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Japanese tech firm Panasonic re-entered Indian handset market with P51 earlier this year. The brand is quite active in consumer durable business, so it would not a tedious task in front of Panasonic to establish as a true smartphone vendor.
The foremost challenge in front of Panasonic is to bring Indian tailored phones. With Panasonic P51, the tech vendor has managed to bring a decent package. But it falls short of expectations. There are some loop holes attached with P51 that should be addressed, so that the next version would possibly be an ultimate killer.
At Rs. 19,536 the P51 is an expensive affair. If display and performance is savior, then poor quality camera doomed the entire experience. Would you like to spend Rs 19,536 on Panasonic P51? Let's find out what are good and bad about Panasonic's debut smartphone - P51.
What's Inside The Box?
- Panasonic P51 (smartphone)
- USB 2.0 cable
- Magnetic cover
Design, Aesthetics and Display
The Panasonic P51 sets the temperature high with a different design when compared to Samsung's popular Galaxy series. The P51 seems more close to nature, and that's the biggest plus point of the device.
The handset flaunts a unibody design, it is made of polycarbonate plastic, but it feels solid to hold it for longer durations. The display is not prone to finger prints neither the rear back. One can see an influence of Google's Nexus 4 too. That being said, the P51 has an ability to charm anyone.
The mesmerizing design is the biggest selling point of Panasonic's debut phone. Despite the phone carrier thick bezel around the display, the P51 is insanely thin and light to carry around. At 144 x 75 x 8.5 and 135g, the P51 comes with a large 5-inch IPS display and as said earlier, the brilliant design makes it a kind of pockatble. The non-removable back over gives no incentive to users - the 2,500mAh Li Ion battery sits underneath the back cover.
While other handset manufacturer often uses Super AMOLED displays, the Panasonic P51 packs a 5-inch IPS HD display having resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels. Nonetheless, the IPS display is also not that bad. For protection of the display, Panasonic has used some sort of scratch less glass, but it's not Gorilla Glass for sure (By the way, its Asahi Dragontrail glass).
In the 5-inch IPS display, we're quite amazed to see rich colors and superb contrast ratio. The viewing angles are respectively wide. Under direct sunlight, you could face some issues in respect to visibility. What's interesting? Well, we compared Panasonic P51 with Micromax Canvas 4. In our testing, we were surprised to see how P51 trounced Canvas 4, when it comes to naturalness of the display.