Elephone G1 review: basic done right

Elephone released some interesting devices during the past months. They announced the first Android 5.0 Chinese smartphone Elephone P6000, one interesting iPhone 6 Plus clone – Elephone G7 and the enormous battery monster Elephone P5000. Their latest release is the cheapest quad-core Android smartphone – Elephone G1. The company tries to offer a smartphone, which is even cheaper, than the budget Lumia devices or even the Mozilla Firefox devices, which are claimed to be the most affordable smartphones.

Our review unit is purchased by GeekBuying.com and you can find your new Elephone G1 there

Elephone G1 main specifications

Image of Elephone G1

Quad-Core MT6582M 1.3GHz processor

Android 4.4.2

RAM 512 MB + ROM 4 GB+microSD card slot up to 32 GB

FWVGA 4.5″ multi-point capacitive touch screen with 854*480 pixels resolution

0.3 MP (interpolated to 2 MP) front camera and 2.0 MP (interpolated to 5 MP) back camera with flashlight

dual sim 2G: GSM 850/900/1800/1900MHz; 3G: WCDMA 850/2100MHz

Design and build quality

Elephone G1 has the following dimensions – 133.9 mm x 66.8 mm x 8.8 mm and it weighs 125 grams. We can compare these measures with the previous smartphone we reviewed – Doogee F1 Turbo Mini, because it’s again 4.5-inch device. Doogee F1 spots 133.5 mm x 66 mm x 8.2mm and weighs 13 grams less. You can see that the measures are almost identical, however both phones feel really different in the hand. Elephone G1 is made all by plastic, but it feels solid and it’s not slippery.

The power button and the volume rocker are both placed at the right side. We found their placement to be convenient and we can say they are easy to reach and press. However during a call it’s a little bit inconvenient to adjust the volume level. There is nothing at the left side. At the bottom you can find the usb port, while on top you can see the 3.5 mm audio jack. The main camera is placed at the top left corner on the back. Just next to it is the flashlight. There’s also a shiny Elephone’s logo on the back lid. Moving to the bottom right corner you can see the speaker. At the front side of the phone you’ll spot visible bezels. They are pretty big at both bottom and top sides and acceptable at left and right. At the bottom of the front side, there are three capacitive navigation keys. Unfortunately they are just drawings and there’s no back light. Elephone G1 doesn’t give any clue what exactly is the function of each button, because there are not symbols. Just two dots and one circle in the middle. As you can guess the circle in the middle stays for the Home button, the dot at right is the back button and the one on left is the Settings button. Looking at the top of the front side, you’ll find the conversation speaker in the middle and the front camera on the left. There are sensors as well, but they are not visible. However we are sure about their existence, because we tested them.

The back can be easily removed and gives you access to the battery, the sim cards slots and the microSD card slot. Elephone G1 supports dual sim card stand by and it works with one micro sim card and one mini sim (standard). The sim cards are not hot-swappable, which means that you need to remove the battery in order to insert/remove any of them. The same is valid for the microSD memory card.

The overall build quality is good. There are no loose parts and Elephone G1 feels comfortable in the hand.

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