Gigabyte GSmart Simba SX1 Review


Introduction


Gigabyte has been on a spree these past 6 months, releasing as many as five new Android phones under their GSmart brand. The spotlights today are on the dual-SIM Simba SX1, though, and while it takes guts to step on the stage, we all know that it's nothing more than a stepping stone – the show is just about to start. In a sea of smartphones, however, it's hard to truly shine under the projectors, especially if you don't carry on the ancestry of a renowned brand. But, the Simba SX1 has something special in its sleeve – it's a competent communications device, capable of running two active SIM cards simultaneously, which is more than can be said for most other dual-SIM phones out there. But more is required from a smartphone these days, and the Simba SX1 is ready to answer the call with a decent 13-megapixel camera, a snappy dual-core chipset and a crisp 720p display.

So, does this mid-ranger pack enough bang for your buck? Let's find out.

In the box:

  • In-ear headphones with a micrpohone
  • Wall charger
  • USB to microUSB cable
  • Warranty and information leaflets

Design


We found the Simba SX1 to be one of the better-looking GSmart phones. It looks distinguished, with uniform, clear-cut lines that almost appear premium. 'Almost' doesn't really cut it, however, and we can't say that we were fooled by the plastic frame, which Gigabyte is trying to pass for metal, though it is a pretty good attempt. We found the Simba SX1 to be a pleasure to hold, thanks to its matte plastic back and its reassuring weight of 5.82 oz (165 g). In a nutshell, the Simba SX1 presents well.

But, the good comes with the bad, and while we're fine with the volume rocker's placement on the left side of the device, we can't quite agree with Gigabyte over the placement of the power button on the top left. This is a 5-inch device, after all, and unless you're a leftie with giant hands, you'll very likely find this one hard to reach. Thankfully, the feel and feedback these two provide is appreciated.


GIGABYTE GSmart Simba SX1

GIGABYTE GSmart Simba SX1

Dimensions

5.67 x 2.87 x 0.37 inches

144 x 73 x 9.5 mm

Weight

5.82 oz (165 g)

OPPO R819

OPPO R819

Dimensions

5.37 x 2.68 x 0.29 inches

136.5 x 68 x 7.3 mm

Weight

3.88 oz (110 g)

Sony Xperia C

Sony Xperia C

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches

141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

Dimensions

5.53 x 2.66 x 0.27 inches

140.4 x 67.5 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

GIGABYTE GSmart Simba SX1

GIGABYTE GSmart Simba SX1

Dimensions

5.67 x 2.87 x 0.37 inches

144 x 73 x 9.5 mm

Weight

5.82 oz (165 g)

OPPO R819

OPPO R819

Dimensions

5.37 x 2.68 x 0.29 inches

136.5 x 68 x 7.3 mm

Weight

3.88 oz (110 g)

Sony Xperia C

Sony Xperia C

Dimensions

5.57 x 2.92 x 0.35 inches

141.5 x 74.15 x 8.88 mm

Weight

5.40 oz (153 g)

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

Alcatel OneTouch Idol X

Dimensions

5.53 x 2.66 x 0.27 inches

140.4 x 67.5 x 6.9 mm

Weight

4.23 oz (120 g)

To see the phones in real size or compare them with other models, visit our Visual Phone Size Comparison page



Display


Powering the Simba SX1 on introduces you to a 5-inch 720x1280 (294ppi) resolution IPS display of good quality. The inherent advantages of the panel include life-like color reproduction (although biased towards blue), great viewing angles and a decent outdoor visibility. Unfortunate, however, is the apparent omission of a protective coating on top of the screen, so thread carefully.

Overall, we're treated to a crisp viewing experience, and it quickly became apparent that the display is not an area to be wanting on this GSmart phone.

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7 Comments

1. taikucing unregistered

Moto G is better

2. GeekMovement unregistered

Next one's gonna be named GSmart Mufasa. Sorry, had to say it.

3. thephonedude

Posts: 60; Member since: Oct 27, 2012

Still waiting for GSmart Nemo.

4. GeekMovement unregistered

GSmart Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs.

5. Bioload25

Posts: 213; Member since: Nov 12, 2012

Where's display quality in the pros? Its a very good screen for a mid-ranger and I think it should be considered as a good point in this device...

6. Chris.P

Posts: 567; Member since: Jun 27, 2013

Good as the viewing experience may be, it's just way too energy inefficient to list as a pro.

8. SSepu

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 05, 2014

Hello! (it's my first comm :) ) You say that Simba is not good to buy compare to other ones, but i need dual sim active and rivals don't have. I think that feature of dual active is most important !!! I have now an Samsung Y Pro Duos and one sim from prepay and one sim on a contract. I can't use redirect on both because prepay sim don't have option to redirect when is offline... My first dual-sim was Samsung B7722 and was great with his dual sim active... but from that one i did not find anyone with dual sim active till Simba... Maybe I'm wrong ?
GSmart Simba SX1
  • Display 5.0" 720 x 1280 pixels
  • Camera 13 MP / 2 MP front
  • Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, Dual-core, 1400 MHz
  • Battery 1900 mAh(2.5h talk time)

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