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Elephone P7 Blade Review

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Elephone P7 Blade

Hi, I recently got a phone called Elephone P7 Blade, so I have prepared review for this device. This device belongs to mid-range phones because of low price and tech specs. The price for this phone is about $120 depends on the shop. So let’s begin with review.

When I received the Elephone P7, the first thing about this phone I was thrilled was design. Because it really looks nice and I have noticed in the past few months that most new Chinese phones have more and more beautiful design than before. So I can conclude that Chinese companies are more working on design for their new models so this is a good sign from them.

Tech specs

CPU: MT6582 Quad Core 1.3GHz
GPU: Mali 400 MP
OS: Android 4.2
RAM: 1GB
ROM: 8GB
Screen Size: 5.5 inch, 540×960 pixels
Screen Type: IPS, OGS
Band: 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz
3G: 850MHz/2100MHz
Sim card: Dual SIM Dual Standby
Wifi: 802.11 b/g/n
GPS: Yes
Light Sensor: Yes
G-Sensor: Yes
Proximity sensor: Yes
Status Indication LED: Yes
Rear camera: 8.0 mega pixel
Front facing camera: 2.0 mega pixel
Battery: 2300mAh

Package contents

Except for the P7 Blade device you will get also other stuff like charger with usb cable and screen protector. Of course all accessories are in white. I noticed that lately also other Chinese companies gives all accessories in white. I suppose this is now popular so I think this is the only reason. All including items are in black box.

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Design and build quality

In the beginning of the review I told you that I like this smartphone because it looks beautiful. It is completely white except for the edges which are red and silver. If you decide to buy this phone you can choose between white and black model. Both devices looks cool and if you buy black or white you will love it. So I will now say a few words about front side of this device, it has 5.5 inch screen with QHD resolution which is 540×960. Some of you will conclude that this is a low resolution for so big screen as this one. I must admit that I have been think the same as you before I received the the phone.

But when I received the phone, I was pleasantly surprised because the screen is pretty good. Despite the screen which is 5.5 inch big, sharpness and brightness are pretty good and if I need to give a score it would be 4/5. So in my opinion you don’t need to worry about the screen. The case of the device is really good talking about quality . The back cover has effect of leather. And it looks really cool and I most love this part of phone. So on the front side of the smart phone is the screen, below the screen are three buttons weak backlight, above the screen there is notification led and front camera with sensors.

On the left edge is volume button while on the right side there is power on off. On the back side of Elephone is a main camera with led flashlight and below the camera is company’s logo. Only cons for build quality is about the screen because it has no any protection like Gorilla glass. So you’ll need to use screen protector if you want to protect your screen.

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Screen

Elephone P7 has 5.5 inch display with QHD resolution. Some of you will think that this resolution is too low for this kind of screen. On the paper most of you will agree with this fact because these days now phones with smaller screens has a bigger resolution like HD or full HD. But when I started to use the phone I must say that the screen is pretty good and there is no need to go away because you will be satisfied with the screen. The display is a IPS with One Glass Solution or in short OGS. So because of IPS technology the viewing angle is good. Colors are natural, sharpness is good. I only regret because it has no screen protection so you need or should to use screen protector.

Hardware performance

Talking about hardware you cant expect high performance from this smartphone because it has only a mid-range hardware. So it has already known to us quad core CPU MT6582 at speed 1.3 GHz with GPU Mali 400 MP. Also there is 1 GB of ram which will be enough for average use, surfing on the Internet, watching HD movies and for partial gaming. It has approximately 5 GB of free space for storage. Your storage can be expanded with memory card with maximum of 64 GB class 10 card. As I said it can also be for gaming so I tried to play GTA San Andreas and the game worked without any lags and other problems. It was very fun to play game. So I can say that you can play games with same requirements like GTA. You can also see below test results from Antutu and Vellamo apps.

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Connect with world

Elephone P7 Blade is a phone with dual sim possibility so you can use two sim cards at the same time. Like many other Chinese phones it has the same network hardware settings for 3G network and in this situation is the same. So 3G network can work only on 850/2100MHz frequencies. It would be much better for 3G can work on 900/2100MHz but what’s done is done. Device has also other standard functions like Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS.

All functions works normally, and I also have tested the GPS which works really weird. This happened to me for the first time so I don’t know is this good or not. I tested the the GPS with popular GPS application and you can see on photo below why I am telling you this. Later I will try the GPS with navigation app so then I will be 100% sure is the GPS good or bad. Unfortunately OTG is not working so this function is not supported by this device. Because of that you cannot use any USB device like memory stick or gamepad.

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Camera quality

I did not expect something special from camera on Elephone P7 Blade because all mid-range phones usually have just solid camera and sometimes even worse. But this time I have been wrong because this device has a really good main camera. I did not tested the front facing camera because I don’t use it too much but what I have seen it will be good for Skype calls. Now I’m going back to talk about the back camera which is the main camera on this phone.

