtube, some gaming, Internet browsing and Full-HD video playback. It is far from the best, but it is very good considering the low battery capacity, a huge screen and the price of the device.
Elephone G7 Review: CONCLUSIONS
Elephone G7 may not be newest device on market, but it still offers most of the features you would expect from a smartphone and they work quite well.
The design is sleek as the device is very thin and the overall built quality is great.
It is obvious that the smartphone doesn’t carry a killer specs sheet, but you don’t need to pay a huge price tag for this device either. A bit outdated Mediatek chip along with 1GB of RAM may sound disappointing, but the real life tests suggest that it should be good enough for the majority of users, who do not require that bleeding edge specifications.
In addition, for the price of $120 you are getting a camera that is capable of shooting some decent daylight images.
Moreover, the battery life may not be the best, but it will be enough to last you a full day if you are not a heavy user.
All in all, the Elephone G7 has some minor flaws but they are far from the deal breaker. Honestly, considering the whole package this device offers, it would be just unfair to expect more for the price.
We wanted to say thank you again for Pandawill.com for sending Elephone G7 for a review. A good thing about this seller is that it offers and amazing import taxes/VAT insurance service at a little extra cost! Buy Elephone G7 for $119.99 from Pandawill (BLACK MODEL) Buy Elephone G7 for $119.99 from Pandawill (WHITE MODEL)[source]