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Panasonic Eluga review

Slimline and waterproof Android smartphone

There's nothing out of the ordinary when it comes to the playback of your media files, with Panasonic playing it safe with both the stock Android video and music players built in to the Eluga.

For a company that specialises in AV equipment, we would have liked to have seen a more intuitive music and video setup, with freshly designed apps. Maybe too much time was spent redesigning the camera interface.

Panasonic Eluga review

The stock players don't spoil the experience, however. Android's standard players are perfectly fine, and we found that the Panasonic Eluga was more than capable of handling a wide range of media file types straight out of the box, although you will need to visit Google Play in order to make the Eluga all singing and all dancing.

On the music front, it played MP3 and lossless WAV files without any bother, although it didn't want to know when we tried to play a lossless FLAC file.

Panasonic Eluga review

For video, MOV and MP4 files (even 1080p ones) are fine from the off. It played WMV films too but the action was choppy, and you'll need to download and install an app such as MX Player if your digital movie collection includes MKV, AVI or OGG files.

As previously mentioned, though, the onboard storage is a paltry 8GB and there are no expansion options, so you probably won't be able to store your entire digital collection - especially if you're an HD or lossless aficionado.

Panasonic Eluga review

And you'll need to plug your headphones into the 3.5mm jack - as with calling and ringtones, the media playback volume is way too low. In fact, it's not really loud enough for our tastes even using our earbuds.

YouTube playback, even in HQ, is good - whether through the website or the pre-installed app. DLNA streaming is also supported, but there's no HDMI action, unfortunately.

Gaming on the Panasonic Eluga is a hit and miss affair. At times it breezes through demanding titles such as Temple Run with ease, but at other times it's a laggy, frustrating experience.

The power from the dual-core 1GHz CPU should mean that choppy gameplay isn't an issue, but sadly, we have to report that it is.

Tech Specs

Product TypeSmartphone
Network BandQuad Band
Input MethodTouchscreen
TouchscreenYes
BluetoothYes
Wireless LANYes
USBYes
Contract TypeSIM-free
Built-in Memory8 GB
Built-in FlashNo
Memory Card SlotNo
Cellular Data Connectivity TechnologyGPRS, EDGE, HSDPA, HSUPA, UMTS, HSPA+
GPS ReceiverYes
Multi-SIM SupportedNo
Near Field CommunicationYes
Integrated TV TunerNo
Product FamilyELUGA
Cellular Generation3G
Cellular Network SupportedWCDMA 900, WCDMA 2100, GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900
Multi-touch ScreenYes
Rear Camera Resolution8 Megapixel
Number of SIM Card Supported1
Front CameraNo
Phone StyleBar
ColourBlack
Operating SystemAndroid
Brand NamePanasonic
Battery Talk Time4 Hour
Screen Size10.9 cm (4.3")
Screen Resolution540 x 960
Touchscreen TypeCapacitive
Weight (Approximate)103 g
Green CompliantYes
Green Compliance Certificate/AuthorityREACH
Processor ManufacturerTexas Instruments
Bluetooth StandardBluetooth 2.1
Operating System VersionAndroid 2.3.5 Gingerbread
Messaging TypeSMS (Short Message Service), MMS (Multi-media Messaging Service), Email, Instant Messaging
USB StandardUSB 2.0
Pixel Density254 ppi
Height123 mm
Width62 mm
Depth7.8 mm
Radio TunerNo
Battery Standby Time300 Hour
ManufacturerPanasonic
Product NameELUGA
Processor Speed1 GHz
Processor TypeOMAP
Product LineELUGA
Screen TypeOLED
Sensor TypeProximity Sensor, Digital Compass, Accelerometer, Ambient Light Sensor
Manufacturer Part NumberEB-3901KDEPE
Manufacturer Website Addresshttp://www.panasonic.co.uk
Marketing Information

Waterproof Android Smartphone

Call For Fresh Style

Introducing a smartphone that embraces style and resists water: The ELUGA. Enjoy its super thin frame and big screen with 66% display area ratio. Moreover, experience its ergonomic design, which makes it easy to control everything with one hand. Packed into a super compact, simple and smooth body.

Ultra Slim, Ultra Light

Panasonic takes slim to a higher level. With its curve-edge shape the ELUGA forms a new Smartphone format, which will fit to your fingers in a nice way and suit your pocket seamlessly. Its intelligent control concept makes it easy to control everything with one hand. Smart has never been so slim! Available in classic black and silver.

Package Contents
  • ELUGA
  • USB Cable
  • Headset
  • Power Supply
  • Quick Start Guide
  • IC Tag Card