|Launch Date||April 26, 2018 (Official)|
|Operating System||Android v7.1.1 (Nougat)|
|Custom UI||Amigo UI|
|SIM Slot(s)||Dual SIM, GSM+GSM|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano|
|Network||4G: Available (supports Indian bands)|
|Colours||Black, Blue, Gold, Rose Gold|
|Screen Size||5.45 inches (13.84 cm)|
|Screen Resolution||720 x 1440 pixels|
|Pixel Density||295 ppi|
|Display Type||IPS LCD|
|Screen Protection||Corning Gorilla Glass|
|Screen to Body Ratio (calculated)||73.06 %|
|Processor||Quad core, 1.5 GHz, Cortex A53|
|Internal Memory||16 GB|
|Resolution||5 MP Front Camera|
|Image Resolution||3264 x 2448 Pixels|
|Settings||Exposure compensation, ISO control|
|Shooting Modes||Continuos Shooting, High Dynamic Range mode (HDR)|
|Camera Features||Digital Zoom, Auto Flash, Face detection, Touch to focus|
|Network & Connectivity|
|SIM Size||SIM1: Nano, SIM2: Nano|
|Network Support||4G (supports Indian bands), 3G, 2G|
|Wi-Fi Features||Mobile Hotspot|
|USB Connectivity||Mass storage device, USB charging, microUSB 2.0|
|Audio Jack||3.5 mm|
|Other Sensors||Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Accelerometer, Compass|
The Gionee F205 is a phone that is from the past with age-old hardware and internals. The chipset is aged now to handle most of the updated apps, cameras are very average and more often than not they fail to click reasonably good photos and the battery life is also very poor. It can’t last an entire day even with very poor usage. The only saving grace of the F205 is the HD+ slim bezel design. So, if you are in the market looking for a phone, you can happily skip this one and go with better options like the Redmi Note 5, Asus Zenfone Max Pro, etc.
Gionee has had a weird launch cycle in India. Lately, the company once in a blue moon comes out and launches a phone and goes completely silent again for a while. Though the market share of the company is in single digits for a while, the company has never dropped out of the trend. It recently launched the F205 smartphone in the F-series, yes it is an unusual name for a smartphone, but it does pack decent hardware for the pricing and the set of audience it is targeting. In our today’s review, we shall take a closer look at the phone and see how it fares and also if its worth the Rs. 9,000 you might spend. Let’s get started.
The Gionee F205 sports a 5.45-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display. It is powered by the MediaTek MT6739 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz Quad-Core 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU. It packs 2GB RAM and 16GB internal storage that is expandable up to 128GB with microSD. It runs on Android 7.1.1 Nougat with Amigo OS 5.0 on top. There is an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. It packs 4G VoLTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS. A 2670mAh battery is on board.
Gionee has decided to go with the plastic build even on a phone that is costing around Rs. 9,000. This is not only a wrong choice considering the pricing but is also very out of trend coming in this day and time. Since it sports a 5.45-inches size, the F205 is very comfortable to hold in one hand, and it doesn’t hurt your hands even with extended usage. The back of the phone is completely smooth matte finish, so you have to be extra careful while using it, so you don't drop it. Then again, since it is a matte finish, the phone attracts fingerprints quite easily. End of the day, we are not big fans of a plastic build quality which is a big let down.
Moving to placements, up front, the Gionee F205 has a 5MP front-facing camera, the usual set of sensors, and the capacitive buttons are placed within the display. The volume rockers and the power button is placed on the right side. The SIM tray tool is present on the right. The speaker grill, microUSB port is placed on the bottom. The 3.5mm headphone jack in the present on the top. The rear is where you find the 8MP rear cameras, LED flash, Gionee branding. The back is sealed, so the battery isn’t removable. Overall, the build quality and design of the Gionee F205 is just average.
The Gionee F205 sports a 5.45-inch (1440 x 720 pixels) HD+ 18:9 FullView 2.5D curved glass display. 720p display panels are becoming obsolete slowly even in the sub Rs. 10,000 segment, thanks to phones like Redmi Note 5, Honor 9 Lite and many others. But here is Gionee again sticking to the 720p panel which is disheartening to see. However, thanks to the HD+ 18:9 aspect ratio, we get more screen real-estate for gaming and media consumption. The colors and viewing angles are perfectly fine; we never faced any color discoloration or any color shifts even when viewing from extreme angles. The touch response is smooth, and there is no lag while scrolling.
