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Gionee Pioneer P2 Hands On Review

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I got a Gionee Pioneer P2 as a giveaway at the Gionee ELife E6 launch held last week. I decided to write a review about it. Since I have no idea how much this phone is, I researched and found out that the SRP is P4,490. While using this device, I learned something – never underestimate the Chinese. Many Chinese manufacturers especially those into building their own smartphones, tablets, or computers have a reputation of despite good pricing, these gagdets have poor build quality. Gionee is trying to change that with their entry to the Philippine market for they promised good quality pieces of hardware at an affordable price.

The Gionee Pioneer P2 is an entry level smartphone with better than usual specs. Many entry level smartphones today, especially those with prices below P5,000 have 1GHz dual core processors, smaller 3.5 inch screen or slower internet connectivity. This phone is now changing the game of the entry level arena.

Gionee Pioneer P2 specs:

  • 1.3 GHz dual core┬áCortex A7┬áprocessor
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4-inch WVGA TFT display (480 x 800 pixels) 233 ppi
  • 5 megapixel front facing, fixed focus camera with LED flash
  • VGA front facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS
  • 1,700 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean
  • SRP: P 4,490

What’s inside the box.

Angry Birds Star Wars 2 ran well on the Gionee Pioneer G2!

LIKES:

  • Battery – One big strength of this phone is the battery. The 1,700 mAh battery is quite big for a phone with a 4-inch WVGA display and dual core processor. Both the display and the processor don’t hog much power so expect longer battery life on this one. But as per testing, the battery lasted more than 24 hours with a single full charge and average to intense usage.
  • Build Quality – Gionee wants to be known having smartphones with good build quality. Staying true to their word, This phone has good build quality. If feels solid while holding it. I’m always a big fan with phones with soft matte finish.
  • Display – Looking at the specs, the display’s resolution is low. No contest to that. But I would just like to note that the screen is brighter and more vibrant than other phones with same screen size and resolution which a good thing.
  • HSPA+ Connectivity – When I got to see and hold the phone for the first time I thought it would only run 3G/HSDPA, but I was surprised when I inserted a Globe prepaid sim. It has HSPA+! For those whose who are not aware, HSPA+ is a wireless broadband technology faster than normal 3G with almost the same speed as LTE found on most higher end devices. Many mid-range phones have HSPA+ and having this on an entry level phone is a big welcome. When you see “H+” on your signal bar, that means your phone has HSPA+ connectivity.
  • Performance – This is one of the few entry level smartphones in the market today running Android 4.2 Jellybean with Gionee’s UI on top. Performance was generally smooth with minimal incidents of lags. That problem was solved when I download the Nova Launcher from the Google Play Store.
  • Gaming – We downloaded two medium sized games – Angry Birds Star Wars 2 and Candy Crush. Both ran smoothly with no lags, jitters and crashes. Don’t try to download big games like Dead Trigger, Real Racing or Asphalt 8. Remember, the phone only 512MB RAM.
  • Price: For only P4,490 you will get a good phone with an amazing battery life, smooth performance and a good quality build and display. SULIT!

Look! It has HSPA+ connectivity!

SAMPLE PHOTOS:

DISLIKES:

  • Camera – I was able to get a hands on with Gionee’s flagship ELife E6 and one of its best features was the camera. Unfortunately the Pioneer P2’s 5 megapixel camera disappoints. The camera lacks autofocus and pictures look really washed out and dull.
  • Interface – Gionee has its own UI on top of Android. I am not a big fan of its interface. But I guess this would appeal to girls. I wish Gionee could have more color variants to match its colorful UI.

VERDICT:

Would I recommend this phone? YES! Remember, when buying an Android phone don’t look at the brand anymore. There are many Android OEMs out there with good built quality just like Gionee. Lenovo’s A360i and A516 are also good alternatives.

Full review on Unbox.ph coming up!