Gionee Marathon M5 Review

Gionee known for slim phones has come with M5 which is the thickest phone. The reason being to upgrade its battery life. It is more of a phablet than a smartphone loaded with 6020 mAh battery. Priced at Rs.17,999 it comes with 3GB of RAM and 32 GB storage. It has a metallic finish and in thickness it is 8.5mm. On the outer edges it is 4.75mm in thickness. It has a non-removable battery. You will find the SIM and microSD slots. In weight you might find it bit heavy as it weighs 211 grams. Though being heavy you will not find it difficult to use, unless you use for long hours. You can consider it more as a pocket computer and plus side is your do not have use a separate power bank as the battery will last for 2 days on a single charge. Let us find out more in if M5 is more likable.


Look and Feel

Made of metal and plastic Marathon M5, makes it sturdy. It has a 5.5 inch Amoled screen which you might find it disappointing as the pixel density is too low. On the front you will find a 5-MP front camera and it has a Gorilla Glass 3. On the right you will find the microSD card and you can easily put a card up to 128GB. The power and volume buttons are placed in a way that are easily accessible. Also on the top you will find a 3.5 mm headphone. On the back you will find the 13-MP camera.


M5 comes with Amigo 3.1 user interface which is a scuffed version of Android Lollipop 5.1. On your device you will find third-party apps including UC Browser and a basic system manager which wipes the cache pre-installed. To change the theme of your phone you will find an app called Chameleon, which allows you to change the theme of your phone by picking up colours from the images you have captured through the camera. You have an option to uninstall apps that are preloaded. So if there is an app that you do not like, you are free to uninstall it.


You will not face any glitch and the interface and the apps will run very smoothly. Call quality is good and you will face no drops in the call while using it. The volume level is good and the earphones provide good sound as it can provide good isolation and hence better sound quality. The camera does a good job and colours are bright and accurate. It captures good detailing in day light but the images captured at night are not great. Front facing camera lacks auto focus. The interface of camera is user friendly.

In terms of battery performance, with modest usage it will go up to 3 to 4 days without charging. If you will play games and watch videos the battery will last for around 1 day.


Though slimmer than its predecessor, M5 is way bigger. It has a good camera and great display. At around Rs. 18000, it is a good phone as with the battery performance that it delivers it is great buy. The only flaw is the Amigo UI which is not very likable plus the quality of camera is also very average.

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by techtalks @TechTalks December 28, 2015 5:21 AM UTC


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