I tested or I have been photographing with this phone in places with enough light or in the daytime and photos are really good quality. I’m really pleasantly surprised with quality, there was no problems to focus and colours are almost natural. The led flashlight is really strong and it is enough for night photos but there is another problem with led flashlight.

Led flashlight is not synchronised with camera and when you take photos in dark or in places with not enough light then the led flashlight is too long on and photos are too much white. Or how I can say better, the photos are to bright and in my personal opinion they are not good unfortunately. But hey if you take photos most of the time in daylight then you don’t have any problems because photos are great. Below you can also see the photos samples which I had made with this phone.

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Battery and power

Elephone P7 has a Li-ion battery with capacity of 2300mAh. During use it showed good results so for now I can say that battery with capacity of 2300mAh is good solution for this phone. Because the device does not have high resolution screen and does not have high end hardware. So it is not the major consumer of power and logically it does not need stronger battery. Some devices with stronger hardware has a weaker battery. So Elephone company did not go wrong with this battery.

Conclusion and my personal opinion

This smartphone is really a good device with many pros, so I will tell you what are positive sides in my opinion. The build quality is good, it has a really nice design and I personally love it. The screen alt.is only QHD is excellent, also the main camera is beyond all expectations and while the photos quality is also pretty good. Also it can record video in full HD resolution where the build quality is on the same level as for photos.

It has solid hardware performance and it will be good for everyday use, gaming and for other use like watching HD stuff, going to Youtube. So this is all good about Elephone P7 Blade. Now I will tell you what are cons. OTG is not supported and you cannot use external USB devices like memory sticks. Led flashlight is not synchronised with camera and the photos taken in dark are not good quality and last thing is the GPS which I need to test further to see what is really happening. Price for this device is approximately $120. Maybe more or less because it depends on the shop. You can also buy it at Etotalk and if you are interested or you want to see more information you can click here. Overall ,if you decide to buy this phone you will not regret. If you already have the device please can you share your thoughts. Also if you have any questions please ask or comment. Thank you and I hope you like my review. 🙂

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Review: ZMI Reason ONE

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ZMI Reason ONE — a new smart alarm clock by Xiaomi Ecosystem partner — ZMI. This is the first smart alarm clock by the Chinese brand. The company’s assortment includes power banks, chargers and other gadgets for smartphones.

The design and functionality of the alarm clock are similar to the Xiaomi AI smart alarm clock. One of the main differences is the voice assistant. The alarm clock by Xiaomi supports Xiao AI suitable for Chinese customers. ZMi Reason ONE supports Alexa, which greatly simplifies the use of the device in Europe, USA, and other English-speaking countries.

DESIGN

The model has a compact rectangular shape (12×6×2 cm). It is made of matte black ABS-plastic.

The front panel is occupied by black monochrome screen. Despite the compact dimensions of the alarm clock, the screen is large enough. Therefore, the numbers and letters on the display are clearly visible even from a distance.

On the top, there is a touch button, which is responsible for voice control activation and microphone status.

On the rear panel, there is a speaker, a Micro-USB port (for charging) as well as a button for resetting to factory settings.

FUNCTIONS

The display shows the time, date, alarm status, timer, and WiFi connection. When the voice assistant is activated, the display shows two circles, which look like “eyes”.

ZMi Reason Clock supports the Alexa voice assistant. You can ask the weather, find out the news, time, ask to turn on the music or set an alarm/timer, add smth to a shopping list and even find out the currency exchange rate.

The ringtone of the alarm clock is also easy to change. There are about 30 melodies to choose from the menu.

The alarm clock can also be a portable speaker. The model supports popular music streaming services like Amazon Music, Audible, iHeartRadio, and others.

If you have devices that support Alexa, then you can control them using ZMI Reason One. In order to do this, you need to install a special application and synchronize the devices with each other.

The price for such a smart alarm clock is ridiculously low — only $ 20. Sounds cool, doesn’t it?

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Sharp Aquos C10 [REVIEW]

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The Sharp C10 review has finally arrived! Sharp is a Japanese brand that mostly covers its market in Japan, but has recently started to turn its marketing to other areas of the world. So yes, Japan is not only popular for Hentai and awesome cars industry but they also get involved in the smartphone industry. Sharp is probably best known for their TVs or kitchen appliances to some, but they are fairly old players in the smartphone game, making phones like the Aquos Crystal back in 2014. Let’s jump back to the C10 and look at all the interesting bits this smartphone hides.

