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Gigabyte GSmart Guru Review

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Gigabyte GSmart Guru Review

Gigabyte GSmart Guru Review
Gigabyte GSmart Guru Review
Gigabyte GSmart Guru Review
Gigabyte GSmart Guru Review
Introduction


The Gigabyte GSmart Guru is a phone from a brand you’ve actually heard of yet coming for a very affordable price, while offering almost top-shelf specs and a very sleek and sturdy design. Not a bad combination, is it?

Unlike most Gigabyte devices we’ve seen recently, the Guru skips the dual SIM functionality and only supports one SIM card. Dual SIM phones are popular in emerging markets where people switch between cards to save on their monthly bills, and the lack of dual SIM here signals to the fact that this targets a slightly different audience.

With a 5-inch 1080 x 1920-pixel display, a quad-core chip (it’s a MediaTek one, but still), and a 13-megapixel rear camera, the GSmart Guru ticks all boxes for premium phone on paper, but does the well-rounded spec sheet translate into an actually good real-world experience? Let’s find out.

In the box:

  • Wall charger
  • USB cable
  • In-ear headphones
  • User manual

Design


The GSmart Guru is a surprisingly sleek and svelte device for its price. It impresses with its just 7.2mm thin body that despite its slimness feels very solidly put together. The non-removable metal back back cover contributes to that feeling of rigidity. The Guru weighs a reasonable 0.35 pounds (158 grams) - neither too light, nor excruciatingly heavy. It’s a device that easily fits most pockets unlike larger screen phablets, but it’s too large for comfortable single-handed use and typing in particular.

On the front, there are three capacitive Android navigation buttons that are located right below the display (these are not on-screen buttons and do not take up any screen space). All physical buttons are located on the left hand side - the lock key is around the middle and the volume rocker just above it. This positioning and the fact that the buttons are a bit recessed makes them just slightly less comfortable to press and find than we’d like. Still, one gets used to it after a while. There is a SIM card tray on the right and a microUSB and 3.5mm headset jack on top.


GIGABYTE GSmart Guru
5.79 x 2.84 x 0.28 inches
147 x 72.1 x 7.2 mm
5.57 oz (158 g)

GIGABYTE GSmart Guru

Google Nexus 5
5.43 x 2.72 x 0.34 inches
137.84 x 69.17 x 8.59 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

Google Nexus 5

HTC Desire 601
5.3 x 2.63 x 0.39 inches
134.5 x 66.7 x 9.88 mm
4.59 oz (130 g)

HTC Desire 601

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X
5.53 x 2.66 x 0.27 inches
140.4 x 67.5 x 6.9 mm
4.23 oz (120 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page.


Display


The GSmart Guru features a reasonably large 5-inch display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, as sharp as the latest and greatest smartphones out there. We were instantly impressed with it not just because it’s a very sharp IPS LCD display with pixel density reaching 441ppi, but also because of the fairly accurate and pleasing colors. It’s surprising how well calibrated a screen can be even on such an affordable device with only slightly niggles like a bit blueish white point and cyan vaguely out of balance. These are details not many people will notice, but if you are looking for a device with good color reproduction, this phone would be a good fit.

The GSmart Guru gets fairly bright and reflections are also not terrible, which makes the phone fairly convenient for outdoor use. Having an IPS screen, the GSmart Guru can brag about having some very decent viewing angles as it retains a lot of its original brightness and contrast at an angle.

We usually do not mention things like minimum brightness, but in the case of the Guru it does not drop low enough, so if you are reading in bed at night, it would definitely be too bright. This is not a huge disadvantage as you can grab an app from the Google Play store like Screen Filter or Screen Dimmer, but we wish Gigabyte had this figured out out of the box.

Display measurements and quality

Maximum brightness (nits)Higher is better Minimum brightness (nits)Lower is better Contrast Higher is better Color temperature (Kelvins) Gamma Delta E rgbcmy Lower is better Delta E grayscale Lower is better
HTC Desire 601 503
(Excellent)
19
(Poor)
1:1752
(Excellent)
8011
(Poor)
2.06
5.54
(Average)
6.48
(Average)
Google Nexus 5 485
(Good)
10
(Average)
1:996
(Average)
6786
(Excellent)
2.05
2.88
(Good)
3.11
(Good)
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 431
(Good)
35
(Poor)
1:2189
(Excellent)
6865
(Excellent)
2.28
4.1
(Average)
2.75
(Good)
GIGABYTE GSmart Guru 426
(Good)
53
(Poor)
1:719
(Poor)
6988
(Excellent)
2.34
5.26
(Average)
9.81
(Poor)
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posted on 12 Dec 2013, 08:45

1. taikucing (unregistered)


Price?

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:07 1

2. fireryone (Posts: 1; Member since: 22 Nov 2013)


see page 4? "With an off-contract price of around $320, the GSmart Guru has a lot going on for it."

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 09:59 1

3. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 84; Member since: 08 Oct 2013)


This is the new way people. Afordable smp phones for the masses and no more 2yr contracts. If everyone would switch to a off-contract Moto G, Nexus 5, etc. The carriers would have to do something to make people stay with the service vs the 2yr contracts they are doing now. That would lead to lower plan pricing and higher customer satisfaction knowing they can jump ship any time and sign with a new company if they wish.

posted on 12 Dec 2013, 17:46

4. KristaNeuner (Posts: 2; Member since: 12 Dec 2013)


Janky, is that a technical term?

posted on 16 Dec 2013, 05:12

5. Victor.H (Posts: 381; Member since: 27 May 2011)


You understand it, don't you? :) Besides, funny thing is it's so often used about software and tech in general, even the dictionary lists it as technical!

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Display5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek MT6589T, Quad core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
2048 MB RAM
Size5.79 x 2.84 x 0.28 inches
(147 x 72.1 x 7.2 mm)
5.57 oz  (158 g)
Battery2500 mAh, 10.5 hours talk time

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