How often do you charge your phone? Everyday? Twice a day? It sucks, right? Sometimes when you are tired from work and just dozed off, we really forget to charge our gadgets for it to be ready the next day. Let’s admit, we are now looking for smartphones with big batteries. Problem is there are too few smartphones that can last for days. One of these is the Gionee Marathon M5. This is, by far, the biggest battery we’ve seen on a smartphone – 6,020 mAh. So how does it fare for a day? Read on our review.
Gionee Marathon M5:
- 1.5GHz Quad Core Mediatek MT6735 64-bit processor
- Mali T720 graphics
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB internal storage expandable via MicroSD up to 64GB
- 5.5-inch HD AMOLED display (1280 x 720 pixels)
- 13 megapixel rear facing camera with autofocus and LED flash
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- Dual SIM, Dual Standby
- 4G/LTE, 3G/HSPA+, WiFi, WiFi hotspot, Bluetooth
- GPS, A-GPS
- 6,020 mAh battery (two 3,010 mAh batteries) with Quick Charge support
- Android 5.1 Lollipop with Amigo UI 3.1
- SRP: P11,990
- Status: Available at Gionee stores and retailers
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HARDWARE AND DESIGN
There is one word to describe the hardware – heavy. The combination of the Gionee Marathon M5’s large battery and all metal chassis made the phone pretty heavy for average Pinoy smartphone users. You will feel the heft especially when putting it on your pocket. For us, we are not really bothered by the added weight especially when you look at the phone itself. It is indeed pretty. It looks and feels luxurious when holding it or by just staring it while it is just resting beside you cup of coffee.
You might think that an HD (720p) display is a big let down, you’re wrong. A lower resolution display sip less power thus, giving more power throughout the day. Despite being a 720p only display, the screen produces rich color tones because Gionee opted to use an AMOLED display instead the traditional IPS LCD display you see on other smartphones.
SOFTWARE AND PERFORMANCE
The Gionee Marathon M5 uses the popular MT6735 chipset from Mediatek but with a higher clock speed. This will give you better performance when playing games and multi tasking. As for games, Asphalt 8 Airborne ran just fine on the device though we noticed it takes about 2 to 3 seconds to load the game.
Both cameras on the Gionee Marathon M5 take good pictures especially if have good lighting. Take a photo on a low lit area and you’ll notice some grain on them. Nonetheless, it is a decent camera overall. Take a look at our sample photos.
LTE speeds are within normal range. We noticed that the Gionee Marathon M5 takes more time to get LTE signal compared to other smartphones we have on hand. We have a Kata M2L and the Apple iPhone 6 here and all have Globe LTE capable SIMs inserted. The Gionee Marathon M5 was the last the get an LTE signal.
And now for the star of the show – the battery. We documented a full day battery test on the Gionee Marathon M5 to get the actual battery drain as we use it.
- 6am – Plugged in to a charger
- 8am- Pulled on the charger and turned LTE on
- 10am – Meeting with a client, casual checking on social media and Viber. Battery at 98%
- 12nn – Lunch. Playing Asphalt 8 Airborne for 45 minutes, social media and You Tube for 15 mins. Battery at 91%.
- 1:45pm – Meeting with another client, social media and a Viber call. Battery at 89%
- 3:00pm – Free time. Watched a two hour movie via online streaming, watched You Tube for 30 minutes and played Asphalt 8 Airborne for 20 minutes. Battery at 77%
- 7:00pm – Driving. Used Waze and Google Maps plus a couple of phone calls, Battery at 73%.
- 10:00pm – Arrived home. Watched missed teleseryes on I Want TV for an hour and social media. Battery at 68%.
- 12:00pm – Our day ends. Battery is at 67%.
We woke up the following day and still got 66% battery left. It is amazing!!! We got through the whole day again and we got around 34% battery left at the end of the day. To sum it all up, on our moderate to heavy use, the Gionee Marathon M5 got us a solid 62 hours of battery life before it turned red on us. On our moderate use, we got solid 4 days of battery!
One good thing, the Gionee Marathon M5 has quick charging feature and getting from 0 to 100 will take you only 2 hours.
There is a debate recently of there such a thing as forever. Now,we do believe in forever… sa battery ng Gionee Marathon M5! Not just that it takes forever for the battery to drain but the phone has a good display, decent camera, rock solid build quality, smooth performance and LTE connectivity. A phone with a huge battery is rare to find these days. It will be wise to get the Gionee Marathon M5 if you wish not to look for a wall socket more often. 🙂