Performance:

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

PhoneArena Rating:

6.0
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