Build quality

Because of it’s non standard aspect ratio, this phone brings some quite interesting looks with it. It’s a bit shorter and wider than what we’re used to, with a droplet styled notch on the top and glossy plastic back. The USB-C jack lies on the bottom between the speaker and microphone grilles, but unfortunately there is no 3.5mm audio jack on the top which is a huge disappointment. Finally, the very clicky three buttons are positioned on the right side and are pretty easy to reach due to the phone’s size.

The phone itself is fairly light in hand, but it still feels relatively sturdy and rigid. It is claimed to have gorilla Glass protection for the screen, but it’s unknown which version of it exactly. Also, Sharp have decided to put the fingerprint reader on the front, so you get a small recession under the screen where the fingerprint sensor resides. The phone itself is not too thick either, so it’s a real pleasure to handle all in all.

Android OS

The OS on this thing is actually pretty light with little to no bloat! It’s Android 8.0 Oreo with a few tweaks to the settings application, task switcher, and the system UI to handle the notch and to distinguish it from other Android phones. Notch handling is done on a per-app basis which means that most applications probably won’t support it. I’ve found that only the stock gallery seems to make use of it, while Youtube cuts off the whole top. You can also disable most of the Google applications if you don’t use them, that’ll get you some extra RAM space if you need it. The situation here is fine although they should work on the visual integrity a bit in the future updates.

Performance

This phone gets 89296 points on Antutu which is not that great for a mid range device. Compared to the Mi A2 which gets 134348 points, performance of the C10 seems pretty bad, but it’s not all that bleak. In Geekbench it gets 883 for the single core test, 4239 for the multi core test and 3702 for the renderscript test. Synthetic benchmarks obviously don’t tell the full story as this device multitasks fairly fast and handles Chrome just fine for day to day web browsing. PUBG Mobile locks the graphics settings to low and even then it stutters here and there, so obviously don’t pick this phone if you’re looking for raw gaming performance. Even then, playing on it’s relatively small screen won’t be too comfortable of an experience. Regarding screens…

Screen

In a mid range phone like this, a screen usually won’t be too interesting of a subject. C10’s screen has some very rounded corners on the top including the notch, while the bottom just has regular, hard corners. You do get a relatively nice FHD+ IPS panel with a resolution of 1080×2040. Colors pop pretty nicely at higher brightness settings, and speaking of brightness this phone handles it pretty well. Lowest brightness doesn’t go too low, but highest brightness is thankfully high enough for outside use.

Cameras

I have to say, this phone has quite an interesting thing going on with the camera. Unfortunately, the second camera is only used for depth detection in portrait mode so I think it’s a bit of an useless addition, but the camera application itself is pretty feature packed. I’m happy to say that it also has a full featured manual mode with only the RAW option missing. The photos it takes on auto mode are lifelike, vibrant and just very pleasant in general. Given it’s wide aperture, it’s also pretty competitive at night, but only with still shots. Portrait mode gets you some pretty strong depth blur, but it’s inaccurate as well so use it in moderation.

Switching over to video, the mild disappointment starts. No stabilization options at all, nor any slow motion modes available. Thankfully it does have 4K, but I don’t think most people will find it very useful. Some EIS would go a long way here. All in all, it’s a pretty competent camera in the price range with some nice software features like the picture-in-picture mode, but the second camera is a bit of a waste, and the addition of EIS would be extremely beneficial.

Audio Capabilities

Testing the audio output on this phone yielded some fairly average results. Doing the tests with the headphones connected, we can see that the frequency response loses it’s linearity and some distortion shows up on the low end. The stereo crosstalk also jumps up by almost 40dB with the headphones connected. These tests are done with a 55ohm set of on-ear headphones so results may vary with different loads. The audio output thankfully does get comfortably loud so it does seem to have enough power.

Similar situation for the speaker which gets relatively loud, but it carries some distortion along with it. Nothing tragic but you’ll hear when you’re pushing it. The plastic case doesn’t resonate with the speaker that much so it doesn’t help the tinny feel of the sound. For such a budget phone, I really didn’t expect anything extraordinary from the loudspeaker so I wouldn’t call it a disappointment by any means.

Battery

Running the Lab501 gaming test on maximum brightness for 15 minutes drained the battery by 5%. Playing PUBG mobile under the same testing conditions for the same amount of time drained the battery by 10%. So with a full battery, you could game on this phone for about 10 hours.

That’s surprisingly good given the relatively small 2700mAh battery inside C10. It’s standby times are even better since the phone shows little drain during the night and could probably last over a week if used sporadically. Suffice to say, I’m pleasantly surprised!

Additional features

When it comes to additional features, this phone doesn’t pack any surprises. Unfortunately, Sharp has even omitted an FM radio receiver software even though the hardware supports it. There’s no FM radio application to be found anywhere! The fingerprint reader usually unlocks on the second try, but the results can vary and it’s pretty fast when it works.