There is slight pixilation issue when zooming in images or text. The device was able to play 720p and 1080p videos without any heating or freezing issues. It does Come with an auto-brightness sensor which when enabled automatically adjusts the brightness depending on the ambient lighting. Overall, the Gionee F205 packs a generous display and doesn’t offer anything exceptional that most phones in this budget don’t offer.
The Gionee F205 is powered by the MediaTek MT6739 SoC clocked at 1.5GHz Quad-Core 64-bit processor with PowerVR Rogue GE8100 GPU. The MT6739 is not the best option out there for a smartphone chipset in this price segment with Qualcomm chipsets on the rise. Moving along, apps open up quick, but they take time to load. There is the lag in the interface which becomes annoying after a certain stage. When you spend close to Rs. 9000 on the phone, you expect decent power to run slightly heavy apps and games, but that doesn’t seem to the case with this phone. We noticed sluggishness in the U.I animations and transitions as well. Since the U.I is heavily skinned, the chipset doesn’t have enough power to pull through without any jitters.
In terms of gaming, we played average games like Subway Surfers 2, Leo’s Fortune, PUBG, Asphalt 8, Riptide GP2 and more. With graphics set to medium and low, the gameplay was pretty neat, but if you push it to its limits, the phone becomes hot and starts draining the battery. The phone doesn’t come with any fingerprint or face unlocking system, and it is a let-down. Overall, the performance of the Gionee F205 is a mixed bag.
The Gionee F205 packs an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and a 5MP front-facing camera. The image quality in good lighting and outdoor conditions is decent, but the colors look blown out. There is the HDR mode, which brightens the photos to some extent but we never really liked the quality of the details. The dynamic range of the camera is not on the bright side. Hence the photos look washed out more often than not. Regarding low-lighting conditions, things become even worse here, as the picture looks totally washed out with no spare for details and colors. Though there is LED flash, it isn’t as overpowering as we want. It can record 1080p videos, but the quality of the footage is very average.
On the front, there is a 5MP shooter for selfies and the quality of the selfies is decent, but when you compare it with smartphones in the similar price segment, we definitely weren’t satisfied. Overall, the camera of the Gionee F205 is very average and not what you expect from a phone in this segment.
The Gionee F205 packs a 2670mAh battery that is non-removable and no support for fast charging. The battery unit bundled is again a generous offering considering the pricing and the competition. Moving along, with casual to moderate usage that includes messages, listening to songs, stream a bunch of videos and movies, GPS navigation the phone was able to last until the afternoon leaving us disappointed. With Redmi Note 5, Honor 7A, Honor 9 Lite and more offering better battery life, the Gionee F205 is a let-down. On heavy and continuous usage, the device could only last a couple of hours.
Since the phone doesn’t support any fast charging nor comes with a bundled fast charging adaptor, it took close to 3 hours of time to charge fully from 1-100%. There is no idle battery drain, but it started dropping significantly on heavy usage. Overall, the battery life of Gionee F205 is average.
The company is bundling a pair of earphones within the box, and they are in-ear style and fit perfectly. The audio quality via them is decent, thanks to the inbuilt equalizer support, you can tweak the audio to your liking. The speaker grill is present on the bottom, so it doesn’t get blocked when you hold the phone in landscape mode. The speaker also reaches an entire room, so you don’t have to worry about missing calls.
Regarding video, the device was able to handle 1080p videos without any issues but was able to stream only 720p videos on YouTube. We never faced any heating or freezing issues while playing videos. Overall, the audio and video department faired well without any issues.
The Gionee F205 runs on Android 7.1.1 with Amigo U.I on top. The interface is unlike stock has all the app shortcuts and widgets present on the home screen itself. There is theme store which can change the look and feel of the U.I. We are not big fans of the custom skin, especially the Gionee’s Amigo U.I which still needs refinements. The quick toggles which are usually found on the top are now present in the bottom, and they can be accessed by swiping from the bottom. The icon pack is too cartoony for our liking, but thankfully we switched to a custom launcher and icon pack. Another let down is that it runs age-old OS and we are not sure if it will be updated to Oreo anytime soon, if not never.
It packs 2GB RAM out of which around 1.81GB is user usable of which around 1.1GB is available on first boot. It was able to handle 4-5 apps while multitasking, but there is a lag while switching between apps. The interface is not the smoothest we have seen either; there are occasional lag and stutters in the U.I while scrolling through the browser. Overall, the Gionee F205 software experience is not the best.