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Panasonic ELUGA Review

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Panasonic ELUGA Review
It is difficult to say which we are more disappointed by – the earpiece or the microphone on the Panasonic ELUGA. The earpiece emits voice tones that crackle at times and generally don't sound too pleasing, not to mention that the volume level is average at best. On the other side of the line, voices, albeit pretty loud, are very hard to distinguish.

But we are not over just yet. The battery inside the handset has a relatively small capacity of 1,150mAh and cannot be removed. That should provide you with only 4 hours of talk time or about 12 days on stand-by, which are figures that most of today's smartphones easily beat.


Conclusion:

“Style over substance” – this is the idea around which the Panasonic ELUGA has been designed. It is the slim profile and low weight combined with resistance to dust and water damage that make this smartphone stand out. However, the poor audio quality, awkward buttons, and below average battery life are a bit of a letdown. 

Some of the Panasonic ELUGA alternatives that we would recommend include the Motorola RAZR, which is incredibly thin, yet technically superior due to its better hardware. The HTC One S is another great example of a well executed slim Android smartphone, and although it is not resistant to the elements, it is equipped with a better camera and speedier processor.

Software version of the reviewed unit:

Android version: 2.3.5
Baseband version: LUD_APX901526_DELIVERY_120315_1302
Kernel version: 2.6.35.7+
Build number: 07.5109

Panasonic ELUGA Review:



Pros

  • Catchy looks, slim and lightweight
  • Resistant to dust and water damage
  • NFC

Cons

  • Low in-call audio quality
  • Poorly designed physical buttons
  • No LED flash
  • Below average battery life
  • Gingerbread at launch
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posted on 17 May 2012, 10:13

1. ryq24 (Posts: 528; Member since: 17 Oct 2011)


always want a japanese -only phone but this review just change my views on that. japanese companies have lost its mojo!

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:11 3

2. -box- (Posts: 3863; Member since: 04 Jan 2012)


The lack of a camera flash is just so oddball. The phone looks good, and deserves better. On the other hand, if this is just the first model, hopefully ones to follow will be better
One thing I also like is that it's a somewhat rugged phone without the rugged phone looks. As a Panasonic Toughbook owner, I am surprised at how svelte the phone is

posted on 17 May 2012, 11:42 7

3. darktranquillity (Posts: 284; Member since: 28 Feb 2012)


4.3 gb memory only and no sd slot?!!
Go to hell panasonic

posted on 17 May 2012, 14:34

4. joaolx (Posts: 362; Member since: 16 Aug 2011)


I wouldn't have a problem if i bought this phone but a battery with 1150 mAh is very weak. My phone with a 600mhz cpu that costed 90 euros and has almost the same battery capacity 1200 mAh

posted on 17 May 2012, 16:29 4

5. Joshing4fun (Posts: 1052; Member since: 13 Aug 2010)


It kills me whenever i see such a cool looking phone that sucks when the best phone available is so ugly. (yes, you SGS3).

posted on 19 May 2012, 16:43

6. smallcolabear (Posts: 81; Member since: 18 Feb 2012)


I hate the name to be honest

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Panasonic ELUGA

Panasonic ELUGA

OS: Android 2.3.5
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Display4.3 inches, 540 x 960 pixels (256 ppi) AMOLED
Camera8 megapixels
Hardware
TI OMAP4430, Dual core, 1000 MHz, ARM Cortex-A9 processor
1024 MB RAM
Size4.84 x 2.44 x 0.31 inches
(123 x 62.0 x 7.8 mm)
3.63 oz  (103 g)
Battery1150 mAh, 4 hours talk time

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