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Gionee Pioneer P4 Review

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Chinese smartphone makers have been competing intensely with local brands especially with the mid-range and low end market. Gionee has been bragging its outstanding build quality even on its low end smartphone offerings. Build quality nowadays have been one of Filipino users key factors when buying a new phone. Let’s see if Gionee has been living up with its promises with the Gionee Pioneer P4.

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Gionee Pioneer P4 specs:

  • 1.3 GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6582 processor
  • Mali 400 graphics
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB internal memory expandable via MicroSD up to 32GB
  • 4.5 inch FWVGA TFT display (480 x 854 pixels)
  • 5 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
  • 2 megapixel fromt facing camera
  • HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth 4.0
  • Dual SIM (Micro + Regular), Dual Standby
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • 1,800 mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 Jellybean with Amigo UI
  • SRP: P6,999
  • Status: Available on Gionee stores and retailers


HARDWARE AND DESIGN:

There’s nothing so exciting with the Pioneer P4’s design and hardware. We do find the phone quite boring. Its a plain white smartphone with Gionee branding at the back. But what impresses us is the phone’s solid build quality. We were also surprised to know that Gionee is offering a 2-year extended warranty. The 2 year extended warranty is available on MemoXpress stores.

DISPLAY:

Gionee used a TFT panel instead of the usual IPS LCD panel. The 4.5-inch TFT display looks good but tilting the display upwards and downwards will show some changes in the screen quality as the colors tends to wash out. Using the phone under direct sunlight is also ok since the display has good sunlight legibility.

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SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE:

Gionee has its own custom UI called Amigo UI. Usually, custom UIs tend to slow down the overall performance of the phone and as a result, lags and stutters are often experienced especially when doing multitasking. That’s the problem of Samsung’s TouchWiz UI. Samsung Galaxy S5 owners and other Galaxy models know about this problem. Good thing Amigo UI has no lag problems. The phone is generally smooth and can play intense graphics games like Dead Trigger 2 with no hiccups at all! We did another Antutu Benchmark test and we got a score of 17,147.

 

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Playing Dead Trigger 2 using the Gionee Pioneer P4
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Gionee’s Amigo UI
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CAMERA:

Don’t be deceived the phone’s 5 megapixel camera. It takes really good photos on normal lighting conditions. Photos may not be as outstanding compared to other phones but phots are very decent and  it is good for posting on your social networking sites.

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Selfie using the 2 megapixel front facing camera

CONNECTIVITY:

Bluetooth and WiFi worked fine during the duration of our testing. It get WiFi signal from our router very well. We inserted our Smart SIM and tested its HSPA+ connectivity. We normally get 2 to 4Mbps download speed using Smart’s HSPA+ network.

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BATTERY:

Just like we’ve said before, having a low resolution display on a smartphone has its benefits. It may seem underwhelming to know that phone only has 1,800 mAh battery. But because of the phone’s smaller than usual 4.5-inch FWVGA display, the phone consumes less power that further extends its battery life. We got around 9 hours of heavy usage with 15% remaining. Not bad! Our heavy use includes hours of playing Dead Trigger, long calls, texts, and hours of watching You Tube and livestream via iWantv app.

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VERDICT:

The Gionee Pioneer P4 is one heck of a gaming device! Playing Dead Trigger 2 is very very smooth but the small 4.5 -inch screen made us focus more on the game since we don’t have 20/20 vision. It is very lightweight and very pocket friendly so you won’t worry that your phone will bulge on the pocket. Battery life is decent and camera takes good pictures. At P6,999, you can find a better phone with better specs or even a better and bigger display at this price range. But this phone has two advantages over the competition – excellent build quality and an extended 2-year warranty.