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Gigabyte GSmart Sierra S1 Review

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Interface and functionality


There's not much to say about the interface on the Sierra S1, for the simple fact that it is running almost stock Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, with a couple of extra widgets peppered on for a good measure, and a “G” letter branded in the lock screen circle.

Gigabyte doesn't even provide any apps outside of the stock ones, save for a file browser and a flashlight. It has licensed the excellent TouchPal keyboard as default, though, providing Swype-like finger tracing functionality in many languages.

Processor and memory


A quad-core MediaTek MT6589T is nothing to write home about, despite the number of cores, as these are frugal Cortex-A7 processors, clocked at 1.5 GHz , which are not exactly powerful. The basic PowerVR SGX544 GPU isn't the most peppy either, so you'll notice some lag and hiccups both in the interface and browser, and while going in and out of apps. The phone sports 1 GB of RAM for some basic multitasking, and only 4 GB of internal memory, but it does provide a memory card slot, so you can expand with up to 32 GB more.

Performance benchmarks

Quadrant
Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 5802
OPPO R819 4962
GIGABYTE GSmart Sierra S1 4812
AnTuTu
Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 15648
OPPO R819 14348
GIGABYTE GSmart Sierra S1 16102
GFXBench Egypt HD 2.5 onscreen (fps)
Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 12
OPPO R819 14
GIGABYTE GSmart Sierra S1 17
Vellamo Metal
Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 578
OPPO R819 499
GIGABYTE GSmart Sierra S1 565
Vellamo HTML 5
Higher is better
Alcatel OneTouch Idol X 1604
OPPO R819 1431
GIGABYTE GSmart Sierra S1 1621
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Internet and connectivity


The stock Android browser as well as the installed Chrome browser's performance is pretty basic on the phone. Zooming is choppy, and panning around introduces quite a bit of lag. Text reflow works as intended, though, snapping the article text into the screen width for easier reading, and scrolling is generally fluid.

The Sierra S1 supports 42.2 Mbits HSPA+ download speeds, and features Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and A-GPS connectivity, FM radio and that's about it. USB on-the-go is supported, meaning you can plug a flash drive in the microUSB port with the respective cable, and the phone will recognize its content.

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posted on 27 Nov 2013, 15:18

1. RORYREVOLUTION (Posts: 2927; Member since: 12 Jan 2010)


Is it just me or does it look like a SGS2?

posted on 27 Nov 2013, 17:39

2. oNEWorld (Posts: 140; Member since: 01 Aug 2013)


I think it looks like an optimus g

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Display5.0 inches, 720 x 1280 pixels (294 ppi) IPS LCD
Camera13 megapixels
Hardware
MediaTek MT6589T, Quad core, 1500 MHz, ARM Cortex-A7 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size5.73 x 2.85 x 0.35 inches
(145.5 x 72.5 x 8.9 mm)
5.93 oz  (168 g)
Battery2000 mAh, 4.5 hours talk time

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