GPS also hasn’t been proven too spectacular as it took a while to get my location acquired, but it works all right once it locks on the satellites. Finally, there’s full OTG functionality here so you can plug in flash drives and all kinds of other peripherals into your phone. No problem!

Closure

The Sharp C10 is an interesting budget phone with a pretty stern and business-like design. Even though the performance might not be the selling point here, you trade it in for a very respectable camera which I’d say is the highlight of this phone. Unfortunately some bad decisions were made, for example the removal of the 3.5mm jack and the lackluster notch handling, but all in all it could be way worse. In the end, all that matters is preference – what do you want out of your phone and what are you willing to sacrifice.

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Xiaomi Mi 9 Review

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Xiaomi’s flagship smartphone, Mi 9, has some awesome characteristics like design, powerful processor, and a great camera. Wanna know more about it? Stick around. I’ll tell you all about it.

First Impressions

If we ignore aluminum frame for a moment, It can be said it is made entirely out of glass: the front panel is made of Gorilla Glass 6, and the back panel is Gorilla Glass 5. This model has a shiny blue gradient color, and there are two more color options: black and violet. There’s also a Transparent Edition that pushes price tag way beyond $500.

The glass gives the phone absolutely stunning look, but it also makes it prone to scratches and fingerprints. I recommend using silicon case that comes in the box, or some other type of protection you can buy online.

Mi 9 is Xiaomi’s first phone with a dedicated AI button. Just press it and Google Assistant will instantly pop-up, giving you the most relevant information based on your online behavior. You can reassign it as I did. I’m using it to open the rear camera.

Screen

Mi 9 has a real jewel on the front: a 6,39 inch Full HD Super AMOLED screen. The best screen on any Xiaomi device so far has great readability under the sun and it’s significantly better than LCD panels used on previous Xiaomi flagships. Above the screen is a 20-megapixel camera in a tiny waterdrop notch, and above that is a speaker. There’s even more on top of that: sensors and a LED notification light, hidden from your eyes.

Great things are coming in waves with Mi 9 because under the screen is a fingerprint sensor, lightly illuminated so you can always know where to press to unlock the phone. Let’s not forget Always-on colour display or Ambient Light, Xiaomi’s name for this very usable feature.

Hardware, benchmark

Xiaomi Mi 9 is the first smartphone with Snapdragon 855, the most powerful chipset in the world. It runs like a grinder trough games and apps so if you’re looking for a gaming phone, Mi 9 is something to seriously consider.

The phone in my hands has 6 GB of RAM and 64 GB of storage. Other flagships have at least double storage capacity, but this was a way to keep the device affordable to a much wider market segment. Xiaomi rightly estimated that 64 GB is enough for most users. After all, there is also a 128 GB version available.

At the bottom is a single loudspeaker with enough firepower to flawlessly reproduce music or gaming sounds. It is not a stereo speaker, though.

Camera

Camera quality has become an essential feature for many customers, and Xiaomi Mi 9 has really a great one to offer. Wait, not one but three! The main camera has 48 megapixels, second is 12-megapixel telephoto snapper and the last one is a 16-megapixel ultrawide sensor. Image quality is great with plenty of details.

If you’re looking for a smartphone that will give you a perfect photo in a way to simply get it out of your pocket and make a snap, Mi 9 is an obvious choice.

Software

Xiaomi Mi 9 runs the latest MIUI 10 on top of Android 9. It follows the same logic just like any other MIUI system before, with some nice new features like moving trough system with gestures. I’m using Xiaomi phones for years and this is the most polished and user-friendly MIUI by now. The system-wide dark mode is a nice feature, and there’s also a Second Space. That’s a part of a memory protected by password, where you can put all the apps and other content you don’t want others to see.

Battery

The Battery on Mi 9 has 3.300 mAh, which is slightly smaller than last year’s Mi 8. Although it is not as big as batteries on other flagship devices or even Xiaomi’s own Redmi Note series, it is capable of reaching the end of a day on a single charge. Things get interesting when it comes to the way the Mi 9 charges.

It supports wireless charging, something Mi 8 didn’t have. Xiaomi just recently hopped in a wireless charging train, but it did it with style: Xiaomi Mi 9 has the fastest wireless charging among all the smartphones, capable of reaching full capacity in just an hour.

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Verdict

Xiaomi knows how to hit a bullseye: it offered a handset with an insanely powerful processor coupled with enough of RAM to easily broke every app in pieces. Camera quality is astonishing, just as the design of the device. There’s also a big shiny screen for awesome gaming and multimedia experience. With price as low as $322,99, Xiaomi Mi 9 is not only an impressive flagship smartphone but also the best-buy option for anyone who’s looking for performance and top image quality. Stay tuned for more videos and don’t forget to subscribe!

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