The announcement of the Gionee M3 brought joy and delight from Gionee fans especially myself. At the time of its release, it was a perfect upgrade to the Gionee M2 combining all the features it lacked with an even bigger battery.
Then suddenly life happened, the fanfare died down. We never really heard about this device. Rarely saw anyone using it. Gladly it arrived Mobility and we have put it through the tests. So what’s up with the Gionee M3? Why didn’t it sell? Why was it not popular? This review will try to put to bed these mind boggling questions.
Looking at its key features we have:
- 5.0 – inch HD IPS LCD display, with 720 × 1280 pixels (294 PPI)
- Android KitKat 4.4.2 upgradeable to Lollipop 5.0
- MediaTek MT6582 chipset with qaud-core 1.3GHz processor, and 1GB of RAM.
- 8 MP Autofocus camera with LED flash, pixel count 3264 x 2448 pixels.
- 2 MP front-facing camera, with pixel count 1200 x 1600.
- Partitioned 8 GB internal storage (3 GB for apps, 3.3 GB for storage)
- Dual SIM support, Both Micro-SIM, 3G switchable.
- Non-removable 5000 mAh battery,
- Partitioned internal storage.
- Non-removable battery.
Hardware and Design
The Gionee M3 is made of poly-carbonate material with better shape, design, and aesthetically better than its predecessor. The edges are rounder and smoothly curves into the casing of the back cover.
The earphone port is at the top with volume rockers and power button on the left side. The microUSB port and primary microphone are found at the lower end of the phone. It’s 5000 mAh battery is sealed and non-removable, though you have to open the back cover to insert SIM and memory cards.
Software and Display
The phone comes shipped with Android KitKat 4.4.2 skinned with Amigo UI. The skin comes with lots of custom apps and customization that perform admirably. After first boot, an OTA update surfaced with a few bug fixes.
The Gionee M3 can be updated to Lollipop, thought you have to download the required files separately and flash.
This phone has a 5 inch display with a HD resolution of 720 x 1280. The display is crisp and sharp with great viewing angles, though you have to crank up the brightness to be able to read comfortably under sunlight.
The camera here is slightly improved over its predecessor. There are lesser grains on images taken indoors.. Look at a comparison with the Gionee M2.
The front camera here also takes in more light with bright and clear selfies.
This is one awesome aspect of the Gionee M3. Multimedia handling is top notch. Music playback is sharp and loud. The stock audio and video players are really good ,you may not need to install 3rd party alternatives. The video player particular impressed us with its minimized playback feature which allows you do other things while watching your videos.
The Gionee M3 has 1.3GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB RAM, which performs pretty well. Apps run just as it should, multitasking is what you would expect from a 1 GB RAM device. Below are screen shots of its Antuntu Benchmark and Quadrant tests.
Here’s another sweet part. With this device, you are blessed with 5000 mAh of goodness!! Which can take you through 3 days or more of light usage.
We installed 2 SIM cards ,steady 3G, with a combined 5 hours of hotspot, and 4 hours of movie playback and was able to achieve 26 hours before the battery finally gave way. See screenshot (Minus 7 hours of sleep).
Switching to EDGE or activating Power Save mode will grant you extra days of use.
The Gionee M3 come with a few gesture controls. Call clarity here is smooth and audible. USB OTG works, tried the cable and it worked smoothly. Inbuilt Internal storage is partitioned which is sad. 3 GB for apps installation and about 3.3 GB for files.
The Gionee M3 feels like, that sweet well behaved chick that bachelors overlook when deciding to marry. Life has been unfair to her and suitors have overlooked her. Its a beautiful crafted, near perfect device. Life happened, speed of innovation overtook the good things it brought to the table.
Asides the partitioned memory, there’s nothing else to hold against this device, and the situation is not helped by competing devices with 2 GB of RAM and fully partitioned memory.