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Gigabyte GSmart Roma R2 Review

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Gigabyte GSmart Roma R2 Review
Call Quality


With dual SIM card support, the GSmart Roma R2 is expected to make and receive a lot of calls, and luckily it performs very decently. On our end of the line, voices were easily recognizable, sufficiently clear and loud enough. Our callers reported almost the same on the other end of the line with the slight niggle of a bit muffled sound, but still perfectly audible.

Battery life


The 4-inch Roma R2 ships with a 1400mAh battery with a quoted talk time of the very low 3.5 hours and standby of the below average 9.2 days. In our few days with the device, we noticed that almost always it did last through the day, but not more and we had to plug it in the evening. The battery is user replaceable.

Battery life

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.

hours
Higher is better
Sony Xperia M
5h 53 min (Average)
GIGABYTE GSmart Roma R2
5h 48 min (Average)
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Conclusion


The Gigabyte GSmart Roma R2 is a likeable little smartphone. First and foremost, it’s a phone for those on budget as its price gravitates around the extremely affordable $150 off contract. That money buys you a well built and good looking handset that comes with a fine display and dual-SIM connectivity. It’s not a perfect device by any means, though, and you’d have to compromise on speed as it stutters way too often even just navigating around the menus, and the camera could have been better.

The low-end Android space is simply packed with devices from both known manufacturers and white box makers from China, and there are some alternatives that offer the Roma R2 heated competition. We like the equally priced but smaller 3.5” Samsung Galaxy Fame for its great camera, if that's a top priority. If you’re willing to jump a little higher in price, we’d also recommend the just launched Motorola Moto G, which is a huge step up in all aspects - screen size, camera and performance. These two however do not support dual SIM connectivity and to get that and a larger screen at a similar price we'd turn to the Huawei Ascend Y511. Looking over to Windows Phone, the Lumia 520 (a single SIM device) continues to be an excellent value for the money and offers a similarly sized 4-inch screen and a great camera in a colorful fun body.

With all its shortcomings, though, the GSmart Roma R2 is not bad value for the money, just make sure to understand all its strengths and weaknesses well before buying.

Pros

  • Vibrant 4-inch display
  • Likeable design, compact size
  • Dual SIM functionality

Cons

  • Stuttery performance
  • Image quality does not impress
  • Below-average battery life
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Display4.0 inches, 480 x 800 pixels (233 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera5 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek MT6572, Dual core, 1300 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.92 x 2.49 x 0.37 inches
(125 x 63.2 x 9.3 mm)
4.41 oz  (125 g)
Battery1400 mAh, 3.5 hours talk time

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