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Gigabyte GSmart Guru Review

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Camera


With a 13-megapixel main auto-focus camera and a 5-megapixel front shooter, the GSmart Guru looks like an aspiring cameraphone on paper.

It comes with a camera interface typical for white-box Android smartphones with two separate buttons for image stills and video recording on the left and a scrolling list of easily one-tap accessible shooting modes on the right. Finer settings like exposure, ISO and white balance are also there, but require a bit more fiddling and a deeper dive in menus. There are HDR and panorama modes, but no burst shot option. The camera app itself opens at an average speed and taking a picture could have been a bit faster.

The actual images turn out fine a lot of times with good amount of detail and nice colors, however occasionally the phone would underexpose scenes a bit. Indoors, colors preserve their natural tonality and the flash kicks in earlier than in most smartphones lighting up a sufficient amount of detail.


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Camera speed

Taking a pic (sec)Lower is better Taking an HDR pic (sec)Lower is better CamSpeed score Higher is better CamSpeed score with flash Higher is better
HTC Desire 601 3.2
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546
359
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 3.5
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Google Nexus 5 3.5
4
406
347
GIGABYTE GSmart Guru 4.3
8.3
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Video footage we captured on the GSmart Guru is underwhelming, though. The handset is capable of shooting 1080p videos, but the frame rate comes in at the very low 20 frames per second. The camera also lacks optical image stabilization (it has digital one), and with no stabilizer every little hand shake, shakes the recorded video as well. This means that video looks choppy rather than smooth. Another issue is the audio recording quality that is poor with everything sounding very tinny and wind noise easily getting picked up.


The 5-megapixel front camera is better than what we are used to seeing from other front shooters. It captures good images when there is plenty of light, but has trouble in low light as it picks very low shutter speeds and images appear blurry. If you manually select a higher ISO, you can unleash its full potential even in low light.

Multimedia


The vivid, accurate and sharp 5-inch display is a great asset for enjoying videos or images on the go. It plays back all video formats in all popular codecs out of the box, so you’ll have no problem loading up your video collection and watch it without bothering installing third-party players. The video player is the stock Android affair.

For images, you actually have both the Gallery app and the new Photos application. The latter is a tool that organizes your images in a neat light-themed interface and allows you to create short highlight videos for the day with some neat effects and transitions.

The Google Play Music app is on board for your aural pleasure and it’s the stock Android app that breaks down your collection by artists, songs, albums and genres, plus it comes with an equalizer and sufficient amount of manual controls.

Sound output via the loudspeaker gets very loud for a smartphone and output via the headphone jack is pretty powerful. The phone ships with white earplug headphones that are actually quite decent and stylish, and we enjoyed clear and fairly loud sound from them.

Audio output

Headphones output power (Volts)
Higher is better
GIGABYTE GSmart Guru 0.65
HTC Desire 601 0.47
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 0.37
Google Nexus 5 0.36
Loudspeaker loudness (dB)
Higher is better
GIGABYTE GSmart Guru 72
HTC Desire 601 79
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 74
Google Nexus 5 71
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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: 98; 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: 405; 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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