Today we shall be looking at the Gigabyte GSmart G1355. This is a pretty awesome phone with a decent configuration. Some may call it weak by today’s standards but it’s a pretty good phone. Its price is also quite acceptable and if you can get past certain aspects of this phone you’ll really get to like it. You shall see in just a moment. Oh and I believe it is a Dual-SIM phone, which is pretty good and would explain why the phone isn’t overly too developed in some areas.
Well, without further ado, let us see what this Android Phone is capable of.
The networks that the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 supports are as following : GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 – SIM 1 and SIM 2 ( 2G Networks, HSDPA 900 / 2100 for SIM 1 only and HSDPA 850 / 2100 for SIM 2 only ( as 3G Networks ). The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 was announced somewhere in February 2012 and will come out sometime around Q2 of 2012 or perhaps later if it isn’t done by then.
The sizes of this phone are pretty standard, the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 being a medium sized Android phone, not too big but not a minuscule device either. The sizes per say are as follows : 129.8 x 69.8 x 11.5 mm. The weight of this device varies around 168 grams. The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 also has Touch-Sensitive Controls instead of buttons ( for all of you button haters out there ).
The type of screen of this device is a TFT Capacitive Touchscreen with approximately 256 thousand colors. I know, it isn’t 16 million and the difference is visible but I for one don’t really care about the quality of the screen as long as I can do my job with the phone. Plus the main purpose of a phone is talking with people, so I can call a good phone even those older phone with flashlights and black and white screens which had a battery that outlived a nuclear power plant. Getting back to the matter at hand, the size of the screen is around 4.3 inches. The resolution reached by this screen is somewhere around 480 x 800 pixels and the pixel density reached by this screen is approximately 217 ppi. The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 also has Multitouch although it isn’t one of those more capable multitouch screens which can support more than 2 simultaneous fingers on them.
The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 is pretty default or basic on the sound part, having nothing to make it stand out from the crowd. There are no sound enhancement methods available or anything. The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 has Vibration, MP3 and WAV Ringtones as Alert Types. The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 also has a Loudspeaker and a 3.5 mm jack. That’s about it for the Sound Part of this device.
Now moving on to the memory of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355. The internal storage space is around 1 GB of ROM memory. The RAM are around 512 MB. If you require more storage space feel free to use the MicroSD card slot which can expand your memory with up to 32 GB.
The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 has GPRS and EDGE although I do not know what Class of GPRS of EDGE since they are either such a low class that it isn’t worth mentioning or there isn’t enough information available about the Gigabyte GSmart G1355, although I tend to agree with the first one. The speeds reached by this device are HSDPA and HSUPA with no specification of the speed itself in MB/s on either one of them. The WLAN of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 is a Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with Wi-Fi hotspot. The Bluetooth of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 is a v2.1 Bluetooth connection with A2DP and EDR. The USB connection between the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 and the PC can be done via the MicroUSB v2.0 port of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355.
Moving on to the camera of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355. The main camera is a 5 MP snapper capable of photographing at resolutions as big as 2592 x 1944 pixels. The main camera’s features include and are limited to : autofocus, LED flash and geo-tagging. The main camera is also capable of recording video although there seems to be no information about the quality of frames per second in which it can record. We can stop and assume how powerful it would be, but then again, you can’t expect much from a 5 MP camera in terms of video recording capabilities. The maximum quality of video recording for a 5 MP camera is 720p at around 30 frames per second. That’s an impressive feat for any 5 MP camera but apparently the camera of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 can’t do such a thing. The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 also doesn’t have a secondary camera.
Moving on to the hardware of this little device. The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 has an 800 MHz CPU, which is a medium to weak processor by today’s standards. I’m saying that because, apparently, if you are to consider all of the new phones which have or will hit the market, they tend to make Single-Core Processors of below 1 GHz obsolete. Obsolescence seems to be quite near to grasping all Single-Core Processors since there are already so many better ones : such as the Dual-Cores or even the Quad-Cores. Still, let us move on and take a look at the rest of the hardware specs of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355. There seems to be no GPU, which means that the chipset will have to do some extra work. Can its Qualcomm MSM7227T handle all of that work ? I guess only time will tell.
The Android OS version of this device is Android OS v2.3.4 Gingerbread with no news of any update to Android OS v4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future, or ever, come to think of it. Disappointing to see phones that come out without the latest software version, but that’s life. Let us move on.
The battery of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 is a Standard Li-Ion 1500 mAh battery. The time which this battery can remain functional is as follows : 115 hours ( in stand-by mode ) and 4 hours and 30 minutes ( of talking time ). A relatively weak battery, but then again the phone isn’t that powerful to deserve a whole lot of power.
The sensors of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 are as follows : accelerometer, proximity and even compass. The messaging on this phone can be done via : SMS ( with threaded view ), MMS, E-Mail, Push Mail and even IM. The browser of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 supports HTML but not Flash. The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 also doesn’t have a radio, which frankly isn’t such a tragedy since you can get all sorts of radio apps off the internet or listen to radio directly from the website of the station you want. The Gigabyte GSmart G1355 has a GPS with A-GPS support and has Java via Java MIDP emulation. The only color that the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 will come out in is : Gray.
Here is a brief list of the things that the Gigabyte GSmart G1355 can do :
- Dual SIM
- SNS applications
- MP3/AAC+ player
- MP4/H.264/H.263 player
- Google Search, Maps, Gmail,
- YouTube, Google Talk
- Document viewer
- Photo viewer/editor
- Voice memo/dial
- Predictive text input
This concludes our little review / preview of the Gigabyte GSmart G1355. I am truly sorry that there isn’t any more information available about it so that I can say more about this phone, but that’s just how unfair life is. If you feel that anything important has been left out of this little review / preview feel free to leave your suggestion for things which should be added or even other devices which I should review in the comment section below and I shall be sure to take them into consideration when writing my future projects. Until next time, I hope you had as much fun reading this as I had writing it.