Panasonic is in the tech industry for quite long time. Usually, it is one of the names that comes to our mind while searching for an air-conditioner, Blu-ray player or plasma TV, but certainly not a cool smartphone. The P51 from Panasonic is their first attempt in smartphones industry, after a shaky start. This phone gives direct competition to Samsung Galaxy Grand and the HTC One S in terms of features. P51 is a cool and cautiously designed smartphone. Let us find out in detail what Panasonic P51 offer to its users.
Panasonic P51 has a typical phablet design. The screen is surrounded by a bezel, which further increases the handset size. At the bottom, there's some excess space, which could have been avoided as there aren’t any capacitive buttons on the phone. The back and the sides have a smooth rubberised coating, which provides an excellent grip and render a nice feel. There is no way to open the back, it is completely sealed off, so there are microSIM and SD card slots at the sides of phone and protected by flaps. For a phone of this size, the volume rocker, and power button placed at rather inconvenient positions at the top. They are difficult to reach. Other than that, the build of P51 is excellent, and it is a beautiful handset, weighing only 135 gm. It is also very slim at just 8.5 mm, which makes its dimensions right in comparison to Galaxy Grand. As the chassis is thin, camera lens pop out a bit. Hence, you have to be careful while placing it down. There is a stylus bundled with the phone, but there is no provision to keep it anywhere with the phone. The P51 packed with an excellent 5 inch, 1280 x 720 HD IPS display and has the pixel count of 294 PPI. It features a great touch response, great viewing angles and sunlight legibility is good as well. It is one of the better displays we have ever come across. It is protected by Dragon Tail Glass and features oleophobic coating.
Under the slim design, Panasonic P51 runs on 1.2 GHz Mediatek MT6589 quad-core chip, which is also to be found on Micromax Canvas HD. This Cortex A7 chip mated with a PowerVRSGX544 GPU that handles graphics, along with 1GB RAM. The internal memory is very less, with only 4GB, out of which a mere 1.6 GB is available to the user. To cope up with the memory issue, there’s a microSD card slot. Also, there is USB on-the-go support so that you can connect external flash drives and access them directly. The phone runs on Android 4.2.1 and is very close to the stock version. Fewer changes have been made by Panasonic with the Android. The configuration seems a little low for a device like P51. But it does not affect the performance much. The performance of P51 is smooth. Running everyday tasks on this phone is not a problem, but while playing some heavy games, we noticed discernible lags on P51. The phone plays HD videos smoothly, thanks to the useful media player and the wonderful screen. However, it refused to play some of the video formats.
P51 features 8MP primary camera, which is quite good for indoor and outdoor photography. There is also flash alongside it, which manages evenly to illuminate the subject up to a distance of 2 ft. But even without flash, the camera can capture pretty good details with less noise. The macro shots are also quite good with a large depth of field. The photos clicked in low lighting and are riddled with noise. It features HDR mode, beauty shot, panorama, and burst mode. You can take videos and still images from the same place, with no need of having to switch modes. You can record videos at 1080p, but the quality is not as good as the file saved in the age old 3GP format. It also has a 1.3 MP secondary camera, which records videos at 720p. Panasonic has used secondary audio and video players, which are not much different from the default players. The audio quality is better while playing songs on the stock player. None of the players has lock screen widget, which is a big negative point because nobody wants to open the screen every time they want to change the song.
The battery packed inside Panasonic P51 is quite large for a phone with such specs. It features a 2500mAh battery, which is more than Grand’s 2100mAh. Not astonishingly, a larger battery is required as it has to power the four cores and the higher resolution screen. The phone lasts comfortably for a day despite heavy usage. The phone covers all the basic connectivity needs. The phone has quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G SIM slots. Other connectivity options in P51 include Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, hotspot, GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, and micro USB. There is no FM Radio and NFC, and also GLONASS is missing.
The Panasonic P51 features more Cons that it has Pros. It has an impressive display but has less memory. The design is quite slim, but the positioning of physical buttons is quite awkward. Panasonic sells P51 with a stylus, but they haven’t provided with any space to keep it.WHAT WE LIKED