Sunday, September 15, 2013

Panasonic P51 Review

Panasonic is well-known as a home appliance company but its mobile phones are not really well-known in India. What’s surprising that Panasonic has not really marketed itself in the mobile phone segment in India, until now.  

The Panasonic P 51 feels quite substantial in the hand. The 5-inch display has a generous bezel all round and the sides and the back have a smooth rubberized coating. The back is completely sealed off and the volume rocker and power button are placed on top. The 8MP camera lens protrudes out a bit due to the slim chassis, so you’re going to have to be careful when placing it down.

The phone also comes with a capacitive stylus. However, there’s no place to keep the stylus with the phone. Hence, we’re not sure how people would use it.

The phone has dual SIM-card slots and both of these slots are micro-SIM slots.

The 5 inch HD IPS display looks really great, partly due to a high pixel density of 294 ppi. The panel is evenly backlit and produces bright, vivid colours and sharp text. The display is also protected by Dragon Trail Glass and features an oleo phobic coating as well. 

The Panasonic P51 is powered by a MediaTek MT6589 quad core processor clocking at 1.2GHz and is paired with 1GB of RAM. Internal memory is 4GB and this can be expanded with a micro SD card.
Panasonic is running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean on this phone and hasn't tampered much with its interface. 

The 8MP autofocus camera gave good results in well-lit conditions, and in low light they were of average quality. Close-ups and portraits came out really well. Videos record in 1080p full HD mode and come out well in daylight. However, as with the images, they suffer in low light mode and aren't really all that great.

The Panasonic P51 features a huge 2500 mAh battery. This provided the phone with enough power to comfortably last an entire day with heavy usage. 

The phone runs smoothly owing to its fantastic hardware and multitasking is a breeze. All the applications we tested ran smoothly. Boot up time is fairly quick, and apps load quickly. Games play without any issues.

The P51 also comes pre-installed with a bunch of applications. There’s a file manager, Chrome, Evernote, Google+, Skitch, Media Share for DLNA, ToDo and WeChat.

Both the SIM-card slots run smoothly. However, we found it a bit strange the only one of the SIM cards can run 3G while the other runs 2G.

The Panasonic P51 is a phone packed with some great features. The display is one of the major attractions and the relatively untouched android interface makes it a close to pure android experience as possible. The dual-SIM feature is also a great feature.

The review is written by experts at Reliance Digital.

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