Gigabyte GSmart Guru ReviewGIGABYTE GSmart Guru 8
Call quality is just around average on the GSmart Guru. It features a dual-microphone setup that filters out side noises in calls, but our callers reported hearing our voice on the hollow side, a bit blank. The earpiece, though, is sufficiently loud and sounds much cleaner so you’d be able to easily recognize the voice of your callers.
With a 2500mAh battery, the GSmart has way more juice than your average 5-inch smartphone, and that’s hugely appreciated. It also uses a Lithium-Polymer (LiPo) battery rather than the most common Li-Ion one. This is likely because LiPo batteries usually come in flatter and thinner shapes, and are lighter, all things that make the razor slim design of this handset possible. The actual differences between the two include a typically faster discharge rate for LiPo as well as more fragile build and less tolerance to extreme conditions. These are likely things that you won’t need to consider in real-life - even more so that the battery in the GSmart Guru is sealed - but you might find it interesting to know.
In our experience, the battery easily lasted us two days of use, which is great. The Guru ranks at the top of our battery tests.
We measure battery life by running a custom web-script, designed to replicate the power consumption of typical real-life usage. All devices that go through the test have their displays set at 200-nit brightness.
With an off-contract price of around $320, the GSmart Guru has a lot going on for it. The spacious and surprisingly good 5” 1080p display and the sleek design are two features we are used to seeing on pricier handsets. Still, some corners had to be cut and the device feels a bit underpowered, especially in games where it can play most, but is not very smooth with more demanding titles.
Looking for an alternative, you inevitably end up comparing the GSmart Guru with the slightly more expensive Nexus 5. However, the Nexus 5 price jumps much higher in markets outside the United States and that’s where the Guru competes. Its real competitors seem to be Chinese devices that are readily available at those same markets. Phones like the ThL W200 and ThL W11 offer the same large and sharp screen and good design at even lower prices. If you’re looking for a brand name device, the HTC Desire 601 is another option with its slightly 4.5” display, but still great looks and similar price.
Overall, if you don’t obsess over absolute smooth performance and care about having a good display and design, the Gigabyte GSmart Guru is definitely worth considering.
- Great display
- Affordable price
- Sleek design
- Janky video recording
1. taikucing (unregistered)
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."
3. eN16HTMAR3 (Posts: 198; 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.
5. Victor.H (Posts: 606; 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!
|Display||5.0 inches, 1080 x 1920 pixels (441 ppi) IPS LCD|
MediaTek MT6589T, Quad-core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
2048 MB RAM
|Size||5.79 x 2.84 x 0.28 inches|
(147 x 72.1 x 7.2 mm)
5.57 oz (158 g)
|Battery||2500 mAh, 10.5 hours talk time|