Well-known Chinese brand Gionee has joined the smartphone fray in India, and has every intention of being here for the long run. This is why the company has launched its flagship device Gionee Dream D1 with a number of notable features in the Indian market.
The Gionee Dream D1 is said to be the slimmest and sleekest of all the smartphones launched by the company. It comes with 4.65-inch AMOLED display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 2 and a resolution of 1280 x 720. The back of the device is textured and rubberized which makes it comfortable to hold. However, the back cover is very thin and we would recommend handling it with care so that it does not get damaged. There are no physical buttons on the main screen and three soft keys are given for Back, Home and recently used apps. The on/off button is located on the left side of the device and the volume rocker keys are placed on the right. The charging slot is given on the right side of the top panel, whereas the 3.5mm audio jack is given at the bottom. The rear panel of the smartphone contains an 8.0-megapixel snapper with LED flash. The speaker grille is also placed at the bottom of the back panel.
The Gionee Dream D1 is powered by 1.2 GHz quad core Cortex A7 processor. The device come equipped with 1GB RAM and 4GB internal storage which can be further expanded to 32GB via microSD card. The smartphone comes with dual SIM functionality (2G+3G) and both SIMs are hot swappable. The phone has an 8.0-megapixel rear camera and 1.0-megapixel front facing camera. On the connectivity front, the device offers 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS. In order to keep all this going smoothly the device houses a 2,100 mAh battery. All in all, these are very decent specs, especially when one factors in the fact that the display of the device is an AMOLED one.
The Gionee Dream D1 runs on Android 4.1.2, or the Jelly Bean version of the operating system. The user interface is simple and one can directly launch the camera while unlocking the screen. There are five fixed options on the main screen for calling, contacts, menu, messages and Internet. Along with this there are five customisable homescreens that can be used for placing the shortcuts of your favourite apps and for widgets. The smartphone also comes with some pre-installed apps and games like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, NQ mobile security, Yahoo! cricket and many others.
The phone performs quite well in the multimedia department. The 8.0-megapixel autofocus rear camera is capable of recording full HD videos at 30 frames per second. The phone delivered some good shorts in daylight and the HDR image quality was also fine. Moreover, we were able to take decent shorts in dim light as well. The front 1.0-megapixel camera performed well during video chats. The device was also able to play all formats of videos. Web browsing and gaming were a delight with no lags and we were also able to run multiple apps simultaneously on it with no problems whatsoever. Sound quality too was good in both loudspeaker and headphone mode, although attaching the hands-free to the device was a bit of a task.
The Gionee Dream D1 delivered a very pleasing experience. The display of the device is amazing and delivers good colours. The battery backup was also good and it easily stretches to a day. The camera also worked well and Web browsing was a delight. We also tested the smartphone on the Quadrant benchmark tests and it scored 3,978 which is a decent score. The phone, however, does take some time to get charged.
The Gionee Dream D1 comes with a price tag of Rs 17,999. The company is giving a 16GB memory card, screen protector and two colourful covers for the device as part of the package. It is one of the few devices in the market today to offer an AMOLED display as well as quad core processor and is by far the most affordable. Those looking for alternatives can consider the Micromax Canvas HD which is priced at Rs 13,990 and comes with 5.0-inch display and a quad core processor.