Review: Panasonic Eluga Arc is a beauty

The Eluga Arc is a rare affordable Android smartphone with a 4.7-inch screen

Is there an affordable Android smartphone which genuinely looks beautiful? There aren’t many out there, but Panasonic’s Eluga Arc is one example. This smartphone is an outright looker. Priced at 12,490, the phone’s compact size makes it even more attractive.

Software: Altered interface

The phone runs Android 5.1 (Lollipop) out of the box with very unique custom interface. On the surface, it looks a bit different and even offers a few customisation options, but deep down it has more similarities with plain Android. What is different is that you can restrict the size of the app drawer to half the screen. While this sort of feature comes in handy for a big screen phone, in this case it doesn’t make a lot of sense as the screen is anyway small. You can also arrange the apps in the order you like. The settings and multi-tasking window look just like the plain Android which makes it familiar and easy to use.

Performance: Can handle most tasks well

Powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410 quad core processor paired with 2GB RAM, the Eluga Arc is capable of running most basic tasks such as web browsing, reading and social networking well. It even played games such as GT Racing 2 without any hiccups, and even more surprisingly so, without any heating detected on the back panel. However, we noticed a slight sluggishness while switching between apps, which could also be because of the custom interface which may require more optimization. It supports 4G networks and offers 16 GB internal storage which is expandable with a microSD card. The battery back-up is average, as the 1,800mAh battery barely lasted a whole day on a single charge.

Camera: Good in daylight

The 8-megapixel camera delivers good results under bright natural light. It captures colours well, but lacks crispness overall in terms of recreating the finer details. When viewed on a bigger screen, one can see the noise clearly. Low light results are mostly blurry. The camera is quick and can record full HD videos too. The number of modes is also limited. Smile capture, Beauty and Nightshot are a few interesting modes in the camera.

Verdict

The Eluga Arc is not just another budget Android phone. It is a stunning looking phone and in terms of performance, it is at par with most rivals. If performance is your only criteria while buying a phone, the Moto G Turbo ( 12,499) is a lot more powerful, and has water and dust resistant body, besides running the latest version of Android.

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