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The Panasonic P11 is the proof of Panasonic’s efforts to take the Indian market seriously. Launched with an asking price of INR 16000 it receives a tough competition from the smartphones like Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro, Xolo Play and Nokia Lumia 625 etc.
We reviewed their flagship, the Panasonic P51, a few months back and found it to be at par with the competition. Unlike the Panasonic T11, which targets the market of entry level androids, the P11 is there to meet the expectations of people in the search of mid-range android smartphones.
The P11 has all the features that are required in a smartphone. Its specifications sheet boasts a big 5” display and a good processor. As a reader of MobileJury you know why we don’t trust specifications and hence had to conduct various tests on it to verify its mentioned horsepower.
Design: Sleek and beautiful
The P11 is made out of plastic and its retail box pack comes with 3 interchangeable back-panels. Two of them (black and fluorescent) have a matte finish and the other is glossy white. The moulded plastic back-panels make the P11 look very sleek and hence make it analogous to the elder sibling, the P51.
The matte finish back-panel and the rounded edges provide a very good grip whereas on the other hand, owing to its large size it doesn’t fit very well into jeans pockets.
The capacitive keys at the bottom of the display didn’t miss even a single touch and were very responsive during all the tests that we conducted.
The Panasonic P11 runs on pure android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with the exception of a few modifications. Also there were no noticeable lags during transitions and animations just like its cheaper sibling, the Panasonic T11.
The UI brings nothing new to the table and sticks real close the android vanilla flavour. The nexus lovers will like the few modifications that Panasonic has made and the TouchWiz users will miss their favourite Samsung specific customizations.
The 5 inch IPS LCD HD display accounts for a pixel density of 294 ppi.
This IPS display produces natural colors with good contrast and sunlight legibility.
Watching movies on this large display is a treat to the eyes as it doesn’t lose much contrast when viewed from extreme angles.
The single handed operation is somewhat troublesome on this big phone so if you have small hands shouldn’t even think of buying it.
Typing: Third party apps save the day
If you are a user of customized keyboard skins on smartphones of some popular OEMs then you are going to be disappointed here. The portrait mode is not as good as you might expect it to be but the things improve when you switch the orientation to landscape mode.
Thankfully, there are tons of apps like swipe which can make your typing experience better by enabling gesture based inputs.
Browsing: Wouldn’t disappoint you
The browsing experience is one of the best experiences that I’ve had with this phone. There were no significant delays when I scrolled through some media heavy webpages. The pinch to zoom was almost instantaneous and the double tap to zoom also worked fine.
Some of the other features in its stock browser are Multi-tabs, incognito mode etc.
My overall take on the browsing section of this phone is- All Good.
Camera: Good for newbies
The 8MP primary camera supports AF and is complemented by an LED Flash to take care of low-light imaging.
This camera annoyed me at first, it lacks some basic photo options like HDR and macro mode. But after using it for a while, I found that the camera is capable of taking macro shots, it just doesn’t want to confuse you with loads of features. Good job, Panasonic.
The camera has very good auto mode.
The captured shots have colors closer to the natural side. The contrast is not much and sometimes the images also look over exposed.
This 8MP camera is incapable of capturing minute details.
I had tested the Panasonic P51 in the past and was unable to believe that this P11 is from the same manufacturer.
The auto-focus is quick and works fine even in lowly lit places. However, the P11 doesn’t uses any noise cancellation algorithms and as a result low-light shots are plagued by noise.
The LED flash produces very strong flash thus reducing the amount of captured details. It also assigns a strange whitish tint to the captured photographs.
It can also capture 720p HD videos @ 25fps. Just like the images, the videos also lack fine details but have very good color representation.
Here are some camera benchmarks which might come in handy:
|Camera start-up time||~ 2.7 s|
The loudspeaker at the rear produces audio with average clarity and volume.
On the plus side the sound coming out of the speaker doesn’t get muffled when placed on a flat surface.
The stock music player has standard options like repeat and shuffle and can all of the popular audio formats. The video player on the other hand can play all of famous video formats till 720p but .flv.
It looks like Panasonic has taken a holy vow to not let consumers complain about the performance. Just like its younger sibling, the T11, it also wouldn’t let you down when it comes to performance.
Here are some performance benchmarks which might come in handy:
Benchmark Scores Screenshots
Apps & Games: Only goodies no crapwares
The Panasonic comes with only a few pre-installed apps like:
ET, CamScanner, CamCard, Facebook and Hungama.
The 2000 mAh Li-Ion battery serves as the powerhouse of the phone. I used the phone for about two days and realised that this battery is incapable of making the last phone last for a day on regular usage (2G calls, texts and WiFi).
Also there are no battery optimization settings/softwares on-board so you’d have to rely on third party apps like Power saver, DU Battery etc. to make it last a little longer.
What it has:
- FM Radio
- microUSB 2.0
What it lacks:
Final VerdictPossibly the best option
The Panasonic P11 is probably the best branded option in the price segment of 15-20k INR. It has got a good processor, great display and a camera whose interface is optimized for amateurs.
The battery backup is disappointing but then, nothing is perfect.
You ought to know this- Why we don’t trust specifications?
Specifications: Panasonic P11
|Processor (CPU)||1.2 GHz quad-core, Cortex A-5|
|Display Type||IPS LCD, 16M colors|
|Size & Resolution||5 inch, 1280×720 px, 293.72 ppi|
|Primary Camera||8MP, AF, LED Flash
Stills- 3200×2400 px
Video- 720p @ 25fps
Stills- 1200×1600 px
Video- 640×480 px @ 11fps
|Android OS||v4.1.2 JB|
|Memory||Internal- 4GB, microSD up to 32 GB|
|USB||Yes, microUSB v2.0|
|WLAN||802.11 b/g/n, WiFi hotspot|
|GPS||Yes, with A-GPS support|
|Dimensions||143.9 x 73.3 x 9.7 mm|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, proximity, digital compass,IPS ambient light|
|Dual SIM||Yes (WCDMA/GSM+GSM)|
|Colors||Black (with Black, White and Fluorescent backpanels)|
|Online Price||INR 16200|
|SAR Value||Head- 0.555 W/Kg
Body- 0.430 W/Kg